Friday, August 8, 2014
Join violists Elizabeth Oakes (University of Iowa) and Nathalie Cruden (Des Moines Symphony) for a musical trip around the world. Enjoy beautiful works from America, France, Hungary, England and other parts of the world as these artists bring to life the music of LeClair, Telemann, Bartok and Dowland and some popular favorites.
Look no further for an evening summer getaway that fits in every budget!
Elizabeth Oakes, violist, is an active chamber musician, teacher and performer and is currently the Coordinator of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program at the University of Iowa. For twenty-two years, Ms. Oakes served as the violist of the Maia Quartet and as a member of the Quartet, she performed throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, and Europe and concertized in major venues including Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Her collaborations with other artists included Maia Quartet performances with Daniel Avshalomov, Joel Krosnick, Helen Callus, Andre Michel Schuub and Robert Kapilow. Ms. Oakes has taught at numerous summer festivals including the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Program, The Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Ms. Oakes is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance as a student of Jeffrey Irvine. She continued with a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Heidi Castleman and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Paul Coletti. At the Juilliard School, she served as a teaching assistant to Sam Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet.
Nathalie Cruden received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music. While there, she was a student of John Graham and studied chamber music with the Cleveland Quartet. She has also studied with William Preucil, Heidi Castleman, Atar Arad, and Mark Jackobs. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Heidelberg Schloss-Festpiele, the Quartet Program, and Piccolo Spoleto.
Nathalie was the Principal Violist of both the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Opera from 2001 to 2007. During that time she was also an adjunct faculty member at Grinnell College.
More recently, Nathalie has been a guest artist with the Hill House Chamber Players, the Musical Offering, The Maia Quartet, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Currently, Nathalie plays with the Des Moines Symphony and teaches privately. She is also an occasional substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony. Nathalie is a native of Iowa City where her musical life began at the Preucil School of Music.