Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society announces 2nd season at Spruce Peak PAC

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The Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society is thrilled to announce its second season at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center!

Chamber music is the most versatile and personal form of music. With two to nine players, one person per game, it’s a real musical and democratic conversation. The intimacy of the setting allows a direct connection between the audience and the musicians. Join us once again to experience the power of this art form!

Come and have fun at each of the shows for the 2019/2020 season! Get a special season pass for all four concerts for $ 140.00 (individual tickets cost $ 38.00) and enjoy the best performances from an extraordinary repertoire!

For busy Berlin, our season opener on October 13 at 7 p.m. Artistic Director Jia Kim has assembled an amazing group of musicians to share their passion and talents with you. The musicians are Jia Kim (cello), Henry Kramer (piano), Christel Lee (violin) and for the first time, an artist and composer from Vermont, Evan Premo (double bass and composer).

The program is inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago, when Leonard Bernstein brought together musicians from France, England, Russia and America – the four countries that occupied Berlin after the war. It was a beautiful and historic event, and 30 years later we are hosting our own celebration featuring composers from these four countries.

Selections will include music from Elgar his Sonata for Violin and Piano Number One Allegro; Arensky piano trio, third movement: Elegia; Piano trio n ° 1 in F major by Saint-Saëns movements one to 4 (Allegro vivace, Andante, Scherzo, Allegro); and Vermont artist and composer Evan Premo with his pieces Reflection, Artemis and a new piece for bass / cello.

Biographies of busy Berlin musicians:

Jia Kim: artistic director of the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society and Korean American cellist Jia Kim, recently chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, leads a dynamic musical life as a performer, educator and passionate advocate of the arts.

Ms Kim has been invited as a guest artist to the University of Hawaii, American Academy of Jordan, College of William and Mary, Grand Valley State University, and has served as a key judge for the competition. International 2016 of the Violin Society of America. Currently, she is a professor at the Juilliard School Precollege Division, the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, the Brearley School and the International Music Sessions. As Artistic Director of the Central Chamber Series in New York and the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society in Stowe, VT, she is committed to connecting with a wider audience through the powerful language of chamber music through the education and performance.

Ms. Kim is even more grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Itzhak & Toby Perlman, and Joel Krosnick, with whom she studied at the Juilliard School for a BA and MA in music. Mrs. Kim plays on a Testore cello made in 1748.

Henry Kramer: hailed by the New York Times for “exciting [and] triumphant performances, ”pianist Henry Kramer recently received a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Fellowship from Lincoln Center – one of the most coveted honors bestowed on young American soloists.

At the relatively late age of 11, Henry learned to play the piano on his own in his hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Soon after his parents enrolled him in classes, he was playing Chopin and Mozart. Henry graduated from The Juilliard School and received his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music under the supervision of Boris Berman. He is a Steinway artist and a sought-after collaborator having given recitals at prestigious venues across the country.

Christie Lee: First Prize Winner of the 2015 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, Canadian-American violinist Christel Lee became the first North American winner in her 50-year history. A multifaceted artist, Christie is a passionate chamber musician, regularly invited to European and North American festivals.

Of Korean descent, Christie started playing the violin at the age of five in Vancouver, Canada. She then moved to New York, attended Professional Children’s School and graduated from the Juilliard School in 2011. She completed her studies at the Kronberg Academy and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich under the tutelage of Ana Chumachenco. Christie plays on a 1781 violin by Lorenzo Storioni, kindly loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.

Evan Premo: Composer and Double Bassist Evan Premo is the first VT-based composer featured in a performance at Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society! His music has been commissioned by many people, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the International Society of Bassists, and Diana Gannett.

Evan is a member of the New York chamber music collective DeCoda, with whom he performs in residency around the world. He is artistic director and founder of “Beethoven and Banjos,” a residence that brings together folk and classical musicians for cross-genre concerts in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Evan lives in Marshfield, Vermont with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag. They are the founders and artistic directors of Scragg Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive and affordable chamber music performances.

Artist sponsorship provides a unique opportunity to get to know the artists personally and support their residency, as well as the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society. A special thank you to the supporters of the CMS residency in October 2019 who pledged their support: Irene Bareau, Leslie Abramson and Fred Rossman, and Terri and Gerry Griffin.

Buy your tickets on SprucePeakArts.org or call 802.760.4634.

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