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Tuesday, October 25 — 7:30 p.m.
Christa Rakich, harpsichord
J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations
Concert and recording artist Christa Rakich is Artist-in-Residence at the Congregational Church of Somers. She also directs the music program at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford. She has served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Brandeis University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Connecticut, and as Assistant University Organist at Harvard.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Christa Rakich studied for two years with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Organ and German from Oberlin College (Phi Beta Kappa). After receipt of her Master’s degree with honors from New England Conservatory, she was asked to join the faculty there, where she taught for many years, ultimately as department co-chair.
Rakich has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. With keyboardist Peter Sykes, she performed a complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard works in a series of 34 concerts from 2003 to 2005 aptly named Tuesdays With Sebastian. With keyboardist Susan Ferré, Rakich is a founding performer of the Big Moose Bach Festival in Berlin, New Hampshire. Recordings include Bach’s Clavierübung III, Leipzig Chorales and Trio Sonatas.
“Remarkable… gorgeous… with precise ensemble, a strong sense of presence, and ringing vowels that reverberated to the farthest reaches of the cathedral.” -The Washington Post
Eya (pronounced “EH-yah”) is a Latin exclamation of joy. Eya is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in Washington, DC specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. Launched in 2010 and directed by Allison Mondel, Eya has established its place in the Washington, DC community as an early music ensemble of impeccable vocal quality and deep, creative spirit.
Eya presents concert programs that interweave diverse repertories of the 12th through 15th centuries, from Hildegard von Bingen to Notre Dame to the flyleaves of early English manuscripts and beyond. Through this lens, these programs seek to tell a story that forges new points of connection between contemporary audiences and medieval repertoire, underlining our common humanity with these early poets and composers. Audiences have praised the ensemble for its vocal beauty, fascinating and accessible programming, fresh and inspired interpretations, and musicianship of the highest standard.
Classical Roots, Latin Soul — featuring music for quartets from Latin and South America. With an artist’s grace and a Caribbean soul, the Dalí Quartet is today’s freshest voice in Classical and Latin American music. Anchored in both Venezuela’s El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, this exciting quartet combines the best of both worlds.
The Dalí Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form. The quartet is comprised of award-winning solo and chamber artists who have appeared at Carnegie Hall, toured widely in Europe and Asia, collaborated with some of the finest composers of our time, and recorded for Dorian, Centaur and Naxos.
Based in Philadelphia, the Dalí Quartet has brought the Latin-Classical connection to television, festivals, educational, and presenting organizations on tour in Canada, the U.S., and South America. Recent and upcoming engagements include performances for distinguished chamber music series and major universities in New York, Toronto, Washington D.C., Detroit, Portland (OR), Tulsa, San Jose (CA), East Lansing, Des Moines and beyond.
“Amazing, incredible, and inspiring were just some of the adjectives I heard our members use to describe [Katelyn’s] seemingly-effortless performance.”(Lexington Chapter, American Guild of Organists, October 2012)
American organist Katelyn Emerson performs throughout the United States and Europe, showcasing repertoire spanning from the 14th-21st centuries and giving “superlative performance with musical precision”. First-prize winner of the AGO’s 2016 National Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance, the Guild’s premier performance competition, Katelyn will be honored with a recital at the 2018 National Convention of the AGO in Kansas City (MO, U.S.A.) and will release a recording under the Pro Organo label in the 2017-2018 season. Katelyn received the Second Jean Boyer Award in the 2014 Fifth International Organ Competition Pierre de Manchicourt in Béthune and Saint-Omer, France and the second prize of the 2015 Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Syracuse, New York, where she will return to give a “Rising Star” recital in 2016.
This final concert of the Artist Series Season will feature works by Brahms and Schubert. The Vienna Piano Trio was one of the most noted ensembles of its type to emerge in the last decade of the 20th century. The group first obtained coaching from two of the world’s great trio ensembles, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Haydn Trio Wien. The group made debut appearances in 1989. Since then, they have won numerous international competition prizes. In 1993 the group made its recording debut in the complete Brahms piano trios on the Naxos label. They were invited to appear in late 1996 in performances of all of Franz Schubert’s works for piano trio, part of a festival in observation of the great composer’s 200th anniversary.
The trio is particularly successful in repertory by composers closely associated with Austria, such as Brahms, Schubert, and Haydn, and with Dvorák, who had close links with these composers. Their playing exhibits the traditional Viennese sentimentality and are alert to the nuances of the folk music traditions that appear in the works of all these composers. The Trio has toured extensively in northern Europe, Britain, Italy, South Africa, and the United States. During the 2006-2007 season, the trio began a residency at the Wiener Konzerthaus and in 2011, it appeared again at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Later recordings included Haydn’s piano trios and a live effort on MDG in 2011.
Tickets on Sale December 1, 2016!
For more than 40 years, The Tallis Scholars has celebrated the rich legacy of Renaissance vocal music, and the ensemble brings its artistry to St. Paul’s for the first time! Through their recordings and concert performances The Tallis Scholars have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world.
The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned.
The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, usually giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013 the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a World Tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries and travelling sufficient air-miles to circumnavigate the globe four times. They launched the year with a spectacular concert in St Paul’s Cathedral in London including a performance of Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium and the world premieres of works written specially for them by Gabriel Jackson and Eric Whitacre. Their new recording of the Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, by the 16th Century Tudor composer John Taverner, was released on the exact anniversary of their first concert in 1973 and enjoyed six weeks at number one in the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart.