• Astute Music Releases Serenade for Ali by Chris Acquavella

    Serenade for Ali, by Chris Acquavella honoring the late Alison Stephens has been released in print.
    Serenade for Ali by Chris Acquavella

    Cheshire, UK — Astute Music has announced the publication and availability of Serenade for Ali in print by Chris Acquavella, a solo mandolin version of the 3rd movement for mandolin orchestra entitled Remembrance of a Beautiful Soul.

    About the video that appears below, Acquavella said, "This particular version was abbreviated for David Benedict's Mandolin Mondays series. Remembrance of a Beautiful Soul was commissioned by the British BMG Federation to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Alison Stephens. The entire piece will be premiered on March 29, 2020 by the British National Fretted Orchestra. "Serenade for Ali" was originally composed in 2006 for Alison Stephens when she first told me that she was diagnosed with cancer. This solo composition was my gift to her. Now, fully orchestrated as the final movement of Remembrance of a Beautiful Soul, this lovely little piece has found it's final resting place."

    About the Author

    Chris Acquavella is a classical mandolinist & educator from San Diego, California, who currently lives in Mainz, Germany. He graduated First Class Honors from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, England. Chris studied under the instruction of Alison Stephens, as well as composition with Andrew Poppy. In 2004, he won the Wolfsan Foundation Music Award and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for String Studies in 2006. Chris performs across Europe and America both in a solo and chamber music capacity. Aside from chamber music, he concertizes as a soloist & orchestral musician with various orchestras & ensembles throughout the world such as Duo Acquavella (DE), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), Detmold Landestheater (DE), Ensemble Lippe Barock (DE), GER Mandolin Orchestra (USA), Bach Collegium San Diego (USA), San Diego Opera (USA) and the San Diego Symphony (USA).

    Chris is the Founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Classical Mandolin Camp held each summer in San Diego, Calif.

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