2023 Chamber Music Series Opening Concert

Chamber Music Series Opening Concert December 15, 2023 @ 7:00 PM Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum

Join us for what we hope will be only the first in the line of many evenings in the company of masterpieces from the musical canon, works by underrepresented and marginalized composers, as well as new compositions.

For this occasion, Emily Doveala and Rok Palčič have prepared a wonderful program, featuring works by Brahms, Fauré, Bonis, and Rachmaninoff.

The concert will take place at the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum. Doors open at 6:30 PM for those who would like to indulge in a glass of wine ahead of the performance, which will start at 7:00 PM.

Please note that the venue might not be wheelchair accessible due to technical issues that the staff is hopeful to resolve in time for the performance.

Emily Doveala, Cello

Dr. Emily Doveala is a dedicated music educator and cellist who is passionate about curating meaningful musical experiences for music students and audiences alike. In the 2023-2024 season, Emily is active with several chamber music groups, performing around the DC Metro area at salon concerts, faculty recitals, social clubs, and more. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Doveala has played with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, PanAmerican Symphony Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Annapolis Opera Company, Binghamton Philharmonic, Washington City Choir, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. She has had the privilege of performing in famous venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Barnes at Wolf Trap, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, the Mozarteum Great Hall in Salzburg, and National Sawdust.

Dr. Doveala began studying the cello at age nine. She started her formal musical training at Mannes Prep, studying with Dorothy Lawson of the ETHEL Quartet. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music at Ithaca College, studying with Elizabeth Simkin and Heidi Hoffman, and her Master’s Degree from Stony Brook University, studying with Colin Carr. In 2022, Emily completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, studying with Dr. Eric Kutz. Currently, Emily is an active freelance musician and music educator in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to teaching private lessons, Emily teaches at the Mclean School, the International School of Music, and is an adjunct faculty member at College of Southern Maryland.

Rok Palcic, Piano

Dr. Rok Palčič is active as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, masterclass clinician, and competition juror. He successfully combines a broad range of experiences with his passion for entrepreneurial pursuits and organizing cultural events.

He started his musical education at the age of five and only a few years into his studies, Russian professor and pianist Sijavush Gadjiev invited him to join his studio. Gadjiev later introduced him to renowned pianist, pedagogue, and International Chopin Competition laureate Pavel Gililov, with whom he continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. After graduating in 2009, he decided to broaden his interests by choosing to pursue a graduate degree in chamber music performance. He moved to Graz, Austria, to study with Chia Chou, pianist and co-founder of the Trio Parnassus. After completing his second master’s degree, he briefly occupied a teaching position in his home country before emigrating to the United States. During his studies he also took part in several master classes with pedagogues and pianists Aldo Ciccolini, Deniz Galenbe, Ronald Pröll, Kolja Lessing, Jeremy Denk, and others.

In 2003 he was awarded the Škerjanc prize for exceptional musical achievements. In 2007 he performed at the Ruhr Klavier-Festival in Germany and was also awarded the YEHUDI MENUHIN Live Music Now foundation scholarship. His performances at prestigious festivals, as well as prizes from national and international competitions, have taken Palčič to venues across Slovenia, Italy, France, Croatia, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He performed with renowned artists, such as Koryun Asatryan, Ida Bieler, Ofer Canetti, Dudu Carmel, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, Steven Thomas, Benjamin Ziervogel, Andrej Žust, and others.

His career in the United States started in 2015, following the completion of his master’s degree at the University of Florida, when he was offered a 2-year post as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music. His doctoral research at the University of Maryland was focused around rediscovering forgotten music by Late-Romantic composers—particularly the premiere recording of the collective piano solo works by French composer Melanie Bonis—as well as paying tribute to the great masterpieces of our canon, such as Brahms’s complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin, both of which he recorded with Žiga Brank for the Slovenian ZKP label.

While performance and pedagogy remain his main focus, he devotes a sizable amount of effort to managing two companies, Chevy Chase Music LLC and Music School 21 LLC, which cater to the musical and educational needs of various audiences.

In addition to his concert, pedagogic, and entrepreneurial activity, Rok Palčič is also a passionate philanthropist. He is founder and artistic director of the Cultural Arts Society Ars Haliaeti and President of the Art Music Society, both focused on providing support and opportunities to emerging musicians as well as making music accessible to underrepresented populations.

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Chamber Music Series Opening Concert

December 15, 2023 @ 7:00 PM

Join us for drinks @ 6:30 PM

Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum

201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Emily Doveala, cello

Rok Palčič, piano

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