2017-2018 Professional Concert Series
Pressenda Chamber Players

Washington Conservatory of Music presents


Washington Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence:
PRESSENDA CHAMBER PLAYERS


James Buswell, violin
Aaron Berofsky, violin
Kathryn Votapek, violin
Kathy Judd, violin
Amadi Azikiwe, viola
Phillipe Chao, viola
Tobias Werner, cello
Jan Mueller-Szeraws, cello

Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions


Violinist James Buswell will join the Pressenda Chamber Players to perform the opening concert of the 2017-18 Washington Conservatory Concert Series.

James Buswell has performed as a solo violinist with virtually all of the major orchestras in North America, and throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia, performing over one hundred solo works for violin and orchestra. Early in his career he was an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Active as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and educator, James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. More+ Pressenda Chamber Players Artistic Director, Tobias Werner said “I am honored to have this renowned musician perform as a member of our ensemble for a second year. This season audiences will be thrilled to hear him - and his Stradivarius violin - both as an extraordinary collaborative chamber musician and as a dazzling and sensitive soloist.”

The Pressenda Chamber Players is a multi-member ensemble of strings and piano is named for Giovanni Pressenda (1777-1854) maker of the instruments played by Pressenda Chamber Players Founder/Artistic Director and cellist Tobias Werner and member violinist Aaron Berofsky. The ensemble will open the 2017-18 WCM Concert Series with the sonorous Mozart String Quintet in g minor, K. 516 and the Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn – universally heralded as a masterpiece of the chamber music literature, written when the composer was 16 years old. The work is known for its virtuosic 1st violin part (performed on this concert by Aaron Berofsky) and overall fiery string writing. Concert performers include violinists James Buswell, Aaron Berofsky, Kathryn Votapek and Kathy Judd; violists Amadi Azikiwe and Phillipe Chao; and cellists Tobias Werner and Jan Mueller-Szeraws. The Pressenda Chamber Players are Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington Conservatory of Music performing concerts and providing master classes. This is the first of four concerts presented by this ensemble, as part of the 2017-18 Washington Conservatory concert season.

Violinist Aaron Berofsky has gained wide recognition as a chamber musician and soloist performing with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada. More+

Violinist Kathryn Votapek maintains an active career as a soloist and chamber music artist throughout the US, Canada, and Europe and performs with the Votapek Trio. More+

Violinist Kathy Judd has performed in ensembles throughout the US, Europe and Taiwan. More+

Violist Amadi Azikiwe has performed in recitals throughout the US and with ensembles including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. More+

Violist Philippe Chao is a tenured member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Principal Violist with the Post-Classical Ensemble. More+

Cellist Tobias Werner is the music director of The Chamber Music Conference of the East, as well as Artistic Director/ Founder of the Pressenda Chamber Players. He has appeared in chamber music concerts throughout the world. More+

Cellist Jan Mueller-Szeraws has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Chile, Germany and the United States since his early debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción . More+

Program


Audience members are invited to a post-concert Wine & Words in the church social hall – a fun and informal question and answer session with the musicians, with complimentary beverages.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a professional monthly concert series October through May at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda and other public concerts and events throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating at the Westmoreland Circle location is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit. Conservatory Concerts are funded by donations and presented free of charge to allow those of all ages and economic means to enjoy outstanding live classical music in the community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

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