Milwaukee Cellist Returns to Perform Works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bartok at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Date Posted: September 19, 2007

MILWAUKEE – Cellist James Fiste, Jr., returns to Milwaukee to perform Beethoven’s beautifully expressive Sonata in C Major, op. 102 nr. 1, Mendelssohn’s rambunctious Sonata in D Major, op. 58, and Béla Bartók’s virtuosic First Rhapsody for Violin and Piano in the composer’s arrangement for cello and piano.  Pianist Juanita Becker joins him on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall of the Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. The recital is free, and open to the public. For more information please call the Wisconsin Lutheran College Box Office at (414) 443-8802.

James Fiste is professor of cello at Central Michigan University, where he is active as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. This is his second recital appearance at Wisconsin Lutheran College in five years. Other recent solo recital appearances have been in the Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, the Notre Dame Alumni Series and the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series in Boston, Mass. Fiste is heard each summer performing chamber music in the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival, of which he is co-founder and co-artistic director, in Plymouth, Mass. Other recent chamber music appearances include the Fontana Music Festival in Shelbyville, Mich., the Music Festival of Arkansas, the Hot Springs Music Festival, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Michigan. Fiste holds degrees in music from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois. He is a prizewinner in the Rolland Competition, the Cello Society Competition, and the University of Illinois Concerto Competition. Prior to joining the faculty at the Central Michigan University School of Music, Fiste was a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in Providence, R.I., and was a founding member of the Stonehill Trio, the trio in residence at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

Juanita Becker is Associate Professor of Music at Wisconsin  Lutheran College. She holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Florida State University. In addition to her teaching duties, she remains active as a recitalist and adjudicator.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.