June 29, 2016

Concert One

July 4, 2017 - 7pm

Roland Park Presbyterian Church
4801 Roland Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

$10 Suggested Donation

 

 


Celebrate Independence Day with vivid American music and a tribute to Baltimore’s own Eubie Blake! Eighth Blackbird clarinetist Michael Maccaferri joins us for Brazilian composer Osvoldo Golijov’s mesmerizing klezmer work The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.

 

JOHN ADAMS Fellow Traveler

Colin Sorgi, Soojin Chang, violin
Jackie Capecci, viola - Mia Barcia-Colombo, cello

PAUL WIANKO American Haiku

Colin Sorgi, violin
Mia Barcia-Colombo, cello

WILLIAM BOLCOM Eubie's Luckey Day, Graceful Ghost Rag

Teodora Adzharova, piano

AARON COPLAND Two Pieces (Nocturne, Ukelele Serenade)

Colin Sorgi, violin
Teodora Adzharova, piano

 

INTERMISSION

 

OSVALDO GOLIJOV  The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
Prelude: Calmo, Sospeso
I: Agitato—Con Fuoco—Maestoso—Senza misura, oscilante
II: Teneramente—Ruvido—Presto
III: Calmo, Sospeso—Allegro Pesante
Postlude: Lento, liberamente

Michael Maccaferri, clarinet
Colin Sorgi, Soojin Chang, violin
Jackie Capecci, viola
Mia Barcia-Colombo, cello

 

Biography

Originally from Pittsburgh, Jackie Capecci earned a bachelor's degree at the Peabody
Conservatory as a student of Karen Tuttle and a master's at the United States
International University in San Diego. She continued learning everything about
orchestras as a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami. Since then she has enjoyed
working in all areas of the music industry, ranging from opera and Broadway to
symphonic and commercial recording, and performing on many continents and in some
of the world's most acclaimed concert halls. It was her desire for the intimate and
transformative qualities of the live chamber music experience that led her to found
Summer Chamber Music in Roland Park nine years ago.

 

Clarinetist and bass clarinetist Michael J. Maccaferri is a member of the Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird. A native of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Michael studied at the Walnut Hill School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Nothwestern University. His teachers have included Lawrence MacDonald, Ronald Aufmann and J. Lawrie Bloom. While at Oberlin, Michael co-founded Eighth Blackbird, one of the leading commissioners and performers of new music today. Since 1996, when the group won the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Eighth Blackbird has been widely regarded as one of the foremost proponents and commissioners of contemporary music, collaborating with luminaries such as Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Bruno Mantovani, Aaron Kernis, Stephen Hartke, Jennifer Higdon, Steve Mackey and George Perle. The group's work has been recognized with numerous awards and prizes including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and the American Music Center Trailblazer Award. As an educator Maccaferri has participated in long and short term residencies at universities and conservatories around the world, including the University of Chicago, Oberlin Conservatory, Queensland Conservatorium, Southern Methodist University, Colburn School and the Curtis Institute, and is currently on faculty at the University of Richmond. With Eighth Blackbird Michael has performed as soloist with leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony, and at major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, Sydney Opera House and the Kennedy Center. He has also performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Green Bay Symphony and serves as bass clarinetist with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.

 

American violinist and violist Colin Sorgi is the Concertmaster and Artistic Director of Chamber Programs for the National Philharmonic. He has also appeared as guest concertmaster with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra (Lucerne, Switzerland), Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony and York Symphony. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Colin holds degrees from both the Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University studying with renowned musicians Herbert Greenberg and Jaime Laredo.

He made his solo debut at the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and has since been heard as soloist and in recital on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, Canada’s National Arts Centre, and at the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, among others. In August 2015, Colin made his debut at the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Switzerland giving the European premiere of the concerto for electric violin and orchestra, “Forever and Ever”, by Tod Machover (Musical America’s 2015 Composer of the Year). The Guardian (UK) described this performance as having "unwavering conviction – subtle, striking, and moving." With the National Philharmonic, he most recently performed the complete violin concertos of J. S. Bach and will appear again as soloist in 2018 performing Prokofiev's second violin concerto. 

Colin’s first commercial recording, described by Fanfare Magazine as "a tour de force of stamina, virtuosity and rhythmic precision,” was released in 2012 on the IUmusic label for the Latin American Music Center and featured premiere recordings of works by living Latin American composers. 

Colin is an advocate for community engagement and arts education and is a devoted faculty member for the National Philharmonic’s yearly Summer String Institute as well as the Design and Marketing Coordinator for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program.  Colin currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Jaclyn, their cat Giuseppe and their dog Vincenzo.

 

Mia Barcia-Colombo was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she began her musical studies at four years of age and began playing cello when she was eight with Bongshin Ko. At 10 she continued her studies at the prestigious Colburn School of the Performing Arts with Dr. Richard Naill. In 2005, she competed and placed as a Laureate in the Sphinx Competition and a finalist at the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards. After high-school, she was accepted into the studio of Eleonore Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and also played principal cello in the American Youth Symphony until 2008. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Amit Peled

Mia has attended several music festivals locally and internationally, including the Lake George Music Festival in New York, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, Encore School for Strings in Ohio, the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Forum de Violoncello de España in Madrid, Spain. She has participated in master-classes with the Emerson, Guarneri, Tokyo, Miro, Takács, and Orion string quartets as well as with the Eroica Trio. While studying at the Peabody Institute, her chamber group, the Janos Quartet, won the position as the Honors Quartet in residence in Baltimore, Maryland, and performed in 2012 in Shanghai, China, at the Shanghai Conservatory. The Janos Quartet also premiered new works by prominent contemporary composers at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Mia currently resides in Los Angeles and enjoys an eclectic performance career serving as a substitute cellist for the LA Phil, recording scores for film and TV, and teaching cello at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica California. Next month, she will make her debut at the FYF music festival in Los Angeles playing alongside alternative artist Bjork.

 

Soojin Chang is a violinist from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is an active orchestral and chamber musician, having performed all throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She spent three years as a member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Nishinomiya, Japan. She has also performed as Principal 2nd Violin of the Richmond Symphony, and has been a member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra for the last three years. Soojin graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's in Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Linda Cerone and Stephen Rose.

 

Teodora Adzharova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and began piano studies at age 7. By the time she graduated from high school, she had won both national and international competitions in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Macedonia and the Czech Republic. After several years at the conservatory in Bulgaria, she came to the United States to study with Neil Rutman on full scholarship at the University of Central Arkansas. An assistantship in keyboard studies enabled her to attend the Peabody Conservatory. After completing a master's degree at Peabody, she joined the faculty to teach keyboard studies. The following year she entered the doctoral program, and is now the accompanying coordinator. Her teacher is Ellen Mack.