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Matching Wine, Music and Friends 2018
Sun, February 18, 2018 4:00PM to 6:00PM (Eastern)
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 Join NMS board members, friends and donors on February 18 for our annual wine-tasting event!

Internationally acclaimed cellist and NMS faculty member Rebecca Patterson, principal cellist for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, will present a beautiful program inspired by folk traditions from around the world. She will be joined by cellist Ravenna Michalsen and pianist Alexis Zingale. A sommelier will pair these musical selections with fine wines, accompanied by cheese and charcuterie.

The New York Times describes Ms. Patterson as having an "uncommonly warm and rounded tone," and the Washington Post praises her for “a stunning account of the movement “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus” from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. As a founding member of the award-winning ensemble Antares, Rebecca dedicated over fifteen years (1996-2012) to chamber music, contemporary music, commissioning new works, and teaching. 

Ms. Patterson co-founded Antares while a student at Yale, and took the top prizes the following year in the Fischoff, Coleman, Yellow Springs, and Carmel National Chamber Music Competitions. In 2002, Antares was awarded the top prize in the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. Under their five-year management, the ensemble performed throughout the US and Canada and also recorded and commissioned numerous works for the piano-clarinet quartet genre. In 2007 they joined Sciolino Artist Management until they disbanded in 2012 to pursue other interests. Their last CD release in 2011, revisited two significant yet previously unrecorded works from 1978: Shadowed Narrative by Roger Reynolds and Tashi by Peter Lieberson. This CD was featured as “Choice of the Month” in the January 2012 issue of BBC Music Magazine. Other recordings with Antares include, Eclipse with Innova Recordings, and Red River by Mason Bates with MSR Classics label.

In recent years, Ms. Patterson has turned her focus to the Connecticut community. She was awarded the Principal Cello position of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in 2012, became Instructor of Cello at the University of Connecticut, Storrs as of 2014, and continues to be a dedicated and chamber music coach of all ages at the Neighborhood Music School, the Westport School of Music, and the Elm City ChamberFest, in addition to her private studio. She has also acquired a Baroque Cello and is exploring repertoire with this sound.
Ms. Patterson received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Paul Katz and Aldo Parisot, respectively.  While at Eastman she was winner of the Gibbs Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition, as well as the recipient of the full-merit Lois Smith Rogers Scholarship.  At Yale she was a recipient of the Ender Scholarship, which goes to a cellist with excellent promise. She currently lives in Woodbridge, CT.

Tickets are Limited! Please call for information or RSVP by February 9 to Aaron Sorensen, Philanthropic Partnerships Associate, (203) 624-5189 x14 or 

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