Vermont Virtuosi presents 'Once Upon a Time'
Saturday, March 12th at 7:30pm
Vermont Virtuosi, which the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus says produces “intriguing programs expertly played,” returns with a program of chamber music. “Once Upon a Time” features music that is narrative in character and takes listeners on a sonic journey that is sometimes pastoral, sometimes lively, and most everything in between. Flutist and Vermont Virtuosi artistic director Laurel Ann Maurer, clarinetist Karen Luttik, bassoonist Julian Partridge, and pianist Claire Black will perform music by Pierre Gabaye, Andre Jolivet, Robert Wykes, Ramiro Cortés, Ricklen Nobis, as well as Vermont composers Thomas L. Read and David Gunn, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece by Northfield composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz.
Vermont Virtuosi, whose instrumental makeup depends on the concert theme, performs a varied repertoire of both familiar and new. Although only three years old, the ensemble has already commissioned and premiered seven important works from Vermont composers.
Laurel Ann Maurer has been lauded by The New York Times as “a secure technician and an assured communicative interpreter.” According to Fanfare Magazine, she is “superb in every way.” And The Salt Lake Tribune proclaimed Laurel to be “stellar in both tone and technique. She is a master of coloration and interpretation.” Laurel studied with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Samuel Baron, and participated in master classes of Marcel Moyse. Among her 12 commercially released CDs are “More American Flute Works” and the Jeff Mannokian “Flute Concerto,” both of which were nominated for a Grammy Award. Laurel has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Khachaturian Hall in Yerevan, Armenia. She was principal flutist of the Salt Lake Symphony for 12 years, and has more recently performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. Laurel maintains active teaching studios in Barre and Colchester, Vermont.
Karen Luttik has been praised for her “musicality and innovative performance.” She has taught and performed extensively in Asia, Europe, and the United States, having started her career in Asia as solo clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony before working in Europe with the solo clarinetist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the Netherlands, she initiated innovative approaches to chamber music through multimedia performances and recordings with the Aleotti and Delta trios and the Kurios Clarinet Quartet. Conferences provided by MusicaLeren introduced new audiences to the beauty, skill sets, and disciplines of outstanding classical performance. Since returning to the U.S. in 2008, Karen has performed with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cape Cod Symphony, Symphony N.H., Granite State Symphony, the Longfellow Festival Orchestra, Aliento Chamber Players, and Classicopia. She teaches an enthusiastic group of clarinet students at the Nashua (N.H.) Community Music School.
Julian Partridge's musical journey began at the tender age of 7¾ when he took up the piano, followed shortly by the clarinet once his fingers were long enough. But he soon realized that he wouldn't be competing with Alfred Brendel on the concert platform and the universe really had enough clarinetists. Then one day, Julian discovered in a music room cupboard under a decade of dust an oblong case containing a bassoon. It was a fine example of Czechoslovakian engineering and suddenly he was playing in local orchestras. His next stop was the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he developed his taste for a good pint and the odd curry. After leaving that hallowed establishment in 1991, Julian freelanced for a while before absquatulating to Hong Kong for three years, after which he returned to the green and pleasant land to scrape together a living. After countless miles travelled playing for Royalty and being featured on film soundtracks, he crossed the Irish Sea to join the Ulster Orchestra as Principal Second Bassoon/Contra Bassoon, a position he held for 10 years before crossing the pond to live in Vermont. Currently, Julian performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. This is his maiden voyage aboard the S.S. Vermont Virtuosi.
Claire Black has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborator throughout North America. Originally from the heart of the Adirondacks, Claire spent eight years in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked as a staff accompanist at Baldwin Wallace University, accompanied several area choirs, and earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Margarita Shevchenko. Her deep interest and commitment to chamber music includes many years of performance tours with the Cialde Quintet and with her cello/piano Elegua Duo. Often collaborating with Laurel Ann Maurer, she hopes to establish many more fruitful partnerships in Vermont. Claire is also an avid piano instructor. She taught via the Oberlin Community Music School, in her own studio, and at CIM's Summer Sonata festival for young pianists. She has established a private piano studio in South Burlington and freelances as a choral and solo accompanist. Claire also accompanies the Burlington Choral Society.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner also available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
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