New and old chamber music performed side by side
This Thursday, Feb. 1, featured artists Mary Rowell, violin; Emily Taubl, cello; Matthew Taylor, sax and flute; and Cynthia Huard, piano, collaborate with Middlebury College music students in a program of “Music of our World, Side by Side.”
This unique and exciting program will include music by Australian composer and performer Padma Newsome, known for his work with Indie groups including The National; a jazzy “Cuban” Trio by Addison County composer Jorge Martin; a new composed and improvised piece by Matthew Taylor; descriptions of Vermont winter by Peter Hamlin; and Trios by Maurice Ravel and Franz Schubert.
The Thursday concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m. at Robison Hall in the Mahaney Center for the Arts on the Middlebury College campus.
Considered by critics to be one of the most interesting and exciting performers on the contemporary scene, the innovative violinist Mary Rowell cannot be classified. Known for her work with the Grammy Award-winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, Rowell has carved an indelible place in the contemporary classical music world with the post-classical quartet ETHEL, which she co-founded. She has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today’s composers as soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as violin and electric violin soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic among others.
As a composer Rowell’s work has been supported by Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Residency Program, artsBrookfied, the NEA, NYSCA, Mass MoCA and New Music USA. She currently is working with composer/performer Eve Beglarian as the duo BRIM (evbvd.com/BRIM) and recently has debuted two new groups — TURNmusic based in Waterbury, VT (turnmusic.org) and the composer/ performer quartet Ensemble 50. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is currently the concertmaster of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra.
Cellist Emily Taubl has attracted attention for her expressive playing and uncommon poise. She has been called “an outstanding cellist with a bright future” by the Hartford Courant and appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hartford Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, Granite State Symphony, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and New England String Ensemble. She has been featured as a soloist at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Prelude Concert Series, and for The Colors of Claude Debussy: A 150th Birthday Celebration on Boston’s WGBH that was broadcast internationally.
In addition, she has been recognized as the top prizewinner in the Van Rooy Competition. Having studied at the Julliard School, Yale School of Music, and the New England Conservatory, her major teachers include Paul Katz, Aldo Parisot and Ardyth Alton. Tauble lives in Burlington, and she teaches at the University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and Saint Michael’s College.
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 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 and the Middlebury Community Music Center.
Award-winning composer and saxophonist Matthew Evan Taylor has been hailed as “a promising new voice” (Lawrence Budmen, Miami Herald) and a “risk taker” (Neil De La Flor, Huffington Post) whose music is “insistent and defiant … envelopingly hypnotic” (Alan Young, Lucid Culture). His music has been performed across the United States and Europe by such ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Metropolis Ensemble, the Imani Winds, the Manhattan Girls Chorus and the Frost Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with visual artists and dancers; most recently, Taylor and visual artist Dannielle Tegeder collaborated on a series of graphic scores, premiered at the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago. He has also performed with Elliott Sharp, Marilyn Crispell, Tatsuya Nakatani, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, and dancer Katherine Kramer.
Taylor is currently visiting assistant professor of Music at Middlebury College.
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