2010 - 2011 Concert Series

  • October 9, 2010
  • December 4, 2010
  • February 12, 2011

 

The Colorado Springs Woodwind Quartet - Oct. 9, 2010

 



Internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Baron joins the Colorado Springs Woodwind Quartet to present the two masterpieces for Piano Quintets by Mozart and Beethoven. The combination of piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn combine to produce a distinctive and beautiful sound. Mozart wrote a perfect quintet for this combination as only he could. Beethoven was so inspired by that masterpiece that he wrote his own version in the same key! Music of transcendental depth not to be missed!


An award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron performs over 40 concerts each year, including annual tours of Europe and engagements throughout the United States, Asia, and South America. Equally at home as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and a chamber musician, Baron commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque compositions to world premieres of contemporary pieces. His virtuosity and musicianship regularly garner the highest critical acclaim. Il Tempo (Rome) praised his "spellbinding recital. Baron kept the audience enthralled with a combination of touching poetry and superhuman virtuosity." Baron received his doctorate in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University where he studied with the legendary American pianist Earl Wild. He also worked extensively in Italy with the renowned pianist Orazio Frugoni.

Dr. Baron serves as Professor of Music and Head of Keyboard Studies at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida. He is also Honorary Professor of Music at Yantai University and Hubei University in the People’s Republic of China. A distinguished educator, Baron has presented masterclasses and workshops at schools, festivals, and universities throughout the world and regularly works with talented students in Colorado. He serves as a jurist on regional, national, and international piano competitions.

An acclaimed master teacher, Dr. Baron’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States and abroad. Baron is the director of summer music festivals in Italy. This past summer he performed in Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium. He also premiered a new piano concerto in Peru and taught at the National Conservatory in Lima.


Michael Yopp, horn, finished studies at Northwestern University in 1997 with a degree in Music Performance and a minor in Computer Science.  While there, he studied under several exceptional teachers including Gail Williams, Norman Schweikert, and Barry Benjamin.  Mr. Yopp then took up the position of third horn with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra in 1997.  He is now third and associate principal horn with its successor organization, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.  In addition, he serves as principal horn of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.  Mr. Yopp has performed extensively in the Pikes Peak region, including engagements with ensembles such as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Brass, the Denver Opera Company, Opera Theater of the Rockies, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Central City Opera, as well as numerous local churches and other engagements.  In addition to his busy performance schedule, Mr. Yopp also has a wife and two wonderful children and owns an IT consulting company in Colorado Springs.


Alejandro Vieira, bassoon and contrabassoon, is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a winner of the annual concerto competition, and held the position of second bassoon with the Northern Kentucky Symphony prior to joining the Colorado Springs Symphony (now the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra) in January, 2001, as Second Bassoon and Contrabassoon. Alex also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he participated in ensembles ranging in specialty from music of the medieval period to contemporary music. He has performed in many countries and festivals, including France’s Evian Festival; Italy; Austria; Hungary; Ireland; the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon, Portugal; the Sarasota Music Festival in Sarasota, Florida; the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California; and the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland. His teachers include William Winstead, Linda Harwell, Phillip Kolker, Denis Michel, Manuel Zegler, and David Fedderly.

Alex became a member of the United States Air Force Academy Band in 1998. He currently serves as principal bassoonist of the Concert Band and as bassoonist of the Academy Winds, a unique and dynamic group that blends the sounds of a woodwind quintet plus percussion. Through the United States Air Force Academy Band, he has had the opportunity to travel across the United States giving performances and masterclasses, and has worked closely with music students ranging from middle school to college. Mr. Vieira has been featured several times as a soloist with the Concert Band and Academy Winds and has recently recorded the Concerto for Bassoon and Winds by Hungarian composer Frigyes Hidas with the United States Air Force Academy Band. Alex is a regular recitalist in Colorado Springs, having been featured in the band’s Fine Arts Recital Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Packard Hall, and also the Thursday Night Recital Series at the Colorado Springs School’s Louisa Center for the Performing Arts.

Alex enjoys making music with his extremely talented wife, violinist Azi Vieira, whenever they get a chance. When they are not making music together, they enjoy many outdoor pursuits such as cycling, hiking, camping, and tinkering with their growing collection of bicycles and vintage Volkswagens.


Monica Ding, oboe,  grew up in a musical home where she started singing at 2 and playing the piano at 3.  She attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland on a full scholarship, where she received a Bachelor’s of Music degree in 1996.  Afterward she then attended Northwestern University to obtain her Master’s degree.  She held the position of principal oboe with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and the Tamaulipas Music Festival Orchestra, simultaneously serving as Professor of Oboe at the Zacatecas University in Zacatecas, Mexico.

Monica has also performed with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Vallejo Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonia, and the International Chamber Music Festival in Prague. Her teachers have been Ray Still, Sara Watkins and Carl Sonik. An active duty member of the United States Air Force Band since 2002, she is currently a member of the USAF Academy Band. Monica is also presently the Professor of Oboe at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Ian Buckspan is poised to be one of the leading clarinetists of his generation. Praised for his “wide range of tonal shadings and expressive nuances” (Michael Butterman, Boulder Philharmonic) and “uncanny technical ability” (Tom Wilson, Colorado Springs Philharmonic),.  Ian has received 1st place in numerous Young Artist competitions including the Denver Young Artist Orchestra’s ’08, Arapahoe Philharmonic’s ‘08, Boulder Philharmonic’s ’07, Rocky Ridge Music Camp ’05, Plymouth Congregational Church Music Contest ‘03, and Colorado Flute Association’s Concerto Contest ’05.  He has been named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist and was their Overall Winner at their 2009 Summer Symposium Concert.  He is on the Young Musicians of Colorado’s roster of young artists, capturing their Top Performer prize for the Non-Piano, College Division in ‘08.  He has been a prize winner in Aurora Symphony’s Concerto Competition and Jefferson Symphony’s Young Artist Competition,  Honorable Mention in Missoula Symphony Association’s National Young Artist Competition, and was a Finalist in both CU-Boulder’s Honors Competition as well as Astral Artists National Auditions.

Ian has appeared as the featured soloist with such orchestras as the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Arapahoe Philharmonic, and the Rocky Ridge Music Camp Orchestra is Estes Park, Colorado.  He has also appeared with the Denver Young Artist Orchestra where he was hailed as a “solid performer and outstanding musician” (Robin McNeil, YourHub.com).

Ian has extensive orchestral experience as well.  He is currently Associate Principal and Eb clarinet of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and has appeared with the Longmont Symphony, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra, CU Opera, CU Light Opera, and the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  He has participated with the Denver Young Artist Orchestra for four seasons (DYAO), joining them on there ’03 tour of Austria and Hungary as well as their ’07 tour of Argentina. 

He has also participated in DYAO’s chamber music program, The Young Chamber Players (YCP), with such coaches as Barbara Hamilton, Paul Primus, Dan Knopff and Tamara Goldstein.  He has recorded the Beethoven Trio Op. 11 and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the YCP at KVOD Classical Music Radio recording studio.

His major teachers include Daniel Silver, Peter Cooper, Marlena Burghardt, and Jim Travis.  He has earned a Bachelors Degree of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with Highest Honors and received such accolades as the Presser Award, Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Graduating Senior.
 

 

Members of the Da Vinci Quartet - December 4, 2010

 


The rich world of the piano quartet is explored by pianist Michael Baron and members of the former internationally acclaimed Da Vinci String Quartet. In celebration of the 200th birthday of Robert Schumann, his magnificent (and only) Piano Quartet will be presented as well as piano quartets by Mozart and Beethoven. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear world-class chamber music in an intimate setting.


Michael Baron
An award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron performs over 40 concerts each year, including annual tours of Europe and engagements throughout the United States, Asia, and South America. Equally at home as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and a chamber musician, Baron commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque compositions to world premieres of contemporary pieces. His virtuosity and musicianship regularly garner the highest critical acclaim. Il Tempo (Rome) praised his "spellbinding recital. Baron kept the audience enthralled with a combination of touching poetry and superhuman virtuosity." Baron received his doctorate in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University where he studied with the legendary American pianist Earl Wild. He also worked extensively in Italy with the renowned pianist Orazio Frugoni.

Dr. Baron serves as Professor of Music and Head of Keyboard Studies at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida. He is also Honorary Professor of Music at Yantai University and Hubei University in the People’s Republic of China. A distinguished educator, Baron has presented masterclasses and workshops at schools, festivals, and universities throughout the world and regularly works with talented students in Colorado. He serves as a jurist on regional, national, and international piano competitions.

An acclaimed master teacher, Dr. Baron’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States and abroad. Baron is the director of summer music festivals in Italy. This past summer he performed in Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium. He also premiered a new piano concerto in Peru and taught at the National Conservatory in Lima.

 

Members of the Da Vinci Quartet

Jerilyn Jorgensen
For 24 years she was first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet, and as a member of that ensemble she has performed throughout the Unites States, been a prizewinner in the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition and finalist in the Naumberg Chamber Music Competition, and appeared on PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer. She holds bachelor of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, and a master of music degree from Juilliard. Her major teachers have included Zvi Zeitlin, Joseph Fuchs, and Leonard Sorkin. She has also studied with Burton Kaplan. She enjoys mentoring you people through her private studio and her work with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association.

Ms. Jorgensen plays a beautiful violin from 1705 made by G.B. Rogeri.
 

Katharine Knight
A co-founder of the former Da Vinci Quartet in 1980, Katharine Knight has performed across the United States, as well as in Russia, England and Canada. She has recorded extensively; and, with abundant teaching credits to her name, is also a veteran of many international competitions.

Growing up in a family of artists, actors and writers, cellist Katharine Knight found her muse when she fell in love with the cello at age 10. A native of Baltimore, she attended the Peabody Institute where she studied with a succession of proteges of the great Russian cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky - principally Stephen Kates and Laurence Lesser, whom she followed to the New England Conservatory in Boston for graduate studies. She received a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as teaching assistant to Wolfgang Laufer, cellist of the Fine Arts Quartet.

A co-founder of the former Da Vinci Quartet in 1980, Ms. Knight has performed across the United States, as well as in Russia, England and Canada. She has recorded extensively; and, with abundant teaching credits to her name, is also a veteran of many international competitions.

In addition to her near quarter century with the Da Vinci Quartet, Ms. Knight performs regularly as a recitalist, guest artist with other chamber ensembles, and as a member of Hot Celli - a duo with husband and fellow cellist, Richard Slavich.

Ms. Knight joined the music faculty of the Colorado College in 1999 as cello instructor, and is a member of the chamber music faculty at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

She plays a 1997 cello made by the husband and wife team Joseph Grubaugh and Sigrun Seifert.

 

Margaret Miller
Margaret Miller, viola, is currently Assistant Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Colorado State University, and also teaches at Colorado College. For eighteen years she was violist of the Da Vinci Quartet, in residence at Colorado College and the University of Denver. During that time, the Quartet toured throughout the United States and has recorded the complete chamber music of American composers Arthur Foote and Charles Martin Loeffler for the Naxos American Classics label.

Ms. Miller has performed with the Borromeo Quartet, soprano Judith Christin and pianist Tamara Goldstein, pianist Susan Grace, and violinist Boris Garlitsky of the Paris Conservatory. She has also given recitals and master classes in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Kansas State University, Western State College and Ft. Lewis College.

Active in state chapters of ASTA, MENC and MTNA, Ms. Miller has presented sessions at state conferences for the past four years. She lives near Monument and maintains a private studio.
 

 

Haley Bangs - February 12, 2011

 


Eastman School of Music graduate and flutist with the Navy Band in Washington, D.C., Haley Bangs will join forces with pianist Michael Baron in presenting masterpieces from the classical and jazz fields. Claude Bolling’s ever-popular Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio will be presented with string bass and drums as well as Prokofiev’s magnificent Flute Sonata, and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of German Romantic composer Carl Reincke, his “Undine” Flute Sonata.


Haley Bangs

Haley BangsHaley Bangs, a native of Monument, Colorado, has been a member of the United States Navy Band since November of 2009. After attending high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she studied with Bonita Boyd and Anne Harrow. While attending school in Rochester, Haley taught for the Eastman Community Music School and Holland Music Studios. She also served as a board member for the New Eastman Outreach Orchestra, a non-profit organization geared towards outreach through music. In 2008, she participated in the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s commercial recording with the Canadian Brass, performing on piccolo. She has attended music festivals in Quebec, British Columbia, Aspen, Colorado and Round Top, Texas where she performed Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Texas Festival Orchestra. She has also performed with the Evansville Philharmonic. Haley continues to perform solo repertoire while living in Washington DC, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in music performance at the Catholic University of America.


 

Michael Baron

An award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron performs over 40 concerts each year, including annual tours of Europe and engagements throughout the United States, Asia, and South America. Equally at home as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and a chamber musician, Baron commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque compositions to world premieres of contemporary pieces. His virtuosity and musicianship regularly garner the highest critical acclaim. Il Tempo (Rome) praised his "spellbinding recital. Baron kept the audience enthralled with a combination of touching poetry and superhuman virtuosity." Baron received his doctorate in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University where he studied with the legendary American pianist Earl Wild. He also worked extensively in Italy with the renowned pianist Orazio Frugoni.

Dr. Baron serves as Professor of Music and Head of Keyboard Studies at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida. He is also Honorary Professor of Music at Yantai University and Hubei University in the People’s Republic of China. A distinguished educator, Baron has presented masterclasses and workshops at schools, festivals, and universities throughout the world and regularly works with talented students in Colorado. He serves as a jurist on regional, national, and international piano competitions.

An acclaimed master teacher, Dr. Baron’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States and abroad. Baron is the director of summer music festivals in Italy. This past summer he performed in Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium. He also premiered a new piano concerto in Peru and taught at the National Conservatory in Lima.