June 29, 2016

Concert Three

July 18, 2017 - 7pm

Roland Park Presbyterian Church
4801 Roland Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

$10 Suggested Donation



We celebrate our 10th season with one of the most beloved of all vocal works, Villa-Lobos’ rapturous Bachianas Brasileras No. 5 for soprano and eight cellos. And we begin with a little-known but Brahmsian and rapturously beautiful trio.


CARL FRUHLING Trio in A Minor for clarinet, cello and piano, op. 40

Mäßig schnell
Anmutig bewegt
Allegro vivace

David Drosinos, clarinet
Sean Neidlinger, cello
Teodora Adzharova, piano


HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Assobio a játo (The Jet Whistle), W493

Allegro non troppo

David LaVorgna, flute
Lavena Johanson, cello


HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (1947)

Ária (Cantilena, A minor)
Dança (Martelo, C major)

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS, arr. Robert Thurston - Food for Thought from Magdalena - lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest

world premiere of cello octet transcription
commissioned by Summer Chamber Music in Roland Park

Leah Inger, soprano
Sean Neidlinger, Lavena Johanson, Peter Kibbe, Katlyn DeGraw,
David Cho, Ismar Gomes, Jonathan Terry, Katlyn DeGraw, cello


David Drosinos received his diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He studied clarinet with Loren Kitt, principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra. David won the Sidney Jensen Memorial Award for outstanding clarinet performance and has been a guest artist at the Greek Embassy in Washington and the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The Washington Post praised him as "playing with an unusually smooth and agile touch." The Baltimore Sun said he played the "idyllic" Finzi Clarinet Concerto "with technical security, tonal warmth and exceptionally eloquent phrasing," and that "Copland's Clarinet Concerto had a confident and dynamic protagonist in David Drosinos. He spun the lyrical lines with considerable warmth."

David was the principal clarinetist and soloist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on their tour to Russia, and a featured soloist with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He has performed in Greece, Ireland, Moscow, Finland, the Bahamas and all over the continental U.S. His Greek band Zephyros was a featured act at the International Clarinet Association in Washington. In 2010 David traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia for the international premiere and recording of the Sowash Clarinet Concerto with the St. Petersburg Symphony. He lives in Cockeysville, Maryland and is in much demand with performing groups in the greater Baltimore-Washington area. He teaches at Shepherd University, the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Peabody Preparatory.


Cellist Sean Neidlinger enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Richard Aaron, he pursued further studies at New England Conservatory with Paul Katz. Sean has worked closely with members of the Cavani, Chicago, Cleveland, Guarnieri, and Takacs Quartets. Described as "fiery" and "impassioned" by the Washington Post, Sean's playing has received top prizes at several competitions, including the Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria Symphonies. He has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the Korean, German, French, and Austrian embassies, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and Terrace Theatre, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Friday Morning Music Club orchestras. He also has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and has served as principal cellist of the Amadeus, Winchester, McLean Orchestras, and the New Orchestra of Washington. Sean has toured Europe as a chamber musician and as a soloist for the world premiere of Arturo Rodriguez's Elegy and Rondo for cello and wind ensemble. Sean also recently embarked on a four nation tour throughout the Caribbean on a program of cultural outreach sponsored by the United States Department of State. Sean is currently the Principal Cellist for the American Pops Orchestra, the cellist of the IBIS Chamber Ensemble, the National Chamber Ensemble, and the Chamber Dance Project. As an artist intrigued by mixed disciplines, Sean was awarded a grant to perform his multimedia project Audio Warhol at the National Gallery of Art and has recently collaborated with DJ Spooky for a performance featuring strings, DJ, and film.


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.


David Lavorgna began serious study of the flute at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He went on to study with Bonnie Lake at the Peabody Conservatory, where he received the Britten Johnson Award as the most outstanding and promising flutist. After receiving his bachelor's degree, David moved to California to study with Timothy Day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and earned a master's degree. He has performed in master classes with Trevor Wye, Eugenia Zukerman, Julius Baker and Karl Kraber, and has coached with Trudy Kane and Mark Sparks. David's many performance credits include working with such varied artists as Leon Fleisher, Samuel Sanders, Judy Collins, Bobby McFerrin, Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli; he has also collaborated with many composers throughout the development, revision and premieres of many works. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Monica, and their daughters, Cecilia and Lucia. He is a faculty member at Loyla College and at the Ward Center for the Arts at the St. Paul's Schools.


Cellist Lavena Johanson is a commanding performer and a consummate musician. Her passion for chamber music has led to performances with esteemed artists such as Robert McDuffie, Ara Gregorian, Amit Peled, Andres Diaz, Amy Schwartz Moretti, and Nicholas Cords. Lavena was a founding member of the Atlas String Quartet, semifinalists in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed new and recent works by Ted Hearne, Amy Beth Kirsten, Caroline Shaw, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir on Baltimore's Evolution Contemporary Music Series. Lavena has also premiered two pieces written expressly for her by her husband, Judah Adashi, and is only the second cellist to have performed both of Michael Hersch's Sonatas for Unaccompanied Cello in one night. Most recently, Lavena toured as a cellist with the indie rock band Ra Ra Riot, playing to sold-out crowds at the 9:30 Club (Washington, DC), The House of Blues (Cleveland, OH), and Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL). On April 19th, 2017 she released a recording of Judah Adashi's piece The Beauty of the Protest for singing cellist. A native of Seattle, Lavena holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. She plays on a cello made by Jason Viseltear and Robert Young in 2005.


Praised by the Baltimore Sun for her “limpid tones,” “bright, flexible soprano,” and “bell-like voice,” Leah Inger is an avid performer and educator in the Baltimore area and beyond. She has appeared with Opera Vivente, Baltimore Concert Opera, Young Victorian Theatre Company, Peabody Opera Theater, Danbury Music Centre, Annapolis Chorale, and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. An interest in music of our time has led to a number of pre-mieres as well as multiple appearances on the Evolution Contemporary Music series. She is a regular chorister with Washington National Opera and a soloist at Roland Park Presbyterian Church. A native of Tennessee, Ms. Inger holds degrees from Georgetown College, Towson University, and Peabody Conservatory. She teaches music at Roland Park Country School and serves on the voice faculty at Towson University. This marks her second appearance on the Summer Chamber Music series.


Jihea Choi is serving as a principal cellist for the Apollo Orchestra in addition to performing with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra as an associate principal. In addition, she performs regularly with the Maryland, Mid Atlantic and National Philharmonic Orchestras. She teaches as an adjunct cello faculty member at Landon School and Potomac School and is trained in Suzuki Method. She received her master of music degree from the University of Maryland, a performer's certificate from Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor of music degree from The Catholic University studying with Robert Newkirk, David Teie and Marc Johnson.


Award-winning cellist Ismar Gomes performs throughout the U.S. as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Hailed for his “impressive virtuosity, energy, and a handsome tonal range” (Berkshire Review), Mr. Gomes has established himself as a young artist on the rise. Recent perfor-mance highlights include Duo recitals on distinguished concert series across the United States, as well as collabora-tions with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Emerson Quartet, and the Johannes Quartets. He is a member of the Virginia and Delaware Symphonies and also frequently performs with the Charleston and Baltimore Symphonies.Mr. Gomes is a faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Loyola University of Maryland, and Morgan State University and spends his summers mentoring students in cello and chamber music at both the Rushmore Music Festival and the Baltimore International Piano Festival. Past faculty appointments include the Cleveland Institute of Music Summer Chamber Music Festival, StringFest at Merkin Hall, the Performing Arts Institute, and the Three Bridges Festival. Always engaged in new projects, Mr. Gomes has commis-sioned and premiered a number of new works by leading American composers; he has worked with and recorded the works of William H. Weigel, Marc Neikrug, David Lang, and James Lee III.Ismar attended the Peabody Conser-vatory, studying with Alison Wells and Amit Peled. Previous teachers include Marc Johnson and Clive Greensmith of the Vermeer and Tokyo Quartets. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Colin Carr.


Cellist David Cho performs extensively around the Washington, DC area.  His recent orchestral activities include performances with the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet, the National Gallery Orchestra and Wolftrap. Mr. Cho performed recitals and solos at the Millenium Stage, Czech and Austrian Embassies, the Japanese Cultural Center and Concert Artists of Baltimore.  Concerto engagements include appearances with the Piedmont Symphony, Frederick Symphony and the Friday Morning Music Club.  He studied at New England Conservatory, USC, and Indiana University.  His teachers included Bernard Greenhouse and Ronald Leonard.  From 1995 to 2006, he was Assistant Principal Cellist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony and the Bellingham Music Festival Orchestra.  He was on faculty at Interlochen in 2006 and received a Fellowship to Tanglewood.  Mr. Cho actively maintains a private teaching studio in Falls Church, VA and coaches sectionals at Langley and MCYO.


Cellist Katlyn DeGraw is an inspired performer and teacher.  An active orchestral musician, Ms. DeGraw is the Associate Principal Cellist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and appears frequently with the Richmond and Annapolis Symphonies.  Her passion for orchestral playing has also led to performances with the Baltimore and Charleston Symphonies, as well as the National Philharmonic.   Aside from her performing, Ms. DeGraw is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher.  She maintains a private studio of successful and engaged students.  Ms. DeGraw has served on the faculty at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance, the Waldorf School of Baltimore, and served as adjunct faculty at the University of Rochester.  

Ms. DeGraw has spent her summers at the National Orchestral Institute, Le Domaine Forget, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music.  Through her travels, Ms. DeGraw has studied under and performed in Master Classes for great artists and teachers, the likes of whom include Lynn Harrell, Steven Doane, and Hans Jørgen Jensen.

Ms. DeGraw studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she earned her Bachelor degree under the instruction of Amit Peled.  She went on to study with David Ying at the Eastman School of Music where she earned her Master degree.  

Ms. DeGraw plays on a beautiful French cello, made by Nicolas Gilles in 2010.


Jonathan Terry, born and raised in Howard County Maryland, has been playing the cello since the age of 8. At age 14, he gave his first solo debut at Shenandoah Performing Art’s Camp (concerto competition winner), performing the first movement of Haydn’s C major cello concerto. He has studied with principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Dariusz Skoraczewski and his wife Pei Lu. Jonathan has attended the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Young Artists’ Orchestra), attending and performing in master classes held there given by famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, faculty cellist of Rice University, Norman Fischer. While at Boston University’s Tangelwood Institute, Jonathan worked under the conductors Paul Haas, and David Hoose. Jonathan has just recently finished his Bachelor’s degree in cello performance. At Peabody, he studied with former Associate Principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and artist faculty at Music Academy of the West, Alan Stepansky. Jonathan has performed with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with the String Poet’s Quartet performing at a variety of weddings and corporate events. In the fall, Jonathan will pursue his Master’s degree with a fellowship including full tuition at the University of Delaware.  


Cellist Peter Kibbe, son of Los Angeles and proud citizen of Baltimore, enjoys a career as an orchestral and chamber musician in and around Baltimore, and commands a broad diversity of styles, both classical and modern.  Mr. Kibbe has performed orchestrally and with chamber music ensembles and jazz combos for audiences across the United States and parts of Europe, including acclaimed concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York.  Having completed his studies with premier cellist Alan Stepansky at The Peabody Institute, Peter is now a member of several ensembles in Baltimore, including The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, which performs a diverse range of classical and romantic era literature, NakedEye ensemble who premier cutting edge new works across the Eastern US, and is a founding member of both The Pique Collective, and Mind on Fire, collectively founded ensembles dedicated to engaging local culture through new music, frequently involving themselves with commissions, premiers, and uncommon concert experiences!