Friday, November 2 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-Chester Wealth Management Group.  The second concert in the 2018-2019 season will take place on Friday, November 2, 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 $20 each.  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 wait-list five minutes before the performance.

Featuring:
Ronald Feldman, cello
Marka Gustavsson, viola
Natalie Kress, violin
Robyn Quinnett, violin

Program:

Haydn
String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, #2 (1797)
Allegro
Andante, o più tosto Allegretto
Menuetto: Allegro, ma non troppo
Finale: Vivace assai

Hindemith
Scherzo for Viola and Cello (1934)

Puccini
Chrysanthemums (1890)

INTERMISSION

Bartok
Five Duets for Two Violins (1931)

Ravel
String Quartet in F (1903)
Modéré – Très doux; allegro
Assez vif – Très rythmé; lent
Très lent
Agité

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.

A dedicated chamber musician, violinist and violist Marka Gustavsson has performed internationally in the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Philippines, China, and Japan.  She has been a guest artist at Bard Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Vancouver’s Music in the Morning, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, WQXR’s Showcase Concerts, Yale Faculty Artists’ Series, and Banff.  Marka has premiered and recorded solo and chamber music of composers John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Yinam Leef, Martin Bresnick, Richard Wernick, Tania Leon, and Tan Dun.  From 1999 through 2014, Marka served as violist of the Colorado Quartet, an award-winning string quartet, with whom she performed and recorded traditional and contemporary repertoire, from Beethoven’s Complete Quartets for Parnassus, to Laura Kaminsky’s Transformations.  As a teacher, Marka Gustavsson has given master classes at Yale, Eastman, Indiana University, Hartt, and Oberlin, and adjudicated competitions at Juilliard, Hartt, Yale, Astral Artists, and Banff.  She has taught for several summers at the Yellow Barn YAP in Putney, VT.  A graduate of Indiana University, Mannes College, and CUNY, her formative teachers include Joseph Gingold, Mimi Zweig, Felix Galimir, and Daniel Phillips.  Ms. Gustavsson holds a faculty position at Bard College and Conservatory.

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.

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 2019 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 Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. and Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

About our sponsor: For more than 30 years, The Sherman-Chester Wealth Management Group has been helping individuals, families, and non-profits to achieve their financial goals.  Through comprehensive planning and ongoing portfolio management, clients receive solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and needs.



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