UMS Concert Program, October 11, 2019 - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
of Lincoln Center
Gloria Chien / Piano
Chad Hoopes / Violin
Kristin Lee / Violin
Arnaud Sussmann / Violin Angelo Xiang Yu / Violin Matthew Lipman / Viola
Paul Neubauer / Viola Nicholas Canellakis / Cello David Finckel / Cello
Anthony Manzo / Double Bass Ransom Wilson / Flute
David Shifrin / Clarinet Marc Goldberg / Bassoon
Friday Evening, October 11, 2019 at 8:00 Rackham Auditorium
Fifth Performance of the 141st Annual Season 57th Annual Chamber Arts Series
This evening’s performance is supported by Maurice and Linda Binkow and by Jim Toy. Media partnership provided by WGTE 91.3 FM.
Special thanks to Matt Albert, Mark Clague, Paul Feeny, and Karalyn Schubring for their participation in events surrounding this evening’s performance.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center appears by arrangement with David Rowe Artists.
In consideration of the artists and the audience, please refrain from the use of electronic devices during the performance.
The photography, sound recording, or videotaping of this performance is prohibited.
New World Spirit
Henry T. Burleigh
Southland Sketches for Violin and Piano
Adagio ma non troppo Allegretto grazioso Allegro
Mr. Hoopes, Ms. Chien
Quintet in E-flat Major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 97
Allegro non tanto Allegro vivo Larghetto
Finale: Allegro giusto
Mr. Sussmann, Mr. Yu, Mr. Neubauer, Mr. Lipman, Mr. Canellakis
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Andantino—Vivace e leggiero
Mr. Shifrin, Ms. Chien
Appalachian Spring Suite for Chamber Ensemble (1958 version)
SOUTHLAND SKETCHES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (1916)
Henry T. Burleigh
Born December 2, 1866 in Erie, Pennsylvania
Died September 12, 1949 in Stamford, Connecticut
UMS premiere: This piece has never been performed on a UMS concert.
Snapshots of History...In 1916:
· Margaret Sanger opens the first US birth control clinic, a forerunner of Planned Parenthood
· The first 40-hour work week officially begins, in the Endicott-Johnson factories of Western New York
· Oxycodone is first synthesized in Germany
Henry Thacker Burleigh was a pioneer in securing a place for African Americans in this country’s concert music. Burleigh’s father died soon after Henry (sometimes also known as Harry) was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1866, so his mother entered service to the city’s prominent Russell family, who encouraged the boy’s talent for music by hiring him as the doorman for their household musicales so
he could listen in. Burleigh began taking piano lessons and singing as baritone soloist with several of Erie’s churches as a teenager. In 1892, at age 26, he won a scholarship to the new National Conservatory in New York City, where he met Victor Herbert and became a student of Antonín Dvořák, then directing the school, who was deeply influenced by his performance of spirituals and other traditional American songs. (‘I am convinced,” Dvořák stated, “that they can be the foundation of a serious and original school of composition to be developed in the United States.” His “New World” Symphony shows their effect on his music.) Burleigh’s
appointment as soloist at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan in 1894 met with controversy, but he quickly became much admired there for the quality of his singing and for his many arrangements of spirituals, and he held the post for the next
52 years. He toured widely through America and Europe (King Edward
VII summoned him for a performance when he passed through London), and wrote nearly 300 songs and made a like number of concert arrangements of spirituals for solo voice and for chorus that were programmed by such leading artists as Ernestine Schumann-Heink and John McCormack. He was also a soloist at New York’s Temple Emanu-El (1900– 25), an editor for the prestigious music publisher Ricordi (1911–49), and a charter member of ASCAP. On May 16, 1917, Henry T. Burleigh was presented with the Spingarn Medal
of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
for the highest achievement by an American citizen of African descent during the previous year.
Though Burleigh was known for
his songs, choral pieces, and vocal arrangements, he also wrote a
handful of instrumental compositions, including the Southland Sketches for violin and piano. The Sketches are delightful miniatures, the finest kind
of salon pieces, characterized by
folk- and spiritual-inspired melodies, catchy rhythms, and appealing harmonies, but they also signify a seldom-remarked aspect of Burleigh’s legacy to American music — they were among the first composed works by an African American composer available to an international audience. Burleigh’s songs were first published in 1898 by the New York firm of G. Schirmer, which issued others of his works until he signed on with the brothers George and William Maxwell in 1902. William ran his own publishing house, which became the principal
outlet for Burleigh’s songs for the next decade; George was the New York representative for both the London music publisher Boosey & Hawkes and the Milan firm of G. Ricordi, publisher of Verdi and Puccini. George hired Burleigh as an editor for Ricordi, in which capacity he not only oversaw the publication of his own music, including the 1916 Southland Sketches, but also freely offered his advice
to his African American colleagues
and promoted the publication and performance of their compositions. George also worked during those years with Victor Herbert, Burleigh’s teacher, to establish an organization to protect the copyright of musicians, writers, and publishers. When they founded the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1914, Henry Burleigh was among its charter members.
Henry “Harry” Thacker Burleigh’s compositions played a not-so insignificant role on concert programs throughout the early history of UMS. Dating back to October 1915 (in the midst of World War I), Italian operatic baritone Pasquale Amatao offered Burleigh’s “Just you” in recital at Hill Auditorium. At the following May Festival in 1916, Frederick Stock led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and German soprano
Frieda Hempel in a rousing encore of the same piece. African American opera stars of the day regularly featured Burleigh’s arrangements on UMS programs. Tenor Roland Hayes and legendary bass-baritone Paul Robeson both offered Burleigh’s arrangement of “Scandalize My Name” at Hill Auditorium in 1926 and 1931, respectively. On the same recital, Robeson sang Burleigh’s renowned arrangement of “Go down, Moses.” Burleigh’s choral arrangements also appeared on UMS programs presented by the Obernkirchen Children’s Choir and the Michigan Chorale, through 1963. The iconic contralto Marian Anderson offeredBurleigh arrangements (“Sinner, please doan’ let dis harves’ pass,” “Ride On, King Jesus,” and “Steal away”) on her UMS recitals in 1940, 1943, 1948, and 1965 at Hill Auditorium.
QUINTET IN E-FLAT MAJOR FOR TWO VIOLINS, TWO VIOLAS, AND CELLO, OP. 97, “AMERICAN” (1893)
Born September 8, 1841 in Nelahozeves, Bohemia Died May 1, 1904 in Prague
UMS premiere: Guarneri String Quartet and violist Ida Kavafian; October 1991 in Rackham Auditorium.
Snapshots of History...In 1893:
· Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony (“From the New World”) premieres in New York · The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress
· Michigan’s first state capitol building burns to the ground in Detroit
On June 3, 1893, Antonín Dvořák left his apartment at 327 East 17th Street in New York City, and journeyed via Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Chicago to Calmar, Iowa. An hour after arriving at Calmar, a carriage deposited him, his wife, their six children, a maid,
and the composer’s secretary at the doorstep of a sturdy two-story brick house in Spillville, a settlement of a few hundred souls founded some 40 years before by a “Bavarian-German” named Spielmann. It was not the Germans, however, who followed Spielmann to the open spaces of Iowa, but the Czechs and the Bohemians, Dvořák’s countrymen, among whom were members of his secretary’s family, the clan Kovařík. Though Dvořák was certainly not uncomfortable in
his position as director of the National Conservatory in New York (he boasted in a letter to one friend about his $15,000 salary, an enormous sum in the 1890s), he missed Prague, and hearing Czech spoken in the streets, and the pigeons, and the traditional songs, and so was easily persuaded by Papa Kovařík, Spillville’s school
teacher and choirmaster, to spend the summer of 1893 in the little slice of his homeland that had dropped onto the Midwestern prairie. In his Reminiscences, Kovařík recorded the following information:
The Master’s day in Spillville was more or less as follows: He got up about four o’clock and went for a walk — to the stream or river — and returned at five. After his walk, he worked; at seven he was sitting at the organ in church, then he chatted a little, went home, worked again, and then went for another walk....Almost every afternoon he spent
in the company of some of the old settlers. He got them to tell him about their bitter and difficult beginnings in America.... He liked being there.
Though there was little musical stimulation for him there (considerable energy had to be expended just to
find a piano for his rooms), Dvořák’s creativity blossomed in Spillville.
Just three weeks after he arrived, he completed the F-Major Quartet (Op.
96, known since it was new as the “American”), and immediately began a quintet for two violins, two violas, and cello which was completed on August 1, just before he left for a week to participate in a “Czech Day” at the Chicago World’s Fair. In mid- September, before returning to New York, Dvořák wrote to Dr. Emil Kozánek in Kromĕříž, “The three months spent here in Spillville will remain a happy memory for the rest of our lives. We enjoyed being here and were very happy, though we found the three months of heat rather trying. It was made up to us, however, by being among our own people, our Czech countrymen, and that gave us great joy.” Both the quintet and the quartet were officially unveiled by the Kneisel Quartet in Boston on New Year’s Day, 1894; the performance was repeated 12 days later at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The opening movement of the E-flat-Major String Quintet grows from a pentatonic theme previewed in a shimmering setting that serves as an introduction. The music becomes more animated for the formal presentation of the main theme. The dotted-rhythm complementary subject, introduced
by the second violin above the cello’s pizzicato, bears a folkish quality that recalls passages from the “New World” Symphony, composed just a year before this quintet. The development section includes permutations of both themes, and leads to their heightened restatements in the recapitulation.
The following “Allegro,” the quintet’s scherzo, begins with a mock drum-beat from the viola, and continues with another pentatonic melody of simple construction. The
central section is given over to a
long, minor-mode melody initiated
by the viola. The third movement
is a set of five variations on a two- part theme (minor, then major) that Dvořák sketched in December 1892, the first scrap of music he wrote after arriving in America. (He is said to have considered for a time composing a new national anthem utilizing the second half of this melody for the
text “My country, ‘tis of thee.”) The “Finale” is an invigorating blend of rondo and sonata elements, much of which is based on the skipping rhythms of the opening measures.
SONATA FOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1941–42)
Born August 25, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts Died October 14, 1990 in New York City
UMS premiere: An arrangement transcribed for and performed on cello by cellist Yo-Yo Ma with pianist Emanuel Ax; December 1991 in Hill Auditorium.
Snapshots of History...In 1942:
· Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car
· Daylight Saving Time goes into effect in the US
· The first American forces of World War II arrive in Europe
Leonard Bernstein had already accumulated a formidable curriculum vitae by the time he wrote his Clarinet Sonata at the age of 23. Born in 1918 to a Russian Jewish family who had settled in Massachusetts, he attended the prestigious Boston Latin School as a youth and took piano lessons from Helen Coates and Heinrich Gebhard. In 1935, Bernstein enrolled at Harvard, where he studied with some of the country’s most distinguished music pedagogues: Tillman Merritt (theory), Walter Piston (counterpoint and fugue), and Edward Burlingame Hill (orchestration). After his graduation in 1939, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to polish his already impressive piano technique with Isabelle Vengerova, and further his skills in conducting (with Fritz Reiner) and composition (Randall Thompson). He spent the summers
of 1940 and 1941 at Tanglewood, where he became a student, protégé, and eventually assistant of Sergei Koussevitzky, music director of the Boston Symphony.
At the end of the 1941 Tanglewood season, Bernstein traveled to Key West, Florida to seek some relief from persistent autumn attacks of hay fever, and there he began what became
his first published piece, the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. The sonata
was completed in February 1942 in Boston, where Bernstein had gone to teach and continue his studies with Koussevitzky; the score was published the following year. The sonata was premiered by the composer and clarinetist David Glazer at the Institute of Modern Art in Boston on April 21, 1942. The work is in two concise movements. The first, lyrical rather than virtuosic, is much under the influence of Hindemith, who was in residence at Tanglewood in 1941. The second movement, which juxtaposes several sections in alternating
slow and fast tempos, begins with
a reflective theme based on a tiny arch-shaped motive. The fast episode in bristling 5/8 meter that follows presages some of Bernstein’s dance music of later years. The reflective music returns in transformation and
passes through a Latin-influenced bridge passage Bernstein said was a souvenir of his visits to Key West nightclubs. A final traversal of the nervous fast music closes this early product of Bernstein’s incomparable genius.
Photo (previous spread, left): Dvořák, Antonín, Czech composer, portrait; INTERFOTO / Alamy Stock Photo. Photo (previous spread, right): Harry T. Burleigh; Archive PL / Alamy Stock Photo.
APPALACHIAN SPRING SUITE FOR ENSEMBLE (1944; 1958 VERSION)
Born November 14, 1900 in Brooklyn, New York
Died December 2, 1990 in North Tarrytown, New York
UMS premiere: Suite from the ballet Appalachian Spring, arranged by Copland for orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Erich Leinsdorf; November 1945 in Hill Auditorium.
Snapshots of History...In 1944:
· The 1944 Summer Olympics, scheduled in London, are suspended due to World War II
· Diana Ross is born in Detroit
· The daily newspaper Le Monde begins publication in Paris
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, one of America’s greatest patrons of the arts, went to see a dance recital by Martha Graham in 1942. So taken with the genius of the dancer-choreographer was Coolidge that she offered to have three ballets specially composed for her. Graham chose as composers
of the music Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, and an American whose work she had admired for over a decade — Aaron Copland. In 1931, Graham had staged Copland’s Piano Variations as the ballet Dithyramb, and she was eager to have another dance piece from him, especially in view of his recent successes with Billy the Kid and Rodeo. She devised a scenario based on her memories of her grandmother’s farm in turn-of- the-20th-century Pennsylvania, and it proved to be a perfect match for the direct, quintessentially American style that Copland espoused in those years. Graham was taken at just that time with the name of a poem by Hart Crane — Appalachian Spring — and
she adopted it for her new ballet, though the content of the poem has no relation with the stage work. Edwin Denby’s description of the ballet’s action from his review of the New York premiere in May 1945 was reprinted in the published score:
[The ballet concerns] a pioneer celebration in spring around a newly built farmhouse in the Pennsylvania hills in the early part of the 19th century. The bride-to-be and the young farmer-husband enact the emotions, joyful and apprehensive, their new domestic partnership invites. An older neighbor suggests now and then the rocky confidence of experience. A revivalist and
his followers remind the new householders of the strange and terrible aspects of human fate. At the end, the couple are left quiet and strong in their new house.
When Appalachian Spring was premiered on October 30, 1944 at the
auditorium of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the limited
space allowed Copland to use only a chamber orchestra of 13 instruments (flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, and nine strings). The production was repeated in New York in May to great acclaim, garnering the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the New York Music Critics Circle Award as the outstanding theatrical work of the 1944–45 season. Soon after the ballet’s New York premiere, Copland revised the score as a suite of eight continuous sections for full orchestra by eliminating about eight minutes of music in which, he said, “the interest is primarily choreographic.” In 1958, he arranged the suite for the original 13 instruments, thus restoring the intimacy and immediacy of his original conception to a concert adaptation of the music.
Program notes by Dr. Richard E. Rodda, © 2019.
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Hailed by the New Yorker as a “superb young soloist,” Nicholas Canellakis has become one of the most sought-after
and innovative cellists of his generation.
In the New York Times his playing was praised as “impassioned...the audience was seduced by Mr. Canellakis’s rich, alluring tone.” His recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall concerto
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and New Haven symphonies and Erie Philharmonic; and Europe and Asia tours with the Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center. He also performs recitals throughout the US with his long-time duo collaborator, pianist-composer Michael Brown, including a recent recital of American cello-piano works presented by CMS. He is a regular guest artist at many
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Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has a diverse musical life as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was
selected by the Boston Globe as one of its “Superior Pianists of the Year.” She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully
Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissinger Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alumna of CMS’s Bowers Program. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga that has become one of Tennessee’s premier classical music presenters.
The following year she was appointed director of the Chamber Music Institute
at the Music@Menlo festival by artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as co-artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The duo has recently been appointed artistic directors designees at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Chien received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an artist-in- residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and is a Steinway Artist.
Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel is a recipient of Musical America’s “Musician of the Year” award, one of the highest honors
granted to musicians from the music industry in the US. He leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur that places him in the
ranks of today’s most influential classical musicians. He appears annually at the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues, as both soloist and chamber musician. As a chamber musician, he appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside violinist Philip Setzer. David Finckel served as cellist of the nine-
time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons. His wide- ranging musical activities also include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue has won widespread critical praise. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley’s acclaimed chamber music festival and institute. The first American student of Rostropovich, David Finckel serves on the faculty at The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. His new website now hosts Resource, an innovative exploration of challenges and opportunities facing today’s classical musicians.
A member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and St. Luke’s Chamber
Ensemble, Marc Goldberg is principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American
Ballet Theater, NYC Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Riverside Symphony, and a member of the American Symphony Orchestra. Previously the associate principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic,
he has also been a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, touring with these ensembles across four continents and joining them on numerous recordings. Solo appearances include performances throughout the US, in South America, and across the Pacific Rim with the Brandenburg Ensemble, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Riverside Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, New York Chamber Soloists, and the New York Symphonic Ensemble. He has been
a guest of the Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center, Da Camera Society of Houston, Musicians from Marlboro, Music@ Menlo, the Brentano Quartet, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band, and the Boston Chamber Music Society. Summer festival appearances include Spoleto, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Tanglewood, Caramoor,
Saito Kinen/Ozawa Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, and Marlboro. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, Mannes College, New England Conservatory, The Hartt School, Bard College Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, and NYU.
Acclaimed by critics for his exceptional talent and magnificent tone, American violinist Chad Hoopes has remained a consistent performer with many of the world’s leading orchestras since winning First Prize at the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He is a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant. Highlights of past and present seasons include performances with
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Konzerthausorchester Berlin,
and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for the French premiere of Qigang Chen’s concerto La joie de la souffrance. He has performed with leading orchestras, including the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, and National symphonies, as well as the Minnesota, Colorado Music Festival, and National
Arts Centre orchestras. He frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has additionally performed recitals at the Ravinia Festival, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Louvre, and at Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in New York City. His debut recording
with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi featured
the Mendelssohn and Adams concertos and was enthusiastically received by
both press and public. His recording of Bernstein’s Violin Sonata with pianist Wayne Marshall was released last autumn. Born in Florida, he began his violin studies at the age of three in Minneapolis, and continued his training at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also studied at the Kronberg Academy under the guidance of Professor Ana Chumachenco, who remains his mentor. He plays the 1991 Samuel Zygmuntowicz, ex Isaac Stern violin.
Recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions,Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique
who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She has appeared with top orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and in recital
on many of the world’s finest stages including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, Phillips Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louvre Museum, Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery, and the Ravinia Festival. An accomplished chamber musician, she has appeared
with Camerata Pacifica, Music@Menlo,
La Jolla Festival, Medellín Festicámara of Colombia, the El Sistema Chamber Music festival of Venezuela, and the Sarasota Music Festival. She is the concertmaster of the Metropolis Ensemble, with which she premiered Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto, written for her, which appears on Fung’s CD Dreamscapes (Naxos) and won the 2013 Juno Award. Born in Seoul, Ms. Lee moved to the US to study under Sonja Foster and soon after entered The Juilliard School’s Pre-College. She holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School under Itzhak Perlman. An alumna of CMS’s Bowers Program, she is a member of the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and the co- founder and artistic director of Emerald City Music in Seattle.
American violist Matthew Lipman has been praised by the New York Times for
his “rich tone and elegant phrasing.”
He has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Academy
of St Martin in the Fields, Grand Rapids Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, and at Chicago’s Symphony Center. Recent solo appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, New World Symphony, Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, and CMS’s Rose Studio. The Strad praised his “most impressive” debut album Ascent, released by Cedille Records in February 2019, and his recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel
Barton Pine and Sir Neville Marriner on the Avie label topped the Billboard Charts. He was featured on WFMT Chicago’s list of “30 Under 30” of the world’s top classicalmusicians and has been published in The Strad, Strings, and BBC Music magazines. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and
at renowned chamber music festivals including Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, and Seattle. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a winner of the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg International Viola Competitions, he studied at The Juilliard School with Heidi Castleman, and was further mentored by Tabea Zimmermann at the Kronberg Academy. A native of Chicago and an alum of CMS’s Bowers Program,
Mr. Lipman is on faculty at Stony Brook University and performs on a 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola on generous loan from the RBP Foundation.
Bassist Anthony Manzo’s vibrantly interactive and highly communicative music making has made him a ubiquitous figure in the upper echelons of classical music, performing at noted venues including Lincoln Center in New York, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston. He appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, both in New York and across the country. He serves as the solo bassist of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra and as a guest with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and
A Far Cry. He is a regular guest with
the National Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Society, and the Baltimore Symphony when he happens
to be near his home in Washington, DC. Formerly the solo bassist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra in Germany, he has
also been guest principal with Camerata Salzburg in Austria, where collaborations have included a summer residency at
the Salzburg Festival and two tours as soloist alongside bass/baritone Thomas Quasthoff, performing Mozart’s “Per questa bella mano.” He is an active performer on period instruments, with groups including the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston (where his playing was lauded as “endowed with beautiful and unexpected plaintiveness” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, and Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC. He is on the double bass and chamber music faculty of the University of Maryland. Mr. Manzo performs on a double bass made around 1890 by Jerome Thibouville Lamy in Paris (which now has a removable neck for travel!).
Violist Paul Neubauer has been called
a “master musician” by the New York Times. He recently made his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with conductor Riccardo Muti and his Mariinsky Orchestra debut with conductor Valery Gergiev. He also gave the US premiere of the newly discovered Impromptu for viola and piano by Shostakovich with pianist Wu Han. In addition, his recording of the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the
Royal Northern Sinfonia was released on Signum Records and his recording of the complete viola/piano music by Ernest Bloch with pianist Margo Garrett was released on Delos. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber,
and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of the Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded
on numerous labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical and is a member of SPA, a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. Mr. Neubauer is the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.
A Yale University faculty member since 1987, clarinetist David Shifrin is artistic director of Yale’s Chamber Music Society series and Yale in New York, a concert series at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1982 and served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004, inaugurating CMS’s Bowers Program and the annual Brandenburg Concerto concerts. He is in his final season as artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon,
a post he has held since 1981. He has collaborated with the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson quartets, and frequently performs with pianist André Watts. Winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, he is also the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A top prize-winner in competitions throughout the world, including Munich, Geneva,
and San Francisco, he has held principal clarinet positions in The Cleveland Orchestra and the American Symphony
under Leopold Stokowski. His recordings have received three Grammy nominations and his performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart FestivalOrchestra was named “Record of the Year” by Stereo Review. He has also released two CDs of Lalo Schifrin’s compositions, one of which was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Recent Delos recording releases include Carl Nielsen’s clarinet concerto
in a chamber version by Rene Orth and a volume of quintets for clarinet and strings with the Miró, Dover, and Jasper quartets of music by Peter Schickele, Richard Danielpour, and Aaron J. Kernis.
Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinst Arnaud Sussmannn has distinguished himself with his
unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmannn has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you’ll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener.” A thrilling musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, he has recently appeared as
a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Vancouver Symphony, and the New World Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, London’s Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg, the Dresden Music Festival
in Germany, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. He has been presented in recital in Omaha on the Tuesday Musical Club series, New Orleans by the Friends
of Music, and at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has also given concerts at the
OK Mozart, Moritzburg, Caramoor, Music@ Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart,
Seattle Chamber Music, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Moab Music festivals. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Wu Han, David Finckel, and Jan Vogler. An alumnus of The Bowers Program, he regularly appears with CMS in New York and on tour. Mr. Sussmannn is co-director of Music@Menlo’s International Program and teaches at Stony Brook University.
Flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson has performed in concert with major orchestras the world over. As a flutist, he recently launched an ongoing series of solo recordings on the Nimbus label in Europe. As a conductor, he is starting his fourth season as music director of the Redlands Symphony in Southern California, and he has become the director of orchestral programs at Idyllwild Arts. He has led
opera performances at the New York City Opera, and was for 10 years an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He has been a guest conductor of the London, Houston, KBS, Kraków, Denver, New Jersey, Hartford, and Berkeley symphonies; the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra; the Hallé Orchestra; and the chamber orchestras of St. Paul and Los Angeles. He has also appeared with the Glimmerglass Opera, Minnesota Opera, and the Opera of La Quincena Musical in Spain. As an educator, he regularly leads master classes at the Paris Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Moscow Conservatory, and Cambridge University.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, he was
an Atlantique Foundation scholar in Paris, where he studied privately with Jean-Pierre Rampal. His recording career, which includes three Grammy Award nominations, began in 1973 with Jean-Pierre Rampal and I Solisti Veneti. Since then he has recorded over
35 albums as flutist and/or conductor. Mr. Wilson is a professor at the Yale University School of Music, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society since 1991. He plays exclusively on a hand-made Haynes flute.
Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award as well as First Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin competition, has won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity. In
North America, his recent and upcoming performances with orchestra include appearances with the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Colorado, North Carolina, San Antonio, and Charlotte symphonies and the Rochester and Calgary philharmonics. Internationally, he has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Symphony, and the Oslo Philharmonic. An active recitalist and chamber musician,
he has appeared in recital in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Chicago, New York, and Boston. He is also a frequent guest at summer music festivals, including Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Music@Menlo, Sarasota Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Saratoga, and Verbier. Born in Inner Mongolia, China, Mr. Yu moved toShanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng
at the Shanghai Conservatory. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees as
well as the prestigious artist diploma at
the New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried and served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant. He resides in Boston and performs on a 1729 Stradivarius violin generously on loan from an anonymous
donor. He joined CMS’s Bowers Program in September 2018.
This evening’s performance marks the 14th performance by musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) under UMS auspices since their UMS debut in 1978. Tonight’s performance marks the second UMS performances by Kristin Lee, Nicholas Canellakis, and Ransom Wilson. Ms. Lee and Mr. Canellakis made their UMS debuts in January 2016 in a program with CMS in Rackham Auditorium. Mr. Wilson made his UMS debut in March 2001 in a program with CMS in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. David Finckel makes his 18th appearance under UMS auspices this evening, following his UMS debut in March 1989 in Rackham Auditorium with the Emerson String Quartet. Paul Neubauer makes his seventh UMS appearance this evening following his UMS debut in October 1986 in Rackham Auditorium in a program with CMS.
Mr. Finckel and Mr. Neubauer most recently appeared at UMS together on a CMS program in Rackham Auditorium in January 2019. David Shifrin makes his 10th UMS appearance this evening, following his UMS debut in January 1979 in Rackham Auditorium in recital with soprano Judith Blegen and pianist Martin Katz. Mr. Shifrin most recently appeared under UMS auspices in January 1999 in a CMS program in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. UMS welcomes GloriaChien, Chad Hoopes, Arnaud Sussmann, Angelo Xiang Yu, Matthew Lipman, Anthony Manzo, and Marc Goldberg as they make their UMS debuts tonight.
THANK YOU TO SUPPORTERS OF THIS EVENING’S PERFORMANCE
Maurice and Linda Binkow
MAY WE ALSO RECOMMEND...
10/18 Denis Matsuev
11/16 Vivaldi’s Four Seasons / Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed 12/10 Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Tickets available at www.ums.org.
ON THE EDUCATION HORIZON...
10/16 & 10/18
10/17 & 10/18
Post-Performance Artist Q&A: Isango Ensemble
(Power Center Auditorium)
Must have a ticket to that evening’s performance to attend. Pre-Performance Talk with Naomi André: Isango Ensemble (Power Center, 6:30 pm [10/17] and 7:00 pm [10/18])
Must have a ticket to that evening’s performance to attend.
Educational events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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