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  January 14th
  April 29th



Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 3:00 pm

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Glinka  Kamarinskaja   Glinka Soundbite
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major Prokofiev Soundbite
    George Li, piano 
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Dreams Tchaikovsky Soundbite



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George Li Video Meet George Li

Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years.  He captured the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and at the XIVe Concours International “Grand Prix Animato 2014” in Paris, he won First Prize, as well as the Special Schumann and Brahms Prizes and the Audience Prize.  

He was awarded the Best Sonata Performance at the 2015 National Chopin Competition, in addition to Third Prize.  Having won the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Mr. Li also won Second Prize at the 2014 Vendome Prize and the 2012 Tabor Foundation Piano Award of the Verbier Academy. 

Last season, he made his Alice Tully Hall debut, performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Gerard Schwarz.  In 2011, Mr. Li performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel.  He has also performed for members of US Congress at the Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

First Prize Winner in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Li had an acclaimed New York debut at the age of 16. As First Prize winner of the inaugural Cooper Competition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra. 

George Li gave his first public performance at Boston’s Steinway Hall at the age of ten.  He won First Prize in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Competition twice at the ages of six and seven.  While attending the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he studied piano with Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory.  He is currently in the Harvard University/ New England Conservatory joint program, continuing his studies with Wha Kyung Byun.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 3:00 pm

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P.M. Davies Orkney Wedding with Sunrise Davies Soundbite
     Peter Walker, bagpipe 
Bruch Scottish Fantasy  Bruch Soundbite
     Caroline Goulding, violin 
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor,  Scottish  Mendelssohn Soundbite



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Peter Walker Meet Peter Walker

Peter Walker is described as an "impressive" and "exciting" piper by clevelandclassical.com and as a “rich voiced” and “vivid” singer by a recent New York Times review. Mr. Walker enjoys a varied and exciting career as a singer of folk, early, and classical music, and as a piper in music ranging from the Middle Ages to the present.

He has appeared as a bagpipe soloist with baroque and modern orchestras including Apollo’s Fire, Three Notch’d Road, and the Little Orchestra Society, and was the 2016 winner of the Overseas Class in the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society competition. Other piping credits include Early Music New York, New York Early Music Celebration, The Royal Pipers, Gotham Early Music’s Midtown Concerts, Pioneer Valley Early Music Day, and the Staunton Music Festival. Peter directs the early music ensemble Marginalia, which specializes in the reconstruction of medieval instrumental and dance music, plays and sings early medieval music as part of the duo Twa Corbies, and is pipe major of The King’s Highlanders, a pipe and drum ensemble dedicated to exploring the Highland piping and drumming of the 18th century.

Caroline Goulding Meet Caroline Goulding

Named “precociously gifted” by Gramophone magazine, violinist Caroline Goulding has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s premier orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Berlin’s ensemblemini, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Tonhalle-Zurich, the Louvre Museum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The 2015-2016 season brings forth engagements in Asia, Europe, and North America with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, and New West Symphony. Her upcoming recital CD release with pianist Danae Dörken including works by Schumann, Enescu, and Dvořák.

Caroline is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Grammy nomination for her debut album on the Telarc label and has appeared on NBC’s Today, MARTHA hosted by Martha Stewart, Germany’s Stars von Morgen hosted by Rolando Villazón and can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Currently studying with Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy, Caroline splits her time between Kronberg, Germany, and Boston, Massachusetts. Other musical mentors have included Donald Weilerstein, Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff and Julia Kurtyka.

A past member of the Stradivari Society, Caroline currently plays the General Kyd Stradivarius (c 1720), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 8:00 pm

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Handel's Messiah   Messiah Soundbite
Part I and Hallelujah Chorus 



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Pro Arte Singers Pro Arte Singers

The Pro Arte Singers were formed in 1972 by current artistic director, Arthur Sjögren and a small group of professional singers who shared his dream to perform the finest choral music dating from the Renaissance to the present and to become the only fully professional chorus in the Fairfield/Westchester area. In the following years, the Pro Arte Singers grew in artistic achievement and critical acclaim as they presented an annual concert series,

periodic special additional performances, appeared at major music festivals, and made several professionally cut recordings. A Board of Directors was formed in 1978 to provide more efficient business leadership, and the group was incorporated as the Pro Arte Chamber Singers of Connecticut, Inc. In 1979, the Pro Arte Singers moved its headquarters to Stamford, CT from New Canaan, CT to expand the group's exposure and provide greater community outreach to the larger population of Stamford.

In 1988, the singers changed their name to "ProArte Singers" to reflect its repertoire which had grown far beyond just chamber music. In 1990 Pro Arte commissioned and presented the premiere of The Nativity of our Lord by Robert Convery. The preparation and performance of this work was featured on Connecticut Public Television in a documentary video, a joint effort between CPTV, GTE VisNet, and ProArte. During the 1994-1995 season, the Pro Arte Festival Chorus was formed using experienced volunteers chosen through auditions, to compliment the Pro Arte Singers, and the Festival Orchestra was formed at the same time. Together, they now perform with the Pro Arte Singers in two concerts a year.

Pro Arte continued its excellence by opening their 25th season in Norwalk, at the Norwalk Concert Hall in October. In December, Pro Arte continued its Traditional Candlelight Christmas, celebrated in Stamford to one of its largest audiences ever. In January PAS hosted its 2nd Annual High School Choral Festival, which was attended by eight schools and over 170 students.

Now in its 44th season, Pro Arte Singers continues to enrich the cultural life of lower Fairfield County with the finest choral music from the sixteenth century through contemporary works, including premiere performances of commissioned works composed for the Pro Arte Singers. Art Sjögren continues his remarkable leadership, and his faithful following continues to grow.

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Location: The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist
279 Atlantic Street, Stamford
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Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 8:00 pm

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Emerson String Quartet
40th Anniversary Program TBA


Meet the Emerson String Quartet

The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year" and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.

The arrival of Paul Watkins in 2013 has had a profound effect on the Emerson Quartet. Mr. Watkins, a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and devoted chamber musician, joined the ensemble in its 37th season, and his dedication and enthusiasm have infused the Quartet with a warm, rich tone and a palpable joy in the collaborative process. The reconfigured group has been greeted with impressive accolades. “The Emerson brought the requisite virtuosity to every phrase. But this music is equally demanding emotionally and intellectually, and the group’s powers of concentration and sustained intensity were at least as impressive." The New York Times

Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson was one of the first quartets formed with two violinists alternating in the first chair position.  In 2002, the Quartet began to stand for most of its concerts, with the cellist seated on a riser.  The Emerson Quartet, which took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, is Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.  In January 2015, the Quartet received the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honor, in recognition of its significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field.



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Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 3:00 pm

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Hummel  Variations on Ach! du lieber Augustin  Hummel Soundbite
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major Beethoven Soundbite
     Karen Gomyo, violin 
Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C Major, The Great   Schubert Soundbite



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Karen Gomyo Meet Karen Gomyo

Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, violinist Karen Gomyo has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "A first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity", and by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “captivating, honest and soulful, fueled by abundant talent but not a vain display of technique”.

Gomyo has established herself in recent years as a much in demand soloist internationally, performing with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra. Outside of the US, she has appeared with the Danish National Symphony, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, and Sydney Symphony.

Recently, a documentary film about Stradivarius produced by Japan's NHK, “The Mysteries of the Supreme Violin”, in which Gomyo was violinist, guide, and narrator, was broadcast worldwide on NHK WORLD.

Gomyo is deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and has an ongoing project with Paizzolla’s longtime pianist and tango legend Pablo Ziegler and his partners Hector del Curto (bandoneon), Claudio Ragazzi (electric guitar) and Pedro Giraudo (double bass).  She also performs regularly with the Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen in a unique duo program. A recording with Mr. Eskelinen is planned for 2015.

Karen Gomyo plays on the “Aurora, ex-Foulis” Stradivarius violin of 1703 that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor. 

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Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 3:00 pm

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Albinoni/Giazotto  Adagio in G minor   Albinoni Soundbite
Gabrieli  Canzoni per sonar a quattro 
Monteverdi  Orfeo: Sinfonie e ritornelli   Monteverdi Soundbite
Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5   Mahler Soundbite
Stravinsky  Pulcinella Suite   Pulcinella Soundbite
Vivaldi Flute Concerto No. 3 in D Major,  Il gardellino   Vivaldi Flute Soundbite
     Elizabeth Mann, flute 
Vivaldi  Gloria RV 589 Vivaldi Gloria Soundbite
     Greenwich Choral Society 

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Liz Mann Meet Elizabeth Mann

Elizabeth Mann is a featured performer in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Miss Mann is the principal flutist of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Luke’s Chamber ensemble, and is a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In past seasons, a few of her performances have included a tour around the U.S. performing the Mozart flute concerto under the baton of Andre Previn,

performances of the Brandenburg Concerti with Jaime Laredo in Spain and Japan, and the U.S. premiere of the Gubaidalina Concerto for flute and violin in Carnegie Hall with Gidon Kremer and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recently, she performed with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road project and played principal flute with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

Miss Mann has been a featured performer at various festivals including the, Santa Fe Chamber Festival the Lochenhaus Festival in Austria, Caramoor International Music Festival, Moab Music Festival and was acting principal flute of the Mostly Mozart Festival this season.

She has been principal flute of the Santa Fe Opera, flutist of the Dorian Wind Quintet, played principal flute with the Minnesota Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and performed with the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

Miss Mann attended the Juilliard School as a student of Julius Baker. After winning the Boston Young Artist Concerto Competition at the age of 12, her career began with a solo performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Miss Mann was also winner of the 1981 New York Flute Competition.

She can be heard on over 100 recordings. Miss Mann also teaches seminars at Juilliard and The Manhattan School of Music.

Greenwich Choral Society Meet The Greenwich Choral Society

The Greenwich Choral Society was founded on October 11, 1924. Today, it is led by Music Director and Conductor, Paul F. Mueller. The Greenwich Choral Society is a not-for-profit membership-based organization primarily serving Fairfield (CT) and Westchester (NY) counties, dedicated to excellence in the presentation of choral music.

The chorus has a long history of performing great choral works not only locally but also internationally. The chorus has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and Greenwich Festival in England to mark the American Bicentennial in 1976. The Choral Society returned to England in 1985, with performances at Aldeburgh, in London, and at various cathedrals. Other summer tours have included trips to the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and France.

In past years, the Choral Society has performed in New York City at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, St. Thomas Church, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Choral Society has also performed several times with the Greenwich Symphony, New Haven Symphony, New Haven Chorale, and Stamford Symphony, as well as at the Ives Festival in Danbury.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 3:00 pm

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Sibelius Finlandia  Finlandia Soundbite
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor  Grieg Soundbite
    Conrad Tao, piano
Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major  Sibelius Soundbite



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Conrad Tao Meet Conrad Tao

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by Time Out New York. In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Conrad a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music.

Later that year, Conrad was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

During the 2014-2015 season, Conrad serves as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence, performing solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos. He continues his formidable globe-trotting career as a pianist with performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony, among others. He also collaborates with the young musicians of the New York Youth Symphony, whose season he inaugurates in Carnegie Hall, and the Hawai’i Youth Symphony. In Europe, he will be returning to perform with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm, and the Bern Symphony in Switzerland. He also performs recitals in Europe and throughout the United States with repertoire ranging from Bach to Toru Takemitsu to Julia Wolfe.

 

On his 19th birthday in June of 2013, Conrad kicked off the inaugural UNPLAY Festival at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, which he curated and produced. The festival, designated a “critics’ pick” by Time Out New York and hailed by the New York Times for its “clever organization” and “endlessly engaging” performances, featured Conrad with guest artists performing a wide variety of new works. Across three nights encompassing electroacoustic music, performance art, youth ensembles, and much more, UNPLAY explored the fleeting ephemera of the Internet, the possibility of a 21st-century canon, and music’s role in social activism and critique. That month, Conrad, a Warner Classics recording artist, also released Voyages, his first full-length for the label, declared a “spiky debut” by the New Yorker’s Alex Ross. Of the album, NPR wrote: “Tao proves himself to be a musician of deep intellectual and emotional means – as the thoughtful programming on this album…proclaims.”  

In November 2013, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra premiered Conrad’s new orchestral composition, “The World Is Very Different Now”, commissioned in observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Described by the New York Times as “shapely and powerful”, work is the latest in his accomplished career as a composer, which has featured eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI, and an oeuvre that already includes everything from symphonic music to string quartets to electroacoustic work to popular music.  

Conrad was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He currently attends the Columbia University/Juilliard School joint degree program and studies piano with Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky at Juilliard. He studies composition with Christopher Theofanidis.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm

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Alisa Weilerstein & Inon Barnatan
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Weilerstein & Barnatan Video Meet Alisa Weilerstein & Inon Barnatan

Pianist Inon Barnatan is widely recognized for refined, communicative, insightful playing that combines an extraordinary depth of musicianship and an impeccable, virtuosic technique. His 2012 release Darknesse Visible was widely praised for its “extraordinary playing” (New York Times).

Alisa Weilerstein has attracted widespread attention worldwide for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship.

Her interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto on her Decca debut “persuades with its lyrical urgency and regal command” (New York Times).

Weilerstein was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship in 2011. In addition, she is the recipient of Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she is a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan currently serves as the first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. This unprecedented three-season appointment sees him appear as soloist in subscription concerts, take part in regular chamber performances, and act as ambassador for the orchestra. He was also awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009. Barnatan began playing the piano at age of three . In 1997, he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio – a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel – and with Christopher Elton. Leon Fleisher has also been an influential teacher and mentor.

“Evaluating the artistry of these performers calls for listeners who have had many years of concert going, and have heard many of the great master performers. This is artistry at its very best: well thought out, impeccably played and breathtakingly beautiful. Finding two artists who communicate with such perfection is an audience members dream! We joined an audience standing on its feet applauding excellence.” -- The Winter Park/Maitland Observer

 

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