Special Performances:
  December 12th
  February 27th
  April 30th

Harman Orchestra Classics Series

Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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Higdon Blue Cathedral Higdon Soundbite
Dvoŕák Piano Concerto in G minor, Andres Boyde, piano Dvorak Soundbite
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Little Russian Tchaikovsky Soundbite



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Andreas Boyde Video Meet Andreas Boyde, piano

Hailed by the critics as Monsieur 100,000 Volts, pianist Andreas Boyde's performances have electrified audiences worldwide. He has performed recitals in renowned concert venues and appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonie, and the Zürich Kammerorchester, among others.

Boyde has performed internationally in Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA.

Recently, Andreas Boyde concluded his recordings of Johannes Brahms' complete solo piano works produced by OehmsClassics, the repertoire now being performed in a cycle. Boyde's extensive CD recordings receive five star reviews from leading music magazines praising his interpretations "a stroke of genius" (Fono Forum, Germany). He enjoys a close association with German radio established by frequent broadcasts and productions.

The sought-after pianist's wide-ranging repertoire encompasses all major areas of the piano literature. Also committed to contemporary music he gave the European premiere of Paul Schoenfield's Piano Concerto Four Parables, as well as the first performance of John Pickard's Piano Concerto, which is dedicated to him. Boyde's musicological interests are demonstrated in his reconstruction of the 'Schubert' Variations by Robert Schumann, now published by Hofmeister Leipzig. It is a work that has enjoyed great international acclaim since its 2000 premiere in New York by Andreas Boyde at the Pierpont Morgan Library.

Born in Oschatz, Germany, Boyde studied with Christa Holzweißig and Amadeus Webersinke in Dresden and subsequently with James Gibb in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. His mentor and promoter Malcolm Frager also proved a major influence.

Andreas Boyde lives in London.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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Kevin Rhodes, Guest Conductor




Stafylakis Brittle Fracture 
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
     Yevgeny Sudbin, piano Beethoven Soundbite
Beethoven Symphony No. 10 in E-flat Major Beethoven Soundbite
Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F Major Brahms Soundbite



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Yevgeny Sudbina Meet Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by London's Daily Telegraph as "potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century." He has appeared with distinguished conductors and symphony orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand including London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Bergen, Czech and Warsaw philharmonics, Budapest, Belgium and Tampere philharmonic orchestras and the European Union Orchestra. In the US, he has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, Utah, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and the Vancouver Symphony in Canada.

His recitals have found him performing annually in Wigmore Hall's Master Series, in concert halls such as Zurich's Tonhalle, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and recital series in Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, New York City, Kansas City, Seattle, Cincinnati, Puerto Rico, and Montreal, also the International Piano Series (Southbank Centre, London) and the Serate Musicali (Milan). He has played at many festivals including Aspen, the Gilmore and Singapore music festivals, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, BBC Proms, and the Verbier Festival (Switzerland).

Mr. Sudbin has an ongoing exclusive recording contract with the Swedish label BIS, with numerous solo CD's already released featuring, to date, repertoire by Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin, Scriabin (awarded the MIDEM Classical Award for best solo instrument CD at Cannes), Rachmaninoff and Liszt/Saint-Saens/Ravel. He has recorded with Sao Paulo Symphony, Singapore Symphony and the Bergen Philharmonic, with Andrew Litton conducting the Scriabin Piano Concerto and Medtner Piano Concerto No. 3 (released in 2015).

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1980, Yevgeny displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age and, in 1987, he entered the Specialist Music School on the Conservatory in that city. In 1990, his family moved to Berlin where he continued his studies, and in 1997 he moved to London to study with the eminent Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, from which he graduated with highest honors.

The Pulvermacher Foundation, Alexis Gregory Foundation and Wall Trust have played important roles in Yevgeny Sudbin's career. He makes his home in London with his wife and two young children.

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Saturday, December 12, at 8:00 pm

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Handel's Messiah  Messiah Soundbite
Part I and Hallelujah Chorus 



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Rachel Lee Priday Video 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 40th 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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Saturday, January 16, 2016, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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Mozart Symphony No. 37 in G Major Mozart Soundbite
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major
    Benjamin Beilman, violin Mozart Soundbite
Ciupinski Street Prayer 
Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C Major Mozart Soundbite



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Benjamin Beilman Video Meet Benjamin Beilman, violin

Twenty-five year old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, which the Washington Post called "mightily impressive" and the New York Times described as "muscular with a glint of violence". The Times also praised his "handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast".

Beilman has received several prestigious awards including a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2014, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a London Music Masters Award in 2012. In 2010 he won the First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and as First Prize Winner of the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition and winner of the People's Choice Award.

Beilman has played with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Tonhalle, Basel Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras and in North America the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras amongst others.

An avid chamber musician, Beilman performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both in New York and on tour and is a frequent guest artist at chamber music festivals including Music@Menlo, the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Verbier Festivals and at the Kronberg Academy in Frankfurt. In recital he has played in many of the major series in the US including at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, at the YCA Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing and in Europe looks forward to performances at the Louvre Paris, Tonhalle Zürich and Wigmore Hall.

Highlights of Beilman's 2014/15 season include his debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's/Schwarz at Alice Tully Hall playing the Sibelius Concerto and at the Berlin Philharmonie in recital with Louis Schwizgebel.

Beilman studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy. He plays a Peter Greiner violin (2004).

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm

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Rachel Lee Priday Video Yefim Bronfman, piano

Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings.

Mr Bronfman performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic as it's featured Artist-in-Residence in the 2013-2014 season. In addition, Yefim Bronfman has performed recently with many symphonies including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dallas, The Metropolitan Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Summer festivals included Tanglewood, Aspen, Vail, La Jolla and a residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Bronfman has also traveled internationally to Japan, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne.

He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman's first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15. That same year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists. In 2010 he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University.

Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, he was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2009 for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's piano concerto with Salonen conducting and with whom he won a GRAMMY® Award in 1997. His most recent CD releases are the 2014 GRAMMY® nominated Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer Rundfunk, a recital disc, 'Perspectives'.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union on 10 April 1958, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States, he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro and the Curtis Institute, and with Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin.

Yefim Bronfman became an American citizen in July 1989.

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

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Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol Rimsky Soundbite
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole in D minor
     Rachel Lee Priday, violin Lalo Soundbite
Surinach Ritmo Jondo, Flamenco Surinach Soundbite
Bizet Carmen: Suite Nos. 1 and 2 Carmen Soundbite



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Rachel Lee Priday Video Meet Rachel Lee Priday, violin

Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and "irresistible panache" (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Critics have praised her "dazzling, forceful technique," "rich, mellifluous sound" and "silvery fluidity." Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past.

Previous solo engagements have included appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Aspen Sinfonia at the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed in Korea several times, including repeat engagements with the Seoul Philharmonic, the KBS Symphony under the direction of Dmitri Kitaenko, and a four-city tour of the country with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Valery Polyansky.

Rachel's frequent recital appearances have brought her to such distinguished venues as the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall among others. As a chamber musician, she has been invited to participate as a guest artist at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's "Chamber Music Marathon" and the Moritzburg Festival in Germany.

Rachel has been profiled in the The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle Magazine, and The Strad Magazine. Her television credits include appearances on the Disney Channel, "Fiddling for the Future" and "American Masters" on PBS, and the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Rachel made her orchestral debut at the Aspen Music Festival in 1997 at the age of nine, and the following year performed at the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations. A native of Chicago, Rachel began her violin studies at the age of four, and in 1996 moved to New York to study with the late pedagogue Dorothy DeLay, continuing her studies with Itzhak Perlman at the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School. She holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University, and in May 2011 received a master's degree, studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory through its joint dual-degree program with Harvard College.

She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin (Naples, 1760), double-purfled with fleurs-de-lis, named Alejandro.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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Golijov Sidereus 
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Elgar Soundbite
    Julie Albers, cello
Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G Major Dvorak Soundbite



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Rachel Lee Priday Video Meet Julie Albers, cello

American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colorado and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron. Miss Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.

Julie Albers made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2001, she won Second Prize in Munich's Internationalen Musikwettbewerbes der ARD, and was also awarded the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Musikpreis der Stadt Osnabruch. In 2003, Miss Albers was named the first Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea's Gyeongnam International Music Competition, winning the $25,000 Grand Prize.

In North America, Miss Albers has performed with many important orchestras and ensembles including concerto appearances with the orchestras of Colorado, Indianapolis, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Munchener Kammerorchester among others.

In addition to solo performances, Miss Albers regularly participates in chamber music festivals around the world. 2009 marked the end of a three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. She is currently active with the Albers String Trio and the Cortona Trio. Teaching is also a very important part of Miss Albers' musical life. She currently is Assistant Professor and holds the Mary Jean and Charles Yates Cello Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Julie Albers performs on a N.F. Vuillaume cello made in 1872 and makes her home in Atlanta with her husband, Bourbon, and their dog, Dozer.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

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Rachel Lee Priday Video Wynton Marsalis

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