A concert experience like no other!
Enjoy classical music in the exquisite setting of Hill-Stead’s Drawing Room. The Ballard Chamber Collective—a string trio with Jaroslaw Lis (violin), Melinda Daetsch (violin), and Ignacy Gaydamovich (cello)—will present Beethoven’s Serenade Op.8 and Schubert’s Trio in B Flat Major D581.
Museum Members | $55
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Non-Members | $65
For the safety of attendees and museum staff, all must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (14 days past the final vaccination shot) or provide proof of a negative FDA-authorized COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test, PCR, or another diagnostic test that is date and time stamped within 48 hours prior to the event, along with a driver’s license. All attendees and staff will be required to wear masks while inside the museum.
Jaroslaw Lis received his M.A. summa cum laude from the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and was a recipient of the prestigious Polish Ministry of Culture scholarship. As the youngest member of the Sinfonia Varsovia, he has worked with Yehudi Menuhin, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Emannuel Krivine as well as recorded for Denon and Aperto labels. He received an Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. He has studied with Jan Jakuc, Wojciech Malinski, Zofia Kuberska, Julia Jakimowicz, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Syoko Aki and the Tokyo String Quartet, and was a scholarship student of Nathan Milstein (Zurich, Switzerland). He has been a member of the Assai and Essex Quartets, receiving Second Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with the Assai Quartet. He recorded on Roesch Records with Assai Quartet and Ahmad Jamal. He has been on the faculty of the Madeline Island Music Camp, the Palisade Arts Festival, Friends of Music Camp in South Korea, and is a former director of the Music Adventure Camp at Tenuta di Spannocchia in Tuscany. He is currently acting Principal second violin of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He is a chamber music director as well as conductor of the chamber orchestra of Music Academy International in Trentino, Italy. He is on the faculty of Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Hartt School Community Division.
An avid chamber musician, Melinda Daetsch has performed with the Lion’s Gate Trio, The Claremont Trio, The St Petersburg Quartet, the Philadelphia Piano quartet, and has collaborated with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mt Gretna and Luzerne Chamber Music festivals. She has also performed at the Assisi Performing Arts Festival, (Italy), The Banff Arts Center (Canada), The Yehudi Menuhin Festival (Switzerland), and with Chamber Music Charleston (SC). She has performed with numerous orchestras in the US and abroad, and currently, she serves as Principal Viola for the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival at Penn State University. She also holds the Andre Jagendorf viola chair with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (NY). Ms. Daetsch received a Master’s in viola performance from The Juilliard School. While there, her quartet received acclaim from the New York Times for their performance of Schoenberg’s seldom-heard work “Ode to Napoleon” on the FOCUS! Festival of Contemporary Music. She holds a BA with honors in comparative religion from Harvard University where she worked closely with composer and chamber music coach Leon Kirchner. She joined the faculty of the Hartt School in 2002 and she serves as the Chair of the Chamber Music Program at the Hartt Community Division.
Daetsch is passionate about teaching as well as performing and has served as a guest artist and clinician at string workshops and festivals both abroad and in the United States. She has a special interest in musical ambassadorship and since 1998 has led several successful European concert tours of young musicians. In 2002 she and her colleagues at the State College Suzuki Program organized a special concert at Ground Zero for the children of a New York City public school. She is very interested in developing fluency and musical literacy in her young students as well as discovering and encouraging untapped sources of creativity in students of all ages.
Polish-Russian-American cellist Ignacy Gaydamovich, is the winner of the Allegro-Vivo competition in Austria and recipient of top prizes at other competitions. As a soloist, he performed with the National Radio and TV of Albania, Hartt Symphony, and Manchester Symphony orchestras. He released three CDs and gave over one hundred recitals in Austria, China, Japan, Lebanon, Panama, Poland, Russia, as well as in the US where he also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Crane School of Music and has been on the cello faculty at Texas Christian University and Mount Holyoke College. Dr. Gaydamovich has received degrees from F. Chopin Music Academy, Texas Christian University, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and a doctorate from the University of Hartford.
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