Cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws joins NEP to perform John Harbison’s Cello Concerto
October 26, 2013 │ 8pm
Cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws’ musical journey has taken him over three continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since his early debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción he has performed frequently as a soloist with orchestras in Chile, Germany and the United States. He has been a guest artist at many festivals including the Cape & Islands, Rockport, El Paso Pro-Musica, Strings in the Mountains, Music at Gretna, Sebago Long Lake and Kingston Chamber Music Festivals, and the European Chamber Music Association.
Recent performances include the world premiere of Bernard Hoffer’sConcerto di Camera II for solo cello and ensemble written for him and Boston Musica Viva, the Boston premieres of Gunther Schuller’s Cello Concerto and Chou Wen-Chung’s cello concerto with the New England Philharmonic, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He recorded Pedro Humberto Allende’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, a recording which has been released by the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts as part of the celebration of the two-hundredth anniversary of Chilean Independence.
Müller-Szeraws is cellist of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva. He is also a member of Mistral, the resident and touring ensemble of the Andover Chamber Music Series, and founding member of QX String Quartet and Trio Tremonti. Müller-Szeraws has been artist and teacher in residence at the Jornadas Musicales Internacionales de Invierno in Concepción, Chile, and has taught Master Classes at the Garth Newel Music Center, Columbus State University and Academia de Música Antonio Vivaldi, Concepción. He also was a guest lecturer at the Universidad Católica de Chile in 2007 and 2008.
A prize-winner at the Washington International Competition, Müller-Szeraws is a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation. He studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, and at Boston University. His teachers include Andrés Díaz, Christoph Henkel, Arnaldo Fuentes and Javier Santamaría. He plays a cello by David Tecchler.
The Boston Children’s Chorus joins NEP to perform Umai’s Journey
Narrated by Renee White, Dean of Simmons College
December 15, 2013 │ 3pm
The Boston Children’s Chorus harnesses the power and joy of music to unite Boston’s diverse communities and inspire social change. They transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and high profile performance experiences around the world, they learn discipline, develop leadership skills and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.
They join NEP to perform Umai’s Journey, narrated by Renee White, Dean of Simmons College.
Renée T. White, Dean of Simmons College describes herself as a leader who likes to inspire others to take chances. She is a leading expert in issues of gender, race, and HIV/AIDS. Prior to Simmons, White was a professor of sociology and Black studies at Fairfield University, where she was appointed the first academic coordinator for Diversity and Global Citizenship and helped develop Service for Justice, a sophomore residential community focused on diversity and social justice. Her areas of research and teaching include reproductive health, social inequality, sexuality, and social justice, particularly related to women of color. She has served on the board for the Hispanic Health Council Institutional Review Board in Hartford, CT; and has been a member of the American Sociological Association; the Institute for Women’s Policy Research; the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society; and the National Black Women’s Health Project. White also was a Wye Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and was selected as a Delegate for Vision 2020, a national initiative dedicated to gender equity. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities summer Fellowship in Black film studies. White holds a B.A. from Brown University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.
Bernard Hoffer’s Violin Concerto
World Premiere & NEP Commission
Written for NEP Concertmaster and performed by Danielle Maddon
March 1, 2014 │ 8pm
Violinist Danielle Maddon is widely recognized by audiences around the world for her vibrant, expressive playing and broad experience as a soloist, concertmaster, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Performing on both modern and period instruments, Ms. Maddon has appeared in venues including Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and in Vatican City, performing repertoire that spans four centuries. Critics have hailed her playing as “…magnificent and heartfelt.”
Once of Boston’s most in-demand musicians, she performs with Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Pops, the Boston Musica Viva, the Handel and Haydn Society, Cantata Singers, Aston Magna, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Cecelia and other groups locally and across the country.
With the New England Philharmonic under the direction of Richard Pittman, Ms. Maddon is exploring the rich repertoire of contemporary violin concertos as a challenging and rewarding part of her concertmaster position. In this annual endeavor, she has performed concertos of Berg, Harbison, Schuller, Janacek Zwillich, Tsontakis, Barber, Dutilleux, Lutoslawski, William Schumann, and Andy Vores. This season, she will perform Bernard Hoffer’s Violin Concerto on March 1, 2014, commissioned by the New England Philharmonic and written for her.
Michael Gandolfi Chesapeake: Summer, 1814
Featuring Simmons College Concert Choir & MIT Concert Choir
March 1, 2014 │ 8pm
MIT Concert Choir
The MIT Concert Choir is a choral group, open by audition to both graduate and undergraduate students, and to members of the MIT community. As MIT’s largest student chorus, the Concert Choir performs major works as well as a variety of shorter and lesser-known pieces. The Choir has a rich history originating with the all-male Glee Club in 1884 and continuing with the MIT Choral Society from 1923 until the formation of the Concert Choir under John Oliver in 1989. William Cutter, who came to MIT in 1990 as John Oliver’s assistant and rehearsal pianist, assumed the direction of MIT’s choral program upon Mr. Oliver’s departure in 1996.
In recent years, the Concert Choir has toured in Budapest, Vienna, and Lausanne, and performed in numerous collaborations with the smaller MIT Chamber Chorus, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, the MIT Wind Ensemble, the choirs of Brown, Tufts and Brandeis Universities, and the orchestras of Tufts University and Wellesley College. In 2002, the MIT Concert Choir was invited to perform with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart for MIT’s Tech Night at the Pops.
Simmons College Concert Choir
The Simmons College Concert Choir sings classical works, songs from the Simmons Song Book, Suffrage Songs, popular pieces and many multicultural compositions in a variety of languages. In alternate years, the Choir joins forces with other choirs in the Boston area and performs with the New England Philharmonic, the Orchestra-in-Residence at Simmons College. All members of the Simmons community are invited to join: undergraduates, graduates, Dix Scholars, faculty and staff. The Music Director and conductor of the Concert Choir is Danica Buckley.
Pianist Stephen Drury joins NEP to perform Roy Harris’ Fantasy for Piano
May 3, 2014 │ 8pm
Pianist and conductor Stephen Drury has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cité de las Musique in Paris and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. A champion of contemporary music, he has taken the sound of dissonance into remote corners of Pakistan, Greenland and Montana.
In 1985 Stephen Drury was chosen by Affiliate Artists for its Xerox Pianists Program and performed in residencies with symphony orchestras from coast to coast. Drury was a prize winner in the Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller Foundation Competitions in American Music and was selected by the United States Information Agency for its Artistic Ambassador Program and a 1986 European recital tour. In 1989, the National Endowment of the Arts awarded Drury a Solo Recitalist Fellowship which funded residencies and recitals of American music for two years. That same year he was named “Musician of the Year” by the Boston Globe.
Stephen Drury’s performances of music written in the last hundred years, ranging from the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by Frederic Rzewski and John Cage have received the highest critical acclaim. Drury has worked closely with many of the leading composers of our time, including Cage, Ligeti, Rzewski, Steve Reich, Olivier Messiaen, John Zorn, Luciano Berio, Helmut Lachenmann, Christian Wolff, Jonathan Harvey, Michael Finnissy, Lee Hyla and John Luther Adams.