After much consideration, I have decided to postpone the 6th annual Middlebury Summer Chamber Music Festival and reschedule it for next year, 2021. The new dates will be June 25-27, 2021. The cancellation is very disappointing! We’ve all been practicing and looking forward to playing together for months! But by not getting together, we will be in solidarity with our global community, participating in social distancing to slow and decrease the impact of our global pandemic. Forgoing our festival this summer is the right thing to do.
Middlebury Chamber Music Festival guest artists Olivia Hajioff, Marc Ramirez, Miho Weber, and Jon Weber will offer a public open rehearsal on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 7:30 at Unity Hall located in the new addition of the Middlebury Congregational Church, 2 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753. The program will include movements of Prokofiev Quartet op.50, Ravel F Major Quartet, Toru Takemitsu’s ‘Rocking Mirror Daybreak’ for Two Violins and the Beethoven “Eyeglasses” duet for viola and cello. Free!
Middlebury Music Festival visiting artists Olivia Hajioff, Marc Ramirez, Miho Weber and Jon Weber will perform a concert of duets and string quartets on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7 o’clock at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalists Church in Middlebury, VT.
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68, Overture: Moderato con moto
Kodaly, duet for Violin and Cello
Alfred Schnittke “Moz – Art” duet for Two Violins
Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59 #1, Allegro
Mozart String Quartet KV170 in C major, Poco Adagio
Marcolivia is an award-winning violin and violin/viola duo performing music of many styles and periods, including Folk Music, Jazz and Salon/Virtuoso works.
The Marcolivia Duo appears frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today” and “Front Row Washington”. They are regular guest artists at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan, and have performed for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cosmos Club, and annually at the Phillips Collection (where they are featured on several CDs of Series Highlights and Distinguished Performers). Other venues include the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, NYC. Marcolivia regularly adjudicate, perform, and give masterclasses for events organized by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Marcolivia also perform double concertos regularly with many of the DC area regional orchestras, including Alexandria and Fairfax Symphonies. In 2015, they were invited to perform as soloists with the National Gallery of Art Orchestra and St Petersburg State Orchestra at the National Gallery of Art.
Marcolivia performed at Chamber Music America’s 25th Anniversary Concert in NYC, alongside groups such as the Juilliard Quartet, and were the only chamber music finalists in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2000. The duo is on the roster of the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center and the Virginia Commission For The Arts Touring Roster. In 2011, Marcolivia were invited to be founding members of the Phillips Camerata, based at the Phillips Collection and the National Gallery of Art. The Camerata gives several performances annually at both galleries – many of which have been broadcast.
During the summers, Marcolivia perform in Japan, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica and England at various music festivals. They have also taken part in US festivals such as Garth Newel, Blue Mountain, Las Vegas, and Shenandoah Performs. Marcolivia teaches privately in Vienna, VA.
Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez enjoy successful individual solo and chamber music careers: Ms. Hajioff, a Fulbright scholar, received a BBC Young Musician of the Year Award and was also a prize winner in the European Violin competition. In her native England she has performed chamber music at the Dartington International Festival with David Owen Norris and Stephen Kovacevich. She has also performed with Edgar Meyer, Awadagin Pratt and Led Zeppelin. She has concertized throughout Europe and the U.S. notably in London’s Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, Cheltenham Festival, Paderewski Hall in Switzerland, and the Kennedy Center. Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet) described her as a “compelling performer”.
Mr. Ramirez has concertized throughout Europe and North America, performing at such halls as the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow, Carnegie Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. His recitals have been broadcast on many radio stations, including those in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Among his awards are First Prizes in the Henryk Szeryng Competition, the Parisot-Friedman International Competition, and the Cavallaro International Competition for a two-year Fellowship to Yale University. From 1983-1986,he was invited by Henryk Szeryng to study and tour with him, visiting many European cities. The Washington Post has described his playing as “intensely beautiful”.
Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career in multiple genres as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer.
A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber has collaborated in the chamber music field with artists including Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara Helen O’Connor of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras both in the United States and abroad.
Branching into alternate musical genres such as jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Eryka Badu, Corey Glover, the Roots, the Irish Tenors, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Mahavishnu Project, and fusion band DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists) for which he has received critical acclaim. As an active New York freelancer, Mr. Weber performs regularly in the Broadway circuit and has appeared as violinist with the vintage jazz band, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. CD credits include Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Jay-Z: Kingdom Come, Albert Hammond Jr.: Como Te Llama, and Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music from the HBO series. Mr. Weber has also participated in television and film score collaborations with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steven Van Zandt.
Journeying into the cinematic medium, Mr. Weber has appeared as an on-screen musician in films such as Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea (2010), the HBO Miniseries: “Mildred Pierce” (2011) and Annie (2014). He has also made television appearances performing on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, Christmas: Live at Rockefeller Center” and PBS programs: Great Performances and Soundstage, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he made his televised conducting debut in 2014, performing in collaboration with comedian Dana Carvey and The Roots. In 2012, Mr. Weber appeared as guest conductor for the 2012 NMEA All County Music Festival performing in concert at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post, LI University.
Jonathan Weber has been a faculty member at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music [Pre-College Division of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY)] since the year 2000, where he serves as music director of the pre-college orchestras, head of the chamber music department, director of the CPSM Summer Chamber Music Festival, and member of the violin and viola faculty. In addition, Mr. Weber is a recurring faculty member at the University of Buffalo Summer Strings Workshop where he has served as orchestral conductor, chamber music coach, and jazz/rock improvisation instructor. Mr. Weber is also a member of the strings faculty at the the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
“Full of Herculean power” (Time Out), cellist Miho Weber continues to excite audiences with her thought-provoking performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In New York, she regularly performs at Bargemusic, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and the United Nations. Miho’s recent chamber music projects have included the InterPlay duo and collaborations with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the Memling Ensemble. She has performed with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Paragon Orchestra, and String Orchestra of New York City throughout the United States as principal cello. Her popular engagements have included a performance with Imagine Dragonson Saturday Night Live and Josh Groban at the US Open.
Miho has held residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, Schleswig-Holstein, and many others. She is the director of the strings and chamber music after school program at NEST+m, a specially gifted and talented public school in New York City and is a chamber music coach for the New York Youth Symphony. Miho is the founding director of InterPlay Chamber Music, an educational organization with the unique mission to create an inspiring learning environment for chamber musicians of all ages. During the summer, Miho also teaches at the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta.
Arturo Delmoni New York City Ballet Orchestra Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik firstname.lastname@example.org nyc 212-362-7778
Middlebury Music Festival visiting artists Arturo Delmoni, violin and Peter Sanders, cello will perform a concert of chamber music on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 7 o’clock at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury, VT. Delmoni and Sanders will play a program of duets as well as a string quartet with violinist Emily Sunderman and violist Elizabeth Reid and virtuosic solo pieces accompanied by pianist Cynthia Huard.
Ravel, Piece en Forme de Habanera for Cello and Piano
Tchaikovsky, Valse Sentimentale for Cello and Piano
Kreisler, Praeludium and Allegro
Mendelssohn-Heifetz, Song without words: Sweet Remembrance
Debussy, Claire de lune
Brahms, Hungarian Dance
Haydn String Quartet Opus 3 No. 5 in F Major
Schumann Piano Quintet Opus 44 in E-flat Major, Allegro brilliant
Arturo Delmoni, violin, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. His remarkably distinctive playing embodies the romantic warmth that is the special province of the great virtuosi of the golden age of violin playing. Yo-Yo Ma describes Delmoni as “an enormously gifted musician and an impeccable violinist. His playing style is unique, and his gorgeous sound is reminiscent of that of great violinists from a bygone era.” Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the NY Philharmonic, says, “Delmoni’s playing always goes right to the heart, and his charisma is irresistible.” Delmoni’s stylish, elegant interpretations of classical masterpieces have earned him critical acclaim in the United States and abroad. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote “It’s hard to imagine how the violin could be much better played than Delmoni did – he plays with astonishing speed, lightness, fluency and sweetness of tone.” Alan Heatherington of the American Record Guide wrote “The growing discography of Arturo Delmoni testifies to a musician who must possess an artistic soul of exceptional beauty. Each new issue reveals additional aspects of a winsome musical personality and verifies an impression of great warmth and geniality.” Delmoni made his debut at Carnegie Hall at age 14 playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Little Orchestra Society under Thomas Scherman. Since then he has been a soloist with the St. Louis, Dallas, Spokane, Jupiter, El Paso, Glendale and Tucson Symphony Orchestras; the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; the California Chamber Symphony; the New York City Ballet Orchestra; the Rhode Island, Brooklyn, Boston, Omaha and Kansas City Philharmonics; and the Boston Pops. He has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States and in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Hong Kong. As a chamber musician, Delmoni has performed with illustrious colleagues such as Pinchas Zukerman, Elmar Oliveira, Emanuel Ax, Nathaniel Rosen, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeffrey Kahane and Dudley Moore. Songs My Mother Taught Me, Delmoni’s recording of romantic miniatures, received extraordinary reviews from prominent critics. Audiophiles and audio critics generally regard his recording of unaccompanied violin music of Ysaÿe, Kreisler and Bach as a reference for the sound of a solo violin. Delmoni’s duo recital recording with cellist Nathaniel Rosen, entitled “Music for a Glass Bead Game” was nominated for an AFIM Indie Award, received a Golden Ear award, and was on Fanfare’s “Best of the Year” list. Arturo Delmoni plays a JB Guadagnini, 1780, and a viola from the same period.
Pianist, Cynthia Huard has appeared as a featured soloist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Aston Magna Early Music Festival, and in recital as a pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and in Europe. As Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society’s summer series, she has performed with Lark Quartet, Johannes Quartet, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and with chamber players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony, and the Colorado, Utah, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras. Her recent premieres include music by Jorge Martin, Nico Muhly, Padma Newsome, and commissions from Erik Nielsen and Thomas L. Read. Ms. Huard holds advanced degrees from Indiana University and The Akademie of Music in Graz, Austria. She teaches piano and chamber music at Middlebury College.
Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus). She performs with the groups ARIOSO, the Northern Third Piano Quartet and in a viola-piano duo with the pianist Alison Cerutti. In Northern New England Ms. Reid has been featured on concert series as a soloist with the vocal group Counterpoint and various concert series as a chamber musician and soloist, including Cathedral Arts Burlington, Paine Mountain Arts, Chamber Works at Dartmouth College, Norwich University Concerts and the Barre Opera House. She has also performed live on Vermont Public Radio in various performances, including the Rebecca Clarke Sonata with Alison Cerutti in June 2015. She appeared as soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony in 2017, performing Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto. Ms. Reid is currently principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra. She is also a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and has played with Vermont Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists, Burlington Ensemble, Green Mountain Opera, Handel Society of Dartmouth, Music-COMP, Vermont Virtuosi, TURNmusic and Capital City Concerts. She has a passionate interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. She was the premiere performer of Jorge Martin’s solo viola work “Don’t Know Yet”, Erik Nielsen’s Sonata for Viola and Piano and Little Suite for Solo Viola, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz’s Solo Sonata, Jacob Morton-Black’s “Romance”, and Lydia Busler-Blais’ “The Scree Dragon”. Recently she performed a solo viola show at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont, including electronic works of American, Canadian, and Finnish composers. Ms. Reid studied improvisation and chamber music at the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari, Finland in 2016. A native of Canada, Ms. Reid studied viola performance at Western University in London, Ontario and at the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Peter Sanders, cello, is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sanders has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 1999 (for which he has served as Acting Principal), performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the Perspectives Ensemble. He has toured Southeast Asia twice with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and as concerto soloist with the group performed in concerts in Taipei and Singapore. He is Artistic Director of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, which had its inaugural season in 1993. Mr. Sanders was a winner of the 1998 Artists International award as a member of the Hollaender Ensemble and is currently a member of the Ariadne Trio. He has participated in many summer festivals including the Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival (faculty position), CVCMF, Lancaster Festival, Ohio (where he was principal cello from 1992-98), Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Park City & SLC Autumn Classics Music Festival and the Moab Music Festival. As a studio musician Mr. Sanders has recorded for a variety of popular artists including Pat Metheny, Jewel, Kathie Lee Gifford, Andy Bey and Carlinhos Brown. He can be heard on the Delos, Muse, Bridge, RCA Victor-Red Seal, New World, On the Lamb and KOCH International Classics labels. Radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, APM’s “Performance Today”, PBS and Vermont Public Radio.
Violinist, Emily Sunderman has directed the Middlebury Chamber Music Festival since founding it with members of The Addison string quartet 2013! She teaches violin and coaches chamber music at the Middlebury Community Music School. She studied music performance and Pedagogy at Hartt School of Music and Ithaca College and privately with Arturo Delmoni. In addition to teaching students of all ages, Emily maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, helps out at Twig Farm, a goat dairy and artisan cheese making business she and her husband Michael Lee started in 2003 and is proud mama of Carter!