Friday, June 20, 2014

Tuesday Serenade : January 20 @ 7pm

Ann Adams, oboe
Ted Shistle, bassoon
Angelo Goderre, viola 
Rose Shlyam Grace, piano 


Ann Adams is the Band Director at LaVilla School of the Arts, and recently joined the faculty at The University of North Florida where she teaches applied oboe and chamber music. Previously Professor of Oboe and Music Education at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, she received the D.M., M.M., and M.M.E. degrees from Florida State University studying with Dr. Eric Ohlsson, and the B.M. degree from Western Michigan University studying with Dr. Robert Humistson. In addition to solo appearances, Dr. Adams performs on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn with various orchestras and chamber ensembles in Central and Northeast Florida. She is active as a clinician and in a number of professional organizations, including IDRS, CMS, MENC, FMEA, NBA, and FBA.

Ted Shistle is the band director at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and the Concert Music Committee Chairman of the Florida Bandmasters Association.  Previously he was Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at University High School (Orange City, Fla.), as well as Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at University of Central Florida.  Mr. Shistle has performed as 3rd bassoon with the Jacksonville Symphony, and Contrabassoon/3rd Bassoon with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Angelo Goderre is the orchestra director at LaVilla School of the Arts, and also maintains a private teaching studio. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University, and his M.M. from Boston Conservatory, studying under Patricia McCarty, Dr. Jesus Alfonzo and Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez. He regularly performs with the Florida Lakes Symphony, Villages Philharmonic, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, Orlando Philharmonic, and Solisti Chamber orchestras. Mr. Goderre also performs frequently along the First Coast, including with the Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd, Friday Musicale and the St. Augustine Music Festival.

Russian-born pianist Rose Shlyam Grace has concertized throughout the United States in solo and chamber music recitals, and has been featured as a guest artist at the Krannert Art Center in Champaign-Urbana, the Skaneateles Music Festival, the National Flute Convention, The International Double Reed Convention, and Florida State Music Teachers Conferences. Dr. Grace was an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music and taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp. In August 2009, She joined the music department at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida as an Assistant Professor of Piano. Dr. Grace is an active member in the Florida Music Teachers Association, and a member of the Advisory Council Board for the Daytona Beach Symphony Society. She holds a B.M. in Piano Performance and Musicology from the Oberlin Conservatory, an M.A. in Musicology from the University of Chicago, and a Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.


PROGRAM NOTES by Edward Lein, Music Librarian

Florida native Edward Lein (b. 1955) holds master's degrees in Music and Library Science from Florida State University. Early in his career he appeared throughout his home state as tenor soloist in recitals, oratorios and dramatic works, and drawing on this performance experience the majority of his early compositions are vocal and choral works. Following performances of pieces by the Jacksonville Symphony, including Meditation for cello, oboe and orchestra (premiered June 2006) and In the Bleak Midwinter (premiered December 2007), his instrumental catalog has grown largely due to requests from Symphony players for new pieces. His translations of songs and song cycles are frequently published in music program guides in North America and Great Britain, ranging from student recitals to concerts by major orchestras, including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Utah Symphony; he also contributes articles to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Encore magazine. After 28 years as the Music Librarian for the City of Jacksonville, Ed retired from full-time employment in July 2014, but still produces Jacksonville Public Library's Music @ Main concert series. The brief Fanfare was composed in 2011 at the request of Jacksonville Symphony players Eric and Ellen Olson for a one-minute piece to open the San Marco Chamber Music Society's annual concert to benefit juvenile diabetes research. Prepared specially for today's concert, The Prayer is adapted from a 1997 sacred anthem for mixed voices and organ. The text of the original is by American Transcendentalist poet and clergyman Jones Very (1813-1880), and moves from a lonesome longing for divine visitation to an epiphany on the restorative power of faith.

With decided affinity to Debussy and Ravel--including a shared interest in Russian exoticism, American Jazz, and Gregorian chant--one might guess that Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935) was himself French. But he was born in Germany, with Russia, Hungary and Switzerland also claiming segments of his childhood. As a teenager he studied violin with Joseph Joachim (friend and advocate of Brahms) and also studied in Paris. At age 20 Loeffler moved to New York for a year before becoming assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a post he retained for two decades before ultimately concentrating on teaching and composing from 1903 forward. His Two Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano (1901) started out in 1898 as songs for bass voice, clarinet and piano on verses by the French symbolist poet Maurice Rollinat (1846-1903). L’étang (The Pond) describes a fetid pond replete with blind fish and consumptive frogs in which the moon's reflection appears as a skull, and La cornemuse (The Bagpipe) concerns the weeping groans of a haunted bagpipe. Despite the morbid themes, composer and writer Jessie Rothwell has noted a "sweetness and even cheerfulness throughout the music," further observing that "the sound of the Two Rhapsodies brings together both mysticism and folksong, French, German and American tradition, glassy, floating sonorities along with rich, Romantic harmonies."

Conductor, pianist and composer André Previn, KBE (b. 1929 or 30) ranks among the most versatile and accomplished individuals in the history of music. Born into a German-Jewish family who fled to America in 1930, Previn came to international prominence as a jazz pianist during the 1950s and is now also regarded among the world's finest classical collaborative pianists, as well as a top international orchestra conductor. With over 50 film scores to his credit, he has won four Academy Awards (plus another nine nominations), and his multitudinous recordings in various styles have garnered 10 Grammys (plus an 11th for Lifetime Achievement). Among numerous other awards, Previn is both a Kennedy Center honoree and an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His catalog of compositions includes two operas, solo and chamber music, songs, five concertos and numerous other works for orchestra. While maintaining his jazz "cred," in his recordings of 20th and 21st-Century music Previn has mostly avoided the avant-garde in favor of more tonal composers like Prokofiev, Barber, Britten and Walton. These same sensibilities color Previn's 20-minute Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon, with hints of Poulenc, Stravinsky and Bernstein, seamlessly blended with jazz-like inspirations. Completed in 1994, the Trio was commissioned by The Orchestra of St. Luke's, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mary Flager Cary Charitable Trust. The St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble premiered the work in 1996.

SELECTED RELATED LIBRARY RESOURCES
  • 788.7 B328o 1975
      The oboe : an outline of its history, development, and construction / Philip Bate.
  • 788.8 L287b 1971
      The bassoon and contrabassoon / Lyndesay G. Langwill.
  • 787.1071 M549v 1976
      Violin and viola / Yehudi Menuhin and William Primrose .
  • 780.92 P944n 1991
      No minor chords : my days in Hollywood / André Previn.


Deja vu all over again! Intermezzo Oct. 8, 2017: Ann Adams and Ted Shistle return to the stage, joined by clarinetist Jessica Wieland,

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