Candlelight Concerts® Chamber Music Series
February 2006

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2006
NEW YORK CHAMBER SOLOISTS

New York Chamber Soloists

Sharon Moe,
French horn

 

Daniel Epstein,
piano

Melvin Kaplan,
oboe

 

Curtis Macomber,
violin


    For nearly five decades, the New York Chamber Soloists have been acclaimed as an outstanding ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, performing widely diverse repertoire in creatively programmed concerts.  Four members of this group will perform works for strings and winds by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Reinecke and Brahms This is a concert that should not be missed.  The Washington Post says "a performance by the NY Chamber Soloists is a rare treat" and the New York Times calls it "pure chamber music, delicately presented."

 "I don't think anyone will hear a better chamber performance during this or any other season." -- St. Louis Post Dispatch review

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PROGRAM:

 

Trois Morceaux ………….………………….....…….... Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
   Pastorale for oboe and piano, Op. 166
   Romance for horn and piano, Op. 67

   Havanaise for violin and piano, Op. 83

Sonata for violin and piano in g minor ..……......….…  Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

     Allegro vivo; Intermède: Fantasque et léger; Très animé

Trio for oboe, horn and piano, Op. 188 ……….....….……  Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
     Allegro moderato; Scherzo. Molto vivace; Adagio; Finale. Allegro ma non troppo

Trio in E-flat for violin, horn, and piano, Op. 40 ..…... Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    
Andante; Scherzo: Allegro; Adagio mesto; Finale: Allegro con brio

The New York Chamber Soloists is represented by:
Melvin Kaplan, Inc.
115 College St., Burlington, VT. 05401

Web site for New York Chamber Soloists:
www.melkap.com

for more group and individual member Bios, click here  
or scroll down the page.

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This concert will be held at the Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, at 8:00 PM.
There WILL be a pre-concert "Meet the Artists" talk at 6:45 PM.

Directions

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Ticket prices  .
at the door 
Regular:  $29       Seniors, 60+:  $26
Students to age 24:  $12
Students to age 17 admitted free when
accompanied by a paying adult.
For discount & series subscription information, click  HERE

 

New York Chamber Soloists

Acclaimed as an outstanding ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, performing widely diverse repertoire in creatively programmed concerts, the New York Chamber Soloists have maintained a unique niche in the chamber music world for nearly five decades.  Founded in 1957, the ensemble will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007.  This 12-member ensemble of strings, winds, and keyboard can increase to as many as 20 with the addition of guest artists, giving it the flexibility to offer many works that are seldom heard due to the unusual instrumental combi­nations for which they were written.

With more than 250 works in their repertoire, the Chamber Soloists have made a valuable contribution to the musical life of this country, and have helped to expand the audience for chamber music.  Their program­ming innovations have included Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concerti in a single concert; “Paris in the '20s”; an American Classics program; the complete Mozart horn concerti; and song cycles, cantatas, and operas from Monteverdi to Aitken.

They have added substantially to the catalog of 20th century chamber works, with the more than 25 compositions written for them by such significant composers as Gunther Schuller, Mario Davidovsky, Ezra Laderman, and Mel Powell.   Most recently, the group has commissioned a new works for children, Ferdinand the Bull, from noted American composer Hugh Aitken.

The ensemble has compiled an impressive record of repeat engagements in North America and abroad, including eleven European tours, six Latin American tours, and numerous tours of the Far East and South Pacific.

In the United States, the Chamber Soloists have appeared frequently in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, in Washington at the Library of Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art, at major universities across the country from Boston to Berkeley, and at the Mostly Mozart, Sun Valley and Caramoor Festivals.  They have been in residence at the Vermont Mozart Festival every summer since its inception in 1974.

THE ARTISTS

Sharon Moe, French horn

Melvin Kaplan, oboe

Curtis Macomber, violin

Daniel Epstein, piano

Sharon Moe, French horn, is a frequent soloist throughout the U.S. and has performed as a soloist in France, Spain and South America.  At 17, she made her debut with the Minnesota Orchestra as winner of its Young Artists Competition.  Ms. Moe was solo horn for the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and for the premiere of Oliver Messaien's From the Canyon to the Stars at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.  Featured in television specials for PBS, CBS and ABC, she has also performed on numerous re­cordings for films and television and made recordings ranging from classical to rock for CBS, Newport Classics, Musical Heritage and Deutsche Gramophone.  Her compositions have received several awards from ASCAP, and have been performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall, and at the Aspen, Spoleto and Miami Festivals.  Her work Windows was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Melvin Kaplan, oboe, the founder/artistic director of the New York Chamber Soloists and the Festival Winds, has been for more than 40 years one of America's most influential forces in chamber music, both as a renowned performer and as manager, teacher, lecturer and writer.  As a soloist, he has premiered works by Vaughan Williams, Ezra Laderman, Hugh Aitken, Gunther Schuller, and Mel Powell, and has appeared as guest artist with Villa-Lobos and Jean Francaix.  On the faculty of the Juilliard School for more than 20 years, Mr. Kaplan was for many years featured regularly as a lecturer/performer at the Metropolitan Mu­seum of Art.  He founded and is Artistic Director of the Vermont Mozart Festival, and has recorded for Decca, Columbia, CRI and Westminster.





Curtis Macomber, violin, is one of the most versatile soloists/chamber musicians performing today, equally at home in repertoire from Bach to Babbitt.  As a member of the New World String Quartet, he performed on virtually all the important concert series in the United States, and toured abroad.  He is a founding member of the Apollo Trio.  His most recent recordings in­clude violin/piano sonatas of Amy Beach and John Corigliano on Koch International and Songs of Solitude for CRI, an all-solo disc named one of 1996's best instrumental solo recordings by the N.Y. Observer.  Mr. Macomber is presently a member of the chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School, where he earned B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees as a student of Joseph Fuchs.  He is also on the violin faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, and has taught at the Taos and Yellow Barn Music Festivals.



Daniel Epstein, piano, won overnight recognition from his debut tour with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra in 1973.  Since then, he has appeared as guest soloist with such major American orchestras as San Francisco, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Rochester and Honolulu.  Mr. Epstein has given recitals featuring a wide range of repertoire at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and on a variety of concert stages and campuses across North America, Europe, and Japan.  He has received numerous awards, including the Kosciuszko Chopin Award, the Concert Artists Guild Award, and the National Arts Club Prize.  He is a founding member of the Raphael Trio, with whom he tours nationally and internationally.  Mr. Epstein has recorded for the RCA, Sonar, Nonesuch, Newport Classic and EMS labels.




SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2006
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC WIND QUINTET
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"... the most remarkable control, blend, and balance of a woodwind ensemble..."
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Fergus McWilliam, horn

Henning Trog, bassoon

Michael Hasel, flute

Andreas Wittmann, oboe

Walter Seyfarth, clarinet

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, founded in 1988, is the first permanently established wind quintet in the Berlin Philharmonic's rich tradition of chamber music.  The ensemble's repertoire covers the entire spectrum of the wind quintet literature from the Classic to the Avantgarde, as well as works for larger ensembles in collaboration with other artists.

PROGRAM:

 

Fantasie f-minor, KV 594 ......………….………. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
for "ein Orgelwerk in einer Uhr"
                                     (Arranged by Michael Hasel)
 
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          Adagio    Allegro    Adagio

Andante F-Major, KV 616 ......………….……… Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
for "eine Orgelwalze"                                                   
(Arranged by Michael Hasel)

Fantasie f-minor, KV 608 ......………….…….… Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
for "eine Orgelwalze"                                                    
(Arranged by Michael Hasel)
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          Allegro    Andante    Allegro

Wind Quintet, Op. 10 (1929) ................…………..………......…  Pavel Haas (1899-1944)
          Preludio          
         
Preghiera
          Ballo eccentrico
          Epilogo

 Intermission

Quintet in D Major, Op. 95 ..….……..…..….…...... Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859-1951)
         
Allegro moderato
          Andante sostenuto
         
Allegro scherzando
         
Moderato e tranquillo - Allegro moderato

 Suite Popular Brasileira (1991-93) ……………….…….………  Júlio Medaglia (b. 1938)
          Chôro em Berlin
          Seresta
          Valsa Paulista
          Tango

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet 
appears by arrangement with 
David Rowe Artists, Marblehead, MA

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet 
records exclusively for BIS

Web site for Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet:
windquintet.com

for group and individual member Bios, click here  
or scroll down the page.

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This concert will be held at the Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, at 8:00 PM.
(There is no pre-concert.)

Directions

.

Ticket prices  .
at the door 
Regular:  $29       Seniors, 60+:  $26
Students to age 24:  $12
Students to age 17 admitted free when
accompanied by a paying adult.

BERLIN PHILHARMONIC WIND QUINTET

  The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was founded in 1988 and boasts the same membership since its inception.  It is the first permanently established wind quintet in the Berlin Philharmonic's rich tradition of chamber music.  The Ensemble's activities include regular concert appearances in Germany, numerous tours to nearly every European country as well as North and South America, Israel, Japan and Taiwan.  The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is a popular guest at international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, the Quintett-Biennale Marseilles, the Rheingau Festival and the Salzburg Festival.  The Ensemble's repertoire covers not only the entire spectrum of the wind quintet literature from the Classic to the Avantgarde, but also works for larger ensembles, e.g., the Sextets of Janácek and Reinicke; or the Septets of Hindemith and Koechlin.  In addition, collaboration with pianists such as Stephen Hough, Jon Nakamatsu and Lars Vogt have intensified in recent years.  The Ensemble’s radio and television productions are broadcast internationally and the numerous CD recordings the Quintet has made for the Swedish label BIS have received worldwide critical acclaim.

 

THE ARTISTS

Michael Hasel, flute

Michael Hasel, flute, a native of Hofheim in the Taunus region, originally studied piano and organ, completing a degree in Church Music.  He studied the flute, his first love, with Herbert Grimm in Mainz, Willy Schmidt in Frankfurt, and Aurele Nicolet in Freiburg.  From 1982 to 1984 he was a member of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as its Wind Quintet.  He appears with the Bayreuth Wagner Festival Orchestra, and is active as a chamber musician and soloist throughout Europe and Japan.  He has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1984.  He is also Professor of Wind Chamber Music at the Heidelberg-Mannheim Hochschule of Music.

Andreas Wittman, oboe

Andreas Wittman, oboe, was born in Munich.  He won first prize at the "Jugend Musiziert" in 1977.  Subsequently, he studied at the Munich Music Hochschule with Manfred Clement and at the Berlin Hochschule with Hansjorg Schellenberger.  Directly upon graduation in 1985 he was accepted into the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra-Academy and, only a year later, was appointed to membership in the orchestra itself.  He is also a member of the "Winds of the Berlin Philharmonic" and is internationally active as a soloist and chamber musician.

Henning Trog, bassoon

Henning Trog, bassoon, was born in Peine, Lower Saxony.  He studied church music initially, later taking up bassoon studies with Herbert Tauscher in Hanover and Albert Hennige in Detmold.  While still a student, he made many tours and recordings with the renowned ensembles "Deutsche Bachsolisten" and "Detmold Blaserkreis".  Since joining the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1965, he has maintained his extensive chamber music and solo activities, with, for example, membership in the "Winds of the Berlin Philharmonic".  He has taught at Japan's Kusatsu International Summer Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy.

Walter Seyfarth, clarinet

Walter Seyfarth, clarinet, hails from Dusseldorf and made his mark early as first prize winner at the 1968 "Deutsche Tonkunstler Verband" competition.  He studied with Peter Rieckhoff at the Freiburg Music Hochschule, and later, as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra-Academy, with Karl Leister.  From 1975 to 1985, he was a member of the Saarland Radio Symphony Orchestra, after which he was appointed to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has been on the teaching faculty of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and his solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to many countries around the world.for a Pulitzer Prize.

Fergus McWilliam, horn

Fergus McWilliam, horn, was born in the Scottish Highlands and studied principally in Canada, Holland and Sweden.  After a solo concert at the age of 15 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, he later played, during and after his studies, with many Canadian orchestras and chamber ensembles.  He has also taught at two Canadian universities.  A former member of the Detroit Symphony and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras before his 1985 engagement by the Berlin Philharmonic, his chamber music, solo, and teaching activities have taken him throughout Europe, North America and the Far East.
 





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