STEPHANIE JUTT AND JEFFREY SYKES - ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

2021 Virtual Festival

Brave New World
Brave New World - Tickets For All Four Concerts

SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 7:30 PM, VIRTUAL CONCERT  – $15

The Sun Also Rises

A program of American music named for one of Hemingway’s great novels. 

Axel Strauss, violin
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Stas Venglevski, bayan
Stephanie Jutt, flute
Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Artist Bios…

David Baker: Roots II for violin, cello and piano
Eve Beglarian: I will not be sad in this world for flute and electronics
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers for baritone and piano, poem by Langston Hughes
Zez Confrey, arr. Holcombe: Dizzy Fingers for flute and piano
Astor Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for flute, bayan, and piano trio


SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 7:30 PM, VIRTUAL CONCERT – $15

Great Expectations

Named for Charles Dickens’ novel of promises both fulfilled and unfulfilled. 

Timothy Jones, bass-baritone
Axel Strauss, violin
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Stephanie Jutt, flute
Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Artist Bios…

Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Sonata in E-flat Major for flute and piano
Margaret Bonds: Three Dream Portraits, poems of Langston Hughes
Jessie Montgomery: Peace (2020) for violin and piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in G Major for violin, cello and piano, op. 1, no. 2


SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 7:30 PM, VIRTUAL CONCERT – $15

The Master and Margarita

Named for one of the greatest novels of Soviet-era Russia.

Timothy Jones, bass-baritone
Axel Strauss, violin
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Stas Venglevski, bayan
Stephanie Jutt, flute
Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Artist Bios…

Sergei Prokofiev, Five Melodies, op. 35, for flute and piano
Modest Mussorgsky: Songs & Dances of Death for baritone and piano
Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor for violin, cello and piano, op. 67
Stas Venglevski: Eastern European originals for flute and Bayan


SATURDAY, JULY 3, 7:30 PM, VIRTUAL CONCERT – $15

Stranger in a Strange Land

Named for Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science-fiction novel. 

Timothy Jones, bass-baritone
Axel Strauss, violin
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Stas Venglevski, bayan
Stephanie Jutt, flute
Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Artist Bios…

Leonard Bernstein: Overture to Candide arr. BDDS, for flute, cello and piano
Robert Owens: Borderline for baritone and piano, poems by Langston Hughes
Rebecca Clarke: Trio for violin, cello and piano
Astor Piazzolla: Le grand tango for piano trio and other arrangements for ensemble

Create Alongside the Musicians!

Purchase a series ticket (all four concerts) by June 1st and we’ll mail you four art postcards. You will be invited to write a postcard, according to a prompt, during one piece per concert. You’ll be creating right alongside the musicians!

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.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, cellist TRACE JOHNSON received his Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012 and was recently awarded his Master of Music degree at the Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. As the first place winner in the conservatory's annual concerto competition, he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia in 2014. Later that fall, he won first prize in the 2014 Lyric Chamber Society of New York's chamber competition, and in 2016 he performed in a New York debut concert with fellow Lynn Conservatory musicians at the Kosciuszko Foundation. For the past two summers, Mr. Johnson has appeared in both orchestral and chamber ensembles as a fellow with the Atlantic Music Festival. He has also participated in other summer festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, Orford Centre d'Arts, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Mr. Johnson is currently working in a variety of performing ensembles in South Florida and is a section cellist with the Symphony of the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale. Mr. Johnson is a member of the BDDS Dynamite Factory, a program featuring young artists. (Website)

Bass-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, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, La Bohème, 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 many compositions by leading composers of our time. He lives in Houston, where he serves on the faculty of the University of Houston. (Website)