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Hailed by the Denver Westword for his “acrobatic” and “robust” playing, Chris Jusell is a Philadelphia-based violinist. He is the principal second violinist of the Philadelphia Ballet orchestra, assistant principal second of the Central City Opera orchestra, and plays frequently with the Colorado Symphony. He began his studies on the violin at the age of 11, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Colorado State University, where he studied with Dr. Ron Francois; he also attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Dr. John Fadial.

Chris has toured and recorded with Nathaniel Rateliff, and formed an ambient jazz quartet with friends during the pandemic called Fuubutsushi, releasing five remotely-recorded albums to critical acclaim. Chris also teaches kids and adults how to play the violin, and conducted a youth orchestra in the mountains of Colorado for five years.

Hannah Rose Nicholas is a violist, songwriter, and teacher. She is the principal violist of the Philadelphia Ballet Orchestra and performs as a substitute violist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She has toured with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and with the New World Symphony, where she was a fellow from 2014-17 under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. In Philadelphia, Hannah has appeared on series including the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Network for New Music, LyricFest, and the Barnes Museum with the 2017 resident Barnes Ensemble.

Hannah was a featured artist with the O, Miami Poetry Festival from 2016-18. She has been a resident artist alongside composer-violinist Layale Chaker at the University of Texas El Paso as well as with the Chicago Folk Ensemble. She recently performed as guest violist with Garth Newel Piano Quartet in Virginia, and in the summer of 2021, Hannah started her own chamber music series, “Hannah Rose Presents.”

Hannah earned her Masters in Music at New England Conservatory, studying with Kim Kashkashian, and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches viola, songwriting, and chamber music at Penn, and teaches viola at Swarthmore College.



Improvisation in GJusell/Rose
Stirling Castle SetAlasdair Fraser/Natalie Haas
Josefin’s WaltzFraser/Haas
Three MadrigalsBohuslav Martinu
Duo in G, K. 423W.A. Mozart
Sarabande con VariazioniHändel/Johan Halvorsen

Save the date!

Sunday, March 5:

“An Ibero American Portrait”

Works by Granados, Elizondo, Piazzola, and more!

Alan Saucedo, cello

Thomas Creek, guitar


Sunday, April 16:

Bach Gamba Sonatas, reimagined

Schuyler Slack, cello

Sam Suggs, bass

John Bullard, banjo