Interlochen faculty to perform concert

MANISTEE — The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts will present faculty from Interlochen Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on April 14.

This world-class performance will feature violinists Paul Sonner and Ara Sarkissian, violist Renee Skerik and cellist Crispin Campbell, who will be joined by special guest retired instructor violist David Holland.

Sonner, instructor of violin at IAA, is concertmaster of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra as well as concertmaster and artistic director of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. He has served as Soloist and Concertmaster for both the Bermuda Bach Festival, UK, and the Manitou Festival in Michigan. Sonner is a graduate of Northwestern University, studying with Alice Schoenfeld and Samuel Magad. He plays a George Germunder violin dated 1855.

Sarkissian is both instructor of violin and orchestra conductor at IAA. He began studying violin at the age of 4 and continues performing and teaching both domestically and abroad. As a performer of contemporary music, a highlight of his career was performing George Benjamin’s “Palimpsests I and II” under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.

Renee Skerik, now instructor of viola at IAA, was formerly the viola professor at Texas Tech University and violist of the Botticelli String Quartet, performing throughout the U.S., Europe and Brazil. She was co-founder of the Stringwood Summer Chamber Music Festival and the Artaria Chamber Music School. Currently she is also violist of the American Piano Quintet.

Campbell has taught at IAA since 1980. His major teachers were Margaret Rowell in Berkeley, Calif., and George Sopkin of the Fine Arts Quartet in Milwaukee. Crispin was founder and Artistic Director of the Manitous Music Festival from 1990 to 2003. He performs with notable classical and jazz musicians, including Mark Summer, Jeremy Cohen, pianists Bob James and Christopher Taylor and harpsichordist David Schrader.

Holland recently retired from 39 years as the Resident Violist at the Interlochen Center for the Arts as well as coordinator of String Chamber Music and conductor of the String Orchestra. He has also served as viola faculty of Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Until the fall of 2013, Holland performed as principal viola for both the Midland Symphony and the Traverse Symphony. He served as Music Director and Conductor of the Traverse Symphony and Traverse Youth Symphony. He is a graduate of Indiana University and plays an 18.5 inch Altus, made in the 1880s for the Bayreuth Opera Festival during Wagner’s life.

Tickets for this event can be purchased online at mynorthtickets.com or by calling 800-836-0717. For more information, call the Ramsdell at (231) 398-9970.

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