Mt. Vernon Music Presents Frets and Bows

Andrew Daniel left, and the Orchard Ensemble right

Mount Vernon Music proudly presents Andrew Daniel, classical guitar, at 3 p.m.Sunday, April 14 in Mount Vernon Music Hall, together with the Orchard Ensemble performing string quartets by Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky. Music lovers won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience why performers from the region and beyond unanimously praise the acoustics in Mt. Vernon’s historic concert space, called especially guitar friendly by the Texas Guitar Quartet. Two Romantic era string quartets will treat listeners to very different uplifting musical messages from post WWII England and czarist Russia.

Performing are cellist Zachary Mansell with Ute Miller, viola; Mark Miller, violin; and Yuko Mansell, violin. The program opens with the performances of two scholarship winners. Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children's admission through high school is free. (8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder.) 

Andrew Daniel, Professor of Music at Northeast Texas Community College, has been hailed by the press as a "gifted musician of the highest order." Before his return to Texas in 2001, he toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. After completing his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California in 1992, he was offered a European tour under the auspices of the Andres Segovia Institute. He settled in Germany in 1992 and founded Duo Grazioso with Axel Jacobsen. Andrew has appeared as a guest soloist in numerous festivals and with many orchestras, including The Dallas Symphony, The Rome Opera, Musica Vitae and The Valencia Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his concert stage performances, he has appeared on several live radio programs, including his Eastern European debut aired over Polish radio. Since 2001 Andrew has been on the faculty of NTCC where more than 500 students per year take the core curriculum Music Appreciation course he designed. 

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Zachary Mansell began playing the cello at age seven. He earned a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, with Mark Kosower and Melissa Kraut respectively. He also studied with Emilio Colon at Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree, and Martha Gerschefski in Atlanta. Mansell was the winner of the 2012 Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition. In the fall of 2017 he performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, where he holds the principal chair. Mansell has performed concerts in Europe, North America, and Asia. In past summers, Mansell has been a participant of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany, National Orchestral Institute, Round Top International Festival Institute, and the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, where he had the privilege of working with esteemed conductors including Michael Stern, Leonard Slatkin, and Christoph Eschenbach. As an orchestral musician, Mansell has performed with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, he performed Dohnanyi’s Second Piano Quintet with Peter Salaff, Carolyn Warner, and Mark Jackobs, all faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Ute Miller is the principal violist of the East Texas Symphony, performs frequently with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. A founder and the Executive Director of Mount Vernon Music Association, Ute performs with her husband Mark in the violin-viola ensemble Duo Renard, which was brought to Texas with a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies chamber music grant. She also produces the Color of Sound series at Texas A&M Commerce, where she was Artist-in-Residence. Ute’s musical studies include the prestigious Konzertexamen diploma from the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, and a year at Boston University as a student of Raphael Hillyer. In addition to playing with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, she served for seven years as assistant principal violist of the Gürzenich Orchester/Cologne Philharmonic, and for eight years as principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra.

A native of Nara, Japan, Yuko Mansell began playing the violin at age of three, and has been giving performances across North America and Japan. She holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under renowned violinists Henry Kowalski, Ik-hwan Bae, Koichiro Harada, and Federico Agostini, as well as with Stanley Ritchie on Baroque violin. An avid teacher, she maintains a large studio in Plano, TX, and performs with several ensembles across the Dallas –Fort Worth vicinity.

Besides serving as concertmaster of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, violinist Mark Miller performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and other North Texas ensembles. He is a founder and president of Mount Vernon Music, a membership-based nonprofit bringing outstanding performances of chamber music to underserved audiences in East Texas, with an emphasis on outreach to school children in rural communities. Mark also co-presents the chamber series "The Color of Sound" at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where for eleven years he taught and performed as an Artist-in-Residence with his wife, ETSO principal violist Ute Miller. Their recordings as Duo Renard can be found on the MSR and Fleur de Son labels. Following studies at SUNY Purchase, Indiana University -Bloomington and Boston University, Mark studied with Jürgen Kussmaul in Germany, where he was assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Kammerorchester of Düsseldorf and a member of the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn.

Memberships in MVM start at $25 and support all the organization’s work, including scholarships for young musicians and outreach work for schools and seniors. Memberships are good for the year June 1 through May 31, and members receive discounts on ticket pricing. Details can be found at MVM’s website,

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