Mother, daughters team up for faculty cello recital commemorating Titanic

Linfield College music faculty member Sherill Roberts will present a cello recital Sunday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield College.

Roberts will be joined by Linfield colleagues Natalie Gunn and Chris Engbretson, and five other professional musicians in a varied program of chamber music.

The concert will take place on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which will be commemorated by the world premiere of a piece by contemporary composer Amelia Bierly. Roberts will be joined in the concert by Bierly on cello and Rosemary Roberts on Celtic harp, both of whom are Roberts’ daughters.

Also on the program will be two works by American composer Rick Sowash. “Bright April” for cello and soprano (Gunn), is based on poems of Sara Teasdale, and “Enchantement d’Avril” is for piano (Engbretson), clarinet (Theresa Schumacher) and cello. The concert will conclude with the Schubert C Major quintet, with violinists Casey Bozell and Lucia Atkinson, violist Bryan Fowler, and cellists Bierly and Roberts.

Roberts is the principal cellist of the Portland Opera Orchestra. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Roberts has performed in groups all over the world including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, Belgium, and Solistes de Catalunya of Spain. She currently teaches applied cello at Linfield.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department, 503-883-2275.