12-06 Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

August in Vermont is perfect on the idyllic shores of Lake Champlain. Bed and breakfasts abound in the natural beauty of the Vermont woods, and musicians have understandably chosen this spot for the home of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. Located only a five minute drive from Burlington, Lake Champlain offers a retreat for the world-weary and allows musicians to fully recharge their batteries before giving electrifying performances.  Learn more here: http://www.lccmf.org/

Music

Mozart: Flute Quartet in G Major, K. 283 (Elena Urioste, Hsin-Yun Huang, Clancy Newman, Joshua Smith)
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66 (Jennifer Frautschi, Edward Arron, Ellen Hwangbo)
Takemitsu: Toward the Sea (Eduardo Leandro, Joshua Smith)
Mozart: Piano Quartet #1 in G Minor, K. 498 (Helen Huang, Soovin Kim, Teng Li, Clancy Newman)
Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 (Soovin Kim, Jennifer Frautschi, Hsin-yun Huang, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Edward Arron)
David Ludwig: Our Long War (Hyunah Yu, Elena Urioste, Helen Huang)

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Our Long War

David Ludwig’s composition “Our Long War” featured on our broadcast is based on a piece by the same name by American poet, Katie Ford. Here’s what he has to say about her -

“Composers keep poetry around like those important parts to appliances that you have to keep in a safe place where you won’t forget them. The poetry has to be there waiting for just when you need it; if you’ve misplaced it in the cupboards of your mind you’ll miss out on that perfect text to speak to your piece. So we scour through books and the internet and make little mental notes; when the commission for a song comes up one has to reach into that storage space where all of the poetry lives and find what text is most resonant to us then.

Around the time I got the commission to write a song cycle for the Lake Champlain Festival a mutual friend introduced me to the extraordinary work of Katie Ford. I knew right away her poetry fit with what I have been looking for in my music. It is simple and clear and incredibly expressive, like so many of the best works of art that hit us in the gut and we don’t have to reason through why.  I read through several of her books, but it was the poem she brought to coffee one day that focused what I had been feeling as an American for a long time. “Our Long War” will bring to mind the work of other wartime poets, but it is absolutely contemporary in its call to feel the effects of our many conflicts abroad at home. It’s a powerful message, and one too easily forgotten.

I would like to thank Katie Ford for allowing me to set her moving words to music and the Lake Champlain Festival for the opportunity to do so. ”

You can read the full text of the poem, Our Long War, here.

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Artists

Hyunah Yu

Hyunah Yu’s star has risen quickly since appearing in 1999 in St. Matthew Passion with the New England Bach Festival, directed by Blanche Moyse. Since 2000 she has been a regular at the Marlboro Music Festival. Her promise was confirmed in 2003 when, nominated by eminent pianist Mitsuko Uchida, she was given an award by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. During spring and summer 2006, Hyunah sang the title role inZaïde, directed by Peter Sellars, conducted by Louis Langrée, in a joint production between The Lincoln Centre “Mostly Mozart Festival”, the Wiener Festwochen and the Barbican. Hyunah’s EMI Debut disc of Mozart and Bach arias was released in Europe, USA and Korea in January 2007.

Elena Urioste

Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburg, Richmond, Colorado, San Antonio, Stockton, and Sarasota Symphony Orchestras. In Europe, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wurzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnanyi Budafok. As first place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition, Elena debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has returned annually as a soloist. She has also won first prize for the Sion International Violin Competition and was awarded a London Music Masters Award in 2009.

Hsin-Yun Huang

Violist Hsin-Yun Huang came to international prominence in 1993 when she was winner of the top prize of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award. In 1988, Ms. Huang was the youngest-ever Gold Medalist of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man. These and other honors have propelled a career as soloist and chamber musician on stages of major concert halls throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. Ms. Huang has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Joshua Bell, Joseph Suk, and Menahem Pressler, to name a few. Recent collaborations include performances with the Guarneri, the Juilliard, the Orion, the Brentano, and the St. Lawrence String Quartets.

Clancy Newman

First prize winner of the 2001 Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, cellist Clancy Newman has a dual career as both performer and composer. As a cellist, he has performed as soloist in most of America’s major cities, and has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center and Musicians from Marlboro. He is currently a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio. As a composer, he has been featured on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Double Exposure” series and the Chicago Chamber Musicians’ “Freshly Scored” series, and has received numerous distinguished commissions. Clancy Newman has performed as concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, and ProMusica, among many others. His recitals throughout the United States have included a Lincoln Center recital at Alice Tully Hall that garnered enormous critical acclaim.

Joshua Smith

Mr. Smith has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra on numerous occasions. In 2011, Smith was the featured soloist for the world-premiere performance of Jörg Widmann’s flute concert, Flute en Suite, for flute and orchestral groups, which was commissioned by the orchestra and written exclusively for him. Mr. Smith appears regularly as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. He has collaborated with such eminent artists as the Miami, Brentano, and Guarneri Quartets, as well as Lcuy Shelton, Soovin Kim, Yolando Kondonassis, Mitsuko Uchida, Gilbert Kalish, Kathryn Brown, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emma Tahmizian and Christina Dahl. He received a Grammy nomination for best chamber music performance in 2010  for And Then I Knew ‘Twas Wind from his 2008 Telarc recording Air.

Jennifer Frautschi

Jennifer Frautschi has gained acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertoire. She has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Kansas City Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. She has toured the United States with the Czech Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Frautschi’s 2011-12 highlights include a world premiere of James Stephenson’s Violin Concerto, a piece written for her, with the Minnesota Orchestra and a premiere of Les Bijoux, a violin concerto by Richard Aldag wit hthe Napa Valley Symphony. She also performs as a chamber musician and will appear with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Camber Music Society at MOMA, and performances at DaCamera of Houston and the Helicon Foundation in New York.

Edward Arron

Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival. Since that time, Mr. Arron has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The 2011-2012 season marks Mr. Arron’s ninth season as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. In the fall of 2009, Mr. Arron succeeded Charles Wadsworth as the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, as well as concert series in Beaufort and Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi, the resident chamber ensemble of the Caramoor International Music Festival. Mr. Arron has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic.

Eduardo Leandro

Eduardo Leandro teaches percussion at Stony Brook University in New York, where he is also the artistic director of its new music ensemble, the Contemporary Chamber Players. As a percussionist, Eduardo Leandro has performed with ensembles such as the Steve Reich Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Bang On a Can All Starts. He part of the percussion duo Contexto. He has performed in music festivals throughout the world including the Suita Music Festival in Osaka, Fereinkurse fur Neueu Muzik Darmstadt, Festspiel in Salzburg, Ars Musica in Brussels, among many others. He has won the New Music Contest in Dusseldorf, Germany and earned second place in the Eldorado Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Helen Huang

Helen Huang was first discovered by the New York Philharmonic upon winning the Young People’s Competition, which lead to engagements with the group as well as a recording contract. Since then, Ms. Huang has played with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Pittsburg Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Colorado Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony. She has travelled extensively as a performer, appearing in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She is an avid chamber musician who frequently appears at summer music festivals throughout North America.

Soovin Kim

Soovin Kim won first prize at the Paganini International Competition when he was only 20 years old. He was later named the recipient of the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Subsequently he went on to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra. He has given solo recitals at Weill Hall in New York, Terrace Theater in Washington D.C., Ravinia, Tokyo’s Casals Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. Mr. Kim devotes a considerable amount of time to teaching at Stony Brook University and is also on the faculty of Bard College. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Jaime Laredo and Victor Danchenko, and he also studied with David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Kim maintains a close relationship with the Marlboro Festival and regularly spends summers there. Soovin Kim plays on the 1709 “ex-Kempner” Stradivarius which is on loan to him.

Teng Li

Teng Li made a splash in the Toronto music scene by landing the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Viola position at the astonishing age of 21. Teng has given recitals in Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York. Along with her TSO solo appearances, Ms Li has performed with the National Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, and the Canadian Sinfonietta. An accomplished chamber musician, Teng has participated in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Rome, Moritzburg (Germany) and the Rising Stars Festival in Caramoor. During the 2004/2005 season, she performed with the Guarneri Quartet in New York, and has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and with the 92nd St. “Y” Chamber Music Society. Teng was featured in concert with the Guarneri Quartet in their last season at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and she is also a member of the prestigious Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two. A recipient of numerous awards, Teng has won top Prizes at the Johanson International and the Holland-America Music Society competitions, the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich Germany. She was also a winner of the Astral Artistic Services 2003 National Auditions.

Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt

Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt has appeared as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Sphinx Chamber orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Good Shepherd, and has performed recitals and chamber music throughout the country and in Europe. She participated in the 2005 New York String Orchestra Seminar and was principal viola in the 2008 seminar, under Jaime Laredo, at Carnegie Hall. She has won 1st prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2010, 4th prize at the Tokyo International Viola Competition in 2009, and the 2nd prize in the junior division at the 2006 Sphinx Competition. Milena has spent summers at the Bowdoin, Sarasota, and Eastern Music festivals, as well as at Meadowmount, Strings Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. She has served as principal violist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the 2008-2009 season, and is principal violist of Symphony in C in Camden, New Jersey under Rossen Milanov. She has also performed under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, and Otto-Werner Mueller, among others. Milena is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Roberto Diaz and Michael Tree. She is a member of The Old City String Quartet (formerly the Curtis String Quartet) winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and finalist of the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Katie Ford is the author two poetry collections, Deposition and Colosseum. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Reading Award. Colosseum was named a “Best Book of 2008” by Publishers Weekly. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and many other journals. She teaches at Franklin & Marshall College and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.