Chamber Music Concert Features Piece Based on Ragan’s Poems
The final Weymouth Chamber Music Concert of the season will be held Sunday, April 11.
The concert concludes a year that has celebrated the legacy inspired by the love Katharine Lamont Boyd had for music. She was responsible for Carols at Weymouth, still a tradition today, with one account describing her conducting the music.
It is particularly interesting to note that she personally selected the carols, and preferred recorders and harpsichord. Her preference for classical music continues to shape the concerts and music in general at Weymouth.
A state board member of the North Carolina Symphony, Katharine Boyd was central to bringing the educational concerts to children at the East and West Southern Pines Schools before the days of consolidation and integration.
“It is particularly appropriate that her portrait, rendered by Beth Turner Van Lanen, graces the Great Room, where the concerts are held,” says a spokesman.
This last concert is particularly special because “Exodus,” a piece based on four poems by the late Samuel T. Ragan, poet laureate of North Carolina, and composed by Elena Ruehr, will be the centerpiece.
The work was commissioned by the Coastal Carolina Chamber Music Festival and premiered during the 2005 season. Research for music and poetry by North Carolina composers yielded Ruehr’s work. The composer now lives in Brookline, Mass.
Ruehr, a faculty member at M.I.T. since 1991, has lectured at Princeton University, Boston College, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Berklee School of Music, Eastman School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory, and was a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, Yaddo and the Aspen Center for Compositional Studies.
Musicians are Ilana Davidson, soprano; Laura Gilbert, flute; Jacqui Carrasco, violin; Jonathan Bagg, viola; Elizabeth Beilman, cello; and Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp.
The program will also include “Quartet for flute and strings in C Major, K. 285a” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791); “Deux Poemes du Ronsard for Soprano and Flute” by Albert Roussel (1869-1937); “Dreamsteps: for flute, harp, and viola” by Dan Locklair (1949-), a North Carolina composer of national and international fame; and “Sabina” for solo viola by Andrew Norman (1963-).
Internationally acclaimed for her crystalline soprano, assured musicality and interpretive insight, American soprano Ilana Davidson’s repertoire spans the 12th to the 21st centuries.
Her recording of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience,” conducted by Leonard Slatkin, won four Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best Classical Album.
Flutist Laura Gilbert has performed around the world as chamber musician, soloist, recitalist and guest lecturer.
In addition to founding and performing with Aureole, a trio comprising flute, viola and harp, Gilbert has appeared with Musicians from Marlboro, Alexander Schneider’s Brandenburg Ensemble, the Brentano and Saint Lawrence String Quartets, Chamber Music at the 92nd Street “Y,” Saint Luke’s Ensemble and Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and Speculum Musicae.
Violinist Jacqui Carrasco has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and Russia, including solo appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and at the Library of Congress.
She has recorded contemporary chamber music for the Nonesuch, Koch, Albany, Mode, CRI and Braxton House record labels.
An associate professor and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow at Wake Forest University, she currently performs as the violinist of the Carolina Piano Trio and is a co-artistic director of the Carolina Summer Music Festival in Winston-Salem.
Violist Jonathan Bagg is based at Duke University, where he is professor of the practice of music and violist of the Ciompi String Quartet. He also serves as co-artistic director of the Monadnock Music festival in New Hampshire.
His career with the Ciompi spans 23 years and includes hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and abroad, as well as over a dozen recordings.
Elizabeth Beilman, a native of Wichita, Kan., joined the North Carolina Symphony in 1988 and now serves as assistant principal cellist. Since coming to Raleigh, she has performed in numerous recitals and ensembles and has appeared as a soloist with the N.C. Symphony.
Beilman was artist-in-residence for two years at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. During that time, she toured throughout Canada, performed with Felix Galamir and with Menachem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio and was featured at the Shawnigan Lake Festival in British Columbia. She is a co-founder of the chamber ensemble Aurora Musicalis.
Jacquelyn Bartlett was born in Detroit, Mich., where she was surrounded with music since her birth. She began her musical studies at an early age with her mother and continued with famed harpists Carlos Salzedo and Alice Chalifoux, making her solo debut at the age of 16 in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.
She graduated with honors from Interlochen Arts Academy and attended the Oberlin Conservatory.
Bartlett has performed with many leading orchestras and conductors. She has also appeared frequently at American Harp Society Conferences and the World Harp Congress as a speaker and a performer. She currently is a member of the artist faculties of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Community School of the Arts at Spirit Square in Charlotte.
All concerts are at 3 p.m. in the Great Room at Weymouth Center, Southern Pines. Admission is by membership or $15 at the door. For information, call (910) 692-6261.
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