Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A taste of medieval and baroque music (with a side of cake)

Bossinensis. Ciconia. Landini. Caldera. These were some of the less-familiar composers the Hudson River Consort featured on last Saturday's program. A packed house enjoyed our first early music concert, accompanied by informative – and humorous – insights from the musicians, who'll return next spring (stay tuned for details). Many thanks to Verdigris Tea for the scrumptious cake served at the reception; their new Catskill store opens soon, and we can't wait!

Christine Gummere, Baroque Cello
Rachel Evans, Baroque Violin
Christa Patton, Baroque Harp
Drew Minter, Countertenor

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Beethoven. Chopin. Prokofiev. Rachmaninoff. Great works performed by young artists, Sun., Nov. 15, 2pm

Domantas Karalius, a pianist who holds the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Scholarship at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, grew up in Kaunas, Lithuania. After a year of study at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, in 2014 he transferred to the Bard Conservatory to study piano with Benjamin Hochman. He has won first prize at many international competitions including the 2009 “Klaveri eriala opilaste koolidevahelisel konkursil” competition in Estonia, and the "Kaunas Sonorum 2011" competition in Lithuania. In 2014, he won a YAMAHA Music Foundation of Europe award for piano performance.

Avery Morris, Violinist, attends the Bard Conservatory of Music and Bard College where she is a student of Weigang Li, of the Shanghai String Quartet. Prior to Bard, she was a student of Alexander Treger, former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Avery has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as a first violinist in the American Youth Symphony, the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theatre, where she and her twin sister soloed with orchestra, performing on “Sundays Live” KUSC and KCSN Radio; preceding a concert with the Palisades Symphony as the 2013 first prizewinners of the symphony’s Concerto Competition. On the international stage, she has performed in historic halls in Eastern Europe and Russia as a participant of the Bard Conservatory’s 2014 Tour. Avery has had the opportunity to work with artists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Laurie Smukler, Frank Huang, Margaret Lysy, Antonio Lysy and James Buswell, as well as perform in master classes for Charles Castleman, Danielle Belen, Joan Kwuon and Raymond Gniewek. She has attended the Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Luzerne Music Festival, Center Stage Strings and Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France. Avery plays on a 1985 Grubaugh Violin, on generous loan from a private foundation.
An advocate for music as a powerful vehicle for social change, Avery is the co-founder of “Sounds of Social Change”, a student-initiated, Bard Trustee Leader Scholar Project (TLS) aimed at teaching and mentoring young musicians living throughout the world. As the co-director of the project, Avery and her colleagues recently received a 2015 Davis Projects for Peace Prize and a $10,000 grant to fund their summer residency in Siloé, a slum of Cali, Colombia.

In addition to her Violin studies, Avery is completing a degree in Mathematics at Bard College. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beattie celebrates the baroque with the Hudson River Consort, Sat., Nov. 14 at 5pm

Join us for an exploration of early music played on instruments of the era, with enlightening commentary by the artists (scroll down for their impressive bios).  After the performance, please stay for a reception with the musicians, accompanied by treats from Hudson's Verdigris Tea, opening soon on Catskill's Main Street.

Christine Gummere has been playing baroque and classical cello in New York City since 1985, when she was invited by harpsichordist James Richman to be principal cellist for Concert Royal. During her tenure with the group she had the great good fortune to work closely with Mr. Richman, baroque dancer Catherine Turocy and her group, the New York Baroque Dance Company, all of whom deeply influenced her understanding of baroque and classical style. She has also performed with The American Classical Orchestra, The New York Collegium, and Early Music New York, often as principal cellist. Other groups she has enjoyed performing with on modern cello include Concordia, a chamber symphony led by Marin Alsop; String Fever, a string swing band, also led by Ms. Alsop; and the Riverside Symphony, an orchestra specializing in 20th century music, where she was principal cellist for 19 years. Ms. Gummere taught cello as an adjunct at Columbia University from 1988 to 2001. In 2007, after 30 years of freelancing in New York's modern and early music community, Ms. Gummere, with Gene Murrow, co-founded Sinfonia New York, a period instrument ensemble.

Rachel Evans has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, jazz group String Fever, contemporary music ensemble Continuum, and the Meridian Quartet. She has performed across the globe with ensembles whose repertoire spans medieval to contemporary. Recently taking part in Ars Antiqua’s recording Francois Philodor's "L'art de la Modulation" with Elizabeth Wallfisch she was a principal player and recitalist at the Carmel Bach Festival for many years and appeared in various ensembles at the Boston, Berkeley, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals, Charles Ives Festival in Germany and the Victoria Festival in Australia. She has appeared in the ongoing NYC Cable series "The Facts", (also online at 1687inc). As a sound and movement artist, Rachel collaborated with Elaine Colandrea in “Venus” (2009) and “On the Nature of the Body” (2012), in Rhinebeck, NY and is a member of Continuum Movement Arts ( A recipient of the Coleman Chamber Music Award, she earned B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees at The Juilliard School of Music. She teaches music at the Manitou School and gives private and group lessons in Beacon, Cold Spring and Garrison.

Christa Patton, historical harpist and early wind specialist, has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan with many of today’s premier early music ensembles such as Piffaro the Renaissance Band, Early Music New York directed by Fredrick Renz, and Ex Umbris. As a baroque harpist she has appeared with Apollo’s Fire, The King’s Noyse, The Toronto Consort, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, La Nef, Blue Heron, Folger Consort, Parthenia, ARTEK, Pegasus, New York State Baroque Orchestra, and many others. She has performed in early opera productions with the New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Opera Vivente and Opera Omnia. Her recordings include "Istampitta" on the Lyrachord label, Chacona also on the Dorian label, Trionfo d'Amore e della Morte on the Dorian label, Los Ministriles of the New World on Navona Records, Nobile Donna on ATMA among others. Christa is a visiting Scholar at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Adjunct Lecturer at the CUNY Graduate School and the musical director and co-director of the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College specializing in the works of early 17th century composers. Since the workshop’s beginning in 2010, she has collaborated with vocalist Julianne Baird, countertenor and stage director, Drew, Minter, and Commedia dell’Arte master, Antonio Fava to create artful performances based in sources of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Drew Minter has appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Brussels, Toulouse, Boston, Washington, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, and Nice, among others. A recognized specialist in the works of Handel, he has performed frequently at the Handel festivals of Göttingen, Halle, Karlsruhe, Maryland and sung with many of the world's leading baroque orchestras, including Les Arts Florissants, the Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, and as a guest at festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, Regensburg, BAM's Next Wave, Edinburgh, Spoleto, and Boston Early Music; other orchestra credits include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Minter was a founding member of the Newberry Consort and My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort, and has sung and played early harps often with ARTEK, the Folger Consort, and Trefoil, the medieval trio he co-founded with Mark Rimple in 2000. Mr. Minter is also active as a stage director and educator. He was artistic director of Boston Midsummer Opera from 2006 to 2011. His production of The Play of Daniel, premiered at the Cloisters in 2008, has become a fixture of the New York Christmas holiday season. Mr. Minter has lectured in music since 1999 at Vassar College. He gives masterclasses in the vocal and physical interpretation of opera at Amherst Early Music, La Lingua della Lirica, and Queens College Baroque Opera workshops, as well as at many colleges and universities.

Monday, October 26, 2015

A big "thank you" to Dawn Upshaw and her wonderful students from the Bard Conservatory of Music

Beautiful young voices rang out yesterday at Beattie, and a crowd was there to enjoy them. The finale was a touching surprise, as the entire group slipped in around the audience to accompany the soloist, surrounding us in song. We hope to welcome back Ms. Upshaw and company next year, but in the interim, please do join us for our next Bard at Beattie concert on Nov. 15.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Reserve now for a glorious afternoon of French songs, performed by students of Dawn Upshaw. Sun., Oct. 25, 2pm


Debussy, Apparition (Mallarmé)

Duparc, La vie antérieure (Baudelaire)

Ravel, Soupir (Mallarmé) 

Hahn, L’heure exquise (Verlaine)

Chausson, La nuit (Banville)

Debussy, De grève (Debussy)

Fauré, Clair de lune (Verlaine)

Fauré, Puisqu’ici-bas toute âme (Hugo)

Ravel, Ronsard à son âme (Ronsard)

Ibert, Chanson du départ (Ronsard)

Poulenc, Bleuet (Apollinaire)

Poulenc, Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon: C, Fêtes galantes (Aragon)

Poulenc, Quelle aventure/La Reine de Coeur (Carëme)

Saint-Saëns, Viens (Hugo)

Chausson, Le colibri (Lisle)

Chausson, Les papillons (Gautier)

Lalo, Au fond des Halliers OR Fauré, Pleurs d’or

Koechlin, Si tu le veux (Marsan) 

Fauré, Notre amour (Silvestre)

Massenet, Si tu l’oses (García-Mancilla) 

Delibes, Les fille de Cadix (Musset) 

Satie, Je te veux (Pacory)