The Hammert Building

2018-19 Artist Series

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Duo Cortona, violin/mezzo-soprano

  • The Hammert Building 706 Main Street Eudora, KS, 66025 United States (map)

Love Sonnets - Laura Schwendinger
Shorelines - Timothy Peterson 
Kivalina - Kamala Sankaram
Dream Songs - Jeremy Rapaport-Stein
Sound and Silence - Luke Carlson 
If only after you then me... Litany - Amadeus Reguçera

Duo Cortona is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of works for its unique instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and violin.  This ensemble explores new sounds and possibilities for its intimate, expressive, and vital combination.  Duo Cortona works to establish a new and thus far unexplored repertoire, pursuing the endless possibilities of this union.  We create opportunities for both established and emerging composers through commissions, competitions, educational workshops, university residencies, and major concert performances. 

Duo Cortona was founded at the Cortona Sessions for New Music by husband and wife team Ari Streisfeld and Rachel Calloway. Recent performances include the Southern Exposure Series for New Music, East Carolina New Music Initiative, University of Wisconsin, College of Charleston, Claflin University, New Music New College, the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Resonant Bodies Festival, The Stone, the SONiC Festival, New Music on the Point, and Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (Princeton).



As an internationally recognized leading interpreter of contemporary and modern music, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway brings versatility and compelling insight to stages worldwide. Her work has been praised by the New York Times for “penetrating clarity” and “considerable depth of expression” and by Opera News for her “adept musicianship and dramatic flair.” 

This season’s highlights include a debut with the Orlando Philharmonic in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, the music of John Zorn at November Music in the Netherlands and the Art Institute of Chicago, and a continued collaboration with the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. At the University of South Carolina, Calloway will sing Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the USC Symphony and a world premiere by David Garner with the USC Wind Ensemble.  Calloway is a frequent collaborator with today’s leading ensembles including the Amernet Quartet and Third Coast Percussion, and she has appeared in opera and concert with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Series, and the New York Philharmonic, among others. Duo Cortona, Calloway’s duo alongside violinist Ari Streisfeld, appears in concerts and residencies at the University of South Carolina, Concerts at the Hammert and Kansas University, and the Delaware Valley Community College New Music Concert Series.

Ms. Calloway joined the faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy) in 2014 and Summer Arts with Juilliard (Switzerland) in 2016. She serves on the faculty of the University of South Carolina as Instructor of Voice and Associate Director of SPARK. She is a founding member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of lost and unknown Jewish art music. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School (BM) and Manhattan School of Music (MM). Ms. Calloway can be heard on Albany Records, Tzadik Records, BCMF Records, and Toccata Classics.



Praised for his “dazzling performance” by the New York Times and “scintillating playing” by New York Classical Review, violinist Ari Streisfeld has quickly established himself as a leader in contemporary classical music. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed JACK Quartet, Dr. Streisfeld has performed in the world’s leading concert halls and festivals. Season highlights include solo performances at Virginia Tech University, Bowling Green State University and the University of South Carolina. He has collaborated with many of today’s most prominent composers including John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, Steve Reich, and Salvatore Sciarrino. He has recorded for Mode, Albany, Carrier, Innova, Cantaloupe, New Focus, and New World Records.


Together with his wife, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, Dr. Streisfeld formed Duo Cortona, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of new works for the unique instrumentation of mezzo-soprano and violin. He is also a member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the performance and preservation of Jewish art music. 


A passionate and committed music educator, Dr. Streisfeld is currently Assistant Professor of Violin and Violin Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music, Music Director for Point CounterPoint (Vermont), Strings Coordinator for the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory, and serves on the faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy). He previously taught violin and chamber music at New York’s Special Music School, Face the Music, and New Music on the Point.  


Dr. Streisfeld holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music), Northwestern University (Master of Music), and Boston University (Doctor of Musical Arts). His teachers include Zvi Zeitlin, Almita Vamos, and Peter Zazofsky.

Earlier Event: November 9
Gregory Oakes, clarinet
Later Event: April 5
Brianna Matzke, piano