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American Virtuosi

Friday, March 27th

7pm: Cocktails | 8pm: Performance

GA: $40 in Advance | GA: $45 Day Of | GA: Series Tickets – $175

Series Tickets Includes all five Chamber Concerts!

GA = First come, first served seating

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American Virtuosi

The Chamber Music Series culminates in an incredible performance by some of the most celebrated musicians in the genre. American Virtuosi invites audiences to take part in an unforgettable evening of live classical music.

Featuring:

Wendy Chen, piano

Peter Winograd, violin

Jim Griffith, viola

Wolfram Koessel, cello

With Special Guests:

Nancy Allen, harp

Carol Wincec, flute

Cynthia Phelps, viola

Emerson Millar, violin

Wolfram Koessel, Cello

Since his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, cellist Wolfram Koessel has embarked on a diverse career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, performing internationally in the world’s most distinguished concert halls. STRAD magazine wrote of “the exceptionally attractive cello playing of Wolfram Koessel” who has established himself as a sought-after musician, performing concertos with the Jupiter Symphony, the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra (which he co-founded in 1994), Jerusalem Symphony, the Osaka Symphony, the Mannes Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Stuttgart, Cordoba, Mendoza, Costa Rica, Iowa, and New York.

Nancy Allen, Harp

Hailed by the New York Times, as “a major artist” following her New York recital debut in 1975, Nancy Allen joined the New York Philharmonic in June of 1999 as Principal Harpist. She maintains a busy international concert schedule as well as heading the harp departments of The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School and teaching at Stony Brook University. In addition, Ms. Allen appears regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  

Carol Wincenc, Flute

Hailed “Queen of the Flute” (New York Magazine) at the outset of her, now, brilliant 48 year career, flutist CAROL WINCENC was First Prize Winner of the (sole) Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the National Flute Association, the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music, and Distinguished Alumni Awards from Manhattan School of Music and the Brevard Music Center.

Peter Winograd, Violin

Joined the American String Quartet, Artists in Residence at Manhattan School of Music, in 1990. He gave his first solo public performance at the age of 11, and at age 17 he was accepted as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. Winograd was a top prizewinner in the 1988 Naumburg International Violin Competition. He then made his New York debut to critical acclaim and has since appeared as a guest soloist with numerous orchestras and in recital across the country and abroad. Mr. Winograd has been a member of the violin and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music School (where the American is Quartet in Residence) since 1990.

Emerson Millar, Violin

Ms. Millar is originally from Ithaca and is a graduate of the Colburn School in Los Angeles and is the new co-concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic. Originally from Ithaca in upstate New York. As an orchestral musician, Emerson has appeared as concertmaster of the New World Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. As a lover of chamber music, she has worked with Roberto Díaz, Ronald Leonard and Paul Colletti, as well as members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, Miró and Emerson String Quartets. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Colburn Conservatory of Music where she studied with Robert Lipsett.

Cynthia Phelps, Viola

Cynthia Phelps is the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Viola, The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair. performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Chamber Players, and the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, and Bridgehampton festivals. She has appeared with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano, and Prague Quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She has given recitals in the major music capitals of Europe and the U.S. Ms. Phelps has served on the faculties at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.

Wendy Chen, Piano

At the age of fifteen, Wendy Chen debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor André Previn. In 1990 she became the youngest winner ever of the National Chopin Competition, was one of the inaugural recipients of the Irving S. Gilmore Young Artists Award, and was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for the Arts. Since then, her career has flourished, adding Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Washington International Competition to her numerous awards. Ms. Chen has garnered critical acclaim for her engagements with leading orchestras and concert halls worldwide, with reviewers exclaiming that “having pianist Wendy Chen on the program is a guarantee that sparks will fly.”

Jim Griffith, Viola

Received his Master of Music from the Juilliard School. He also received his undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music and attended Florida State University. He is a former member of the Hudson String Quartet in New York, faculty member of Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont and director of the New Arts Festival in Fort Myers. He formerly served as principal violist of the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the New York Virtuosi.

Ticket Policy

All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets except for cancelled events that are not rescheduled. SBDAC does not offer refunds on purchased ticket. In rare circumstances when a performance may be cancelled (due to extreme weather, artist absence, or other unavoidable situations) we offer refunds or replacement tickets for another performance.

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