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SFA to present guest cellist in recital

February 17, 2009 - Sylvia Bierschenk

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Hannah Holman in a guest cello recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Cole Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Holman, who is the cellist of the Maia Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Iowa, will perform with clarinetist Christopher Ayer, SFA associate professor of music, and pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer, lecturer of collaborative piano at Baylor University.

The three musicians, now performing as the Gainsborough Trio, all received their master's degrees at the New England Conservatory where they used to perform together. Their program includes trios by Ludwig van Beethoven (Op. 38), Johannes Brahms (Op. 114) and Robert Muczynski (Fantasy-Trio, Op. 26).

"Kae and I have been wanting to perform with Hannah again for some time," explained Ayer. "She's a fantastic cellist who now plays full-time with a professional quartet. While on campus, she'll present a master class for our SFA string students and moderate a discussion with them about what it's like to be a full-time performing musician."

Holman, the principal cellist of the Quad Cities Symphony, has also served as the assistant principal cellist of the Richmond (Va.) Symphony, the Michigan Chamber Orchestra, the American Sinfonietta and performed with the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra. She was invited to and participated in the Pablo Casals Cello Competition in Germany and the Luis Sigall Cello Competition in Chile.

Ayer, who earned his doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, coordinates undergraduate and graduate clarinet study at SFA. He performs with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet and Orchestra of the Pines and is an active recitalist, often performing with his wife, Kae Hosoda-Ayer, as Duo Karudan.

Hosoda-Ayer holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Korea as a soloist and collaborative artist.

Cole Concert Hall is located at 2210 Alumni Dr. on the SFA campus. For more information, please call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.