ELLSWORTH — Violinists Sophie Davis and Luke Fatora will perform works by Leclair, Bartók, Mozart and their own arrangements of American folk music at the Ellsworth Community Music Institute’s next free midday concert at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Moore Community Center.
Davis earned degrees in violin performance and environmental studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she studied with David Bowlin. She is a passionate chamber musician and has participated in the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Program, as a soloist with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and with her sister on National Public Radio’s “From the Top.” She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, the Monte Music Festival in India and with the Jordan National Orchestra (JOrchestra) in Amman, Jordan.
In 2017, Davis was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to spend nine months in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa, where she explored the ways in which the arts can raise awareness about climate change. Besides conducting research, she taught and performed with the National Orchestra of Samoa. Sophie divides her time between musical performance and pedagogy, working as a crew member on tall ships and for the Pemaquid Oyster Co. She currently teaches strings at two music schools in Maine and is a member of the Halcyon, a string quartet, which is dedicated to using music and the arts to cultivate environmental stewardship.
An EMCI faculty member, Fatora was drawn to the violin after hearing and being inspired by fiddle music in the hills of Appalachia as a young boy. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has performed in contexts that range from fiddling for square dances, to improvising with DJs and ballet dancers, to performing contemporary and traditional classical music in the World Financial Center and Carnegie Hall. He also has pursued interests in composition and conducting, winning awards from the Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition and serving as the music director for the Summit Community Orchestra. Most recently, he was a Quartet Fellow at Community MusicWorks in Providence, R.I., where he performed in robust and creative concert series while teaching individuals and coaching ensembles. He is excited by helping students develop a natural and creative approach to playing that allows for free and thoughtful self-expression.
Admission to ECMI’s midday concert series is free. Held at the Moore Center, located at 125 State St., the series is supported by the city of Ellsworth and the Onion Foundation. For more information, call 664-9258, email [email protected] and visit ellsworthcommunitymusic.org.