Birth & Rebirth: Inspired by Shakespeare|
On April 23rd at 7:30pm, harpist Sage Po and cellist Rebekah Hood will present a program that celebrates William Shakespeare, who was born on that date 452 years ago. The concert is part of the Sri Moonshine Music Series, presented by world-renowned composer Terry Riley at the new Camptonville Performing Arts Center. Sage and Rebekah are collaborating to write two new harp and cello works for the concert. In addition to their original compositions, the duo will play a variety of music that embodies the theme Birth & Rebirth, ranging from simple Renaissance dances to jazzy cello solos.
Born in Texas, but moving throughout the world, Rebekah Hood played violin, cello, flute, and piano for several years before settling into serious study at the college level on cello. Completing her Bachelors and Masters at the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT) with Dr. Terry King in 2005, Rebekah continued study at The Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) with Terry King(cello) and Laura Bossert (violin/viola), receiving a Graduate Performance Certificate in 2007.
In 2005, Rebekah won the Miami String Quartet competition and performed with the MSQ. Rebekah has worked with Joseph Kalichstien, Pam Frank, Charles Castleman, Bill Pruceil, Terry King, Laura Bossert, Pam Devenport, Liz Arbus, Brian Ganz, The Pacifica Quartet, The Emerson Quartet, and The Miami String Quartet.
Rebekah has performed with orchestras in Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and performs locally with the Apollo Orchestra, Stockton Symphony, North State Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and InConcert Sierra, in addition to co-founding and artistically directing the Veridian Symphony Orchestra/Chamber Music Series.
Rebekah studied Suzuki pedagogy with Pam Devenport while working towards her Bachelors, and completed her teacher training in 2001. She has had additional training with Nancy Hair, Rick Mooney, and on violin with Liz Arbus. Rebekah began her teaching career by assisting her father at Metroplex Suzuki Players, a school he ran in Dallas, Texas. After receiving her training, Rebekah taught for the Music and Arts Center, the University of Connecticut Community School of the Arts, the Powers Music School, the Suzuki School of Newton, and the Music Stream Center. Rebekah started the North Valley Suzuki Music School and VSO with Helen Graham in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Together they aim to create a beautiful music community in the Northern Valley and foothills, making a high level of musicianship and music accessible to all people.
Sage Po fell in love with the harp at age eight, when she saw celtic harpist Lisa Stine playing at the home of a family friend. She immediately began lessons, starting on a tiny 19-string harp bought on eBay. After three years of folk music study she shifted her focus to the orchestral harp, studying with the principal harpist of the Fresno Philharmonic, Laura Porter.
As her skills grew, Sage began performing in music competitions, playing for weddings, and sharing her instrument with people of all ages. In high school she garnered honors ranging from her hometowns Jeanne Brook Dunning Award to multiple prizes at the American Harp Societys National Competitions. The music program at California State Summer School for the Arts awarded her the Herb Alpert Scholarship, which supports arts students who want to pursue their passion in college. In addition, she was invited to perform on From the Top, a National Public Radio show dedicated to showcasing young classical musicians, and received their Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.
At fifteen, Sage traveled to France to study with jazz harpist Magali Zsigmond and classical harpist Ghislaine Petit-Volta. She attended MusicAlta Academy in Alsace, where she participated in masterclasses, took private lessons, and immersed herself in music while absorbing French language and culture. The next year she spent the summer studying with June Han, of Yale and Julliard, and honing her chamber music skills at Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. In addition to these teachers, she took masterclasses with harp greats Susann MacDonald, Catherine Michel, and Isabelle Moretti.
Sage holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Harp Performance and a Certificate in Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Gretchen Van Hoesen, principal harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While in school she played with the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and Altoona Symphony Orchestra as well as the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. The Pittsburgh Concert Society and the Johnstown Chamber Music Festival both featured her in their solo recitals, and she was a winner of the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Concerto Competition.
In 2015, Sage moved back to her home state of California, where she is a concert artist and music educator in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. In addition to concerts throughout the year, this summer she will be featured as part of Music in the Mountains SummerFest, performing the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with fellow Carnegie Mellon School of Music alumna Jessica Yang. Following her passion for teaching, she maintains a private harp studio, teaches music at Grizzly Hill School, and is Assistant Conductor of the Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra.
Camptonville Performing Arts Center (View)
15333 Cleveland Ave
Camptonville, CA 95922
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