Florestan Chamber Music
Music of Bridge, Britten, and Musto
$10 General Admission - to purchase tickets click here
Ruth Marshall, cello
Garret Ross, piano
Alan Dunbar, baritone
John Musto: Shadow of the Blues
John Musto: River Songs
Benjamin Britten: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C
Frank Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Benjamin Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake
Cellist Ruth Marshall enjoys a varied freelance career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist, and educator. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she is the cellist of the Mill City String Quartet, which is currently in residence with Minnesota Public Radio. Since 2013, she has been principal cello of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and in the 2019-2020 season, she is the newly-appointed principal cello of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. She is currently on the faculty of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and has been on the faculties of DePaul University, Illinois State University, and Eastern Illinois University. Since 2011, she has concertized with pianist Garret Ross as Artu Duo, and they currently hold residencies with the Saint Paul Conservatory, the Apollo Music Festival, and Minnesota Public Radio. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington in Comparative History of Ideas and Music Theory, and graduate degrees in cello performance from DePaul University. She is the co-director and co-founder of Florestan Chamber Music.
Pianist Garret Ross enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. With a perpetual interest in chamber music, Ross is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Apollo Chamber Music Festival in Houston MN. Most recently Ross has appeared on concert series and stages across the USA including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, The Roerich Museum in NYC, the Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul MN, Music Northwest in Seattle WA, and the Young Masters Recital Series in Valley Cottage NY. Ross performs often as the “Artu Duo” with cellist Ruth Marshall across the United States, as well as in Canada and the UK.
As a soloist, Ross gave the World Premiere of Gregory Vajda’s Csardas Obstine with the Texas Festival Orchestra and the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. Other solo appearances with large ensemble include repertoire by Rachmaninoff, Grieg, and Hindemith. Ross was the winner of competitions including the Bruce Carlson Memorial Scholarship Competition and First Prizes in the Bethel University Concerto and Solo Performance Competitions. Ross has attended numerous festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Centre, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, PianoSummer at New Paltz, and AmerKlavier Institute at Steinway Hall. He has also performed in masterclasses with pianists Menahem Pressler, Robert McDonald, Vladimir Feltsman, Thomas Sauer, Jerome Rose, Pavlina Dokovska, and Alexander Slobodyanik, among others.
Currently, Ross is attending the University of Minnesota for Doctor of Musical Arts studies with Alexander Braginsky. Ross also attended NYU’s Steinhardt School. His principal teachers were Alexander Braginsky and Eteri Andjaparidze. Both Braginsky and Andjaparidze studied at the Moscow Conservatory where their teachers, Teodor Gutman and Vera Gornostaeva, respectively, were students of Heinrich Neuhaus. Ross hopes to continue this tradition of piano playing through his performances and teaching.
An active teacher, Ross teaches students throughout the Twin Cities and conducts masterclasses around the United States. He is the co-founder and co-director of Florestan Chamber Music.
Baritone Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation. He was heard recently as the baritone soloist in the world premiere of Justin Merritt’s oratorio The Path, as Papageno in Madison Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, and as the bass soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Voices of Ascension. Past performances include Dominick Argento’s The Andrée Expedition at the Ordway with the MN Source Song Festival, numerous productions with Madison Opera (including Schaunard in La Bohème, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking), Barber’s Dover Beach and Othmar Schoeck’s Notturno at the Apollo Music Festival, the title role of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Santa Fe Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and recitals at the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute. Alan made his European solo recital debut at the Oslo Grieg Festival after winning the grand prize at the 2009 Grieg Festival Competition in Winter Park, FL. As a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival he performed as bass soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, sang the role of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin with Renée Fleming and Peter Mattei, and collaborated with choreographer/director Mark Morris in performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as in the Stravinsky chamber opera Renard.
Alan holds a BA in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MM and DM in vocal performance from Indiana University. Alan was a founding member of the Minnesota-based internationally acclaimed male chamber vocal ensemble Cantus, and sang throughout North America and Europe with the ensemble from 1998-2004. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Winona State University.