Summer 2018 Schedule
Church on the Hill, Lawrence Hill Road, Weston VT
June 24, 2018 4:00PM
TACONIC CHAMBER PLAYERS
with Oren Fader (guitarist) andJessica Bowers (mezzo-soprano)
The Taconic Chamber Players are a year old 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.
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, and Ariel Rudiakov are the driving force behind the Taconic Chamber players.Both hold numerous positions in orchestras and universities as far away as Indianapolis. They have delighted our audience for many performances here at SOTH.
Oren Fader is highly regarded as a performer of classical and electric guitar repertoire, solo and chamber, traditional and contemporary. Reviewing his solo New York City recital, Guitar Review magazine stated: “His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly evident and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling.”
A native of Spokane, WA, mezzo soprano Jessica Bowers has
performed with the Utah Opera, Opera Boston, Caramoor Opera, Central City Opera, Anchor age Opera and Spokane Opera among others. She has a long list of roles and performances. She frequently performes with her duo partner Oren Fader.
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.
Liam Veuve - cello, has performed in many venues, including a solo performance in Avery Fisher Hall and tours across the Americas and Europe. 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. He is also Artist in Residence at Williams College and on faculty at Wellesley College.
The musicians of the Brass Connection include Daryl Robbins and Jon Clark (trumpets), Hillary Ledebuhr (French horn), Chris Baird (trombone), Chip Halt (tuba), and Alex Garde (percussion). This group, formed in 2000 will "take your audience on a musical odyssey". they perform many styles of music including classical, ragtime, dixieland, blues, patriotic swing, Broadway show selections and Tijuana brass. The program on July 29th will be a pops style eclectic program drawing from some of these genres.
August 12, 2018 4:00PM
True to its name, the International String Trio has honed an expansive repertoire embracing nearly a dozen styles from far-flung lands.Employing their instruments as passports, the adventurous triumvirate unlocks the doors to a global array of tunes drawn from jazz, folk, popular, classical, film and others.The International String Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy.
Featuring Russian-born guitarist Slava Tolstoy, virtuoso violinist and singer from Chicago, Rob Flax, 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.
They have appeared on the popular NPR show "Says You", performances at the Gypsy Jazz in Paradise Festival, Crested Butte CO, Yoshi's San Francisco, Regattabar and Scullers Jazz Clubs in Boston MA.
August 19, 2018 4:00PM
ROBERT GRUCA classical guitarist
Robert Gruca is an exciting guitarist who performs a wide range of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. In recent seasons he has toured throughout the US and Canada. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He has earned several first prizes in national guitar competitions. and has participated in master classes with prominent guitarists.
This will be his second appearance at SOTH.