Chamber Music on the Hill, in residence at McDaniel College, presents “The Charm City Chamber Players,” Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. The concert takes place in McDaniel Lounge.
Charm City Chamber Players is dedicated to exploring the dark, rich repertoire of string quintets, sextets, and larger ensembles that feature the lower voices of multiple violas and cellos. Core members of CCCP include co-founder violists Renate Falkner and Karin Brown and their cellist spouses, Steven Thomas and Daniel Levitov. By keeping the ensemble centered on the lower strings, the group is better able to focus their repertoire programming and to play with an array of guest violinists.
Praised for her versatility and creativity, American violist Renate Falkner enjoys an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician, performing across the U.S. and abroad. Equally at home on both modern and baroque viola, she is a former member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with groups such as Boston Baroque, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra New England, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. In Florida, she performs regularly with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic, as well as with Opera Tampa and the St. Petersburg Opera Company.
An accomplished educator, Dr. Falkner received her undergraduate training at the Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning degrees in both viola and Ancient Greek, studying with Roland Vamos. She completed her graduate studies at Yale University as a scholarship student of the late violist Jesse Levine. Most recently, she earned a doctoral degree in viola from the Florida State University, studying the viola music of English composer York Bowen. She currently serves as Prof. of Viola, Adjunct at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Karin Brown is a violist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and performs frequently as solo and chamber musician in the Baltimore/Washington area. She recently made her Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerto debut performing Britten's Double Concerto with Concertmaster Jonathan Carney, of which The Baltimore Sun noted "Karin Brown sculpted her phrases in a rich, subtly shaded tone." Ms. Brown has been a prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the William Primrose International Viola Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition.
She received her Bachelor's degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and her Master's degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the Nathan Gordon Memorial Viola Award. Ms. Brown has studied with Cynthia Phelps, Roland and Almita Vamos, Samuel Rhodes, and Zoya Leybin. A committed teacher, she maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. Her students have been accepted to Oberlin, Eastman, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Peabody.
Cellist Steven Thomas has an unusually vast wealth of performing experience, having appeared as soloist and recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician and conductor on four continents. His repertoire includes classical and non-classical music from Baroque to newly-commissioned works, as well as Broadway shows and popular music. Whether playing a Bach suite, conducting a Beethoven symphony, or narrating his own version of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, his performances are consistently described as having "...everything to do with art." (The Birmingham News).
Having received his early training at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in England, Dr. Thomas was a student of Maurice Gendron and William Pleeth. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Yale Universities, including a Doctorate from the latter, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. He also earned a Performer's Diploma from the Royal College of Music (London) at the age of 17. He was appointed to the University of Florida's School of Music in 2007, following a 13-year tenure at the Hartt School, where he had chaired both the String and Chamber Music departments.
As a cellist, Daniel Levitov performs locally and nationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Recognized by the Baltimore Sun for his “warmth of tone and phrasing” and “expressive force,” he serves as a regular substitute with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and appears frequently with members of the symphony on the Chamber Music by Candlelight series. Levitov has performed as a soloist in Carnegie Weill Hall, on Strathmore Hall’s Music in the Mansion series, and at the Peabody Institute. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi, the Mendocino Festival Orchestra and the Peabody Camarata. Levitov is a cellist with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, under the direction of Marin Alsop. He recorded the jazz album, Moment to Moment: Roy Hargrove with Strings, which was released on the Verve label, and is a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra.
A native of Nebraska, Levitov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the City University of New York. He did his undergraduate work at the Oberlin Conservatory and received his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Janet Schenk award for distinguished service. Levitov has studied with cellists David Geber, Julia Lichten, Peter Rejto, Carol Work and Tracy Sands. Levitov is adjunct assistant professor of cello at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. In addition to teaching at the Sunderman Conservatory and performing as part of the Sunderman Trio, he is coordinator of Preparatory cello and chamber music at the Peabody Preparatory, and the director of the Peabody Preparatory’s Young Artists Orchestra.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and military. Children and students with valid ID are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or online via PayPal; please follow the link at www.mcdaniel.edu/cmoth.
Sunday, September 22 at 3:00pm
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