Portrait of an Artist 1 — Katri Ervamaa, Cello

Portrait of an Artist 1 — Katri Ervamaa, Cello

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Finnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa, DMA, is a versatile performer, who specializes in chamber music, new music and creative improvisation. She has performed and given master classes throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan. Her festival appearances include the Orlando, Kuhmo, Bowdoin, Lyckå and Norrtäjle Chamber Music Festivals (with the Finnish Owla String Quartet) as well as the Denison University Tutti! New Music Festival, Poison City Music Festival and Finnfest, among others.

She has also performed at Ann Arbor’s Edgefest with Lars Hollmer’s Global Home Project, Guy Kluscevic, Mark Kirschenmann, E3Q, Andrew Bishop and Ed Sarath.

She studied cello with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson at the University of Michigan, Marc Johnson at the Northern Illinois University, Kazimierz Mikhalik in Poland and Lauri Laitinen at the Oulu Conservatory in Finland. She also studied chamber music with Andrew Jennings and the members of the Vermeer, Alban Berg, Amadeus and Borodin String Quartets, and frequently at the Britten-Pears School in England.

Katri is a founding member and past president of Brave New Works new music ensemble. She is also a member of the Muse string trio and E3Q, an improvisation-based genre-defying trio with her husband Mark Kirschenmann and percussionist Michael Gould. She has recorded with Andrew Bishop’s Hank Williams Project and Ed Sarath’s Timescape, among others, and appears on Envoy Recordings, Block M Records, and AMP Records labels. A champion of new classical music, Katri has premiered numerous chamber music and solo cello works and worked with such composers as William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Marilyn Shrude, Gabriela Lena Frank, Robert Morris, Chen Yi and Forrest Pierce.

In addition to her lively performance career, Katri is on faculty at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she is the head of the music program and teaches chamber music. She has also been on the cello faculty at the Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green State Universities. Most recently, she has given master classes and participated in residencies at Cornell and Oklahoma State Universities, University of Puget Sound and the Oulu Conservatory in Finland. Katri is a mother of three and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family.

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Tasting Music 1 — Schubert String Quintet in C, D. 956

Tasting Music 1 — Schubert String Quintet in C, D. 956

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Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

STRING QUINTET IN C MAJOR, D. 956

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Scherzo. Presto. Trio. Andante sostenuto

IV. Allegretto - Più allegro

Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Katri Ervamaa, cello; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Christina McGann, violin; and Stephen Miahky, violin.

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Festival Series 1

Festival Series 1

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Ching-chu Hu (b. 1969)

Spheres of Influence (2013) for string sextet

— WWCMF Commission —

 

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)

Mythes, Trois Poèmes, Op. 30

I. La Fontaine d’Arethuse

II. Narcisse

III. Dryades et Pan


intermission


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

String Quintet in C major, D. 956

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Scherzo. Presto. Trio. Andante sostenuto

IV. Allegretto - Più allegro

Artists: Winston Choi, piano; Timothy Christie, viola; Katri Ervamaa, cello; Andrew Jennings, violin; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Christina McGann, violin; Stephen Miahky, violin; Maria Sampen, viola; and MingHuan Xu, violin.

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Portrait of an Artist 2 — MingHuan Xu, Violin

Portrait of an Artist 2 — MingHuan Xu, Violin

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Violinist MingHuan Xu is a multi-faceted performer with unique communicative abilities. She has delighted audiences with her passion, incredible technique, sensitivity and charisma.

Her versatility allows her to perform an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from the standard works to avant-garde contemporary repertoire. She has performed extensively as a concerto soloist, duo-recitalist and chamber musician all across China, Europe, North America and South America.

Previously Assistant Professor of Violin at Grand Valley State University, she is now on the faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

MingHuan plays on a 1758 Nicolas Gagliano violin.

She enjoys cooking, loves animals, is an aspiring interior decorator, and loves cuddling with her twin children, Ethan and Lillian.

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Tasting Music 2 — Arnold Bax Harp Quintet (1919)

Tasting Music 2 — Arnold Bax Harp Quintet (1919)

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Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Harp Quintet (1919)

I. Tempo moderato —

II. Tranquillo —

III. Tempo primo

Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Amy Ley, harp; Christina McGann, violin; and Stephen Miahky, violin.

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Festival Series 2

Festival Series 2

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John David Earnest (b. 1940)

Commedia Gallery (2011) for flute, harp and viola

— WWCMF Commission —

I. Arlecchino

II. Pierrot

III. Scaramouche

 

Andrew Norman (b. 1979)

Light Screens (2002) for flute, violin, viola and cello


Intermission


Arnold Bax (1883-1953)

Harp Quintet (1919)

I. Tempo moderato —

II. Tranquillo —

III. Tempo primo

 

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Sonata in D, Op. 94 for flute and piano

I. Moderato

II. Scherzo

III. Andante

IV. Allegro con brio

Artists: Sarah Brady, flute; Winston Choi, piano; Timothy Christie, viola; Katri Ervamaa, cello; Andrew Jennings, violin; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Amy Ley, harp; Christina McGann, violin; Stephen Miahky, violin; and MingHuan Xu, violin.

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Special Event 1 — Schubert, The Impromptus, Op. 90 and 142

Special Event 1 — Schubert, The Impromptus, Op. 90 and 142

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Schubert, The Impromptus, Op. 90 and 142 — Featuring Winston Choi, Piano

Winner of the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

Choi maintains an active international performing schedule. In demand as a concerto soloist, orchestras he has appeared with include the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, the Missisauga Symphony Orchestra, the  Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Known for his colorful approach to programming and insightful commentary from the stage, Choi has recently appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, New York’s Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Kravis Center in Florida, Berlin’s “Klavierfieber” Festival and the “Cicle Grans Solistes” in Spain. Choi performs extensively in France, having played venues such as the Salle Cortot, Lille’s Festival Rencontre Robert Casadesus, the Messiaen Festival, and the Strasbourg Festival. Frequently in demand throughout his native Canada, he has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. His numerous performances can often be heard on CBC radio broadcasts. Recently, he toured Eastern Ontario and Quebec under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales and embarked on a 10-city Prairie Debut tour of the Canadian Prairie provinces. Choi is currently touring with Bach's epic Art of Fugue. An accomplished chamber musician, he performs regularly with his wife, MingHuan Xu as Duo Diorama, as well as with the Pivot Chamber Soloists and the Civitas Ensemble. 

As a dedicated champion of contemporary music, Choi has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by young composers as well as established masters. A composer himself, being involved with the creative process is an integral part of his artistry. He was the first pianist to perform Pierre Boulez’s last version of Incises in North America and made the South American premiere of Luciano Berio‘s Sonata for pianoforte solo. He also regularly appears in concert at IRCAM, the world’s most renowned institution for contemporary music. Composers he has collaborated with include William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Brian Ferneyhough, Bright Sheng, Christian Wolff, Chen Yi and John Zorn. He is also a core member of the new music ensemble Brave New Works and the Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente. His upcoming performances include piano concerti by Jeffrey Mumford and John Melby.

Choi’s debut solo recording, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given five stars by BBC Music Magazine. He has also recorded the piano music of Jacques Lenot for the Intrada label, having won the Grand Prix du Disque from l’Académie Charles Cros for Volume I. He can also be heard on other record labels including Albany, AMP, Arktos, Crystal Records, Naxos and QuadroFrame. 

Choi began his studies in Toronto with James Tweedie and Vivienne Bailey. He obtained both his Bachelor and Master Degrees at Indiana University, studying with Menahem Pressler. Further studies were with Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University, where he completed his Doctorate of Music. An accomplished teacher, he is also in demand as a master class clinician. Previously on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and the Oberlin Conservatory, he is Associate Professor and Head of Piano at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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Special Event 2 — Collage

Special Event 2 — Collage

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Portrait of an Artist 3 — Billy Ray Hunter, Trumpet

Portrait of an Artist 3 — Billy Ray Hunter, Trumpet

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A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Ray Hunter is currently Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago.

Before this, he was Principal with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras, and has performed as Guest Principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Other orchestras he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore, and Dallas Symphonies. As a chamber musician and soloist Mr. Hunter has performed with several ensembles and music festivals including Grant Park Orchestra, New World Symphony, University of Texas Symphony and Wind Ensemble, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the MET Chamber Ensemble.

His honors and awards include first prize in the Kingsville International Solo Competition Brass and Non-string divisions, second prize in the National Trumpet Competition, recipient of the Roger Voisin Trumpet award as a fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires, and most recently, the University of Texas at Austin Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School, his teachers have included Mark Gould (former Principal Trumpet of the Met), Raymond Mase  (Principal Trumpet of the NYC Ballet and ABQ), Raymond Crisara (former trumpet of the Met and NBC Symphony), and Harry Shapiro (former horn player of the Boston Symphony).

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A Special Tasting Music — Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale (1918)

A Special Tasting Music — Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale (1918)

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Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

L’Histoire du Soldat (1918)

I. The soldier’s march

II. Soldier at the brook

III. Pastorale

IV. The royal march

V. The little concert

VI. Three dances: Tango, Waltz, Ragtime

VII. The devil’s dance

VIII. The little chorale

IX. The devil’s song

X. Grand chorale

XI. Triumphal march of the devil

Artists: Timothy Christie, narrator; Billy Ray Hunter, trumpet, Peter Kolkay, bassoon, Maria Sampen, violin; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; and Weston Sprott, trombone.

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Festival Series 3

Festival Series 3

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James Stephenson (b. 1969)

Last Chants (2015) for piano, violin, viola, cello and clarinet

— WWCMF Commission —

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

arr. Barnaby Kerekes

I. Denn es gehet dem Menschen

II. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle

III. O Tod, wie bitter bist du

IV. Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelszungen redete


Intermission


Work to Be Determined

 

Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)

La Revûe de Cuisine (1927)

Jazz Suite and Ballet for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello & piano

I. Prologue

II. Tango

III. Charleston

IV. Finale

Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Billy Ray Hunter, trumpet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Philip Payton, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; Weston Sprott, trombone; and Anna Stoytcheva, piano.

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Portrait of an Artist 4 — Spektral Quartet Deconstructed

Portrait of an Artist 4 — Spektral Quartet Deconstructed

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Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. With its most recent album described by Gramophone as “highly-interactive, creative and collaborative... unlike anything its intended audience — or anyone else — has ever heard,” Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

RECENTLY
2016 saw the release of Serious Business (Sono Luminus), the foursome’s most ambitious recording project to date, nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY award. “A delirious new record” (Alex Ross), Serious Business is an intrepid exploration of the many-sided face of humor in classical music, featuring vibrant premieres by stunning young composers Sky Macklay, David Reminick, and Chris Fisher-Lochhead, paired with a centuries-old gut-buster, Haydn’s Quartet Op.33 No. 2, “The Joke.” The quartet’s multi-city tour of Beat Furrer’s “String Quartet No. 3” and Bagatellen, a new work by Hans Thomalla, “proved that they [the quartet] have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably on this occasion, an ability to cast a magic spell…” (New York Times). 

COMING UP
At home both in and out of the concert hall, Spektral Quartet enthusiastically seeks out vehicles to bring classical music into the sphere of everyday life, prioritizing immersion and inclusivity through close-proximity seating and intimate, unconventional venues. Major upcoming projects in the quartet’s native city include the Chicago premiere of Morton Feldman’s notorious six-hour String Quartet No. 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Toledo Art Museum, the quartet's Italian debut in Rome, the recording of new works by composer Anthony Cheung, and a major new initiative on Chicago’s South Side in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Theaster Gates. The 2016–17 season will also see dynamic new programs pairing works of Ravel, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn with the voices of emerging composers, and new works by George Lewis, Augusta Read Thomas, Samuel Adams, and Tomeka Reid. 

OTHER PROJECTS
The ensemble is regarded for forward-thinking endeavors such as Mobile Miniatures, which rallied more than forty composers from across the nation, including David Lang, Augusta Read Thomas, Nico Muhly and Shulamit Ran, to write ringtone-length pieces available for download to mobile devices. As ardent advocates for new music in their home city, the group recorded its debut album, Chambers (Parlour Tapes+), in 2013, featuring works by dynamic, Chicago-based composers. Other discography includes a recording with Third Coast Percussion of Selene, an octet by Augusta Read Thomas for the album Of Being Is a Bird (Nimbus Records); and From This Point Forward (Azica Records), an exploration of nuevo tango and Latin jazz with bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. It is central to Spektral Quartet’s mission to cultivate a love of, and curiosity for, unfamiliar sonic territory and exceptional works of the past among the next generation of string players. Currently ensemble in-residence at the University of Chicago, the quartet has also participated in residencies at the New World Symphony, Stanford University, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee, and the Walden School, among others. 

Featuring Clara Lyon, violin; Maeve Feinberg, violin; Doyle Armbrust, viola; and Russell Rolen, cello.

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Special Event 3 — Spektral Quartet

Special Event 3 — Spektral Quartet

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Tasting Music 4 — Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581

Tasting Music 4 — Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581

I. Allegro

II. Larghetto

III. Menuetto

IV. Allegretto con variazioni

Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Philip Payton, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; and Kevin Schempf, clarinet.

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Festival Series 4

Festival Series 4

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Robert Hutchinson (b. 1970)

Pas de Quatre (2010) for string quartet

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Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Two Pieces, Op. 11 for string octet

I. Prelude: Adagio

II. Scherzo: Allegro molto


Intermission


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581

I. Allegro

II. Larghetto

III. Menuetto

IV. Allegretto con variazioni

Artists: Doyle Armbrust, viola; Timothy Christie, viola; Maeve Feinberg, violin; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Clara Lyon, violin; Philip Payton, violin; Russell Rolen, cello; Maria Sampen, violin; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; Spektral Quartet

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