12-12 Chautauqua Music Festival

President Teddy Roosevelt once described the programs at Chatauqua Lake as “the most American thing about America.” What began in the early 1870s as an experimental school on the banks of pristine Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York has now blossomed into a 750-acre education center which offers an incredible summer music festival. Music floats over the grounds, coming from the practice cabins where musicians spend seven weeks honing their crafts in preparation for concerts. Learn more here: http://music.ciweb.org/

Music

Dohnányi: Szimfonikus percek (Symphonic minutes), Op. 36
Dvorak: Cypresses (Audubon Quartet): III, VIII, IX, XII
Byron Adams: Capriccio Concertante
Dvorak: Viola Quintet, Op. 97
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Widor: Symphony No 6 in G Minor for Organ & Orch: III

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Artists

Audubon Quartet

Renowned for their “strikingly beautiful, luminescent” sound (The New York Times), the Audubon Quartet has won acclaim throughout the world for nearly 30 years. Founded in 1974, the ensemble quickly achieved international recognition – they were the first American string quartet ever to win a first prize in international string quartet competition. The Quartet performs in the major concert halls throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. In 1981, the Quartet made a groundbreaking three-week tour of Mainland China at the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, the first American quartet ever to visit the People’s Republic of China.

Other special appearances include a performance at the White House for President Carter in honor of the Evian Competition prize, and an inauguration performance for Pennsylvania’s Governor Richard Thornburgh. In addition, the Audubon Quartet has performed regularly on the BBC in London and made numerous other radio and television appearances, including NPR Performance Today and CBS Sunday Morning. The Audubon Quartet has enjoyed a 20-year summer association with the Chautauqua Institution (NY) and an even longer association of 30 years with the Music at Gretna (PA) Festival. They have also appeared as guests in numerous other national and international summer music festivals.

Jorge Mester

Jorge Mester is recognized throughout the world as a preeminent conductor, renowned for the excellence and prominence he brings to every organization he leads. The 2011-12 season marks his 8th season as music director of the Naples Philharmonic (FL). In July 2006, Mester was invited to return as music director of The Louisville Orchestra (KY), a position he previously held for twelve years from 1967-1979. Music Director of the Pasadena Symphony for 25 years from 1985-2010, Mester is also Conductor Laureate of the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, which he led as music director for 21 years from 1970-1991. He previously put his unique stamp on the Puerto Rico Festival Casals during the seven years he served as its music director beginning in the late 1970s.
Mester’s passion for opera has led him to become a sought-after conductor in opera houses worldwide, including the New York City Opera, the Sydney Opera, the Spoleto Festival and the Washington Opera. Long an ardent champion of contemporary music, Mester has worked with dozens of gifted composers and has presented at least 75 world-premieres. In 1985, he received Columbia University’s prestigious Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music. Jorge Mester’s recent guest-conducting engagements include Breckenridge’s National Repertory Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony, Virginia Symphony, a return to Mexico City’s Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Mexico and Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México (for its celebratory 30th anniversary concert) and the Budapest Concert Orchestra MAV in Hungary.

Grant Cooper

Grant Cooper, Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, was named to the position in March 2001, and officially began his duties as the 9th conductor in the WVSO’s history on July 1, 2001. From 1997-2007, Mr. Cooper served as Resident Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony, where he gave over 600 performances with that orchestra, appearing to critical acclaim on all the major series. Mr. Cooper is also Artistic Director of a summer festival, the Bach and Beyond Festival in Fredonia, New York.
In past seasons, Mr. Cooper has appeared regularly as guest conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestras of Buffalo and Rochester. In recent years he has made his debuts with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Spokane Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, as well as with the Stamford (CT), Modesto (CA), and Youngstown (OH) Symphony Orchestras. He returned to his native New Zealand to conduct the millennium celebrations there with the Auckland Philharmonia. He appeared as guest conductor to Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings for many seasons and conducted several engagements with Syracuse Opera, including Così fan Tutte, The Barber of Seville, and The Marriage of Figaro. With the WVSO, Cooper’s operatic repertoire has also included Tosca, Carmen and La Bohème.

David Salness

Violinist David Salness has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, attaining wide recognition as a performer and teacher. A sought after soloist and ensemble player for over twenty years, Mr. Salness has appeared in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel, Teatro Colon, and Wigmore Hall. His performances are broadcast by National Public Radio, Radio France, Bavarian Radio, and the British and Canadian Broadcast Corporations. Mr. Salness’ critically acclaimed recordings are found on the RCA, Telarc, and Centaur Labels. An alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Cleveland and Curtis Institutes, Mr. Salness’ teachers have included David Cerone, Jascha Brodsky, Ivan Galamian, Joseph Gingold, Karen Tuttle, and Felix Galimir. Mr. Salness has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland Quartets. He has enjoyed a long association with New York’s Chautauqua Festival and has participated in the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies and in the Ravinia, Newport, Banff, and Mostly Mozart Festivals. He has appeared with such noted ensembles as the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Orpheus, and the Brandenburg Ensemble of New York. A devoted chamber musician of acclaimed acumen and skill, Mr. Salness was for twelve years a member of the Audubon Quartet and won the Deuxieme Grand Prix as a member of Nisaika in the 1984 Evian International String Quartet Competition. Currently he is a member of the Left Bank Quartet and the historical Theater Chamber Players of Washington, D C.

Julie Albers

American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colorado and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron. Miss Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.

Julie Albers made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2001, she won Second Prize in Munich’s Internationalen Musikwettbewerbes der ARD, and was also awarded the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Musikpreis der Stadt Osnabruch . While in Germany, she recorded solo and chamber music of Kodaly for the Bavarian Radio, performances that have been heard throughout Europe. In 2003, Miss Albers was named the first Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea’s Gyeongnam International Music Competition, winning the $25,000 Grand Prize.

In North America, Miss Albers has performed with many important orchestras and ensembles. Recent performances have included exciting debuts on the San Francisco Performances series and with the Grant Park Music Festival where she performed Penderecki’s Concerto Grosso for 3 cellos with Mr. Penderecki conducting. Past seasons have included concerto appearances with the Orchestras of Colorado, Indianapolis, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, and Munchener Kammerorchester among others.

Jared Jacobsen

As Director of Music at First Lutheran, Jared is has an incredibly wide knowledge of sacred music within the global church. He takes time to teach and motivate as well as direct and lead our volunteer choir. He is an awesome organist and pianist and understands how much music contributes to worship. Jared is a native of western Pennsylvania who began his keyboard study at age 5 at the historic Chautauqua Institution in New York, where is he is now Coordinator of Worship and Sacred music each summer. His concertizing has taken him throughout the United States, and to England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. In 1988, Jared was invited to the Vatican by Pope John Paul II to be an American delegate to the historic First World Congress on Church Music.

William Eddins

William Eddins is Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and recently completed a five year stint as Principal Guest conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) in Dublin. Bill has been playing piano since he was five when his parents bought a Wurlitzer Grand piano at a garage sale. He started conducting during his sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music, and most of the ’80s were spent trying to decide whether to pursue a career in conducting or piano. The quandary was answered for him when he realized that the life of a poor, starving pianist was for the birds. In 1989 Bill decided to study conducting with Dan Lewis at the University of Southern California, from whence he managed to land assistant conductor posts with the Chicago Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra in 1992.