Soloists & Guest Artists

RANDALL HODGKINSON
Igor Stravinsky
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

Date: October 25, 2014
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Tsai Performance Center

The American pianist completed his Bachelor of Music degree with honors at New England Conservatory (NEC) in 1976, during the era in which Gunther Schuller served as President, and was also soloist under Mr. Schuller while on a fellowship to Tanglewood. Mr. Hodgkinson is currently on the faculty of NEC, as well as the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

Mr. Hodgkinson has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and with orchestras in Italy and Iceland.

Mr. Hodgkinson is an active performer of chamber music and is currently a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society (BCMS) and the Gramercy Trio, which features Hodgkinson on piano, violinist Sharan Leventhal, and cellist Jonathan Miller. In January 2013, they premiered Gunther Schuller’s Piano Trio in Boston.



DAVID KRAVITZ
Rob Kapilow
Chris van Allsburg’s Polar Express

Date: December 14, 2014
Time: 3 p.m.
Venue: Tsai Performance Center

Baritone David Kravitz is increasingly in demand on operatic and concert stages. Critics have praised his “large, multi-layered” and “sumptuously flexible” voice, and his “power and eloquence.” Recently the New York Times described him as “a charismatic baritone.”His recent performances include: Paolo Orsini in Wagner’s Rienzi (Odyssey Opera); The Speaker in The Magic Flute (Boston Lyric Opera), Thea Musgrave’s The Mocking-Bird (Boston Musica Viva); Machover’s Death and the Powers (Dallas Opera), and as Fredrik Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Emmanuel Music). 

Later in 2014, he will return to the Pioneer Valley Symphony for Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony; Boston Lyric Opera for Marullo in Rigoletto; Ash Lawn Opera for Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and a company debut with Palm Beach Opera for the world premiere of Enemies, a Love Story.



NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALL CITY TREBLE SINGERS
KATHRYN DENNEY, DIRECTOR

Rob Kapilow
Chris van Allsburg’s Polar Express

Date: December 14, 2014
Time: 3 p.m.
Venue: Tsai Performance Center

Newton’s All-City Treble Singers is a select group of fifth and sixth graders from all fifteen elementary schools and four middle schools in Newton. Through a rigorous audition process they are chosen and rehearse after school for ninety minutes per week. The Treble singers have performed with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Newton Symphony and the Boston Ballet School. They have performed in such locations as Newton War Memorial, the Scandinavian Living Center and the First Baptist Church in Newton, and have regular performerances at Newton’s annual citywide Martin Luther King celebration



SARAH PELLETIER
Benjamin Britten

Spring Symphony

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

 



KRISTA RIVER
Benjamin Britten

Spring Symphony

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

Hailed by Opera News for her “lovely clarity and golden color,” mezzo-soprano Krista River is a versatile performer who is at home in repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to the 21st century.  She was a winner of the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and a 2007 grant recipient from the Sullivan Foundation.  Recent notable performances include the International Water and Life Festival in Qinghai, China;  recitals at Jordan Hall in Boston; the Asociación Nacional de Conciertos in Panama City, Panama; and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, about which the New York Times praised her “warm voice and witty interpretive style.”

Recent opera appearances include: Countess Charlotte Malcolm in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Emmanuel Music); Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra); the title role in the title role in Carmen at Mechanics Hall in Worcester; Sesto in La clemenza di Tito (Emmanuel Music); Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Mercury Baroque (Houston). Ms. River made her Tanglewood debut in the role of Jordan Baker in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby.



RAY BAUWENS
Benjamin Britten

Spring Symphony

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

Ray Bauwens is well known to audiences in the New England area. His musicianship, acting and vocal skills have drawn praise from audiences and critics alike. Some of Mr. Bauwens’ operatic performances have included roles such as Rodolfo in La Boheme; Jean in Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre Dame; Cavaradossi in Tosca; Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West; Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera; Enzo in La Gioconda and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana. He is equally at home in oratorio and concert works as his performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Verdi’s Requiem and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem among others will attest. 

Mr. Bauwens has performed with the National Symphony of the Ukraine, the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Boston Academy of Music, Connecticut Concert Opera, Opera Providence, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Warren Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Symphony, Boston Civic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Concord Orchestra, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, Symphony Pro Musica and the Boston Ballet in Lila York’s staging of the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.



CHORUS pro MUSICA
JAMIE KIRSCH, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Benjamin Britten

Spring Symphony

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

Chorus pro Musica (CpM) is an independent Boston-based chorus recognized for versatility and excellence in performing traditional, adventurous, and seldom-heard works. CpM performs both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment, often with area music organizations and acclaimed soloists.

CpM was founded in 1949 by the late Alfred Nash Patterson, one of the most influential forces in choral music in New England, and has built a superb reputation for high musical standards and innovative programming. CpM has twice received Grammy nominations for recordings made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. CpM made its Lincoln Center debut in 2001 and performed again in Carnegie Hall in 2002 with the Chinese-language work The Yellow River Cantata to sell-out audiences.

CpM’s dedication to new and rarely performed choral music has resulted in Boston premieres including Roger Ames, A Requiem for Our Time, American premieres including the Britten War Requiem, and  world premieres including León Biriotti’s Sinfonía da Requiem.

Chorus pro Musica continues to collaborate with musical organizations. In March 2012, CpM joined with the New England Philharmonic and the Providence Singers to perform the Britten War Requiem; the previous year, both groups jointly performed Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and the world premiere of Abbie Betinis’s Expectans expectavi, a CpM commission. CpM appeared in December 2010 with Andrea Bocelli at Boston’s TD Garden as part of Bocelli’s US tour. In Fall 2013, CpM appeared with the Boston Philharmonic to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9



BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS
ANTHONY TRECEK-KING, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Benjamin Britten

Spring Symphony

Date: March 1, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

In November of 2013, the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) was recognized in a White House ceremony as a recipient of the nation’s highest youth arts organization honor, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award 2013 from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) was founded by Hubie Jones, a civic leader who for almost five decades has labored to address the social problems facing Boston’s underserved children and communities. 

In 2001, Mr. Jones experienced a breathtaking performance by the nationally renowned Chicago Children’s Choir, and returned to Boston determined to replicate this innovative program, as there were no organizations in Boston that effectively combined a mission for artistic excellence with an agenda for social change. He gathered the support of civic leaders and, after a year of planning and pilot projects, the Boston Children’s Chorus was launched in October of 2003. Since the BCC’s inception, its programs have grown rapidly. 

In the current season, almost 500 singers representing more than 50 of Boston’s urban and suburban neighborhoods are participating in twelve different choirs in five Boston locations: the South End, Allston-Brighton, South Boston, and Dorchester. The Boston Children’s Chorus collaborated with the NEP in its acclaimed performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in March 2012.



DANIELLE MADDON
NEP CONCERTMASTER
Andy Vores

Violin Concerto No. 2 World Premiere │ NEP Commission

Date: May 2, 2015
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Tsai Performance Center

Violinist Danielle Maddon leads an active life as one of Boston’s most versatile freelance musicians. Critics have said of her performances, “Maddon played brilliantly and imbued every gesture, every note, with feeling” (The Boston Phoenix); “Maddon is a violinist with impressive

chops. Her sound is brilliant, intonation impeccable and her command of all kinds of bravura effects totally assured” (The Boston Globe).

Ms. Maddon performs frequently as concertmaster of several Boston organizations,

including the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Emmanuel Music, the New England Philharmonic, and Cantata Singers. As a baroque violinist, she performs and records with Boston Baroque, The Boston Cecelia and the Handel and Haydn Society. 

Her broad experience includes orchestral, solo and chamber music performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, both here and on overseas tours. Serving as concertmaster with Emmanuel Music, she toured throughout Europe and in New York with Craig Smith and Lorraine

Hunt-Lieberson in a program of Bach Cantatas staged by Peter Sellars.

Some of her most unique musical experiences include a performance of Sarasate’s

Zigeunerweisen for Pope John Paul II at Vatican City, a Bach chamber music event for the Dalai Lama at Brandeis University, and a wonderful 2-year stint as a 1st violinist with the Singapore Symphony, with whom she toured throughout Asia. While in Singapore, she taught violin at the National University, went mountain-climbing in Malaysia, and won a national poetry contest sponsored by the Singapore Straits Times.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Maddon made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Lydian String Quartet and mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, in a program featuring the works of John Harbison. As a recent guest violinist with the Lydian String Quartet, she played concerts and tours throughout New England. Maddon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Texas Christian University.

From Ohio University, she earned a Masters Degree in Violin Performance with highest honors. As a post graduate student, she won Boston University School for the Arts’ President’s Award. She won consecutive full fellowships to the Tanglewood and LA Philharmonic Music Festivals, where she worked as concertmaster with conductors Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas,

Leonard Slatkin, and Sir Charles Grove.