The Music School of Delaware will feature violin and harpsichord in its first Alumni Recital of the season on Tuesday, December 17, at 7 p.m. Violinist Benjamin Shute, a native of Wilmington, will be joined by harpsichordist Anastasia Abu Bakar. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. Visit www.musicschoolofdelaware.org or 302.762.1132.
Shute is thrilled to return for his performance. “I owe a debt of gratitude to the Music School, and it’s a joy to be able to give back,” he says.
Benjamin Shute, who studied violin, piano and theory at the Music School, has served as a guest performer/lecturer at universities such as Rutgers and Bucknell, and a faculty member at summer festivals including the Csehy Summer School of Music (Houghton, NY), ICMC Positano (Italy), and the Chichibu International Music Festival (Japan). He has been a visiting assistant professor at Dickinson College. He studied at the New England Conservatory, and Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He moved to Freiburg, Germany, for graduate studies and returned to the U.S. to complete a doctorate at the New England Conservatory while serving as concertmaster of the Boston Chamber Orchestra and founding director of the New England Conservatory Early Music Society.
Anastasia Abu Bakar has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in Germany and Italy. Originally a piano major, she earned a Bachelor of Music in harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in the harpsichord/basso continuo studio of Eva Maria Pollerus at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, in Frankfurt am Main, and participates in masterclasses on the harpsichord and the fortepiano with Jesper Christensen. She is originally from Malaysia.
“One of the things I love about music is that different pieces say such different things,” Shute says of their program. “Each piece we’ll perform has something quite different to offer.” The concert will feature, among other works, selections by Handel and J.S. Bach.