lady mac in memory of Miriam Look MacMillan choreographed & performed by DeAnna Pellecchia music composed & performed by cellist Sam Ou
LADY MAC is inspired by and dedicated to DeAnna's Aunt Miriam Look MacMillan, wife of great explorer Admiral Donald Baxter MacMillan. Miriam was the first woman explorer to ever go on an expedition to the North Pole, completing 9 voyages to the Artic between 1938 - 1957. Her bravery, courage and determination to design her own life serve as the inspiration for DeAnna's solo, LADY MAC - the name affectionately given to Aunt Miriam by Uncle Donald's crew, who were instrumental in convincing him to let her go on that very first expedition. Danced to live cello by Sam Ou, LADY MAC is a testament and tribute to this incredible woman who helped pave an important path for many others, including a little girl who dreamt not of open seas and icebergs, but of theaters and bright-lights.
Praised for his "impassioned performance" (Boston Globe) and playing "with remarkable ease and clarity, while maintaining a graceful—if vociferous—line that fit well into the narrative" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), cellist Sam Ou enjoys an active musical life in the Greater Boston area. A recipient of the Rosemary Scales Prize for best cello concerto performance at the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, Ou has performed at several prestigious summer venues including Tanglewood, Sarasota, Musicorda, Santa Fe, and La Jolla music festivals. In 2012, he gave the world premiere performance of Larry Bell’s Cello Concerto entitled The Triumph of Lightness with the Boston Civic Symphony at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (NEC). An avid chamber musician, Ou has collaborated and performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, James Buswell, Hung-Kuan Chen, Pi-Hsien Chen, James Dunham, Thomas Hill, Patricia McCarty, Paul Neubauer, Heiichiro Ohyama, Lois Shapiro, and Marcus Thompson. He performed Yehudi Wyner's Tanz and Maissele with violinist Lucy Chapman, clarinetist Bruce Creditor, and the Pulitzer prize-winning composer at the piano at The Center for Jewish History in New York. A faculty member and assistant string chairperson at NEC’s Preparatory School, Ou also maintains a private teaching studio, and in the summer, he teaches in Belmont, MA at Music on the Hill, a chamber music program for young musicians.