House Concert September 20, 2019
Three Nocturnes by Ernest Bloch
Passacaglia and Fugue by Tomas Svoboda
Trio in B Major.
Violinist Inés Voglar Belgique is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Oregon Symphony, Instructor of Violin at Lewis & Clark College, a member of fEARnoMUSIC, and conductor of the Young Strings Ensemble of Portland Youth Philharmonic.
Born to a Slovenian family in Venezuela, where she studied music under
the program "El Sistema" and violin with Roberto Valdes, she came to the
United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies
from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University with
then-Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Andrés Cárdenes.
Before joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played two seasons
with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician, including national
and European tours. Other orchestral distinctions include having been
Guest Concertmaster of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra in December 2007
and being a frequent Concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra.
Ms. Voglar Belgique served as artistic Director of Fear No Music from
2005-11, reaching out to collaborate with internationally acclaimed
composers and presenting the music of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to private studio teaching, she is a faculty member at the
Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp, the Oregon State University Chamber
Music Workshop and Portland Summer Ensembles.
Nancy Ives is Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony and Instructor of Chamber Music at Lewis & Clark College. Her formal education culminated in a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music and she had a varied freelance career in New York City, with particular emphasis on new music. She is a member of the intrepid new music group fEARnoMUSIC and is an in-demand guest performer with groups such as Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Piano International, the Oregon Bach Festival, Third Angle, 45thParallel and the Portland Cello Project.
Nancy is also a composer, having recently fulfilled commissions from
Portland Cello Project and Third Angle, and has had works presented by the
Oregon Bach Festival Composer's Symposium, Siletz Bay Music Festival and
fEARnoMUSIC. With the help of a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture
Council, she has commissioned five leading Oregon composers plus herself
to write pieces inspired by the Allemandes from the Bach Suites for solo
cello. Nancy is co-founder of Classical Up Close, serves on the board of
All Classical Portland and Classical Up Close, and is a past board member
of the Oregon Symphony.
Susan DeWitt Smith is Professor of Piano at Lewis & Clark College. A native of Portland, Oregon, pianist Susan DeWitt Smith has an active career as both a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and on subscription series with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Palomar Symphony and the Dartmouth Symphony. She has performed at the Bloch, Cascade Head and the Cascade music festivals in Oregon, as well as the Grand Teton, Hot Springs, and Olympic music festivals. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she earned her MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Smith has recorded extensively on the KOCH International Classics label.