Great Voices with Rita Porfiris

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Great Voices with Rita Porfiris

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2016

PRESS CONTACT: Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525, ext. 100, tonya@cabmusic.org

Concert Artists of Baltimore Announces Maestro 3 Concert: Great Voices with Rita Porfiris

Baltimore, MD: Concert Artists of Baltimore presents the third and final performance in its Maestro Series, the “Great Voices” concert. Led by Artistic Director Edward Polochick, the program features guest artist Rita Porfirio in Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi with the Concert Artists of Baltimore Chorus and Orchestra, the CAB Chorus and Orchestra in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and the CAB Orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great” to close the program.

Performance Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:00pm. Tickets are $30-35 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Visit cabmusic.org or call 410-625-3525, ext. 101, for concert tickets.

Performance Location: Gordon Center For Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland, 21117. Safe and free parking available on site.

This concert is sponsored by the Peggy & Yale Gordon Trust.

Concert Artists of Baltimore is supported by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. These programs have been funded by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. These programs are also made possible by a grant from The Citizens of Baltimore County.

Rita Porfiris
Always trying to bridge the gap between popular culture and classical music, violist RITA PORFIRIS has been the subject of articles and interviews in media across the globe including the New York Times, Chamber Music America, International Symphony Musician, the NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS, and the BBC. She has performed in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide and as a soloist has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, the New World Symphony, and was a featured soloist in the Houston Symphony’s Baroque Festival.

Currently the Associate Professor of Viola at The Hartt School, she has also been on the faculties of New York University, the University of Houston Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University, and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. She has given master classes, lectures and clinics across the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Iceland, and the Dominican Republic.

Ms. Porfiris is a member of the Hartt String Quartet and the Miller-Porfiris Duo. As a founding member of the Plymouth Quartet, she was in-residence at the Ojai Festival, Mainly Mozart, Point Counterpoint, and the Internationale Quartettakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest. She was the recipient of Austria’s prestigious Prix Mercure, a prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Primrose International Viola Competition, and a laureate of the Paolo Borciani International Quartet Competition. She was awarded the National Music Leadership award in 2007 by the Texas chapter of music sorority Sigma Alpha in recognition of her dedication to the promotion of music and string playing at the high school and university level.

In her former 20 year-long career as an orchestral musician, 15 years of which were spent with the Houston Symphony, she worked under some of the most recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries, including Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach. She also enjoys dabbling on the Pop spectrum, and has shared the stage with Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, John Denver, Bernadette Peters, Rita Moreno, Debbie Reynolds, K.D. Lang, Blood, Sweat and Tears, America, Roger Williams, Lyle Lovett, Rod Stewart, and Tony Bennett, among others.

Highlights of the 2013-14 season include chamber concerts with Lynn Harrell, Joseph Kalichstein, and Jamie Laredo; sold-out Bartok Concerto appearances at the historic Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and a performance of the rarely played Romantic Rhapsody for Violin, Viola and Orchestra by Arthur Benjamin with the Concert Artists of Baltimore as part of the Miller-Porfiris Duo.

Rita’s transcriptions for the viola of both classical music staples and pop favorites have been enjoyed by audiences and performers from the U.S. to China. She received critical acclaim in the May 2014 issue of Gramophone Magazine for her transcription of Reinhold Gliere’s Eight Pieces Op. 39, recorded on the Miller-Porfiris Duo’s second CD “Eight Pieces” and released in the fall of 2013.

Ms. Porfiris received both her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. Other teachers and mentors have been Paul Doktor, Norbert Brainin, and Harvey Shapiro.

Edward Polochick

The current season marks Maestro Polochick’s 29th year as Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore. 2015-2016 also marks his 18th season as Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska. From 1979-1999 he was on the staff of the Baltimore Symphony as Director of the Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 he has been at the Peabody Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Orchestra, Director of Choral Ensembles, and Opera Conductor. An accomplished pianist and harpsichordist, he has appeared as piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Since winning the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Maestro Polochick has attracted attention as an orchestral, operatic, and choral conductor. His appearances have included the Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Aalborg Symphony of Denmark, Omaha Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico.

Mr. Polochick resides in Baltimore, where he is often asked to share his knowledge and love of music at various lecture series, adjudications, and radio broadcasts. He received the Peggy and Yale Gordon Achievement Award and in 2000 he was made an honorary member of the Baltimore Music Club.

In 2002 he was awarded the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award, one of only three Peabody alumni to be so honored. In 2003-04 he was named Baldwin Scholar at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where he held lectures, demonstrations, and panels on the creative act of music. Maestro Polochick is also a regular panelist on Face The Music, a review of recordings hosted by Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC-FM. In 2011 he adjudicated the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition in Caiazzo, Italy. Last season Maestro Polochick led a set of Masterworks Series concerts on the podium of the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony.

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Founded by Edward Polochick and in its 29th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Gordon Center For Performing Arts and St. Pius X Church. CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.

The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, the Baltimore Basilica, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum, The Visionary Arts Museum, The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, and Catholic Charities. When larger forces are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale. The 2014-15 season featured a groundbreaking collaboration with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space, a partnership that will continue this season.

The mission of Concert Artists of Baltimore is to present classical music performances of well- known and lesser-known composers by an elite professional chorus and chamber orchestra, thus providing a visceral music experience to audiences in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In 2015 Concert Artists of Baltimore was one of 20 Baltimore arts organizations chosen by the DeVos Institute through a competitive application process to participate in the “Capacity Building Baltimore” program.

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