FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2015
Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525
Concert Artists of Baltimore Announces Final Concert in Mansion Series on April 19
Baltimore, MD: Concert Artists of Baltimore presents the third and final concert in its Mansion Series, “Spring Serenade”. Bid a welcome to spring with a fresh bouquet of musical florets. Charming and virtuosic pieces provide an afternoon of musical delights, featuring soprano soloist Sarah Berger, clarinetists David Drosinos and Kelvin Moore, and pianist Michael Sheppard. The program will feature Rachmaninoff Songs, Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock, Mendelssohn’s Concert Piece For Two Clarinets and Piano, Op. 114, No. 2, Gershwin Songs and Transcriptions, and works by Nicolai, Piazzola, Wild, and John McCabe.
Performance Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Enjoy an optional, pre-concert champagne brunch buffet (concert tickets required for brunch). Visit cabmusic.org or call 410-625-3525 for concert tickets and brunch reservations.
Performance Location: The Engineers Club at The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD, 21201.
This concert is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Berry, Jr.
Concert Artists of Baltimore is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
This program is also made possible in part through the sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council, and the Commission on the Arts and Sciences.
Soprano Sarah Berger’s repertoire has ranged from Heinrich Schütz to John Adams with ensembles including Concert Artists of Baltimore, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Washington Bach Consort, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Bach Sinfonia, Orchestra of the 17th Century, and Heaven’s Noyse. Performances of the 2014-2015 season have included songs of Schubert, Brahms and Strauss on the season-opening concert of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra with Jed Gaylin, piano; Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C Minor, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and Susanna in scenes from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, all with Concert Artists of Baltimore under the direction of Edward Polochick; and songs of Dowland, Lawes and Purcell with William Simms, lute, and Daniel Rippe, viola da gamba, as part of Christ Lutheran Church’s Hafenmusik series. Highlights of recent seasons include Bach’s Cantatas 51 and 211 as part of the Hafenmusik series; and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Schubert’s Mass in G, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, all with Concert Artists of Baltimore. Ms. Berger will conclude the season with another performance of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, along with Vivaldi’s Gloria, with the Handel Choir of Baltimore under the direction of Arian Khaefi. Ms. Berger made her European debut as the soprano soloist in performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in Paris, Oiron, and Aix-en Provence, France in 2007. She received a B.A. in musicology and English literature from Oberlin College and a M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two sons.
David Drosinos, clarinet, received his diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He studied clarinet with Loren Kitt, principal clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Drosinos won the Sidney Jensen Memorial Award for outstanding clarinet performance and has been guest artist at the Greek Embassy in Washington and the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The Washington Post praised him as “playing with an unusually smooth and agile touch.” On The Finzi Clarinet Concerto the Baltimore Sun noted “He played the idyllic score with technical security, tonal warmth and exceptionally eloquent phrasing.” David’s performance of the Copland Concerto was unmatched by any in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun stated “Copland’s Clarinet Concerto had a confident and dynamic protagonist in David Drosinos. He spun the lyrical lines with considerable warm.” Mr. Drosinos was the principal clarinetist and soloist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on their tour to Russia, and a featured soloist with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He has performed in Greece, Ireland, Moscow, Finland, and Bahamas and all over the continental United States. His Greek Band Zephyros was a featured act at the International Clarinet Association in Washington, D.C. In 2010 David traveled to St Petersburg, Russia where he did the International premiere and recording of the Sowash Clarinet Concerto with the St Petersburg Symphony. David is a versatile and seasoned clarinetist who has enchanted audiences from ‘Maryland to Moscow.’ Mr. Drosinos resides in Cockeysville, Maryland and is in much demand with performing groups in the greater Baltimore-Washington area. He teaches at Shepherd University, The Baltimore School for the Arts, and The Peabody Preparatory.
Known as “a virtuosic soloist possessed of power, sensitivity, earthiness, and humor” (Whitney Smith, Indianapolis Star) with the “power to make an audience sit up and pay attention…thought-provoking for performers and listeners alike” (James Manheim, All Music Guide), pianist Michael Sheppard trained with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. He was selected by the American Pianists Association as a Classical Fellow, which designation led to the recording of his Harmonia Mundi CD of 2007. In 2015, another recording will be released by Azica, a Cleveland-based label distributed worldwide by Naxos Records. He has performed solo recitals and concertos around the world, as well as across the USA, including several solo Weill (Carnegie) Hall recitals and a solo Kennedy Center debut. He gives master classes, teaches regularly and plays with some of the top singers and instrumentalists around; he also coaches singers, instrumentalists, and conductors. Michael Sheppard today stands at a crossroads, spending large amounts of time writing as well as performing and teaching. He has worked closely with fellow composers John Corigliano, Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Hersch, Robert Sirota, and with the late Nicholas Maw, demonstrating a deep love of new music; his eclectic tastes also led him recently to musical-direct performances of Jason Robert Brown’s Broadway show “The Last Five Years.”
Maestro Polochick is founder and Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore, an all-professional orchestra and all-professional vocal ensemble of seventy musicians, which is celebrating its 28th season. 2014-2015 also marks his 17th 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.
Originally from the Scranton, PA area, 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 2011 he adjudicated the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition in Caiazzo, Italy. This season Maestro Polochick leads a set of Masterworks Series concerts on the podium of the Charleston (SC) Symphony.
Concert Artists of Baltimore
Founded by Edward Polochick and now in its 28th 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 Basilica of the Assumption, St. Pius X Church, and the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. 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 Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., The Visionary Arts Museum, Elizabethtown College, 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. This season features a collaboration with Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space.
Concert Artists’ philosophy is simple: To make all kinds of music accessible and engaging to everyone by presenting diverse programs of classical music plus special concerts featuring pops, operetta, and lighter favorites.