Jameson Platte, cello
Christopher Cooley, piano
Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata, Op. 19
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
I. Lento – Allegro moderato
II. Allegro scherzando
IV. Allegro mosso
Cellist Jameson Platte is currently a member of the critically acclaimed Axis quintet, the Conservatory Quartet, Duo 92 with pianist/composer Matthew Quayle, principal cellist of the Glens Falls Symphony, principal of the Orchestra of Northern New York and assistant principal of the Allentown Symphony. Mr. Platte works extensively as a clinician, guest conductor and cello coach, performs as a soloist and maintains a large private studio. Mr. Platte’s recordings of contemporary music may be heard under the Koch International and Seedmusic labels. His principal teacher was Carlton McCreery; he has also pursued studies with such teachers as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Mstislav Rostropovich, Harvey Shapiro and Carter Brey. Mr. Platte plays on cellos by Hannibal Fagnola (1925), J.B. Guadagnini (1757) and G.F. Pressenda (1825) as well as bows by François Xavier Tourte, Dominique Peccatte, Bernard Ouchard, and James Tubbs.
Pianist Christopher Cooley has concertized with various instrumental and vocal soloists on five continents, as well as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. Dr. Cooley holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the Manhattan School of Music, and has enjoyed a wide variety of musical activities as a freelance accompanist, organist, cocktail pianist, arranger, and composer in and around New York City for over 20 years. He spent five years as music director of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in White Plains, where the choir premiered several of his compositions and arrangements. Currently he is organist at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bedford, NY.
From mid-September through May, The Interchurch Center sponsors a series of programs by professional artists from the New York metropolitan area and beyond. Programs range from string quartets to woodwind ensembles, traditional African folk music to Celtic songs and dances, medieval to jazz, vocal soloists to choirs, and emerging artists to established professionals. Director of Chapel Music Christopher Johnson arranges a broad spectrum of quality programming that is designed to appeal to the widest possible audience.