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Classical Connections

  • Cordiner Hall 46 S Park St Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Symphony Series: Classical Connections

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7:30pm
Cordiner Hall

Free Inside the Music Pre-Concert Talk, 6:30pm, Reid Campus Center

Prokofiev - Classical Symphony. op. 25

David Glenn - Romantic Fantasy on Themes by Mozart
     Maria Sampen, violin
     Tim Christie, viola

World Premiere - Commissioned by the Walla Walla Symphony

Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante
 Maria Sampen, violin
     Tim Christie, viola

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Maria Sampen, Professor of Violin at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, enjoys a vibrant musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, recording artist and teacher. She is in demand as a performer of both standard repertoire and new and experimental works. Her performing engagements have taken her around the world, and she has played in Europe, Asia, Canada and all over the United States. 

In addition to her busy performing schedule, Sampen is a dedicated teacher. In her 12 years at University of Puget Sound, she has twice received the university’s Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award for excellence in teaching (2005 and 2008). In 2008, Sampen also received the University’s John Lantz Senior Fellowship for Research and Advanced Study. 

Sampen holds bachelor and doctoral degrees from University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree from Rice University. Her major teachers include Paul Kantor, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Paul Makara. 

Sampen and her husband, Timothy Christie, spend summers performing at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival in Eastern Washington ( and the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina ( Sampen was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival. She has also attended the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria. Her string quartet held residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and the Musicorda Festival in Massachusetts.

During the academic year, Sampen performs frequently with her new music group, Brave New Works (, the IRIS Orchestra (Germantown, Tennessee), and the Puget Sound Piano Trio.

Violinist and violist, Timothy Christie, resides in Tacoma, WA, where he serves on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound School of Music. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra (Seattle) and IRIS Orchestra (Germantown, TN), and appears regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. A committed advocate of new music, Timothy is also the solo violist of Brave New Works, a dynamic new music ensemble based in Ann Arbor, MI.

In 2007 Timothy founded the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF). The Festival brings together internationally acclaimed musicians from across North America and attracts more than 5,000 audience members annually. With an innovative approach to staging, WWCMF partners with some 27 venues, including community centers, museums, restaurants, wineries and theaters to present 40 annual performances.

Timothy grew up in the Washington, DC area, studying violin at the Washington Conservatory and Levine School of Music with violinist, Ivan Minas-Bekhov. Later, Timothy attended the University of Michigan, earning undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Violin Performance, and a Masters degree in Violin Performance. His teachers are Andrew Jennings and Paul Kantor, violin, and Yizhak Schotten, viola.



Earlier Event: April 13
Heart Beat Concert No. 4
Later Event: May 9
A Taste of Opera (FREE)