The Lark Quartet celebrated our 30th anniversary by commissioning four new works by American composers Kenji Bunch, John Harbison, Andrew Waggoner and Anna Weesner. Kenji Bunch’s Megalopolis had its world premiere during our 2017/18 season at the University of Iowa (who also co-commissioned the work), while Andrew Waggoner’s string octet and John Harbison’s String Quartet No. 6 were premiered at a special celebration at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall to conclude our anniversary year. Anna Weesner’s clarinet quintet will be premiered on September 17, 2018, with clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois with the The Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City in Utah. *We will record these works for commercial release in 2019*.
In addition to the September 17 concert in Utah, we will present 3 house concerts in New York City on November 8, 2018, February 7 and April 4, 2019. We will also perform 3 concerts at the Sands Point Preserve.
My husband and I welcomed over 90 high school-aged students from around the country and 50 faculty and staff to the green mountains of Vermont to join us once again (18 years and counting for me!) for the Kinhaven Music School’s Senior Session, 2018 in Weston, Vermont. I had my usual time of “off-the-grid” living where I immersed myself in music and nature. Every summer I notice how my practice is intensified in it’s focus, allowing me to go deeper into whatever I am currently working on. The students that I worked with on solo, chamber, and orchestral music made me feel exhilarated no matter the level of expertise; their passion to learn was there!
I was especially excited by one of our guests, Body Mapping and Andover Educator, Jane Murray who introduced me and our study body to this technique; an off-shoot of the Alexander Technique. The idea of learning the truth about the way the body is suppose to move goes right along with my never-ending quest for mastering my own efficiency with the violin. This technique and information just adds to my “tool-shed” and gives me more to share with my students.
We had record numbers of audience in attendance for the Saturday night Faculty Concert Series. The new Pre-Concert Wine and Cheese was enormously successful and allowed us to meet so many more community members from Weston, and the surrounding towns in Vermont. I was enormously impressed with the level of artistry by the Kinhaven Senior Session Faculty. I have already planned the five-concert series for 2019 and am so excited about yet another summer of diverse programming. The concerts will feature music by Haydn, Brahms, Jennifer Higdon, Nic Scherzinger, Milhaud, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Dutilluex, Dvorak, Wourinen, Schubert, Eric Ewazen, and Turina –wow! Come check it out!!
I am thankful for my job, my students, colleagues, and beautiful studio at Purchase College Conservatory of Music in upstate, NY. I am welcoming some new students soon and will begin (on Monday 8/20) creating groups for the chamber music program. My Performance Class will welcome guests that focus on injury prevention and better health in the practice room, which I hope means better performance experience. Our chamber concerts will be in December and May.
Stamford Symphony is full of wonderfully accomplished New York City musicians. I am quite honored to have been named the Acting Concertmaster for the 2018-19 season. Many of my Brooklyn Philharmonic colleagues are in this orchestra, so it is a blast to make music with them again! In March 2019, I get to perform as a soloist in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with Melanie, Carrie, and Cynde! Let’s go, girls!
My life is just right when I can balance my family world with performance practice, teaching, and my passion for running and yoga practice. I am excited to move forward through the fall and into 2019!