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Barns of Rose Hill Chamber Orchestra Presents: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
October 15, 2022 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lead by conductor, Garrick Zoeter, the Barns of Rose Hill Chamber Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s famous compositions The Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni) and Clarinet Concerto #1 (Sant’ Angelo), as well as Ponchielli’s Paolo e Virginia Op. 78. The performance will feature violin soloist Irina Muresanu, as well as conductor Zoeter on solo clarinet.
The Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni) is a series of four violin concertos composed by Vivaldi around 1720 during his time as the Court Chapel Master of the Italian province of Mantua. These compositions are one of the earliest examples of program music- or music with a narrative element.
Clarinet Concerto #1 (Sant’ Angelo) is an arrangement of various Vivaldi operas. The clarinet wasn’t incorporated into orchestras until the mid-18th century, after Vivaldi’s death. This piece allows us to hear the Baroque master’s work with modern-day instrumentation.
Amilcare Ponchielli was an Italian composer best known for his composition Dance of the Hours, popularized both in the Disney film Fantasia and the novelty song Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp). Inspired by a novel of the same name by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paolo e Virginia features interaction between the violin and clarinet soloists, representing the titular lovers from the book.
About the Conductor- Garrick Zoeter
A committed teacher as well as performer, Mr. Zoeter serves as the Anna Lee VanBuren Professor of Clarinet at the Shenandoah Conservatory. His students from Shenandoah include numerous competition winners and can be found performing in professional ensembles, teaching in university and public school positions, and serving as music therapists throughout the country and abroad. While at Shenandoah he has been featured in concerto performances with the Wind Ensemble in Michael Daugherty’s Brooklyn Bridge and Rossini’s Introduction, Theme, and Variations and with the Symphony Orchestra in Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody, Strauss’ Duet Concertino, the Copland Concerto, and the Clarinet Concerto by William Bolcom. He also performs each semester with the faculty Van Buren Wind Quintet. He formally served on the clarinet and chamber music faculty of Wesleyan University (2002-2007) and from 1997-2003 was the clarinet professor at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho during the summer in the city of Fortaleza, Brasil. Mr. Zoeter has recorded for the CRI, Newport Classics, Bridge, Innova, Naxos, MSR Classics, and New Focus Recordings CD labels. In addition to his performing and teaching, Mr. Zoeter serves on the advisory council of the Washington D.C. chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.
About the soloist- Irina Muresanu
Internationally renowned Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu continues to fearlessly stretch the boundaries of classical music. A sought-after soloist and chamber musician who has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South Africa, Ms. Muresanu has developed a reputation of a compelling and eloquent interpreter in the standard repertoire as well as in the contemporary music world. Acclaimed for her elegant, passionate performances, her concerts have frequently been cited by The Boston Globe as among the “Best of Classical Music Performances.”
Ms. Muresanu’s 2021-22 season include performances as guest soloist with the Plymouth Philharmonic (MA), Bay Atlantic Symphony (NJ), the Lviv National Philharmonic (Ukraine) and the “Oltenia” Philharmonic (Romania), as well as festival and recital appearances in the United States, France, Belgium, Spain and Romania. Her 2022 summer festival engagements will include the festivals of Masterclass Al-Andalus (Spain), Meeting House Chamber Music (Cape Cod, MA), Berkshire High Peaks (Great Barrington, MA) and ARIA International Academy (MA). In October 2021, Muresanu released a recording of the Romanian composer Dan Dediu works for solo violin and violin/piano repertoire titled “Hybrids, Hints and Hooks” on Métier label.
In July 2021, Muresanu received the prestigious Maryland Innovation Initiative Award for her collaborative research with Prof. Cornelia Fernmüller from the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies on developing AI technology to be used in violin pedagogy.
An active chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu has appeared as guest artist in such festivals and venues as New York City’s Bargemusic, Massachusetts’ Rockport Festival, Maine’s Bay Chambers concert series, Colorado’s Strings in the Mountains and San Juan Music Hawaii’s Maui Chamber Music Festival, The Netherland’s Reizend Music Festival, Belgium’s Festival van de Leie, and the Rencontres des Musiciennes Festival in France and the Guadeloupe islands. She is a member of the Boston Trio.
A laureate and winner of top prizes in several prestigious international violin competitions including the Montreal International, Queen Elisabeth International, UNISA International String, Washington International, and the Schadt String Competition, Muresanu achieved international acclaim early on as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Muresanu’s awards also include the Creative and Performing Arts Award at the University of Maryland, a prestigious New Music USA Grant, a Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award, the Kate Kinley Fellowship Award from the University of Illinois, and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.
Irina Muresanu is a strong proponent of music education. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland and has taught at Boston Conservatory and in the Harvard and MIT Music Departments.
Born in Romania, Ms. Muresanu holds a prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. She plays an 1849 Giuseppe Rocca violin with an Etienne Pajeot bow.
Times: Doors open at 6:00 PM. Concert starts at 7 PM.
Ticket Prices & Info: All Tickets are General Admission. $25 in advance until 3:00 PM on the day of event. $30 at the door. Children 12 years and below are free when accompanied by an adult.
Tickets may be reserved in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at (540) 955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours. All sales are final. Exceptions for special circumstances may be made no later than 24 hours prior to performance.
Are there any COVID restrictions?
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We are located in downtown Berryville, Virginia between the Rose Hill Park and the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library. View Map & Directions »
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