Requiro For a Dream Concert

You would think bringing in talent like cellist David Requiro would require the Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute to pull some strings. Luckily, Requiro is an artist faculty member of Center Stage Strings in Three Rivers.

Now in its fourth year, Center Stage Strings was founded by prize-winning violinist and passionate teacher Danielle Belen to develop the talents of young classical music students in the areas of solo and chamber music performance. During the camp, students receive daily private lessons, participate in Master Classes, attend Guest Artist Recitals open to the public, all culminating in a student concert on the final day of camp. Center Stage Strings is supported by theThree Rivers Art Institute, co-founded by Belen and fellow Three Rivers resident and art enthusiast Bill Haxton.

“When [Requiro] performs, his cello becomes an extension of his body, producing an agile, fully shaped, honeyed tone that flies from the strings as if it were always there waiting for that perfectly nuanced bow to liberate it,” wrote Haxton on the Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute’s website. “He is one of those rare performers whose art takes you places you wish you could inhabit forever.”

Requiro will bring his rare talents back to Three Rivers this Saturday, April 6 as part of the Institute’s Winter Concert Series. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Three Rivers Community Presbyterian Church, 43410 Sierra Dr. in Three Rivers.

Winner of more cello competitions that we can list here, in 2008 David Requiro won the Naumberg Prize for cello, which the New York Times calls “the most prestigious competition of them all.” Mr. Requiro has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Seattle Symphony and many others across North America.

Requiro has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and and other orchestras across the U.S. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco Performances recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Actively involved in contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng and most recently gave the Dutch premier of Pierre Jalbert’s Sonata for cello and piano at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale.

“Most musical performers play upon an instrument. But, there are some rare ones who merge into a symbiotic relationship with their instruments that make us think of them as one. And, that is Requiro. Look for him to be a musical leader of the future,” read a review in The Oakland Tribune.

Requiro is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound where he is professor of cello and director of the chamber music program. He has served as artist faculty at the Giverny Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, Maui Classical Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, and Center Stage Strings. He is also a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City.

The Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute was born in Spring 2010 out of a chance encounter between violin virtuoso Danielle Belen and Bill Haxton. A few short weeks later, the Center Stage Strings summer music camp was born. To make the camp possible, residents of Three Rivers volunteered hundreds of hours of time and contributed generously to support the music camp, including opening their homes as lodging for the camp’s faculty and students.

Held in June of 2010, the first camp was a resounding success. Faculty came from the highest altitudes of the music world; students hailed from Bulgaria, China, Korea and from all over the United States; and the concerts presented during the camp played to enthusiastic full houses every night. Shortly after that first camp, Haxton created the nonprofit Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute, which would continue to support Belen’s annual music camp, but which would also host events of its own.

Believing high quality performances should be available to everyone, local businesses, citizens and service organizations have eagerly supported the endeavor. Because of their generous sponsorships, the Performing Arts Institute’s concerts can be attended at the very low price of $12, and students, children and the adults who bring them attend free. For tickets, visit .

“When we dream, we dream big,” wrote Haxton on the website, “The long-term goal of the Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute is to have a facility of our own, an ‘Institute’ that will draw performers and audiences from faraway places to our small community of Three Rivers. If you are interested in supporting the mission and goals of the Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.”

For information, email or call 559-561-0300.

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