Wednesday, July 29, 2015
7:00 PM, Church of the Good Shepherd
Professional violinists and Rangeley seasonal residents Tim and Sarah Macek join fellow musicians from Washington DC and New York in this chamber music performance featuring the Clarinet Quintet by American composer Bernard Herrmann. Best known for his many films scores, especially his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock in films such as Vertigo, and North by Northwest, Herrmann was also a composer of symphonic and chamber music. This beautiful work, also known as Souvenir de Voyage, is very much in the style of these soundtracks, combining a yearning romanticism with uneasy tension. Also on the program will be the Mozart String Quintet., k. 465. For the complete program, click HERE.
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. 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.
The Maceks will be performing with four colleagues and friends who will be visiting with them here in Rangeley that week. They are: Tim Macek, violin; Sarah Macek, violin; Elizabeth Field, violin; Morrie Sherry, Clarinet; Uri Wassertzug, viola; and Kristen Wojcik, cello.
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.
Clarinetist Morrie Sherry has combined a career of performing and teaching in the New York metropolitan area, where she is a founding member of the NoMa NYC Ensemble, a member of the St Cecilia Chamber Ensemble and was principal clarinetist with the Metropolitan Soloists for eighteen years. In her twenty-four years as a festival artist at the Manchester Music Festival, she has 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 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. 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.
Violinist Elizabeth Field is the founder and Co-Director of The Vivaldi Project and the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI). She is currently a member of Opera Lafayette and ArcoVoce (a chamber ensemble based in Washington DC featuring strings and voice) and concertmaster of The Bethlehem Bach Orchestra in Bethlehem PA and The Mallarme Baroque Ensemble in Raleigh NC. Ms Field has served as guest concertmaster for many groups in the Washington DC area including The National Philharmonic and The Washington Bach Consort. She performed extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and The Brooklyn Philharmonic during her years in NYC. Along with her husband, Uri Wassertzug, Elizabeth is a member of The Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Ms Field holds a DMA in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University and is currently a Professor of Violin at George Washington University as well as a guest instructor at the Curtis Institute of Music. For more information on Ms. Field, please visit: thevivaldiproject.org
Violist Uri Wassertzug has performed around the world in locations including Alaska, the UK, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. He is a member of the National Chamber Ensemble and appears frequently on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Concerts series. He was also a member of the Sun Quartet and the Empyrean Ensemble, a new-music group. Since 1998 Uri Wassertzug has been a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House/ Washington National Opera Orchestra, as well as the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. He has played with many other symphonic and opera orchestras and occasionally appears as Guest Principal Viola with the National Philharmonic. Mr. Wassertzug is on the faculty of George Washington University, where he teaches viola, violin, and chamber music; previously he taught at California State University in Sacramento. He strives to pass on to students the passion and drive that led him to pursue a musical path, along with the tools to realize those dreams. His own studies were at the University of Maryland in College Park and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Some of his most influential teachers included the members of the Guarneri Quartet, Robert Becker, and Isadore Tinkleman. An aficionado of coffee, Mr. Wassertzug has been roasting his own coffee beans for several years.
As the new cellist for the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, American cellist Kristen Wojcik has begun to put herself on the map. An accomplished orchestral, chamber music and solo player, Kristen has performed in countless premier venues around the world including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Salzburg Festival’s Great Festival Hall and the Konzerthaus Berlin. A graduate of The Juilliard School where she earned two degrees (BM 2010/MM 2012) and as a participant of many prestigious festivals, Kristen has worked with a multitude of internationally-renowned musicians including Darrett Adkins, The Juilliard String Quartet, members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Ax, Alan Gilbert, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, the Borromeo String Quartet, Matt Haimovitz, and Gilbert Kalish. Kristen currently lives in the Washington DC area.
Admission: $15. General Admission Tickets will be available in advance at the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce, 6 Park Rd, Rangeley, or call them at 207-864-5571. Tickets will also be available at the door.