2011 – 2012 Season

2011-2012 Concert Season

All programs will take place at the Family Piano Co.
114 South Genesee Street, Sunday Evenings.

Brass Quintet from the Millar Brass Ensemble, October 9, 2011, 7:30 PM
Amadeus Consort, November 6, 2011, 7:30 PM
Gerardo Ribeiro and Friends, March 11, 2012, 7:30 PM
Beethoven Project Trio, May 20, 2012, 7:30 PM

 

Artist Biographies

Brass Quintet from the Millar Brass Ensemble

October 9, 2011, 7:30 PM

Millar Brass EnsembleThe Millar Brass Ensemble was founded in 1981 by a group of friends interested in playing and performing large brass ensemble music. A rehearsal space was provided for the musicians at Northwestern University’s Alice Millar Chapel in return for performing at the Chapel’s worship services. After a twenty six year odyssey, the ensemble has developed into an established tradition with a nine month performing season and an international reputation for the finest in brass playing. The American Record Guide calls the Millar Brass Ensemble, “…an up‐and‐ coming group of young players who are making it big… They are certainly one of the best in the US.” Fanfare Magazine describes the group’s first recording as, “…clear, clean and crisp. This is how brass music should sound when recorded… the performers are clearly dedicated musicians. I doubt you will find it better done.”

The ensemble has toured extensively and has performed concerts at the Mid‐west Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the International Trombone Workshop, the New York Brass Conference, the Texas Music Educators Convention, the University of Chicago and the Eastman School of Music.

The group has seven compact discs to its credit on the Crystal, Koss and Delos International labels. The brass players that make up the ensemble are highly regarded as many of the top freelance musicians in Chicago. The individual members have performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a host of other regional orchestras and chamber groups. Alumni of the Millar Brass Ensemble are performing as members of symphony orchestras around the country.

While the ensemble tours and performs outside of Chicago, one of its primary functions is still to perform brass music as part of the liturgy at Alice Millar Chapel.


Amadeus Consort

November 6, 2011, 7:30 PM

The Amadeus ConsortThe Amadeus Consort is a Chicago based string chamber music ensemble of varied instrumentation which has been performing since 1989. Concerts of the full string chamber orchestra tend to emphasize music of the baroque and classical musical periods, but performed repertoire also includes works by 19th and 20th century composers, such as Dvorak, Britten and Grieg. This fall the ensemble begins its 4th concert season at Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (Chicago), performing five more concerts on this 2011‐2012 baroque series. Amadeus is Ensemble in Residence at Lake Street Church of Evanston, where they have been collaborating on the church’s oratorio and choral concerts since 2002. Amadeus Consort has also played with Chicago Chamber Choir on several occasions.

The Amadeus ConsortThis concert for Waukegan Chamber Society will consist primarily of baroque trio sonatas, which will be performed on four instruments: Violin, Oboe, Harpsichord and Double Bass. Musicians will include violinist Clara Takarabe (a substitute performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), oboist Anna Velzo (principal oboe with the New Millennium Orchestra, an extra with Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra and Fifth House Ensemble), harpsichordist Mark Schuldiner (has performed with Baroque Band and Newberry Consort) and double bassist John Tuck (member of the Lake Forest Symphony, has performed as an extra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

For more information, including audio and video clips, visit our website: www.AmadeusConsort.com

Gerardo Ribeiro and Friends

March 11, 2012, 7:30 PM

GERARDO RIBEIRO

Gerardo RibeiroGerardo Ribeiro has appeared throughout the world as featured soloist with major orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon. His numerous awards in prestigious international competitions include first prizes at the Vianna da Motta in Lisbon and the Maria Canals in Barcelona. Prior to joining the Northwestern University faculty as professor of violin, Mr. Ribeiro was associate professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music. He records for the EMI and RCA labels, having released several concerto CDs; his RCA recordings include the Brahms Violin Concerto

and Double Concerto, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Radio Orchestras of Hannover and Berlin as well as the violin sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms. Ribeiro has earned high acclaim for his tours of the former Soviet Union, South America and China. He joined the Meadowmount School of Music faculty the summer of 2004, has served as artistic director of the International Chamber Music Institute in Munich and has performed at the Marlboro and Lucerne International Music Festivals.

Mr. Ribeiro is also on the faculties of Midwest Young Artists and the Music Institute of Chicago. He is currently Co‐Chair and Coordinator of the Strings Program of the Department of Music Performance, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

STEVE COHEN

Steve CohenSteve Cohen was the long‐time principal clarinet and frequent soloist with the New Orleans Symphony and its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic, from 1975‐2004 and has been principal clarinet at the Brevard Music Center since 1979. He has performed as principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic on their European tour in 1988, and also has played principal clarinet with the Texas Opera Theater Orchestra, Ars Viva Symphony, Music of the Baroque Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Moving to Chicago to become clarinet professor and coordinator of the winds, brass and percussion at Northwestern University he has played several seasons as principal clarinet with the Music of the Baroque orchestra, has played on numerous occasions with the Chicago Symphony including as Eb clarinet and on tour with the CSO. He has also played with the Chicago Lyric Opera orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the Chicago area and beyond. He maintains a very busy schedule each year with master classes and recitals that have taken him

throughout China, Taiwan, Korea, Europe and from coast to coast in the United States. He has guest taught at the Oberlin Conservatory, University of Southern California, and Indiana University. Previously on the faculty of the Cincinnati College‐Conservatory and Louisiana State University, he is an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and a Legere reed artist. He hosted the 2001 International Clarinet Association Convention in New Orleans and has written many articles for the magazine for this organization. New York City born to a Juilliard trained clarinetist, his teachers have included, Loren Kitt, Larry McDonald, Karl Leister and Robert Marcellus.

JAMES GILES

James GilesJames Giles regularly performs to acclaim in important musical centers in America and Europe. He has received numerous honors and awards, including First Prizes in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. He is also a recipient of the American Pianists Association Fellowship Award and a Fulbright scholar. Giles has performed as soloist with the Jupiter Symphony (New York), London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Kharkiv (Ukraine) Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, and has presented recitals at Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center. Among the many works he has premiered are pieces by Bolcom, Curtis‐Smith, Hough, Liebermann, Rorem, Thomas, and Wild. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with members of the National and Chicago Symphonies and with members of the Pacifica, Cassatt, Chicago, Ying, Chester, St. Lawrence, Essex, Lincoln, and Miami Quartets, as well as singers Aprile Millo and Anthony Dean Griffey. Giles is the founder of the Las Vegas Piano Institute and piano division chair of the

Eastern Music Festival, and a former faculty member of the University of North Texas and the Interlochen Arts Academy. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Giles studied with Byron Janis at the Manhattan School of Music, Lazar Berman, and Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, Nelita True at Eastman School of Music, and Robert Shannon at Oberlin College.


Beethoven Project Trio

May 20, 2012, 7:30 PM

BP100518-108Founded in 2008, the Beethoven Project Trio – with pianist George Lepauw, violinist Sang Mee Lee and cellist Wendy Warner – has already made a mark as one of the most interesting and dynamic chamber groups launched in the last few years. The ensemble has been featured in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio, and on countless Internet sites. Coverage seen by millions of people around the world has included stories in the New York Times, Rheinische Merkur, Atlantic Times, Chicago Tribune, Asia Times, Associated Press, and Newsweek Korea; broadcasts from CBS Evening News and CNN to American Public Media’s Performance Today, Chicago’s WFMT Radio and New York City’s WQXR radio; Internet coverage on Yahoo!News and AOL; and recognition through many other outlets. On the occasion of the World Premiere performance of Beethoven’s Piano Trio Hess 47, on March 1, 2009 in Chicago, Veteran Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rhein declared, “pianist George Lepauw, violinist Sang Mee Lee and cellist Wendy Warner made a splendid ensemble, playing with finely judged balance, evenness of sound and unanimity of style,” adding in another review that “vigor, commitment, and spontaneity marked everything this ‘stellar Chicago trio’ played.”

In its very first week, the Chicago‐based Beethoven Project Trio’s historic debut CD, The Beethoven Project Trio, rose to #24 on the Classical Billboard Charts, competing internationally against the greatest luminaries in the classical music firmament. Just days before the global release of the CD on May 25. 2010 by Cedille Records, the Beethoven Project Trio gave their historic debut and successful New York and East Coast premieres of these Beethoven works at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The New York Times wrote that “the works, which the ensemble recently recorded for the Cedille label, proved worthy examples of Beethoven as lighthearted Classicist,” and that “the three musicians gave committed performances throughout the evening. Mr. Lepauw played with sparkling clarity on the bright‐toned Fazioli piano in elegant partnership with Ms. Lee and Ms. Warner.”

The goals of the Beethoven Project Trio are to bring a new vitality to the performance of Beethoven’s trios, to shed new light on the piano trio as a musical form by commissioning new works, and to excite and educate audiences in concert halls, schools, and places where great music is not always heard. The Beethoven Project Trio’s repertoire encompasses the complete piano trios of Beethoven, including the Triple Concerto, and keeps growing with the addition of new commissions as well as some of the trios by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, to provide historical context around Beethoven’s creative approach to trio writing.