Montana Chamber Music Society Concert
- Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
- Howard Hall - view map
The Montana Chamber Music Society (MCMS) is headed by artistic director, Michael Reynolds of the Muir String Quartet. The mission of the MCMS is to present chamber music concerts throughout Montana - great chamber music under the Big Sky!
Our 6th season includes this April 2015 performance with Muir Quartet members, superstar violinist Angella Ahn and acclaimed pianist Philip Aaberg.
The program for the evening includes: Prokofiev Duo, Mendelssohn D minor Piano Trio, Brahms G minor Piano Quartet.
Angella Ahn enjoys her success as the violinist for the Ahn Trio. Her trio, comprised of Angella and her two twin sisters, was born while all three studied at the Juilliard School of Music, and now tours the world, playing in such venues as New York's Lincoln Center, Vienna's Musikverein, Leipzig''s Gewandhaus, Argentina's Teatro Colon, and The Beijing Concert Hall. In 2011, President Obama invited the Ahn Trio to perform at the White House for a State Dinner honoring South Korea.
Angella Ahn and her trio have taken it as their mission to expand the piano trio repertoire, and have commissioned over 30 new works by composers including Pat Metheny, Mark O'Connor, Paul Schoenfield, Michael Nyman, Nikolai Kapustin, Kenji Bunch and many other visionaries. For their efforts, New York Newsday dubbed the Ahn Trio, "Classical Revolutionaries".
A dedicated teacher, Ms. Ahn has been involved in numerous residencies, workshops and master classes across the country for students of all ages. She often teaches at the Mark O'Connor Strings Conference, most recently hosted by Berklee College of Music, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Montana State University, in Bozeman, MT. She continues to share the much sought-after technique of her mentor, the late world-renowned pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Ahn plays a violin made especially for her by renowned luthier Sam Zygmuntowicz of Brooklyn, New York.
Violinist Peter Zazofsky has enjoyed a career as soloist, chamber musician and educator that spans twenty years and thirty countries on five continents. He has performed with many of the great orchestras in the US and Europe, including the Boston Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, in collaboration with maestros such as Tennstedt, Ozawa, Ormandy, Kurt Sanderling and Charles Dutoit. As a recitalist, Mr. Zazofsky has given innovative programs in Carnegie Hall, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He also tours the world's music centers as first violinist of the Muir String Quartet.
Michael Reynolds has been the cellist of the world-renowned Muir String Quartet since its inception in 1979. As a member of the Muir Quartet and as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Reynolds has performed nearly 2,000 concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.
Mr. Reynolds has taught at Boston University's College of Fine Arts since 1983. His students continue to develop successful careers in music, including members of the Boston Symphony and other orchestras, teachers at universities and other institutions internationally, four Boston Symphony Competition and numerous other competition winners. He is co-founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Classics for Kids Foundation, which has given matching grants for excellent student instruments to over 70 string programs and communities around America In 2009 he also founded the Montana Chamber Music Society, the first statewide chamber music society in America. Mr. Reynolds has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory, Rutgers Unversity, the University of Utah, and UC Santa Cruz. He received an honarary doctorate from Rhode Island College in 1995. In his spare time he is an avid flyfisherman and outdoorsman. He plays a cello by Giuseppi Grancino, circa 1680.
Philip Aaberg is a Grammy and Emmy-nominated pianist and composer from Chester, Montana. He has performed solo concerts throughout the world, and is a recipient of the Montana Governor's Award for the Arts. His radio show, "Of the West: Creativity and Sense of Place", is heard on public radio throughout the region.
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