Levine Presents 2020-21

Go Spalla! Rediscovering the Violoncello da Spalla

Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7 PM ET

Thank you for joining us for the 2020-21 Levine Presents Performance Series, Beyond Imagined Boundaries: Merging Cultures and Modernization.

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William Hurd, violincello da spalla
Kimberly Galva, violin
Victor Holmes, bass
Mary Findley, harpsichord
Lauren Anderson, alto

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Suite for unaccompanied Cello no. 6 in D, BWV 1012

Gavottes I & II

G. F. Handel (1685-1759)
Violin Sonata in F Major (HWV 370)


J. S. Bach
Cantata, BWV 85, Ich bin ein guter Hirt (I am a Good Shepherd)
Aria: Jesus ist ein guter hirt (Jesus is a Good Shepherd)

Note: the Aria is the single movement from this cantata which we are performing. The titles of both the Aria and the complete work are similar.

Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
Duet for cello and bass

Andante Molto

About the Artists

Lauren Anderson Bustami is a masters graduate of Peabody Conservatory. There, she studied with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. She received her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire where she studied with Dr. Mark Mowry.  In 2018-2019 Lauren was seen as The Third Lady in Potomac Vocal Institute’s Magic Flute Workshop “Lady Parts”. She also became a staple in Annapolis Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Cabaret Series, “The Decades” which ran monthly from April to August and covered music from the 1920s-1980s. From 2017-2018 Lauren was a featured singer in Sonic Blossom by Lee Mingwei at the National Portrait Gallery in DC. The piece has been previously performed all over the world. Sonic Blossom is a powerful piece of performance artwork that utilizes the art songs of Franz Schubert to connect and perform to museum goes on a one to one level. In the 2016-2017 Season, Lauren performed selections of The Red Queen from Jason Mulligan’s Opera Through the Looking Glass at a New American Voices Concert hosted at Sam Houston State in Texas. In June, she planned and performed A Homecoming Recital with collaborative artist Rhonda Kwiecien in Waukesha, WI.  She was seen in the chorus of South Pacific and Madame Butterfly with Annapolis Opera. This past summer she made her debut with Young Victorian Theatre Company as Leila in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Lauren currently lives in Washington, D.C. and is the founder of Singing With Lauren, a company that offers Virtual Voice lessons and Voice Courses.

Mary Findley began music instruction at the age of 7 on piano, adding lessons on violin at 9 and organ at 14. While an undergraduate and master’s student in violin, her church jobs as organist and choirmaster paid her tuition and bought her violin and bow.  She has continued using her keyboard skills throughout her professional career accompanying instrumental and vocal students.  Returning to her love of baroque keyboard music first discovered as a teen organist, over the past ten years she has studied intensively with Adam Pearl, Joseph Gascho, Jacques Ogg and Kathryn Cok.  As a harpsichord soloist and continuo player she has performed in concerts and workshops with many players of recorder, traverso, dulcian, cello and violin in the Washington DC area and in workshops in works by Telemann, Bach, Handel, Corelli, Sammartini, Mancini, Marais, Froberger, Couperin, Scarlatti and Castello, among others.  She loves trying out various historical temperaments on her German double-manual harpsichord. Ms. Findley serves on the faculties of Levine Music and The George Washington University.

Kimberly Galva studied music at Oberlin Conservatory and graduated from DePaul University with a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance. Originally from Chicago Ms. Galva played with the Civic Orchestra, training orchestra to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Washington, DC, she has performed with Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore and other groups. Ms. Galva also maintains a home violin studio and serves on the faculty of Levine Music. The focus of her teaching is the Suzuki Method. When not playing music with colleagues or students, she enjoys hiking, reading and traveling.

Victor Holmes is a bassist from San Antonio,TX and a current member of the United States Air Force Band. He studied at The Boston Conservatory and Boston University, held a fellowship with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Sphinx Virtuosi. His primary teachers were Ben Levy and Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony. While Victor is an orchestrally trained bassist, he has a balanced interest in jazz and R&B. He plays with a variety of ensembles within the Air Force Band and in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

A native of Long Island, NY, Will Hurd, violoncello da spalla, attended the New England Conservatory.  His principle teachers include James Dunham, Marylou Speaker-Churchill, and Malcolm Lowe. Will has performed on violin and viola with orchestras throughout the world including the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Peru. Will was a founding member and violist of the Covington String Quartet, an ensemble recently featured on Deutsche Grammaphon’s The New Complete Edition Beethoven released in 2020 to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Will performs solo recitals and chamber music throughout the Washington region. Recent performances include appearances at Music at Penn Alps, The Dacor-Bacon House, and the Church of the Epiphany. Will loves teaching and has served on the faculty of Gettysburg college as viola and chamber music instructor. In the last decade, Will has focused his teaching activities around the talent education or mother tongue method developed by Shinichi Suzuki and currently enjoys working with families and children ages 4-18 in Levine’s Suzuki strings department as well as at the Herndon Suzuki School.