Program Notes | Choral Masterworks

The Lark Ascending RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Born October 12, 1872, Down Ampney Died August 26, 1958, London Vaughan Williams originally composed The Lark Ascending, which he called a Romance for Violin and Orchestra, in 1914, just after completing his London Symphony, but World War I...

Program Notes | Celebrating Stravinsky

Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat Major, Hob. I:105 FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN   (1732-1809) Haydn wrote this wonderful music quickly in London during the winter of 1792.  The sinfonia concertante is a concerto-like form, but with some important differences.  It is for two or more soloists, who are...

Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano

A true singing actor, Ann McMahon Quintero has never known a life without an audience to entertain. From her early days as a an instrumentalist, chorister and dancer, she has evolved into a mezzo-soprano who enjoys a career on the operatic and concert stage where...

Rubén Rengel, violin

Venezuelan violinist Ruben Rengel is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most gifted emerging concert violinists, continuously captivating audiences with a rich, singing tone, and charismatic virtuosity. Mr. Rengel was the Winner of the 2018 Sphinx Competition, the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition,...

Zlatomir Fung, cello

The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. Astounding audiences with his boundless virtuosity and exquisite sensitivity, the...

Program Notes | Season Finale

The Unanswered Question CHARLES IVES  (1874-1954) In 1906, the 32-year-old Ives sketched out a piece he called The Unanswered Question. This is visionary music. Ives conceived it on three separate musical planes–it is performed by three different groups of instruments that are separated physically, play...

Program Note | L’Histoire du Soldat

IGOR STRAVINSKY  (1882-1971) Stravinsky spent the difficult period of World War I in Switzerland.  The war prevented productions of Stravinsky’s music, halting his income, and the Russian Revolution cut him off from his homeland.  Now Stravinsky became friends with the Swiss novelist C.F. Ramuz and...
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