Summer 2018 Concert

Amici Strings held a concert Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Wayne United Methodist Church with guest performances by Kendra Broom, Dave Cullen, and Jason DePue! A reception following the concert featured the artwork of Joe Klapper: Joe Klapper Fine Art.

Program

J.S. Bach, Little Fugue in g minor,  BWV 578

H. Purcell, Dido’s Lament

     –Kendra Broom, mezzo soprano

G. F. Handel, Svegliatevi nel core

     –Kendra Broom, mezzo soprano

A. Vivaldi, Concerto in D Major for guitar and strings, RV 93

     –Dave Cullen, guitar

G.F. Handel, Ombra mai fu

     –Kendra Broom, mezzo soprano

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E. Elgar, Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20

N. Buc, Shadow Dances

Traditional, arr. J. DePue, Grumbling Old Man, Growling Old Woman

     –Jason DePue, fiddle

Traditional, arr. J. DePue, Shepherd’s Waltz

     –Jason DePue, fiddle

A. Bazzini, arr. W. DePue, La Ronde Des Lutins, Op. 25

     –Jason DePue, violin

The 2018 Winter Concert with Kendra Broom

Hear Kendra Broom and Amici Strings perform Henry Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament) from Dido and Aeneas and George Frideric Handel’s “Svegliatevi nel core” from Giulio Cesare.

 

We are also pleased to share our performance of a suite of Norwegian melodies by Edvard Grieg.

 

Finally, we invite you to enjoy Carlos Gardel’s Por una Cabeza.

 

 

 

Winter 2018 Concert

Our 2018 winter concert was held on Sunday, January 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 Church St. in Phoenixville, PA.

We were joined by Kendra Broom, mezzo-soprano at the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Program

Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in D Minor, RV565

Jean Sibelius, Impromptu for String Orchestra

Henry Purcell, “When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament) from Dido and Aeneas

George Frideric Handel, “Svegliatevi nel core” from Giulio Cesare

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C. Hubert Parry, Minuet from An English Suite, for string orchestra

Edvard Grieg, Suite of Norwegian Melodies

Carlos Gardel, “Por una Cabeza,” arr. Grigg

Leroy Anderson, Jazz Legato and Jazz Pizzicato

About Kendra Broom

Kendra Broom, from Oakland, Calif., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Broom is the Shaun F. O’Malley Fellow.

A mezzo-soprano, Ms. Broom has sung the roles of the Melisande (Impressions of Pelleas), L’enfant (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Faith (Rene Orth’s Empty the House), and Javotte (Manon) for the Curtis Opera Theatre. Other roles include Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Suzy (La rondine), Macduff’s Son (Bloch’s Macbeth), Alcina (Orlando Paladino), Cupidon (Orphée aux Enfers), Mallika (Lakme), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Jack (Smyth’s The Wreckers), and Adelma (Busoni’s Turandot). In addition to the Curtis Opera Theatre, she has appeared in productions at the Chautauqua Institution and the Bard Music Festival.

Ms. Broom performed the lead role in Sheila Silver’s A Thousand Splendid Suns as part of OPERA America’s New Works Forum. She has also appeared as a soloist in performances of Berio’s Sinfonia with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the New York City Master Chorale, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Binghamton Philharmonic, and Menotti’s Missa O Pulchritudo with the Glen Ridge Choral Society. This season she will be singing Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony, and Melisande in Pelléas et Mélisande with West Edge Opera.

Ms. Broom holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was awarded the Ambrose Monell, Birgit Nilsson, and Emily W. Voorhis Scholarships. She was also the recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest in 2011, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, poetry, and arts outreach.

 

Summer 2017 Concert

Our summer concert was held on Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Wayne United Methodist Church, 210 S. Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA.

Program

Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 3, No. 11

Sibelius: Impromptu for String Orchestra

Parry: An English Suite (Prelude, Minuet, Sarabande, Frolic)

Ireland: Minuet from A Downland Suite

Grieg Suite
   Last Spring, Op. 34, No. 2
   Norwegian, Op. 53, No. 1
   Cow Call and Peasant Dance, Op. 63, No. 2a and 2b

Gardel: Por una Cabeza

Anderson: Jazz Legato and Jazz Pizzicato

Winter Concert

Our winter concert was held on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s (121 Church Street) in Phoenixville, PA. The concert was part of the Music @ St. Peter’s Series.

Program

Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons

Gustav Holst: St. Paul’s Suite

Geroge Gershwin: Lullaby

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango

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Our guest soloist for the Vivaldi and Holst was Paul Roby of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Click here to see Roby and Amici Strings performing the Vivaldi at our summer concert.

About Paul Roby

Paul Roby’s first lessons were from his parents, a violinist and an oboist. His early studies continued with Mary Crowder-Hess and Roman Totenberg, students of Ivan Galamian and Carl Flesch, respectively. At the age of 16 Mr. Roby was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied violin with Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Jascha Brodsky, members of the Curtis Quartet. Immediately after graduation from Curtis, Mr. Roby won a position with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman and soon after became a member of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1991 Mr. Roby became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and in November 2000 was named associate principal second violin.

Mr. Roby made his solo debut at age 12 with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and has since won such prizes as the best Wieniawski Polonaise Prize at the Wieniawski-Lipinski Competition in Lublin, Poland, and the Davidoff Prize for Outstanding Artistry at the 1989 Schleswig-Holstein Festival. As a founding member of the Salzau Quartet, Mr. Roby played a command performance for German President Weizäcker at his official residence.

St Peters

St. Peter’s is located at 121 Church Street in Phoenixville. Its vision is to be an inclusive, vibrant Christian community honoring its Episcopal heritage by achieving excellence in worship, mission, education and fellowship. More information about St. Peter’s can be found here: St. Peter’s.

Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite”

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Similarly to Vivaldi, Gustav Holst spent a large part of his career as a pioneering music educator at a girls’ school. From 1905 to his death in 1934 he was employed by the St. Paul’s School for Girls, located in Brook Green, Hammersmith, West London. Contained in that address are the titles of three of Holst’s compositions, but it is St. Paul’s Suite that has become a staple of string orchestra repertoire. Who can resist the dances? We have a lively opening jig, a quiet waltz one would hear in a dream, a waltz treatment of Greensleeves and another jig. Between two of the dances is the wonderful Intermezzo, in which the soulful solo violin and viola delicately wind their way through the pizzicato strings, only to have the orchestra suddenly run at full speed and just as suddenly stop to ponder the old soulful melody again. The Finale (The Dargason) was a bold stroke in a composition for students in 1913. The virtuosity of composition and orchestration we enjoy so much in Holst’s most famous piece, The Planets, still a few years in the future, is evident here. Among English composers, only Holst would dare to combine two familiar tunes having different rhythmic schemes and score that combination so masterfully that the two melodies seem destined to be together from birth.

Poetry and Performance in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Each of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is based on a sonnet written by the composer himself. As you listen to the selected movements from each concerto, consider how  Vivaldi translates his words into music.

Amici Strings will perform the entire “Four Seasons” with readings of the poems and a performance by violin soloist Paul Roby at our free concert on July 29, 2016.

Spring

“Spring” awakens with evocative bird calls.

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Summer

This movement 3 from the “Summer” Concerto evokes thunder and lightning: a summer storm rages…

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Autumn

The third movement of the “Autumn” Concerto depicts The Hunt. Wild beasts flee the hunters with their weapons and dogs, but ultimately, there are those who cannot escape.

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Winter

The slow movement of Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto illustrates a winter rain; the plucked strings (pizzicato) of the orchestra are the raindrops which soak the passersby.

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Hear the music of Sweden on Sunday, January 10th

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Dag Wirén (1905-1986) was a composer not well known outside his native Sweden. However, his Serenade for Strings, Op. 11, from 1937, is performed by many string orchestras around the world. One reason is the infectious charm of the final “March” movement, with its melody that seems so familiar, even if you have never heard it. Read more about this composer here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag_Wirén

Listen to the “March”:

Dag Wirén’s “March” performed by Cali Camerata

Come hear us perform his work on Sunday, January 10th at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Phoenixville, PA.