Intimate Voices – March 3, 2012

Sheila Reinhold, violin
Renee Jolles, violin
Danielle Farina, viola
James Wilson, cello

PROGRAM

Beethoven – String Quartet, Op. 18 #6
Allegro con brio
Adagio ma non troppo
Scherzo: Allegro
La Malinconia: Adagio – Allegretto quasi Allegro

Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky – Chang-Music IV

Mendelssohn – String Quartet, Op. 44 #3
Molto allegro vivace
Menuetto: Un poco Allegretto
Andante espressivo ma con moto
Presto con brio

Violinist Sheila Reinhold gave her first performance as soloist with orchestra at the age of nine in the Kaufmann Concert Hall of New York’s 92nd Street Y. At fourteen, she was invited by Jascha Heifetz to join his master class at the University of Southern California, where she studied with him for five years. She received her BMus from USC, and studied theory and analysis with Leon Kirchner and Earl Kim at Harvard University. Ms. Reinhold’s engagements have included solo appearances with conductors such as Zubin Mehta and André Kostelanetz, chamber music with Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky, and performances as soloist at the Chautauqua and Ives Festivals. She has premiered solo and chamber works for both violin and viola and been a regular participant in chamber music on both violin and viola in series such as the Mohawk Trails Concerts in Massachusetts. She also plays music in other genres, frequently working on major films and Broadway productions, and appearing with popular artists including Tony Bennett.

Ms. Reinhold’s teaching positions have included Resident Musician at Harvard University and head of the string faculty at the Children’s Orchestra Society, and in the summer she is a member of the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East in Bennington, Vermont. She has recorded as a chamber musician on the Albany and North/South labels, and is featured on a recent recording of the music of Victoria Bond. Ms. Reinhold is the founder and Music Director of Intimate Voices Chamber Concerts in New York City which is now in its third successful season.

Renée Jolles, violinist, enjoys an eclectic career as soloist and chamber artist specializing in a wide variety of styles from the Baroque to the contemporary.  Hailed as a “real star” by The New York Times for her New York Concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, she has premiered hundreds of works, including the American premiere of Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Her concerto engagements have included orchestras such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, The Cape May Festival Orchestra, and The Salisbury Symphony.  Ms. Jolles is a member of the Jolles Duo, Continuum, Intimate Voices, and The New York Chamber Ensemble, and is a concertmaster of the world-renowned, Grammy Award winning, conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Honored to be a featured soloist in three world premieres as part of the Orpheus “New Brandenburg” commissions, she can be heard as soloist on the WQXR website in live performances from Carnegie Hall performing the music of Paul Moravec, Melinda Wagner, and Peter Maxwell Davies. She has performed at festivals such as Marlboro, Cape May, Manchester, Rockport (Mass.), Norfolk, Taos, Riverrun, and The Chamber Music and Composers’ Forum of the East. Committed to recording new music, she can be heard as soloist and chamber artist on the Cambria, CRI, North/South Recordings, Albany, and New World record labels.  She can also be heard on three new albums appearing this season which showcase the music of composers Oleg Felzer, Victoria Bond, and Ushio Torikai.

Ms. Jolles is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division, The Mannes School of Music, Preparatory Division, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.  Ms. Jolles received her BM and MM degrees from Juilliard, where, upon graduation, she was presented with the school’s highest award, the William Schuman Prize.  While at Juilliard, she held teaching fellowships as an assistant to the Juilliard Quartet and in ear-training.  Her teachers have included Lewis Kaplan, Felix Galimir, and members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, and American String Quartets.

Violist Danielle Farina enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher, and recording artist in both the classical and pop genres. As a soloist, Ms. Farina recently recorded Jon Bauman’s Viola Concerto with the Moravian Philharmonic, Andy Teirstein’s Viola Concerto with the Kiev Philharmonic and premiered Peter Schickele’s Viola Concerto with the Pasadena Symphony. She was a member of the Lark Quartet, touring extensively in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia, performing at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Schleswig Holstein Festival, and the International Istanbul Music Festival. While with the Lark, Ms. Farina recorded Aaron Kernis’ string quartets, music of Amy Beach, and music of Giovanni Sollima. As a member of the Elements Quartet, she has participated in the Tibor Varga Festival in Budapest, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, been in residence at Utah Valley State College, and premiered “Snapshots”, a project commissioning dozens of composers from Regina Carter to Angelo Badalamenti, to John Corigliano and many more.

She performs with a number of ensembles in the New York area, among them, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Concertante, American Modern Ensemble (AME) and Music From Copland House with whom she recorded music of John Musto. Ms. Farina has served as principal violist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, guest principal violist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and associate principal violist of The Eastern Festival Orchestra, and she is currently a member of both the American Ballet Theater and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center. An active teacher, she is on the faculty of SUNY Purchase as an Affiliate Artist and on the faculties of Vassar College and the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Ms. Farina has studied with Karen Tuttle, Joseph dePasqaule, Stephen Wyrczynski, and Byrnina Socolofsky.

Performing on period and modern instruments, cellist James Wilson has performed to the delight of audiences throughout the world, from small towns to the world’s most illustrious venues. Acclaimed for his singing tone, and intelligent and soulful approach to music, the Los Angeles Times described Wilson as a musician “with something to say and a commanding way of saying it.”

Mr. Wilson has appeared in many of the world’s most illustrious venues, including America’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, Casal’s Hall in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House, the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Montreal, the Philharmonie in Köln and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has performed at music festivals around the world such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the City of London Festival, the Deutches Mozartfest in Bavaria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Ysbreker in Amsterdam. Mr. Wilson’s performances have been broadcast on West German Radio and Bavarian Radio in Germany, CBC radio in Canada, CBS television and National Public Radio’s Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday. This season will be Mr. Wilson’s first as a member of the Da Capo Chamber Players, an award-winning ensemble devoted to the performance and creation of new chamber works. It will also see him serving as guest principal cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, touring Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and participating in festivals in Germany, Finland and the Netherlands among others.

A devoted advocate for the arts, Mr. Wilson serves as the Artistic Director of the Richmond-based Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, teaches cello and chamber music at Columbia University in New York, and is on the faculty at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East.

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