The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center will host a chamber music performance

Press release — Spruce Peak Center for the Performing Arts
January 2, 2018

Julianne Nickerson
[email protected]

Learn and experience chamber music this Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend!

Stowe, VT (January 2, 2019): The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society are proud to present two brilliant events in January to educate and inspire audiences to the world of chamber music.

ArtSmart – What is chamber music?
Friday, January 18, 1 p.m.

Bring a bag lunch and join Artistic Director Jia Kim for a behind-the-scenes look into the world of classical music and chamber music!

One must reserve. This series is free for Saturday 1/19 concert ticket holders. $10 for non-ticket holders or $20 for all three upcoming Spruce Peak Chamber Music ArtSmart events. Call Jon van Luling at 802.760.4648 to reserve your spot today!

Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society presents Rhapsody at Stowe
Saturday January 19, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35. To purchase tickets, visit or call 802.760.4634.

What better way to spend a cold winter evening than to hear magnificent music played by some of the classical world’s most accomplished musicians? The evening features Mark Dover (clarinet), Peter Dugan (piano), Jia Kim (cello) and Michelle Ross (violin). The audience and the ensemble will be seated on stage for a more intimate evening.

The program will include selections from:
Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue”
Mozart “Kegelstatt” Trio in E flat major, K 498
Brahms Piano Trio in B major

Biographies of performers

Mark Dover has been praised by Opera News for his “exemplary clarinet playing”. Mark Dover’s wide range of musical experiences has helped establish him as one of the most diverse clarinetists of his generation. In January 2016, Mr. Dover joined the Grammy-nominated wind quintet, Imani Winds. As a member of Imani Winds and as a featured artist, Mr. Dover has collaborated with pianists Gil Kalish, Fabio Bidini, Jon Nakamatsu and Alpin Hong; violinists Caroline Goulding, Alexi Kenney and Francesca de Pasquale; and cellist Brook Speltz of the Escher String Quartet. Dover has conducted masterclasses at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, Manhattan School of Music, and Rutgers Mason Gross School of The Arts. Dover is committed to new music and has given several world premieres of works written for him. In addition to his work in the classical world, Mr. Dover has extensive experience in jazz and improvised music. He frequently collaborates with Vulfpeck, an American funk band formed in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dover has performed and/or recorded with many jazz, pop and soul musicians, including Cyrille Aimée – who will perform at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on March 8! A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Mr. Dover earned his Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance.

Pianist Peter Dugan’s first solo performances in 2017 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic”. He has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America and abroad. Considering versatility the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz and pop idioms. A sought-after crossover artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Mr Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classic, rock star duo”. Mr. Dugan’s recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, St. John’s College Recital Series and a debut concert at Weill Hall presented by Carnegie Hall. His debut album with baritone John Brancy – A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song – pays tribute to composers who lived, fought and died during the Great War. Mr. Dugan advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. As founding creator and pianist of Operation Superpower, a children’s superhero opera, he has traveled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.

Violinist and composer Michelle Ross is unique as a solo artist and collaborative visionary. In 2013, she made her debut at Carnegie Hall with Maestro Harry Bicket, and her European debut as a soloist and conductor, with the Orchester de Chambre de Paris as part of Play/Direct, at the Cité de The music. A renowned soloist and chamber musician, Ross is also in demand as guest concertmaster all over the world, notably with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra throughout Europe, MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis in Russia, the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Orchestra of Auvergnat. Ross is the Artistic Director and Founder of Music in the Mountains, a classical chamber music festival atop Summit Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah. In 2016, Michelle also launched the inaugural chamber music season at the Eleventh Street Arts Gallery in New York. As a chamber musician, she has toured extensively with Itzhak Perlman and also collaborates with Mitsuko Uchida and Dénes Várjon, as well as with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri and Cleveland string quartets. As a composer and improviser, Michelle is extremely interested in creating multimedia and collaborative works, and was recently awarded a New Music USA Fellowship for her work with RendezVous. Her work toured with the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet for three seasons. It also had premieres at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Joyce Theater, and Lincoln Center’s Beyond the Machine Festival. Michelle holds an MM from The Juilliard School and a BA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she studied in the Columbia/Juilliard Joint Degree Program.

Jia Kim, Artistic Director and Cellist of the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society, recently chosen as the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Leonore Annenberg Scholarship Fund in her 10th and final year, began her cello studies at the age of ten in Korea. Ms. Kim has taken the stage in cities across the United States, South America, Europe and South Korea. A passionate and active chamber musician, Ms. Kim has worked with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Frans Helmerson, Robert Mann, Kim Kashkashian, Robert Spano, Emmanuel Villaume, John Williams, A Far Cry, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet , Cleveland Quartet, Takacs Quartet, Orion String Quartet among others. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall at the Chicago Symphony Center and many more. As a teenager, she spent five summers at the Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School on Shelter Island, which gave her life-changing experiences. She has also participated in festivals such as the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop where she was invited to tour with Itzhak Perlman in Israel, Toronto, Mexico City, Virginia Beach, Miami and New York. A dedicated educator, Ms. Kim has worked with students at The Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, American Academy of Jordan, Jerusalem Music Center and Grand Valley State University. She is a faculty member of the Brearley School, chamber music program of the New York Youth Symphony. Ms. Kim plays a 1748 Testore cello. She is ever most grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Toby & Itzhak Perlman, and to Joel Krosnick, with whom she studied at the Juilliard School for a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music. .

Become a member of the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society and sponsor world-class performances that touch the entire community! Memberships start at just $150, become a member today!

Photos are available on request.

Events to come:

Scouting Film Festival Screenings and Awards Ceremony – Friday, January 4, 9:00 a.m. and Saturday, January 5, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

The Bolshoi Ballet in HD – Don Quixote—Thursday, January 10, 1 p.m. – AARP 20% off

ArtSmart – What is chamber music? – Friday, January 18, 1 p.m.

Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society presents Rhapsody in Stowe – Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m.

The Met Opera: Live in HD- LA TRAVIATA (Verdi)- Wednesday, January 23, 1pm- AARP 20% off

Swan Lake by the National Ballet Theater of Odessa – Saturday, January 26, 7 p.m. – Family Pack of 4 – Save 25% on the purchase of four or more tickets!

Step Afrika – Wednesday, February 6, 7:00-7:00 p.m. – Family 4-Pack – Save 25% on the purchase of four or more tickets!

An Evening with Chad Hollister Band – Saturday, February 9, 7 p.m.

The Met Opera: Live in HD- ADRIANA LECOUVREUR (Cilea)- Wednesday, February 13, 1pm- AARP 20% off

Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan – Saturday, February 16, 7 p.m. – Family Package of 4 – Save 25% on the purchase of four or more tickets!

American Girl LIVE- Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m. and Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m.-

Family 4-Pack – Save 25% on the purchase of four or more tickets!
Gaelic Storm – Sunday February 24, 7 p.m.

Cyrille Aimée – Friday March 8, 7 p.m.

ArtSmart – String Quartet Instruments – Friday, March 8, 11 a.m.

Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society presents The Art of The String Quartet – Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m.

The Met Opera: Live in HD- CARMEN (Bizet)- Wednesday March 13, 1pm- AARP 20% off

TRIP Fundraiser 2019 – Friday, March 22, 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m.

Le Cirque Esprit: Spirit of the Machine – Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m. – KIDS FREE – one free child ticket offered with the purchase of a full price adult ticket. Hurry, offer expires 2/14/18.

The Allman Betts Band – Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.

The Met Opera: Live in HD- DIE WALKÜRE (Wagner)- Wednesday, April 10, 1pm- AARP 20% off

Under The Street Lamp – Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m. – Family Package of 4 – Save 25% on the purchase of four or more tickets!

The Met Opera: Live in HD- AIDA (Verdi)- Wednesday, May 8, 1pm- AARP 20% off

ArtSmart – Survey and Overview of Works by Master Composers – Bach,
Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok and Bridge – Friday May 17, 1 p.m.

Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society presents Family, Fun, Five “B’s” – Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m.

The Bolshoi Ballet in HD – Suite Carmen / Petrushka – Thursday, June 13, 1 p.m. – AARP 20% off

The Met Opera: Live in HD- DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES (Poulenc)- Wednesday, June 26, 1pm- AARP 20% off

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
122 Hourglass Drive
Stowe, Vermont
For more information: 802-760-4634 or visit