Bloomingdale School of Music December Faculty Concert Series
Bloomingdale School of Music announces December programming for its 2022/23 Free Faculty Concert Series at the David Greer Concert Hall, 323 W. 108th Street, NYC. The series continues with String Quartet Gems on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7pm, the annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7pm, and Virtuosic Violin-Piano Collaboration: Two Sonatas and a Ballet on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7pm, both presented in-person and via livestream.
String Quartet Gems
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7pm
This concert features two hidden gems for string quartet, the Quartet in G Major by Florence Price and the Lyric Quartet by William Grant Still. Paired with these works will be Claude Debussy’s String Quartet, considered a cornerstone of the quartet repertoire. RSVP for free at eventbrite.com/e/string-quartet-gems-tickets-419793592937.
Naho Parrini, violin
Jenifer Ahn, violin
Angela Pickett, viola
Alberto Parrini, cello
Quartet in G Major by Florence Price
ii. Andante Moderato
Lyric Quartet by William Grant Still
i. The Sentimental One
ii. The Quiet One
iii. The Jovial One
String Quartet Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
i. Animé et très décidé
ii. Assez vif bien rythmé
iii. Andantino, doucement expressif
iv. Très modéré
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7pm
The annual festive Holiday Concert features artists from faculty and administration as well as three amazing student ensembles. The program will include an excellent variety of styles and moods with works by Handel, Dvorak, and Franck as well as some fun holiday surprises! RSVP for free at eventbrite.com/e/bloomingdale-holiday-concert-tickets-463842885557.
“Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson
“Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck
Messiah selection by G.F. Handel
“A Child is Born” by Thad Jones (arr. Eli Asher)
“What Child is This” (traditional, arr. Greg McLean)
“Good King Wenceslas” (traditional, arr. Greg McLean)
“When You Believe” by Stephen Schwartz
“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey/Walter Afanasieff
“Waltz of the Flowers” (from the Nutcracker Suite) by P. Tchaikovsky
“Light the Candle” by Peter Yarrow
“Let it Snow!” By Jule Style
“My Favorite Things” by Richard Rodgers (arr. John Coltrane)
“Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
Virtuosic Violin-Piano Collaboration: Two Sonatas and a Ballet
Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7pm
This concert features two Sonatas in which the violin and piano converse about many subjects and a ballet transcription in which both instruments give lively musical inspiration for storied dancing. Works will include Bach’s Sonata in B minor, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 for Piano and Violin and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne. RSVP for free at eventbrite.com/e/virtuosic-violin-piano-collaboration-two-sonatas-and-a-ballet-tickets-425345428627.
Claudia Schaer, violin
Olga Gurevich, piano
Bach: Sonata BWV 1014 for Violin and Keyboard
Beethoven: Sonata #8 in G major for piano and violin, Op.30 #3
Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
Stravinsky-Dushkin: Suite Italienne
v. Minuetto e Finale
The upcoming concerts in the series include:
Internet Intermezzi II: Chamber Improv Rebooted
Friday, February 10, 2023 at 7pm
The events of the past two years have accelerated the development of remote collaboration technology. Zach Lapidus and Eli Asher will be joined by contemporary classical music specialist and improvisor Carrie Frey in a live concert bringing these innovations into the concert hall in an engaging set of interactive performances.
A Tribute Concert to Leontyne Price
Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7pm
Soprano Cheryl Warfield and pianist Olga Gurevich present a musical program of arias and spirituals with historical narrative about the life and career of legendary singer Leontyne Price, the first Black soprano to sing a lead role at the Metropolitan Opera House
Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7pm
The music in this concert explores, through imagery and metaphor, the way universal themes of nature, inventiveness and past experience of all kinds create new beginnings.
Celebrating Roberto Sierra
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7pm
Roberto Sierra (b.1953) was born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico and is one of the most important composers of our time. This program features recent works for solo piano that explore the colorful and virtuosic range of the instrument.
The New Latin American Guitar
Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7pm
This program celebrates the diversity of Latin American guitar music from the 20th and 21st centuries, exploring connections composers have made with the rich variety of cultures and musical styles.
Music for Piano & Guitar: Bach, Carulli, and Giuliani
Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7pm
This program will feature Trio Sonatas by J.S. Bach arranged for piano and guitar by José Maldonado as well as early 19th century works by Mauro Giuliani and Ferdinando Carulli.
Kaleidoscope of Moods
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7pm
Violist Aundrey Mitchell joins faculty pianist Judith Olson in a program of evocative character pieces by Robert Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Nino Rota, and Astor Piazzolla.
Into the Future! A Modern Jazz Odyssey of Woodwind Music
Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7pm
Saxophonist Daniel Bennett presents a concert of Modern Jazz for all ages including music by Daniel Bennett, Lennon and McCartney, Gustav Holst, Harold Arlen and Joni Mitchell.
The Piano Music of Bartok
Thursday, June 2, 2023 at 7pm
Judith Olson and her students perform solos and duets by 20th century Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, whose 400-plus works for piano include two landmark educational collections: For Children and Mikrokosmos. The centerpiece of the concert, Musiques nocturnes, is an impressionistic and magical evocation of a Hungarian landscape at night.
The season features rarely heard classical and jazz music for various instruments and voices performed by Bloomingdale’s outstanding faculty and guest artists. Concerts are presented in Bloomingdale’s state-of-the-art concert hall and will spotlight music from around the world including Italy, Puerto Rico, Hungary, Russia, and our very own New York City. For over 20 years Bloomingdale has presented its faculty, as well as guest artists, in concerts including classical music, jazz, and world music. Bloomingdale’s Free Faculty Concert Series has established itself a vital part of the musical life of the Upper West Side, taking place most Fridays at 7pm in Bloomingdale’s David Greer Concert Hall. These events are free and open to the public. Visit bsmny.org/events/ for more information and to RSVP.
Masks are required for everyone when entering performance and event spaces in the BSM building.
About the Artists
Violinist Claudia Schaer is recognized for beautiful and insightful interpretations, alongside intriguing programming. Her recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partias for solo violin is hailed for its “elegant, light touch and lucid timbre … a wonderful performance” (Japan Bach Review) and unique “small softness at the beginning of the bowstroke” (American Record Guide). She is a versatile recitalist, chamber musician and soloist.
Claudia Schaer concertizes extensively throughout Europe and North America, including many all-solo-violin performances spanning the repertoire from Bach through Paganini, Ysaÿe, Bartók, Boulez, Honegger, Eckhardt-Grammaté, Peterson, Contreras, Semegen, Lifchitz, and Tower, among others.
An advocate of creativity in music, Claudia Schaer has inspired many composers to write for her. Last season, she gave debuts of concerti by Andrew Thomas, Winnie Yang, and Margarita Zelenaia, and she has given the New York, American, and world premières of countless other compositions, including Alexander Liebermann’s Après la pluie, the Lifchitz violin concerto, David Farrell’s Re-Callings, and Zosha di Castri’s La Forma dello Spazio.
Other recent highlights include her Carnegie Hall Weill Recital debut, recital tours of Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, the USA, and China; chamber music performances in England (Prussia Cove), Denmark (Thy), France (Fontainebleau), and Italy (Barga, with Berlin Philharmonic members). In New York City, she performs as soloist and concertmaster of the North/South Chamber Ensemble, and is on faculty at the Mannes Preparatory Division and the Bloomingdale School of Music.
Claudia Schaer earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, working with Phillip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Pamela Frank, and writing about Varèse, Boulez, and the intersection of philosophy and music, under the mentorship of Judith Lochhead and Lydia Goehr. She earned Master’s and Bachelor degrees from the Juilliard School, where she was assistant to her teacher, Sally Thomas.
Dr. Schaer’s writing on music is available at www.ClaudiaSchaer.blogspot.com. Her Bach recording is available in person after concerts, as well as at www.ClaudiaSchaer.com/discography, and on iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.
For details about upcoming performances, and further information, please visit www.ClaudiaSchaer.com.
Olga Gurevich was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and began her piano studies at the age of five. She was attracted to the piano for its versatility and rich tone as well as its ability to sound like an orchestra. She remembers the importance of the music school in Baku where she would go each day after her regular school. “I would spend hours there studying piano with my teacher, attending classes in solfege, music literature and chorus practice.” At the age of seventeen she moved to Moscow to study at the Gnesin Academy of Music.
Olga was very influenced by her teachers. “I am very grateful to my first piano teacher who helped me build up a strong technique. The Russian school is famous for its piano sound, like a singing voice.” In her own teaching she stresses those values she learned as a student. “It’s also important to realize that piano technique is not the absolute goal. I always try to go beyond the technical challenges with my students, make them see “the bigger picture” and understand what they should be trying to achieve when learning a new piece.”
Olga enjoys teaching young students as well as adults. “I enjoy teaching young students. I love their enthusiasm, uninhibited curiosity and the pleasure of discovering a new world together. Teaching adults is also rewarding to me. I spend a lot of time finding the right repertoire according to their personal likes and their technical abilities.”
In addition to playing and teaching the piano, Olga also enjoys reading and spending time with her two sons swimming, kayaking and going to museums.
Violinist Naho Parrini, a native of Japan, has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the United States, Japan, Germany, France, and Bulgaria. She received her BM from North Carolina School of the Arts, and her MM and DMA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Kevin Lawrence, Mitchell Stern, Philip Setzer, and Pamela Frank. Ms. Parrini is Director of Education and a Resident Teaching Artist at Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City. She also serves as Co-Director of Kinhaven Adult Chamber Music Workshop.
Violinist Jennifer Ahn is a performer and educator who shares her knowledge and passion of music across North America. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. Ms. Ahn made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 and made her duo debut at Music Academy of the West as the 2019 Duo Competition Winner. She has also performed at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Heifetz International Institute, and the National Arts Centre in Canada. An avid orchestral musician, she has worked with various conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Daniel Harding, and George Manahan, among many others. She has also served as concertmaster for MSM’s Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra and was most recently featured as a soloist with the String Orchestra. She joins NYYS as Orchestra Manager starting in 2021.
A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Angela Pickett has performed as a violist, violinist and fiddler throughout North America, South America, Europe and Japan. A two-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Career Grant, Angela’s solo performances have often been featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s regional and national radio programs.
Angela is currently the violist of acclaimed string quintet Sybarite5, with whom she has performed in forty-two states, and in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Library of Congress to the NYC Apple Store and Le Poisson Rouge. Sybarite5 has commissioned and premiered numerous works for string quintet, and their debut EP “Disturb the Silence” reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Charts. The ensemble has often been featured on NPR radio, and has recently been the subject of articles in Strings Magazine, Symphony Magazine, and The Strad.
Angela lives in New York City where she works as a teaching artist for Bridge Arts Ensemble, and a chamber music coach for Lincoln Center Stage. In addition to performing in various Broadway shows and chamber music festivals, Angela also performs with the IRIS Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and Argento. Angela holds a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music, a MM from the Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music in Viola and Music History from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Born in Italy, Alberto Parrini has been principal cellist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 2007 and a member of the American Symphony since 2010; he also performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
In 2008, 2010 and 2011 he toured Japan as principal cellist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As a founding member of the Zukofsky Quartet he has given performances of the complete string quartets of Milton Babbitt in New York and Chicago. He performed throughout the U.S. with the American Chamber Players from 2004 to 2010, was the cellist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2002-03 and spent one season as assistant principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony.
Alberto has toured extensively with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project and performed with Continuum, Proteus Ensemble, Mirror Visions Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. His festival appearances include Evian, Tanglewood, Taos, Verbier, Ottawa, Montreal, San Miguel de Allende, Spoleto U.S.A., [email protected], The Weekend of Chamber Music and the Piatigorsky seminar.
His principal studies were with Timothy Eddy, Joel Krosnick, David Soyer, Colin Carr and Enrico Egano; he is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. Alberto teaches cello at Princeton University.
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