Picture Wednesday – August 29, 2012

Another amazing performer who has lent his talent to the Women Composers Festival, Peter Scuderi is a member of Performance 20/20, Hartt’s honors chamber music program. He was the Grand Prize winner of the 10th Annual Van-Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence. Peter is also an active woodwind doubler, was a member of the 2011 College Light Opera Company Orchestra, and currently performs with the Generous Ensemble. In 2011, Peter performed Silk Spinners, a woodwind trio written by our resident composer, Gilda Lyons.

Picture Wednesday – August 22, 2012

What makes for a memorable performance at the festival? How about a performance by Suzanne Corey-Sahlin and Gerald Steichen, principal violist and musical director of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, respectively. Now approaching its 50th anniversary, the RSO is a fully professional orchestra with a rich history. Under the direction of Gerald Steichen, the RSO consistently presents top quality performances to rave reviews. Their programming includes well known classics, exciting contemporary music and lighter fare for orchestra newcomers.  It was a pleasure to feature their performance of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata.

Picture Wednesday – August 15, 2012

Meet Stuart Breczinksi.

Stuart is a New York-based oboist, improviser, composer, and educator whose early interest in making unusual sounds on the oboe has developed into a passion for creating and sharing innovative audio with audiences of all backgrounds. A proponent of chamber and contemporary music, Stuart is an original member of ensemble mise-en, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and The Generous Ensemble. He has also performed as a chamber musician with the Bang on a Can Summer Institute at MASS MoCA, Contemporaneous, Performance 20/20, and Tactus. In 2011, he played on the Local Composers Concert  in the trio Silk Spinners by our resident composer Gilda Lyons. For more information on Stuart and his upcoming performances visit stuartbreczinski.com.

Stuart Breczinski plays 2011 Local Composers Concert

Picture Wednesday – August 8, 2012

Continuing with our focus on the amazing performers who lend their time to the festival, here we have Carrie Koffman performing Kathryn Swanson-Ellis’ Timepiece. Carrie Koffman serves on the faculty at the Hartt School and has previously taught at Penn State, University of New Mexico, and Boston University. In addition to being a sought after instructor and adjudicator, she keeps a rigorous performing schedule, having worked with orchestras and ensembles across the country. For more information on Carrie Koffman, be sure to visit www.carriekoffman.com.

Picture Wednesday – August 1, 2012

Han-Wei Lu looks on intently while playing Julia Werntz’s Five Vignettes. This delicate piece required a great deal of concentration yet Han-Wei, and Janet Jacobson on violin, made the work appear effortless.

Our next few pictures will focus on the amazing performers who lend their time and talent to make each concert a tour de force. In addition to lending her time to the festival, Han-Wei performs with new music ensembles such as 016 and the Saraswati Quartet.

Han-Wei playing 2011 Local Composers Concert