Current Season Concert Selections 2019-2020
Tapestry, vocal ensemble
Cristi Catt, soprano; Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano; Daniela Tošić, alto
with Nikolai Radan, flute and Arsentiy Kharitonov, piano
September 15, 2019, 4 pm Opperman Hall, FSU
Beyond Boundaries: Songs of Hope and Peace
Le tombeau de Couperin excerpt Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Nuit d’étoiles Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Les Sirènes Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
Allegro giocoso and vivo, Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
(from 14 Bagatelles for piano)
Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maison Claude Debussy
Pastorale (from Trois pièces) Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
My Lord What A Morning spiritual
Mood Indigo Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
God Bless the Child Billie Holiday (1915-1959)
Arthur Herzog (1900-1983)
arranged by Cristi Catt
Agnus Dei Las Huelgas Codex, 13th century
Reconciliation Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
(from Dona nobis pacem)
Karitas Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
Etude-Tableaux Op.39, No.2 in A minor Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Sure on this Shining Night Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need Arranged by Virgil Thomson
(Psalm 23) (1896-1989)
This concert is dedicated to Artistic Director Phillip Spurgeon, with
gratitude for his many years of service to The Artist Series.
Tapestry is represented by Shupp Artists Management
Itamar Zorman, violin & Liza Stepanova, piano
November 3, 2019, 4 pm, Opperman Music Hall
Born in Tel-Aviv to a family of musicians, Itamar Zorman began his violin studies at the age of six at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel-Aviv. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and his Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School in 2009, where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, Zorman was also joint winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. As a chamber musician, Zorman has appeared at the Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill Recital Halls in Carnegie Hall, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project, and a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, with which he won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Itamar Zorman plays on a 1734 Guarneri Del Jesù from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.
Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” Liza Stepanova is in demand as a soloist, collaborator, and educator. As a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, she won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition and received the Grand Prize at the 2011 Coleman Competition. The Trio gave its Kaufman Center and Weill Hall recital debuts in 2014 to enthusiastic reviews. Stepanova’s first solo piano CD, recorded in New York City in 2018. The recording features music from Bach to Ligeti that was inspired by visual art. Stepanova has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at international festivals at Castleton, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Mostly Mozart, Copenhagen (Denmark), and Davos (Switzerland). Stepanova received her DMA from The Juilliard School with a Richard F. French Award for outstanding doctoral work. Following teaching positions at The Juilliard School and Smith College, she is currently an assistant professor of piano at the University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
Itamar and Liza are married and have a 2 year who loves being on the road with mama and papa!
Itamar Zorman and Liza Stepanova appear by arrangement with Frank Salomon Associates.
With grateful thanks, this concert is dedicated to all the current and former members of the
Artist Series Board of Directors and Guild, who have served tirelessly throughout the 25-year
history of The Artist Series.
The performance of Itamar Zorman, violin, and Liza Stepanova, piano, is funded
in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts
and The Artist Series of Tallahassee. To find out more about how National Endowment for the
Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
WindSync, woodwind quintet
January 19, 2020, 4 pm, Opperman Hall, FSU
Garrett Hudson, flute; Emily Tsai, oboe
Julian Hernandez, clarinet; Kara LaMoure, bassoon
Anni Hochhalter, horn
Apollo Marc Mellits (b. 1966)
II: Sea of Tranquility
III: The Buzz
IV: Luna Nova
V: Debbie Waltzing on the Moon
VI: One Small Step
Suite from A Trip to the Moon Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Les Hirondelles bleues
Le Bonhomme de neige Les Flocons animés
Souvenir de Puerto Rico Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)
Recuerdos de Borinquen Luis Rodríguez Miranda (1875-1949)
Quintet in E-flat Major Op. 4 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegro con brio
Andante Menuetto più allegretto
WindSync is five outstanding North American musicians who come together as performers, educators, and community-builders. Their concerts are intimate, joyful, and thoughtfully programmed with people and places in mind. The quintet eliminates the “fourth wall” by performing from memory, connecting quickly and memorably with audiences. 2018 finalists of the M-Prize Chamber Arts competition and recent winners of the Concert Artists Guild and Fischoff competitions, they approach their mixed repertory of wind quintets and arrangements with the highest level of artistic dedication. WindSync takes a special interest in reaching children, families, and underserved audiences. Each year the ensemble presents the Onstage Offstage Chamber Music Festival in Houston, designed to connect musicians, students, and audiences across neighborhood boundaries. Advocates of 21st century music, the members of WindSync have led master classes at New World Symphony, Texas Music Festival, and Northwestern University, among many others. The ensemble has been designated an ensemble in residence at Adelphi University through 2019 and continues to build on 6 years in residence at the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington and 2 years in residence at the Ravinia Festival.
This concert is sponsored by Lois D. Griffin with gratitude to her husband Bob Griffin and
friends Ginny Densmore, Waldie Anderson and Carolyn Bridger Anderson.
Ginny Densmore would like to dedicate this concert in memory of The Artist Series Founders
Waldie Anderson and Carolyn Bridger who dedicated countless hours
WindSync appears by arrangement with Concert Artists Guild.
Cann Sisters, duo pianists
March 8, 2020, 4 pm Opperman Hall, FSU
MICHELLE AND KIMBERLY CANN
Sonata No.4 in E minor, BWV 528 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) / arr. Victor Babin
Un poco allegro
Serenade, Op. 17 No.2 “Ständchen” Richard Strauss (1864-1949) / arr. Abram Chasins
Fantaisie sur des Vals de Johann Strauss Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)
Variations on a Theme of Paganini Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) / arr. John Musto
Let my People Go Michael Leibowitz (b.1981)
Fantasy on George Gershwin’s Songs Yuri Mayevsky (b.1942)
Sisters Michelle and Kimberly Cann have been making music together since they were in elementary school in Florida. Both grew up playing multiple instruments but the piano was their first love. They won many of the same competitions (often simultaneously in the junior and senior divisions); performed as soloists with the same ensembles, such as the Florida Orchestra; and worked with many of the same artists.
The sisters are both passionate about outreach and education. Kimberly founded an El Sistema-inspired program called “Keys for Kidz” which is geared towards providing free group-piano instruction for under-served children. Michelle is an instructor in a thriving, El Sistema-based, music program called “Play on, Philly” (POP).
Michelle Cann began studying piano at the age of seven and has placed in various state, national, and international competitions including the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition, the International Russian Piano Music Competition, the Gilmore Piano Foundation Competition, and the Blount Young Artists National Competition. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 14. Michelle was selected to perform in both Beijing and Shanghai, China and Seoul, South Korea. Michelle received a BM and MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied under Robert McDonald. In 2016, Michelle gave the New York premiere of the Piano Concerto by Florence Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer.
Kimberly Cann made her solo début at age 12 and her orchestral debut (with Beethoven´s “Emperor” Concerto) at age 13. She received a MM from the Eastman School of Music and was a Visiting Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica). President of the Asheville Area Piano Forum and VP of Marketing for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, she maintains a thriving teaching studio in Asheville, NC and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician.
This concert is dedicated in honor of Ginny Densmore and
in memory of Laird Anderson.
The Cann Sisters Piano Duo appear by arrangement with Lisa Sapinkopf Artists
Lincoln Trio, piano trio
May 3, 2020, 4 pm Opperman Hall, FSU
Desirée Ruhstrat, violin David Cunliffe, cello Marta Aznavoorian, piano
Piano Trio in G minor H.XV No.1 Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Silver Dagger (2009), Written for the Lincoln Trio Stacy Garrop (b.1969)
Piano Trio (1921) Rebecca Clark (1886-1979)
Moderato ma appassionato
Andante molto simplice
Piano Trio in B-flat, op.97 “Archduke” Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Andante cantabile ma però con moto
Allegro moderato – Presto
Nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Performance by a Small Ensemble, the Lincoln Trio has become Chicago’s most celebrated chamber ensemble. Praised for their “joy of sheer technical ability, unanimity of phrasing and beautiful blended tone” the trio takes its name from their home in the heartland of the USA. The Trio’s polished presentations of well-known chamber works and their ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire has led to the group’s reputation as a first rate ensemble, drawing an eclectic audience of sophisticated music lovers, young admirers of contemporary programs, and students discovering chamber music for the first time. They were the winners of the 2008 Masterplayers International Competition in Venice, Italy.
Each member is an artist of international renown. Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat has performed throughout the US and Europe, appearing at the White House and performing on a live radio broadcast heard around the world with the Berlin Radio Orchestra. Cellist David Cunliffe has performed with the BBC and Royal Scottish orchestras as well as touring as a member of the Balanescu Quartet, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian has appeared with the Chicago Symphony and has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.
We applaud Radiology Associates of Tallahassee for sponsoring this performance.
The Lincoln Trio appear by arrangement with Lisa Sapinkopf Artists