ETSOA @ Liberty Hall:  An Evening of Chamber Music


ETSO Concertmaster Mark Miller and Principal Violist Ute Miller return to Liberty Hall with Daryl Coad, clarinet, Elizabeth Elsner, violin, and Oliver Schlaffer, cello, for another evening of Chamber Music.

This peformance is sponsored in part by

Mr. D. M. Edwards and Mr. and Mrs. Welby C. Edwards.

On the program:

     String Quartet                                                                  Ted Hansen (1936- )


     Autobahn for two violins                                            Benedikt Brydern (1966- )


     Trio Le Londres for violins and viola                         Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)


     Quintet for clarinet, two violins, viola, and cello           W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)


General Admission: 

$20 - Adults          $10 - Students (through College)

Order tickets online or call 903-526-3876, ext. 4#


Meet the Musicians

Daryl Coad is an active performer and teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  Formerly a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and the New Orleans Symphony, he has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra.  He has been on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also served as music director for the University Symphony Orchestra.  He has appeared on recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and Andre Previn and was featured on a recording of William Walton’s Façade with David Zinman conducting members of the Rochester Philharmonic.  His principal clarinet teacher was Robert Marcellus.  Other teachers have included Larry Combs, Clark Brody and Robert Listokin.  He has studied conducting with David Zinman, and holds a B.M. in clarinet performance and an M.M. in conducting, both from Northwestern University.  He frequently performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas since 1999.

Presently concertmaster of the Longview and East Texas Symphony Orchestras, violinist Mark Miller also performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and other area ensembles. He is a founder and president of Mount Vernon Music Association, a membership-based nonprofit devoted to bringing outstanding performances of classical, cultural and jazz chamber music to underserved audiences in rural Northeast Texas. He also co-directs the chamber series “The Color of Sound” at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where for eleven years he taught and performed as an Artist-in-Residence with his wife, violist Ute Miller, and the ensemble Duo Renard. Following studies at Purchase College, NY, Indiana University – Bloomington and Boston University, he studied with Jürgen Kussmaul in Germany, where he was assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Chamber Orchestra of Düsseldorf and a member of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. He has appeared as soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.


Elizabeth Elsner is currently Concertmaster of the Abilene Philharmonic. Since her move to the Dallas area, she has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony and other various area orchestras.  Previously Elizabeth held the position of Concertmaster of the Midland/Odessa Symphony and was a member of the Permian Basin String Quartet. Elizabeth received her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Linda Cerone, Stephen Majeske and Stephen Rose, as well as chamber music studies with Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. She has been a member of the National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, and Cleveland Pops Orchestra, as well as Assistant Concertmaster of the Peoria (IL) Symphony.

Ute Miller is principal violist of the East Texas Symphony, performs with the Dallas Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. A founder and treasurer of Mount Vernon Music Association, Ute performs with her husband Mark in the violin-viola ensemble Duo Renard, which was brought to Texas with a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies chamber music grant. Ute’s musical studies include the prestigious Konzertexamen diploma from the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, and a year at Boston University as a student of Raphael Hillyer. In addition to playing with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, she served for seven years as assistant principal violist of the Gürzenich Orchester/Cologne Philharmonic, and for eight years as principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. She maintains a private studio in Dallas.

Oliver Schlaffer has toured throughout Europe, the United States and Japan as an orchestral performer and chamber musician, working under the batons of conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Barenboim -- including several tours to Carnegie Hall. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and was formerly principal cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He was also principal cellist of the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, where he was featured as a concerto soloist in 2004. In the Dallas area, Mr. Schlaffer is principal cellist with the Allen Philharmonic and Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, where he is featured regularly as a soloist. He also plays with the Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Irving symphonies, and is active as a chamber musician in the DFW area and abroad.


Born in New York, Mr. Schlaffer began studying the cello at the age of four with Irene Sharp of the San Francisco Conservatory. Other teachers included Michael Coren of the Dallas Symphony, India Jobelmann, Oregon Symphony principal cellist, and Orlando Cole of the Curtis String Quartet. He earned his Bachelors degree in cello performance at Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of Ko Iwasaki and Dallas Symphony principal cellist Christopher Adkins, and completed his Masters degree at Northwestern University, studying with Jonathan Pegis of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Hans Jørgen Jensen. Mr. Schlaffer operates a private teaching studio in Plano, TX. He works with both the Dallas Symphony and the Plano Symphony orchestras in their youth outreach programs, reaching out to between 3500-4000 young kids each year through his presentations, performances and lessons.  




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