Uno, Duo, Trio…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2015
Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525
Concert Artists of Baltimore Presents Uno, Duo, Trio… February 8, 2015
Baltimore, MD: Concert Artists of Baltimore announces the second concert in its Mansion Series — “Uno, Duo, Trio…” This program highlights the distinctive sonorities of strings and presents a unique opportunity to hear rarely-heard compositions for violin, viola, and cello. Maestro Polochick joins the string trio at the piano to close the concert with Brahms’ stormy yet intensely emotional final piano quartet. The program also features Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Solo Cello, Martinů’s Duo No. 2 for Violin and Viola, and Krzysztof Penderecki’s Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello. Guest artists are violinist Anton Miller and violist Rita Porfiris of the Miller-Porfiris Duo, and cellist Gita Ladd.
Performance Location: The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD, 21201.
Performance Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Brunch tickets are available for an additional $45. Visit the website, cabmusic.org, or call 410-625-3525.
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.
These programs are also made possible in part through the sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council, and the Commission on the Arts and Sciences.
Praised by the press for their “haunting and picturesque” musical interpretations, the Miller-Porfiris Duo has been delighting audiences since 2005.
Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 1992, American violinist ANTON MILLER has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue. On the violin and chamber music faculty at the Hartt School and New York University, he previously has been on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Swarthmore College. Anton completed his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School studying with renown violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard Quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University as a student of Franco Gulli.
Violist RITA PORFIRIS has been the subject of articles and interviews in media across the globe, performing in major concert halls and music festivals worldwide both as chamber musician and as a soloist. She has 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. In her former 20 year-long career as an orchestral musician, 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. Rita received both her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. 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.”
Anton and Rita first met over 20 years ago while studying at the Juilliard School. Their musical lineage can be traced back to famed pedagogues and musicians Ivan Galamian. Leopold Auer, Franz Kneisel, Joseph Joachim, and Josef Bohm, close friend and collaborator of Ludwig van Beethoven. In keeping with this distinguished pedigree, the duo has given seminars and masterclasses at festivals and institutions such as New York University, Duke University, Kutztown University, Foulger Festival at Kean University, ARIA International Arts Academy at Mt. Holyoke College, Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the Festival Eterna Primavera in Cuernavaca Mexico, Conciertos de la Villa Santo Domingo, Brunel Jazzbridge London and Point CounterPoint in Vermont. Anton and Rita are Associate Professors of Violin and Viola respectively at the Hartt School in Connecticut.
Committed to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola, in 2010 they commissioned and recorded 3 new works for violin and viola by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, Argentinean composer Mario Diaz Gavier, and American composer Libby Larsen for their debut CD “Five Postcards.” Their second CD, titled “Eight Pieces” and released in 2013, was deemed a “fine new recording” and praised for its “wonderfully smooth ensemble work” and “vibrant and focused” playing by Gramophone and Audible Audiophile Magazines. Their third CD, “Divertimento” is slated for release in the summer of 2015 and features the music of Martinu, Toch, and Robert Fuchs.
Highlights of the past season included sold-out performances of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Bruch Double Concerto with Lincoln’s Symphony and a performance of the rarely performed Arthur Benjamin Romantic Fantasy for Violin and Viola with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. They also enjoyed collaborations with Jamie Laredo, Joseph Kalichstein, and the Miami String Quartet.
Ms. Ladd is one of the most sought after cellists. She has performed as a titled member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and appeared as soloist with the BSO on Tchaikovsky’s “Roccoco Variations”, David Amram’s “Honor Song for Sitting Bull” and the Haydn “Symphonia Concertante”. Ms. Ladd is Principal Cellist with Concert Artists of Baltimore, where she has soloed on the Lalo Cello Concerto, Barber Cello Concerto, and Brahms Double Concerto. Ms. Ladd is also Principal Cellist of the Washington Concert Opera, Post Classical Ensemble of Washington D.C and the former Baltimore Opera Company. During the summers Ms. Ladd performs as Principal Cellist at the Endless Mountain Music Festival and has soloed on the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations and also soloed with Charles Rex of the New York Philharmonic performing the Brahms “Double Concerto”. She has performed as Principal Cellist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, where she soloed on the Haydn C Major Concerto, and Schuman Cello Concerto. Former Principal Cellist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Principal Cellist of the Knoxville Symphony where she soloed on the Shostakovich Cello Concerto, and as a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Pops with Eric Kunzel. Ms. Ladd also performs throughout the year at the Kennedy Center with various ensembles including the Washington National Opera.
Ms. Ladd has performed throughout the US, Europe, Russia, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Ms. Ladd has served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Ladd joined the UMBC faculty in 2006. Along with her cello studio and faculty recitals, she also performs with the contemporary music ensemble, “Ruckus”.
Ms. Ladd attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Her major teachers include, Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet, David Soyer of the Guarneri String Quartet, Peter Wiley former Principal Cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Beaux Arts Trio, and Guarneri String Quartet, Stephen Geber former Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra, and John Sharp, Principal Cellist of the Chicago Symphony.
Ms. Ladd performs on a 1720 Italian Cello.
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 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.