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Cellist, Tessa Seymour, Salon Concert Series

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Porter Family Home

160 Pendegast Steet

Woodland, CA 95695

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We are honored to host four private salon-concerts to hear the acclaimed cellist, Tessa Seymour in the intimate setting of our welcoming home in Woodland.

Hailed by critics as “richly emotive” and demonstrating “an uncanny sense of tasteful proportion...a natural talent that cannot be taught” (SF Classical Voice), Tessa made her televised Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 and has since been performing in Europe, Asia, and the US as a soloist and chamber musician. Her repertoire cuts across genres and brings to life contemporary and established works alike. She has collaborated with and premiered the works of Matthias Pintscher, Krzysztof Penderecki, John Adams, David Ludwig, and Richard Danielpour.

Tessa is the recipient of, among others, the Verbier Festival's "Jean-Nicolas Firmenich" prize for cello and was named a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar in 2010. She is a regular performer at the Verbier Festival, Napa Valley's Festival del Sole, and the Dresden Music Festival. Tessa has participated in masterclasses with distinguished musicians such as Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Miklós Perényi, and Gabor Takács-Nagy. As a chamber musician, she has performed with Eighth Blackbird, Pamela Frank, Meng-Chieh Liu, Jiji, and Jupiter Chamber Players.

Tessa's recent appearances include concerts at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center and the US premiere of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s Suite for Solo Cello at Carnegie Hall. Her performances have been broadcast on WHYY-TV, PBS, as well as NPR, TEDTalks, VICE News, and WRTI radio, where she hosted, and appeared in, their program “Philadelphia Music Makers.” She was recently a featured artist on BBC Radio 3’s “BBC Introducing” program.

In 2016 she completed a hugely successful solo tour around the US, performing 30 concerts in 60 days. She presented an elaborate and thoughtfully curated hour-long solo cello program of both classical and contemporary repertoire that ranged from Bach’s Cello Suites to the wonderful music of Kodaly, Sollima, and Ligeti. In 2017, Tessa premiered the Australian electronic and acoustic music composer William Gardiner's concerto for cello, a work commissioned for her by composer John Adams and the Berkeley Symphony.

Born in Berkeley in 1993, Tessa first started playing cello at the age of six. She joined the Curtis Institute of Music at 16, where she studied with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley until her graduation in 2015. Tessa's cello is the 1720 Testore "Camilla" of Milan.

Tessa will perform a different piece every evening from a varied and rich repertoire that includes:
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites No. 1, 2, 3, and 5
Zoltán Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op.8
Giovanni Sollima: Lamentatio
György Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello
Gaspar Cassadó: Suite for Solo Cello
Benjamin Britten: Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72
Peteris Vasks: Dolcissimo
Carter Brey: Tango
Bloch: Suite No. 1

Harkening back to the salons of Schubert and Chopin's time, private salon concerts strive to create deep intimacy and shared experiences; we hope to do the same.

We all need the emotional space that music—classical music in particular—can provide. This is an opportunity to hear such music performed in a small and intimate setting by a master of the craft. We are extraordinarily grateful to Tessa and Alex for making it possible for us to do so.

NOTE: Please arrive early so to have time to find your seat and be settled. Each hour-long concert will begin promptly at 6:00 PM.

NOTE: You are welcome to invite family and friends, and encouraged to purchase tickets early as these are small and intimate concerts with very limited seating.

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