Chamber Music, often defined as a group of musicians small enough to perform without a conductor, who in earlier times performed in the salons and homes of the rich and famous. On Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6, Ogunquit Performing Arts invites you to join them at their home, the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit, for the opportunity to hear two very special chamber ensembles, Boston Chamber Music on June 5 and the Cascabel Trio on June 6. Both performances begin at 8 pm. Receptions to meet the artists will follow the performances. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door, $5 student and $25 series.
Boston Chamber Music and Ogunquit Performing Arts have a long and happy relationship as Boston Chamber Music has performed in all but two of OPA’s 21 Chamber Music Festivals. Boston Chamber Music is unique among Chamber Music Groups as it isn’t a group of musicians that have played together for years. It is a group of musicians assembled by Thomas Hill, clarinetist and Randall Hodgkinson, pianist especially for the Ogunquit performance. These musicians come mainly from the Boston Chamber Music Society and the Boston Philharmonic.
The unique Boston Chamber Music ensemble that will be performing at the Dunaway Center on Friday June 5 at 8:00 pm:
- Thomas Hill. Principal Clarinetist of the Boston Philharmonic since 1992, founding clarinetist of the acclaimed Boston Chamber Music Society, and solo and ensemble performer under a variety of auspices since the beginning of his career in New York and Los Angeles. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree with Honors from the New England Conservatory. His teaching credentials include his private studio and university and music school venues.
- Randall Hodgkinson, Pianist, is winner of the International American Music Competition for pianists sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and soloist and chamber music artist in festivals throughout the United States and Europe. He has received acclaim and praise for his recordings on various labels. Mr. Hodgkinson studied at The Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory and Wellesley College.
- Kathleen Boyd, Flutist, performs actively in Boston and throughout New England. She is the principal flutist of the Boston Philharmonic and Symphony New Hampshire. Previously, she was principal flutist of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas, Venezuela and has performed concert tours in Spain, England, Rome, St. Petersburg, Russia and Greece. She is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music and presently serves on the faculty at Wellesley College and Brown University.
- D’Anna Fortunato, Mezzo-soprano, is widely considered to be one of America’s premier Concert/Oratorio singers and has also established herself and a respected Operatic Artist as well. She has been a repeat soloist with North America’s finest Choral Organizations and Bach Festivals. She has recorded 40 CDs and has researched and performed extensively the little-known works of Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, and Charles-Martin Loeffler. Composers have also chosen her to debut performances of her compositions.
The Boston Chamber Music Society’s program will include:
- Parto parto ma tu ben mio for soprano, clarinet and piano from La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart
- Une Flûte Invisible for soprano, flute and piano by Saint-Saéns
- La Flûte Enchantée for soprano, flute and piano by Ravel
- Sonata in G minor for flute and keyboard by Bach
- Sonata for clarinet and piano by Bernstein
- Songs from poems by James Joyce for soprano, clarinet, and piano by the eminent Boston composer, John Heiss. Mr. Heiss will be in the audience.
- Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales for soprano, flute, clarinet, and keyboard by Trimble
Continuing the 21st annual Chamber Music Festival on Saturday June 6 at 8 pm will be the Cascabel Trio. Ogunquit Performing Arts learned about the Cascabel from their pianist, Janice Weber, when she appeared in a fantastic solo performance at the Dunaway Center in November of 2014. Weber said that they decided to form a Trio several years ago on a winter evening when she, Piotr Bucczek (Violinist), and Timothy Roberts (‘Cellist) were enjoying a few glasses of wine. They all admitted that they were all almost totally booked in performances, but this was too good an idea not to follow through on! Voilá, the Cascabel Trio was born:
- Janice Weber, pianist, is a summa com laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music. After graduation she was twice a fellowship student at Tanglewood. She has performed with multiple orchestras and symphonies and music festivals, with solo performances at the White House and Carnegie Hall, to name a few. She gave concerts and master classes in China and created number of highly-acclaimed recordings. She is Artistic Director of the South Coast Chamber Players, an ensemble based in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
- Timothy Roberts, cellist, is an active chamber musician, teacher, and orchestral player who tours nationally and internationally in addition to his numerous appearances throughout New England. Mr. Roberts is Musical Director of Copley Chamber Players. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory, a Master of Music from Northwestern University, and has pursued Doctoral work at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He plays a 1751 Gabrielli cello.
- Piotr Buczek, violinist, was born in Chorzow, Poland. He began violin studies at the age of eight and graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music with a Diploma of Art with special distinction. He has made eleven recordings with the Penderecki String Quartet, was assistant to Ralph Evans of the Fine Arts Quartet in Milwaukee, and has worked with Pinchas Zuckerman, Yo Yo Ma, and Shlomo Mintz. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He teaches at the Rivers School in Weston.
The Cascabel Trio named themselves after a notoriously hot pepper which seemed fitting as they have been warming audiences ever since with their lyricism, virtuosity, and heat. They will be performing the following program:
- Trio No. 4 in C Major, K.548 by Mozart
- Fratres by Arvo Pärt
- Café Music by Paul Schoenfield
According to Janel Lundgren, Co-Chair of Ogunquit Performing Arts, “Just when we thought that the 21st annual Chamber Music Festival couldn’t surpass the quality and performance of Festivals in the past, Boston Chamber Music and Cascabel Trio appear in 2015 and raise the bar to the next level! We invite all to come to our home in the Dunaway Center to enjoy these performers.”
Boston Chamber Music will be performing at the Dunaway Center Friday June 5 at 8 pm and the Cascabel Trio will take over the next evening, Saturday June 6 at 8 pm.
Tickets are: $15 advance sale, $18 at the door, and $5 for students. Series ticket for both performances is $25. Tickets are available from the Ogunquit Welcome Center, Ogunquit Camera Shop, Dunaway Center, and online at www.ogunquit.org/shop.php.