Baryshnikov Arts Center

Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

BAC Salon: Telemann, Farrin, Wolfe + Prokofiev

Oct 5-6, 2017

James Austin Smith, oboe
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Rebecca Anderson, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Joshua Roman, cello
Lizzie Burns, double bass

An intimate evening of music ranging from baroque to post-minimalism features the New York Premiere of a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe, commissioned through BAC’s inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellowship. The eclectic program also includes solo works by Telemann and Suzanne Farrin, and Prokofiev’s playful score inspired by circus life, a masterwork of modernism.

Program

G. P. Telemann: Selections from Fantasias for solo violin
Suzanne Farrin: l’onde della non vostra for solo oboe
Julia Wolfe: Retrieve for cello and double bass  
S. Prokofiev: Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39 for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass

BAC Salon is a series of concerts performed in an intimate salon setting.

Julia Wolfe's Retrieve was commissioned through BAC’s Cage Cunningham Fellowship.

Leadership support for music programming in 2017 provided by the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.


Artist Bio
James Austin Smith

James Austin Smith

Oboist James Austin Smith performs equal parts new and old music across the United States and around the world. Smith is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Chamber Music Society Two), International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Talea Ensemble, Cygnus and Decoda, and a regular guest of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

He is a member of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase and co-Artistic Director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes place in restaurants around New York City. Smith’s festival appearances include Marlboro, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, Stellenbosch, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, OK Mozart, Schwetzingen, and Spoleto USA; he has performed with the St. Lawrence, Orion, and Parker string quartets and recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode, and Kairos labels. His debut solo recording Distance will be released in early 2015 on South Africa's TwoPianists Record Label.

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Todd Palmer

Todd Palmer

Clarinetist Todd Palmer has appeared as soloist, recitalist, chamber music collaborator, educator, arranger, and presenter in a variety of musical endeavors around the world. A three-time Grammy nominated artist, he has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta, Houston, BBC Scotland orchestras; St. Paul, New York, Cincinnati, Montréal, and Metamorphosen chamber orchestras, as well as many others.

He has collaborated with many of the world’s finest string ensembles such as the St. Lawrence, Brentano, Borromeo, Pacifica, Daedalus, and Ying quartets, and has also shared the stage with sopranos Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Dawn Upshaw, and many other notable instrumentalists. He has championed Osvaldo Golijov’s Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind around the world and commissioned the theater work Orpheus and Euridice by Ricky Ian Gordon, which was presented by Great Performers at Lincoln Center in 2005. He was a winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions, and has participated in numerous music festivals in the US and abroad.

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Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. She is currently studying with Ronald Copes and Donald Weilerstein while pursuing her master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Recent performances range from solo appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contemporary music premieres with A Far Cry and eighth blackbird, and collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds. 

Anderson's solo appearances have taken her across the country as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Olympia Sympony, and Columbia Symphony orchestras, and to Europe with a recital concert at the Conservatorio de Bologna in Italy. Most recently, she was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition for senior division violin. Other awards include the 2008 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics and an invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center.

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Ayane Kozasa

Ayane Kozasa

A violinist turned violist, Ayane Kozasa was inspired to dedicate herself to the alto clef during her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She earned a graduate degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as well as a further master’s degree from the esteemed Kronberg Academy Masters School in Germany.

Kozasa's solo career took off when she won the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, where she also captured awards for Best Chamber Music and Commissioned Work Performances. Following the competition, she joined the Astral Artists Roster and became a grant recipient from the S&R Foundation, an organization recognizing and supporting young aspiring artists of all mediums. Most recently, she commissioned a work by Brooklyn composer Paul Wiancko for viola and cello, which she premiered in Washington D.C. at the S&R Foundation.

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Joshua Roman

Joshua Roman

Joshua Roman, former principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, is a TED Fellow and nationally renowned soloist whose performances embrace music from Bach to Radiohead. Before making it as a successful soloist, Roman began his career at age 22 as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony. He has since earned national renown for performing a genre-bending repertoire.

Roman is also a composer, collaborator (most recently with Anna Deavere Smith), educator (via his Popper Project video series), and curator (Artistic Director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series). He has performed all over the world—from refugee camps and HIV clinics in Africa to the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and the U.S. State Department (with Yo-Yo Ma for national and international leaders). He plays an 1899 cello, lent to him by Giulio Degani of Venice.

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Lizzie Burns

Lizzie Burns

A versatile bass player, Lizzie Burns resides in New York City as a fellow of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, formerly known as Ensemble ACJW. She has performed domestically and abroad with The Knights and A Far Cry, makes regular appearances in Carnegie Hall, and can be seen at the Imperial Theater in The Great Comet of 1812.

Burns has appeared at Yellow Barn, both as a summer participant and as an artist-is-residence, and has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet as a winner of their annual Guest Artist Award competition. Burns attended the New England Conservatory for her undergraduate studies with Donald Palma, and pursued her graduate studies at Boston University under the tutelage of Ed Barker.

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