Thursday, April 17, 2008

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra returns to community college

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series will return to Frederick Community College at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick.

The program will include selections for violin, cello, viola, and piano by Beethoven and Dvorak. Performing artists are Concertmaster Jonathan Carney, Principal Cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn, Assistant Principal Violist Noah Chaves, pianist Lura Johnson-Lee, violinist James Umber, and violist Karin Brown.

Concertmaster Carney is in his fifth season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after twelve seasons as concertmaster with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He also held the concertmaster post with the Basque National Orchestra in Spain.

Born in New Jersey, Carney graduated from the Juilliard School in New York. After completing his studies, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue studying in London at the Royal College of Music. After critically acclaimed international tours as both concertmaster and soloist with numerous ensembles, Carney was asked to become concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. He was also appointed concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1994.

Carney’s violin is a 1687 Stradivarius. Recent solo performances have included concertos by Bruch and Nielsen, the Brahms Double Concerto and Vaughan William’s The Lark Ascending, which was featured as a live BBC broadcast from London’s Barbican Hall. He has made a number of recordings, including concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi and Nielsen, sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven and Franck, and a disc of virtuoso works of by Sarasate and Kreisler.

Cellist Finkelshteyn has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. In 2002 he became principal cello of the BSO.

He was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for five seasons.

Prize winner of such competitions as the Concertino Praga, Russian Cello Competition, the WAMSO International Competition, the Aspen Concerto Competition, and the Chautauqua Concerto Competition, Finkelshteyn has appeared as a soloist with the BSO, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Civic Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Finkelshteyn began his education at the Special Music School at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. After immigrating to the United States, he studied at the University of Minnesota and at the Juilliard School. His cello is a Francesco Gofriller, c. 1725. As a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Finkelshteyn was a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra on tours to France and Bermuda. He has appeared at the Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Bay Chamber and Peninsula Music Festivals and has been heard on Wisconsin Public Radio, Maine Public Radio, KFUO-FM in St. Louis, and WYPR in Baltimore.

Chaves has been the assistant principal violist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1979. He joined the BSO viola section in 1974, after graduating from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in history. In addition to performing with the BSO, Chaves performs as a soloist and chamber musician. He was a member of the Dulaney Quartet, a frequent guest of the First Opus Concert Society in Baltimore, and participated in The Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York.

For several seasons, Chaves served as principal violist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He also held a faculty post at Towson State University, where he taught and performed in recital and as a member of the Towson Chamber Players.

Chaves performs regularly with the BSO ‘‘Candlelight Chamber Music Series” at the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. He is also a frequent guest artist at Hood College. A few years ago, he joined with soprano Deidra Palmour and pianist Noel Lester to form the Guilford Trio. He has recently participated in recording two discs released by the Koch International Classics label, featuring song cycles by the American composer Charles Loeffler.

Tickets are $20 at the door, $5 for students, and free for Frederick Community College students and staff with ID.

For more information, call 301-846-2608.