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CelebSalon: A Magical Musical Evening
Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM
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Join us online for a Magical, Musical Evening with the "Attached Strings" - two top musicians with the Kennedy Center’s “invisible orchestra” which performs for the Kennedy Center’s opera, ballet and musical theater performances. You’ll meet Elizabeth Pulju-Owen (viola), Drew Owen (cello), and they are joined by their daughter, Cecilia Owen (violin). The family have been giving concerts for the neighborhood from their driveway!
A program will be emailed to all registrants a few days before our first online CelebSalon. They will alternate talking to us with the playing of short pieces, with time for Q&A at the end. Instructions on how to access the Salon will be sent to all registrants the morning of the event.
Bios of the performers:
Elizabeth Pulju-Owen, viola, (Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, The Catholic University of America) has been a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Washington National Opera Orchestra since 1998. Earlier orchestra appointments include positions with the New Orleans Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, and the Savannah Symphony. Elizabeth has also performed at music festivals throughout North America and in Scandinavia. Highlights of her orchestral career include the Washington National Opera tour to Japan in 2002 and two tours to Carnegie Hall with the Baltimore Symphony. Other Washington area groups with which Elizabeth has performed include the National Symphony Orchestra and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is also an active chamber musician, serving as violist for the Gragnani Trio. With that group and others, she has performed chamber concerts throughout the DC region. Particularly dear to Elizabeth’s heart are the educational music programs she performs with Dynamic Duo and Presto!, bringing classical music, magic, and fun to thousands of schoolchildren in the metropolitan region.
Drew Owen (cello) A resident of the Washington, D.C. area since 1998, cellist Drew Owen has performed as a freelance musician with the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The Washington National Opera, and The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and is a member of the Gragnani Trio. Highlights include the National Symphony’s 2009 Asia tour and the Washington National Opera’s 2002 Japan Tour. Before coming to Washington, Drew was a member of the New Orleans Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Drew holds degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, the Cleveland Institute of Music and was also a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed in master classes for many cellists including Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell. Drew has been on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music since 2000. He is the cello instructor at Howard University and was on the faculty of Tulane University in New Orleans. Drew also performs as a magician and combines his talents as magician/cellist in the group, Presto!, which presents educational children’s programs in schools throughout the Washington DC area.
Cecilia Owen, violin, is the daughter of Drew Owen and Elizabeth Pulju-Owen. She is her first year at the Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences, interested in a French and philosophy major. Cecilia has been playing the violin since she was 5 years old. She has toured Italy and Chile as a member of the DC Youth Orchestra, started and run a chamber group at her local high school, and helped teach elementary school string players, among other musical endeavors. She loves chamber music and is enjoying the opportunity to play chamber music with her parents now.