Monday, September 24, 2007

An Evening of Chamber Synergy

Music audiences live for that moment when great works and fine interpreters come together, and it just clicks. When this happens, you never want the evening to end. That’s what you can expect to experience with An Evening of Chamber Music.

On Friday, September 28, 2007, musicians from Brock’s and SUNY Fredonia’s Music faculty will take the stage at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre at 7:30 p.m., for a memorable evening.

Performing an eclectic mix of contemporary pieces and classical works, this event will be highlighted by the Brahms Horn Trio performed with tuba. Each of the players — pianist Karin Di Bella, percussionist Devon Fornelli, trumpeter Tim White, tubaist Raymond Stewart, and violinist Maureen Yuen — commands a beautiful sound.

An Evening of Chamber Music will feature diverse works by composers such as Camille Saint-Saëns and John Phillip Sousa; The Golden Age of the Xylophone arranged by Eyles and Werle; and Daniel Grabois’ Zen Monkey, a recent composition for solo tuba.

Brian Power, Chair of the Department of Music feels, “this group's combination of superb musicianship and finely honed collaborative skills creates a seamless performance."

For an evening of engaging music, join us on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Tickets are $28.50 adults; $22.50 students/seniors, and are available at the Centre for the Arts Box Office, 905-688-5550, ext. 3257.

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Media Release Backgrounder:

Dr. Karin Di Bella - Piano
DMA (UBC), MMus (Washington U., St. Louis), BMus (UWO), ARCT (Royal Conservatory, Toronto)
Dr. Di Bella, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Brock University, brings to her performing a strong interest in historical and theoretical issues. Areas of expertise include contemporary Canadian repertoire, music and politics of the 1920s and 1930s, and historical instruments and techniques of the 18th and 19th centuries. She is very active as a soloist, collaborator, coach, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator, and is a member of the college of examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Concerto appearances include orchestras in St. Catharines, St. Louis, Kitchener, and North Bay. She performs regularly with a wide variety of instrumentalists and singers from across Ontario and New York State. Dr. Di Bella teaches piano lessons, master classes, accompanying, and piano pedagogy.

Devon Fornelli - Percussion
BMus (UBC), MMus (Toronto)
Percussionist Devon Fornelli has extensive experience as a soloist, an orchestral percussionist, and as a chamber instrumentalist. His range of talent covers all the diverse areas of percussion and drums from the orchestral percussion section to contemporary art music, and most traditions in-between. Mr. Fornelli has been heard on CBC radio, on film and television, and has taught percussion at the College and University level.

Timothy White - Trumpet, Brass Techniques
BMus, MMus (Michigan) BEd (Toronto)
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Timothy White played in the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the McMaster Symphony before beginning his studies at the University of Michigan. There he studied trumpet with Ramon Parcells (Detroit Symphony) and Armando Ghitalla (Boston Symphony). His conducting teachers included Donald Shlieker and Gustav Meier. He has performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Niagara Symphony. Mr. White performs throughout southern Ontario as a soloist, freelance trumpeter, and clinician, and with his quintet, the Rondeau Brass. He is the trumpet instructor at Brock University and McMaster University and lives in Hamilton with his wife Lauren, and their three children, Ian, Alex and Evan.

Raymond Stewart – Tuba
BMus (UM), MMus (MSM)
Born in Miami and raised in southern Illinois, tubaist Raymond Stewart has established an active musical career in New York City since 1985 and now resides both there and in upstate Fredonia, NY. He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, BM from the University of Miami School of Music, and MM from the Manhattan School of Music. He is equally at home on the concert stage, recording studio, in musical theater, on tour, and in academia. He is currently serving in his 8th year as Associate Professor of Music at SUNY Fredonia College where he teaches the tuba studio, conducts Concert Band, has conducted the musical (BARNUM, Spring 2005) and has lectured in World Music. He also serves as principal tuba of the American Composers Orchestra in NYC, the world's only orchestra dedicated to the infinite variety of American music which performs regularly at Carnegie Hall. As a member of the internationally acclaimed brass chamber music group Meridian Arts Ensemble (co-founded NYC in 1987), Mr. Stewart has appeared in 49 states, 27 countries, and four continents at countless music conservatories, performance venues and festivals, and has worked with numerous composers including Frank Zappa, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, and Elliott Sharp. He has recorded nine cds with the Meridians on the Dutch independent label, Channel Classics. Reviewing a Meridian Arts Ensemble performance September 2002, the New York Times wrote about Mr. Stewart's work: "the tuba lines were cleanly and precisely articulated." Mr. Stewart has also performed and/or recorded with numerous diverse musical entities including theatre and film director Julie Taymor, Academy Award winning film score composer Elliot Goldenthal, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, jazz pianist Toshiko Akyoshi, Brasil's living choros/bandolim legend Joel Nascimento and Brasil's musica popular diva Marisa Monte, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway (STATE FAIR, CANDIDE), the off-Broadway hit JUAN DARIEN, movie soundtracks (SPHERE, TWO FAMILY HOUSE, TITUS, BRIDE OF THE WIND), TV jingle ads (AT&T, DUNKIN' DONUTS), the Walt Disney World Company, and 80's rock icons DURAN DURAN. At the age of 19, he was the featured solo sousaphonist in the international touring company of the Broadway musical BARNUM. Mr. Stewart can be heard on the EMI, Channel Classics, Sony Classical, CRI, Argo, and Knitting Factory Works labels, among others. His principal teachers have included Toby Hanks, John Stevens, and Carson Johnson.

Maureen Yuen – Violin
BMus, MMus (UBC)
Maureen Yuen completed her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Violin Performance at the University of British Columbia at the age of 21. Her primary teachers were Andrew Dawes, Nancy Di Novo and Gerald Stanick. She has also worked with members of the Emerson, Fine Arts, Orford, St. Lawrence, and Tokyo string quartets. As a founding member of the English Bay String Quartet, Ms. Yuen has toured North America, and has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada and Italy. She has played with the Victoria Symphony, Wichita Symphony and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. She is also a member of the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, whose recordings can often be heard on NPR’s Performance Today. Currently, Ms. Yuen is on faculty at the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia where she maintains a full studio of undergraduate and graduate violin students and several chamber music ensembles. Her active schedule includes solo and chamber music recitals and masterclasses throughout North America. She is also on the faculty of Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, as well as a string adjudicator with Kiwanis Music Festivals in Canada.

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