Summer 2017 Schedule
Church on the Hill, Lawrence Hill Road, Weston VT
July 2, 2017 4:OOPM
July 9, 2017 4:00PM
Founded in 2000 by Robert De Cormier, this impressive professional choral group is now directed by Nathaniel Lew. They perform in many communities throughout Vermont. They also have an active student outreach program to enhance the cultural life of communities in Vermont and beyond.
The International String Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy. During the last 10 years the group has performed at more than 1000 venues across the USA and has gained national recognition for its distinct sound and stylistic diversity.
Featuring Russian-born guitarist Slava Tolstoy, Czech violinst Jakub Trasak and Boston based bassist Max Ridley the IST's players embody its cosmopolitan aesthetic. The trio's riveting performances encompass a breathtaking range of styles, including Gypsy swing, old-time Appalachian laments, traditional Irish reels, celebratory klezmer, passionate tango, graceful French musette, and burning bluegrass. While steeped in jazz, they play intricately arranged music that leaves room for improvisation without focusing on it.
July 30, 2017 4:00PM
Bonnie Cochran and Bryan Wrenn formed the Cochran Wrenn Duo in 2011 to explore the repertory for flute and guitar duo and to build audiences for this type of chamber music.From Bach to the Tango as well as the players’ original compositions and arrangements, this ensemble strives not only to entertain, but also to connect with and challenge the musical expectations of their audience. Bonnie and Bryan are committed to expanding the repertoire for flute and guitar and to performing present day works of living composers.
In addition to performing, Bonnie and Bryan both hold a deep commitment to music education for children and adults. When they are not performing, you can often find one of them teaching private music lessons or leading clinics in local schools and community settings. Their concerts often include dialogue with the audience to engage listeners more fully and enhance the musical experience by giving them a window into the pieces being performed.
August 6, 2017 4:00 PM
August 20, 2017 4:00PM
Directed by Laurel Ann Maurer
Imagine a flute's unique timbre — warm and piercing at the same time — and multiply it. That's a rough approximation of the sound of a flute choir, of which Vermont now has one.Vermont Virtuosi, whose instrumental makeup depends on the concert theme, performs a varied repertoire of both familiar and new. Although only four years old, the ensemble has already commissioned and premiered seven important works from Vermont composers.
Peter H. Bloom flute, Mary Jane Rupert harp, Francis Grimes,viola
Ensemble Aubade performs vivid chamber music by European and American composers. The esteemed trio, based in Boston, concertizes throughout the United States, winning praise for stellar musicianship, vibrant performances, and engaging residencies. They will be returning for their second appearance at Sundays on the Hill.
September 10, 2017 4:00PM
TACONIC CHAMBER PLAYERS
The Taconic Chamber Players are a newly formed group in the Manchester area Their mission is to provide Southern Vermont with year round concerts, lessons, and educational programs built upon the traditions of classical music. This summer they will have just completed an inaugural summer festival as well as a 4 week Chamber Music Intensive Program for students.
We are most excited to welcome them as they return to SOTH with some very familiar names and some new ones as well.
Joana Genova -violin, Born in Bulgaria, Joana has performed throughout the world and holds positions at several universities (including our near-by Williams College) as professor, director of several groups, and as a soloist. She has performed with Rockaway and Danbury Symphonies, Berkshire Symphony, and the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra.
Heather Braun-Bakken- violin. Heather performs as co-concertmaster and soloist with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music. Dr. Braun-Bakken was appointed to the Boston University School of Music faculty in 2014 and to St. Anselm faculty in 2016. She has been a soloist with various orchestras in Boston, Milwaukee, Washington DC and Manchester Vermont.
Ariel Rudiakov-viola, Ariel is Music Director and conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra. He will be joining the University of Indianapolis as Adjunct Faculty, conducting the chamber orchestra and coaching chamber music. Resident and guest conducting positions have included the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony, Bergen and Yonkers Philaharmonics, Antara Ensemble, Manchester Chamber Orchestra and Harlem Chamber Players.
Liam Veuve - cello, has performed in many venues, including a solo performance in Avery Fisher Hall and tours across the Americas and Europe. He was selected to participate in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar and performed in Bing Concert Hall in Palo Alto, CA. He is principal cellist in the Purchase Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland.
Matthew Gold- percussion, is Artist in Residence in Percussion and Contemporary Music Performance at Williams College, where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble, the I/O New Music Ensemble, and the annual i/O Festival of New Music. He is artist in residence at Williams College and on faculty at Wellesley College.