Here we are again…Wednesday’s picture of the week! Below is the Coro Pro Femina with Richard Leslie performing at the Concert Pro Femina in the 2011 Festival. They peformed a Gloria from the thirteenth century, arranged by Ruth Still.
Here, Richard is playing the trumpet, but he is also an active singer. As a baritone, he is a member of numerous choirs in which he has had the opportunity to sing principal roles such as Frank in Die Fledermaus. He also performs regularly with his wife, composer/singer and Festival coordinator Patrice Fitzgerald.
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.
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.
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.
Here Elisabeth Tomczyk and Katie Cousins are featured performing a movement of Ellen O’Meara’s Orbits, for violin, clarinet, and piano, on the 2011 Local Composers Concert. A Brooklyn based composer and instrumentalist, Ms. O’Meara is a strong advocate of new music and her works can be found here.