Friday, September 22 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by the Sherman Investment Group.  The first concert will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited.  Tickets are $15 each; $10 for students with valid student ID; or $40 for tickets to all three concerts in the series.  Call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Program:
Suite for Cello and Harp – Lou Harrison (1949)
Elizabeth Morse, harp
Ronald Feldman, cello

Passacaglia for Violin and Viola – Handel/arranged Halvorsen (1893; original theme c. 1720)
Robyn Quinnett, violin
Charlotte Malin, viola

Terzetto in C, Op. 74 for 2 Violins and Viola – Dvorak (1887)

  1. Introduzione: Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Larghetto
  3. Scherzo: Vivace; trio: Poco meno mosso
  4. Tema con variazioni

Natalie Kress and Robyn Quinnett, violins
Charlotte Malin, viola

INTERMISSION

Fantaisie for Violin and Harp – Saint-Saens (1907)
Natalie Kress, violin
Elizabeth Morse, harp

String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 “American Quartet” – Dvorak (1893)

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Lento
  3. Molto vivace
  4. Finale: Vivace ma non troppo

Natalie Kress and Robyn Quinnett, violins
Charlotte Malin, viola
Ronald Feldman, cello

Twice winner of the American Symphony League’s ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, Ronald Feldman has achieved critical acclaim for his work as conductor and cellist. He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, and the Quebec Symphony, as well as many regional orchestras including the Pro Arte Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the Amarillo Symphony. In August of 2016 Mr. Feldman recorded three albums of music by Kevin Kaska with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

After successful appearances as guest conductor for three consecutive seasons at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home, composer and Conductor John Williams appointed Mr. Feldman Assistant Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He served as assistant to John Williams from 1989-1993.

In 2001 Mr. Feldman left the Boston Symphony Orchestra to pursue other musical interests. He currently directs the Berkshire Symphony, a regional orchestra in residence at Williams College. He was formerly the conductor and Music Director of the New England Philharmonic and the Worcester Orchestra. He is on the faculties of Williams College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Boston Conservatory of Music. 2012 marked the beginning of his tenure as Music Director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston’s medical community.

 

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.

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.

Elizabeth Morse, principal harpist with the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and formerly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is Artist Associate of harp at Williams College. She is a member of the Williams College Chamber Players and the West Stockbridge Chamber Music Society. She gave her Boston debut at Jordon Hall with Gunther Schuller conducting the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto. The New York Musicians’ Club presented her in her New York debut at Lincoln Center Library. Representing the American Harp Society, Ms. Morse performed the world premier of the Concertino for Harp by Ernst von Dohnanyi at the 1973 Music Educators’ National Conference, followed by repeat appearances with Oscar Schumsky conducting, and at the Goldovsky Music Festival. Other solo appearances have been with the Boston Symphony Orchestrated Events, New England Philharmonic, MIT Chamber Players, the International Music Festival of Las Vegas, and Albany Pro Musica. Chamber music collaborations have included Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, Musicorda Festival, Greylock Trio, Extensionworks, and JohnWilliams and Friends at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall. Ms. Morse has also performed frequently on National Public Radio.

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.

Music 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.

The next two concerts will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018 and Friday, April 6, 2018, both at 6:00 p.m.

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