Tim & Sarah Macek and Friends –
A Chamber Music Concert
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:00 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd
Rangeley seasonal residents and violinists Tim and Sarah Maček are joined by clarinetist Morrie Sherry, violinist Elizabeth Field, violist Uri Wassertzug and cellist Suzanne Orban in a program of chamber music by the three great pillars of the classic period, along with Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla. On the program will be the Divertimento in B minor for 2 violins and cello by Haydn, the String Quartet op. 18 no. 2 by Beethoven, Mozart’s magnificent Clarinet Quintet and 2 tangos by
Divertimento in B minor by Josef Haydn
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet op. 18 no. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Oblivion and Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla
Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for students 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance with the convenience of your credit card HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Tim and Sarah Macek are natives of the Washington, DC area and professional violinists, performing regularly and the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts and many other DC area musical venues. About 10 years ago, their travels in Maine took them to the Rangeley region, and following what seems to be a common progression, they went from staying for a couple of nights, to renting a small cabin (on Loon Lake), to finally acquiring their own camp on Haley Pond. And, also following time honored custom, they went from the imagined fantasy life of summers spent boating and hiking to the real world of camp maintenance; painting, sawing and hammering, and daily trips to the Builder’s Supply. Still, their enthusiasm has been such that many of their curious friends have visited and enjoyed the area and it’s hospitality. Again this year they have the decided to combine their love of Rangeley with their love of chamber music (and their musician friends’ desire to have an excuse to visit again…). Thanks to the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, they are happy to present this concert.
Tim Macek: As a member of the of the Kennedy Center/Washington National Opera Orchestra for over 25 years, Tim Macek has participated in numerous performances of opera, ballet, symphonic, and musical show literature, under such conductors as Heinz Fricke, Valery Gergiev, and Leonard Slatkin. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University, and his Master of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music. In the past, he been faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and was a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Currently a faculty member at Howard University, he is conductor of the Howard University Symphony Orchestra and instructor of violin and viola. Tim is the founder of the St. George Quartet and is a frequent performer of chamber music in the DC area. When not engaged in rehearsing or performing, Tim spends too much time trying to figure out ways to get up to Rangeley more during ski season.
Sarah Macek: Sarah Macek performs regularly with the Kennedy Center/Washington National Opera Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera and the Filene Center Orchestras. During her career of 31 years, she has performed over 125 different operas and musical comedies. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the Julliard School.
Elizabeth Field, Violin, enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and soloist on period and modern violin. She is the concertmaster for The Bethlehem Bach Orchestra and has served as a guest concertmaster for numerous ensembles around the country including the Washington Bach Consort, National Philharmonic, Opera Lafayette, and the Spire Ensemble in Kansas City. Field performs regularly with her chamber ensembles, The Vivaldi Project and ArcoVoce and is a frequent guest artist with the Mallarme Chamber Ensemble and Magnolia Baroque. The Vivaldi Project’s critically acclaimed recording of seven unknown 18th-century string trios (Discovering the Classical String Trio) has been heralded as well as groundbreaking: “your library needs a copy of this in its collection” (CD Hotlist). Her collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson titled: Performing the Score, was lauded by Emanuel Ax as “truly inspiring”. For more information about Elizabeth, please visit www.thevivaldiproject.org
Clarinetist Morrie Sherry has combined a career of performing and teaching in the New York metropolitan area. She is a founding member of the NoMa NYC Ensemble and a member of the St. Cecilia Chamber Ensemble where she also serves on its Board of Directors. In her twenty-four years as a festival artist at the Manchester Music Festival, she performed in numerous solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts including the premiere and recording of David Amram’s “Starry Night” for solo clarinet and string orchestra. As a soloist, she was featured with the Baltimore Symphony, the Manchester Festival Orchestra, the International Jewish Arts Festival Orchestra, and the Hawthorne Symphony. She has presented solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall, St. Paul’s Festival of the Arts, Arts at Trinity and has performed at the Southern Vermont Art Center, Virginia’s Lyceum Theater, the Trinity Church Noonday Concert Series, the Klavierhaus, the Copland House and Merkin Concert Hall. The Arlington Journal noted her performance with the Vermilion String Quartet as “an artist of superb ability and flawless musicianship.” Ms. Sherry served as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Soloists for eighteen seasons performing chamber music for winds in upper Manhattan. As an orchestral player, Ms. Sherry has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Grand Opera, Queens Philharmonic and on tours with Opera Northeast. Active as an educator, she teaches clarinet and coaches chamber music at the Kaufman Center in New York City and also maintains a private studio. Recent performances include chamber music with the St. Cecilia Chamber Ensemble and with the NoMa NYC Ensemble in New York City. In February 2017 with the NoMa NYC Ensemble, she was featured in a concert of music for clarinet and strings titled Cinema Sounds on Stage at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in New York City. Ms. Sherry holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. She studied with Ben Armato, Leon Russianoff, Ignatius Gennusa and David Glazer and won competitions from the Baltimore Symphony, ClariNetwork International, the Virginia Symphony, and Artists International.
Suzanne Orban, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, received her Bachelors of Music Degree from orthwestern University and her Masters of Music from the University of Maryland. She served as Principal of the Annapolis Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and also performed with the Baltimore Opera for many years. Ms. Orban has also been soloist at the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy. She has also been a guest performer with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra, and has played numerous Broadway shows. On a more personal note, her father was born and raised in Brunswick, Maine, and Suzanne spent many happy summers in Maine. Later, he lived in Stratton for many years before he passed away, and now her sister enjoys the beautiful land he left behind.
Violist Uri Wassertzug has performed in locations including Alaska, California, and Utah in the U.S.
as well as the UK, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. He is a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House/ Washington National Opera Orchestra as well as Idaho’s Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He occasionally serves as Guest Principal Viola with the National Philharmonic. Mr. Wassertzug is a member of the National Chamber Ensemble and appears frequently on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Concerts series. He has also performed with the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, the National Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival, and the California Symphony among many other orchestras. Chamber music appearances and affiliations have included the New Zealand Festival of Chamber Music, Mozart in Monterey, the Foulger International Music Festival, Beau Soir Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Sun Quartet, and Novella Chamber Players. Mr. Wassertzug is on the faculty of George Washington University. His own studies were at the University of Maryland, the Aspen Music Festival (on a fellowship), and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (awarded the Germaine Prevost Scholarship). Some of his teachers included the members of the Guarneri Quartet, Isadore Tinkleman, and Robert Becker.