Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) closes out its 2021 World Tour of Music residency and culminating concert with Urban Troubadour, a collective of Northeast Ohio’s finest musicians. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2 pm at the Akron Summit County Public Library, 60 South High Street, Akron, OH.
Admission is free, but online registration here is recommended or call 419-853-6016.
Founder and flutist Jane Berkner, recently named Outstanding Artist in Music in the 2019 Akron Arts Alive Awards, will be performing with pianist Eric Charnofsky, as well as musicians Jody Guinn, harp; Ambar Rogers, viola; and Amir Eidan, cello.
About the Musicians
As an avid chamber musician, advocate of modern music, music education, and community involvement in classical music, Amber Rogers has performed across the United States.
Amber’s interest lies primarily in performing chamber music, working with composers to premiere their work, and getting the community involved in classical and new music. She has had the opportunity to work with and premiere works by many composers including; Carson Cooman, Hannah Lash, Alan Tormey, David Gerard Matthews, Chris Massa, Ash Madni, and Ryan Stewart.
Also experienced as an administrator, Amber has produced and directed chamber and new music productions, and community and education outreach programs and performances in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has also sat as a member on many Pennsylvania nonprofit arts organization boards. Amber was a founding member of Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra and a founding member and director of Black Orchid String Trio and is intimately familiar with the operations and tribulations of grassroots arts nonprofits.
In addition to her small ensemble endeavors, Amber is also the Principal Violist of the Butler Symphony Orchestra and freelances with Erie Chamber Orchestra, Music on The Edge, OvreArts, Resonance Works, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Erie Philharmonic and many other ensembles.
Amber’s primary instructors have been Toby Appel, John Graham and Warren Friesen. In masterclasses and festivals, she has had the opportunity to study with Pinchas Zukerman, Misha Amory, Jorja Fleezanis, Peter Slowik, Vartan Manoogian, Zvi Zeitlin, Patricia McCarty and Thomas Turner.
Amber has studied chamber music with Margo Garrett, members of the Ying Quartet and Brentano Quartet, the American Quartet, Cavani Quartet and Borromeo Quartet. In masterclasses she has been coached by the Takas Quartet and Cuarteto Latinoamericano. She has also studied period performance practice with Christel Thielmann and Paul O’Dette.
Amir Eldan performs as a soloist, chamber musician and as guest principal cellist. In 2011-12, he served as principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra by invitation from Zubin Mehta. A year later, he served as guest principal cellist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. At age 22, he became the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, winning the position of associate principal cellist and invited by James Levine to perform with the MET Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall.
As a winner of the Juilliard Competition, Eldan made his New York debut with the Brahms Double concerto in Lincoln Center and he has performed the Six Bach Suites in a series of concerts worldwide.
Eldan has performed at the music festivals of Aspen, La Jolla, Ravinia, Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), West Cork (Ireland) and has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro.
He has collaborated in chamber music performances with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Mosaiques String Quartets, Beaux Arts Trio, and with Richard Goode, Lynn Harrell, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Joseph Silverstein, and Midori.
Eldan has served on the Oberlin Conservatory faculty since 2006 and a year later joined the Oberlin Trio, with which he has performed throughout the U.S. and in South Korea. He earned a doctor of music and master of music from the Juilliard School, where he also served as a guest teacher. His performances have been featured on public television and radio in the U.S., Europe, and in Israel.