April 18, 2017 2017-05-27T18:20:24+00:00

April 18, 2017

Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center On Tour

Gil Kalish, piano*

Randall Scarlata, baritone

Ian Rosenbaum, percussion

Ayano Kataoka, percussion

Christopher Froh, percussion

Andy Harnsberger, percussion

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Program
WESTLAKE Omphalo Centric Lecture for Percussion
IVES Selected Songs for Voice and Piano
CRUMB American Songbook II: A Journey Beyond Time

Award-Winning Premier Repertory Company for Chamber Music

* Chattanooga Debut

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Gil Kalish

Gilbert Kalish, piano

The profound influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. This season he appears with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, performs at the Ojai Music Festival, and holds a residency at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 2006 he was awarded the Peabody Medal by the Peabody Conservatory for his outstanding contributions to music in America. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years, and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group that flourished during the 1960s and 70s in support of new music. He is particularly known for his partnership of many years with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani, as well as for current collaborations with soprano Dawn Upshaw and cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnik. As an educator and performer he has appeared at the Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, the Marlboro Music Festival, and Music@Menlo; from 1985 to 1997 he served as chairman of the Tanglewood faculty. His discography of some 100 recordings embraces both the classical and contemporary repertories; of special note are those made with Ms. DeGaetani and that of Ives’ Concord Sonata. A distinguished professor at SUNY Stony Brook, Mr. Kalish has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006.

Randall Scarlata

Randall Scarlata, baritone

Baritone Randall Scarlata has been praised by the New York Times as “an intelligent and communicative singer” with a “compelling desire to bring texts to life. His voice is hearty and robust, and his lovely, soft singing in high-lying phrases was poignant.” He has also been acclaimed for his “extraordinary vocal range and colour palette” and “ability to traverse so many different singing styles” (MusicWeb International). The Daily Telegraph (London) adds “Randall Scarlata sings with the assurance of one with nothing to prove.”

Mr. Scarlata enjoys a lively career encompassing opera, recital, chamber music and works for voice and orchestra. He has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Near East and the Far East. He has been a soloist with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and with the Pittsburgh, San Francisco, American, Ulster, Tonkünstler, National, New World, and BBC Symphonies, as well as the early music groups Wiener Akademie, Grand Tour, and Musica Angelica, among others. Many of the world’s great music festivals have sought him out, including the Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Norfolk, Vienna, Menlo, Salzburg, Norfolk, Aspen and Spoleto (Italy) festivals.

Known for his versatility and consummate musicianship, Randall Scarlata’s repertoire spans four centuries and fifteen languages. A sought-after interpreter of new music, he has given world premieres of works by George Crumb, Paul Moravec, Richard Danielpour, Ned Rorem, Lori Laitman, Thea Musgrave, Samuel Adler, Daron Hagen, Wolfram Wagner and Christopher Theofanidis. He frequently performs the major German song cycles with pianists such as Gil Kalish, Jeremy Denk, Jonathan Biss, Inon Barnatan, Benjamin Hochman, Peter Frankl, Laura Ward, and Ken Noda. He is a regular guest with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, Lyric Fest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, the new World Symphony, the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, Vocal Arts Society of Washington, DC, among many others. In addition, Mr. Scarlata has recorded for the Chandos, Naxos, CRI, Gasparo, Arabesque, Albany and Sono Luminus labels.

The 2013-2014 season includes recital appearances at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, Alpenkammermusik (where he also leads the vocal chamber music program), the Gilmore Festival, Yale University’s Horowitz series, and Chamber Music Northwest. He appears with the Vermont Symphony in Richard Danielpour’s Come Up From the Fields, Father, as well as Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. Mr. Scarlata is featured in a program of Bach arias and duets, presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Several performances of Schoenberg’s ode to Napoleon with the Daedelus Quartet are followed by the premiere of Kile Smith’s Plain Truths with the Candlelight Chorale at the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. With Lyric Fest, he appears in a program celebrating female American poets.

Randall Scarlata’s awards include First Prize at the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize at the 1997 Das Schubert Lied International Competition in Vienna, First Prize at the 1997 Joy in Singing Competition in New York, and the 1998 Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award. Mr. Scarlata received a Fulbright Grant to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, and spent several summers studying with the great French baritone, Gérard Souzay. Mr. Scarlata serves on the faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University and also of SUNY Stony Brook. He frequently works with the philanthropic organization Sing for Hope. He also teaches at Alpenkammermusik in Carinthia, Austria during the summer, and gives masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad.

Ian Rosenbaum

Ian Rosenbaum, percussion

Praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances by the New York Times, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition.

Mr. Rosenbaum joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012 as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. He has appeared at the Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn festivals.

Highlights of the 2015-2016 season include a performance of John Luther Adams’ evening-length percussion quartet Strange and Sacred Noise, the premiere of Epiphany – a new visual and musical installation at BAM, two performances at the Phillips Collection, and the debut tour of Music Haul, a mobile concert hall created by the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival. This season, Mr. Rosenbaum will also curate a series of programs at National Sawdust, a new venue in Brooklyn.

Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of Sandbox Percussion, HOWL, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Novus NY, Time Travelers and Le Train Bleu. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova, Naxos, and Starkland labels and is on the faculty of the Dwight School in Manhattan. Mr. Rosenbaum endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

Ayano Kataoka

Ayano Kataoka, percussion

Percussionist and marimbist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. A versatile performer, she regularly presents music of diverse genres and mediums. Last season, together with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History, Ms. Kataoka gave a world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists, based on a text by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and featuring interactive video images of brain scans triggered by the live music performance. She also performed Leon Kirchner’s flutings for Paula for flute and percussion with Paula Robison for Mr. Kirchner’s 90th birthday concert at Miller Theater in New York and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Recent highlights include a theatrical performance of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale at the 92nd Street Y with violinist Jaime Laredo and actors Alan Alda and Noah Wyle, performances of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and percussion at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with pianists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki, and a performance for the Sonidos Latinos concert series at the Caramoor Music Festival with Paquito D’Rivera. This past summer she presented a solo recital as part of the prestigious B to C (Bach to Contemporary) recital series at the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, which was broadcast nationally in Japan on NHK television. Her performances can be also heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, Albany, and New Focus Records.

A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Ms. Kataoka has participated in several consortiums to commission works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble from such composers as Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Paul Lansky, and Alejandro Vinao. She is particularly drawn to compositions that involve the whole person, using standard percussion instruments and unique musical materials along with spoken voice, singing, acting, and elegant props. She has given numerous performances and master classes throughout the U.S. and Canada as a member of the Sylvia Smith Percussion Duo featuring Stuart Saunders Smith’s percussion/theatre music, at such educational institutions as the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of California San Diego, New York University, Stony Brook University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of North Texas, Bowling Green State University, and the University of British Columbia, among others. Ms. Kataoka also appeared as an onstage musician with a small acting part in the Yale Repertory Theater production of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.

A native of Japan, Ms. Kataoka began her marimba studies at age five, and percussion at fifteen. She started her performing career as a marimbist with a tour of China at the age of nine. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Music, her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and her Artist Diploma degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with world-renowned marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society. Ms. Kataoka joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008.

Christopher Froh

Christopher Froh, percussion

Principally committed to influencing and expanding the repertoire for solo percussion through commissions and premieres, Chris Froh is a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis.

Known for energized performances hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “tremendous” and San Francisco Classical Voice as “mesmerizing,” his solo appearances stretch from Rome to Tokyo to San Francisco.His critically acclaimed solo recordings can be heard on the Albany, Bridge, Equilibrium, and Innova labels.

A frequent collaborator with leading composers from across the globe, Froh has premiered works by dozens of composers, including John Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Liza Lim, David Lang, Keiko Abe, and Francois Paris. He tours Japan with marimbist Mayumi Hama and with his former teacher, marimba pioneer Keiko Abe. Solo festival appearances include the Festival Nuovi Spazi Musicali (Rome), the Festival of New American Music, Pacific Rim, and Other Minds. Active in music for theatre and dance, Froh has recorded scores for American Conservatory Theater, performed as a soloist with the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and composed original music for Oakland-based Dance Elixir. His score for the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s exhibition of Thoreau’s Walden: A Journey in Photography currently is touring the United States.

Equally committed to pedagogy, Froh mentors percussionists through UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program. He is also a faculty member at UC Davis, where he directs the Samba School and Percussion Group Davis.

Andy Harnsberger

Andy Harnsberger, percussion

Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “A Master of Musical Nuance”, Andy Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator. He has performed in a variety of settings across North America, Australia, Europe, and Japan and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the United States each year. He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion.  His compact disc, Vertigo,” has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings…His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well.”

Dr. Harnsberger is in demand as a recitalist and clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at as many as 40 universities per year.  His compositions have been performed at PASIC and around the world and he is a recipient of the ASCAP PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music.  He has performed as percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra as well as the contemporary music ensemble “Currents”, and has toured extensively as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews, and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument.   

Andy Harnsberger is Assistant Professor of Music and Percussion Coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.  He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Andy is a performing artist and clinician for Malletech Instruments and Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion.

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