Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Make Music Chicago
Rush Hour Concerts
Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
St. James Cathedral
Woman's Athletic Club
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Yingying Su, Piano Selections from Three Dance Portraits (9’) I. The Dead Moth Tango II. Knock-Stück William Bolcom (b. 1938) Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Yingying Su, Piano
Selections from Three Dance Portraits (9’)
I. The Dead Moth Tango
William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24 (27’)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Recognized for her clarity of sound and noble interpretation, pianist Yingying Su has established herself as a sensitive and imaginative musician, exhibiting a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise beyond her age.
She is the winner of many national and international piano competitions including the National Piano Competition of China, the Concurso International Piano Competition in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and the Bienen School of Music Concerto Competition. She is also the recipient of the “Special Prize of the Jury” in the III International Piano Competition in Memory of Emil Gilels in Ukraine, the John Elvin Piano Prize from the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Charles S. Miller Piano Prize from the Yale School of Music.
Ms. Su has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Celebrity Concert Series at the Heifetz International Music Institute, and has given numerous solo recitals and performances in the United States, China, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Venezuela, and Australia. She has appeared as the soloist with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Eduardo Rahn and Victor Yampolsky.
Ms. Su studied with Monique Duphil at the Oberlin Conservatory and with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Musical Art from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, under the guidance of Alan Chow. She has taught at the University of Oklahoma School of Music and the Baltimore International Piano Festival. Ms. Su is currently on the piano faculty at the Soochow University School of Music, China.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Milton String Quartet Maïthéna Girault, Violin Roman Fraser, Violin Evan Robinson, Viola Joshua Morris, Cello Divertimento in F major, K. 138 (12') I. Allegro II.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Milton String Quartet
Maïthéna Girault, Violin
Roman Fraser, Violin
Evan Robinson, Viola
Joshua Morris, Cello
Divertimento in F major, K. 138 (12′)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
String Quartet No.4 in E minor, Op. 44 No.2 (24′)
I. Allegro assai appassionato
II. Allegro di molto
IV. Presto agitato
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Winners of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize and Senior String Division Gold Medal, the Milton String Quartet is an ensemble based in Montreal, Quebec. The quartet was formed in 2015 at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and is currently working under the tutelage of Professor André J. Roy. The ensemble was the 2017 Fellowship String Quartet at ENCORE Chamber Music in Cleveland, OH, and was named winner of the 2016 McGill University Chamber Music Competition, earning an exchange in May 2017 with the Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg, Austria. The quartet has enjoyed a wide variety of musical engagements in and around the city of Montreal, including recurring engagements at the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society and at the Atwater Library Lunchtime Concert Series. In May 2016, the quartet performed in Place-des-Arts Cinquieme Salle as part of the Opera America Conference. In addition to their Midwestern United States tour, the Milton String Quartet’s fall season includes debut performances in Ontario and New Brunswick. As part of the Fischoff Grand Prize, the quartet will attend the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy in summer 2018.
Maïthéna Girault began playing the violin at the age of 6. Two years later, she was admitted to the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal where she spent 10 years. In September 2014, she entered the Schulich School of Music. Recipient of the 2016-2017 Lloyd-Carr Harris Scholarship, Maïthéna possesses a Licentiate in Music diploma from McGill University and is now completing a Graduate Diploma in Performance. Her violin is generously lent to her by Prof. Andrew Wan, a copy of his personal 1744 Michel’Angelo Bergonzi.
Roman Fraser was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1995 and moved to Canada in 1999. He began violin lessons in 2000 and was admitted to the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 2005. In 2015, he entered McGill University to study with Axel Strauss and Felicia Moye. Roman has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal and l’Orchestre de la Nouvelle Génération. Roman also devotes much time to composition and film photography.
Evan Robinson is currently working on completing a Master of Music in Viola Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He completed a Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2016. During his studies in Indiana, Evan performed as principal of IU’s Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras. In 2013, Evan performed twice in Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. In November of 2016, Evan joined the Milton String Quartet.
Cellist Joshua Morris received his Master’s degree and is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Cello Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory. In 2016, Morris was named winner of the Schulich School of Music’s Golden Violin Competition, and the Jeunesses Musicales’ Peter Mendell Award. As a composer, Morris’s Suite for Solo Violin was performed on Oberlin Conservatory’s 2015 Dannenberg Honors Recital. He is a native of Saint Albans, Vermont.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Vermeer Quartet Shmuel Ashkenasi, Violin Mathias Tacke, Violin Richard Young, Viola Nicole Johnson, Cello Arianna String Quartet John McGrosso, Violin Julia Sakharova, Violin Joanna Mendoza, Viola Kurt Baldwin, Cello Octet
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Shmuel Ashkenasi, Violin
Mathias Tacke, Violin
Richard Young, Viola
Nicole Johnson, Cello
Arianna String Quartet
John McGrosso, Violin
Julia Sakharova, Violin
Joanna Mendoza, Viola
Kurt Baldwin, Cello
Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (36’)
I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
With performances in practically every major city in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia, the Vermeer Quartet earned a reputation as one of the world’s great string quartets. Formed in 1969 at Marlboro, its members were originally from Israel, Germany, New York, and Nebraska. Switzerland’s Suisse wrote, “Out of this alchemy is born a thing of beauty which one can define, without hesitation, as perfection.”
Over four decades, the Vermeer appeared at virtually all the most prestigious festivals worldwide. Since 1970 they were in residence at Northern Illinois University. They were also Fellows of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where they gave annual master classes. The Vermeer performed well over 200 works. According to Poland’s Ruch Muzyczny, “The Vermeer Quartet’s interpretations seem so nearly ideal that one can appreciate music as universal harmony.” Honored with 3 Grammy nominations, their discography includes the complete quartets of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Bartók, plus works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Verdi, Shostakovich, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, and Brahms.
The Vermeer retired from the concert stage a decade ago, and now returns to Chicago to perform for the audience that knows them best. Nicole Johnson is playing in place of her father, Marc Johnson, who passed away in 2014.
The Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality” (Chicago Tribune) and “emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity,” (Pretoria News, South Africa). Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by taking the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians, including members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and “Live from Music Mountain”. The ASQ has recorded for Albany Records and Urtext Digital Classics, and has a long-term contract with Centaur Records.
Now in their 26th Season, highlights for 2017-18 include return trips to Brazil for the FEMUSC Festival in Jaragua do Sul, to the Barra Mansa Music Festival and Rio de Janeiro, as well as live performances on Chicago’s WFMT radio, and the completion of their recordings of the complete quartets of Beethoven for Centaur Records. The ASQ looks forward to the continuation of the Arianna Chamber Music Festival, in St. Louis, where they have been full-time faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2000.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Fuego Quartet Nicki Roman, Soprano Saxophone Erik Elmgren, Alto Saxophone Harrison Clarke, Tenor Saxophone Gabriel Piqué, Baritone Saxophone Selections from Italian Concerto, BWV 971 (8’) I. Allegro III. Presto Johann Sebastian Bach (1685
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Nicki Roman, Soprano Saxophone
Erik Elmgren, Alto Saxophone
Harrison Clarke, Tenor Saxophone
Gabriel Piqué, Baritone Saxophone
Selections from Italian Concerto, BWV 971 (8’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
arr. Dave Camwell
Eugène Bozza (1905 – 1991)
Misterioso from Quatour de saxophones (3’)
Ida Gotkovsky (b. 1933)
Tango Virtuoso (4’)
Thierry Escaich (b. 1965)
Michelangelo ’70 (3’)
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
arr. Jon Wintringham
Selections from Recitation Book (14’)
I. Broken Heart – Meditation on the chorale melody Der du bist drei in einigkeit (You who are three in one)
V. Fanfare/Variations on the chorale melody Durch Adams Fall (Through Adam’s fall)
David Maslanka (1943 –2017)
Wedding Dance (3’)
Jacques Press (1903 – 1985)
arr. José Oliver Riojas
Founded in 2015, Fuego Quartet is an award-winning chamber group devoted to the performance of both standard and contemporary works written for saxophone. They were awarded the Gold Medal at the 2017 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, 1st place in Brass, Winds and Percussion at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2nd Place in the 2017 National MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Comprised of graduate students from the Eastman School of Music, Fuego has been featured in various settings from standard concert hall venues to community engagement concerts. They have been featured artists at the Strong National Museum of Play, The George Eastman Museum, Dorris Carlson Reading Garden, Phillis Wheatley Library, Susan B. Anthony Museum, Washington Square Concert Series, OSSIA Presents and [Col][lab].
Nicki Roman has been awarded top prizes in national and international competitions and is the first classical saxophonist to receive the International Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. She has presented solo and chamber music performances and has been a concerto soloist with orchestras. Nicki is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree with a certificate in Collegiate Music Teaching and a minor in Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music. She is a recipient of the prestigious Eastman Performer’s Certificate and the John Celentano Award for excellence in chamber music. She currently serves as Assistant Director to the Eastman Saxophone Project.
Erik Elmgren is a concert saxophonist, chamber musician, and educator dedicated to representing the saxophone’s flexibility in compositions ranging from transcriptions to contemporary works. Erik is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the University of Georgia, where he also serves as a teaching assistant. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois and the Eastman School of Music, where he received the John Celentano Award for Chamber Music Excellence. In the summer of 2016, Erik travelled with the Eastman Saxophone Project on a two-week concert tour in China.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Harrison Clarke is an active saxophonist and educator and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Georgia, where he is a graduate teaching assistant. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Harrison has performed and competed in various competitions in Europe and America and recently performed in China as a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project. While attending Indiana University, Harrison was a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate, the highest award given to a performer by the Jacobs School of Music.
Gabriel Piqué is a native of Augusta, Georgia. He holds performance degrees from the University of Georgia and Eastman School of Music and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a Graduate Fellow at the University of Illinois. Gabriel is an active soloist, giving performances and participating in competitions around the world. Most recently, he was the 1st Prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition in 2016 and Semi-Finalist at the International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in Bangkok. An active chamber musician, Gabriel participated in the world renowned Eastman Saxophone Project.