The Stockbridge Library is pleased to present a concert by The Berkshire Chamber Players on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Library for $15 ($10 for students with valid student ID) on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.
The Berkshire Chamber Players:
Natalie Kress and Robyn Quinett, violins
Charlotte Malin, viola
Alison Rowe, cello
Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
String Quartet No. 1 “From the Salvation Army”
Andante con moto
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Rasumovsky”
Introduzione: Andante con moto – Allegro vivace
Andante con moto quasi allegretto
Praised by The New York Times for her “splendid playing,” 27-year-old Natalie Kress has already begun a successful career as a violinist, highlights of which include performing at the Kennedy Center Honors with Yo Yo Ma in 2016; winning the 2012 Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center; and performing in Carnegie Hall in 2010. Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology and Master in Music from Stony Brook University (where she studied with Soovin Kim) and is Co-Artistic Director of Three Village Chamber Players, which performs free chamber music and outreach concerts throughout Long Island and New York State. Also a baroque violinist, Natalie has performed with members of Handel and Haydn Society and The Sebastians, and has studied with Beth Wenstrom, Aisslinn Nosky, and Robert Mealy.
Born on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, Robyn Quinnett began playing violin at eight years old. She has won several competitions including the National Mariam Hayes, Ruth Kern Competitions, and the Concerto Competition of the Colorado College Music Festival.
Robyn earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Naoko Tanaka and the late Stephen Clapp. Robyn will complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2017 at Stony Brook University as a student of Hagai Shaham. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, and been concertmaster at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Robyn is dedicated to community engagement and pedagogy. She founded the Montserrat Music Festival, a summer teaching and performing festival, bringing music education and live chamber music to the island of Montserrat. She is the violin instructor at The Chapin School, teaching artist at Opus 118, and maintains a joint private teaching studio with Chihiro Fukuda in NYC.
Robyn’s violin is generously sponsored by Darnton and Hersh Violin Shop in Chicago.
Charlotte Malin is in the final semester of her master’s degree at New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Northwestern University. In 2013, during the final year of her undergraduate study with Almita Vamos, she fell in love with the viola. As a violist, she recently won a position with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She also has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (2014-16), won a fellowship with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, played with the New World Symphony, and has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a violinist, she has appeared as a soloist with both the Northwestern Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. In addition to music, Charlotte loves yoga, cooking, reading, and being outside, and plans to pursue her yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute this summer.
An avid chamber musician, cellist Alison Rowe performs repertoire from the Baroque through Contemporary eras. Highlights of the 2016-2017 season include performances with the New York-based new music ensemble Contemporaneous, the Chamber Music at the Barns Series at Wolftrap in Virginia, and the Hoch Chamber Music Series at Concordia College with members of the Emerson String Quartet, the Three Village Chamber Players, the Stony Brook University Baroque Ensemble, and the Stony Brook Roots Ensemble, a group that explores traditional American music. This past summer she attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival where she was a recipient of the Aldo and Elizabeth Parisot Scholarship. As a soloist, she has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio as a winner of the Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition, and on the Rising Stars Series in Green Lake, Wisconsin. A student of Richard Hirschl, she received her Bachelor degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, where she performed the Barber Cello Concerto as the winner of the CCPA Concerto Competition. Last spring, she graduated with a Master of Music degree from Stony Brook University, where she is continuing her studies and pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the studio of Colin Carr.
Musical Coordinator John Perkel has spent the past 35 years as an orchestra librarian for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, during summers, John served as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Librarian where he had the privilege of working with some of the most talented and wonderful young musicians from all over the world. After the 2016 Tanglewood season, John retired from the Boston Symphony and moved with his wife, Barbara, back to the Berkshires. Prior to his employment in the orchestra world, John was a music teacher at the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and also was employed as a psychiatric worker at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge.