Friday, January 19 at 6:00 pm

Berkshire Chamber Players Concert

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to present a Berkshire Chamber Players concert series, generously sponsored by the Sherman Investment Group.  The second concert in the 2017-2018 season will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited and advance ticket purchases are encouraged.  Tickets are $15 each; $10 for students with valid student ID.  Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Any unclaimed seats will be made available to those on the waitlist five minutes before the performance.  Snow date: Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Featuring:
Ronald Feldman, cello
Natalie Kress, violin
Mira Magrill, flute
Charlotte Malin, violin & viola

Program:
Syrinx for Solo Flute – Debussy (1913)

Trio in B Flat for Violin, Viola, Cello – Schubert (1816)

  • Allegro

Serenade in D, Op. 25 for Flute, Violin, Viola – Beethoven (1795-96)

  • Entrata – Allegro
  • Tempo ordinario d’un minuetto
  • Allegro molto
  • Andante con variazioni
  • Allegro scherzando e vivace
  • Adagio
  • Allegro vivace

INTERMISSION

Density 21.5 for Solo Flute – Varèse (1936)

Duos – Bartok (1931)

  • #32: Dancing Song 
  • #28: Sadness
  • #38: Rumanian Whirling Dance
  • #33: Song of the Harvest
  • #44: Ardeliana

Quartet in D for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, K. 285 – Mozart (1777-78)

  • Allegro
  • Adagio
  • Rondeau (allegro)

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,” 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.

Flutist Mira Magrill, from Edmond, Oklahoma, has performed extensively as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout the U.S., Denmark, Chile, Costa Rica, Italy, and China.  Winner of the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition and the Music Teachers’ National Association Senior Woodwind Competition, she also won 2nd Prize in the National Flute Association’s 2015 Young Artist Competition and was honored with the award of the Best Performance of Newly Commissioned Work for her rendition of Jim & John by Michael Fiday.

Newly appointed Principal Flute of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Mira also holds the position of Second Flute/Piccolo with the Chamber Orchestra of New York.  As Principal Flute of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, Mira was the featured soloist in the orchestral suite premiere of “War Horse” composed and conducted by John Williams.  Mira has also performed with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and the Zelda Symphony, as well as at summer music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Brevard Music Center, the Round Top Festival, the Thy Chamber Festival (Denmark), and the Atlantic Music Festival.

Mira is on the music faculty at the Stony Brook University Pre-college Division and the Community Music Program, as well as the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan.  She is a New York Youth Symphony mentor and chamber music coach, and maintains an active teaching studio in the greater New York City area.

Mira recently completed her Doctorate in Flute Performance at Stony Brook University, where she studied with renowned soloist Carol Wincenc. Previous studies include a BFA in Flute Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, an MM in both Flute Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan, and a Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California.  Previous teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Amy Porter, and Jim Walker.

Charlotte Malin has recently completed a 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 became Principal Viola of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and also plays with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.  Charlotte has played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony in Miami.  She was invited three times to be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, won a fellowship with A Far Cry chamber orchestra, and was a member of NEC’s top ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra.  Charlotte has a passion for chamber music and has been an artist at the Newport Music Festival and Fest’Inventio, a chamber series in Paris.  As a violinist, she appeared as a soloist with both the Northwestern Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Charlotte is an ardent yoga practitioner and intends to share her insights into the connections of mind, body, and spirit with the broader music community as her career unfolds.  She currently lives in a cabin in the woods in Chatham, NY, where she makes a daily practice of seeking beauty and truth.

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 concert will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

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