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Music for Peace: The Ultimate Prodigy
Sat April 29, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm UTC-4$10 – $35
featuring the Mendelssohn Octet and works of Haydn and Dvorak
In the final concert of our Music for Peace 2016-2017 series, the Omer Quartet and Soovin Kim, with other musicians, perform Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, Dvorak Drobnosti (Miniatures) Op. 75a, and Haydn’s String Quartet in G Minor.
The Octet, composed when Mendelssohn was 16, was described by Conrad Wilson as “one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music”.
Soovin Kim, violin
Robyn Bollinger, violin
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Jonah Ellsworth, cello
Mason Yu, violin
Erica Tursi, violin
Jinsun Hong, viola
Alex Cox, cello
Haydn, String Quartet No. 64 in D Major, Op. 76 no. 5 (Omer Quartet)
Dvorak, Drobnosti (Miniatures), Op. 75a (Soovin Kim, Robyn Bollinger, Dimitri Murrath)
Mendelssohn, Octet for Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20.
Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music for Peace Series. Single concert: seats $25 in advance for Mass. Peace Action members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students, $35 at the door. Series of 3 concerts: member $65, non-member $80, student $25.
To reserve, write a check to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund” and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call 617-354-2169 with credit card number. Or reserve seats online for the single concert or purchase online for the entire series.
Donations to support our work for peace are needed in any amount. Supporters donate $250 or more to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; they receive two tickets with preferred seating in the first 3 rows to each concert and recognition in the programs. Sponsors donate $500 and receive four tickets; Benefactors donate $1,000 and receive eight tickets.
The audience is invited to join the musicians and Peace Action members at a reception after the concert.
The Omer Quartet was the 2013 Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 40th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. It is currently the resident ensemble of the New England Conservatory’s Professional Quartet Training Program, was the Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s Quartet in Residence in 2012-2013, and has performed in Chicago, Montreal, Palm Beach, Aspen, Banff, and Italy, among other locations.
Soovin Kim is an exciting player who built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature and communicative artist. Mr. Kim enjoys a broad musical career, regularly performing repertoire such as Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, Mozart and Vivaldi concertos without conductor as well as Romantic concertos, sonatas for violin and piano ranging from Beethoven to Ives, and new world-premiere works almost every season. He also immerses himself in the string quartet literature for two months each year as 1st violinist of the Johannes Quartet. Among his many commercial recordings is his “thrillingly triumphant” (Classic FM Magazine) disc of Niccolò Paganini’s demanding 24 Caprices. Later in 2016 he will release a CD set of the complete Bach solo sonatas and partitas. In 1996 Mr. Kim received 1st prize at the Paganini International Violin Competition and subsequently was awarded the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Mr. Kim is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (LCCMF) in Burlington, Vermont. In addition to its explorative programming and extensive work with living composers, LCCMF created the ONE Strings program through which every 4th and 5th grade student of the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington studies violin as a regular part of their curriculum. Mr. Kim dedicates much of his time to teaching at the New England Conservatory.
Robyn Bollinger is a Philadephia native and alumna of New England Conservatory of Music, where she received the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship. She has enjoyed numerous awards and honors, beginning with her Philadephia Orchestra debut at the age of twelve. She has performed across the world, from the Maui Classical Music Festival in Hawai’i to the Tokyo National Arts Center. In fact, she has performed in Japan several times – at Phoenix Hall in Osaka as well as Tokyo’s Oji Hall. Bollinger was a member of the Newman String Quartet, which earned a silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2007. Currently, she is a member of A Far Cry, a Grammy-nominated group in Boston. She has appeared on NPR many times and received an Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant from New England Conservatory for her “Project Paganini”, showcasing all of Paganini’s Caprices. In 2016, she received a grant from the esteemed Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund. She can be found online at www.robynbollingerviolin.com/.
Dimitri Murrath, a dedicated chamber musician, studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before receiving an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music. As an accomplished violist, he is a member of Mistral Music and the Boston Chamber Music Society. Aside from performing at music festivals including Chamberfest Cleveland and Marlboro Music Festival, Murrath devotes time to the Music for Food Project, which raises awareness for hunger through music. Collaborations include performances with Orchestre National de Lille, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the London Mozart Players. He has also collaborated with individual musicians such as members of the Mendelssohn and Juilliard String Quartets. The Brussels-born violist has performed across the globe, including Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. Currently, he is part of the viola faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and at the New England Conservatory. For Murrath’s upcoming events and more information, visit www.dimitrimurrath.net/.
Jonah Ellsworth, an acclaimed cellist, is a student at the New England Conservatory under Lawrence Lesser and previously student with Peter Wiley at Curtis Institute of Music. He has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and New Bedford Symphony, among numerous others. In 2011, he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall as a soloist. A member of the Boston Philharmonic’s cello section, Ellsworth has been invited to perform at the Marlboro Music Festival in 2014 and 2015, and plans to return next summer. Awards include finishing as a finalist in the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan. He has been praised by the press for many performances, among them the Boston Globe. The Boston Musical Intelligencer lauded his “complete range of expressive richness”, calling him “definitely a player to watch.” He has appeared on the PBS TV show “From the Top”, taped live in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and broadcast from PBS stations across the United States. For more information, visit www.jonahellsworth.com/.