South Coast Chamber Music Series
This season we are delighted to welcome first chair players from the New Bedford Symphony to perform two concerts on our series. We look forward to the artistry and energy they will bring to our season, and we are grateful for their commitment to sharing the highest quality chamber music with our loyal audience. Here’s to an exciting and historic 2018-2019 season!
~ Janice Weber, Artistic Director
THE FOUR Bs
September 22 & 23, 2018
Give this concert an A!
Leonard Bernstein: Four Anniversaries
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60
Grażyna Bacewicz: Sonata da Camera for Violin and Piano
Beethoven’s sublime String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131, and the Brahms C Minor Piano Quartet touch our souls; Leonard Bernstein’s exuberant Four Anniversaries and violin fireworks from Grazyna Bacewicz tickle our fancy. Join us for a knockout concert of celebration and reflection.
Piotr Buczek, violin | Julia Cash, violin | Don Krishnaswami, viola | Timothy Roberts, cello | Janice Weber, piano
HEART OF SCHUBERT
November 10 & 11, 2018
Heed the call of love and longing
Thank you to Patty Wylde, presenting sponsor.
Die Schöne Müllerin, featuring Frank Kelley, tenor
String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D.810, “Death and the Maiden”
Acclaimed tenor Frank Kelley sings Die Schöne Müllerin, Schubert’s setting of Wilhelm Müller’s heartbreaking poetry, and one of the greatest song cycles in the treasury of lied. Schubert’s last string quartet (“Death and the Maiden”) follows with turbulent, tragic recognition of his own imminent end. Music for diehard romantics!
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin | Julia Cash, violin | Don Krishnaswami, viola | Timothy Roberts, cello | Janice Weber, piano
LA GRANDE BOUCLE
January 26 & 27, 2019
Elegant, absurd, fiery, tragic – a whirlwind tour of France
Claude Debussy: String Quartet
Maurice Ravel: Tzigane
Francis Poulenc: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant
Louis Vierne: Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 42
A concert featuring four French gems opens with Debussy’s visionary string quartet. Poulenc’s wry take on Babar the Elephant adds whimsy to the children’s tale by Jean de Brunhoff, while Ravel goes smoking hot gypsy with Tzigane. The concert closes with Louis Vierne’s magnificent Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 42, composed after his last surviving son perished in World War I.
Jesse Holstein, violin | EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin | Anna Griffis, viola | Leo Eguchi, cello | Janice Weber, piano
March 23 & 24, 2019
Three fervent, fragrant bouquets
Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17
George Chadwick: String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor
César Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor
One of the nineteenth century’s most remarkable spirits, Clara Schumann married an insane genius, bore eight children, maintained a hectic performing career, yet managed to compose works such as her dazzling Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17. Superwoman! George Chadwick’s fourth string quartet blends African and Native American themes into a truly romantic yet “American” quartet that became his most popular chamber work. Lastly, circumspect César Franck’s unrequited passion for his beautiful pupil Augusta Holmes inspired his epic Piano Quintet, one of the most roiling, ardent quintets of all time.
Piotr Buczek, violin | Megumi Stohs, violin | Don Krishnaswami, viola | Timothy Roberts, cello | Janice Weber, piano
May 18 & 19, 2019
Four masters at their peaks
Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K.414
Bohuslav Martinů: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola (Duo No. 1), H.313
Antonín Dvořák: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77
Bruch’s heroic rhapsody Kol Nidre transcends Yom Kippur, when it is most often heard. Its Hebraic sobriety is offset by Mozart’s sunny Piano Concerto K. 414, here in the composer’s own version for piano and string quintet. Martinů’s bracing Madrigals set the stage for Dvořák’s String Quintet in G Major, where the addition of string bass creates a sumptuous Bohemian feast to fittingly close the season.
Jesse Holstein, violin | EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin | Anna Griffis, viola | Leo Eguchi, cello | Reginald Lamb, bass | Janice Weber, piano
2018-2019 South Coast Chamber Musicians
Artistic Director Janice Weber, piano
Janice Weber is a summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She was twice a fellowship student at Tanglewood and has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and the Shenzhen Philharmonic. Her solo performances have been at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Weill Hall, National Gallery of Art, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the 92nd Street Y. She has performed at summer festivals in Newport and Bard and returns regularly to China for concerts and master classes. Her eclectic recordings include the complete transcriptions of Rachmaninoff; with the Lydian Quartet, Leo Ornstein’s vast Piano Quintet; waltz transcriptions of Godowsky, Rosenthal, and Friedman; the world premiere recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes in the notoriously difficult 1838 version; solo piano music of Leo Ornstein; and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Seascapes, a collection of virtuoso water music, was recently named one of “10 Notable 2015 Piano Releases” in critic Jed Distler’s influential keyboard blog. She has taught at New England Conservatory, MIT, and Brandeis Universit. Currently a member of the Boston Conservatory faculty, Miss Weber is the author of eight novels. Frost the Fiddler, her third, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. She is the Artistic Director of South Coast Chamber Players.
Piotr Buczek, violin
Piotr Buczek was born in Chorzow, Poland. He began violin studies at the age of eight and graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, receiving a Diploma of Art with special distinction. He was a founding member of the Penderecki String Quartet, with whom he made eleven recordings. Mr. Buczek was assistant to Ralph Evans of the Fine Arts Quartet in Milwaukee and has worked with Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Ursula Oppens, and Shlomo Mintz. While at the University of Maryland, he worked with Arnold Steinhardt and John Daley of the Guarneri Quartet. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Mr. Buczek appears regularly with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Decompression Chamber Music and numerous ensembles in the Boston area. He teaches at The Rivers School in Weston and currently plays a 1902 Antonio Scarampella violin from Brescia, Lombardy.
Julia Cash, violin
Julia Cash is an active freelance musician and teacher in the Boston area. She has served as principal second and assistant concertmaster of Opera Boston, and she performs regularly with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and as concertmaster of Alea III new music ensemble. She is also an active chamber musician, performing in venues across New England. Cash is currently on faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Boston Latin School, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. During the summer, she teaches at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, the Staatliche Hochshcule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany, and the Dutch Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. As a fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival, she received The National Music Clubs Award for outstanding performers.
Leo Eguchi, cello
Boston-based cellist Leo Eguchi has been described as “copiously skilled and confident” (New York Times) with performances that were “ravishing” (New Bedford Standard-Times) and “played with passion and vitality” (Boston Music Intellegencer). A native of Michigan, Leo has performed extensively across North America, Europe, and Asia. He is principal cellist of the New Bedford Symphony; a member of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and the Portland Symphony; and frequently appears with the Boston Pops and Boston Ballet. Recent performing highlights include several Grammy-nominated recording releases from Parma recordings on Navona Records. His degrees include BM (Cello Performance) and BS (Physics) cum laude from the University of Michigan, and MM (cello performance) from Boston University, where he received the String Department Award for Excellence.
Anna Griffis, viola
Violist and violinist Anna Griffis performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the U.S. and abroad. She made her concerto debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 16, and was second prize winner in the 2008 Van Rooy Solo Competition. Anna is a member of New Bedford Symphony (principal), Albany Symphony, Hartford Symphony, and Grand Harmonie (principal). A firm believer that chamber music is the best kind of music, Anna co-founded Trio Speranza, winner of the Presentation Prize at the 2014 Early Music America Baroque Competition. Anna studied violin performance at Lawrence University and The Hartt School of Music and received her Masters and Diploma in viola performance from Boston University as a student of Michelle LaCourse. She is on faculty at the Dana Hall School of Music, maintains a private studio, and serves as the Coordinator of P.R. and Box Office for the Tufts University Music Department.
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks received her doctoral degree from SUNY Stony Brook, studying violin with Phil Setzer, Soovin Kim and Philippe Graffin. She completed her undergraduate work with honors at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Stephen Rose and Annie Fullard. As a chamber player, she has enjoyed the fine coaching of both the Emerson and Cavani String Quartets. She is on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and the Birch Creek Summer Performance Center and she serves as co-director, resident musician and teacher at the Newport String Project in Newport, Rhode Island. A firm believer that music can move people, quite literally, EmmaLee takes the lead in string bands across New England and in the Midwest where her lively fiddle music drives the spirited old-time dancing. She has played fiddle with the Rusty Pickup String Band since she was ten years old and she has taken many a championship prize at fiddle competitions.
Jesse Holstein, violin
Jesse Holstein graduated from Oberlin where he studied with Marilyn McDonald and received his Master’s degree with James Buswell at the New England Conservatory. An active recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician, Jesse is currently concertmaster of the New Bedford Symphony. In recent summers, he has performed at the Bravo Festival in Vail Colorado, the Montana Chamber Music Festival in Bozeman, the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, and the Apple Hill Festival in Sullivan, New Hampshire. Since 2013, he has been on the faculty at the Greenwood Music Camp at the foot of the Berkshires in Cummington, Massachusetts. Currently, Jesse is a teacher and resident musician for Community MusicWorks, a youth and family-mentoring program that provides free instruments, lessons and a variety of programs for youth in urban neighborhoods in Providence. He is also a founding member of the Providence String Quartet. Jesse has been a Violin Professeur at L’Ecole de Musique, Dessaix Baptiste in Jacmel, Haiti. He currently is on faculty at Brown University and Providence College.
Don Krishnaswami, viola
Praised by the Boston Globe as “noteworthy among the solo voices” and as giving his instrument “a soulful workout,” violist and violinist Don Krishnaswami has collaborated in chamber music with current and former members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the LiveARTS String Quartet. He has performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. His international career has taken him to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, and Brazil. He has played with jazz and pop giants Mel Torme, Cleo Lane, Natalie Cole, Sarah Brightman, The Moody Blues, Aerosmith, Yes, Barry Manilow, Joni Mitchell, The Irish Tenors, Donny Osmond, Smokey Robinson, and Linda Ronstadt, to name but a few. Mr. Krishnaswami holds a Master of Music degree in viola and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from The Juilliard School. The Swordfishers, his latest work, was premiered by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell this summer. He plays a modern Italian viola made in Naples in 1916 by Armando Altavilla.
Megumi Stohs Lewis, violin
Violinist Megumi Stohs Lewis has soloed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Japan, and has toured with ensembles throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Now residing in Boston, she is a co-founder of A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; has been a guest with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Radius Ensemble, the South Coast Chamber Players and the North Country Chamber Players, and plays regularly with the Aurea Ensemble. In 2008, Megumi picked up the baroque violin which led to performances with Boston Baroque, Les Bostonades, and the formation of Antico Moderno. She also loves to fiddle and play rock and has regularly toured with Britain’s Jethro Tull. Megumi’s primary influences include Lucy Chapman at the New England Conservatory and Camilla Wicks and Ian Swensen at the San Francisco Conservatory. Especially in chamber music and period performance, Roger Tapping, Phoebe Carrai, Manfredo Kraemer, and Mark Sokol have been significant mentors.
Timothy Roberts, cello
Timothy Roberts is an active chamber and orchestral musician and teacher, performing with such diverse groups as the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Brandenburg Ensemble, Alea III, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, and the Opera Company of Boston. Mr. Roberts founded the Art of Music Chamber Players, performing more than one hundred concerts across New England, and has just returned from his tenth year with the Carmel Bach Festival in California. He is currently Musical Director of the popular Copley Chamber Players and maintains a significant private teaching studio. Mr. Roberts earned his Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory, his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and has pursued doctoral work at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He plays a Gabrielli cello from Florence, made in 1751.