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DateConcertDescription
9/27/2013 7:30:00 PMBrinton Smith (Cello) / Evelyn Chen (Piano) This evening brings back two stellar musicians: Cellist Brinton Averil Smith and Pianist Evelyn Chen. ……………………………………………………………… Brinton Averil Smith joined the Houston Symphony in the fall of 2005 as principal cellist. Prior to this, he was a member of the New York Philharmonic, and was also previously the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Smith is a member of the faculty at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and has also served as a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. An active chamber musician, Brinton has collaborated with members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Berg quartets, as well as performances with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Series and, with violinist Gil Shaham, at the Aspen Music Festival Winter recital series and the Linton series in Cincinnati. We last saw Brinton as he led the Bad Boys of Cello concert on 1/20/2012. ………………………………………………………………. The New York Times hailed Evelyn Chen as "a pianist to watch," praising her "brilliant technique, warm, clear tone, and exacting musical intelligence." Ms. Chen's recent engagements have included performances on five continents at venues including Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Wolf Trap, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the Cultural Center of Hong Kong, and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. Her recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Leonard Slatkin and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London on BMG, was among the top ten best-selling classical recordings in England. Selected as a Steinway Artist, Ms. Chen has been featured on the CBS Evening News, and her performances have been broadcast by the National Public Radio, WGBH (Boston), WQXR (New York), WNYC (New York), WNCN (New York), WFMT (Chicago), and WGTS (Washington DC), as well as throughout Taiwan. ……………………………………………………………… Brinton Smith and Evelyn Chen both received their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School.
11/17/2013 6:30:00 PMBenjamin Kamins / Richie Hawley / Rice Students Almost 7 years ago, Cristi Macelaru (now Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra) pulled together a group of Rice students to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti #4 and #5 along with a couple shorter baroque works. It was a great concert. ……………………………………………………………… Last year, Ben Kamins (who gave us a bassoon concert 6 years ago) along with other faculty and very promising students of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, brought us a superb evening of baroque chamber music. ……………………………………………………………… Professor Kamins is back this year along with Professor of Clarinet, Richie Hawley and Rice students for another chamber music event emphasizing the quality of the Rice Shepherd School faculty and the future of classical music through the school's phenomenal students. ……………………………………………………………… Since this concert is on a Sunday, we will be starting one hour earlier than normal; appetizers and wine being served at 6:30 and the concert starting a bit after 7:00.
1/10/2014 7:30:00 PMFidelis Quartet + Piano + Bass Rodica Gonzalez and the Fidelis Quartet are back to bring us another great program. We have heard them perform Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" string quartet and Dvorak's piano quintet (both of which they subsequently performed at Carnegie Hall) as well as the Schumann piano quintet. ……………………………………………………………… For this concert the Fidelis Quartet (sisters Rodica Gonzalez and Mihaela Frusina - violins, Wei Jiang - viola, Jeffrey Butler - cello) joins the Tre Voci Trio (Rodica Gonzalez - violin, Jeffrey Butler - cello, Ilgin Aka - piano) and Bassist Donald Howey to perform two chamber music favorites; Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major "Trout" and Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 4 "Dumky".
2/28/2014 7:30:00 PMWebster Trio (Flute/Clarinet/Piano) THE WEBSTER TRIO (www.webstertrio.com) was founded in 1988 by Michael Webster and Leone Buyse to expand and promote the repertoire for flute, clarinet, and piano. Since 2000 Robert Moeling has been pianist for the trio, which has performed in The Netherlands, Portugal, and Panama as well as across the United States. Crystal Records has released the trio’s World Wide Webster; discs with other pianists include Tour de France (Crystal), Sonata Cho-Cho San (Nami/Live Notes), and From Vienna to Budapest (Camerata Tokyo). All four CDs feature Michael Webster’s transcriptions of four-hand piano music for flute, clarinet, and piano, seven of which have been published by International Music.
4/4/2014 7:30:00 PMEric Halen / Scott Holshouser While we traditionally close our season with pair of musicians; Eric Halen (Associate Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony) and Scott Holshouser (Principal Keyboard of the Houston Symphony), we temporarily break tradition by having them at our 5th rather than 6th concert. Eric and Scott's recitals at the Woodlands Salon Series have consistently drawn some of our largest audiences. ……………………………………………………………… This is a Friday evening concert starting at our normal time; appetizers and wine being served at 7:30 and the concert starting a bit after 8:00.
5/4/2014 6:30:00 PMJoyce Yang We are thrilled to be able to present Joyce Yang, who in 2005 at age 19 won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The Juilliard trained pianist has been an amazingly popular Cliburn winner with solo, chamber and orchestral performances throughout the world. ……………………………………………………………… Joyce is the featured pianist for the Houston Symphony's subscription concert May 1, 3 and 4, 2014. She will be performing the Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano (Triple Concerto) along with Houston Symphony concertmaster Frank Huang and Principal Cello (and this season's opening Salon Series concert artist) Brinton Averil Smith. We have asked Joyce to come back to the Woodlands Salon Series Sunday evening after her performance with the Houston Symphony.