• The Dayton Philharmonic Boundless Harmony Event
  • The Lagos Jazz Series
  • The Strength of Community Series
  • The Hermitage Artist's Retreat
  • Teaching that Changes Lives
  • The Cairo Symphony

The experience of my performances are journeys that celebrate various aspects of life. Hopefully after the journey, the process of the experience will be used in your life – Enjoy Life!

“Boundless Harmony,” The Dayton Philharmonic. Jazz meets Orchestra. Works by Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven, Faure, Brahms, Dvorak, Bonifa/Jobim as well as traditonal pieces. Karen inspired the commissioning of The Invisible Bridge, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, a wonderful new concerto by the esteemed composer Halim El-Dabh. After the performance, El-Dabh commented, “Cellist Karen Patterson was certainly very confident and beautifully poised when she gave the world premiere of my composition.” Neal Gittleman, Conductor of The Dayton Philharmonic, observed, “She gave The Invisible Bridge a passionate, committed premiere that completely won over the listeners, many of whom were experiencing the contemporary classical idiom for the first time.”

The Lagos Jazz Series “brings jazz to the centre stage in Lagos and Nigeria, creating an enjoyment of life as mature as the music it celebrates. Oti Bazunu, Founder of the LJS, appreciates Karen’s unique energy, saying, “Cellist Karen Patterson brings melody to the Lagos Jazz Series.”

The Strength of Community Series and Festival in Sarasota, Florida, celebrates multicultural heritage in art, music, and theater. Presented by the Ringling College of Art and Design, Karen Patterson created the series and was its artistic director. Kevin Dean, Director of the Selby Gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design, remarked, “After having such a positive experience having Karen Patterson perform during an exhibition of the drawings Tom Feeling produced for his book Middle Passages in 1998, we invited her back to do a concert for another exhibition and three Strength of Community events. Through her music and her comments, Ms. Patterson makes her audiences think as well as feel the message of what can be be done when people work in harmony and how music brings us all together.”

The Hermitage Artist’s Retreat “provides the room for accomplished creators to work in a spectacular, inspiring environment. Artists bring brilliant ideas, and, together with nature, the Hermitage feeds their passion, and shares it all with the community. Work created at the Hermitage is being produced, performed, published, and exhibited at major venues around the world.” Karen was invited as a Hermitage Artist to complete My Life As a Cellist, a one woman show. Book Karen now via the Contact Page.

Teaching that Changes Lives. Teaching intermediate and advanced level students in open classes, Ms. Patterson addresses many technical aspects of Cello Performance and Musicanship.  Her coaching ranges from standard, contemporary repertoire to jazz; her presentations benefit the observer as well as the participant. Her students often pursue lifelong and successful careers in music. Karen helped to arrange for her students from the MUSON (Musical Society of Nigeria) School of Music in Lagos Nigeria to attend the University of Dayton in Ohio as international transfer students. (See inset photo.) They have all graduated and now there are more students on their way around the world to complete their studies. For inquiries and/or to book special residencies, workshops and masterclasses, please contact us.

The Cairo Symphony “has played a crucial role in the development of Egyptian contemporary music and in the inspiration of Egyptian musicians-soloists and conductors alike.” Karen will perform The Invisible Bridge by composer Halim El-Dabh. Performance dates are to be announced.