David Amram Tribute: Chamber Music Duos
David Amram Tribute:
Chamber Music Duos
Ken Radnofsky – Alto Saxophone
Yoshiko Kline – Piano
Yumi Hwang-Williams – Violin
Sara Parkinson – Piano
Brook Ferguson – Flute
Laura Schulkind – Flute
With very special guest David Amram
Simply put, David Amram is a living legend. One of the most versatile and accomplished composers of the 20th century, he has collaborated with musical giants as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Now, MAS Eclectic presents a very special evening of Amram’s duo compositions, featuring insights and a performance from the maestro himself. A one-of-a-kind concert experience that is not to be missed!
Saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky has appeared as a soloist with leading orchestras including Leipzig Gewandhaus, New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, Jerusalem Symphony with Gisele Ben-Dor, and Boston Pops with John Williams. Radnofsky premiered Gunther Schuller’s Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and David Amram’s Concerto with the Portland Symphony. He has commissioned over 100 works by composers including Trester, Colgrass, Harbison, Martino, Gandolfi, Olivero, Yannatos, Perker, Jakoulov, Schwartz, Yang, and Bell. Radnofsky serves as Professor of Saxophone and Chamber Music at New England Conservatory, president of the Boston Woodwind Society, founder of World-Wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund, founding board member of Gunther Schuller Society, a co-founder of the Amram Ensemble. A Selmer Artist, he also teaches at Longy School and Boston University. Learn more at www.kenradnofsky.com.
Pianist Yoshiko Kline performs as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician throughout Asia and New England. Since her debut concert in Tokyo, Kline has appeared in the Steinway Concert Hall in China, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Gardner Museum, as well as the Tanglewood Music Festival, the New York Keyboard Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Her performances have been broadcast live from the studios of Boston radio stations WGBH and WMNB and Aspen, CO radio station KAJX. In addition to her classical interests, she excels as a contemporary artist performing and premiering new works for numerous emerging composers, artists, and ensembles. Her solo album Jon Meets Yoshiko, released in December 2015 by Phoenicia Publishing, is a collection of neo-classical, neo-romantic piano music by Jon Appleton. Her most recent travels brought her to Shenzhen, China where she performed with saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky.
Kline has been fortunate enough to educate a diverse group of students of all ages in both private and classroom settings. She is currently a faculty member at Winchester Community Music School, The Winsor School, and Rivers School Conservatory, in addition to continuing an extensive private studio.
Kline’s performances have been praised as “carefully colored and musically refined”, noting her “sensitive ear” and the charm of her “remarkably unique interpretations”. Kline received her BM at Toho-Gakuen Conservatory of Music and her MM with honors at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers have included Gabriel Chodos, Yoriko Takahashi, and Tamiko Ishimoto.
Yumi Hwang-Williams made her debut at the age of fifteen as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, six years after emigrating from South Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is known today both for her stylish performances of the classics and her commitment to the works of present-day composers.
Strings magazine calls her “a modern Prometheus” who has “emerged as a fiery champion of contemporary classical music”. Her interpretations of concertos by Tomas Adès, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Daugherty, and Christopher Rouse have earned critical acclaim as well as enthusiastic approval from the composers.
Hwang-Williams is a frequent soloist with the Colorado Symphony and has soloed with other major orchestras both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Cincinnati Symphony , the Indianapolis Symphony, Sinfonieorchester Basel (Switzerland), and the Bruckner Orchester Linz (Austria), in collaboration with conductors Marin Alsop, Dennis Russell Davies, Hans Graf, Paavo Järvi, and Peter Oundjian. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with Gary Graffman, Ida Kavafian, Jeffrey Kahane, Christopher O’Riley, Jon Kimura Parker, and Andrew Litton.
Since 2000 Hwang-Williams has been Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony. She was Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra for twelve years and Guest Concertmaster for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa, at the invitation of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman. She’s a frequent guest first violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and a faculty member at Denver University’s Lamont School of Music.
Dr. Sara Parkinson enjoys a varied career as a pianist, vocal coach and conductor. She has served on the staff and faculties at CU Boulder, Cornell College, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has performed with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Bach Festival, Cheyenne Symphony, and Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Most recently, she served as Music Director and Conductor for Boulder Opera’s productions of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Parkinson has been a member of Central City Opera Ensemble since 2012. She is currently the Music Director at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Director of Operations at MAS Eclectic Concerts Denver, and a founding member of the tango/classical chamber music group Grande Orquesta Navarre, named Denver’s best chamber orchestra by Westword in 2016. Parkinson holds degrees from the University of Iowa (BM Piano), the New England Conservatory of Music (MM Piano), and CU Boulder (DMA Collaborative Piano), where she held a full assistantship in the opera and instrumental departments. Festival appearances have included Aspen, Musicorda Chamber Music, and Music Academy of the West. Her principal teachers include Victor Rosenbaum, Nicholas Carthy, and Anne Epperson.
Hailed by The Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic”, flutist Brook Ferguson is a versatile solo and orchestral artist. The Miami Herald praised Ferguson’s performance of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute with the New World Symphony as “soaring, fraught with emotion, possessing sterling technique with pure tone, showing herself fully in synch with Nielsen’s enigmatic world, putting across the playfulness, passing shadows and sheer strangeness of this music with strong impact”. First prize winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Ferguson has performed as a concerto soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the New World Symphony, ROCO, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival and has performed at the Tanglewood Music Center, both as an orchestral fellow and as a New Fromm Player.
Ferguson was appointed principal flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and has been principal flutist of the innovative chamber orchestra ROCO since 2012. Previously, she completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, where she had the privilege of working with Michael Tilson Thomas and many other outstanding instrumentalists and conductors. She has made principal appearances with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment with the New World Symphony, Ferguson was the acting principal flutist of the Knoxville Symphony and the principal flutist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
Flutist Laura Schulkind is the founder and executive director of the Chamber Music Society of Greater Denver. She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival; the Red Cedar Chamber Music Festival; Duo Belo in Maceio, Brazil; and as soloist for the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra’s 20th and 25th anniversary seasons. An elementary school teacher at the Belmar School of Integrated Arts, she is also adjunct faculty at Red Rocks Community College and maintains a private flute studio. Schulkind holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance, as well as a Master of Arts in Education degree.