WHITE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERTS

 

Joining the North Country Chamber Players, this summer, as featured guest artists, will be the renowned Portuguese guitarist, Pedro Joia, whose work with fado legend, Mariza, has placed him prominently on the World Music map, the brilliant American soprano, Sara Heaton, now singing with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, and the Solera String Quartet.  Making their New Hampshire debut, this rising young chamber group has been described by music critics as “top notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flair and talent,” and is currently in residence at the University of Notre Dame.

In addition, Bernhard Scully, horn player of the well-known Canadian Brass Quintet will return to the White Mountains Festival for a special tribute concert dedicated to the late Kendall Betts, who, up until last summer, was a fixture of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and North Country Chamber Players for over 30 years.

FRITZ KRAMER LECTURE SERIES

All festival concerts, during Weeks 1 through 5, will be preceded by pre-concert talks, beginning one hour before each program, delivered by Dr. Joel Timm, Professor of Music at the University of Southern California, as part of the Fritz Kramer Lecture Series.  His introductions will provide valuable and entertaining background information and inside looks at the music and composers featured each week.  They will also include artist interviews, musical examples and the personal experiences and reflections of an oboist who has collaborated with many of the most famous classical and popular artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, and who can be heard on the film scores of more than 150 Hollywood films.

WEEK ONE

IBERIA

GUEST ARTISTS:  PEDRO JOIA, GUITAR, LAURA FRAUTSCHI, VIOLIN
A guided musical tour of the popular and folk music of Portugal and Spain, from a classical perspective, featuring the legendary Portuguese guitarist, Pedro Joia and Chamber Players flutist, Susan Palma Nidel, in a celebration of the release of her critically acclaimed new album, ‘Lisboa Intima’.

FALLA:                Siete Canciones Populares for violin, viola, cello, bass and piano
ANON:                Alfama   for flute and guitar
C. PAREDES:     Verdes Anos for flute and guitar
J LUIS:                 Um Homen Na Cidade for solo flute
MISC                   Flamenco Pieces for solo guitar
J. PEREIRA:        Ler Devagar   for flute and guitar 

ALBENIZ:           Excerpts from “IBERIA” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
BOCCHERINI:   Quintet No. 4 in D, G. 448 ‘Fandango’ for guitar and string quartet

July 8, 2017

Sugar Hill Meeting House
Sugar Hill, NH

July 9, 2017

Mtn. View Grand
Whitefield, NH

WEEK TWO

MENDELSSOHN OCTET

ELEONOR AND FRITZ KRAMER CONCERT
GUEST ARTISTS: SOLERA STRING QUARTET

The Chamber Players join forces with the critically acclaimed Solera String Quartet, featuring violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud, in their New Hampshire debut.  Described as, “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flair and talent,” they will perform Mendelssohn’s earliest and latest masterpieces for strings.

MARTINU:              Sonata for flute and piano
MENDELSSOHN:   String Quartet in f minor, Op. 80

FINZI:                       Eclogue for piano and strings
MENDELSSOHN:   Octet in Eb Major, Op. 20 for strings

July 15, 2017

Sugar Hill Meeting House
Sugar Hill, NH

July 16, 2017

Mtn. View Grand
Whitefield, NH

WEEK THREE

RHAPSODY

GUEST ARTISTS: MEGUMI STOHS, VIOLIN & CAL WIERSMA, VIOLA
Hot blooded passion, driving rhythms and the colorful sounds of the Eastern European countryside will be the order of the day in this program featuring Hungarian and Romanian dances and rhapsodies composed by the masters of these forms – Brahms, Bartok and Enesco.r piano and string quintet.

DOPPLER:     Andante and Rondo for flute, violin, and piano
BARTOK:      Romanian Folk Dances (arr. Palma) for flute, clarinet and strings
BRAHMS:      Hungarian Dances Nos. 4, 5, 6 (arr. Farrington) for clarinet, cello and piano

DVORAK:      Silent Woods for cello and piano
ENESCO:        Romanian Rhapsodie No.1 for piano and string quintet

July 22, 2017

Sugar Hill Meeting House
Sugar Hill, NH

July 23, 2017

Mtn. View Grand
Whitefield, NH

WEEK FOUR

VIVALDI’S VENICE

GUEST ARTISTS: KEISUKE IKUMA, OBOE, JOE BRENT, MANDOLIN, LIESL DOTY, VIOLIN, KARL DOTY, BASS
A virtuoso violinist, composer, and teacher, Antonio Vivaldi epitomized the Italian baroque in his home city of Venice.  Still, a grand destination to this day, this magical city, legendary for its commerce, carnivals, architecture, and intrigue, provided the perfect backdrop for his masterful concerti, sonatas, and sacred works.

MONTEVERDI/GABRIELI:  Toccata and Ricercare
VIVALDI:                                Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425
                                                Oboe Concerto in a minor, RV 463

VIVALDI:                                Piccolo Concerto in C Major, RV 443
                                                Vivaldi “a la mode” for violin, mandolin, and double bass
                                                Molti Istromenti Concerto, RV 558

July 29, 2017

Sugar Hill Meeting House
Sugar Hill, NH

July 30, 2017

Mtn. View Grand
Whitefield, NH

WEEK FIVE

FANTASIA

GUEST ARTISTS: SARA HEATON, SOPRANO, ANNA LIM, VIOLIN, SOPHIE SCOLINK-BOROWER, PIANO, ROBERT SCHULTZ, PERCUSSION
Walt Disney’s brilliant use of Paul Dukas’ evocative concert piece, ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ grew out of a chance encounter, in a Los Angeles restaurant, between Disney and the legendary conductor, Leopold Stokowski.  The resulting animated concert, ‘Fantasia’, was a masterpiece that changed our ideas about music and movies, forever. In this program, which features, by popular demand, the return of soprano Sara Heaton, now singing with the Metropolitan Opera, a chamber version of Dukas’ work is paired with powerful music by some of the greatest composers of film, opera and theater scores, Verdi, Korngold, and Bernstein. Farrington)

MORRICONE:               Cinema Paradiso for flute, clarinet, strings, piano, and percussion
VERDI:                           Ave Maria from “Otello” for voice and strings
HERMANN:                  Psycho Suite for string quartet
BERNSTEIN:                Glitter and be Gay from “Candide”

ROTA                             Aria from “Divertimento Concertante” for double bass and piano
KORNGOLD:               Marietta’s Lied from ‘Die tote stadt’
DUKAS:                        The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (arr

Aug 5, 2017

Sugar Hill Meeting House
Sugar Hill, NH

Aug 6, 2017

Alumni Hall
Haverhill, NH

WEEK SIX

GRAND FINALE

A TRIBUTE TO KENDALL BETTS
GUEST ARTISTS: BERNHARD SCULLY & LAUREN BECKER, HORNS, CURT MACOMBER, VIOLIN, KEMP JERNIGAN, OBOE, REIKO UCHIDA, PIANO

One of America’s greatest horn players for four decades, Kendall Betts was a fixture of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the North Country Chamber Players.  Along with special guest artist, Bernhard Scully, horn player of the renowned Canadian Brass Quintet, the Chamber Players celebrate Kendall’s life, his consummate artistry and, even his notorious sense of humor, with music by Mozart, Brahms, and PDQ Bach.

BRAHMS:                  Trio in Eb Major, Op. 40 for horn, violin, and piano (1st movement)
PDQ BACH:              “Moose” Quartet excerpt
CONNESSON:          Sextet for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, bass, and piano

PDQ BACH               Sonata for viola 4 hands
MOZART:                  Divertimento in D Major, K.251 for oboe, 2 horns, and strings

Aug 12, 2017

Sugar Hill Meeting House
Sugar Hill, NH

Aug 13, 2017

Mtn View Grand
Whitefield, NH