2022 Festival Season – Riches to Rags

WEEK 1 June 10, 11, 12
Concerts in Madison

Stephanie Jutt, flute
Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin
Kenneth Olsen, cello
Timothy Jones, bass-baritone
Inna Faliks, piano

Artist Bios…

Incendiary Artist Spotlight Keeping Up with the Jones

Our new Incendiary Artist Spotlight series gives audiences a chance to connect with some of their favorite artists on a more personal level and enjoy a reception after the performance. Featured artist, bass-baritone Timothy Jones has personally selected music with which he strongly identifies to share with the audience. He will speak about his musical pathways, his successes and failures, his aspirations, and what drew him and continues to draw him to the music he is performing. Timothy Jones will be singing and discussing a variety of music, including some of the traditional Black spirituals he first learned in church growing up.

Collins Hall Hamel Music Center
Friday, June 10, 6:30 – 7:30 pm with a reception following for all

Fortune Favors the Bold

Fortune Favors the Bold, is our first regular program of the season, and features music by composers who took bold risks in their music and their lives. British composer Ethyl Smyth, aside from writing what is now recognized as one of the great violin sonatas of the 19th century, was jailed for her work as a leader of the women’s suffrage movement. Mexican composers Roberto Peña and Manuel Ponce based their music on traditional Mexican song and folklore. Both overcame tremendous obstacles to bring their music to the public. The program concludes with Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, a bold work he wrote when he was 20 years old that brought him great success. Not content with that success, he extensively revised the work 34 years later, turning it into one of the most beloved pieces of chamber music of all time.

Ethyl Smith Sonata for violin and piano
Celsius Dougherty Sea Shanties for bass and piano
Roberto Peña Danzón for flute and piano
Manuel Ponce Estrellita for violin and piano
Johannes Brahms Trio in B Major for violin, cello and piano

Collins Hall Hamel Music Center
Saturday, June 11, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Lemons to Lemonade

In Lemons to Lemonade we feature composers who turned problems into advantages. Beethoven’s deafness led him to explore sounds, colors, and forms beyond the ken of his time; nowhere is that more evident than in the Sonata for cello and piano in D Major. Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Kevin Puts took the problem of an unusual instrumental combination—flute, violin, cello, piano, and bass voice—and turned it into a modern masterpiece, his song cycle In At The Eye with text by W.B.Yeats. Black composer Billy Childs responded to the darkness of Ravel’s Scarbo by writing Pursuit, a solo piano work about the present-day darkness of Black men being pursued by the police. And Undine Smith Moore, in her Afro-American Suite for flute, cello, and piano, transforms traditional slave work songs into a profoundly uplifting piece.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in D Major for piano four-hands, K.381
Kevin Puts In At The Eye for bass-baritone, flute, violin, cello, and piano
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in D Major for cello and piano
Shawn Okpebholo Balm in Gilead for baritone, flute, and piano
Maurice Ravel Scarbo for solo piano
Billy Childs Pursuit for solo piano
Undine Smith Moore, Afro-American Suite for flute, cello, and piano – Sponsor: Katherine Naherny, in memory of Roger Ganser

Collins Hall Hamel Music Center
Sunday, June 12, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

WEEK 2 June 17, 18, 19
Concerts in Madison

Stephanie Jutt, flute
Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Carmit Zori, violin – Sponsors: Sarah Siskind & Joel Rogers
Suzanne Beia, violin
Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss, viola – Sponsor: MJ Wiseman
Parry Karp, cello – Sponsors: Elsebet Lund & James Dahlberg
Trace Johnson, cello

Artist Bios…

Incendiary Artist Spotlight The Legend of Zori

Our new Incendiary Artist Spotlight series gives audiences a chance to connect with some of their favorite artists on a more personal level and enjoy a reception after the performance. Featured artist, Israeli violinist Carmit Zori has personally selected music with which she strongly identifies to share with the audience. She will speak about her musical pathways, her successes and failures, her aspirations, and what drew her and continues to draw her to the music she is performing. Carmit Zori plays and discusses sonatas of Beethoven and Schumann that have been touchstones throughout her musical life.

Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata in A Major, op. 30, no. 1 and Robert Schumann Sonata in A minor, op. 105 – Sponsors: Paula & David Kraemer

Collins Hall Hamel Music Center
Friday, June 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm with a reception following for all

Trash to Treasure

Trash to Treasure features music that was treated as trash in its day and nearly discarded. Rebecca Clarke’s music languished for years until it was “unearthed” in the late 1970s. Today she is recognized as one of the great composers of the 20th century. We feature her Morpheus for viola and piano and the Dumka for violin, viola, and piano as passionate examples of her gifts. Much of Boccherini’s prolific output still lies undiscovered in library archives. His Quintet for flute, violin, viola, and two cellos is a recent rediscovery that almost didn’t make it to the light. The program concludes with Brahms’ epic Piano Quintet in F minor, one of the towering masterpieces of the repertoire. Audiences are surprised to learn that it is a work Brahms nearly consigned to the fire.

Rebecca Clarke Morpheus for viola and piano – Sponsors: Michael Bridgeman & Jack Holzhueter
Rebecca Clarke Dumka for violin, viola, and piano – Sponsors: Michael Bridgeman & Jack Holzhueter
Luigi Boccherini Quintet in G Major, K438 for flute, violin, viola, and two cellos
Johannes Brahms Quintet in F minor, op. 34 for string quartet and piano

Collins Hall Hamel Music Center
Saturday, June 18, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems features great music that’s a little off the beaten path. Nadia Boulanger is widely regarded as the greatest composition teacher of the 20th century. Her fame as a teacher often obscured her own work as a composer. We feature her brilliant 3 Pieces for cello and piano as examples of her great gifts. Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo was well-known in his heyday, but his music has fallen into obscurity. We feature his gorgeous work Amatzinac for flute and string quartet. Mozart wrote 27 piano concertos; the fame of the late concertos often obscures appreciation of his earlier concertos. Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 11 in F Major is a masterpiece of charm and understated passion. The program concludes with Ernst von Dohnanyi’s spectacular Piano Quartet in F-sharp minor, a work he wrote at age 16 that was rediscovered in the last ten years.

Nadia Boulanger Three Pieces for cello and piano
José Pablo Moncayo Amatzinac for flute and string quartet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto no. 11 in F Major, K413
Maurice Ravel Sonatine for flute, cello, and piano
Ernst von Dohnanyi Quartet in F-sharp minor for violin, viola, cello and piano

Collins Hall Hamel Music Center
Sunday, June 19, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

WEEK 3 June 25, 26
Concerts in Madison and Stoughton

Stephanie Jutt, flute
Jeffrey Sykes, raconteur
John West, piano
Nick Moran, bass – Sponsors: Norma & Elliott Sober
Mark Belair, drums and percussion
Cyrus Stevens, violin
Leanne League, violin – Sponsors: Jun & Sandy Lee
Katrin Talbot, viola
Freya Samuels, cello
Bruce Creditor, clarinet
Laura Medisky, oboe
Daniel Grabois, horn – Sponsors: Elsebet Lund & James Dahlberg
Cynthia Cameron-Fix, bassoon – Sponsors: Linda & Keith Clifford
Bo Winiker, trumpet – Sponsor: Miriam Simmons
Matt Onstad, trumpet
Robert Couture, trombone
Robert Carriker, tuba
Jerome Harris, banjo and guitar
Ken Woods, conductor – Sponsors: Martha & Charles Casey

Artist Bios…

BDDS welcomes the New England Ragtime Ensemble

In our third week, BDDS is doing a deep dive into ragtime, a quintessentially American musical style that originated in Black communities in the late 19th century. The sixteen-member New England Ragtime Ensemble, the leading ragtime orchestra in the world, with Stephanie Jutt as its flutist, will present two distinctly different programs. The first of these, THE ART OF THE RAG, explores the origins of ragtime in the early works of Black composers Scott Joplin, James Scott, Tom Turpin, Louis Chauvin, and Eubie Blake. In our second program, FROM RAGS TO JAZZ, we trace the pathway from Joplin’s iconic rags to the earliest jazz with composers such as Jelly Roll Morton, James Reese Europe, and Artie Matthews. “Classical composers” were also profoundly influenced by ragtime, and representing ragtime’s influence we’ll present Debussy’s beloved Golliwog’s Cakewalk and Gershwin’s Lullaby for String Quartet. Novelty numbers, such as Zez Confrey’s thrilling Kitten on the Keys and Dizzy Fingers, will round out the program among other contemporary rags written by living composers.

The Art of the Rag

Scott Joplin (1868-1917) – Maple Leaf Rag  (1899)
Scott Joplin – Original Rags
Scott Joplin & Scott Hayden (1882 – 1915) – Sunflower Slow Drag (1901)
James Scott (1886-1938) – Grace and Beauty (1912)
Scott Joplin  – Hilarity Rag (1910)
Scott Joplin – Magnetic Rag (1914)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), arr. Gunther Schuller – Golliwog’s Cakewalk (1913)
Eubie Blake (1887-1983) – Charleston Rag (1923)  Sponsor: Barbara Johnson
Scott Joplin – The Entertainer (1902)
Scott Joplin, arr. Gunther Schuller – Bethena, a Concert Waltz (1905)
Scott Joplin – Pineapple Rag (1908)
Scott Joplin – Solace, A Mexican Serenade (1909)
Scott Joplin – Scott Joplin’s New Rag (1912)
Louis Chauvin (1881-1908) & Scott Joplin – Heliotrope Bouquet (1907)
Tom Turpin (1871-1922) – Harlem Rag (1899)

Stoughton Opera House
Saturday, June 25, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

From Rags to Jazz

Scott Joplin (1868-1917) – Maple Leaf Rag  (1899)
Scott Joplin – The Easy Winners (1901)
Artie Matthews (1888-1958) – Pastime No. 5 (1912)
Zez Confrey (1895 -1971) – Kitten on the keys  – Sponsor: Larry Bechler, in memory of Patty Struck
Zez Confrey (1895-1971) – Dizzy Fingers (1923)  – Sponsor: Larry Bechler, in memory of Patty Struck
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton (1890-1941) – Smokehouse Blues (1927)
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton – Grandpa’s Spells (1923)
James Reese Europe (1881-1919) – Castle Walk (1914)
George Gershwin – Lullaby for String Quartet (1919)
Robert Carriker – (b. 1954) Mattapan Rag (1981)  Sponsor: Barbara Johnson
Kenneth Laufer (b. 1943) – 12-Note Row Rag (1977)
Joseph Lamb (1887-1960) – Ragtime Nightingale (1915)
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton – Black Bottom Stomp (1925)
Arthur Marshall (1888-1958)/Scott Joplin – Swipesy, A Cakewalk (1900)
Gunther Schuller (1925-2015) – Sandpoint Rag (1986)
James Reese Europe (1881-1919) – Castle House Rag (1914)

Collins Hall Hamel Music Center
Sunday, June 26, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Trumpet MATTHEW ONSTAD A Wisconsin native, Dr. Onstad serves as assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches applied trumpet, coaches chamber music, and performs with the Whitewater Brass Quintet. While earning his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from UW-Madison, Dr. Onstad performed with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble-in-residence. He holds the rank of staff sergeant in the 132nd Wisconsin Army National Guard Band and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Isthmus Brass. He held the position of principal trumpet with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2021. Dr. Onstad has previously taught trumpet at St. Ambrose University, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Oshkosh. He has served as a master clinician with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the 132nd Army Band, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Onstad received his Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Oshkosh.

Violinist Paran Amirinazari, an avid chamber musician, is a founding member and artistic drector of the Willy Street Chamber Players. She is a former member of the Hunt String Quartet and has recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cello TRACE JOHNSON, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in a wide variety of settings in the U.S. and around the world. He is a cellist in the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida, and recently performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in chamber recitals with faculty from SUNY Purchase, the University of Toronto, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida International University, Shenandoah University, and Queens College in New York City.

Conductor KENNETH WOODS was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra in 2013, and was recently appointed artistic director of both the Elgar Festival in Worcester, England, and the Colorado MahlerFest. As a guest, Mr. Woods has conducted ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the English Chamber Orchestra; has been featured on broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, National Public Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; and has appeared at music festivals such as Aspen, Scotia and Lucerne. Under Mr. Woods’ leadership, the English Symphony Orchestra responded to the2020 Covid-19 lockdown, “Music from Wyastone," a series of virtual concerts including dozens of world-premieres of new works and new arrangements, such as a chamber version of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Mr. Woods’s blog, “A View from the Podium,” is one of the 25 most popular classical blogs in the world. He has spoken on Mahler on NPR’s All Things Considered and is a regular speaker on BBC radio programs.

Bass NICK MORAN, a veteran of the Madison, Wisconsin, music scene, performs on both electric bass and the double bass in varied genres including jazz, Afro-Latin, hip hop, reggae, and funk. Mr. Moran has toured internationally and performed with a diverse collection of acts, including Ben Sidran, Lee ‘Scratch‘ Perry, Clyde Subblefield, and David ‘Fathead‘ Newman (Ray Charles’s sax player). He has also worked with such Madison music institutions as Harmonious Wail, the Gomers, Tony Casteneda, Anna Laube, Joy and the Boy, and the Tim Whalen Nonet. As a freelance bassist, Mr. Moran has recorded tracks and albums for a wide-ranging roster of artists including Gerri DiMaggio, University of Wisconsin-Madison music professor Les Thimmig, Clyde Stubbelfield, Hanah John Taylor, and reggae giants Natty Nation. His playing can also be heard in various Afro-Cuban, hip hop, R&B and funk loop libraries from Sony Music and Apple. In addition to his music career, Mr. Moran works as a production and development consultant for the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium. In 2014, he was named "Jazz Personality of The Year" at the Isthmus Jazz Festival by mayoral proclamation. In 2016, he joined the UW-Madison School of Music as jazz bass instructor.

Cellist KENNETH OLSEN joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal cello in 2005. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and a winner of the school's prestigious concerto competition. His other awards include first prize in the Nakamichi Cello Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and second prize at the 2002 Holland-America Music Society Competition. His teachers have included Richard Aaron at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joel Krosnick at New York's Juilliard School of Music and Luis Garcia-Renart at Bard College. He also has been a participant at the Steans Institute for Young Artists (the Ravinia Festival's professional studies program for young musicians) and at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute. A native of New York, Kenneth Olsen is a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra comprised of young musicians from orchestras and ensembles all over the country.

Baritone TIMOTHY JONES has performed in opera houses and with symphony orchestras in the U.S., Ecuador, Mexico, and the Czech Republic. He has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony. In opera houses he has performed leading roles in "The Marriage of Figaro," "Carmen," Die Zauberflöte," "Cosi Fan Tutte," "Don Giovanni," "Don Pasquale," "La Boheme," "Falstaff," "Macbeth," and "La Traviata." He has been a frequent guest with the Victoria Bach Festival, New Texas Festival, Round Top Music Festival, Ars Lyrica Houston, Cactus Pear Music Festival, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. As a committed performer of contemporary music, Mr. Jones has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions by leading composers of our time. He currently lives in Houston, where he serves on the faculty of the University of Houston.

Violin SUZANNE BEIA is co-concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and second violinist in the Pro Arte Quartet. A native of Reno, Nevada, she began her musical studies on the viola at the age of ten. Three years later, she shifted her attention to the violin and made her solo debut at the age of fourteen with the North Lake Tahoe Symphony. Since that time, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Germany. Before coming to Madison, Ms. Beia held the position of principal second violin in the Wichita Symphony and has held concertmaster positions with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and Chamber Symphony of San Francisco. She also held the assistant concertmaster position in the New World Symphony. Her chamber music experience has been extensive: she has performed at festivals such as Chamber Music West, Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Token Creek, Festival de Prades, and Chamber Music at the Barn. Ms. Beia has served on the faculties of the Rocky Ridge Music Center and Florida International University.