12-01 Music in the Vineyards

Napa Valley is known for its romantic atmosphere, incredible vineyards and of course – some of the nation’s finest wine! This storied region is also home to Music in the Vineyards, the 18th annual chamber music festival bringing together internationally recognized, classical musicians in unique and intimate winery settings. The twilight concerts in wine caves and barrel rooms offer complimentary wine at intermission, witty and insightful commentary, and conversation with the musicians. The festival also offers several fundraisers
including a home tour with chefs and cookbook authors (Kitchens in the Vineyards), intimate epicurean experiences (Tables in the Vineyards) and a celebration of local vintner musicians (Roll Over Beethoven). Learn more here: www.musicinthevineyards.org


Boccherini: Cello Sonata in A Major (Bion Tsang, cello, Jeffrey Sykes, piano)
Mozart: Horn Quintet in E-flat, K. 407 (Richard Todd, horn, Kristopher Tong, violin, Lawrence Neuman, viola, Mai Motobuchi, viola, Yeesun Kim, cello)
Beethoven: Four British Folk Songs (Thomas Cooley, tenor, Daria Adams, violin, Tanya Tomkins, cello, Jeffrey Sykes, piano)
Beethoven: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29 Storm: I (Dale Barltrop, violin, Qing Hou, violin, Michael Adams, viola, Lawrence Neuman, viola, Bion Tsang, cello)
Svendsen: Octet: II (Simin Ganatra, Daria Adams, Ruggero Allifranchini, Sibbi Bernhardsson, violins; Michael Adams, Masumi Per Rostad, violas; Robert DeMaine, Brandon Vamos, cellos)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio: II (Erin Keefe, violin, Robert DeMaine, cello, William Wolfram, piano)

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Svendsen Octet: III:

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Daria Adams
Violinist Daria Adams, the founding Artistic Director of Music in the Vineyards along with her husband Michael, is a member of the world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra(SPCO) where she is featured frequently in solo and chamber music performances. Since joining the SPCO in 1987, she has traveled the world in tours to Asia, Europe and across North America. An ardent Baroque music performer, Daria is a founding member of the Blue Baroque Band (BBB), made up of colleagues from the SPCO. The BBB was a featured ensemble-in-residence at MITV in 2006 and 2009.

Ruggero Allifranchini
Ruggero Allifranchini is a native of Milan, Italy. At seventeen, he joined I Solisti Aquilani chamber orchestra, performing with the ensemble throughout Europe. Ruggero is a past recipient of the Diploma d’Onore from the Chigiana Academy in Sienna, Italy, as well as a founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet. He plays on a violin known as the “Fetzer” made in 1694 by Antonio Stradivari. Ruggero is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Dale Barltrop
Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, Dale Barltrop has performed across North America, Europe and Australia. He served as Principal Second Violin in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years prior to his appointment as concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony. During that time, he appeared regularly as soloist with the SPCO. Dale also served as associate concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and first violinist of the Verklärte Quartet, which won the grand prize at the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Dale has a keen interest in teaching and has served on the faculty of
the National Orchestral Institute and worked regularly with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin, Kristopher Tong, violin, Mai Motobuchi, viola, Yeesun Kim, cello
Considered “Simply the best there is” by the Boston Globe, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world. Audiences and critics alike champion their revealing explorations of Beethoven, Bartók, Schoenberg, Shostakovich and Golijov and their affinity for making even the most challenging contemporary repertoire approachable and enlightening has become a hallmark. In 2003 they made classical music history with their pioneering record label, The Living Archive, making it possible to order on-demand DVDs and CDs of many of its concerts around the world, a feat only previously attempted in rock music.

Thomas Cooley
American tenor Thomas Cooley is quickly establishing a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond as a singer of great versatility, expressiveness, power and virtuosity. He is equally at home on the concert stage and in the opera house. Cooley spent a formative ten years in Munich, where he was a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheateram Gärtnerplatz for four of them, singing such roles as Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, the title role in Idomeneo and Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Thomas’ recordings include Mathan in Handel’s Athalia with Peter Neumann and the Kölner Kammerchor (MDG), Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus (Deutsche Grammophon) Cherubini’s Chant sur la mort de Haydn (Carus), as well as Mozart’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in A Flat with the Windsbacher Knabenchor (Sony).

Robert deMaine
Praised by The New York Times as “an artist who makes one hang on every note,” Robert deMaine has distinguished himself as one of the finest and most versatile cellists of his generation, having performed to critical acclaim as soloist, recitalist, orchestral principal,recording artist and chamber musician throughout the world. A fourth-generation string player, Robert was introduced to the cello at the age of four by his mother and sister, both accomplished cellists and by the time he was ten years old was performing such demanding works as Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations.” A first-prize winner in many national and international competitions from the time he was 12 years old, Robert became the first cellist ever to win San Francisco’s prestigious Irving M. Klein International String Competition in 1990. Currently, Robert serves as the Principal Cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Qing Hou
Qing Hou has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1997. A native of China, Qing came to the US in 1988 to continue her studies. Before joining the CSO, she was a member of the San Francisco Symphony. Qing has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and performs regularly in the Chicago area in various ensembles. In 1997 Qing—along with her sister, CSO violinist Lei Hou and CSO violist Lawrence Neuman (Qing’s husband)—founded the Lincoln String Quartet. As a soloist, Qing Hou has appeared with orchestras in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago and China. In the fall of 2003, she made her first appearance as soloist with the Chicago Symphony performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G Major
conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

Erin Keefe
Winner of the 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant, American violinist Erin Keefe is quickly establishing a reputation as a compelling artist who combines exhilarating temperament and fierce integrity. A top prize winner of several International Competitions, she recently took the Grand Prizes in the 2007 Torun International Violin Competition (Poland), the 2006 Schadt Competition and the Corpus Christi International String Competition. She was the Silver Medalist in the Carl Nielsen, Sendai (Japan) and Gyeongnam (Korea) International Violin Competitions. Erin has collaborated with many leading artists of today including the Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, David Soyer, Colin Carr, Menahem Pressler and Leon Fleisher.

Lawrence Neuman
A native of Saint Louis, Lawrence Neuman has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1991. Before coming to Chicago, Lawrence was violist with the Miami String Quartet. As a chamber musician, he is heard frequently throughout the Chicago area and has performed across the US and in Europe. During the 1998-99 season, Lawrence took a leave of absence from the CSO to serve as principal viola of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A founding member of Chicago’s Lincoln String Quartet, Lawrence has also taught viola and chamber music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Pacifica Quartet: Simin Ganatra, violin, Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin, Masumi Per Rostad, viola, Brandon Vamos, cello
Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style and often daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet tours extensively throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Ardent advocates of contemporary music, the Quartet commissions and performs many new works. In 2002 and 2003 it won wide acclaim for the first single-concert performances of Elliott Carter’s complete cycle of five string quartets in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and abroad. The New York Times called the accomplishment “brilliant” and “astounding,” and theChicago Tribune praised the Quartet’s “astonishing talent, energy and dedication.” In 2009 the Quartet’s recording of Carter’s Quartets Nos. 1 and 5 earned them a Grammy Award in Best Chamber Music Performance.

Jeffrey Sykes
Acclaimed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “a commanding solo player, the most supportive of accompanists and a leader in chamber music,” pianist Jeffrey Sykes has performed throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Western Europe, holding a discography including eleven CD’s published by various labels. Jeffrey is the founder and artistic director of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society of Wisconsin, a highly-acclaimed and innovative chamber music festival. He is the co-founder, along with violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau of the San Francisco Piano Trio. Jeffrey also serves as the Music Director of Opera for the Young, a professional opera company that gives more than 200 fully-staged performances a year to schoolchildren throughout the upper Midwest.

Richard Todd
Richard Todd has earned acclaim as one of the finest horn soloists today. Gold medal winner of the 1980 Concours Internationale Toulon, Richard is a Pro Musicis International Foundation Award winner and continually expands the boundaries of the horn world. Renowned for his performances that “are simply startling in their dexterity” with “a heart-clutching sound”; he is also deeply committed to arts education and making the arts more accessible to all listeners. He hasperformed in hospitals, shelters, retirement homes and prisons (including San Quentin, where there had been no performances of any kind in two years). Richard is principal horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as well as a film industry recording artist.

Tanya Tomkins
Cellist Tanya Tomkins returned to the US in 1998 after living in Holland for 14 years, where she toured and recorded extensively as a chamber musician. The first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists, she is equally at home on baroque and modern instruments. Currently one of Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque’s principal cellists, she has performed as soloist with both orchestras. Tanya is a member of the Tomkins-Zivian Duo, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the San Francisco String Trio. She also organizes a series of house concerts in Berkeley and Marin County.

Bion Tsang
A 2010 Grammy-nominee, cellist Bion Tsang has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation. A versatile collaborator, he was featured on the soundtrack to Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, a PBS documentary by Trinity Films, winning two Gold Medals—Director’s Choice and Artistic Excellence—at the Park City Film Music Festival, coincident to the Sundance Film Festival. Bion’s chamber music career is marked by collaborations with violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo and Kyoko Takezawa, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher. He performs at many festivals including the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years. Bion resides in Austin, TX where he is on the faculty of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.

William Wolfram
American pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumberg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. A versatile recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, he has won the respect of musicians and critics across the country and abroad. Wolfram has several recordings on the Naxos label and has played recitals in cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. His concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was the first in a long succession of appearances and career relationships with numerous American conductors and orchestras. William resides in New York City with his wife and two daughters.