Previous Concerts

Fall Concert, Saturday, October 29, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

 

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CANTUS: “No Greater Love Than This”

For our added fall concert, we are fortunate to have with us the highly-acclaimed male vocal ensemble, CANTUS, Saturday October 29, 4:00 p.m. Their touring program, entitled “No Greater Love Than This,” comprises a set of 18 songs about the lives and experiences of individual soldiers in settings of war and conflict that evoke emotions of bravery, camaraderie, vulnerability, loss, and longing.

Praised as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare),CANTUS performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, and has performed on major stages, including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, UCLA, San Francisco Performances, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

The program they will do for us covers a wide range from traditional, Janacek’s“Ach Vojna,” Dvorak’s “Goin’ Home,” Cohan’s “Over There,” and Whiting’s“Eternal Father,” to works by recent composers Richard Peaslee (“When I Would in Boyhood Muse”), Lee Hoiby (“Last Letter Home”), Bob Chilcott (“Five Ways to Kill a Man”), Timothy Takach (“Luceat Eis”), John Lennon (“Imagine”), Rob & Ferdi Bolland (“In the Army Now”), and a commissioned work by Jeff Beal.

When I last heard these eight singers perform a cappella, I was struck by their rich harmonies, flawless vocal technique, and meticulous presentation, as well as their creative mix of musical arrangements and styles, from classical to folk to popular. Find out more about CANTUS by visiting www.cantussings.org (click on “hear cantus audio”).

Visit https://youtu.be/csUW1JbgpKE for a preview of the “No Greater Love Than This” concert, October 29.

2016 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 11, 4:00 p.m., New York Polyphony, vocal ensemble
Saturday, June 25, 4:00 p.m., Fei-Fei Dong, pianist

Saturday, July 2, 4:00 p.m., Anna DeGraff, soprano & David Alpher, accompanist, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls
Saturday, July 30, 4:00 p.m., Alkemie Early Music Ensemblewith Sian Rickets, Elena Mullins, & Tracy Cowart, sopranos, “La Bella Rosa

 

 

NEW YORK POLYPHONY, Vocal Ensemble

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 4:00 P.M.

 

New York Polyphony

The vocal ensemble New York Polyphony (Geoffrey Williams countertenor, Steven Wilson tenor, Chris Herbert baritone, Craig Phillips bass) returns for their fourth appearance with us. Every time I hear these singers, I am overwhelmed by their blend and the ease with which they convey difficult music, both ancient and modern.   In the past few years, NYP has been performing regularly in major concert series and festivals around the globe and has firmly established a reputation as one of the finest a cappella chamber ensembles in the world today. Highlights include Miller Theatre at Columbia University, London’s Wigmore Hall, The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and (my favorite) Festival Oude Musiek Utrecht. They have been featured on Performance Today, Footprints to Paradise: A Medieval Christmas, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, and The Martha Stewart Show.  They now have five CDs, and their current release, Sing thee Nowell, has won them their second GRAMMY nomination.

Both in performance and on recordings, the ensemble has shown a commitment to presenting contemporary works that explore the boundaries between traditional and modern music. This is evident in the unique program that Geoffrey Williams has made for us, including pieces from the medieval to the classical and contemporary periods. You will hear the plainsong Pater noster, and three other versions of “Our Father” by Willaert, Durufle, and Andrew Smith; and works by composers as diverse as Clemens non Papa, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Schubert, and Richard Bennett, as well as modern arrangements of traditional hymns and songs such as “I Wander as I Wander,” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”

 

FEI-FEI DONG, Pianist

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 4:00 P.M.

Fei Fei Dong 2

Get ready for a very special debut performance at BHC from world-class pianist Fei-Fei Dong. Born in Shenzhen, China, she moved to New York to study at Juilliard where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She has been called “one of the most engaging and promising rising stars in the musical firmament.” She has been praised for her “natural musicality and beauty of tone,” and her “winning stage presence.”  Fei-Fei has performed in recitals at Alice Tully Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, and the Louvre, and as soloist with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra and many symphony orchestras. She has been featured many times on New York’s WQXR radio.

She is a member of the Aletheia Piano Trio, which debuted at the Kennedy Center in February 2014.   When I heard her perform in Ft. Worth last year at a Cliburn Festival, I was impressed by her magnetic personality and the joy she takes in playing the classical repertoire and sharing it with her audience. Fei-Fei just did her Carnegie Weill Hall debut (February 2016), which, she told me, “was sold out and went very well.” She will do the same program for us (in case you missed it), comprising works by Galuppi (Sonata in C Major), Schumann (Papillons), Liszt (Sonata in B Minor), and Lowell Liebermann (Gargoyles). Join us for what I am sure will be an exciting performance.

 

ANNA DEGRAFF, Soprano / DAVID ALPHER, Accompanist

“THANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE GIRLS”

SATURDAY, JULY 2, 4:00 P.M.

David AlpherAnna DeGraff

We welcome mezzo-soprano Anna DeGraff and accompanist David Alpher (one half of the Alpher-Litt duo who did our cabaret show last August). Anna DeGraff is a rare talent who moves in music circles in the Midwest, performing in musical theater, solo recitals, and various operatic roles. She earned a Masters and Doctoral degree in vocal performance at the University of Minnesota.The program Anna and David have designed for us, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” puts together a rich selection of songs from the classical and musical theater repertoires about young girls—the innocence of youth, adolescence, and looking back on youth. You will be surprised at the scope of this program, ranging from Massenet (Premiere Danse), Howells (Girl’s Song), Donizetti (La Zingara), Gilbert & Sullivan (When But a Maid of Fifteen Years), and Jake Heggie (Paper Wings), to Gershwin (Someone to Watch Over Me), Sondheim (I Know Things Now), Bernstein (Who Am I?), Rogers & Hart (Little Girl Blue), and Alpher/Litt (How I Learned to Ride my Bike); and Anna has the looks, the voice, and vivacious stage presence to put all of these songs across . . . convincingly.

 

ALKEMIE EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE, 

with SIAN RICKETTS, ELENA MULLINS, TRACY COWART, Sopranos

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 4:00 P.M.

Alkemie

We are fortunate to have another newcomer to our BHC series, the recently formed Virginia-based Early Music ensemble Alkemie, featuring three young vocalists, sopranos Sian Ricketts and Elena Mullins, and mezzo-soprano Tracy Cowart (all three of whom hold Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University), along with David McCormick and Niccolo Seligmann on vielles. Their program, “O Rosa Bella,” will focus on the love songs expressed in the intricate polyphonic works of Renaissance composers Machaut, Landini, DuFay, Ciconia, and others.

All five of these performers are heavily engaged in the arts, performing with multiple period ensembles and major orchestras. When I heard the singers last June at the Boston Early Music Festival, I was struck by their well-trained voices and beautiful harmonies, and knew immediately that they would fit perfectly into our series.

2015 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 23, 4:00 p.m. Allant Piano Trio, Beth Nam, Anna Park, Alina Lim 
Sunday, May 31, 4:00 p.m. Parthenia, Consort of Viols, & tenor Ryland Angel
Saturday, June 27, 4:00 p.m. TENET, three sopranos, “Concerto della donne”
Saturday, July 11, 4:00 p.m. Fry Street Quartet, (Britten, Beethoven, Larsen)
Saturday, August 1, 4:00 p.m. Cabaret, David Alpher/Jennie Litt (Porter, Berlin)

 

ALLANT PIANO TRIO

Saturday, May 23, 4:00 p.m.

Allant Piano Trio

 

“I would defy even the most exhausted and jaded listener to experience even a moment of boredom in this group’s high-voltage evening.” (New York Concert Review, Rorianne Schrade on Carnegie Hall Debut)

We begin this summer with the young Korean artists of the Allant Piano Trio, formed at The Julliard School in 2010—Beth Nam (piano) Anna Park (violin) and Alina Lim (cello), who gave us such a stunning performance to close out our last season. These talented instrumentalists, each with extensive and distinguished careers in chamber music, amazed our audience last summer with their energy and poise. The Trio’s 2014 season included a highly acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and this past fall they completed a hugely successful tour in Korea, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Seongnam Philharmonic, with radio and TV broadcasts.

The Trio has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival in San Francisco, the Banff Centre in Canada; and were semifinalists at the Trondheim International Chamber Music competition in Norway.

Last year also saw the release of their first album, Ignition, under Sony Classical.

For our concert, they will do a mix of classical (Haydn Trio in C major, Brahms Trio No. 1) and contemporary music (Jennifer Higdon Trio I, Pale Yellow/Fiery Red), plus a special hymn arranged by Ms. Nam. Find out more about them at www.allanttrio.com

 

PARTHENIA & Tenor RYLAND ANGEL 

Sunday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.

Parthenia_Angel

Some of you will remember a performance several years ago by Parthenia, a Consort of Viols (Lisa Terry, Rosamund Morley, Beverly Au, Lawrence Lipnik) with tenor Ryland Angel. And more recently, Parthenia performed in our series with guest soprano, Julianne Baird. Well, the Parthenia/Ryland Angel combo is back, accompanied by virginal and player Dongsok Shin, with a program of the hauntingly beautiful music of Scotland and England from the 1500s: “The Flaming Fire: Mary Queen of Scotts and her World.”

The viol, or viola da gamba, is a family of stringed instruments celebrated in European music from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Today soloists and viol groups—known as “consorts”—have rediscovered the lost repertoire and ethereal beauty of this early instrument. On Sunday, May 31, Parthenia and Angel will give us a rich sampling of this repertoire.

The Consort has performed in major venues in this country and abroad, from the Metropolitan Museum in New York to the Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg Germany. And British tenor/countertenor Ryland Angel has built an international reputation on both the opera and concert stage at major opera houses, concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and America. (See Ryland’s website www.rylandangel.com for his very impressive list of recent engagements and recordings.)

The group’s program this year includes Scottish and Elizabethan Songs, Dances, and Fancies; Psalms from Kirk, Croft, and Chapel; and four settings by Richard Einhorn for voice and viol of traditional Scottish tunes with the poems of Robert Burns. More at www.parthenia.org

 

TENET: JOLLE GREENLEAF, MOLLY QUINN, VIRGINIA WARNKEN

Saturday, JUNE 27, 4:00 p.m.

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Those of you who attended the TENET concert last summer with sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn may have thought, as I did, that it doesn’t get any better; but if you did, you were wrong. This year the same two singers are returning with a third—mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken, and three instrumentalists playing harpsichord, theorbo, and baroque guitar. The ensemble will do a memorized, semi-staged show, “Concerto della donne,” featuring music composed and performed by notable women of 17th century Italy, some of whom lived and worked in wealthy courts, while others were nuns living in convents that allowed for surprising freedom. The group has already done a shorter version of this program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to great acclaim, and will do the full program in NYC this spring. Don’t miss another wonderful afternoon of singing and playing that shows off the Italian vocal style in close harmonies by what the New Yorker called “one of the city’s liveliest and busiest early-music groups.” www.tenetnyc.com

 

FRY STREET QUARTET

Saturday, JULY 11, 4:00 p.m.

Fry Street Orig

We are presenting a new String Quartet this season that is bound to delight. Founded in 1997, the Fry Street Quartet (Rebecca McFaul, Robert Waters, Bradley Ottesen, Anne Francis Bayless) has gained a reputation in the classical chamber music world not only for its “technical astuteness and depth of expression” (Deseret Morning News), but also for its innovative programming and its creative community engagement.

The Quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo—traveling there as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan States, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Additionally the group recently returned from a successful UK tour that featured a program exploring the connections between music and Theosophy. Their program will include the classical works of Britten (Three Divertimenti) and Beethoven (Op. 127), and a commissioned work by contemporary Libby Larsen (“Rising Tide”). Fry Street Quartet currently holds the Endowed String Quartet residency at Utah State University. More at www.frystreetquartet.com

 

CABARET: DAVID ALPHER & JENNIE LITT

Saturday, August 1, 4:00 p.m.

Alpher & Litt

Our Cabaret performance this season will bring a very creative husband and wife team, David Alpher (composer & pianist) and Jennie Litt (lyricist & singer) for a program of songs, “The Elegant and the Immigrant: Cole Porter and Irving Berlin Together,” that explores the similarities and differences between these two master songwriters: Porter, ivy-educated Midwestern son of privilege, and Berlin, lower East Side immigrant waif. The program features many of their standards—by Berlin (“Change Partners,” “Suppertime,” “No Business Like Show Business,” “The Song is Ended”) and Porter (“Tale of the Oyster,” “Love for Sale,” “You’re the Top”); PLUS original songs from Alpher & Litt’s brand new CD (“Two Apples,” “Hello in There,” “I Want to be a TV Chef”) that will “tickle the funnybone, tell truths, and touch the heart.” This show will be a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable, pure delight. www.litt-and-alpher.com

 

RICHTER UZUR DUO: Guitar and Cello 

Monday, November 16, 2015

brad and victor

After our successful concert last fall with the vocal ensemble Vox Luminis from Belgium, Beacon  Hill Concerts is presenting another fall concert, Monday, November 16—this time something very different, a duo of guitar and cello!

“The interplay between the two is playful yet stunning. It grooves, it sings, it’s fresh and exciting;   this music has it all.” —Guitar International

Guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Victor Uzur are consummate performers and composers, who have each played around the world to critical acclaim, winning many prestigious competitions and awards. Trained in two of the most respected musical institutions—The Royal College of Music in London, and The Moscow Conservatory—they “combine elements of classical music, rock, and Eastern European folk, all played with a native sense of vernacular, integrity and charm, producing a sound that is all their own.” The duo is perhaps best known in the U.S. through its regular appearances on NPR’s “Performance Today,” North America’s most listened to classical music program.

The program they will do for us is similar to the one they did last March 29 in their New York City debut performance at the Rubin Museum. It will feature their own version of the Renaissance theme, “La Folia”; Bach’s “Prelude” for solo cello (from Suite IV); Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, as well as many of the duo’s unique compositions, including Richter’s “Fragments Transcending,” inspired by Navajo and Tibetan culture and the resemblances between their art and spirituality, and unfortunately their fates.

Brad Richter is based in Tucson, Arizona, and is the Director of Lead Guitar, an organization that establishes guitar programs in schools with large numbers of at-risk youths nationwide. Victor Uzur is cello professor at Weber State University in Utah, and founder and director of the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival.

www.richteruzur.com


 

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2014 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 17, 4:00 p.m. Antioch Chamber Ensemble, dir. Joshua Copeland
Saturday, June 14, 4:00 p.m. James Ruff & Drew Minter, Celtic, Harps and Voices
Sunday, June 29, 5:00 p.m. TENET, Jolle Greenleaf & Molly Quinn, “UNO + ONE”
Saturday, July 26, 4:00 p.m. Elise Quagliata, Art Songs, Arias, Cabaret
Saturday, August 16, 4:00 p.m. Allant Piano Trio, Beth Nam, Anna Park, Alina Lim

 

ANTIOCH CHAMBER CHORALE, “Darkness and Light”

Saturday, May 17, 4:00 p.m.

 

We start the season earlier than usual, Saturday, May 17, 4:00 p.m. with the 12-voice a cappella vocal group, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, directed by Joshua Copeland, returning with another program of beautiful sacred and secular music around the theme “Darkness and Light.” With a core group of the New York Metropolitan areas’s finest singers, Antioch has earned a glowing reputation for its pitch-perfect and expressive interpretation of modern music.

The centerpiece of their concert this year will be Renaissance composer Robert White’s “Lamentations of Jeremiah” along with pieces by Purcell (“Hear My Prayer, Oh Lord”) and Gesualdo (“Tristis est Anima Mea”), and modern composers Matthew Brown, Kenneth Leighton, Ivo Antognini, Eric Whitacre, and Leo Sowerby. This is a concert that will stir the heart, mind, and soul.

Antioch’s past performance highlights include feature performances for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and the Festival des Choeurs Laureats in France. In 2008, the group won first-place honors in the highly prestigious Tolosa International Choral competition in Spain, establishing it among the top rank of professional choirs in the world. In April 2013, the ensemble made its debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a program celebrating the work of late Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. Look and listen at www.antiochchamberensemble.org

 

DUANLIED, JAMES RUFF & DREW MINTER

Music for Harps and Voices from the Celtic Lands

Saturday, June 14, 4:00 p.m.

02-R- James Ruff left Drew Minter right USE

On June 14, 4:00 p.m.,the duo “Duanlied” —James Ruff, tenor and early Gaelic wire harp, and Drew Minter, countertenor and medieval harp– bring their exceptional talents to our series for the first time. Their concert, “Am Bron Binn–The Sweet Sorrow–brings to life the early music orf the people of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ruff and Minter skillfully bridge these traditions, exploring the expressive worlds of Gaelic bards and Lowland poets. Haunting modal tunes, the lilting sounds of the Gaelic language, Scots songs and rhythmic Celtic dances combine in a concert of unearthly beauty. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Celtic music as it was meant to be heard. www.jamesrufftenorharper.com

 

TENET, Jolle Greenleaf & Molly Quinn, “UNO + ONE”

Sunday, June 29, 5:00 p.m.

Jolle Greenleaf, Molly Quinn, Tenet

On Sunday, June 29, 5:00 p.m. (note different day and time), we will experience a feast of selections from the works of the master of Renaissance vocal music, Claudio Monteverdi, performed by two sopranos, Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, and instrumentalists Daniel Lee and Dongmyung Ahn (violins), Hank Heijink (theorbo), and Avi Stein (harpsichord). The program, “UNO + ONE,” consists of duets from Monteverdi (including the breathtaking “Pur ti miro”) and a selection from his contemporaries (Rossi, Pesenti, Castaldi, Costello), as well as several pieces by English composer Henry Purcell (“Two Daughters of this aged stream” and “Shepherds, shepherds leave decoying”). Ms. Greenleaf and Ms. Quinn are members of the ensemble TENET and have sung with us on several occasions. There will be an unforgettable, rich sound filling our hall from these six musicians. http://www.tenetnyc.com/projects/uno-one

 

 

ELISE QUAGLIATA, Cabaret

Saturday, July 26, 4:00 p.m.

Cabaret singer, Elise Quagliata, who has become a favorite of our audience, returns for a third performance on Saturday, July 26, 4:00 p.m. Once again she will delight us with her unique “rich expressive voice and passionate delivery” (New York Times), and a new program, designed for our series, of art songs and arias, and familiar cabaret tunes. No one can combine classical and popular styles as skilfully and naturally as Ms. Quagliata. If you have not yet heard one of her mesmerizing performances, you simply must attend this concert! www.elisequagliata.com

 

ALLANT PIANO TRIO

Saturday, August 16, 4:00 p.m.

05 Allant Piano Trio Revised for website

 

You’re in for a surprise and a real treat on Saturday, August 16, 4:00 p.m. when the Allant Piano Trio — with Korean artists Beth Nam (piano), Anna Park (violin), and Alina Lim (cello) — make their Beacon Hill debut, (coming on the heels of their Carnegie Hall debut in February). These young instrumentalists, each with extensive and distinguished careers in chamber music, formed their trio at The Julliard School in 2010. They have received a long list of impressive awards and prizes (which you can learn about on their website).

For our concert, they will perform a mix of classical music (Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1 in D minor) and contemporary pieces by Kelly-Marie Murphy (“Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly”) and Joachim Turina (“Circulo”). I assure you that this performance will be a grand finale to our series. Do not miss it. www.allanttrio.com

 

2013 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 15, 4:00 p.m. Parthenia, with sop Julianne Baird 
Saturday, June 22, 4:00 p.m. Antioch Chamber Ensemble 
Saturday, July 13, 4:00 p.m. Elise Quagliata, Cabaret, w. Mikhail Hallak
Saturday, July 27, 4:00 p.m. GQ, 2012 Sweet Adelines champions
Saturday, August 17, 4:00 p.m. Dali String Quartet 

 

PARTHENIA, Consort of Viols, with Julianne Baird

“Les Amours de Mai”

 

June is a busy month for all of us, but you won’t want to miss the soft, melodious strains of Parthenia, a Consort of Viols returning on Saturday June 15, 4:00 p.m., this time with a guest violinist, Margaret Ziemnicka, and with soprano Julianne Baird, truly an icon in Early Music circles. The program, played on their unusual viole da gamba (leg viols), is appropriate for the season: “Les Amours de Mai: Love Songs in the Age of Ronsard.”

Based at Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan, Parthenia is a dynamic ensemble exploring the rich repertory for viols from Tudor England to the court of Versailles and beyond. The group has collaborated regularly with the world’s foremost early music specialists, and has been featured in prestigious festivals and series worldwide. Julianne Baird has been called “one of the most extraordinary voices in the service of early music this generation has produced.” She has over 100 recordings to her credit.

Our concert will feature songs and dances of French Renaissance music, and the Consort will do several beautiful settings of Psalm 137 (By the Waters of Babylon) and Psalm 96 (Oh Sing Unto the Lord) by Goudimel and Sweelinck.   www.parthenia.org    http://juliannebaird.camden.rutgers.edu

 

ANTIOCH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE  

On June 22, 4:00 p.m., the vocal ensemble, Antioch, directed by Joshua Copeland, will do a varied program of sacred (Sweelinck, Bruckner Alice Parker’s arr. of “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal”) and secular songs, from Monteverdi and Gesualdo to contemporaries Eric Whitacre (“the city and the sea”) and Matthew Brown (“though love be a day”). Now in its sixteenth year of professional music-making with a core group of 12 of New York metropolitan area’s finest singers, Antioch has gained a reputation for its pitch-perfect clarity of tone and intonation. In 2008, the group won first-place honors in the highly prestigious Tolosa International Choral competition in Spain, establishing them among the top rank of professional choirs in the world.

Antioch’s past performance highlights include feature performances for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and the Festival des Choeurs Laureats in France. In April of this year, the ensemble made its debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a program celebrating the work of late Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. Look and listen at  www.antiochchamberensemble.org

 

ELISE QUAGLIATA, CABARET

“SONGS THAT POP!” 

The versatile Elise Quagliata  (and accompanist Mikhail Hallak) will again delight us on Saturday July 13, 4:00 p.m. with her “rich expressive voice and passionate delivery” (New York Times), and a new program, designed for our series, of art songs and cabaret she calls “Songs that Pop!” –a selection of “popular songs” by the classical composers, Maurice Ravel and Manuel de Falla, that have found their way into the “musical idiom” of a culture, along with a set of standards that have made notable appearances in American films over the years (My Funny Valentine, I Love Paris, Stormy Weather, and more). www.elisequagliata.com

 

GQ, 2012 “RISING STAR” SWEET ADELINES CHAMPIONS  

In the last three years, we broadened our series to include barbershop singing, in recognition of the high level of sophistication and presentation that this musical style has attained. This year, on Saturday July 27, 4:00 p.m., we have another international champion quartet coming—GQ—the “Rising Star” contest-winners at the 2012 Sweet Adelines Competition in Denver, receiving the highest scores the competition has seen thus far. Since then these young women have been in great demand. Along with barbershop favorites like “Deed I Do” and “Put Your Arms Around Me,” they’ll do their own arrangements of other related styles (“Samson” and “Timshel”), and at my request, some gospel songs. (View their winning performance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dawvJWpfBD8 )

 

DALI STRING QUARTET 

The Dali String Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. The quartet has appeared at Carnegie Hall, toured widely in Europe and Asia, and collaborated with some of the finest composers of our time.  Trained both in Venezuela’s social and music education movement, El Sistema, and in American conservatories, this internationally-acclaimed group of young artists will present on Saturday August 17, 4:00 p.m. a “two worlds” concert that includes Haydn’s Quartet in G major, as well as modern pieces by Latin composers including Joaquin Turina’s religiously-inspired “La Oracion del Torero” (The Bullfighter’s Prayer). www.daliquartet.com

2012 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Sunday, June 3, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. (2 shows) Vocal Spectrum Barbershop Quartet
Saturday, June 9, 4:00 p.m. New York Polyphony
Saturday, July 7, 4:00 p.m. Tapestry
Sunday, July 15, 5:00 p.m. Chiara String Quartet
Saturday, August 4, 4:00 p.m. Elise Quagliata
Sunday, August 26, 4:00 p.m. TENET  (Note: NEW DATE!)

 

Tapestry

“Song of Songs: Come into my Garden” 
Saturday, July 7, 4:00 p.m.

Tapestry

Get ready for another transporting experience when this Boston-based ensemble of five women’s voices (Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, Daniela Tosic, Diana Brewer, and Shira Kammen, with harp and vielle) takes up the biblical love poetry of the 3,000 year old Song of Songs. Their program (described as “a cornucopia of sensual pleasures” (San Diego Reader)) weaves together Hebrew, medieval Latin, Arabic, and new, modern settings of the Old Testament text. Last season, we witnessed what one commentator wrote about Tapestry: “they plant haunting vibrations old and new in our ears.” To get a taste of their beautiful melodies and six unique recordings, visit www.tapestryboston05.com

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Chiara String Quartet 
Sunday, July 15, 5:00 p.m.

Chiara String Quartet

TAKE NOTE, this concert is scheduled on Sunday, at 5:00 p.m.!
Returning for a third time in our series, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer, Julie Yoon, Jonah Sirota, Gregory Beaver)—currently Artists-in-residence at Harvard University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln—have developed a devoted following in our area. Now in their eleventh season, these four young instrumentalists have established themselves as among America’s most respected ensembles, lauded for their “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (The Boston Globe). Every time I hear this group, I am overwhelmed by the togetherness of their playing and their vibrant interpretations of both classical and contemporary compositions, whatever the mood of the piece may be. This summer we will have another creative program with fresh works by old and new composers. Discover more at www.chiaraquartet.net

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Elise Quagliata 
Saturday, August 4, 4:00 p.m.

Elise Quagliata

For some time, I have wanted to add cabaret to our line-up, and this year I have found the singer to do it—Elise Quagliata, (with accompanist Mikhail Hallak). Ms. Quagliata is accomplished both as an operatic singer, performing leading roles at major opera houses (she recently stunned audiences with her “dark expressive voice” in the demanding role of Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking), and is also adept in a variety of lighter styles from jazz to cabaret. So alongside of Bizet and Debussy, you’ll hear the soft, sentimental tunes of Gershwin, Porter, and Bernstein. (Her rendering of “Speak Low” is not to be missed.) Find out more at elisequagliata.com

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TENET 
“A Feast for the Senses” 
Sunday, August 26, 4:00 p.m.  (Note: New Date of Concert)

TENET
TENET performed in our 2010 series, and we are happy to have them back for a concert that will be a real feast for our ears. Under the able direction of soprano Jolle Greenleaf, this mixed vocal quintet (with soprano Molly Quinn, alto Virginia Warnken, tenor Marc Molomot, bass Charles Evans, with lutenist Hank Heijink) will do a program drawn mostly from their latest CD that features a rich variety of musical styles from Monteverdi madrigals to spirituals (including one of my favorites “His Eye is on the Sparrow”). TENET has become a major force in NYC Early music circles, and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed when you hear them sing in our intimate setting. For bios and musical selections go to www.TENETnyc.com.

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Vocal Spectrum

Sunday, June 3, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Vocal Spectrum

We welcome back Vocal Spectrum, with amazing tenor Tim Waurick, lead Eric Dalbey, baritone Jonny Moroni, and bass Chris Hallem, for another double concert (this one on a Sunday). It was a thrill last season to experience at close range their musical acrobatics and beautiful arrangements of old and new favorites: “Good Vibrations,” “Bring Him Home,” “It is Well With My Soul.” Winners of the international barbershop quartet competition (2006) and collegiate quartet champions (2004), VS continues to be the premier attraction in the barbershop world. Both performances were done to a full house last year, so make your reservations early.
Bios and musical selections at www.vocalspectrum.com

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New York Polyphony 
Saturday, June 9, 4:00 p.m.

New York Polyphony

This New York-based ensemble of four male voices (Geoffrey Williams, Steven Wilson, Christopher Herbert, Craig Phillips), almost overnight, has become one of the most sought after in their field of classical ensembles of a new generation. Their interpretations of the Early music repertoire are so fresh and lively that it is hard to distinguish the early from the modern compositions. The precision and purity of their blend, tuning, and ensemble singing is unequaled. The program this year will include an unusual selection of madrigals from Italy, France, and England, as well as a newly commissioned work, “Missa Charles Darwin” by Smith College composer Gregory Brown, which melds the musical architecture of the traditional Catholic Mass with the fundamentally secular texts of Darwin. (The composer will be in attendance at the concert.) See “Programs” for the full program.

Learn more at www.newyorkpolyphony.com

 

2011 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Tapestry
Saturday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.

Tapestry is a Boston-based ensemble of four women’s voices and percussionist, whose trademark is combining medieval repertory and contemporary compositions in bold conceptual programming. True to form, the program they will do with us, “The Spirit Takes Flight,” is a creative mix of old and new, framed by two folk tales that explore universal ideas of spirituality—a medieval Portuguese tale of the miracles of St. Isabel, and a tale of compassion set in modern day Tibet. Over fifteen years, Tapestry has performed in the major music festivals in North America and Europe. To get a taste of their beautiful harmonies and six unique recordings, visit www.tapestryboston05.org
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Parthenia, with tenor Ryland Angel
Saturday, June 25, 4:00 p.m.

Parthenia is a New York-based quartet of four viols performing with tenor vocalist Ryland Angel and lutenist Daniel Swenberg. This unique ensemble, brought together for our concert, will do “A Renaissance Songbook,”—an intimate collection of early European art songs that leads you through the private chambers of Renaissance life and love. Parthenia has collaborated with the world’s foremost early music vocalists and ensembles, and our concert is no exception. Tenor/countertenor Ryland Angel has performed a wide variety of musical styles in major venues around the world. The concert program will include Purcell’s beautiful “Evening Hymn” for voice and viols, and the Scottish hymn “Our Father God Celestial”(The Lord’s Prayer). For bios and recent CDs go to www.parthenia.org .

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New York Polyphony
Saturday, July 9, 4:00 p.m.

This New York-based ensemble of four male voices will make a return visit for what is sure to be another mesmerizing concert. Under the skilled leadership of Geoffrey Williams, this group delivers a dynamic performance of sacred and secular music in a wide range of styles from Renaissance to contemporary. As we discovered last season, the purity and precision of their sound can transport the listener into another realm. The program this year will be based upon the “Song of Songs.” Don’t miss this group, as they are fast becoming one of the finest classical ensembles of a new generation. Learn more at www.newyorkpolyphony.com .

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Vocal Spectrum
Saturday, July 16, 4:30 & 7:00 p.m.


We are doing BARBERSHOP again! this year with another international champion quartet—Vocal Spectrum with the amazing tenor Tim Waurick, lead Eric Dalbey, baritone Jonny Moroni, and bass Chris Hallem doing old and new songs including “Good Vibrations,” “Bring Him Home,” “This Ole House,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and some gospel songs you haven’t heard them do. Last summer’s concert by Crossroads convinced any who may have had doubts that barbershop is a serious, sophisticated style of music. And Vocal Spectrum is the premier attraction in the barbershop circuit, having won the international barbershop quartet competition in 2006, and the collegiate quartet contest in 2004.
Because of the popularity of the group, we are offering two concerts this year, at 4:30 & 7:00 p.m. Make your reservations early; there is limited seating (70 seats), and once our concert room is full, it is full. Bios and musical selections at www.vocalspectrum.com .
For this concert only, we invite you to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy down by our beautiful lake anytime after 1:00 p.m. (before or after the concert you attend).

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Chiara Sting Quartet

Sunday, July 31, 5:00 p.m.


TAKE NOTE! this is the only concert scheduled on Sunday, (at 5:00 p.m.)!
Now in their tenth season, these four young instrumentalists—currently Artists-in-residence at Harvard University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln—have established themselves as among America’s most respected ensembles, lauded for their “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (The Boston Globe). The Chiara Quartet—Rebecca Fischer violin, Julie Yoon violin, Jonah Sirota viola, and Gregory Beaver cello—is coming back to our series after a stirring concert last summer that left all of us overwhelmed by their vibrant interpretations of the classical repertoire and modern compositions, some written especially for them. And this summer we will have another creative program with fresh works by new composers. Discover more at www.chiaraquartet.net .

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Saturday, May 15, 3:00 p.m. CROSSROADS BARBERSHOP QUARTET

Saturday, July 10, 4:00 p.m. TENET Vocal Ensemble

Sunday, July 18, 5:00 p.m.CHIARA STRING QUARTET

Saturday, August 21, 4:00 p.m. NEW YORK POLYPHONY

Saturday, August 28, 4:00 p.m. CHRISTOPHER LEE (violin) ELISABETH TURCHI(soprano), REBECCA BUTLER (piano)

Sunday, December 26, 3:00 p.m. SINGING BOYS OF PENNSYLVANIA

2010 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 15, 3:00 p.m.

CROSSROADS BARBERSHOP QUARTET


Crossroads is the current (2009) international champions of barbershop singing, having won the coveted “gold medal” at last year’s competition in Anaheim. Audiences are mesmerized by their versatility, precision harmonies, sweet leads, effortlessly held chords, and gorgeous arrangements. You will thrill to their rendition of “Lucky Old Sun.” This is an opportunity to experience the best that this distinctively American style of music has to offer. Find out more about Crossroads at http://www.crossroadsquartet.com

Saturday, July 10, 4:00 p.m.
TENET


This New York-based a cappella group of six singers (for our concert)–each of them a soloist in his/her own right–has given a brilliant performance in the past two years in our series, and will do so again with their mix of Renaissance works, madrigals, a Bach motet, folk songs, and spirituals. Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director and leader of the group, has established herself as a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque music. TENET’s performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s collection of sacred music (Moral and Spiritual Forest) last February in New York City was one of the most memorable musical experiences I have ever had. Find out more about Tenet at http://www.tenetnyc.com

Sunday, July 18, 5:00 p.m.
CHIARA STRING QUARTET


These four young instrumentalists (Rebecca Fischer, Julie Yoon, violin, Jonah Sirota, viola, Gregory Beaver, cello) are currently Artists-in-residence at Harvard University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They have played in major venues and festivals in Europe and America and have won more than their share of prestigious awards and prizes. My eyes were opened to the beauty of the Beethoven string quartets when I heard the group perform them this past year. The quartet’s first violinist, Rebecca Fischer, speaks of the “transformative power” of that music in her own experience. An exquisite togetherness in their playing. See the full PROGRAM for the July 18 concert on this web site and discover more about the quartet at http://www.chiaraquartet.net

Saturday, August 21, 4:00 p.m.

New York Polyphony


This four-voice male vocal ensemble has already gained a reputation as one of the finest classical ensembles of a new generation. They deliver a dynamic performance of sacred and secular music in a wide range of styles from simple plainchant to dance-like Renaissance to the rich chromatics of contemporary works. The purity of their sound will transport you into higher realms, as it did for me. View bios and hear selections at http://www.newyorkpolyphony.com

Saturday, August 28, 4:00 p.m.

Christopher Lee (violin), Elisabeth Turchi (soprano), Rebecca Butler (piano)


This talented trio, assembled especially for our concerts, return to do another rich and varied program of classical and popular selections from Bach to Gershwin to musical and movie classics. Simply put, they won our hearts last summer.
Christopher Lee has played hundreds of solo concerts (with such luminaries as Stokowski, Bernstein, Foss, and Fiedler). One reviewer said: “He draws the listener into the world of each composer and distills a kind of musical essence.” Elisabeth Turchi is a young artist to watch, who has charmed audiences at home and abroad with her stage presence and agile vocal style. For more details, go to http://merynda.com/ChrisLeebio.html, http://www.elisabethturchi.com

Sunday, December 26, 3:00 p.m.
The Singing Boys of Pennsylvania

Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” & Sacred Christmas Music and Carols
Director: Dr. K. Bernard Schade


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