PERFORMING ARTS LIVE
Friday, September 21 at 8PM
Saturday, September 22 at 8PM
CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater creates an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute performances rooted in Salsa and Afro-Cuban, and drawing from Hip-Hop, urban and contemporary dance-theatre. With their newest work joyUS justUS, the Los Angeles-based company takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy—the knowingness and celebration of our true beauty and power—has always been at the root. Embodied through technically rigorous social dance forms that were born out of these experiences, joyUS justUS explores personal truths about the power of hope, faith and family. With stunning and powerful choreography by Ana María Alvarez, vibrant music by East LA band Las Cafeteras and sound by d. Sabela Grimes, joyUS justUS radiates joy, power and connectedness.
Visit www.contra-tiempo.org to learn more.
Tickets to this performance include admission to a post-performance dance party with the company.
This project is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by Marion Park Lewis Foundation.
Concessions will be available for cash purchase beginning one hour prior to this performance.
During their one-week residency, dancers and teaching artists of CONTRA-TIEMPO will lead a series of dance workshops for all levels. Stay tuned for more information.
Photos by Eric Wolfe
The Shenandoah Conservatory Flute Ensemble under the direction of Professor of Flute Jonathan Snowden performs as part of our Live at Lunch series.
ABOUT LIVE AT LUNCH
Shenandoah Conservatory is proud to continue its partnership with Valley Health to present free concerts featuring Shenandoah Conservatory’s premier faculty and student artists. All concerts are held from 12:15 to 1PM on the first and third Fridays of the month in the Winchester Medical Center North Tower Lobby and are free and open to the public.
TIMOTHY J. ROBBLEE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR
The Wind Ensemble presents seminal works from the band repertoire, including Norman Dello Joio’s Scenes from the Louvre, Carolyn Bremer’s national anthem-inspired Early Light and selections by Percy Grainger and J.S. Bach.
Photos by C. King Photography
WORLD OF THE PIANO
Praised by The Washington Post as one of the “greatest piano duos of our time,” sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton have captivated audiences throughout the globe with their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry” (San Francisco Examiner). The duo has performed solo and orchestral engagements throughout the United States, Europe, South America, New Zealand and Asia. In 2016, the Naughtons released their debut record, Visions, on the Warner Classics label. The album, which featured the music of Messiaen, Bach and Adams, received wide critical acclaim.
Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye for Four Hands
Chopin: Rondo in C Major for Two Pianos, op. 73
Adams: Hallelujah Junction
Debussy: En blanc et noir for Two Pianos
Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2, op. 17 for Two Pianos
Program subject to change.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Christina and Michelle Naughton have been hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry.” They have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity created by their mystical musical communication, as featured by the Wall Street Journal in their own words “There are times I forget we are two people playing together.”
Their 2017/18 season began with recital appearances at the La Jolla Music Society and the Ravinia Festival. Additional engagements include the duo’s Lincoln Center debut as well as appearances at the Gilmore Festival, Rockefeller Evening Concerts, Purdue Convocations, Portland Piano International, Society of the Four Arts, Sharon Lynn Wilson Center, Virginia Arts Festival and the National Gallery. Orchestral season highlights include performances with the Detroit, St. Louis, San Diego, Midland and Puerto Rico Symphonies. The duo will also be seen in recital and orchestral engagements throughout New Zealand, Brazil, Belgium and Spain.
In February of 2016 the Naughtons released their debut record on the Warner Classics label titled Visions, featuring the music of Messiaen, Bach and Adams. The album received much critical acclaim with The Washington Post hailing them as one of the “greatest piano duos of our time.” The record was chosen as Editor’s Choice in Grammophone Magazine.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey to parents of European and Chinese descent; Christina and Michelle are graduates of Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They are Steinway Artists and currently reside in New York City.
Visit www.christinaandmichellenaughton.com to learn more.
This performance is made possible by the Laura N. Dabinett and Russell B. McKelway World of the Piano Fund, established in 2015 in commemoration of the wedding anniversary of Laura N. Dabinett and Russell B. McKelway.
Sunday, September 23 at 2PM • Armstrong Concert Hall
Join us after each Saturday matinee performance for a conversation and Q&A with members of the company and artistic team.
Special guest artists mezzo-soprano LaToya Lain and pianist Margo Garrett explore the powerful collaborative relationship between pianist and vocalist.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Applauded for her “wonderfully rich,” “powerful,” and “captivating” voice, American singer LaToya Lain, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, studied voice at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also a graduate of Chautauqua Opera’s Young Artist Program.
Lain’s most recent engagements include performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Hamburgische Oper, and the Köln Philharmonie. She recently presented solo recitals at the American Church in Paris, the Dutch Reform Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, and at the Reapertura de la Iglesia Santa Teresa in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She also presented recitals and master classes at Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, the University of New Mexico, University of Delaware, Murray State University, SongFest in Los Angeles and The International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden. She continues to sing opera, oratorio, and perform solo recitals throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Africa.
In June 2017, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Ralph Vaughn William’s Dona nobis pacem, under the baton of Maestra Nina Nash-Robertson. She has also been a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew’s Passion.
Lain’s operatic roles include Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Polinesso in Ariodante, La Principessa in Suor Angelica, Baba in The Medium, and Ježibaba in Rusalka.
Dr. Lain has served on the voice faculties of Central Michigan University, New York University, Oakwood University and this fall, she will begin her tenure as a member of the voice faculty at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She also currently teaches on the faculties of The Bay View Summer Music Institute in Bay View, Michigan, and The Montecito International Summer Music Festival in Los Angeles, California.
The large roster of artists with whom pianist Margo Garrett has long performing relationships include sopranos Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Elizabeth Futral, the late Judith Raskin, Lucy Shelton, Dawn Upshaw, Benita Valente, mezzo Shirley Close, tenors Anthony Dean Griffey and Paul Sperry, violinists Jaime Laredo and Daniel Phillips, violist Paul Neubauer, cellists Sharon Robinson, Matt Haimowitz, the late Stephen Kates, and clarinetist David Shifrin. With these and other fine artists, Garrett has premiered over thierty works. Her recordings can be found on Albany, CRI, Deutsche Grammophon (1992 Grammy for Best Vocal Recital, Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall), Delos, Dorian, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Orion and Sony Classical.
A devoted teacher, Garrett headed the newly created Collaborative Piano Department at The Juilliard School from 1985 to 1991 at which time she became the first holder of the Ethel Alice Hitchcock Chair in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, the first privately endowed collaborative chair in the United States. In 2000, she returned to and remained a member of The Juilliard School’s collaborative piano faculty until this past May 2018. Garrett directed the Tanglewood Music Center vocal fellowship program for the last six of her nineteen years of teaching there (1979 to 1997) and has now returned to Tanglewood since the summer of 2015. She was awarded the 1989 American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) Most Creative Programming Award and, from 1999 through 2006, was Faculty Chair of The Steans Institute for Young Artist’s vocal and chamber music programs at Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival, where she met the exceptional pianist, Ieva Jocubaviciute, and is delighted to be reacquainted with her now at Shenandoah.
Garrett has held residencies of late at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany; at Vancouver International Song Institute, Taiwan Normal Teacher’s University, Soochou University in Suzhou, China, Music Academy of the West, Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (IMA) in Neumarkt, Germany, was a judge at the 15th International Schumann Vocal Competition (2008) in Zwickau, Germany, at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and Joy in Singing, both in New York, at dozens of American schools of music, where she thrills to the passion for classical music she finds wherever she goes, and to the high standards that are being achieved and held by talented faculty and students alike. It bodes most well for the future of music in our country and beyond.
Photos courtesy of artists
The Tony Martucci Quartet presents an evening of jazz standards featuring Luis Hernandez and Jeff Antoniuk, saxophones; John Lee, electric guitar; Tom Baldwin, bass and the legendary Tony Martucci, drums. Martucci’s original and interpretive drum style is both supportive and interactive, reflecting his deep understanding of the jazz tradition and his vast stylistic influences.
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