Masterwork Conversations: July 11, 2019
Vlada Yaneva, piano
Matthew Harrison, piano
Pianists Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva have been bringing Masterwork Conversations to audiences since their inaugural Chopin series in 2010. Their performances have taken them from stages in Europe to Carnegie Hall to the airwaves of WQXR, and the Wall Street Journal has featured Mr. Harrison’s article on Grieg: “Norwegian Soul Laid Bare.” Their open conversation recital format has brought new musical insight and enjoyment to audiences of every age and experience. In 2015 they released their debut CD, The Imagination of the Folk.
Family Concert – Laurel and Hardy: July 15, 2019
Cary Brown, piano
Cary Brown received a double degree from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music in film studies and piano performance. While at the U. of R., he was able to take film classes at the George Eastman House and benefit from the extensive film archive there, which he used for his own silent film series on campus for which he played piano accompaniment. After touring extensively in the 90’s with the Skatalites from Jamaica and the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, Cary settled in Putnam County, NY and became the musicians’ coordinator/ballet pianist at Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. He is also the music director for the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, for which he composes an original dance suite every year. Over the last 5 years, Cary has played piano for the silent film series at the Julia Butterfield Library in Cold Spring, NY. He has also written for ABC television network, released his own jazz trio CD, and has an active private teaching and freelance career in the NY area. Recently, he helped develop www.irocku.com, an internet based piano teaching method for which he is creative director.
Romantic Russians: July 25, 2019
Charlie Powers, cello
Charlie Powers’ playing has been described by The Washington Post as “poised, elegant, supple of phrasing and mellow of tone.” He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s cello section during the 2013-2014 season. He previously served as Assistant Principal of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and performed regularly at the White House, the State Department, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Vice President’s residence.
Since making his solo debut at age 17, Powers has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. Notable performances include Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra and Brahms’ Double Concerto with the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. A proponent of new music, Powers has recently performed works for cello and orchestra by Aulis Sallinen and Jennifer Higdon.
Powers is a founding member of two critically acclaimed chamber ensembles, the Teiber String Trio and The Phillips Camerata. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Morales and Peter Wiley. He received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award at Tanglewood, where he served as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center orchestra under James Levine. Other festival appearances include Banff, Heifetz, Aria, Icicle Creek and the 2000 World Cello Congress.
A native of Tacoma, Wash., Powers began his cello studies at age three with Jeannette Chapman. He graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a Piatigorsky Scholarship recipient and studied with Colin Carr. Other influential teachers include John Michel, Richard Aaron, David Wells and Michael Mermagen.
Aimee Tsuchiya, piano
Pianist Aimee Tsuchiya has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. including several concerto engagements at Mechanics Hall, and live broadcasts on WGBH, Chicago Public Radio and CBC radio. Her broad performance repertoire has showcased works as various as Brahms’ first piano concerto and his complete chamber works; John Cage’s The Perilous Night for prepared piano; Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in Jordan Hall; the world premiere of Abby Richardson’s Downstream for piano and orchestra with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra; and a recital of early 20th-century violin repertoire with Karl Stobbe, concertmaster of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Tsuchiya has worked with members of the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, Guarneri Quartet, Peabody Trio, Gryphon Trio, and Cleveland Quartet, as well as pianists Emanuel Ax, Awadagin Pratt, Lydia Artymiw, Victor Rosenbaum, Irma Vallecillo, Margot Garrett and Andre Watts. Awards include competition wins in the Chopin Society Young Artists Competition, the Schubert Club Competition, Thursday Musical Competition, the top piano prize in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s Symphony Concert Association, finalist in the New World Symphony auditions, and fellowships to Interlochen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Banff Chamber Music Festivals.
An active and versatile teacher in the Boston area for many years, Ms. Tsuchiya works with students of all ages and levels. Areas of instruction include solo piano, duo and chamber music, class instruction, lecture-recital and vocal coaching. She holds many chair and coordinator positions at New England Conservatory in addition to teaching in the Prep and Continuing Ed schools, and was for many years the Director of the Summer Chamber Music Festival at the Winchester Community Music School.
BM, summa cum laude (University of Minnesota Twin Cities), MM and DMA (NEC). Faculty, Asst Chair of Chamber Music, Accompanist Coordinator, NEC Preparatory. Piano/Collaborative Piano Chair, NEC Continuing Ed. Former faculty and Chamber Music Coordinator, Winchester Community Music School. Piano Faculty, Winsor School. Piano Faculty, Brookline Music School. Private studio, Jamaica Plain.
Christopher Bush, clarinet
Mr. Bush holds the position of principal clarinet with the Metro Chamber Orchestra and the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. He was a founding member of the contemporary ensemble Callithumpian Consort. Previously principal clarinetist with the Boston Civic Symphony, Christopher has also performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, New York String Orchestra, Indian Hill Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Nashua Symphony, Granite State Opera, Granite State Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Westchester Chamber Symphony, DiCapo Opera, Seoul Philharmonic, and the North Country Chamber Players. Christopher has also performed as a soloist with the Glens Falls Symphony, the New England Conservatory Symphony, and the New York University Symphony Orchestra. He is also the co-founder of Summerland Music Society, a chamber music series in upstate New York.
Mr. Bush has performed at venues throughout the world, including Les Flaneries Musicales d’Ete in Reims, France, the Open Air Klassik Hoppegarten in Berlin, London New Winds Festival (UK), the New School Concert Series, Harvard Group For New Music, Boston’s New Gallery Concert Series, NEC’s Keller Jazz Series, the Boston New Arts Initiative, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Young Artists Showcase, and New London’s Summer Music Series in New Hampshire. In Boston’s Jordan Hall, he has taken part in the Composer’s Series, Enchanted Circle Series, Tuesday New Music Series, and annual Festival Weeks. Additionally, Christopher has performed in New York’s Galapagos Art Space, The Tank, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Bush has worked with composers Gunther Schuller, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Lee Hyla, Alvin Lucier, Michael Finnissy, Joan Tower, Pozzi Escot, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Elwood, Walter Zimmermann, John Heiss, Tamar Diesendruck, and Malcolm Peyton on performances of their own music. With the Glens Falls Symphony, Christopher commissioned and premiered Michael Gandolfi’s Anthem for solo clarinet and string orchestra. With frequent recital partner and pianist Carol Minor, Christopher has commissioned works from composers Yumi Hara Cawkwell, Curtis Hughes, Izzi Ramkissoon, Pozzi Escot, and Lawrence Dillon. Israeli composer Guy Barash’s Talkback for Clarinet and Electronics was also written for Mr. Bush.
Christopher’s performances have been broadcast on WGBH (Boston) and KBS (Korea) radio stations. On television, Christopher has performed on the PBS special A Taste of Chanukah and Korea’s MBC, SBS, KBS, and Arirang networks. A featured soloist on the soundtrack to the Huntington Theatre’s production of Dead End, Christopher has also recorded for Albany Records and Mode Records.
Mr. Bush completed his M.M. and B.M. at the New England Conservatory and Ph.D. at New York University. Christopher has been on the faculties of the Boston Community Music Center, the Chestnut Hill School of Music, the Brimmer and May School, the Lincoln Public Schools, the Northampton Community Music Center, and Fidelity Mutual’s Future Stages project. He is currently a faculty member at New York University, where he teaches clarinet and chamber music in addition to directing the NYU Composers Ensemble. He spends his summers teaching at the Luzerne Music Center.
Planet Earth – Islands: August 8, 2019
Hajnal Pivnick, violin
Dorian Wallace, piano/synthesizer
Tenth Intervention is equal parts music series and artist collective in New York City. As “ambassadors of modern music” (Interlochen Public Radio), they present a bold and progressive concert series that explores the intersection of performance, experiential art, and its potential to reflect social issues.
Founded in 2012 by violinist Hajnal Pivnick and composer/pianist Dorian Wallace, the group formed with the purpose of creating new work in a highly collaborative environment. Together with composers, musicians, visual artists, choreographers, dancers, and community organizations, Tenth Intervention has produced programs that expand the reach of music to be pioneering, diverse, and community focused.
Their programming has been recognized with foundational support from New Music USA, Lower Manhattan Community Council, the Earle Brown Music Foundation, the Johnstone Fund for New Music, and the Puffin Foundation. They have been presented as featured artists at National Sawdust, NPR’s Science Friday, Rubin Museum of Art, Americas Society, Caveat, New Music Gathering, Interlochen Public Radio’s In Studio A, Biome Arts/Swale, Bandits-Mages, Centre Pompidou, the Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, Studio 360, Vox Hebraica and Videology for their Silent House live score to silent film residency.