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 2020

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.

 2019

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.

 2018

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.

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