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May 24, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm$20
Violist Scott Woolweaver, founding member of the award-winning Boston Composers String Quartet, and clarinetist Kelli O’Connor, founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, will join Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Artistic Director, pianist Delores Stevens, in the Society’s annual Spring Concert. The program will be the Society’s salute to National Chamber Music Month and will be on stage at 3 pm in Edgartown’s classic Old Whaling Church.
The Sunday afternoon celebration of chamber music will include the Sonata in f minor for viola and piano by Johannes Brahms and the Sonata for clarinet and piano by Leonard Bernstein. Both will showcase the two guest artists from Boston. Rounding out the afternoon, all three will join for Four Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano by Max Bruch and a Trio by Julius Rontgen.
Admission to the Spring Concert will cost $20 for adults and students are FREE. Entrance/admission fee payable at the door on the day of the Concert (cash or check only). For credit card purchases on line: www.TicketsMV.com.
Scott Woolweaver, viola
Scott Woolweaver, violist, graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music before moving to Boston for graduate work with the violist Walter Trampler. He was a founding member of the Boston Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993 String Quartet and Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan, and with the quartet he performed across the United States and Europe. He is violist of the award-winning New England Piano Quartette, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and spends summers at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado, at Adult Chamber Music Seminars at the Interlochen Arts Camp and at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine.
Kelli O’Connor, clarinet
A soloist, educator, chamber and orchestral musician, Clarinetist Kelli O’Connor earned praise recently as “an individualistic player with plenty of head and heart…the star of the evening…gorgeous tone and liquid line” (New London Day). Ms. O’Connor is a founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and the Radiance Woodwind Quintet, principal clarinet of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and appears frequently with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She previously served as principal clarinet with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.
Delores Stevens, piano
Pianist Delores Stevens is Co-founder and artistic director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, now celebrating its 45th consecutive year of bringing national and international concert artists to the Vineyard. As a member of the acclaimed Montagnana Trio, she gave more than 500 concerts throughout Europe and North America. At home on the international concert stage, she toured Japan twice in the 90’s, one of which was under the auspices of the US State Department, and recently she has performed in Australia and South America. Ms. Stevens served as a director and trustee of The Recording Academy (Grammy) for six terms. She has recorded for 16 different record labels in all genres of music from Hindemith to Mozart, and her solo piano CD recording Pilgrimage is available on the Dominguez Digital label
In the summer of 1971, a new sound echoed in main hall of the Chilmark Community Center, a sound that critics in the U.S. and Europe would soon acclaim. The Montagnana Trio was performing the first concert of what was to become the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, sponsors of the island’s Summer Music Festival. A member of that trio, pianist Delores Stevens, has helped to guide the organization over the years and today serves as its Artistic Director. Now approaching its 45th consecutive season, MVCMS has drawn outstanding artists from around the globe and commissioned over a dozen new works from contemporary composers in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, the society sponsors a multi-faceted education program for island youth including an annual high school scholarship, private music lessons and a string instrument loan program.