January 17th & 18st, 2022 AN EVENING OF OPERA HIGHLIGHTS
The residents and their visiting guests had an opportunity to spend the night enjoying beautiful sounds of music. As every year, An Evening of Opera Highlights was a hit. Four talented opera singers charmed the audience with their voices and execution.
The evening started with Samantha Hankey, mezzo soprano, and Amy Owens, soprano, singing a duet from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. After two women’s solo performances, Weston Hurt, baritone, and Angel Romero, tenor, captured audience’s attention with their amazingly performed duet from Bizet’s The Pearlfishers, which is about two friends swearing allegiance to one another. The concert culminated with arias and ensembles from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto”. Richard Fu, was the pianist for the concert.
Sally Bauer, a season ticket holder and a big fan of operas said: “I thought it was fantastic. An incredible range of voices and everyone played their role well. A nice venue. Norman Werbner (program director) does a fantastic job selecting a program. This season’s production is awesome”.
January 24 and 25, 2022 FREDERICK MOYER
Always popular with concert audiences in the Keys, Frederick Moyer returned for another stunning performance. Fred played the magnificent Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto along with compositions by Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.
Barbara Koch, a season ticket holder said: “I love Fred Moyer. He always teaches me something about the music that I didn’t know.”
January 31 and February 1, 2022 LYSANDER PIANO TRIO
This incredible young New York-based trio of violin, piano and cello is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition. They are lauded for their passionate playing and imaginative ideas. The trio played compositions by Schubert, Haydn and others .
February 14 & 15, 2022 RASTRELLI CELLO QUARTET
This concert literally brought Americans and Russians together. Four Russian virtuoso cellists from Rastrelli Cello Quartet performed Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain”, selections from Porgy and Bess, Russian folk songs, plus music by Grieg, Puccini, Rachmaninoff and Brahms. For an encore, the cellists played the songs of the Beatles, and the entire audience sang along.
“I loved every concert this season. I love to listen to classic and jazz. Like familiar tunes. It comforts me, like a comfort food. My mother is a Russian. The Quartet performers are passionate about what they are doing. Have good sense of humor. Their music has very complex emotions. It’s inspiring. Would like to do a painting of them,” says Marlisa Gerrett of Marathon, a five-year season ticket holder.
February 21 & 22, 2022 JUPITER STRING QUARTET
The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). Now enjoying their 20th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. The New Yorker claims, “The Jupiter String Quartet, an ensemble of eloquent intensity, has matured into one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene.” The quartet played Haydn, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn.
February 28th & March 1st, 2022 VOYAGE THROUGH THE AMERICAS
2022 final concert was dedicated in memory of Bill Key, a great philanthropist and a major benefactor of the Association. Four outstanding and most talented in their musical field musicians played South America’s tunes mixed with the northern music classic compositions. Michael Brown and Orion Weiss, both piano, Nicholas Canellakis, cello, and Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion, created a unique quartet to play American classical music infused with jazz and folk tunes. The Voyage was a concert through the continents, mixed music genres, and complexity of human’s feelings.
“They seem so talented and focused. You can see on their faces. You can hear his (Canellakis, cello) breathing when he would get to a hard or an important part. You can hear a sharpened take of breath”, Jim Kylis, one of the concert goers said.
January 20th & 21st, 2020 GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest big bands of all time. With songs like “Moonlight Serenade”, “Tuxedo Junction” and “Chattanooga Choo-‐Choo”, they are as American as apple pie.
January 27th & 28th, 2020 YOULAN JI
Pianist Youlan Ji, born in Beijing in 1999, was our 2020 “Rising Star”. At the age of four, she began studying the piano with her mother, and between the ages of nine and twelve, continued her piano studies with Professor Yuan Ling at the Affiliated Middle School of Central Conservatory of Music at Beijing. In 2012, Youlan moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where she continues to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky.
February 3 & 4th, 2020 Mary E. Bowden and David Dash with the Kassia Ensemble
Founded in 2010, the Dash Duo has delighted audiences across the United States with their virtuoso performances. Husband and wife trumpeters Mary Elizabeth Bowden and David Dash teach at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Dash as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Bowden as a Resident Artist.
February 10th & 11th, 2020 CANNEILLAKIS/BROWN DUO
Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist/composer Michael Brown combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire with original compositions and arrangements. Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York), These artists with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center have been captivating audiences with their superb musicianship and thrilling performances.
February 24th & 25th, 2020 LINCOLN TRIO
GRAMMY nominated Chicago-based Lincoln Trio—made up of Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano—takes its name from their home, the heartland of the United States, the land of Lincoln. Lincoln Trio was chosen to celebrate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration with President Barack Obama. They delight sophisticated music lovers, young admirers of contemporary programs and students discovering chamber music for the first time.
March 2nd & 3rd, 2020 EVENING OF OPERA HIGHLIGHTS
Randall Bills, tenor, has been praised by Opera News for his “consummate mastery of Rossini’s style, range and vocal bravura” and by Opernglas for his “vocally powerful, technically impressive, dominant heroic tenor”. The Wall Street Journal raved that he possesses a voice of “lyrical beauty and intensity”. Mr. Bills has sung throughout the United States as well as Europe and Asia at such venues as the Rosssini Opera Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Moscow Philharmonic Society, Seattle Opera, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. New York City Opera, and Bayrische Staatsoper.
Juyeon Yoo, soprano, is a native of South Korea. She is currently based in NYC and pursuing her Professional Studies Diploma at the Mannes School of Music. She most recently participated in Aspen Music Festival covering the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She has performed as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio. During the summer of 2018, Ms. Yoo was a Young Artist at Prague Summer Nights where she won the 1st place and the Audience Favorite Award at the Prague Summer Nights Vocal Competition. Ms. Yoo earned her Master of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University.
Xiaomeng Zhang, baritone, is from Wenzhow, China and recently completed his Artists Diploma at Juilliard. This past summer Mr. Zhang sang the role of Count Almaviva at the Aspen Music Festival’s production of La Nozze di Figaro to great acclaim. The 2019-2020 season will see him as Figaro in Opera Columbus’ new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in Don Giovanni at Juilliard Opera. Mr. Zhang was a 2018 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audidtions. He received his bachelor’s degree at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and his master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Jan. 14 & 15, 2019 FRED MOYER TRIO
This program featuring the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio was a triple treat! The main features: the trio’s unique take on the Great American Songbook–such favorites as On the Street Where You Live, Witchcraft, Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, On a Clear Day.
Finally, Fred who has appeared many times for the Florida Keys Concert Association as a solo classical pianist played a few short classical selections, chosen to demonstrate the many connections between classical music and jazz.
Jan. 21 & 22, 2019 TENGKU IRFAN
Irfan is from Malaysia, is 20 years old and started piano lessons at age 7. He began composing shortly thereafter, quickly branching out with chamber pieces and larger orchestral works. His major debut performance was at age 11, as a soloist performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in E flat with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Claus Peter Flor, when he improvised his own cadenzas for all three movements.
As a composer, Irfan has been called “the Malaysian Mozart”
Feb. 4 & 5, 2019 AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS
Beginning in 1985 as a core group of artists of The Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival. The ensemble performs repertoire ranging from familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works. Cellist Stephen Balderston, Violinist Miles Hoffman, Flutist Sara Stern and pianist Reiko Uchida have toured throughout North America and traveled to Paris for a series of gala concerts at the Paris Opera and the Bibliotheque Nationale.
Feb. 11 & 12, 2019 NAUGHTON TWINS
Christina and Michelle Naughton share a birthday, a talent and sometimes a piano. They have been hailed as one of the best piano duos of the decade. The Laughton’s professional career was launched in 2010 with debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Mann Center for Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Their professor from Julliard, states “When they play together, they seem to have one mind and one body-it’s extraordinary”.
Feb. 18 & 19, 2019 CAMERATA RCO
Formed by members of Amsterdam’s famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) performs chamber music in multiple formations from just to small chamber orchestra, with a special focus on Classical and Romantic repertoire for winds and strings, and active relationships with living composers. It is an absolute love of chamber music that drives these musicians to divert time out of their busy schedules, as members of one of the world’s greatest orchestras, to perform together as Camerata RCO. Praised by the NY Times for their “warm, glowing performance” the ensemble has enjoyed tremendous success in The Netherlands and abroad and now performs around 50 concerts a season internationally in music capital around the world.
Feb. 25 & 26, 2019 SPANISH BRASS
In 1989, five members of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra bonded. Carlos Beneto, trumpet, Juanjo Serna, trumpet, Manulo Perez, horn, and Sergio Finca, tuba. Since then, they never stopped meeting to play music. In 1996 they won First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) Internal Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, and decided to create Spanish Brass Luuk Metals. The group now performs over a hundred concerts each year, all around the world.
Jan. 15 & 16, 2018 THROWBACK
The definition of “throwback” basically means: a reminder of the past. This quartet brings together an infectious energy with a love of yesterday’s music. As Sunshine District champions, Throwback has performed shows all across the United States-from Anchorage to New York City to Miami, including a strong finish at this year’s Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention in Las Vegas where they earned a bronze medal! The quartet includes Sean Devine, Artistic Director, Paul Phillip Saca, tenor, Alex Rubin, baritone and Michael Skutt, bass.
Jan. 12 &23, 2018 JI, pianist
Ji (pronounced Jee) began studying piano at age five, when his mother, a Korean singer, found hi playing by ear. At the age of ten, he was the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition. He graduated from Juilliard School where he studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places,” Ji has been praised for his compelling musical presence and impressive technical command. In 2017, he signed to Warner Classics as an exclusive recording artist. For his label debut, he has recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations, to be released in January 2018.
Jan. 29 & 30, 2018 TRIO SOLISTI
Translated as “Three Soloists”, their name describes three dynamic artists who have joined their individual forces. Trio Soloist has forged a reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), with a passionate performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and musical insight. The New York Times called it “probably the finest American (piano trio) currently on the field”.
The members of Trio Soloist, Maria Bachmann, violin, Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello and Fabio Bidini, piano continue to enjoy success in many different musical endeavors.
Feb. 5 & 6, 2018 EVENING OF OPERA HIGHLIGHTS
Cesar Canon, Pianist is a concert pianist, vocal coach and conductor, who has performed in his native Colombia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States. In January of 2018, Canon will join the music staff of San Francisco Operas as an Adler Fellow.
So Young Park, Soprano-a native of South Korea, So Young Park thrills audiences with her “stunning” (L A Times) and “dead-accurate” (New York Times) voice. Maestro Placid Domingo invited her to perform alongside him as a soloist for his concert at the Seoul Olympic Gymnasium.
Mane Galoyan, Soprano-Ms. Galoyan holds two degrees from the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory in Armenia, where she was named the 2013 winner of the President of the Republic of Armenia Youth Prize. She performed extensively with the Armenian National Chamber Orchestra. She was a finalist at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and a winner of numerous international competitions. She is in her third year with the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Carlos Cardenas, Tenor-born in Bogota, Colombia, in 2016 Mr. Cardenas was awarded the Cartagena Music Festival Scholarship and won an award in the NATS student auditions in the advanced category. In 2017, he received awards in the Gerda Lisper Foundation Art song/Lieder competition in New York City, and from the Metropolitan Opera, Illinois District. He currently attends the University of Notre Dame’s Sacred Music Program.
Federico De Michelis, Bass, Baritone-born in Buenos Aires, Federico De Michelis was a member of the Opera Studio of Teatro Argentino de La Plata and a student at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. He was named “Outstanding Student” by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. A recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Mr. De Michelis will return to Houston Grand Opera this year as a principal artist. He will make his debut this year with Palm Beach Opera, performing Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Feb. 19 & 20, 2018 ATTACCA QUARTET
The Attacca Quartet is Amy Schroeder, violin, Keiko Tokunaga, violin, Nathan Schram, viola, and Andrew Yee, cello. The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet was formed at The Julliard School in 2003, and has gone on to become on of America’s premier young ensembles. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and they were the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York 2014-2015. In 2016-2017 they opened for rock superstar Jeff Lynne’s ELO ub twi sick-out Radio City Music Hall performances. Steve Smith of the New York Times has described the Attacca Quartet’s playing as “exuberant, funky and …exactingly nuanced”.
Feb. 26 & 27, 2018 FANDANGO!
The most exciting new group on Chicago’s music scene. FANDANGO! is a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan and classical sounds founded by four multi-award-winning, globe-trotting virtuosi who hail from Spain, The USA, former Yugoslavia and the UK who have played separately and together on the world’s most prestigious stages.
Denis Azabagic and Eugenia Moliner ae a husband and wife team playing guitar and flute, acclaimed worldwide as the Cavatina Duo. Flutist Eugenia Moliner has been acclaimed as “brilliant” by the British Flute Society magazine. Prizewinner in twenty-four international competitions, Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic has been described as a “virtuoso with flawless technique” in Soundboard Magazine. Also a married couple, violinist Desiree Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the Lincoln Trio, nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2017.