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THE SILK ROAD with

Marcin Arendt, Violin
Kimberly Patterson, Cello
Benjamin De Kock, Double Bass
David Alderdice, Percussion

Musical traditions are portable, but they are also durable, and stubbornly take root in the lands where they were born. One of the most powerfully surviving features of the old Silk Road today is the variety of music performed, on instruments old and new, indigenous and imported, everywhere from the shores of the Mediterranean to the shores of the Pacific. This living musical heritage allows us to feel a link to thousands of years of trade and exchange among the peoples of the Silk Road.

This concert generously underwritten by:
Ralph D’Alessandro & Linda Bacigalupi

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A native of Poland, Marcin Arendt is an active chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. He recently joined the faculty of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis where he is a member of the Ceruti String Quartet. Marcin is part of the violin faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and he plays with IRIS Orchestra under the baton of Michael Stern where he regularly holds the Isaac Stern Concertmaster Chair. He also works as the Community Involvement Coordinator for IRIS Orchestra.

Dr. Arendt was a member and frequent concertmaster of Colorado’s premiere conductor-less string orchestra, The Sphere Ensemble, & the featured violinist with the nationally touring crossover-fusion band FEAST. The prize winner of several national & international competitions, he has performed alongside many renowned artists including Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Martin Short, Edgar Meyer, Clay Aiken, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, & Harry Connick, Jr.

Marcin holds bachelor degrees in both philosophy & music from Stetson University, a Master of Music & Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a post graduate performance certificate from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland. He plays on a Jan van Rooyen original violin modeled after the Guarneri “Carrodus,” and uses a bow made by the award winning bow maker David Forbes.

Hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a “superb cellist,” Dr. Kimberly Patterson has earned recognition for her artistry as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Dr. Patterson was the founding cellist for the Tesla Quartet, winners of the 2012 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as well as prizewinners of the 2012 London International Quartet Competition and the 2013 Bordeaux International Quartet Competition. She has given chamber recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and has held chamber music residencies with Strings Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley, Chamber Music Tulsa, and a quartet residency at the University of Colorado at Boulder with the Takács Quartet.

Dr. Patterson is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Memphis and cellist of the Ceruti Quartet. She is also the cellist of the Patterson/Sutton cello and guitar duo. Their debut album, “Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar,” was released by MSR records in 2013. The Patterson / Sutton duo presented a lecture at the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America National Convention. They will present the lecture again at the International Guitar Research Center in Surrey, UK in March 2016. The article written by Dr. Patterson for the lectures, “Eclectic Influences: An In-Depth Look at Stephen Goss’s ‘Park of Idols’ for Cello and Guitar,” was published as the cover article in Soundboard Magazine, (Feb. 2016).

As a soloist, Dr. Patterson has appeared with the Manila Symphony of the Philippines, toured nationally with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company performing a piece by David Lang, and presented solo recitals in the Netherlands, Afghanistan and throughout the United States.

In addition to her extensive chamber music career, Dr. Patterson was a member of the Colorado Symphony. She has also performed with the Utah Symphony, the Verbier Orchestra in Switzerland, the Juilliard Orchestra, Iris Orchestra, Central City Opera, the New Haven Symphony and was personally invited by Charles Dutoit to perform with the Miyazaki Orchestra in Japan.

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with academic honors, Dr. Patterson earned her Master’s of Music Degree at the Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Benjamin de Kock received his bachelor and masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the instruction of professor Albert Laszlo, and his doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. de Kock first came to Colorado in 2002 to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School. After attending the AMFS for several years he decided to move to Colorado in order to pursue his doctorate.Currently, Dr. de Kock plays with several orchestras and chamber groups across the United States. He is principal bass of the San Juan Symphony in Durango, CO, principal bass with the Colorado Bach Ensemble, assistant principal of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, a guest musician with Charleston Symphony in South Carolina, assistant third chair with the Greeley Symphony, and a regular sub with the Colorado Symphony. In addition to his busy performing schedule he is also a Program Lead Teaching Artist for El Sistema Colorado in Denver – a program which teaches orchestral music to inner city schools in Denver.

David Alderdice is a father, percussionist, educator, recording artist, performer, and enthusiastic rhythmist. His expertise includes drum set, frame drums, tambourines, marimba ensembles, and auxiliary hand held percussion instruments with a focus in jazz studies, grooveability, and ethnomusicology. He has collaborated with many wonderful artists, musicians, and dancers in a variety of styles, and settings. David offers lessons, classes, workshops, and playshops focusing mainly on the musical, creative, experimental, improvisatory, healing, universal, and interdisciplinary concepts of the percussive arts.

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