Burn your powdered wig and your preconceived notions about who classical music is by, for, and about. Cellist and chamber music evangelist Sophia Potter takes the audience through the elevator speech version of her chamber ensemble's "in-concert" talks and live cello demo of music by dead and living composers (and possibly some living-dead composers. Zombie Mozart, anyone?). And, most importantly, how to enjoy a symphony, opera, or string quartet concert without falling asleep or surreptitiously checking your Facebook feed.
A native of Lincoln, Sophia Potter began her cello studies at the age of 10 when she definitely did not want to play cello. After some gentle prodding from her "classical music only and opera for your birthday" parents, she fell in love and received her B.A. in Cello Performance in 2007 from Oberlin College and her M.M. in Cello Performance from UNL in 2009. In addition to performing with and managing the Rangbrook Ensemble, Sophia is the Director of the Chamber Music Ensemble Program for the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras. She also serves as the chair of the Artist Selection Committee for the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music series, now in its 52nd season. A staunch advocate for instruments made by living luthiers, Sophia plays on a 2008 William Whedbee cello, which she loves so much she got a tattoo of.