Cellist Scott Lykins and pianist Matthew McCright next month will perform three of the 20th century’s masterworks for cello and piano—Astor Piazzolla’s rhythmic Le Grande Tango and the monumental sonatas of Samuel Barber and Dmitri Shostakovich.
The concert takes place on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in The Art Gallery, located inside the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church at 511 Groveland Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. General admission tickets are $20 and are available in advance at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets also will be available at the door. College students (with ID) will receive free admission.
Scott Lykins’ career uniquely blends artistic performance as a cellist and pianist with administrative creativity as founding artistic & executive director of the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn. Primarily a cellist, he enjoys a busy schedule performing throughout the Midwest. A current member of the South Dakota Symphony, he has served as principal cellist for the National Orchestra Institute, National Repertory Orchestras, Classical Symphony of Chicago, and Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra, and has played regularly with the Duluth, Syracuse, and New World Symphonies. As a soloist, recent concerto appearances include the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Heartland Symphony, Northeast Orchestra, and the Lakes Area Music Festival. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Steven Doane and Alan Harris, respectively. Also a collaborative pianist, he has performed in recitals and concerts throughout the United States and Europe.
Lykins is a graduate of the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program at Eastman and was a member of the 2014 cohort of the Institute for Executive Director Leadership presented by St. Thomas University’s College of Business. He has also served as a mentor for the Global Leaders Program. Each summer the Lakes Area Music Festival features 150 musicians from top ensembles nationwide in world-class performances of chamber music, symphony, opera, and ballet.
American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with imaginative programming that places the greatest piano repertoire alongside the music of today’s most innovative composers. A native of Pennsylvania, McCright now resides in Minneapolis and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College. An accomplished recording artist, McCright has released five solo recordings: three albums on innova Records (Second Childhood, A Waltz through the Vapor, and Blender), a 2011 release of the piano works of Gene Gutchë on Centaur Records and a 2015 release on Albany Records of the piano music of Olivier Messiaen. His solo touring shows include Evening Preludes, The People’s Music, Contemplations: the Music of Messiaen, Connecting Flights, and Endurance.
The recipient of numerous awards, grants, and prizes, he has performed at festivals such as Bang on a Can at MassMOCA, Printing House Festival of New Music (Dublin), Late Music Festival (UK), Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, Engelbach-Hart, Kodály Institute, Perilous Night, Fringe, Bridge, Spark Festival of Electronic Music, Seward Arts, Music 2000, CCM Village Opening, and Minnesota Composers Alliance. McCright completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music Degree in Piano from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster College. His past teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Lisa Moore, and Richard Morris. He is represented by Proper Canary Artist Services. For more information please visit: www.matthewmccright.org