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Rhonda Rider: 11 Works Inspired by the Grand Canyon

(BOSTON—September 6, 2011) The Boston Conservatory presents cellist and faculty member Rhonda Rider in a free encore performance of 11 Works Inspired by the Grand Canyon. The performance takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. on campus at Studio 401 (31 Hemenway St., 4th floor). For more information call The Boston Conservatory event line at (617) 912-9240 or visit www.bostonconservatory.edu.

As 2010-2011 Grand Canyon Artist-in-Residence, Rhonda Rider commissioned 11 composers to write pieces for solo cello inspired by the Grand Canyon. Rider brings this encore performance to The Boston Conservatory in anticipation of a recording and the Grand Canyon National Park premiere in October 2011. She will perform works by Yu-Hui Chang, Howard Frazin, Laura Kaminsky, John Kennedy, Emma Lively, Jeffrey Mumford and David Rakowski, as well as Boston Conservatory faculty members Marti Epstein, Jan Swafford, Andy Vores and Dalit Warshaw. 

Rhonda Rider is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian Quartet, and a member of the celebrated piano trio, Triple Helix.  An active touring artist, she has been heard at international festivals including Concerts Spirituel de Geneve, Septembre Musique de L'Orne, American Academy in Rome and Tanglewood. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Library of Congress. Dedicated to the performance of new music, Rider has premiered and recorded works by such composers as John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Steve Mackey, Bright Sheng and Elliott Carter. Formerly on the faculties of Brandeis University and Wellesley College, Rider is presently Coordinator of Chamber Music and on the cello faculty at The Boston Conservatory and Boston University.

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu. 

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