Music from Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Ariel Rudiakov, conductor, with Adam Neiman, piano
This is the second appearance by artists from the Manchester (VT) Music Festival. The first was last November, when Artistic Director, violist & conductor Ari Rudiakov brought their wonderful piano quintet to our stage. For this concert Rudiakov will conduct the festival’s chamber orchestra, which is making its 27th regional tour. The MCO will be joined by pianist/composer Adam Neiman in a program which will feature him in Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in f minor, BWV1056 and his own Fantasy for Piano and String Orchestra. Also on their program will be Mahler’s arrangement of the Beethoven F minor Quartet and Vittorio Giannini’s Concerto Grosso. Our audience may remember the neo-romantic Giannini’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, which was featured on last season’s Music from Manchester concert.
Paul Galbraith, guitar
We welcome back Paul Galbraith for a fourth performance on our series. Mr. Galbraith is internationally renowned as one of the foremost guitarists of our time, both for his revolutionary technique and the depth of his interpretations, as well as his unique eight-string instrument, named the “Brahms Guitar,” for its rich sound and wider range, which he developed together with the legendary luthier David Rubio. This instrument opens the performer to more accurate transcriptions of works from the Romantic & Impressionist repertoire, keyboard works from the classical era, as well as the literature for the lute or keyboard from the Renaissance and Baroque. His many recordings include music of Brahms, Debussy and Ravel and the solo violin Sonatas & Partitas of Bach, the latter earning a Grammy nomination.
The Alturas Duo, Carlos Boltes, viola &charango and Scott Hill, guitar
Hailed as playing with “…Marvelous virtuosity…” by the Washington Post, this unique duo performs an eclectic mix of South American and classical music, with the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar. They create a passionate music that moves with ease between the Baroque, South American folk rhythms, and new pieces written especially for them. The Duo has performed in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, and throughout the US and Puerto Rico, including recitals at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, the Music Mountain Chamber Music Series, La Guitarra California, and the 34th International Viola Congress.
The charango, Carlos Boltes’ “double,” is a South American folk guitar invented by the native people of what is now called Bolivia, after the Spanish conquistadores arrived in South America during the 17th and 18th centuries. Along with their language, culture and religion, these new settlers also brought lutes and baroque guitars which became models for the native peoples.
The name Alturas (Spanish for heights) is borrowed from the poem Alturas de Macchu Picchu by Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).www.alturasduo.com
The Poulenc Trio - Irina Kaplan, piano, Vladimir Lande, oboe, Bryan Young, bassoon
The Poulenc Trio is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. Since its founding in 2003, the Trio has performed in more than 40 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world, including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia, where the group toured with and premiered two new works with violinist Hilary Hahn.
In a recent review, the New York Times praised the Trio for its “elegant rendition” of Piazolla’s Tangos. The Washington Post said the trio “does its namesake proud” in “an intriguing and beautifully played program” with “convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace.” The Trio has garnered positive attention in recent full-length profiles by Chamber Music magazine, and by the Double Reed Journal. The group has been called “virtuosos of classical and contemporary chamber music” in a profile for Russian television. www.poulenctrio.org
The Botkin/Bullard/Wachman Trio - Sean Botkin, piano, Suzanne Bullard, violoncello, Eric Wachmann, clarinet
This newly minted ensemble was formed by friends and colleagues who have performed with one another in various ensembles over the past several years. It was only recently that they came together to explore the literature for this instrumental combination, culminating with the ensemble’s debut in March of 2013, with a performance of the Beethoven Trio in Bb, op. 11.
Steinway Artist Sean Botkin has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, Central & South America, Russia and Asia as soloist & chamber musician. In 2012 he made his Chicago Symphony debut in the Rachmaninoff Fourth Piano Concerto. Suzanne Bullard has performed in our series, in The Cedar Valley Music Festival and the Castle Chamber Series at Wartburg College. She has been a member of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony for over 10 years & has played with the Schenectady Symphony & the Cedar Rapids Opera among others. Erich Wachman is professor of clarinet at Wartburg College and principal clarinet of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony. He has also performed with the Cedar Rapids, Greensboro (NC), Windsor (Ontario) and Ottawa symphonies, among others and is also active in chamber music and as a soloist in the U.S and Europe. He has recorded two CDs, the Music of Brahms and Schuman, and one with works of the French composers known as Les Six.
Diana Fanning, piano
Diana Fanning has toured extensively as a solo performer and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, the Czech Republic and Germany. The 2013-14 seasons will include performances in Paris, Charlieu, Amsterdam, Nova Scotia, New York, Massachusetts and California. After a recital in Munich, a critic wrote that she”…stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed…”
Ms Fanning has been guest artist with the Takas, the Jupiter and the Alexander string quartets, and with cellist Dieuwke Davydov. She has toured in Europe including recording for Radio Netherlands. The Davydov-Fanning Duo was presented in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut by the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Her CD of works of Janacek, Chopin and Debussy received enthusiastic reviews in both England and the U.S. Ms Fanning has appeared many times as soloist with the Vermont Symphony and in her debut appearance with the VSO the orchestra’s concertmaster was Virginia de Blasiis.
Ms Fanning studied in New York with Ruth Geiger, her principal teacher, and also at the Paris Conservatory with Marcelle Heuclin. She is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College in Vermont. www.middlebury.edu › Academics › Music › Faculty & Staff