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2017 Winter Performances at the Green Music Center

 

The Green Music Center's Schroeder Hall, one of the best chamber halls in the US, hosts our Musicians from Valley of the Moon Music Festival concert series.
Join us for three concerts:
February 11, March 4, & May 13, 2017.

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THE EARLY CLARINET

with special guest Catherine Manson


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 3PM

Beethoven Moonlight Sonata

Mozart Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola and piano

Haydn Piano Trio in D minor, H. XV:23

Beethoven Clarinet Trio, Op 11


Eric Hoeprich, clarinet

Catherine Manson, violin and viola

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano


SCHUBERT'S CELLO


SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 3PM

Schubert Lieder
Schubert: Cello Quintet


Nicholas Phan, tenor

Nora Chastain, violin I
Christopher Whitley, violin II

Jodi Levitz, viola
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello I

Tanya Tomkins, cello II

Eric Zivian, fortepiano


THE MULTIFACETED BRAHMS


SATURDAY, MAY 13, 3PM

Brahms Horn Trio
Brahms songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano
Brahms G Minor Piano Quartet




Emily Marvosh, contralto

Ian Swensen, violin

Sadie Glass, horn 

Bettina Mussumeli, violin
Jodi Levitz, viola

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano

FEATURED ARTISTS AT THE GREEN CENTER

JODI LEVITZ

Jodi Levitz is an active performer of international reputation and a passionate advocate of new music for viola. She was principal viola and soloist with the Italian chamber group I Solisti Venetifor 12 years, a position she won while still a student at The Juilliard School.

She has performed as soloist throughout Europe, South America, North America and Asia, and recorded works for the Concerto, Dynamic, Naxos and Erato labels. A passionate pedagogue, she served on the faculties of the Ars Musica Academy at Imola, Progetto Orchestra and numerous European summer festivals, and presently serves as co-artistic director  of theZephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. Her former students hold positions in orchestras, teaching institutions and are musical activists throughout the world.

Levitz attended The Juilliard School Pre-College Division from age 12 and received a B.M. and M.M. from Juilliard. Her principal teachers were Margaret Pardee, Paul Doktor, William Lincer and Dorothy DeLay, and she studied chamber music with members of the  Juilliard Quartet, Felix Galimir and Josef Gingold.

She serves on the board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and is violist of the Ives Quartet.

NICHOLAS PHAN

Named one of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music.

An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode,Jeremy Denk, and Alessio Bax; violinist James Ehnes; guitarist Eliot Fisk; and horn players Jennifer Montone, Radovan Vlatkovic and Gail Williams. In both recital and chamber concerts, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, Boston's Celebrity Series, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Chicago and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

CATHERINE MANSON

Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006. As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally.

In a duo partnership with Ton Koopman she has recorded the six obbligato sonatas by Bach, Haydn’s concerto for violin and organ and the complete chamber music by Buxtehude. They have given many concerts together throughout Europe.

Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life; in 2001 she co-founded and now directs MusicWorks, presenting chamber music courses for young musicians. In addition to giving classes and seminars at King’s College, the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music she has taught at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin College, USA, the Granada International Festival’s ‘Musical Interpretation’ course, the Domaine Forget chamber music courses in Canada and given masterclasses at Juilliard School, Yale and Indiana Universities.

JEAN MICHEL FONTENAU

Jean-Michel Fonteneau is a founding member of the Ravel String Quartet, winner of two prizes at the Evian String Quartet International Competition in 1989, and of the first French Grammy Award “Les Victoires de la Musique Classique” in 1993. They toured extensively around the world and single-handedly created the first ever string quartet residency program in France.

Highly sought after, Mr. Fonteneau performs frequently with such renowned artists as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Kim Kashkashian, members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, Pro Arte, and Fine Arts Quartets.

A passionate and devoted teacher, Jean-Michel Fonteneau served on the faculty of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France, until 1999, when he moved to the United States to join the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His students have won national and international competitions, appeared on “From the Top”, and been honored as a Presidential Scholar.

He appears regularly at summer festivals including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Oberlin at Casalmaggiore, MYA, and the Morges Summer Academy in Switzerland.

Mr. Fonteneau’s recordings can be found with Musidisc-France and Albany Records.

NORA CHASTAIN

Nora Chastain, granddaughter of composer Roy Harris, was born in Berkeley, California where she began her violin lessons with Anne Crowden. Her studies continued at the Cincinnati Conservatory and at the Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy DeLay and in Europe with Alberto Lysy, Sandor Vegh, Ana Chumachenko and Sir Yehudi Menuhin. At age sixteen she made her debut in Berlin playing Barber´s Violin Concerto and since then has been a regular guest with such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, Cincinnati Philharmonia, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Bern Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet and Trio Kreisleriana.

As one of Europe's most sought after teachers, Nora Chastain has amongst her students international prize winners, concertmasters of major European orchestras, members of well known chamber ensembles and faculty members of universities of music. She gives regular master classes and serves on juries of international competitions. A main focus of her teaching is the integration of the American and European traditions of violin playing of the last 50 years.

SADIE GLASS

Recognized for her “polished tone,” Sadie Glass has a passion for early music and education. Featured in Early Music America’s (EMAg) January 2017 Early to Rise Series, Glass is developing praise as an emerging baroque and natural horn specialist. 

Glass performs as soloist and orchestral hornist with period-instrument ensembles across America, including American Bach Soloists (San Francisco, CA - February 2017), Mercury: the Orchestra Redefined (Houston, TX), MUSA (San Francisco, CA), and Early Music Underground (Seattle, WA). In 2016, she was also a featured artist at the Montana Early Music Festival, Corona del Mar Baroque Festival, Berkeley Festival - The Fringe, and Valley of the Moon Music Festival. 

As an educator, Sadie is on faculty at the Pacific Union College (PUC) in Angwin, CA, where she provides lessons to horn and trumpet majors, coaches chamber ensembles, and teaches academic courses. Glass also is the brass teaching artist at the Valley Vibes El Sistema Program in Sonoma, CA, where she teachers trumpet and trombone students. 

Sadie completed a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying with Bernhard Scully and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, studying with Dr. Patrick Miles. 

ERIC HOEPRICH

For the past thirty years, Eric Hoeprich has specialized in performing on historical clarinets, in music from the Baroque to the late Romantic. Educated at Harvard University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, he is currently on the faculties of the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and Indiana University, Bloomington.

A founding member of Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century (1982), Hoeprich has performed frequently as a soloist with this orchestra, as well as most of the major early music ensembles and many modern orchestras. In the 1980s, he founded two wind ensembles, Nachtmusique and the Stadler Trio (three basset horns), which have toured around the world. His dozens of recordings are available on labels such as Deutsche Grammaphon, Philips, EMI, SONY, Harmonia Mundi, Glossa and Decca. Collaboration with string quartets, chamber ensembles and vocal soloists also feature regularly on his calendar. The recent release of clarinet quintets (Mozart and Brahms) with the London Haydn Quartet (Glossa), the three clarinet concertos by Bernhard Crusell with Kölner Akademie (ARS Production) and “Sei Sinfonia” by J.C. Bach with Nachtmusique (Glossa) have received wide critical acclaim.

An interest in historical clarinets has led to the publication of numerous articles, contributions to the New Grove Dictionary and a general text on the clarinet published by Yale University Press (The Clarinet, 2008). He recently prepared the entry for “Clarinet” in the Oxford Bibliographies Online. Hoeprich has amassed a collection of more than a hundred antique clarinets, which has also led to restoration and construction of replicas of period originals; he maintains a workshop for instrument making at his home near London.

EMILY MARVOSH

American contralto Emily Marvosh has been gaining recognition for her “sterling voice,” and “graceful allure,” on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Disney Hall, Lincoln Center, Prague’s Smetana Hall, and Vienna’s Stefansdom. Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society under the direction of Harry Christophers. Other recent solo appearances include the Charlotte Symphony (Messiah), Tucson Symphony Orchestra (Mahler’s 3rd Symphony), Chorus Pro Musica (Stravinsky’s Les Noces), Music Worcester (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe. She is often featured on the Music at Marsh Bach Cantata Series. Awards include the prestigious Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival (2013), the American Prize in the Oratorio and Art Song divisions (2013), and second place in the New England Regional NATSAA competition (2014).

Her contributions to 21st century repertoire and performance include world premiere performances with Juventas New Music and the Manchester Summer Chamber Music Festival, and in 2013, Miss Marvosh created the roles of Viviane and the Mother in the world premiere of Hugo Kauder’s Merlin with the Hugo Kauder Society. She is a founding member of the Lorelei Ensemble, which promotes innovative new music for women. With Lorelei, she has enjoyed collaborations with composer David Lang, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Of a recent Lorelei performance, one critic wrote, “Marvosh, whose stage presence was a joy to behold, offered a tone that had the velvety soulfulness of a cello.” 

A proud native of Michigan, she has created a chamber recital that celebrates the history and culture of her home state. The Michigan Recital Project features commissions by emerging composers and performances by fellow Michiganders.  The recital, for which Miss Marvosh won a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award, has ongoing performances across the country.

Miss Marvosh can be heard on two recent GRAMMY-nominated recordings: Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem with Seraphic Fire, and Prayers and Remembrances with True Concord Voices and Orchestra. She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University.

BETTINA MUSSEMELI

First violinist of the Ives Quartet from 2005 to 2015, Bettina Mussumeli has performed on the most important stages throughout the world as both soloist and chamber musician. Her numerous recordings can be found on the Naxos, Erato, RCA, Tactus and Concerto labels.

Her career was launched when she was selected to the position of co-concertmaster and soloist with the Italian chamber orchestra I Solisti Veneti. For more than ten years she was their featured soloist in concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Also known as a passionate and dynamic pedagogue, Ms Mussumeli returned to the US in 2001 to join the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music. In Italy, Ms Mussumeli founded the Musica Lozzo chamber music festival and school, the Musica Euganea chamber music festival and the taught at the Ars Musica Academy at Imola.

Bettina entered The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division at the age of 13 and remained at Juilliard to receive both a BM and MM as a full scholarship student of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay.

CHRISTOPHER WHITLEY

Canadian violinist Christopher Whitley is an engaging and versatile performer. From Baroque music to free jazz Christopher is committed to exploring and performing music of all styles. He is a dedicated chamber musician and collaborates regularly with young composers in both the Bay Area and Canada.

He is a founding member of the Thalea String Quartet, the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The Thalea String Quartet has performed recitals in the US, Canada, France and Italy and has collaborated with members of the St. Lawrence and Borromeo Quartets.

Christopher has performed at a number of chamber music festivals including the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the Domaine Forget Chamber Music Academy. He has performed on period instruments at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Valley of the Moon Music Festival and appeared at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon in New York, performing original compositions for violin, cello and electronics. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Christopher has performed as a member of NOVUS NY and as both concertmaster and soloist of the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. He studied composition at McGill with composer Chris Paul Harman and has worked with a number of esteemed improvisers including Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein, Iva Bittova and Marc Ribot. Christopher received his Bachelor’s of music at McGill University studying with Mark Fewer and continued his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Ian Swensen.

TANYA TOMKINS

Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, cellist Tanya Tomkins is equally at home on Baroque and modern instruments. She has performed on many chamber music series to critical acclaim, including the Frick Collection, “Great Performances” at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal.

She is renowned in particular for her interpretation of the Bach Cello Suites, having recorded them for the Avie label and performed them many times at venues such as New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Seattle Early Music Guild, Vancouver Early Music Society, and The Library of Congress.

Tanya is one of the principal cellists in San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra. She is also a member of several groups including Voices of Music and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio (with Monica Huggett and Eric Zivian). On modern cello, she is a long-time participant at the Moab Music Festival in Utah, Music in the Vineyards in Napa, and a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. As an educator, Tanya has given master classes at Yale, Julliard, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and runs the Benvenue House Concert Series in Berkeley.

ERIC ZIVIAN

Music Director and Co-Founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Eric Zivian was born in Michigan and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he attended the Royal Conservatory of Music. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to receive graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. He studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center both as a performer and as a composer.

Mr. Zivian has given solo recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He performed the Schumann Concerto with the Diablo Symphony in Walnut Creek in October 2013.

Since 2000, Mr. Zivian has performed extensively on original instruments, playing fortepiano in the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio. He is also a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble and Earplay. He is a frequent guest artist on the San Francisco Conservatory's faculty chamber music series. Mr. Zivian's compositions have been performed widely in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded an ASCAP Jacob Druckman Memorial Commission to compose an orchestral work, Three Character Pieces, which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in March 1998.