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Schubert’s Farewell

Sunday, October 22 at 3:00pm


Schubert’s Farewell

Sunday, October 22 at 3:00pm


Schubert’s Farewell

Sunday, October 22 at 3:00pm


Small Space Series

Hear our talented musicians up close in intimate settings near you


St. Paul’s on the Green,
60 East Avenue, Norwalk


75 minutes with an intermission

During intermission enjoy a glass of wine thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Todaro

Sunday, October 22 at 3:00pm

About this performance

Schubert’s final chamber music work has been described as “sublime,” “extraordinary” and as possessing “bottomless pathos,” and is generally regarded as his finest chamber work. The format of a string quintet with two cellos instead of two violas was very much Boccherini’s special genre. A cellist himself, Boccherini freed at least one of the cellos from providing the bass line, so as to soar lyrically.

Deborah Buckviolin
Nazig Tchakarian, violin
Adria Benjamin, viola
Caroline Stinson, cello
Matt Goeke, cello

Musical Program to include

Luigi Boccherini  Night Music of the Streets of Madrid  Op. 30, No. 6

Franz Schubert  String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

Deborah Buck violin

Described by Strad Magazine as “Particularly impressive for her surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound,” violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong musical career as chamber musician, concertmaster, soloist, professor, and artistic leader.

For the past five years, Ms. Buck has led the Stamford Symphony (CT) as it’s Acting Concertmaster. She has held concertmaster positions with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra (L.A.) and the Los Angeles Opera Guild as well as many other noteworthy ensembles in the New York City area. As recitalist, Ms. Buck has performed at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., over the airways for the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago/WFMT, “Sunday’s Live” in Los Angeles for KKGO, and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She has been featured as soloist with Lincoln Center’s Little Orchestra Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and most recently, the Stamford Symphony. In 2019, Ms. Buck received two commissions: one for solo violin by John Harbison called DeBut, and another for violin and piano called Fantasia on Beethoven’s Spring Sonata by Bruce Adolphe. In October (2021) Ms. Buck recorded the Suite for Solo Violin by John Harbison with Grammy winning producer, Silas Brown.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Buck enjoyed seventeen years of extensive concertizing, commissioning, and recording as a member of the Lark Quartet. The Lark actively pushed the boundaries of what a traditional string quartet could do by being one of the first quartets to commission new works that feature added percussion, clarinet, voice, and piano. The Lark has an extensive discography that include many of America’s most celebrated and prize-winning composers works.

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Buck recorded for the motion picture and television industry. Her violin solos for television helped breathe life back into the re-mastered American Silent Film classic, “The Scarlet Letter” (Turner Classic Movies). Her National television debut came by way of a feature guest spot on the Family Channel’s, “It Takes Two” hosted by Dick Clark.

For twenty summers, Ms. Buck has taught at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont where she and her husband have had the honor of serving as the Co-Executive Directors for the past eleven years. Since 2015, Ms. Buck has served as Assistant Professor of Violin and Head of Chamber Music at SUNY Purchase. Ms. Buck was a Starling Scholarship recipient at the Juilliard School as a student of Dorothy DeLay. She earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California where she studied with Robert Lipsett, and was awarded the Jascha Heifetz Violin Scholarship.

Nazig Tchakarian violin

Violinist Nazig Tchakarian has given recitals in Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United States. She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in May 2008, which was followed by additional recital appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2013. In January 2010 Nazig toured Syria and Lebanon as part of AGBU piano quartet and gave masterclasses at the Damascus Conservatory. Nazig is an award winner of national and international competitions. She has participated in the Heber Springs Chamber Music Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, as well as in masterclasses led by the Tokyo String Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Jorja Fleezanis, Charles Chastleman and Yfrah Neaman to mention a few. She was on the faculty of the International Festival-Institute at Round Top from 2008 to 2011 where she performed as concertmaster of the Texas Festival Orchestra. Nazig currently performs with the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City and Stamford Symphony in Stamford, CT. She is on the faculty of Turtle Bay Music School and maintains a private teaching studio in New York City.

Nazig holds a Masters of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctoral degree from the Stony Brook University. Her principal violin and chamber music teachers include Paul Kantor, Philip Setzer, Kevork Mardirossian, Peter Salaff, and the Emerson String Quartet.

Adria Benjamin viola

Adria Benjamin is a longtime member of Stamford Symphony’s viola section and serves as the orchestra’s personnel manager. She performs as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and in NYC as a recording studio and Broadway musician. She is a nationally recognized music educator through her work at Mannes College’s Preparatory Division where she conducts three orchestras, teaches viola, chamber music, performance workshops and chairs the String Department. Adria also conducts the New School Community Orchestra and Stamford Symphony’s Music Education programs. She has performed as a soloist at the 92 Street Y, Zankel Hall, and has also performed at the White House. Adria was part of the founding team of the OK Mozart International Festival where, in addition to serving as Assistant Principal Violist, she also served as Artistic Administrator and Artistic Director. She performs annually at the Bard Festival. Adria was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Eos Orchestra and of the New York Viola Society. She is a former member of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Jerusalem String Ensemble. Her teachers include Mary Jane Metcalfe, Francis Tursi (Eastman), Karen Tuttle (Peabody) and Joey Corpus. While pursuing a Master’s Degree at the Peabody Conservatory, Adria served as Karen Tuttle’s teaching assistant and was awarded the Peabody Prize for Outstanding Viola performance. While at Eastman, Adria served as assistant to her conducting mentors, Gustav Meier and Robert DeCormier. She is often a part of the planning and creative teams and a performing artist for many concerts benefiting a wide range of non-profit organizations. With the New York Chamber Music Co-Op, Adria and her colleagues present an annual series of Concerts for Social Justice, all in support of the social justice initiatives at Congregaton Beit Simchat Torah. Adria currently serves as Co-Chair of the New School University’s Faculty Senate.

Caroline Stinson cello

Cellist Caroline Stinson is a native of Canada and has made her career across North America and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in traditional, 20th century and contemporary repertoire. Cellist of the internationally acclaimed Ciompi String Quartet and Associate Professor at Duke University in North Carolina, Ms. Stinson’s concert invitations include Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden Series, Bargemusic and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian; the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe, and the Centennial and Winspear Centres in Canada.

An active recitalist and chamber musician, Caroline is invited regularly as guest and has appeared at the Rencontres d’été Strasbourg, France, Rudersdal Sommerkoncerter, Denmark, Manchester Music, Newburyport and Caramoore Music Festivals in the USA. Since joining the Ciompi Quartet in 2018, she has performed with the group across the US, in Taiwan and Italy and has given solo recitals in New York City presented by the League of Composers and in Denmark. In 2022 she will tour Lithuania with pianist Gabrielius Alekna performing Dialogues with Beethoven including a premiere by Žibuoklė Martinaityte.

Together with her husband, Andrew Waggoner, Caroline is co-artistic Director of the Weekend of Chamber Music, a summer music festival of concerts and events in the Southern Catskill Mountain Region of New York State. Now in their 9th year as directors and the festival’s 30th, WCM hosts multiple events over 3 weeks, featuring a composer-in-residence, and the select group of artists perform vivid, intimate concerts in rural spaces and unusual village sites across multiple counties. WCM also brings in graduate fellows in composition and performance to collaborate on new works and present as part of the festival itself.

Caroline’s close work with composers has been essential in building her understanding and communication of new music, and she is privileged to have worked closely with Bill Bolcom, Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, George Crumb, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Harold Meltzer, Shulamit Ran, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, Andrew Waggoner and Anna Weesner; Peter Eötvös in Germany, and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen in Denmark, among many others. At the composer’s recommendation, she performed Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “YTA III”, for solo cello at Scandinavia House in New York, and performed Elliot Carter’s Triple Duo on two continents and for Swiss Radio with Pierre Boulez conducting, working with the composer on multiple occasions. Caroline has commissioned cello concerti, solo cello works and pieces with electronics, and chamber music, premiering dozens of works over a decade with the Lark Quartet and Open End Ensemble (a new music and improvisation group), and performing and touring with the Bang On a Can All-Stars, ISCM League of Composers, the Cassatt Quartet, CELLO, Continuum of New York City and Accroche Note of France.

Ms. Stinson has an extensive chamber music discography of almost two dozen CDs, including three recordings on Bridge Records with the Lark Quartet, featured and praised on the BBC, in Gramophone Magazine, WQXR and in the NY Times. She released her solo recording on Albany Records linking European masters to multiple generations of American composers in 2011. In radio, her performances have been broadcast on Swiss Radio, Performance Today in the USA, and on CBC Radio Canada.

Caroline was a student of Tanya Prochazka in Edmonton and earned degrees with honours from the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Cleveland Institute of Music under Alan Harris, the Hochschule für Musik Köln (First Prize) as a student of Maria Kliegel, and completed her Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick. While living in Germany, she took courses with Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, Boris Pergamenschikow, Siegfried Palm and Janos Starker. She is the recipient of the J.B.C. Watkins Prize in Music from the Canada Council, first prize in the Hohnen Foundation Cello Competition of Germany, and the American Music Award from the Seventeen/GM National Concerto Competition in the United States. She has been awarded prizes, grants and scholarships from the Alberta Heritage Fund, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Winspear Fund, the Anne Burrows Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts, and fellowships from the Aspen, Lucerne, Verbier and Sarasota Festivals.

Matt Goeke cello

Matthew Goeke, cellist, performs as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player in a broad range of musical styles. His experience with contemporary music spans the SEM Ensemble, Cross Town Ensemble, North/South Consonance, the Kitchen House Blend and Glass Farm Ensemble. Matt is a member of the di.vi.sion piano trio, and the award winning flute, viola, cello trio, Eight Strings & a Whistle, and is an active free-lance musician throughout the metropolitan area. Solo performances with orchestras around the New York area include many from the standard repertoire. Recent recordings include releases with Eight Strings & a Whistle (Albert’s Window, 96 Strings and 2 Whistles (dedicated to the music of Scott Brickman) and Chamber Symphonies 2, 3 & 4 (the Music of Doug Anderson, all on PARMA Records), the di.vi.sion piano trio (Dream Forms (dedicated to the music of Steven Burke), the Music of Merrill Clark (both on Albany Records) and the Glass Farm Ensemble (Bruhaha, on the Innova label). He has also recorded with North/South Recordings and 4Tay, Inc., Opus One Records, Polygram, Elektra, Tzadik and Koch International Classics labels.
Matt can also be found “rocking out” in the band ‘GIANTfingers’, based in New York City.
Matt coaches with the New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of the City of University of New York.

*artists and programs subject to change