VOICE OF THE WHALE
Christina Jennings, Flute
Matthew Dane, Viola
David Requiro, Cello
Susan Ellinger, Piano
CU Boulder Artists return to the Blue Sage with an exploration of musical soundscapes. Modernist George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale journeys through a rich world of sound and texture illuminating a remarkable scope of musical color and emotion. And hear the Colorado premiere of composer Marcus Maroney’s The Seven Selves for solo viola d’amore written for and performed by Matthew Dane. Maroney’s new work is based on Kahlil Gibran’s Parables of a Madman.
This concert generously underwritten by:
Steve & Paula Harper
MARCUS MARONEY The Seven Selves for solo viola d’amore
– (composed in 2016 for Matthew Dane)
GEORGE CRUMB Voice of the Whale for electric flute, electric cello and electric piano
ZEMLINSKY Piano Trio for viola, cello and piano
DURUFLE Prelude, Recitativo and Variations for flute, cello and piano
HEAR THE MUSIC
Christina Jennings, Flute
Flutist Christina Jennings is praised for virtuoso technique, rich tone, and command of a wide range of literature featuring works from Bach to Zwilich. The Houston Press declared: “Jennings has got what it takes: a distinctive voice, charisma, and a pyrotechnic style that works magic on the ears.” Ms. Jennings enjoys a musical career made up of diverse performing and recording, collaborations with living composers, and work guiding young musicians. Ms. Jennings is the winner of numerous competitions including Concert Artists Guild, Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg, and The National Flute Association Young Artists.
Active as a concerto soloist, Ms Jennings has appeared with over fifty orchestras including the Utah and Houston Symphonies. In 2009 she premiered concertos written for her by Carter Pann and Laura Elise Schwendinger. The Washington Post described her performance of the Jonathan Leshnoff Concerto with the Fairfax Symphony as a “spirited, quicksilver performance.”
As broad-gauged in her musical pursuits as she is in her repertoire choices, Ms. Jennings is Principal Flute with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston) where the Houston Culture Map described her as a “flutist (who) glistened with golden pixie dust”. She also performs as Principal Flute with the Arizona MusicFest! Orchestra and has performed frequently with Orchestra 2001 including recent performances at the Library of Congress and in Havana, Cuba. She has worked with such diverse artists such as Jethro Tull, David Parsons Dance Company, and members of Pilobolus. Chamber music partners have included So Percussion, the Brentano and Takács Quartets, soprano Lucy Shelton, pianists Lura Johnson and Simone Dinnerstein, guitarist Jonathan Leathwood, harpists Bridget Kibbey and June Han, and cellist Colin Carr.
Christina Jennings can be heard in works by Alec Wilder alongside jazz great Marian McPartland in a shared CD for Albany Records. Also on Albany Records is a disc featuring Ms. Jennings as soloist in Shulamit Ran’s flute concerto Voices with the Bowling Green Philharmonia. Of the Jennings-Johnson Duo CD, the American Record Guild declared: “Jennings is an extraordinary musician, with facile technique, a soaring tone, and a natural sense of phrasing that is often absent from flute playing.” In 2013 two discs were released featuring Ms. Jennings in the work of Laura Elise Schwendinger. Three Works (Albany) features the flute concerto Waking Dream for which Fanfare Magazine said “Exquisitely played by Christina Jennings (the work’s dedicatee), this is the highlight of the disc.” Ms. Schwendinger’s High Wire Act (Centaur Records) also features Ms. Jennings in High Wire Act and Rumor. In the works is a disc of flute music by the American composer George Rochberg, which features Ms. Jennings transcriptions of the Caprice Variations.
Matthew Dane, Viola
Violist Matthew Dane, enjoys a career of both teaching and playing. He relocated to Boulder in 2007, and previously served as Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Oklahoma, Principal Violist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, and a member of both Quartet Oklahoma and the Brightmusic Ensemble. He served on the faculty of the Metropolitan State College and CU/Boulder, and plays Assistant Principal Viola in the Colorado Music Festival.
As a chamber collaborator, Dane has performed with the Colorado Quartet, the Dorian Wind Quintet, Houston-based CONTEXT, Athelas Ensemble (Denmark), the Fischer Duo, and members of the Brentano Quartet, among others. Chamber music festival appearances include OK Mozart, Portland (Maine), Chamber Music Quad Cities (Iowa), and Tanglewood. He and his wife Christina Jennings founded Brightmusic, a chamber music series in Oklahoma City. Before moving to Oklahoma, Dane held orchestral positions with the Houston Ballet Orchestra, Hannover State Opera (Germany), and Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts). As a soloist his first CD, The Viola Works of Gordon Jacob, will be released by Albany Records. Teaching has long been a passion. Dane was a teaching assistant at both Rice University’s Shepherd School and Amherst College. He has also coached chamber music and individual teaching at several summer festivals, including Greenwood Music Camp and Musicorda. Dane was invited to teach at the 2005 International Viola Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland, and also adjudicated the 2005 Primrose Memorial Competition. In the summers, he has taught at the Heifetz Institute (Wolfeboro, NH), Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (Burlington, VT), and Texas Music Festival (Houston, TX).
David Requiro, Cello
First Prize Winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, DAVID REQUIRO (pronounced Re-keer-oh) has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists. After winning First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó.
Mr. Requiro has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and with numerous orchestras across North America. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco Performances recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Actively involved in contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng and gave the Dutch premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Sonata for cello and piano at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale.
Mr. Requiro has recently been appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound as well as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan. His artist faculty appointments include the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, Giverny Chamber Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, the Maui Classical Music Festival, and Olympic Music Festival. He is also a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players Series in New York City and a founding member of the Baumer String Quartet.
A native of Oakland, California, Mr. Requiro began cello studies at age six and his teachers have included Milly Rosner, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Churchill, Michel Strauss, and Richard Aaron.
Susan Ellinger, Piano
Praised for her “refined, poised and singular” vision, pianist Susan Ellinger is capturing the attention of audiences throughout North America. Combining technical mastery with deeply emotional interpretations of solo and chamber literature, Susan is a pianist comfortable in a range of repertoire from Schubert to Debussy and a champion of new music having worked with composers such as Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Nils Vigeland.
Last season brought collaborations with artists performing the works of Claude Debussy. Most notably Ellinger reimagined Debussy for the stage presenting his Preludes Book One as a theatrical piece replete with poetry and sculpture along- side a live performance and bringing new life to these highly beautiful and programmatic works.
During the 2016-17 season Susan will present concerts surveying the keyboard repertoire of classicism and romanticism presenting late sonatas of Haydn, Mo- zart and Beethoven as well as works by Schubert, Chopin and Brahms. This series of concerts will illustrate the evolution of pianistic and compositional style in the 19th century, the golden age of modern keyboard composition and performance. A series of recordings based on the programs is planned for late 2016.
Ellinger officially joined the Blue Sage Center for the Arts located in Paonia, Colorado as Artistic Director in 2012 to create and direct a comprehensive concert series program. Since its inception, Ellinger has collaborated with visiting artists such as Darrett Adkins (cello), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), Rachel Priday (vio- lin) and Christina Jennings (flute), who have noted the ‘remarkable community’, ‘incredible quality of life’ and ‘sheer beauty’ of the region where the center is located. The Blue Sage Concert Series runs year-round and consistently performs to sold-out audiences. Over the years it has grown to encompass both classical and world music concerts as well as outreach activities into local public schools and master class workshops provided by visiting artists. Ellinger is committed to making music accessible to all and bringing music performance and education to young audiences.
A protégé of Julian Martin at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Susan went on to study with Leon Fleisher at Peabody Institute and Veda Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School. She is an alumnus of the Taos Festival School of Music where she studied with Robert McDonald.