A Chamber Opera by Joseph Summer
Libretto by Eve Summer, adapted from “The Tempest”
Featuring Metropolitan Opera Bass-baritone, Christian Van Horn as Prospero
Music direction by Maestro Stefan Lano
- Christian Van Horn, Prospero
- Glorivy Arroyo, Trinculo
- Ethan Bremner, Sebastian
- Christopher Burchett, Antonio
- Andrea Chenoweth, Juno
- James Maddalena, Alonso
- Neal Ferreira, Ferdinand
- Kathryn Guthrie, Miranda
- Jessica Lennick, Iris
- Sophie Michaux, Ceres
- Andy Papas, Stephano
- Katherine Pracht, Ariel
- David Salsbery Fry, Caliban
- Cover Cast
Christian Van Horn, Prospero
American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious opera companies, including San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Salzburg Festival, Los Angeles Opera, Grand Théâtre du Genève, and Canadian Opera Company. His roles include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Mephistopheles in Faust, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Banquo in Macbeth, Colline in La Bohème, and Claudio in Aggrippina. Mr. Van Horn has also appeared as a concert soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others.
During the 2012/13 season, Christian traveled to Perm, Russia, where he recorded the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with conductor Teodor Currentzis for Sony Classical Records (due for release in early 2014). He continued to Amsterdam to make his house and role debuts as Gessler in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell with De Nederlandse Opera, followed by another house debut with Dallas Opera as Timur in Turandot. Christian continued the season with a significant role debut, singing his first Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with San Francisco Opera. “Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn’s resonant vocalism and suave, menacing presence animated Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle and Dapertutto; the latter’s ‘Scintille, diamant’ yielded an episode of focused brilliance.” (Opera News, August 2013) The summer then saw him back across the ocean with the Gothenburg Symphoniker in Sweden for a concert performance of Ça Ira, written by Roger Waters.
To open the 2013/14 season, Van Horn returned to Canadian Opera Company as Colline in La Bohème. Most recently, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut under the baton of James Levine as Pistola in the Met’s new Falstaff which was presented around the globe as part of the HD Broadcast series. Christian then sang more performances of Colline in the Met’s beloved Zeffirelli production, showcasing his “sturdy voice and commanding presence.” (New York Times, January 2014) He rounds out the season with a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Publio in La Clemenza di Tito. This production marks Mr. Van Horn’s tenth outing with the company, having most recently delivered triumphant performances of Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor in 2011. Opera News proclaimed that Christian “contributed some of the most beautiful singing of the evening.” (December 2011)
Christian will spend much of the 2014/15 season with San Francisco Opera where he will be seen in six different productions, including the company’s season opening performances of Norma (Oroveso) under Maestro Nicola Luisotti. San Francisco will also hear Van Horn in two role debuts: Alidoro in La Cenrentola and Narbal in Les Troyens, conducted by Donald Runnicles. The remainder of his San Francisco season includes Colline and the world premiere of SFO-commissioned La Chociara by Marco Tutino. Christian makes his San Diego Opera debut as Colline in early 2015 and also returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich as Offenbach’s Four Villains. The season is completed with concert performances and a recording of composer Joseph Summer’s new opera, The Tempest, which Van Horn will headline as Prospero.
In addition to the upcoming release of Sony Classical’s Figaro, Christian Van Horn can also be heard on several previously-released commercial recordings. These include Bizet’s Carmen with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for EMI, a live recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina for Signum Classics with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Stewart Robertson. Christian may be seen on DVD in the Salzburg Festival’s production of Roméo et Juliette, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin (Deutsche Grammaphon) as well as in Christoph Loy’s production of Lucrezia Borgia with the Bayerische Staatsoper for Medici Arts.
Other past season highlights have included appearances with the Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Oper Stuttgart, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Seattle Symphony, to name a few. Mr. Van Horn holds both a Master of Music and an Artists Diploma in Voice and Opera from Yale University where he studied with Richard Cross. Christian was a member of the Ryan Opera Center for two years with Lyric Opera of Chicago and spent two seasons on the ensemble roster of the Bayerische Staatsoper. He is originally from Long Island, New York, and currently makes his home between engagements near Richmond, Virginia. Christian Van Horn is represented by Caroline Woodfield of Opus 3 Artists.
Glorivy Arroyo, Trinculo
Mezzo-soprano Glorivy Arroyo is quickly garnering attention for her extraordinary musicality and engaging stage presence. Recently described by The Boston Globe as “a stand-out inhabiting her character with total commitment and passion,” Ms. Arroyo performed with Opera Boston for over 10 years, making her role debut as Secretary to Mao in Nixon in China and most recently Roggiero in Tancredi, opposite Ewa Podleś. Her current season includes making her debut with The Shakespeare Concerts as Trinculo in The Tempest, Zefka in Zápisník zmizelého at TCAN, and Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at the Connecticut Early Music Festival, returning after a successful turn as Arsamene in Xerxes.
Recent engagements include Mrs. Soames in Our Town with Monadnock Music, Marfa in Rojahn’s Heart of a Dogwith Guerilla Opera, Ježibaba in Rusalka with Diva Day Foundation, Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opera del West, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with Metrowest Opera, Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Boston Underground, and Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoorwith Commonwealth Opera.
In past seasons, she debuted with Opera New Jersey in Die Zauberflöte, Roméo et Juliette, and delighted as Ruth in their touring production of The Pirates of Penzance. With Utah Symphony & Opera, she debuted The Grapes of Wrath in concert and sang the role of Lolette in La Rondine with Metropolitan Opera director Michael Scarola, under the baton of Keith Lockhart. Ms. Arroyo joined the Grammy-winning cast of Golijov’s Ainadamar at Opera Boston, under the direction of Peter Sellars.
Ms. Arroyo can be heard on Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s world premiere recordings of Foss’ Griffelkin and Rorem’s Our Town. She is the founder and former host and headliner of BEST OF BOSTON winner Opera Boston Underground and served as Music Director for the HALLS 2011 spring allergy campaign, “Operahhhhh of Irritations.”
Ethan Bremner, Sebastian
Since his arrival in Boston, Ethan Bremner has become one of the city’s most sought-after young tenors. He made his local debut with Boston Opera Collaborative in 2006 as Achilles in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, and then sang with the company as Rodolfo inPuccini’s La bohème. He also had and an auspicious debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore and Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Longwood Opera. Recently he performed the premier performance of Odyssey Opera of Boston as Baroncelli in Wagner’s Rienzi Recent appearances on the concert platform include:Haydn’s Season’s with The Paul Madore Chorale, Bach’s Magnificat with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass with the Keene Chorale Engagements in 2014 include performances with Cape Cod Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, Quabbin Pro Musica, and the Boston Civic Symphony.
Mr. Bremner was a Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region) and earned his Master of Music in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin.
Christopher Burchett, Antonio
Christopher Burchett’s rich, no-holds-barred baritone voice and committed stagecraft have earned him a place on the stages of opera companies throughout Europe and the United States including The Barbican with the BBC Orchestra, The Estates Theatre in Prague, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, Eugene Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Kentucky Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Most recently, Opera News described Christopher as a “fearlessly vulnerable” performer “who gave an unflinchingly, heroically human performance that will linger long in the memory.”
In 2014, Christopher sang the Harlequin with Virginia Opera, performed his 10th world premiere entitled The Poe Project with Fargo Moorhead Opera, sang Father Palmer in Kevin Put’s Silent Night with Fort Worth Opera and reprises the Soldier in Soldier Songs with The Holland Festival and Beth Morrison Projects at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This fall, Christopher sang Ashby in La Fanciulla del West with Opera Coeur d’Alene and returned to Virginia Opera to sing Captain Cocoran.
This season Christopher performs the title roles in Don Giovanni and Sweeney Todd with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Eugene Opera as well as St. Matthew Passion with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee. In 2016, he reprises The Poe Project with Fort Worth Opera and sings Ming in the world premiere of Gilgamesh with Celebrity Series of Boston and Beth Morrison Projects.
Christopher can be heard on the Naxos record label in the world premiere recordings of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good, Julian Wachner’s Come My Dark Eyed One, the title role in Bernard Rands Vincent and soon in the song selections of Mohammed Fairouz. He can also be heard on the VIA label in Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses and the I-tunes label as part of the “Opera America Songbook”, a recorded collection of 47 songs commissioned by Opera America to celebrate the opening of the National Opera Center.
Andrea Chenoweth, Juno
Andrea Chenoweth, soprano, is a two-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Dayton Opera, Commonwealth Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Springfield Symphony, the Bach Society of Dayton, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and Arcadia Players. Career highlights include her recent Carnegie Hall debut singing Verdi’s Requiem and touring Japan with Maestro Neal Gittleman and the Telemann Chamber Orchestra. She has sung numerous operatic roles, including Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Atalanta in Handel’s Xerxes. A proponent of new music, Ms. Chenoweth has worked with many living composers including Libby Larsen, Joseph Summer, Jonathon Sheffer, and Monica Houghton. Ms. Chenoweth received her Masters of Music degree in Voice from The Cleveland Institute of Music and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton. Her teachers include Ruth Golden, George Vassos, Ellen Shade, and Linda Snyder. Ms. Chenoweth is an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Dayton.
James Maddalena, Alonso
The renowned baritone James Maddalena commands a large and varied repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to contemporary opera. He first gained international recognition for his notable portrayal of the title role in the world premier of John Adams’Nixon in China, directed by Peter Sellars with Houston Grand Opera followed by performances at Netherland Opera, the Edinburgh Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Washington Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Australia’s Adelaide Festival, the Chatelet in Paris, English National Opera, the Greek National Opera and most recently for his debut with the Metropolitan Opera.
His association with John Adams continued in two more recent roles: the Captain in Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, which premiered at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and received performances at the Opera de Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, San Francisco Opera, and at the Vienna Festival prior to being recorded by Nonesuch under Kent Nagano; and Jack Hubbard in Doctor Atomic for San Francisco Opera.
Mr. Maddalena has appeared with many other leading international opera companies: New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Atlanta Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Boston, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Frankfurt Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the London Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent collaborator with director Peter Sellars and sang major roles in Sellars’ stagings of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas (the Count in Le nozze di Figaroand Guglielmo in Così fan tutte), as well as his productions of operas by Haydn, Handel and John Adams.
He has collaborated with many contemporary composers, including John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, Elliot Goldenthal, Robert Moran, Domenic Argento, Marc Blitzstein, and Michael Tippett, among others. He sang the world premiere of Stewart Wallace’sHarvey Milk with Houston Grand Opera, later heard at San Francisco Opera and recorded by Teldec under Donald Runnicles. He sang the premiere of Wallace’sThe Bonesetter’s Daughter at San Francisco Opera in 2008. In St. Louis, James Maddalena sang Hobson in the premiere of David Carlson’s The Midnight Angel. He sang the role of Gideon March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women at the Houston Grand Opera, and title role in the premiere of KirkeMechem’s John Brown at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, where he returned in 2010 for the Nixon In China. He gave the premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Vietnam Oratorio Fire Water Paper with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, recorded for Sony Classical and later performed with the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and the world premiere of Harbison’s Four Psalms with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
2009 brought his Santa Fe Opera debut in the premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Letter; he returned in 2010 for the premiere of Lewis Spratlan’s “Life is a Dream.” He made his Opera de Monte-Carlo debut in the title role in the premiere of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, followed by US performances in Boston and Chicago. He sang the premiere of Hugo Weisgall’s Esther for New York City Opera in 2009 and made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Nixon In China in 2011. January 2014 brought the US premiere of Weinberg’s The Passenger with Houston Grand Opera, which will go to the Lincoln Center Festival in July, and his debut with Odyssey Opera of Boston in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno.
An active concert artist, James Maddalena can be heard in repertoire ranging from Bach to Hindemith. He has performed The Messiah with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society; Hindemith’s Requiem with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santi Cecilia in Rome; the St. John Passion in Turin, Italy; Harbison’s Words from Paterson with the San Francisco Symphony; and Carmina Burana in Seville, Spain and Palermo, Italy. He made his Houston Symphony debut in fall 2010, singing Lawrence Siegel’s Kaddish, conducted by Hans Graf. He sang Schubert’s Die Winterreiseat the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Robert Spano as accompanist and the complete cycle of Bach cantatas with Boston’s Emmanuel Music.
James Maddalena has recorded for Decca/London, BMG, Classical Catalyst, Nonesuch, Teldec, Sony Classical, Harmonia Mundi, and EMI. He can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning recording of Nixon In China (Nonesuch) and the Emmy Award-winning PBS telecast, now on DVD. His performance of Mark Adamo’s Little Women was recently released on Naxos DVD.
Neal Ferreira, Ferdinand
Tenor Neal Ferreira, especially noted for his dynamic and captivating stage presence, is quickly gaining national recognition. In the current season and beyond, performances include a return to Syracuse Opera as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the Judge/Amelia’s Servant in Un ballo in maschera with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the role of Ferdinand in the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s The Tempest with the Shakespeare Concerts.
Most recent engagements include Tancredi in John Musto’s The Inspector with Boston Lyric Opera, for which Opera News praised his “moving performance,” Charlie Gould (Orlofsky) in Die Fledermaus with Anchorage Opera, and Spoletta in Tosca with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Last season his performance as Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with Syracuse Opera garnered him the company’s 2012-13 Artist of the Year Award. He has also appeared with Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Colorado, Opera Boston, the American Repertory Theatre, Boston Midsummer Opera, and Guerilla Opera. Mr. Ferreira received the 2009 Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence from Boston Lyric Opera, and has since performed there in many roles including Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Traveler in Clemency, Spoletta in Tosca, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Gran Sacerdote in Mozart’s Idomeneo, re di Creta, and Spanzani/Andrès in Les contes d’Hoffmann.
Kathryn Guthrie, Miranda
Soprano Kathryn Guthrie is quickly becoming recognized as an artist of unusual artistic versatility, equally praised for her performances of the traditional classical repertoire and her sharp-witted interpretations of contemporary works. After debuting at New York City Opera in 2012 as Marie in folk-pop star Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, Kathryn has since appeared with Mr. Wainwright twice at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Madrid’s famed Teatro Real. Her 2013 Philadelphia premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ayre” with Astral Artists was praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer by saying, “No matter what she did, she still sounded like herself and maintained fierce dedication to the music’s inner meaning.”
A champion of new music, Kathryn enjoyed other performances with New York City Opera that included the VOX 2012 concert performing Osnat Netzer’s The Wondrous Woman Within, and the educational production of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland as the Cheshire Cat. She also recently premiered the workshop performance of Justine F. Chen and David Simpatico’s The Turing Project as Sara Turing with American Lyric Theater.
Ms. Guthrie was a member of the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute Program for Singers and Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists Program, where she performed as First Witch in Dido and Aeneas and covered Clorinda in La cenerentola. No stranger to musical theater, she has recently worked with Broadway conductor Patrick Vaccariello, performing in an Andrew Lloyd Webber/Rodgers & Hammerstein revue and a reading of the new musical The Ballad of Little Jo.
Ms. Guthrie is the recipient of awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Houston Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, the Fort Worth Opera, and AIMS Graz. She holds a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where she received the Phyllis Bryn-Julson Award for Contemporary Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Connecticut.
Jessica Lennick, Iris
Jessica Lennick “is a complete package, including a terrific smile and stage presence to go along with her pleasing voice,” according to The Baltimore Examiner. She has used these qualities to great effect on the opera stage, singing Adina, Giulietta, Susanna, Zerlina, Blonde, Gretel, Norina, and die Königin der Nacht for Washington Camerata of DC, Chesapeake Chamber Opera, and Center City Opera Theater, among others. She was an Annapolis Opera Competition finalist and Great Lakes Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. She covered the role of Giulietta at the Caramoor Festival, where she also appeared as soprano soloist with Roberto Abbado and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In the 2013-14 concert season she was featured in Canton Comic Opera’s 10th Anniversary Gala, in Lyricfest’s “Magical Musical Menagerie” (where she will be returning for their 2014-15 season), and frequently appeared with Concert Operetta Theater (most recently as the title role in Madeleine). In December she appeared for the first time with the Riverside Symphonia singing excerpts from Handel’s Messiah..
Since 2009, Ms. Lennick has enjoyed a close relationship with composer Melissa Dunphy and has sung the world premieres of The Gonzales Cantata, Tesla’s Pigeon, and the world premiere recordings of June, Tesla’s Pigeon (with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra) and is thrilled to be originating the role of Ayn Rand in Ayn in 2014. Ms. Lennick has premiered many other pieces, notably A Weeping Woman (Solitro),Under the Harvest Moon (Runestad), and Honor, Riches, Marriage, Blessing(Summer) the last of which she has recorded for Albany Records. She will be appearing with the Da Capo ensemble on their forthcoming album of works by Robert Parris (Albany Records, 2015).
Sophie Michaux, Ceres
Sophie Michaux was born in London and raised in the French Alps. The Boston Musical Intelligencer characterized her voice as “luscious”, “velvety” and “ever so slightly smoky”. Recognized for her enthralling presence and her audacious interpretation, she maintains an active performance schedule in Europe and the United States under directors Gabriel Garrido, Jean-Marie Curti, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Adam Boyles, Dana Maiben, Lidiya Yankovskaya, among others: In May 2010, she served as a soloist in Italy at the Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini Early Music Seminar in Venice, directed by René Jacobs. On stage, her roles include Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mercedes (Carmen), La Pythonisse (David et Jonathas) and Orontea (Orontea). In the spring of 2014, she will be Dorabella in The Greater Worcester Opera’s production of Così Fan Tutte. She collaborates with some of Boston’s most active Opera companies such as Boston Metro West, Opera Brittenica, Lowell House Opera, The Greater Worcester Opera, Opera on Tap, Helios Early Opera, and Longwood Opera.
Andy Papas, Stephano
Highly praised by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for his “rich voice”, native Bostonian Andy Papas was recently seen as Ali in L’Italiana in Algeri with Opera Company of Middlebury. He returns to Opera Providence this season as Ko-Ko in The Mikado and The Major General in The Pirates of Penzance, both signature roles.
In 2014, Andy performed Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville with Opera for the Young on their tour of 70 venues. With Opera for the Young, he has performed for over 100,000 children throughout the Great Lakes. Opera for the Young uses a truly hands-on approach, teaching a new group of children at each school to be the onstage chorus. Andy has also performed Pandolfe in Cendrillon, the Father/Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and The Major General with OFY.
In 2013, Andy was seen as the Tsar in the World premiere of Polina Nazaykinskaya’s The Magic Mirror with Juventas New Music Ensemble at the Calderwood Pavilion. Andy joined the ensemble of Boston Lyric Opera in their 2013/2014 productions of Rigoletto & Der Fliegende Holländer at the Shubert Theatre. A year earlier, Andy was Schaunard in La Bohème with Boston Opera Collaborative in his hometown debut.
In November 2012, Andy charmed New Hampshire audiences as Ko-Ko in The Mikadowith Raylynmor Opera. Also in November, he returned to St. Louis to perform in the Benefit Gala with Union Avenue Opera. Andy was seen at Union Avenue Opera in 2011 as Pong in Turandot, and was praised by the St. Louis press for a delightfully comedic performance. He also sang with Union Avenue as the Major General in The Pirates of Penzance in 2010 to great acclaim.
Andy has performed and covered leading roles with St. Petersburg Opera, Opera New Jersey, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and Reagle Music Theatre of Boston. He completed his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at the University of Houston in 2009, where he sang Uncle John in the collegiate premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Andy received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan in 2007, where he coached with composer & performer duo William Bolcom and Joan Morris.
Katherine Pracht, Ariel
In the 2014-15 season, Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht makes her role debut as Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera; then, in the role of Ariel, she’ll sing the World Premiere of Joseph Summer’s The Tempest for The Shakespeare Concerts in Somerville, MA; followed by Covering the role of Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird commissioned for Opera Philadelphia. In 2013-14, Pracht made her Carnegie Hall debut as Alto Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem; her debut with Opera Company of Philadelphia as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte; sang Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis for Central City Opera with the Colorado Symphony and for Chicago’s New Millennium Orchestra; Meg in Little Women directed by David Gately for Opera on the James; two concerts with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus singing John Corigliano’s Fern Hill and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Alto solos in Elijah for Blacksburg Master Chorale, Mozart’s Requiem for NYC’s Choral Society of Grace Church, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Black Pearl Orchestra.
Pracht’s 2012-13 season began with the role of Mrs. McLean in Florentine Opera’s production of Susannah, followed by the role of Guenevere in Orchestra Kentucky’s Camelot, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Opera on the James. The 2011 season included her Dallas Opera debut as Stephano in student performances of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette; followed by a turn as Rosina in Opera on the James’s Il barbiere di Siviglia; and the role of Julia in the World Premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals for Skylight Opera Theatre. In the 2010 season, Pracht made her international/Radio France debut singing Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Belle-ile; and her Avery Fisher Hall debut in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the American Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Pracht has been a Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional finalist in San Antonio, Memphis, and twice in Minneapolis, where, in 2006, she won the Outstanding Mezzo Award.
David Salsbery Fry, Caliban
Widely praised for his skills both as a singer and as a nuanced and subtle actor, David Salsbery Fry seized the spotlight last season when he stepped in as Mosè in Mosè in Egitto for a four-performance run with New York City Opera on very short notice. In his review for The Associated Press, Ronald Blum said, “With noble stature and flowing bass-baritone, Fry’s Moses had a world weary and endearing quality …”
Possessed of an imposing three octave range which gives him command of both the bass and bass-baritone repertoire, Mr. Fry plunged down to contra G (49 Hz) for his performances of Ogro in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas. Other notable engagements from the past few seasons include Ramfis in Aida in Annapolis, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Vero Beach Opera, Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi and Wuorinen’s Never Again the Same at Tanglewood, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Tel Aviv, his Mostly Mozart debut in Stravinsky’s Renard, his debut as Olin Blitch in Susannah with Opera at Rutgers, and T.J. Rigg in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry in New Jersey.
Mr. Fry is a perennial favorite of the Aspen Music Festival; roles performed there include Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Hobson in Peter Grimes, Kammersänger in Intermezzo, Badger & Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby. He is also a tireless advocate for new music; he has performed in four workshops for The Metropolitan Opera, made numerous appearances in New York City Opera’s VOX Festival and given the world premiere performances of several solo and chamber works, including the song cycle ten songs of yesno by Osnat Netzer.
Mr. Fry received a Graduate Diploma in voice from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music in opera from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in music from the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Fry was recently named first place winner of the Bidu Sayão International Vocal Competition, also taking home the prize for best opera aria performance. Originally from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, he currently divides his time between New York City and Boston.
Ferdinand & Sebastian
|Zachary Burgess||Ethan DePuy||Katherine Growdon|
Trinculo & Ceres
Iris & Juno
|Jeremiah Johnson||Thea Lobo||Natalie Polito|
|Nathan Rodriguez||Jennifer Sgroe|
- Stefan Lano, Conductor
- Conrad Chu, Assistant Conductor
- Shawn Moore, concertmaster/violin
- Natalie Calma, violin
- Leah Gastler, viola
- Ashleigh Gordon, viola
- Bryan Hayslett, cello
- Robert Hoveland, trombone
- Franziska Huhn, harp
- Ming Hui Lin, cello
- Meghan Jacoby, flutist
- Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet
- Jean Laurenz, trumpet
- Clark Matthews, horn
- Nicole Parks, violin
- Lisa Pegher, percussion
- Miroslav Sekera, piano
- Suliman Tekalli, violin
- Joseph Turbessi, piano
- Bonita Williams, bass
Stefan Lano, Conductor
Integrating his work as composer with his conducting assignments, Stefan Lano has established himself as an ardent and sought-after proponent in both concert and opera of fin-de-siecle and contemporary music. His professional career began at the Graz Opera as Repetiteur followed by an extended tenure on the Music Staff of the Vienna State Opera in the 1980s. Lorin Maazel appointed him Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1988. In 1993, he conducted the first Latin American production of the three-act version of Berg’s Lulu at the Teatro Colón, further conducting over the years productions of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, Bartok’sBluebeard’s Castle, Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, Richard Strauss’ Salome, Elektra und Capriccio, Krenek’s Jonny spielt auf, Bomarzoby Alberto Ginastera, Prokofiev’s L’amour des trots oranges, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, and a double-bill of his invention combining Korngold’s Violanta and Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy. In 2005, at the unanimous behest of the Resident Orchestra of the theater, he was appointed Music Director of the Teatro Colón.
His debut performance at the Metropolitan Opera conducting Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in 1997 led to an engagement at the San Francisco Opera conducting a highly acclaimed 1998 production of Alban Berg’s Lulu, after which he was invited to return in 2000 for Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe.
The clarity and expressivity of his renditions of twentieth century opera brought him to the attention of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra which engaged him to conduct concert performances of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in 2002 for which he was cited with an OPUS Award for Best Concert of the Season by the Conseil Québécoise de la Musique. His immediate reengagement in 2003 conducting Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane and Bluebeard’s Castle by Bartok, was accorded a second OPUS Award. During that season he also presented the world premiere performances of Richard Danielpour’s opera, Margaret Garner at the theaters of Detroit, Cincinnati and Philadelphia as well as Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata at the Houston Grand Opera. Parallel to these world premieres, he was invited to conduct a new production of Puccini’s Turandot at the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Lithuania.
Recent engagements include the Semper Oper Dresden (Henze: L’Upupa, Moussorgsky: Boris Godunov, Heggie: Dead Man Walking, Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus); Hamburg State Opera (Puccini: Turandot, Tosca) Göteborg (Tristan und Isolde); National Opera of Slovakia (Moussorgsky: Boris Godunov, Puccini: La bohème); concerts with the orchestras of Zagreb, Vilnius, Basel, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Singapore, Málaga, Tirana, Oulu, Athens, Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
His tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony of Uruguay (SODRE) from 2012 to 2015 was praised for the dramatically improved caliber of orchestra playing and progressive programming. He maintains a long-standing collaboration with the orchestra of the Escuela Superior de Música Reína Sofía in Madrid, most recently in concerts at the Auditorio Nacional Madrid which were broadcast by Radio-Television España. In December of 2015, his premiere recording of Joseph Summer’s opera, The Tempest was released by Albany Records, available on iTunes Store.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, he began study of the piano at age 5. A graduate of Worcester Academy, in 2009 he was recipient of the schools first “Cole Porter Award” for Artistic Achievement – Cole Porter also having graduated from Worcester Academy. Upon completion of studies in Composition with Richard Hoffmann at Oberlin Conservatory of Music while concurrently completing a degree in Biology at Oberlin College, he was awarded a full-scholarship as Teaching Fellow at Harvard University from which he holds a PhD in Composition. A grant from the DAAD(German Academic Exchange Service) afforded him further composition studies with Isang Yun and conducting studies Hans Martin Rabenstein in Berlin in 1977. An accomplished pianist, he thereafter assumed his positions at the Graz Opera and Vienna State Opera which remain for him important years of preparation for his later work as conductor.
Stefan Lano’s Sinfonie N° 3 was premiered in 2004 by the Lithuanian National Philharmonic with the composer conducting. His Sinfonie N° 1 (1975), was cited with a BMI Award in Composition in and a Rockefeller Foundation Grant for its first performance at the Newport Music Festival. Antal Dorati also chose this work for First Prize of the National Society of Arts and Letters “Firestone Award” in Composition. Having recently completed his Rilke-Lieder for soprano and orchestra, he is currently composing his Sinfonie N° 4.
He resides with his family in Basel, Switzerland since 1995 and in 2010 became a Swiss citizen.
Conrad Chu, Assistant Conductor
Conductor and pianist Conrad Chu has been an active freelancer in New York for almost 15 years. Currently, he is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. From 2008 to 2012 he served as doctoral assistant conductor for the school’s top orchestra, Bowling Green Philharmonia. Since returning to New York in 2012, Mr. Chu has been in demand by companies that specialize in contemporary opera. For American Opera Projects, he has guest conducted for concerts celebrating the 75th birthday of composer David Del Tredici, and led the workshop premiere of Stefan Weisman’s The Scarlet Ibis, which is being produced by Beth Morrison Projects for the annual Prototype Festival of contemporary opera. In June 2013 Mr. Chu was appointed assistant conductor with Gotham Chamber Opera. This past February he assisted with Gotham’s premiere of Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In March 2015 he rejoins Gotham to assist with The Tempest Songbook, a co-production with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
In his orchestral work, Mr. Chu has been a guest conductor with Queer Urban Orchestra, Gemini Youth Orchestra, Centre Symphony, and Miller Theater contemporary music ensemble. This past October, he was one of 12 young conductors from around the country selected to conduct the Richmond Symphony in a workshop by the Conductors Guild, the national conductors’ association.
Shawn Moore, Concertmaster
The Berkshire Review describes American violinist Shawn Moore as possessing “a very appealing directness in his approach”. He is a keen chamber musician and a founding member of the Kalmia String Quartet. Comfortable with a diverse variety of musical styles, Shawn has also collaborated with artists such as DJ Spooky and Natalie Merchant. Also a capable violist, Shawn’s most recent chamber music festival performances took place in Jeju Isle Music Festival in South Korea, at the invitation of conductor Nanse Geum, during which he performed on both violin and viola. He also makes regular appearances at the Geneva Music Festival and the Bard Music Festival.
Committed to communicating his passion for music to any willing ear, Shawn has participated in numerous educational initiatives and festivals around the world. Most recently he was a member of the faculty of the Far East festival, held in Ningbo, China in 2013. In January 2013, Shawn performed in Costa Rica and worked with students from SiNEM, the Costa Rican music initiative modeled on El Sistema. He was a guest artist at the International Music Festival of Colon, Venezuela in 2012, where he performed, taught and worked with students of El Sistema.
A graduate of Bard College, he also received a Master of Music from Yale. He speaks fluent Mandarin and Korean and delivered preconcert lectures during Bard’s 2012 China tour. Shawn was a 2013 Yale Light Fellow to Korea and studied there for a year while concurrently representing Bard College in Asia.
Shawn’s precollege mentor was Cyrus Forough. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from Bard College, where he studied with Ida Kavafian, and a Master of Music from Yale, where he studied with Ani Kavafian.
Venezuelan violinist Natalie Calma , currently based in Boston, is an enthusiast of new music and improvisation. In recent years, Natalie has been involved in a number of contemporary ensembles and festivals, including The Boston Conservatory’s New Music Festival, Boston University’s Center for New Music, Fifth Floor Collective and Equilibrium Concert Series. Additionally, she is the cofounder of the violin marimba ensemble Balletik Duo, collaborating with and performing works by Boston composers at local venues, such as Gallery 263 and Davis Square Theater. Mrs. Calma is also a violinist and cofounder of Semiosis Quartet , a string ensemble that focuses on contemporary repertoire, performer composer collaboration and community outreach. Mrs. Calma has also performed on renowned stages and venues throughout the world, including Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Duomo di Siena , and Auditorio Emil Friedman. Natalie is a member of Mosaic Boston Church and a Big Sister from the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She received her Bachelor degree in Violin Performance at The Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Lynn Chang, and graduated with her Master degree at Boston University, where she studied with Dana Mazurkevich.
Leah Gastler is an energetic and enthusiastic violist, with a love of music that spans contemporary and classical repertoires. A passionate chamber musician, Leah greatly enjoys the collaborative process, especially working with living composers. Leah was fortunate to receive a liberal arts education in addition to her musical pursuits as a student at the Bard College Conservatory, where she studied with Steve Tenenbom and Michael Tree. While pursuing her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, Leah honed her soloistic capabilities and performance skills under the tutelage of Heidi Castleman and Hsinyun Huang. She is currently completing her Artist Diploma at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, focusing on chamber music studies with James Dunham. Leah is the violist of the Houston based new music ensemble Vicennium Void, a piano quartet whose mission is to perform and promote works of the past twenty years. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Kalmia Garden Chamber Music and Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides a retreat center and performance opportunities to young professional classical musicians.
Ms. Gordon has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, ranging from chamber and orchestral music settings to off-Broadway and new music productions. She is also is the Co-Artistic Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music, as well as the founder and violist of Sound Energy, a string trio dedicated to commissioning and performing new works.
Cellist Bryan Hayslett continues to distinguish himself as a versatile solo, orchestral, and chamber music player. Cited by judges as displaying “superb musicianship and rich, sonorous playing,” Hayslett made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 as first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International String Competition and returned the following year as a repeat top prize laureate. He currently serves as cellist of the Semiosis Quartet, which focuses on performance of new and contemporary works.
Hayslett is a proponent of new music, having founded and participated in several new music chamber groups in the New England area. He has given three solo concert tours with new music as a central focus, including performances in Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Hartford, Albany, Tampa FL, Holland MI, and Jackson MS, and a residency at the University of South Florida. In addition, he frequently premieres works with the Equilibrium Concert Series, The Fifth Floor Collective, and New Music Brandeis and has coached with composers such as Louis Andriessen, Joan Tower, Gunther Schuller, and Yehudi Wyner. Hayslett can be heard on an Innova recording, “A Special Light,” featuring music of David Macbride.
A member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, Hayslett holds degrees from The Hartt School of Music (B.M.) and The Boston Conservatory (M.M.), and his principal teachers include Rhonda Rider, Terry King, and Yuri Anshelevich. In addition to soloing with the Boston Conservatory Lab Orchestra and serving as principal cellist in his school orchestras, Hayslett has performed in the Boston Chamber Orchestra, MIT Concert Choir Orchestra, Gordon College Symphony, Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra, and Gregory Singer’s Manhattan Symphony. He has collaborated with artists including Joseph Silverstein, David Kim, and Scott Kluksdahl, and he has coached with the Miami, Takacs, and Apple Hill String Quartets as well as with David Finckel, William Preucil, Stephen Doane, and Norman Fischer. His festival appearances include The Cello Seminar, the Castleman Quartet Program, Lyricafest, and Montecito. He performs on a beautiful American cello made by Gary Davis in 1998.
Beyond performing, Hayslett teaches cello and the GRE and SAT, and he competes several times each year in triathlons.
Robert Hoveland is an active chamber and orchestral trombonist performing in Boston area ensembles including the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Vermont, Portland and Albany Symphonies, and the new music group, ALEA III. He currently sits principal in the Plymouth Philharmonic. Robert is the Low Brass instructor at the Dana Hall School of Music in Wellesley, MA and for the Shrewsbury Public School program.
Originally from Plano, Texas, Robert stems from one of the largest and most renowned public arts education programs in the United States. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2007 studying with Dr. John Marcellus and Mark Kellogg. He received his master’s degree from the Butler School of Music, University of Texas in 2009 under the tutelage of Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. In 2013, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying under Don Lucas.
Harpist Franziska Huhn is a vibrant musical force as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and orchestral performer. Ms. Huhn has given solo recitals throughout the United States and worldwide in Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Germany, including performances for German Presidents Johannes Rau and Horst Koehler at Schloss Bellevue. Ms. Huhn has been featured in recital on WGBH’s “Live from Studio 1” and as part of New England Conservatory’s First Mondays performance series. In 2007 Ms. Huhn’s recording Harp Solo was released and features both contemporary and classical works for harp.
A 2003 Fromm Fellow, Ms. Huhn is known as a proponent of contemporary music for harp and performs works written especially for her by composers Daniel Pinkham, Lior Navok, and John Heiss. Ms. Huhn plays as part of contemporary chamber ensembles Callithumpian Consort, Collage New Music and Sound Icon. Since 2007 Ms. Huhn has served as a performer and coach at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory.
Ms. Huhn performs as part of harp and flute ensemble Duo Elysee based in Berlin, Germany. She has also performed as a substitute harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as in orchestral positions with the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.
As a pedagogue Ms. Huhn holds faculty positions at New England Conservatory, Boston University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Wheaton College. Since 2003, Ms. Huhn has been the Assistant Director of the Harp Seminar at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute and has served on the faculty of the Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive since 2012.
Ms. Huhn established herself as an artist of distinction at a very young age, earning first prize in the prestigious Jugend Musiziert Competition in Germany at the age of fourteen. She was then invited to study on a full scholarship with Lucile Lawrence at Boston University and then continued her harp studies with Ann Hobson Pilot at New England Conservatory, where she became the first ever harpist to be awarded the Artist Diploma by the Conservatory in 2005. In 2007, she received an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany.
Hailed as one of the 100 Passionate People (Taiwanese American Project), Ming-Hui Lin is a versatile cellist, an enthusiastic chamber musician, and a devoted teacher and coach. Broadcasted on the Sound of Hope Radio Station and NYC Chinese American Voice, Ms. Lin’s performances have brought her to major cities throughout the United States, Germany, Vienna, Canada, Japan and Taiwan, including such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Jordan Hall.
As a founding member and cellist of the New England String Quartet, Ms. Lin performs extensively in Boston and the New England area, and provides chamber music coaching at Harvard University’s Dudley House where the Quartet is currently an ensemble in residence. Having made their debut at Weill Recital Hall, NESQ recorded numerous contemporary works on the PARMA label, in which two of the CD released this year were submitted for potential 2014 Grammy nominations by Naxos. Recently as part of Trio Mirabile, Ms. Lin was invited to the Banff Centre Winter Artist Residency. She was also on a concert tour to Japan with La Colombe Piano Trio.
Ms. Lin has appeared with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has been assistant principal cellist with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. She also collaborates with a wide array of ensembles and musicians, such as Marin Alsop (Baltimore Symphony Orchstra), Samuel Rhodes (Julliard String Quartet) and Bobby McFerrin (ten-times Grammy winner); members from the Silk Road Project, and two-time Oscar nominee and a Grammy winner, Alan Silvestri. Ms. Lin’s sound credits include performance on Boston’s WBGH and in films such as Rinjo (Japan), DJ Premiere-Regeneration (U.S.), and Oceans Away (TV documentary, China).
Ms. Lin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University, a Graduate Performance Diploma and a Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music from the Taipei National University of the Arts. She is a former faculty for the non-major cello lessons at Boston University, and has joined the faculty of the Preparatory School at the New England Conservatory.
Ms. Lin served as an artist faculty at the Composers Conference & Chamber Music Workshop, a teaching assistant at the Foulger International Music Festival (2013), a faculty member at the Burnside Music Festival, and the music director at the Boston Youth Music Charity group since 2010. She has also been sectional coach for the BU All Campus Orchestra and the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and as a guest chamber coach in The Young People’s String Orchestra (YPSO). Ms. Lin’s major teachers include Leslie Parnas, Amit Peled, and Victor Shipiller. She has performed in solo master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Aaron, Natasha Brofsky, Yvan Chiffoleau, Steven Pologe, M. Shepps, Alan Stapansky, and has been coached by the Tokyo Quartet, Peabody Trio, Muir String Quartet, and the Audubon Quartet.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, flutist Meghan Jacoby has performed as a chamber and orchestral musician throughout the US, England, Italy, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, and Cuba. Currently, she freelances throughout the greater Boston area and has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Symphony by the Sea, and with the Portland, Indian Hill, Cape Cod, New Bedford, Atlantic, and Cape Ann Symphony Orchestras. Meghan also has performed with the Boston‐area chamber groups Callithumpian Consort, Radius Ensemble, and Vento Chiaro. A new music enthusiast, Meghan has performed at the New Music Forum’s Festival of Contemporary Music in Oakland, California, the Society of Composers, Inc. convention in New York, New York Music Brandeis, Boston New Music Initiative, Center for New Music in San Francisco, and Brave New Works. She was a recent guest artist at the International Festival of Flutists in Lima, Peru. Meghan was a three-time finalist in Boston’s James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and was named 2nd Prize Winner in the Kentucky Flute Society’s Piccolo Competition in 2012. Meghan served on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Community Programs for seven years until the program’s closing and currently is on faculty at the Powers Music School, Winchester Community Music School, Phillips Academy Andover, Concord Academy, and the Cremona International Music Academy in Cremona, Italy. Her primary teachers include Linda Toote, Robert Willoughby, and Trevor Wye. Meghan holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Boston University.
Described as a “prodigy” by the Maryland press and “extraordinary… a man of many talents” by the New Haven Independent, Belarus-born virtuoso clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich has been a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Belarus National Philharmonic, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Chamber Orchestra, the Peabody Camerata, Lunar Ensemble, Baltimore Concerto Orchestra, Frederick Youth Orchestra and more.
Mr. Kanasevich has made appearances on stages of Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (as member of Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble), Spoleto Festival USA, Atlantic Music Festival, soundSCAPE Festival for Contemporary Music, Klangspuren Schwaz/Ensemble Modern Akademie Festivals, Moritzburg Festival Academy, Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at the Mannes New School, Community Concerts at Second and the Shriver Hall New Artist series in Baltimore. At the age of 24, he has made his first appearance as a faculty member at the 2013 soundSCAPE Festival for New Music in Maccagno, Italy, presenting two full-length unaccompanied recitals. He is returning to the festival as a visiting clarinetist/composer faculty member in 2014 and will also be featured as a soloist and composer at New Hampshire Chamber Music Festival, Festival Leonardo de Lorenzo and 1787 Festival for experimental music.
He has won numerous competitions and awards such as the Baltimore Symphony Young Artists’ Competition, the soundSCAPE Performance, the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition, Matha and William Bill Woodwind Prize, the Frederick Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition (twice), placed third at the 2010 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition with Nubar Trio and more. Also, at this point, Mr. Kanasevich has premiered over a 120 works of living composers.
Mr. Kanasevich currently plays with and composes for the Lunar Ensemble, a Baltimore-based group dedicated to performing contemporary chamber music alongside twentieth century chamber music classics, and Cantata Profana, a group based out of New Haven/New York City.
Jean Laurenz is an eclectic musician who loves variety and collaboration. She is a current member of Ensemble ACJW (The academy of Carnegie, Julliard, and the Weill Institute) and is currently living in NYC. As an active trumpet player, she has performed all over the world with various ensembles including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Schleswig-Holstein European Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Northwest, and in various concert series at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has worked with major artists such as Kanye West, American Idol winner Lee Dewyze, Randy Brecker, and the New York Philharmonic. Jean is also a passionate vocalist and has performed the national anthem and other musical services at most major sporting arenas in Chicago, including the Chicago cubs, the Blackhawks, and the Chicago Fire. As the primary Bugler and Anthem Singer for the international Arlington Race Track, Jean has also made television appearances for shows including Undercover Boss, ESPN, and ABC morning news. When she is not performing, Jean shares her passion through teaching and interacting with her local community. Jean has degrees in trumpet performance and Choral Education from Yale University and Northwestern University.
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Originally from Minnesota, Nicole Parks is a Boston based violinist and pedagogue. With a particular passion for contemporary music, she collaborates with a diverse group of performers and living composers to bring new music to a wide range of audiences. Nicole has performed with many ensembles throughout New England and the Midwest. She is a violinist and cofounder of both the Semiosis Quartet and the Urthema String Quartet, and was the founder and original artistic director of The Lirica Chamber Ensemble of Minneapolis; an ensemble created to play rarely heard and new works for chamber orchestra. Nicole has held a concertmaster and soloist position with The Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, been a concertmaster for Opera Brittanica, and is concertmaster for East Coast Scoring. She is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association and serves on the Massachusetts Board as Secretary.
As a pedagogue, she has held a violin faculty position at The Community Music Center of Boston since 2010, where she teaches violin, viola, and cello, conducts the Junior String Ensemble, and is assistant conductor of the Chamber Orchestra. Nicole also works in two public schools offering outreach private lessons and group instruction to at risk kids in the Boston area.
She has taught and participated in many summer performance and education workshops including BIMA at Brandeis University and the chamber music festival, Stringwood, for four summers. Nicole holds a BM in violin performance from St. Olaf College, and MM and PSC degrees from The Boston Conservatory where she studied violin performance and pedagogy with Sharan Leventhal.
Featured in Symphony Magazine as one of the Top Six performers of her generation, Ms. Pegher has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras across the globe performing concerti by many of today’s leading composers including Kevin Puts, Jennifer Higdon, James MacMillan, Joseph Schwantner, Tobias Broström, and David Stock. She was a featured soloist on a new chamber work, Celestial Circus by Richard Danielpour at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City and premiered and recorded Mathew Rosenblum’s Double Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and saxophonist, Kenneth Coon of the Raschér Saxophone Quartet. Prior to launching her full-time solo career Lisa was principal timpanist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and has also performed as the lead percussionist with Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the River City Brass Band, the Boston Brass.
A child prodigy on violin and piano, Miroslav Sekera won numerous competitions on both instruments, gaining the attention of Milos Forman who cast him at the age of six as the child Mozart in the 1985 film Amadeus. Eventually, Mirek chose to concentrate on piano and in 1991 he won first prize in the Chopin Competitionat Mariánské Lázne. Other awards include first prizes in the National Competition of Czech Conservatories, the Baden Competition for Best Performance of a work by Leos Janacek, the 1999 Prague Academy of Music Arts, and the 2002 Johannes Brahms International Competition at Portschach, Austria. He has also achieved prize winning performances at the Gaillard International Piano Competition in France as well as the Nadezda-Sazinova Piano Competition. Sekera has performed solo recitals throughout the world, including Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France, the Caribbean, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
A perennial artist with The Shakespeare Concerts, he participated in both the 2003 debut season and the inaugural 2005 recording What A Piece Of Work Is Man. In his many seasons with The Shakespeare Concerts Mirek has premiered eleven compositions by Joseph Summer, including The Dumb Show in Boston in 2004. Critic Roger Lakins, writing about Sekera in the 2003 The Shakespeare Concerts, opined that he is “an awesome talent. As both a solo performer and accompanist, he is absolutely amazing… This young performer has so much going on that is far surpassing technical brilliance. His performance of the ‘Tempest Sonata’ of Beethoven was a mystical experience. This listener heard new things in a work that has been a favorite most of his life. In Sekera’s hands, the second movement is otherworldly. Form, line, harmony – they all disappeared. Just sheer beauty, beauty unfolding in all those ways and many more.” Mirek’s recording of Scarlatti piano sonatas, the Brahms piano sonata in f minor, and two bravura Moszkowski works is available under the title Augury of Amadeus.
Violinist Suliman Tekalli has established himself as an exciting and versatile soloist and chamber musician, lauded for his visceral yet elegant and intelligent style of performance. Prizewinner of the Sendai International Music Competition, Lipizer and Szeryng International Violin Competitions, he has performed as soloist with major orchestras throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia from D.C.’s Kennedy Center to Seoul Arts Center in Korea.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Tekalli has performed at Yellow Barn Festival, Banff Chamber Music Festival, and Sarasota. He has performed alongside ChoLiang Lin, David Shifrin, Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet, Donald Weilerstein, Bonnie Hampton, Barry Shiffman, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet. He performs regularly worldwide with the International Sejong Soloists, as well as his sibling pianist Jamila Tekalli in the United States and Central America.
Mr. Tekalli was a First Prize winner at the 2004 Blount Young Artist Competition. He had been featured on NPR’s From the Top , and was the recipient of the 2013 CIM Maurice and Judith Kaplow Prize for Uncommon Creativity. In addition to being a top prize winner at the 2011 Lipizer Competition, he received special prizes for his performances of 19th century sonata, 20th century violin concerto, and virtuoso piece.
Mr. Tekalli has studied with Joel Smirnoff at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Hyo Kang at Juilliard and Yale, and Sergiu Schwartz at the Schwob School of Music
Joseph Turbessi is a versatile musician in the greater Boston area, maintaining a career as a solo pianist, organist, collaborative pianist, and vocal coach. His piano playing has been described as an “independent, probing musical voice” with “clear and expressive, singing tone.” He is particularly interested in the music of J.S. Bach and of the 20th and 21st centuries.
As a solo pianist, Mr. Turbessi is a regular recitalist in greater Boston, and has presented solo recitals at the Boston Conservatory, St. Peter’s Episcopal in Cambridge, the Jamaica Plain Concert Series, the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, and Equilibrium Concerts. He has also participated as an ensemble member with the Michigan Recital Project, the Wolf Italian Songbook Project (“Brokeback Wolf”) Juventas, and other Boston ensembles.
Mr. Turbessi serves as the accompanist for Harvard University’s Radcliffe Choral Society and the choirs of the Boston Conservatory. He has also worked with many of the major choirs in greater Boston, including Chorus Pro Musica, the Lorelei Ensemble, the Harvard University Chorus, the MIT Concert Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus. He has coached opera at New England Conservatory’s Summer Opera Intensive under the direction of Dan Wyneken.
Mr. Turbessi is also an accomplished organist and is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. He currently serves as Music Minister at St. Peter’s Episcopal of Cambridge.
Current and recent projects include the complete Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach, music preparation for the premier of Joseph Summer’s opera “The Tempest,” the complete Italian Songbook of Hugo Wolf, and performing in a choral masterclass for John Eliot Gardiner at Harvard.
After completing her Undergraduate studies in Melbourne, Australia, double bassist Bonita Williams moved to the United States to undertake her Masters degree at Boston University, studying under Boston Symphony Orchestra bassist Todd Seeber and Principal Ed Barker (Orchestral Repertoire). In Australia Bonita performs regularly with professional orchestras such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and has continued her professional playing in the USA, where she enjoys performing with ensembles such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Cantata Singers. Bonita loves teaching the double bass to students of all ages and levels, spending time with treasured friends wherever she may be in the world, and meeting new people.