Sanibel Music Festival 2019

Arts and Entertainment

January 12, 2019

From: Sanibel Music Festival

Schedule of Events:

March 2, 2019:

7:30 p.m: Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, Piano and Clarinet

Comprised of clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu, two of America’s most distinguished artists, the MANASSE/NAKAMATSU DUO immediately established itself with a highly acclaimed 2004 performance in Boston. Subsequent coast-to-coast touring has included appearances on some of the country’s most prestigious series: New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Washington’s Dumbarton Oaks and National Gallery of Art, Brookings Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Corvallis, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Eastman School of Music, Des Moines Art Center, Duke University, Kansas State University, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Northeastern Illinois University, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, St. Bonaventure University, Samford University, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Fort Worth’s Van Cliburn Foundation, Charlottesville’s Tuesday Evening Concert Series, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The artists are also heard at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, which they serve as co-directors.

The Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo’s current season is highlighted by a return to the distinguished series of Chamber Music Corvallis, as well as performances for Joplin, Missouri’s Pro Musica, Oregon’s Rogue Valley Symphony and California’s Music at Kohl Mansion.

The Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo is also dedicated to expanding the concert repertoire for their instruments’ beautifully combinative sounds. To date, the artists have commissioned John Novacek’s Four Rags for Two Jons and Paquito D’Rivera’s The Cape Cod Files. Subsequently expanded and orchestrated by the composer, The Cape Cod Concerto received its world premiere in May 2011 by Symphony Silicon Valley.

Individually, Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu have developed extensive repertoires and lengthy discographies. Their hundreds of performances include concerto engagements, solo recitals and chamber music collaborations with orchestras, universities and music festivals, here at home and throughout the world. Additionally, Jon Manasse served as the principal clarinetist of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, performing under the batons of Artistic Director James Levine and, among others, Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Jurowski; Jon Nakamatsu is the Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

The Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo’s debut CD, a Harmonia Mundi USA album of the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas, was released early in 2008. Almost immediately, The New York Times exclaimed, “Jon Nakamatsu’s contribution is just as important as Mr. Manasse’s, and their partnership is complete. Mr. Nakamatsu’s playing is as meltingly beautiful as Mr. Manasse’s. Harmonia Mundi’s production is impeccable, capturing such disparate instruments in full color and a lifelike perspective.” An all-American album, comprising works of Bernstein, D’Rivera, Gershwin and Novacek, was released to international acclaim in Fall 2010.

March 5, 2019:

7:30 p.m: Horszowski Trio

Hailed by The New York Times as “impressive, lithe, persuasive,” when the members of the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV- ski) – Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa – played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection.  Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom.

Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School over twenty years ago, when they were children.  In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, upon being discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  Their musical bonds were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival.

In the four-year period following their debut performance at Rockefeller University in NYC in December 2011, they were booked for almost 200 concerts in the U.S. and tours of Japan and India.  They have continued their successful rise in the chamber music world, earning the praise of critics and audiences alike.  The New Yorker has called them “the most compelling American group to come on the scene.”  The trio will return to Asia for another tour in the Fall of 2018, and they will make their European debut in 2019, including a performance at London’s Wigmore Hall.  They often collaborate with guest musicians, including violists, clarinetists and singers.  Recent guests include members of the Guarneri, Pacifica and Tokyo Quartets.

Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, MieczysÅ‚aw Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute.  The Trio takes inspiration from Mr. Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity.  Like Horszowski, the Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary.  As an ensemble-in-residence of the Electric Earth Concerts, the Trio premiered the work by Eric Moe “Welcome to Phase Space” in 2014.  They have also recorded “For Daniel” by Joan Tower for a part of the celebration album of the composer’s 75th birthday.  The violinist of the Trio, Jesse Mills, who is also a composer and arranger, has written a work for the group “Painted Shadow,” which was commissioned by and premiered at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, NY in January, 2015.

In addition, they seek to perform works from the trove of composers with whom Horszowski had personal contact, such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados.  Their debut recording, an album of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and D’Indy – in memory of MieczysÅ‚aw Horszowski – was released by Bridge Records in 2014.  Gramophone called them “a highly accomplished group,” and raved: “exemplary performance… I long to hear more of the Horszowski Trio.”  After their successful debut recording, they have two more upcoming projects with Bridge Records: an All-Schumann Piano Trios disc, as well as an All-Brahms Piano Quartets set with Masumi Per Rostad from the Pacifica Quartet.

Based in New York City, the Horszowski Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

March 9, 2019:

7:30 p.m: Wu Han and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Pianist Wu Han ranks among the most influential classical musicians in the world today. Leading an unusually multifaceted artistic career, she has risen to international prominence as a concert performer, artistic director, recording artist, educator, and cultural entrepreneur. A recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award, she appears annually at the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues, as both soloist and chamber musician. She tours extensively with cellist David Finckel, in trios with Philip Setzer, and in a quartet with Daniel Hope and Paul Neubauer. Together with David Finckel, she serves as co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and founding co-artistic director of Music@Menlo, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier summer chamber music festival and institute. In East Asia, she serves as founding co-artistic director of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival in Seoul. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts recently appointed Wu Han artistic advisor for Chamber Music at the Barns. Her wide-ranging musical activities include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. BBC Music Magazine saluted the label’s 20th anniversary with a cover CD featuring David Finckel and Wu Han. This new recording is to be released on the ArtistLed label in the fall. Through a multitude of educational initiatives, including directing the LG Chamber Music School in Seoul under the auspices of CMS, she has received universal praise for her passionate commitment to nurturing artistic growth.

March 12, 2019:

7:30 p.m: The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston

The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s Orchestra and Chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a nine concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues, in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to thousands of children each year. Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States, and is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres.

H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers—Handel and Haydn—to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah(1818), Haydn’s Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Between 2014 and 2016, H+H celebrated its Bicentennial with two seasons of special concerts and initiatives to mark 200 years of music making. Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including the critically-acclaimed Haydn The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel’s Messiah, recorded live at Symphony Hall under Christophers’ direction.

March 19, 2019:

7:30 p.m: Singing Sondheim on Sanibel

Stephen Sondheim is described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American music theater.”  Celebrate Sondheim’s amazing and brilliant career with Opera Theater of Connecticut and a group of first-rate professional singers through an exciting selection of moving pieces from his acclaimed and insightful shows, including Sweeny Todd, Company, Follies, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

This concert is punctuated with appropriate, humorous, and informative narrations from the stage by Opera Theater of Connecticut’s Artistic Director Alan Mann, a noted speaker and opera/music theater historian.

March 23, 2019:

7:30 p.m: Star Crossed Lovers in Opera

The truly thrilling characters in the world of opera are the ill-fated star-crossed lovers whose lives and loves are challenged by insurmountable obstacles. This makes for great drama and music for Puccini’s Mimì and Rodolfo, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Edgardo, Verdi’s Violetta and Alfredo, and, happily, for the would-be lovers in The Elixir of Love and The Merry Widow.

These, and more, performed by six professional opera singers in a delightful evening of best-known and best-loved arias and ensembles, all with projected supertitles to make sure everyone understands the complexity, clarity, and comedy of these all-too-human emotions.

This concert is punctuated with appropriate, humorous, and informative narrations from the stage by Opera Theater of Connecticut’s Artistic Director Alan Mann, a noted speaker and opera/music theater historian.

March 26, 2019:

7:30 p.m: New York Brass Arts Trio

Joe Burgstaller, trumpet
David Jolley, french horn
Haim Avitsur, trombone

Three world-class virtuoso soloists have come together to revolutionize the brass trio, and are being hailed as the first brass group ever to play with the sensitivity and musicality of a string quartet. Trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, french hornist David Jolley and trombonist Haim Avitsur have forged together classical, light classical and classical/jazz masterworks of all eras and adapted them in unique and innovative instrumentation. Of the New York Brass Arts Trio, Classical Sonoma wrote: “Every now and again a performance comes along that takes you by surprise with its brilliance… and makes you realize you’ve just witnessed something special.” In the 2017-18 season the trio performs with Camerata Musica.

The members of the trio each bring great experience to the table. Burgstaller is a former featured trumpeter and arranger with the legendary Canadian Brass, has performed with many notable orchestras, and has recording credentials that include solo CDs, three Top-10 Billboard hits, and a Top-50 JazzRadio hit. Jolley is the pre-eminent horn soloist of his generation, performing as a soloist with major orchestras, collaborating with major string quartets (Guarnieri, Orion and American), and is a founding member of the Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Avitsur is the only trombonist named a 2005 and 2007 Emerging Artist by Symphony Magazine and has premiered over eighty compositions.

Dates: March 2 - 26, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m.


Sanibel Congregational U.C.C.,
2050 Periwinkle Way,
Sanibel Island, FL 33957.

Cost: $50.00

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