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Atrium Winds: Richard Strauss's Symphony for Winds (The Happy Workshop), and Suite for Winds, Op. 4
Start Date/Time: Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:00 PM
JP Concerts presents

The Atrium Winds

performing Richard Strauss's 

Symphony for Winds (The Happy Workshop), 

and Suite in B-flat Major, Op. 4

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for seniors and students.

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) is well known for tone poems including “Till Eulenspiegel,” “Don Juan,” and “Ein Heldenleben” and operas  including “Salome,” “Elektra,” and “Der Rosenkavalier,” but as the son of Germany’s leading virtuoso French horn player, Strauss also composed a number of pieces for winds including the two works on this program, written more than 60 years apart.  His Suite, Op. 4 (1884) calls for 13 winds, and his Symphony for Winds (“The Happy Workshop”) (1945) uses 16 winds.

The Atrium Winds
Channing Yu, Conductor

Michael Tabak and Wendy Vignaux - flute
Miri Kudo and Michael Barnett - oboe
Thomas Weston, Yhasmin Valenzuela, and Luz Sarmiento - clarinet
Dianne Mahany - basset horn
Yanko Sheiretov - bass clarinet
Rachel Juszczak and Lauren Landry - bassoon
Ben Williams - contrabassoon
Yonatan Kahn, Elisabeth Axtell, Scott Chowning, and Peter Kronheimer - French horn

Brief Biographies of the Atrium Winds

Michael Tabak (flute) studied at the Juilliard School of Music Preparatory Division where he was rated “Exceptional” by the woodwind faculty jury.  He is principal flute of the Boston Chamber Symphony and is a founding member of the Weston Wind Quintet and the Aujourd’hui Ensemble.

Wendy Vignaux (flute) graduated from the Boston Conservatory and studied with Leone Buyse, Lois Schaefer, and Julius Baker.  She has performed with the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, the Wellesley Symphony, Elysian Winds, and Trio con Brio.

Miri Kudo (oboe) has appeared with the Boston Pops, A Far Cry, Boston Musica Viva, and the Boston Chamber Orchestra.  She holds an Artist Diploma from Longy School of Music of Bard College where she studied with Keisuke Wakao, assistant principal oboist of the Boston Symphony.

Michael Barnett (oboe) studied with Richard Killmer at the Yale School of Music where he received his master’s in oboe performance.  He has performed in the Interlochen, Aspen, Sarasota, National Orchestra Institute, and National Repertory Orchestra festivals and plays with the Longwood Symphony.

Thomas Weston (clarinet) co-founded the New England Chamber Players and has performed with the Boston Chamber Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, and Boston Civic Symphony.  He has a Master of Musical Arts degree from B.U. and has taught at the B.U. Tanglewood Institute.

Yhasmin Valenzuela (clarinet) earned her bachelor’s degree at the Lima Conservatory, master’s at Texas Christian University, and graduate performance diploma at Longy. She plays with the Boston Chamber Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Boston Nonet, and Boston New Music Initiative.

Luz Sarmiento (clarinet) studied at the National Conservatory of Colombia, Conservatoire national supérieur in France, and Longy, winning the Honors Competition Award and scholarship for outstanding Woodwind Player, and was principal clarinet of the Youth Philharmonic of Colombia.

Dianne Mahany (basset horn) is principal clarinet and a member of the Board of Directors of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra.  She is also Treasurer of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, where she has been a Board officer and summer program participant for many years. 

Yanko Sheiretov (bass clarinet) is principal clarinet of Calliope (Boston) and also plays with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Waltham Symphony Orchestra, Metro West Opera, Lowell House Opera, and others.

Rachel Juszczak (bassoon) holds a Bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Butler University in Indianapolis as well as a Master’s degree and a Performance Diploma in bassoon performance from Boston University.  Rachel freelances with numerous Boston-based ensembles.

Lauren Landry (bassoon) completed her Bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance at The Hartt School of Music and her Masters of Music degree at New England Conservatory. She performs with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Boston Nonet, Kammerwerke, and Mercury Orchestra.

Ben Williams (contrabassoon)  studied with John Orford (bassoonist of the London Sinfonietta and Royal Academy of Music), and played as principal bassoon in the Oxford University Orchestra, Oxford University Sinfonietta, and Cambridge University Orchestras.

Yonatan Kahn (French horn) studied modern horn with Gail Williams (Chicago Symphony) and plays historical horns with Grand Harmonie and the Handel & Haydn Society.  He will be performing this concert on an original early 20th century German crookable single F horn.

Elisabeth Axtell (French horn) is a co-founder and core member of Grand Harmonie and has performed with Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Boston Early Music Festival, Houston Bach Orchestra, Fenway Quintet, Symphony by the Sea, and a number of chamber ensembles.

Scott Chowning (French horn) received degrees from Oberlin College and McGill University, and played with the Navy Band North East.  Scott has performed orchestral, chamber music, jazz, and experimental electronic music.

Peter Kronheimer (French horn) was born in London, studied the horn with Ifor James, and appeared as soloist with student orchestras in Oxford and community orchestras in London.  He currently plays in the Brookline Symphony, the Mercury Orchestra, and local chamber ensembles.
Channing Yu (conductor) is Music Director of the Mercury Orchestra, Bay Colony Brass, and previously the Lowell House Opera.  He won the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting and 2011 American Prize in Opera Conducting.  He has been piano soloist with Pittsburgh Symphony, violinist with the Boston Philharmonic, and singer with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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