South Coast Chamber Music Series
A generous gift from Patty Wylde has enabled us to expand our chamber series to five concerts this season. We are so grateful for the opportunity to take our musical journey one giant step further, and invite you to join us for a year of discovery, reacquaintance, and memorable beauty. Tickets are $20 (purchase online or at the door).
September 30 | October 1: The Gift of Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516
Franz Liszt: Reminiscences of Bellini’s “Norma”
John Williams: Schindler’s List
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87
Two string quintets, keyboard fireworks, and a Hollywood classic: a musical feast! The addition of an extra viola inspired Mozart and Mendelssohn to create orchestral sonorities in their string quintets, and Liszt continued the tradition by transforming the piano into an orchestra with his transcription of Bellini’s tragic opera Norma. John Williams won an Academy Award in 1993 for Best Original Score with his evocative Schindler’s List, a theme that transcends the genre and speaks to all humanity. With Nina Bishop Nunn, violin, and Anna Griffis, viola
November 18 | November 19: Total Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring”
Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
Three facets of the immortal Beethoven. Our second concert offers a refresher course in genius, courtesy of Ludwig van Beethoven. The delightful “Spring” Sonata, Op. 24, for violin and piano presents his playful side, while the Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69, ranks as one of the most passionate dialogs between two instruments ever written. The program ends with the transcendent late quartet in A Minor, Op. 132, Beethoven’s masterwork traversing the gamut of human experience. With EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
January 13 | January 14: Ritmos Caliente
Astor Piazzolla: “Oblivion” and “Summer”
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Fantasia for Guitar and Piano, Op. 145
Niccolò Paganini: Terzetto Concertante in D
Manuel de Falla: Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (Seven Spanish Folk Songs)
Joaquín Turina: Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 67
Welcome heat from Latin America, ignited by guitar. Virtuoso guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan warms up our winter concert with a selection of spicy Latin American fare: Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Fantasia for Guitar and Piano, Manuel de Falla’s seductive cycle “Siete Canciones Populares Españolas,” and Paganini’s piquant Terzetto Concertante. The program holds the boil with Joaquin Turina’s Piano Quartet, Op. 67, and Astor Piazzolla’s shimmering “Oblivion” and “Summer” for piano trio. With Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
March 10 | March 11: Chiaroscuro
Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in F-sharp Minor, Hob. XV:26
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81
Harmonies light, dark, and dazzling. This concert offers three great works, each a stunningly different canvas of sound and emotion. Haydn’s elegant Piano Trio in F-sharp Minor is aural champagne, while Bartók’s last string quartet limns a melancholic quest ending in a question mark. Dvořák’s sunny A Major Piano Quintet transports us back to a world of joy, hope, and delight. With EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
April 14 | April 15: April Smolders
Leo Ornstein: Fantasy No. 1 for Viola and Piano
Anton Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Nikolai Medtner: Piano Quintet in C Major
A capricious array of fantasy, virtuosity, the familiar, and the unknown. Leo Ornstein’s saturated romantic Fantasy for viola and piano opens a program redolent of spring. Anton Arensky’s brilliant Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor counterweighs Samuel Barber’s heartbreaking Adagio for Strings. The season closes with a neglected gem, the Piano Quintet in C Major by Nikolai Medtner, a contemporary of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin. Join us for a grand finale! With Nina Bishop Nunn, violin
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joining Us This Season
Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
Noted for his “astounding technical proficiency and artistic delicacy” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), classical-world guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan is an international touring and recording artist. He has performed solo and chamber music in Russia, Europe and across the United States including El Palacio de Linares (Madrid, Spain), Yelagin and Sheremetev Palaces and the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), Mantova Chamber Music Festival, Corte Eremo and Castillo de Galeazza (Italy), Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA) and Jordan Hall, (Boston, MA). At the age of 16 he made his debut at the Tabor Opera House and has since premiered over 65 solo and chamber compositions, performed with orchestras, created commissioning endeavors, directed concert series and brought classical music into schools and community settings. A gifted performer and speaker, he is sought for his deft programming of new and standard repertoire while connecting with audiences with a Bernstein-esque ease. More…
Anna Griffis, viola
Equally at home on modern and period instruments, violist and violinist Anna Griffis has given recitals in Mexico, Turkey, Austria, Taiwan, and throughout North America. She is a member of the New Bedford Symphony (principal), Albany Symphony, Hartford Symphony, and Grand Harmonie (principal), and performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, Marsh Chapel Collegium, Boston Baroque, Les Bostonades, and Arcadia Players. She co-founded Trio Speranza, prize winners at the 2014 Early Music America’s Baroque Performance Competition, and performs with and is executive director of the Ludovico Ensemble, a group focused on music of the European avant-garde. Anna studied at Lawrence University, The Hartt School of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, and Boston University. In addition to her performing career, she is on faculty at the Dana Hall School of Music, maintains a private studio, and oversees public relations for the Tufts University Music Department. Anna plays on a viola made in 1998 by Douglas Cox of Brattleboro, VT.
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, she 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 has taken many a championship prize at fiddle competitions.
Nina Bishop Nunn, violin
Nina Bishop Nunn graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and subsequently attended the University of North Texas. Music festivals include Interlochen Arts Camp, Wethersfield Music Festival, Academie d’Ete de Nice, International School of Musical Arts, Manchester Music Festival and Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. She has studied with Michele Auclair, Roland and Almita Vemos, Atis Bankas, Danwen Jiang, Ben Holland at the Royal Northern School of Music in England, Cynthia Roberts (Baroque violin), Daniel Stepner and Julia Bushkova at the University of North Texas. Her graduate studies were with Dana Mazurkevich and members of the Muir Quartet at Boston University. Notable concerts include performances with Sir David Wilcox, Graeme Jenkins, the Eroica Trio, Il Divo, Sarah McLachlan, Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West’s Touch the Sky tour, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Europa Unita, the Boston Early Music Festival and a nationally televised broadcast with Sheryl Crow. Nina performs regionally with the New Bedford Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Plymouth Philharmonic, The Samuel Felsted Project, Marsh Chapel Collegium, and the new Baroque orchestra of Boston, L’Academie. She maintains a large private studio and teaches in the Somerville Public Schools. In 2010 she founded Atlantic Strings.