Soloists & Guest Artists

Sarah Pelletier

SARAH PELLETIER

Maurice Ravel Shéhérazade

Date: October 25, 2015
Time: 3 p.m.
Venue: Tsai Performance Center

Praised by the Boston Globe for possessing “virtues of voice, intelligence and musicianship… with purity of tone and expression”, soprano Sarah Pelletier demonstrates these qualities in all her performances.

She has appeared as a guest artist at the Spoleto Festival USA, Bard Music Festival, and Aldeburgh Festival, UK.  Past seasons include appearances with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall; a solo recital on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage; Grieg’s Peer Gynt at the Brevard Festival; Britten’s War Requiem, Berg’s Wozzeck and Schwantner’s Magabunda with New England Philharmonic; Kraft Settings of Pierrot Lunaire with Boston Musica Viva; Bach B minor Mass with San Francisco Bach Choir; Handel’s Messiah with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Schumann’s Genoveva and Handel’s Ariodante with Emmanuel Music; and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with Princeton Festival Opera.  Ms. Pelletier toured with Maestro Seiji Ozawa to Japan, China, and Italy performing at the Saito Kinen Festival and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Ms. Pelletier has received Vocal Fellowships at Tanglewood and the Ravinia Festival. She has given solo recitals at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Goethe Institute.  A lover of Contemporary Music, she has premiered works by Ross Bauer, Gordon Beeferman, Howard Frazin, John McDonald, Eric Sawyer, Andy Vores, James Yannatos, and Arlene Zallman with performances under the direction of Lukas Foss, Keith Lockhart, Robert Spano, John Harbison, and John Rutter.  She has performed for Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, “Music in Time Series” at Spoleto Festival USA, and Santa Fe New Music. Ms. Pelletier is recorded on Albany and Chesky Records. She is currently a Lecturer in Voice at Princeton University.

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David Kravitz

DAVID KRAVITZ

Rob Kapilow Elijah’s Angel

Date: December 13, 2015
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.

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Dana Whiteside

DANA WHITESIDE

Rob Kapilow Elijah’s Angel

Date: December 13, 2015
Time: 3 p.m.
Venue: Tsai Performance Center

Baritone Dana Whiteside has appeared as soloist in numerous offerings of oratorio and orchestral works including the Boston premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Prophets from The Eternal Road, and in the Bach Saint John Passion and Mass in B Minor premiere of John Harbison’s Supper at Emaus with the Cantata Singers.In addition he has appeared as soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, and Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Benjamin Britten’s Cantata Misericordium as well as Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Cantata 82 (Ich habe genug) as well as the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s Winter’s Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra.

An avid recitalist, Mr. Whiteside has offered a wide range of programs on themes inspired by beauty of Venice, the writings of William Shakespeare and French cabaret. He has appeared on the Vox Humana Series and at Boston’s French Library/Société Française and with the Florestan Recital Project. He has performed at University of Oregon and Boston University in Schumann’s Liederkreis, op. 39, Samuel Barber’s Despite & Still, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, John Musto’s Shadow of the Blues: Songs to Texts of Langston Hughes, Ernest Chausson’s Serres Chaudes, and Aaron Copland’s Songs on Texts of Emily Dickinson.

Among the highlights of last season were his recital debut with Musicians of the Old Post Road, his performance as baritone aria soloist in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with Masterworks Chorale, the recital programs Milton’s Sweet Echo, Shakespeare’s Songs, and Venetian Melodies and the role of Count Carl Magnus in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Emmanuel Music. 

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BOSTON CITY SINGERS,
Jane Money, Director

Rob Kapilow Elijah’s Angel

Date: December 13, 2015
Time: 3 p.m.
Venue: Tsai Performance Center

Founded in 1995, Boston City Singers provides comprehensive sequential music instruction to over 500 young people aged 4 -18 years old annually in Boston’s inner-city neighborhoods to inspire personal development, celebrate diversity and foster good will. Weekly singing classes and chorus rehearsals are designed to provide singers with well-balanced sequential music instruction coupled with performance, youth development, cultural exploration, leadership training and community service components. Young singers learn and perform a dynamic, distinctive and challenging repertoire, supporting the Boston community’s rich artistic diversity by performing in a variety of settings and for diverse audiences. Boston City Singers also fosters new repertoire, commissioning, performing and publishing music of distinction. Through outstanding music education and vocal instruction, excellence in performance, and serving the community through song, chorus members experience the joys of singing, teamwork and leadership, musical skill and artistic expression, which foster self-growth and enhance their entire lives.

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RANDALL HODGKINSON

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43

Date: February 27, 2016
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.

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DanielleMaddon

DANIELLE MADDON,
NEP CONCERTMASTER

Alban Berg Violin Concerto (To the Memory of an Angel)

Date: April 30, 2016
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.