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Clark College Presents The Russian Connection

June 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm UTC-7

Houston Symphony Cellist Jeffrey Butler solos in world premiere


VANCOUVER, WA.  The award winning Clark College Orchestra, Music Director/Conductor Donald Appert, will present its Spring Concert as part of the 2017-2018 season “The Russian Connection” on Sunday, June 17, 2018 7:30 pm in the Durst Theatre of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main Street, Vancouver, WA.  Featured on the program will be Jeffrey Butler, member of the Houston Symphony, as soloist for the world premiere of Maestro Appert’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra.  The orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, op. 36. This concert is sponsored in part by the Mark Moreland Violin Shop of Battle Ground, WA.  Admission to the performance free and open to the public. Donations to the Orchestra General Fund are welcome at the door.


“This is an exciting concert with Jeffrey performing in the world premiere of my Cello Concerto,” says Appert.  “Also interesting is that Jeffrey will be performing the concert on his beautiful 2013 Gofriller model cello made by Battle Ground luthier Mark Moreland.”


For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, please see http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts.


About Jeffrey Butler

Cellist Jeffrey Butler is a third generation musician and a long-term member of the Houston Symphony.  His paternal grandfather Herbert D. Butler was a leading American violinist and pedagogue in the early 1900s who studied In Berlin with Joseph Joachim and played there under the baton of Brahms.  His parents, both professional cellists, were his first teachers.   As a high school student in Kalamazoo, Michigan his quintet won the junior division of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.  Jeffrey earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the University Of Michigan School Of Music where he studied with Jerome Jelinek and was the recipient of that school’s highest award, the prestigious Stanley Medal.  As a student at the Aspen Music School, he studied with Alan Harris and Juilliard Quartet cellist Claus Adam.  Graduate studies were with the renowned George Neikrug at Boston University.  Prior to undertaking his graduate studies, Jeffrey was a faculty member of the Stetson University School of Music in DeLand, Florida where he was a founding member of the Stetson Trio, which performed throughout the state.  He also attended the Yale University summer chamber program at Norfolk where his quartet coached with Juilliard Quartet violist Raphael Hillyer and Tokyo Quartet violinist Peter Oundjian.


Jeffrey is an avid chamber musician and has been part of a number of groups, among them the Boston Composers Quartet, which frequently premiered works by composers groups such as Composer in Red Sneakers.  He toured Greece as a member of the Boston contemporary music group ALEA III.


As a professional orchestra musician, after graduating with a masters in music from Boston University, Jeffrey won a one year position with the Detroit Symphony, and the same year successfully auditioned for a full-time position with the Houston Symphony.  He has been a Houston Symphony musician for 32 years and has served numerous terms on the Orchestra and Negotiating Committees.In Houston, he helped establish the Bad Boys of Cello, a raucous fun loving cello ensemble comprised of Houston Symphony cellists.  He is also a member of the piano trio Tre Voci and the Fidelis String Quartet.  Fidelis is comprised of Houston Symphony musician and has toured Puerto Rico, performed in a number of chamber music series in Michigan and Texas, and also performed in 2008 and 2011 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  The Fidelis Quartet recorded a CD with 2018 Grammy award-winning producer Brad Sayles.  The CD is awaiting release and contains the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and selections by Astor Piazzolla with clarinetist Danny Granados and pianist Pablo Zinger.


As a soloist, Jeffrey has performed with the Galveston Symphony, the Houston Chamber Orchestra and Symphony North of Houston.  He has taught at the American Festival for the Arts, the Texas Music Festival and given masterclasses at Sam Houston State University and Western Michigan University in conjunction with a benefit recital appearance in Western’s Bullock Performance Series.


About Donald Appert

Donald Appert has been Music Director/Conductor of the Clark College Orchestra since 1990. His music has been performed in the US, Japan, Australia, Central America, and throughout Europe.  His Viola Concerto is currently a finalist in The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COMMUNITY division. In 2015 the Rocco Parisi Bass Clarinet Quartet performed his Quartetto Basso at theFifth Annual European Clarinet Festival in Ghent, Italy. They recorded the work in 2013 for Amirani Records (www.amiranirecords.com) on the CD “A tempo, a modo” Path-tracking Vito Marsico. In 2012 he was a Semifinalist for the American Prize in Composition – Orchestra, Professional Division. He has guest conducted orchestras in Europe, Central America, Japan and Australia. Currently he is a Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. In addition he is  the Music Director/Conductor of the Oregon Sinfonietta and Music Director/Conductor of the Jewish Community Orchestra, both in Portland, Oregon.  He received The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in 2011 for his work with the Oregon Sinfonietta. In 2014 he received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award from the Clark County Arts Commission. He has received the ASCAPLUS Award numerous times. His music may be heard via the Internet on his web site at www.maestrodonappert.com.

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June 17, 2018
7:30 pm
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Royal Durst Theater
3101 Main St.
Vancouver, WA 98663
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