Aug 18: Fenimore String Quartet

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 18, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $20 general public, $15 Artworks members
  • “Spirited” works by Beethoven, Schubert and Bolcom

The Fenimore String Quartet

  • Ruotao Mao, violin I
  • Jennifer Reuning Myers, violin II
  • Joseph Lorang, viola
  • Ruth Berry, cello

The Fenimore Quartet blends the experience of seasoned chamber players with the richness of long friendships to create a perfect backdrop for the exciting musical collaborations which are fast becoming an eagerly awaited summer treat at the Cherry Valley New York Artworks Concert Series and the surrounding area communities in beautiful upstate New York.

Ruotao Mao, Joseph Lorang, Ruth Berry, Jennifer Reuning Myers

Guest Artists

  • Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

Program

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in D Major, Op.70, No.1 (“Ghost”)
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
III. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
   
Intermission  
   
String Quartet in d minor, D.810 (“Death and The Maiden”)
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
IV. Presto
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

“Graceful Ghost” Rag (arranged for string quartet by Bolcom)

William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Musician Biographies

Ruotao Mao, violin I

Ruotao is an active soloist, chamber musician and the concertmaster of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra. His playing was described by The Classical New Jersey as “virtuoso display of world-class magnitude.” and “the level of playing has reached far beyond mere technical competence.” A native of Beijing, China, Ruotao graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with “distinction in performance” award. He earned his Master Degree in Music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where he studied under violinist Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet. He also studied with Dorothy Delay, Paul Kantor and Masuko Ushioda. As a chamber musician, Ruotao is one of the founding members of the former Beijing Piano Quartet, winner of “Artists International Chamber Music Series” (with appearances in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center), the highly acclaimed Amabile String Quartet (the quartet-in-residence at Rutgers University from 2000 – 2001), and the Fenimore String Quartet. As a soloist, he appeared with orchestras such as the Jupiter Symphony, NEC Symphony, Corelliard Chamber Orchestra, the Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, Edison Symphony, the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Arcadian Symphony Orchestra and Rutgers University Orchestra among many others. In 2004, Ruotao premiered a violin concerto by Ernie Stires in Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. He had performance tours in Korea and Colombia, South America. He performed on WNYC, WETS and WDVR-FM broadcasts and is a recording artist for the CRI and Beijing Broadcast labels. Ruotao also serves as the concertmaster of the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and Edison Symphony Orchestra, in addition to his positions of violin and viola faculty at The College of New Jersey and Princeton University.

Jennifer Reuning Myers, violin II

A native of Ithaca, NY, Jennifer performs with the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra and several regional chamber music ensembles; she has also performed regularly with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. As a member of the Catskill Chamber Players, she worked with composers Lou Harrison, Henry Brant, Virgil Thomson and George Crumb, and performed the New York premiere of Henry Cowell’s Trio for flute, violin and harp at Weill Recital Hall. Jennifer studied with Raphael Bronstein and Charles Treger at the Hartt School of Music and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College where she studied with Linda Case. As the daughter of two of the first Suzuki violin teachers in this country, Jennifer was fortunate as a youngster to have participated in classes led by Shinichi Suzuki. She now maintains a private Suzuki studio at 171 Cedar Arts in Corning, NY and teaches at Ithaca Talent Education School, in Ithaca, NY. Jennifer is also a licensed massage therapist and has a special interest in working with musicians.

Joseph Lorang, viola

Joseph joined the violin section of the Glimmerglass Orchestra in 2019. He previously performed in other summer festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Britt Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival. He has served as concertmaster of several orchestras including the USC Thornton Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute, and as Principal Second Violin in the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California where he studied with Martin Chalifour, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory with Ayano Ninomiya. He previously studied in the Coleman violin studio in Seattle with Simon James, Jan Coleman, and pianist Hiro David. As a conductor, he has participated in Atlantic Music Festival’s conducting program and served as Music Director of the Concerto Chamber Orchestra at USC. As a violist, he has performed chamber works such as the Kodaly Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, and the Franck Piano Quintet.

Ruth Berry, cello

Ruth recently moved back to her home town of Hamilton, NY after living in Augusta, GA for many years (where she worked as principal cello of the Augusta Opera and Symphony, and served as an artist in residence at Georgia Southern University). Since 1986, Ruth performs during the summers with the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra–and when not in the orchestra pit lives in her historic and award-winning Kitt Shipman Memorial Chapel in Springfield Center, NY. During the “off summer” months, Ruth travels regularly to perform for arts organizations throughout the SouthEastern USA. Ruth went to college at Boston University (where she studied cello with Leslie Parnas and received the Edwin E. Stein Award for Excellence in the Arts). Her graduate degree and studies at Cornell University were in musicology, analytical techniques and performance practice. Ruth is currently working on a degree in Labor Studies from the Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations.

Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

Dmitry is a Ukrainian vocal coach and conductor. He is a 2019 Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist and serves as pianist and coach. He is a graduate of Mannes College of Music and of the Peabody Institute where, among his teachers, were Genya Paley, Pavlina Dokovska, Boris Slutsky and Scott Jackson Wiley. Dmitry has worked with numerous opera companies as a répétiteur, coach and conductor. Most recently, he was on staff for the revival of Figaro 90210! on Broadway, conducted Eugene Onegin with Utopia Opera in NYC, was assistant conductor for OnSite Opera’s production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Morning Star” and returned to Chicago Summer Opera as music director for the company’s scenes program. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University as a vocal coach and was recently appointed as Music Director of the Opera Theater at Brooklyn College.

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Aug 11: Ensembles Large & Small

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 11, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • Ensembles Large and Small from the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra
  • Star Theatre, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $15 general public, $10 Artworks members and Glimmerglass Employees

Program

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor
I. Allegro ben moderato
II. Allegro

César Franck (1822-1890)

Esther Sanders – Violin, Dmitry Glivinskiy – piano

Three Furies for Solo Tuba
Fury 2 – very clean, gently inebriated, very clean
Fury 3 – relentless
James Grant (b.1954)
Brendan Ige, tuba
Iberique Peninsular Francois Rabbath (b. 1931)
Jon Pascolini, bass
Three Violin Duets for two Violins and Piano
1.Prelude
2.Waltz
3.Polka
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Cecee Pantikian, Ruotao Mao, violins; Kirill Kuzmin, piano
   
INTERMISSION  
   

Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 11 No. 4
I. Fantasie
II. Thema mit Variationen
III. Finale (mit Variationen)

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

Amy Tompkins – Viola, Dmitry Glivinskiy – piano

Music for Remy Lou Harrison (1917-2003)
Nancy Dimock, oboe; Bill Manley, percussion

Horn Trio in E flat major Op. 40
I. Andante
IV. Allegro con brio

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Dan Wions – horn, Sasha Margolis – violin, Dmitry Glivinskiy – piano

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Aug 12: Ensembles Large & Small

Ensembles Large and Small from the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 12, 2018, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theatre, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $20 general public, $15 Artworks members, $10 Glimmerglass Orchestra Members, free under 18

Program

Willhelmus
Rondeau – Esprit
Kemp’s Jig

Dutch National Anthem
Phillippe Chedeville (1696-1762)
Anon/Hankin (Late 16th century)
* Wayne Hankin, musette, 4-hole flute; Kirill Kuzmin, piano
   
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

  • II. Adagio
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
* Heather Wittels, violin; Michael Lewis, piano; Eileen Whalen, oboe
   
An Invocation Jeffrey Beam (b. 1953)
* Marly Youmans. reciter
   
An Invocation (after a poem [2008] by Jeffrey Beam) (2012) Steven Serpa (b. 1976)
* KeriAnn DiBari-Oberle, soprano saxophone; Susan Faux, violin; David Jackson, viola; Ruth Berry, cello
   
Intermission  
   
Duetto for Alto e Contrabasso, D major (1796)

  • I. Allegro Moderato
  • II. Romanza poco Adagio
  • III. Rondo Allegro
Johann Matthias Sperger (1750-1812)
* Katrina Smith, viola; Ed Allman, double bass
   
Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3

  • I. Allegro assia
  • II. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
  • III. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
* Maria Kistner Conti, violin; Louis Lohraseb, piano
   
The Barber of Seville (1816)

  • Una voce poco fa
  • Dunque io son
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)/ François Rene Gebauer (1773-1845)
* Spencer F. Phillips, Mark Timmerman, bassoons

An Invocation – Jeffrey Beam (b. 1953)

From cedar’s green feathers cedar’s red odor 
From moss’s cool fever earthworm’s glowing 
From pitch-pine’s field-taking pitch-pine’s black tarring 
From the heel-worn path eye-light roaming 
   
From cornfield’s stalking bobwhite ascending 
From the cardinal’s scarlet a royalty before us  
From persimmon & apple urgent oriole feeding 
From blue-eyed grass in shadow late summer’s Eden 
   
From footstep to cow path mud pool & duck quack 
From goldenrod’s augur winter gathers 
From ice cracking oak limb frisson & weeping 
From beech leaf in winter gold filigree forming 
   
From rosehip & goldfinch thorn & bright needle 
From storm clouds gathering light darting through us 
From April’s spring torrents creek’s roaring persistence 
From pond over-flowing swamp’s restraint ending 
   
From the word unblemished robust declension 
From honesty in bloom articulate blue 
From granite to flagstone columbine freshes 
From cat-paw & wind-blow soft goes the morning 
   
From Star of Parnassus tourmaline greening 
From bluestem the meadow 
From poplar the tulip 
From each handshake taken a prayer advocated 
   
From beehive golden coagulate bomb 
From bottomland quiet no petulant view 
From squash bloom a shine 
From dog sleep a rumble 
   
From peril no thunder only dwellings to calm 
From muscadine’s favor copper infusion 
From mountain in snow light a rabbit’s furred thicket  
From everything under a thistle be thine 
   
From garnet & hawkweed the owl & the red-tail 
From trout ever jumping the roe of attention 
From pecan & walnut bread everlasting 
From collard & field green canny pot liquor 
   
From bluet & aster concealment never 
From wild carrot the umbel of consciousness feeding 
From myself & from strangers the friend ever trenchant 
From mystery’s bedroom love’s tortuous wisdom 
   
From the formless the formed 
From the void all-in-all 
From the patient rose blooming the perilous night 
From dove coo at morning to midday’s recountal 
   
From magnolia camellia gardenia thrall 
From dancing thunder a ridgepole at last 
From solitude vibrant fortitude’s castle 
From abundant forgiveness compassion’s great tact
   
From whatever you do or not do find a meadow 
From the river crossing an island encountered 
From the spirit descending a wine glass uplifted 
From evening’s quickening harmonious rest 
   
From the secret unfolding the obvious moment 
From whirring cicada velvet occasion 
From apple forbidden knowledge abounding 
From the snake on the path origin & ending 
   
From sunlight through trumpet vine flame in the belly 
From tears’ shivering sorrow joy reshaping 
From veronica & chickweed earth warmly responding 
From mountain’s re-greening eye filled with blue 
   
Jeffery Beam  
From the book Gospel Earth, © 2010, Skysill Press, Nottingham, England

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Aug 5: Fenimore String Quartet

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 5, 2018
  • Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $20 general public, $15 Artworks members, $10 Glimmerglass Orchestra Members, free under 18

The Fenimore String Quartet

  • Ruotao Mao, violin
  • Jennifer Reuning Myers, violin
  • Christine Orio, viola
  • Ruth Berry, cello

The Fenimore Quartet blends the experience of seasoned chamber players with the richness of long friendships to create a perfect backdrop for the exciting musical collaborations which are fast becoming an eagerly awaited summer treat at the Cherry Valley New York Artworks Concert Series and the surrounding area communities in beautiful upstate New York.

Guest Artists

  • Aaron Brask, french horn
  • Michael Lewis, piano

Program

Trio for Piano, Violin, and Horn in E-flat major, Op. 40
I. Andante
II. Scherzo (Allegro)
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Allegro con brio
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Intermission
String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Opl. 18, No. 1
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Por una cabeza Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)

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2015 Fenimore String Quartet
Ruotao Mao, Jennifer Myers, Violins: Dee Dee Fancher, Viola; Ruth Berry, Cello

Christine Orio, Aaron Brask, Michael Lewis

Aug 6: Fenimore String Quartet

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 6, 2017, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $20 general public, $15 Artworks Members, $8 Glimmerglass Festival Members, free for patrons under 18

The Fenimore String Quartet

  • Ruotao Mao, violin
  • Jennifer Reuning Myers, violin
  • Dee Dee Fancher, viola
  • Ruth Berry, cello

The Fenimore Quartet blends the experience of seasoned chamber players with the richness of long friendships to create a perfect backdrop for the exciting musical collaborations which are fast becoming an eagerly awaited summer treat at the Cherry Valley New York Artworks Concert Series and the surrounding area communities in beautiful upstate New York.

Guest Artist

  • Michael Leopold, theorbo and baroque guitar

Program – Music of Smetana, Gershwin, and Early Baroque Masters

Sinfonia No. 8 G. Girolamo Kapsperger (1580-1651)

Canzon Seconda Sopra Romanesca

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
Fantasia (In G)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Canzon a 4 La Zaneta

Giovanni Battista Riccio (?1570 – ?)

Passacalle Andrea Falconieri (1585– 1656)
   
Intermission  
   
String Quartet No. 1 in e minor ("From My Life")
I. Allegro vivo appassionato
II. Allegro moderato alla polka
III. Largo sostenuto
IV. Vivace
Bedrich Smetana (1824 -1884)

By George!

George Gershwin/arr.Michael Braz (1898-1937)

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2015 Fenimore String Quartet
Ruotao Mao, Jennifer Myers, Violins: Dee Dee Fancher, Viola; Ruth Berry, Cello

Michael Leopold

Aug 14: Musicians from Glimmerglass

Ensembles Large and Small – Musicians’ Choice

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 14, 2016, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theatre, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $10 for general public, $5 for Artworks members and Glimmerglass employees

Program

Members of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra perform their favorite music – from jazz to classical, opera to Broadway. Expect the unexpected.

Music of Mozart, Richard Strauss (Til in a fun reduction) and Nielsen.

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Cherry Valley Artworks Concert Series

Jul 31: Fenimore String Quartet

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • July 31, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $15 general public, $12 Artworks members

The Fenimore String Quartet

  • Ruotao Mao, violin I
  • Jennifer Myers, violin II
  • Dee Dee Fancher, viola
  • Ruth Berry, cello

Guest Artists

  • Brad Raymond, tenor
  • David Moody, piano

Program

String Quartet in D Major, Op.18, No.3
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1825)
From "Cypresses"("Echo of Songs") for String Quartet Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
   
Intermission  
   
"On Wenlock Edge," for Tenor, Piano and String Quartet
I. On Wenlock Edge
II. From Far, From Eve and Morning
III. Is My Team Ploughing
IV. Oh, When I Was In Love with You
V. Bredon Hill
VI. Clun
R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

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2015 Fenimore String Quartet
Ruotao Mao, Jennifer Myers, Violins: Dee Dee Fancher, Viola; Ruth Berry, Cello

Cherry Valley Artworks Concert Series

Jul 24: Big Galut(e)

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: 2016 Artworks Concert Series

  • July 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $15 general public, $12 Artworks members

Big Galut(e) is a quintet of like-minded and like-hearted musicians who love to make people laugh, then make them cry, all while exploring a unique and fascinating repertoire of Jewish music from five continents and six centuries. Noted by critics for "the virtuosity of its members," and lauded as "vivacious," "joyful," "jubilant," "a real treat for open minds," and an "alleged Klezmer band," Big Galut(e) has played as soloists with orchestras, at colleges and universities from California to Ohio, on chamber music series from Hawaii to New York, at the National Yiddish Book Center, and at synagogues, temples, and JCCs nationwide.

Program

Program, to be announced from the stage, will feature surprise songs, surprise guests, and surprise video. It will also include:

Oygn Molly Picon (1898-1992) and Abraham Ellstein (1907-1963)
Minnie the Moocher Cab Calloway (1907-94) et al.
Hungarian Dances 17, 11 and 5 arr. Johannes Brahms (1833-97), rearranged by Big Galut(e)
Sonata quarta, sopra l’Arie di Ruggiero Salamone Rossi (c.1570-1630)
Adio Kerida anonymous/Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

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Big Galut(e)
Cherry Valley Artworks Concert Series