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Modern Romantics

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015
at 4:00 PM
The National Presbyterian Church

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The shift from the Romantic era to Modernism in both music and poetry is the focus of “Modern Romantics” with the themes of romantic love and celebration of nature as unifying elements. At the heart of the program is the pairing of Morten Lauridsen’s choral cycle Les Chansons des Roses, based on the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, with the world premiere of An October Garden by composer and conductor Julian Wachner, inspired by the secular texts of Victorian poet Christina Rossetti. In setting Rilke’s poems, Lauridsen employs musical genres ranging from nocturnes to folksongs to create an aural tapestry that glorifies the rose, symbol of love and beauty.  An October Garden, a new multi-movement work for chorus, flute, clarinet and piano by composer and conductor Julian Wachner, is based on four poems by Victorian poet Christina Rossetti that follow the annual progress of the seasons.  Cast in near symphonic proportions, each movement has its own distinct character.  From buoyant spring to heavy-laden winter, Wachner deftly conveys the inherent joy and drama of the life-cycle using musical idioms that are at once both lyrically expressive and minimalistic.

The concert opens with a jubilant setting of Wachner’s “Arise My Love” for organ and chorus, a setting of the Song of Songs from the Hebrew Scriptures. Selections from his Rilke Songs and two settings of Rilke poems by Paul Hindemith, performed by the Washington Master Chorale Chamber Singers, and Jennifer Higdon’s stunning arrangement of “somewhere i have never traveled” by e.e.cummings will follow. The first half will close with Morten Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses.

The second half will feature love songs by Lisa Dowling-Alexander, Norman Dello Joio, and Lori Laitman, whose The Earth and I was premiered by the Chorale in 2011 and concludes with the premiere of An October Garden.  Appearing with the Washington Master Chorale are: Paul Skevington, organ; Mark Vogel, piano; Lee Hinkle, vibraphone; Garrick Zoeter, clarinet; and, Kathryn Farenish, flute. Soprano Deborah Sternberg will perform Laitman’s “Echo,” from the poem by Rossetti. Garrick Zoeter will perform a “Romanza” by Francis Poulenc.

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Pre-concert Conversation at 3:00 p.m.

A pre-concert conversation with Artistic Director Thomas Colohan and Maestro Wachner will take place at 3:00 p.m. This conversation is free and open to the public.

Meet the Guest Artists

Julian Wachner, composer

Julian Wachner

Julian Wachner

Grammy-nominated conductor Julian Wachner is one of North America’s most exciting and versatile musicians, sought after as conductor, composer, and keyboard artist. Wachner is Music Director of the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus, with whom he won ASCAP’s Alice Parker award for adventurous programming in 2011.  Read full biography »

Mark Vogel, piano

Mark Vogel, piano

Mark Vogel

Houston pianist Mark Vogel is Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, and Pianist at Congregation Beth Israel. Before taking up his posts in Texas he resided in Washington, DC, where for nine years, he was an active pianist and music director, performing at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Concert Hall, National Cathedral, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, and the Library of Congress.
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Garrick Zoeter, clarinet

Garrick Zoeter

Garrick Zoeter

American clarinetist Garrick Zoeter’s passionate and exciting way with the clarinet has been acknowledged around the world. The Clarinet recently described his playing as “remarkable, his tone is beautiful and he shows complete mastery of all the technical demands and effects that are required of this piece, his artistry and virtuosity are compelling.”
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Deborah Sternberg, soprano

Deborah Sternberg, soprano

Deborah Sternberg

Deborah Sternberg , described by critics as a “spine-tingling soprano” (Ben Demers, DC Theatre Scene), is praised for her flexibility, stage presence, and radiance of tone. Her first full-length CD, The Avian Project, features new music written for soprano and will be released in 2016.
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Paul Skevington, organ

Organist, Paul Skevington

Paul Skevington

Paul Skevington is a sought after choral accompanist in the Washington, D.C. area, and has an active schedule as a solo performer. He can be heard on five compact disc recordings, including two with trumpeter Phil Snedecor. He is soloist on the internationally released Organ Concertos by Joseph Rheinberger on the Naxos label. Organist Paul Skevington has been at St. Luke Parish in McLean since 1993.
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Lee Hinkle, vibraphone

Lee Hickle, percussion

Lee Hinkle

Lee Hinkle, D.M.A. is a percussionist and baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post. Dr. Hinkle is the principal percussionist with the 21st Century Consort, a position he has held since 2012. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in March 2014 with the world premiere performance of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto for two percussion soloists and wind ensemble. The live performance was released on CD in Fall 2014.
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Kathryn Farenish, flute

Kathryn Farenish

Kathryn Farenish

Kathryn Farenish has received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Robert Langevin, Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic. Noted for her “vibrant tone, superb musicianship, and warm demeanor”, Ms. Farenish is emerging as one of today’s rising, versatile artists.
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Julian Wachner, composer

Julian Wachner, composer

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Grammy-nominated conductor Julian Wachner is one of North America’s most exciting and versatile musicians, sought after as conductor, composer, and keyboard artist.  Recent and upcoming engagements include those with the Lincoln Center Festival (The Blind), BAM Next Wave Festival (Liederabend 2013), Juilliard Opera Theatre (2013 Mainstage), The Rolling Stones (50th anniversary tour), New York City Opera (VOX), Hong Kong Philharmonic, TENET (TENEbrae), Portland Baroque (Messiah), and with Carnegie Hall (Arvo Pärt Passio).

As Director of Music and the Arts at New York’s historic Trinity Wall Street, Wachner oversees an annual season of over 900 events, including Trinity’s numerous and varied concert offerings, series and festivals, museum expositions, dance and theatre performances, poetry and literary readings, and educational/outreach initiatives in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in partnership with New York City’s public school system.

Wachner is also Music Director of the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus, with whom he won ASCAP’s Alice Parker award for adventurous programming in 2011.  Wachner has also made memorable guest appearances with such major organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal and Pittsburgh Symphonies, Spoleto Festival USA, the Handel and Haydn Society, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, New York City Opera and the Boston Pops.  A Baroque specialist, he was the founding Music Director of the Boston Bach Ensemble and the Bach Académie de Montréal, besides serving as Artistic Director of International Bach Festivals in Boston and Montreal.  In 2011 he founded New York City’s newest music festival, The Twelfth Night Festival of Early Music, most recently presented in collaboration with Gotham Early Music Society (GEMS) and featuring many of New York’s leading baroque and renaissance ensembles.

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Kathryn Farenish, flute

Kathryn Farenish, flute

Kathryn Farenish has received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Robert Langevin, Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic. Noted for her “vibrant tone, superb musicianship, and warm demeanor”, Ms. Farenish is emerging as one of today’s rising, versatile artists. Ms. Farenish made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16, serving as Principal Flute with the National Wind Ensemble in New York City. She is an active freelance and chamber musician, performing and giving concerts throughout venues in the Northern Virginia, New York City, and Boston areas. She currently resides and has been invited to play with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mark Vogel, piano

Mark Vogel, piano

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Mark Vogel Houston pianist Mark Vogel is Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, and Pianist at Congregation Beth Israel. Before taking up his posts in Texas he resided in Washington, DC, where for nine years, he was an active pianist and music director, performing at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Concert Hall, National Cathedral, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, and the Library of Congress. He has performed with ensembles including Washington Master Chorale, the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble, Washington Men’s Camerata, Aurora Opera, the Washington Ballet Orchestra, the Army Chorus, Woodley Ensemble, Vienna Choral Society, and more. From 2007 to 2014, he was Director of Music & Arts at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, VA.

Mark Vogel’s passion for performing is equaled only by his love of teaching. Since arriving in Houston, he has taught at both the Kinkaid School and St. Pius X High School. As an educator, he has also taught a studio of piano students, coached vocalists, taught courses, led workshops and given
lectures. His extensive musical training includes a Master’s Degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music studying with Ruth Laredo, and a Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance from the University of Iowa studying with Rene Lecuona.

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With special guest artist, Mark Vogel, piano

Arise, My Love   (Julian Wachner, b.1969)
Paul Skevington, organ

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond  (Jennifer Higdon, b.1962)
Lee Hinkle, vibraphone

FOUR RILKE SETTINGS
En Hiver  (Paul Hindemith, 1895-1963)
Puisque tout passe (Hindemith)
Der Panther  (Julian Wachner)
Das Einhorn (Wachner)
Washington Master Chorale Chamber Singers

Les Chansons des Roses  (Morten Lauridsen, b.1943)

En une seule fleur
Contre qui, rose
De ton rêve trop plein
La rose complète
Dirait-on

** INTERMISSION **

TWO AMERICAN ROMANCES
Come to Me  (Lisa Dowling-Alexander, b.1974)
Come to Me, My Love  (Norman Dello Joio, 1913-2008)

If I…  (Lori Laitman, b. 1955; arr. Rosenblum)

Echo (Laitman)
Deborah Sternberg, soprano

Romanza  (Francis Poulenc, 1899-1963)
from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, FP. 184
Garrick Zoeter, clarinet

WORLD PREMIERE
An October Garden  (Julian Wachner)

Spring
A Summer Wish
An October Garden
Winter: My Secret

Kathryn Farenish, flute and Garrick Zoeter, clarinet

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The commissioning and premiere performance of “An October Garden” was made possible by a generous private gift, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

It is dedicated to the life and memory of Dr. Gerald Perman.

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Garrick Zoeter

Garrick Zoeter, clarinet

American clarinetist Garrick Zoeter’s passionate and exciting way with the clarinet has been acknowledged around the world. The Clarinet recently described his playing as “remarkable, his tone is beautiful and he shows complete mastery of all the technical demands and effects that are required of this piece, his artistry and virtuosity are compelling.” A native of Alexandria, VA, Zoeter received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Charles Neidich and his master’s degree from Yale University as a student of David Shifrin. He has won numerous competitions including first prize in the 2002 Concert Artists Guild Competition and the 1991 International Clarinet Society International Clarinet Competition, as well as the silver medal in the 1997 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.

Zoeter is the founding member of the acclaimed multi-award-winning clarinet, violin, cello, piano quartet Antares. From 1997-2012 with Antares, he annually gave performances around the United States at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Aspen Music Festival, Strathmore, and Carnegie Recital Hall. A committed teacher as well as performer, Zoeter serves as the Anna Lee Van Buren Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Shenandoah Conservatory.  Zoeter has recorded for the CRI, Newport Classics, Bridge, Innova, Naxos, MSR Classics, and New Focus Recordings CD labels.

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Deborah Sternberg, soprano

Deborah Sternberg, described by critics as a “spine-tingling soprano” (Ben Demers, DC Theatre Scene), is praised for her flexibility, stage presence, and radiance of tone. Recent performances include art songs of Lili and Nadia Boulanger with Cantate Chamber Singers and Washington Master Chorale, respectively; duet recital Orpheus with a new chamber ensemble; featured soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Play! A Video Game Symphony at Wolf Trap; and recitals for the Friday Morning Music Club. In 2010 she was the featured soloist in works by Benjamin Britten and Maurice Saylor during the Cantate Chamber Singers’ performance on WETA-FM’s Front Row Washington program.

Ms. Sternberg premiered the role of Piney in Andrew E. Simpson’s 2012 opera The Outcasts of Poker Flat, which was presented at the Capital Fringe Festival and the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival. Ms. Sternberg is a winner of the 2007 state competitions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has been featured as a soloist on recordings of the Cathedral Choral Society, Cantate Chamber Singers, and the St.Catherine of Siena Choir.

Ms.Sternberg sang Gabriel Thibaudeau’s original score to the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, composed for soprano, theatre organ, and violin, at the American Film Institute in Maryland in 2013. She has recently appeared as soprano soloist in the Britten edition of Mozart’s Requiem with Cantate Chamber Singers; with the Fairfax Symphony, and on the Kennedy Center stage in Der Rosenkavalier with Renee Fleming in 2014. Her first full-length CD, The Avian Project, features new music written for Soprano and will be released in 2016.

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