Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
An increasingly established pianist in the greater Hartford area, Andrew King was winning regional competitions by the age of 17. In 2003, he and violist Sean Reilly were the first-prize winning chamber music group at the IES program in Vienna, Austria. After studying in the Hartt School of Music Community Division, Mr. King attended Bowdoin College where he earned a BA in Music. He returned to Hartt as the recipient of the WM Vincent Scholarship to complete his MM in Piano Performance. His principal teachers include Robert Durso (New York), David Westfall, Margreet Francis, and Gerald Stofsky (Vienna).
Mr. King has competed internationally and performed in masterclasses for leading pianists, including Ilya Itin, Paul Roberts, Yael Weiss, and Robert Wyatt. Active as both teacher and performer, Mr. King maintains a private studio at his home in Bloomfield and is on the faculty of the Community Division of the Hartt School. Recent performances include a Hartt Community Division faculty recital at the Simsbury Library in October of this past year.
Additionally, Mr. King serves as pianist for the Enfield American Baptist Church, a position he has held since 2008. For more information, please visit his website, andrewkingpianist.com.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Free concert at noon
Monday, July 20th
Lidia Chang, baroque flute
Music by J.S. Bach,
Jacques Hotteterre, Michele Blavet
Bring a lunch to eat -
St. John's will provide drinks and cookies!
A versatile musician and well-rounded scholar, Lidia Chang double majored in Flute Performance and Music History at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She went on to earn a Master's in Historical Performance on the Baroque flute at McGill University's Schulich School of Music. Lidia works as a freelance musician and has the pleasure of performing internationally as a soloist and with a number of period instrument ensembles including Ensemble Ad Libitum, Arcadia Players, and Ensemble Musica Humana, of which she is a founding member.
Dr. Matthew McConnell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Bennington College, a Master’s degree in Musical Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the same institution. He is a member of ASCAP and the American Guild of Organists.
Dr. McConnell is the Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of North Adams, and is the current Director of Choral Instruction at St. Stanislaus-Kostka Private School in Adams, MA. Dr. McConnell's choral music publisher is E.C. Schirmer, and he is a contributor to the Lorenz organ periodicals. For more information please visit: www.mattharpsichord.com.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
A versatile performer and recording artist in the New York area, Nora Krohn has performed on three continents in a diverse range of venues and styles. She is the Assistant Principal violist of the Ridgefield Symphony and section violist in the Binghamton Philharmonic. Her numerous recording credits include collaborations with Ethel, Phil Dizack and Declan O'Rourke, and commercial projects for Budweiser and Tiffany and Co. She can also be seen in several episodes of Amazon Studios' web series "Mozart in the Jungle."
A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, pianist and educator Vlada Yaneva has been residing in New York for the past fourteen years. She is actively performing throughout the United States and Europe and teaching in NYC. She can be often heard in collaboration with her husband pianist Matthew Harrison as part of their project Masterwork Conversations - lecture recital series dedicated to creating a closer and more personal relationship with the audience through an open conversation. This project is currently in its fifth season and is being brought to libraries throughout the US East coast.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
New York-based violinist Akiko Kobayashi returns to open our 12th annual summer concert series in a program of music for solo violin.
Audience members are invited to bring a bag lunch to eat; St. John's will provide drinks and cookies.
Akiko Kobayashi has appeared as a soloist with the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and InterHarmony Festival Orchestra. Her recital appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by the MTNA League; Steinway Hall in New York; Cathedral of St. John in New York; the Gala Chamber Music Concert at the Nyack Academy of Music Summer Festival; Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany; Konzertsaal des Rathauses in Bavaria; and a benefit concert for the Annie Le Memorial Fellowship Fund sponsored by the Association of Yale Asian American Alumni. Past season highlights include a debut appearance in Chicago and solo with the West Islip Symphony.
She has appeared at international festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the InterHarmony International Music Festival in the Berkshires and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Festival in Bavaria, where she performed as both soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in master classes for the Stradivarius Society, Zvi Zeitlin, and Sergiu Schwartz.
Her interests include baroque performance and compositional practices and violin and harpsichord works. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Music in Classical Violin from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Victor Aitay, Sidney Harth and Felix Galimir.