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Upcoming Performances

Voices Concerts

Hodie!

December 15th and 7:30 PM and 16th at 3 PM

Come celebrate the holidays with Voices as we perform heartwarming and festive classics!  The program includes “Hodie!” by John Leavitt, ‘Christmas Day’ by Holst, sing-a-long carols for the family and much more!

Cantari Concerts

Life, Love & Nature

November 10, 2018

Poetic expression of life, love & nature through choral music.  Selections include Romancero Gitano, Op. 152 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco based on poems by Frederico Garcia Lorca, Songs of Nature, Op. 63 by Antonin Dvorák, and Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 by Johannes Brahms

 

Accompanist

Shoko Abe is a sensitive and deeply committed collaborative pianist.  She is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano at the University of North Texas, where she studies with Steven Harlos and Elvia Puccinelli. From 2005 to 2007 she studied piano at Fukushima University with Makoto Nakahata, organ with Hideyuki Kobayashi. In 2006 she received an excellence of performance award at the Japan Classical Music Competition. From 2007-2011 she studied at the Showa University of Music with On Mitani. In 2008 she received a scholarship and performed a major recital at the school. She worked as a Teaching Assistant in music history and chamber music, and graduated with High Honors.

She began to focus on Chamber music. She participated in the Upbeat International Music Seminar in Hokkaido since 2008 where she worked with Cellist and UNT Professor Nikola Ruzevic. In Denton, she has a busy schedule of accompanying instrumentalists and vocalists, and playing for choirs and musicals. In 2014 she began working as a rehearsal pianist for the Musical Theater of Denton (MTD) and worked with a choir at Texas Woman’s University. Since 2014, she plays with piano duo with her husband Robert Buxton. They perform concerts in Dallas-Fort Worth retirement communities, and perform often in Japan. The duo is a top prize winner at the Salzburg=Mozart International Chamber Music Competition in 2015 in Tokyo. Their upcoming concerts in Japan include a concert at the Yamaha Ginza Hall in Tokyo, and a Radio appearance in Kyoto in 2016.

She was the organist at First Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in Gainesville, TX from 2015 to 2017 June. She moved to Chapel Hill, NC with her husband Robert and the cat Max in June 2017.