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On Valentine’s day and everyday, Stamford Symphony is so grateful for our audience of loyal subscribers, new listeners and everyone in between. Please enjoy this short musical valentine event, featuring principal cellist Caroline Stinson, principal flutist Elizabeth Mann and some of our violinists out and about in Fairfield County. Plus enjoy some excerpts from our favorite musician interviews on Russell’s Virtual Sofa.
Musical Program to include:
J.S. Bach Air from Cantata 156 with Caroline Stinson, principal cello and Andrew Waggoner, violin
Andrew Waggoner At Home with Caroline Stinson, principal cello
Debussy Syrinx with Elizabeth Mann, principal flute
J.S. Bach Partita No. 3 in E Major with violins of the Stamford Symphony
Plus excerpts from Russell’s Virtual Sofa interviews
Caroline Stinson, principal cello
Canadian cellist Caroline Stinson has performed recitals and chamber music on leading stages in the U.S., Europe, and Canada, including Zankel Hall, the Gardner Museum, the Smithsonian, the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe; and the Centennial Centre in Canada. Beginning fall of 2018 she has been appointed Cellist of the Ciompi String Quartet and Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke University.
Ms. Stinson has commissioned and premiered dozens of works from solo cello to concerti and has worked closely with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Shulamit Ran, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower and Andrew Waggoner. Caroline was a member of the Cassatt Quartet from 2000 to 2003 and was a member of the Lark Quartet from 2009 to 2018, with whom she recorded, travelled and taught extensively. Caroline’s solo CD Lines appears on Albany Records and she appears on close to twenty chamber music recordings on Albany, Naxos, Koch, and Bridge Records.
At the Juilliard School, Caroline was an assistant to Joel Krosnick and taught cello and chamber music in the Pre-College Division between 2008 and 2018; she taught cello and chamber music at Syracuse University from 2004 to 2013 and has given masterclasses across North America, Mexico and Europe. Born in Edmonton, Ms. Stinson studied with Tanya Prochazka and Alan Harris at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Maria Kliegel at the Hochschule für Musik, Köln in Germany, and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she received the Artist Diploma. Together with her husband, Andrew Waggoner, Ms. Stinson directs the Weekend of Chamber Music in the Upper Delaware River Valley. To learn more about this musician, visit: www.carolinestinson.com.
Elizabeth Mann, principal flute
Elizabeth Mann is a featured performer in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. She is the Principal Flutist of the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble and is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has played Principal Flute with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev and recorded and performed with the New York Philharmonic. In past seasons, she premiered a solo flute piece by Joan Tower and performed a commissioned Concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Mann has been principal flute with the Santa Fe Opera, played with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Dorian Quintet and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. She has been featured at Caramoor, Santa Fe and the Lochenhaus Festivals and teaches at the Colorado College for their Summer Festival.
Ms. Mann attended the Juilliard School as a student of Julius Baker. She can be heard on over 100 recordings, which include her critically acclaimed flute and harp CD with Deborah Hoffmann of Chopin transcriptions titled “Reflections”. Ms. Mann is also an active teacher.
Deborah Buck, acting concertmaster
Described by Strad Magazine as “performing with a surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound”, violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong and varied musical career. She has been a member of the Lark Quartet for fifteen years in which time she has done extensive U.S. and international concertizing; she has recorded for Koch, Albany, Arabesque, and Bridge Records and has commissioned a comprehensive amount of new works by today’s leading American composers. Ms. Buck served as tenured concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 2009-2013 and is currently the acting concertmaster of the Stamford Symphony. Ms. Buck has also recorded extensively for motion picture and television and was the soloist in the re-mastered version of The Scarlett Letter for Turner Classic Movies. Her recitals have been heard in broadcasts around the U.S. and she has been a soloist with several orchestras including Little Orchestra Society at Alice Tully Hall and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In 2017, Ms. Buck earned the position of Assistant Professor of Violin at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where she is also Head of Chamber Music. Since 2009, she has served as the Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School where she has taught violin for seventeen years. Ms. Buck earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a Starling Foundation scholarship recipient and student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. In 1994, she received a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California where she studied with Robert Lipsett and was a recipient of the Jascha Heifetz Violin Scholarship. Her primary teachers were Michael and Irina Tseitlin. Since 2004, Ms. Buck has performed on a violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, graciously on loan by Ray and Marcia Corwin.
Sebu Sirinian, violin
Born in Bucharest, Romania, was the first violinist of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet. He has performed internationally and held residences at Queens College, Bard College, Turtle Bay Music School though a grant by Chamber Music America and the Yale at Norfolk Summer Festival. Mr. Sirinian has performed as concert-master for Musica Viva, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Grand Opera, as Principal Second of the Stamford Symphony, and has performed with Amici NY, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater and many Broadway orchestras including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Christmas Carol, West Side Story, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and most recently as a member of the My Fair Lady production at Lincoln Center. Sebu has performed chamber music with Paul Neubauer, Seymour Lipkin, Daniel Phillips and William Sharp, and has performed as a soloist with The New York Chamber Orchestras, Bach Aria Festival Orchestra, Hunter College Orchestra. Mr. Sirinian earned his BM and MM from the Juilliard School, has studied with Jerry Beal, Ivan Galamian, Joyce Robbins and the Juilliard String Quartet, and is currently on the faculty of the Princeton Playweek Workshops. He has been heard on WQXR and WNYC, and is recorded on LRC, LIQUID SILVER, CAPSTONE and MIDDER MUSIC RECORDS, INC.
Liz Lim-Dutton, violin
Violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton began studies at the age of three and performed in a first student recital at the age of five. She started attending the Aspen Music Festival at the age of eleven and subsequently followed her teacher, Dorothy DeLay, to New York at the age of fourteen. She studied at the Professional Children’s School, the Juilliard School (BM) and at the Yale School of Music-Yale University (MM). Ms. Lim performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, has toured the US as Concertmaster for the New York City Opera National Company and has performed as a member of the New Haven Symphony, Stamford Symphony and the New York Pops. As a member of Steve Reich and Musicians and the Steve Reich Ensemble since 1992, she has toured and performed in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. The diverse musical life of a violinist in New York City has allowed Ms. Lim to record close to one hundred TV and radio commercials, over sixty movie soundtracks, and to perform in over forty Broadway productions, currently the Lincoln Center Theatre production of My Fair Lady.
Patricia Davis, violin
Patricia Davis has been a member of Stamford Symphony since 1995. She performs in ensembles based at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and on Broadway. Ms. Davis collaborates with composers on premieres of new chamber works, and was featured as solo violinist on WQXR (NYC) with pianist/composer Beata Moon. She has participated in music festivals such as Aspen, Banff, Bard, Britten-Pears, Caramoor, Kinhaven, Meadowmount, Prussia Cove, Schleswig-Holstein, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar with Alexander Schneider. Her primary teachers have included Joyce Robbins, Sylvia Rosenberg, and the members of the Cleveland Quartet. Ms. Davis graduated from the Eastman School of Music, London’s Royal College of Music and SUNY Stony Brook where she received a DMA. Currently, she teaches young violinists at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in NYC.
Louise Owen, violin
Violinist Louise Owen has been praised as “a brilliant performer” by the Boston Globe. She has enjoyed a diverse musical path over the years, performing annual chamber music concerts with world-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler, touring North America and Europe with Barbra Streisand, making her Broadway stage debut opposite Christopher Walken in “James Joyce’s The Dead and serving as concertmaster on tour for Harry Connick Jr. since 2011. She has an active freelance life in New York City, playing in many of the city’s leading ensembles. She has also been a member of the Stamford Symphony for eight years. Louise loves giving marathon solo recitals whenever possible and is currently the concertmaster of Anastasia on Broadway.
A native of Southern California, Louise received much of her musical training in Boston at the New England Conservatory and she has continued to work extensively with Joey Corpus in New York City over the past two decades. She is a passionate home cook and part-time chocolatier in between gigs and she has written about her musical and culinary adventures on her blog, Kitchen Fiddler (www.kitchenfiddler.blogspot.com). Louise has been featured twice on “60 Minutes” in “Endless Memory” and “Memory Wizards”, the Emmy-nominated profiles about people with an extremely rare ability called Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory.
Robert Zubrycki, violin
Violinist Robert Zubrycki is Concertmaster of the New York City Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster of Orchestra Moderne NYC and principal violin and frequent soloist with the Amici New York Orchestra. He has recently performed as Concertmaster for the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Encores! at City Center, Opera Orchestra of New York and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He performs with the American Ballet Theater orchestra. A veteran of dozens of Broadway shows, Bob is in the orchestra of Carousel, and formerly in She Loves Me and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He can be heard on the recent cast recordings of She Loves Me, An American in Paris and Paint Your Wagon (violin and mandolin). He has won an Emmy Award for his musical contribution to the documentary The Curse of the Bambino.
As a chamber musician, Robert is the first violinist of the Queen’s Chamber Band and the Queen’s Chamber Trio. The Trio’s recordings of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven are available on the Lyrichord label. Robert toured the United States with the Abaca String band, including performances at the Chautauqua Institute and the White House. He is currently the director for Concerts Around the Corner and the Cultural Arts Coalition in Brewster, NY. Bob is also an avid gardener.
This past year, he became a US Masters Swimming Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor and is an American “Red Cross” certified lifeguard.
Andrew Waggoner, composer and violinist
Andrew Waggoner was born in 1960 in New Orleans. He studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University. Called “the gifted practitioner of a complex but dramatic and vividly colored style” by the New Yorker, his music has been commissioned and performed by the the Academy of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Saint Louis, Denver, Syracuse, and Winnipeg Symphonies; the Corigliano, Villiers, JACK and Lark Quartets; pianists Gloria Cheng and Molly Morkoski; violist Melia Watras; Sequitur; the Empyrean Ensemble; Dinosaur Annex; Flexible Music; Peggy Pearson and Winsor Music; Seattle Modern Orchestra; Tanglewood; Ekmeles; Ensemble Nordlys, of Denmark; and Ensemble Accroche Note, of France. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other awards include the Lee Ettelson prize from Composers Inc., a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Roger Sessions Prize for an American composer from the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy. Most recently he was a second-prize winner in the Lydian String Quartet/Brandeis University Composition Competition. His solo CD from Albany Records, Terror and Memory, was released in 2011 to broad critical acclaim. His work is also available on CRI/New World; Vienna Modern Masters; Centaur; and Fleur de Son. A CD of his concertos for guitar, piano, and violin will be released in 2019 on Bridge Records. In addition to his concert works, Waggoner has also composed extensively for theatre and for film, and is an active violinist. He was a founding Director of the Seal Bay Festival of American Music in Vinalhaven, Maine, and founder, with Caroline Stinson, of Ensemble Open End. He is currently Co-Artistic Director of the festival Weekend of Chamber Music, and teaches composition at Duke University. His music is available online through Subito Music, and at andrewwaggoner.com.
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