Epitome, The Camerata Orchestra Series

"My whole family is musical: I have a brother who plays cello, another who plays bass and two sisters who play violin. I’ve always been surrounded by music."

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Sharon Robinson with the Camerata Orchestra, conductor Luis Biava

Festival Overture, Shotakovich Variations on a Rococo Theme, Tchaikovsky Symphonic Dances, Rachmaninoff


IU Auditorium

Sunday, March 28th, 7:30 pm

Sharon Robinson is a cellist and teacher at IU’s Jacobs School of Music. She’s a frequent soloist with orchestra and an active chamber music performer, most notably with her husband Jamie Laredo and pianist Joseph Kalichstein in the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She plays with the Camerata Orchestra in one of their Epitome Series concerts at the IU Auditorium, conducted by Luis Biava.

Highlights From The Interview

Sharon’s father was a bass player; her mother was a violinist. “I’m in the middle,” she says. “I did part of my growing up in Texas while my parents played in the Houston Symphony. My whole family is musical: I have a brother who plays cello, another brother who plays bass and two sisters who play violin. I’ve always been surrounded by music.”

“I’ve had a chance to attend a couple of the Camerata’s concerts in the five years that I’ve lived in Bloomington. I’m very much looking forward to playing with them and with Maestro Biava. Although we’ve tried to work out a couple of other projects, [including] a double and even a triple concerto, this is the first time that we’ve managed to get together.”

Sharon On The Music

“The Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, is a series of variations, but it’s definitely in a concerto form. It’s a bit of a tricky piece because there isn’t much breathing space between the variations, and the tempos, dynamics and rhythms can be quite different. Tchaikovsky has written a gorgeous piece that really shows off the cello, but it also has some lovely moments for the orchestra with the transitions between the variations. There is even a couple of duets.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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