Tuesday, November 29th at 7:30 pm
Join us as we sing and play our ABC’s in a festive concert in collaboration with Mallarmé Chamber Players. Works include and Abel cello concerto played on a 5-string instrument by Stephanie Vial, Bach’s A minor violin concerto performed by Elizabeth Field, Corelli’s Christmas concerto, Anna Bon’s Aria “Astra coeli” and Scarlatti’s “O di Betlemme altera overtà” sung by Kathryn Mueller.With Leah Peroutka, violin, Suzanne Rousso, viola, Robbie Link, bass, and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord
Stephanie Vial introduces her 5 string cello
and demonstrates from Abel’s cello concerto in Bb major
American soprano Kathryn Mueller has made a mark with her “appealing stage presence of personal warmth and musicianship”, singing a wide range of repertoire from period baroque performances to world premieres of new works. She has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Pacific Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Eastern Music Festival. Honors include a GRAMMY nomination for True Concord’s Far in the Heavens, and prizes from the Oratorio Society of New York’s Solo Competition and Early Music America’s Baroque Performance Competition. She premiered Reena Esmail’s The History of Red for soprano and orchestra and was a soloist on Seraphic Fire’s best-selling album Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Kathryn is based in Raleigh. As a member of Beyond Artists she supports the Poor People’s Campaign. www.kathrynmueller.com
Violinist Elizabeth Field, distinguished for her passionate and stylistic playing on both period and modern instruments, is the founder of The Vivaldi Project. Field is concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and has performed with a wide variety of ensembles throughout the US: from Washington DC’s acclaimed Opera Lafayette to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom she recorded regularly for Deutsche Grammophon. On period instruments she has recorded for Hungaroton, Naxos, and Dorian. She has held professorships at Sacramento State University and the University of California at Davis and has given master classes at universities across the country, including regular visits to The Curtis Institute. Field holds a DMA from Cornell University in 18th-century performance practice and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. Her DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, Performing the Score, explores 18th-century violin/piano repertoire and has been hailed by Emanuel Ax as both “truly inspiring” and “authoritative.”
Artistic Director, Stephanie Vial, is a widely respected cellist, praised for her technical flair and expressive sense of phrasing. Vial is also Co-director of The Vivaldi Project and has given solo and chamber music concerts, lectures, and master classes at numerous universities and institutions throughout the US: The Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota, The University of Virginia, Boston Conservatory, McGill University, and The Curtis Institute of Music. Vial holds a DMA in 18th-century performance practice from Cornell University where she studied with John Hsu. She is the author of The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical “Period,” published by the University of Rochester Press, and the creator of DancingwithBach.com, a video project exploring performance practice and the solo Bach cello suites. She has recorded for the Dorian Label, Naxos, Hungaroton, and Centaur Records. Vial calls Durham, NC, home, where she is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.