Settlement Music School Scholarship Students Featured in Free Concert by nrk14057


									PRESS RELEASE                                     Contact: Kris Parsons
For immediate release 02-04-09                    215.320.2685

                      Settlement Music School Scholarship Students
                                Featured in Free Concert
                  Sunday, March 1, 2009 6pm, PNC*Presser Recital Hall
                 Mary Louise Curtis branch, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia

       Philadelphia, PA--Settlement Music School will present a free concert of its Advanced Study
Ensemble students from eight different string, woodwind and piano ensembles on Sunday, March 1, 6pm in
the PNC*Presser Recital Hall, Mary Louise Curtis branch, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. The
concert is free and open to the public and includes a post-concert reception.

Selected by audition each year, students receive individual instruction with a senior teacher, chamber music
coaching, music theory and ear training classes. They perform throughout the season in school and
community concerts and special events. Currently, there are eight funded Advanced Study Ensembles (see
program below). Each will perform at this concert.

Settlement Music School has a history of offering advanced training to aspiring young musicians. In its
earliest years, Settlement organized a Conservatory Division that dealt specifically with career-minded
students. That program produced notable students in the 1920’s and formed the basis on which the Curtis
Institute was founded in 1924 at Settlement by Mary Louise Curtis.

Even after Curtis was established, Settlement continued to develop youngsters in need of advanced training
and frequently acted as a preparatory program for students who went on to leading conservatories around
the country. Current members of the Philadelphia Orchestra such as Renard Edwards (viola), Mark Gigliotti
(bassoon), Richard Amoroso and Booker Rowe (violin), and Peter Smith (oboe) participated in Settlement’s
Ensemble program. Also, Joe Anderer, (French horn) of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Judith LeClair
(bassoon) of the New York Philharmonic and Ann Hobson Pilot (harp) of the Boston Symphony were
among the students who participated.

 Settlement Music School is the largest community-based school of the arts in the United States, serving
15,000 students each year at six branches in two states. It provides people of all abilities, age, race and
financial means with programs of the highest quality in music and dance to help them achieve their greatest
potential. Settlement awards nearly $2 million a year in financial aid. It is the largest employer of musicians
in the region, with more than 250 dedicated faculty members, most of whom have advanced degrees.

Advanced Study Ensembles March 1, 2009 Concert Program

Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1………….Ludwig van Beethoven
I. Allegro
Gray Charitable Trust Piano Trio, coached by Diane Monroe
Madeline Gralish, violin; Andrew Day, cello; Alessandra Rose Johnson, piano

The King of the Sun (1988)………Stephen Hartke
III. Dancer Listening to the Organ in a Gothic Cathedral
Benjamin and Carol Auger Contemporary Music Ensemble, coached by Linda Reichert
Philip Carter, violin; Alexandra Laine Cade, viola; Clare Bradford, cello; Rebekah Lee, piano
String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1………..Johannes Brahms
II. Romanze: Poco adagio
IV. Allegro
Gabriel Braverman String Quartet, coached by Sidney Curtiss
Brianna Leary, violin; Michael Casimir, violin; Kathryn Dark, viola; Justin Yoder, cello

Wind Quintet No. 1…….Jean Francaix
I. Andante tranquillo - Allegro assai
IV. Tempo di marcia francese
Rosalie Magen Weinstein and Matthew B. Weinstein Woodwind Quintet, coached by Shirley Curtiss
Elisa Muzzillo, flute; David Rosenfeld, oboe; Ronald Amchin, clarinet; Tyler Bjerke, horn; Emeline
Chong, bassoon


Five Pieces for String Orchestra, Op.44 No.4..................Paul Hindemith
I. Slow
V. Lively

Serenade for Strings, Op.22..............................................Anton Dvorak
I. Scherzo
Trowbridge Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Rupp

String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1………Ludwig van Beethoven
II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
IV. Theme russe—Allegro
Ann Newman String Quartet, coached by Sidney Curtiss
Nicholas Bleisch, violin; Erica Tursi, violin; Corinne Sobolewski, viola; Sara Gabalawi, cello

Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87…………..Johannes Brahms
I. Allegro
Myer Schwartz Piano Trio, coached by Sandra Carlock
Nicole Sauder, violin; Samuel Soltoff, cello; Christianna Bates, piano

String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108………Dmitri Shostakovich
I. Allegretto
II. Lento
III. Allegro
Gail W. Snitzer String Quartet, coached by Sidney Curtiss
Caeli Smith, violin; Robyn Bollinger, violin; Madeline Smith, viola; Nicholas Bollinger, cello

To learn more about Settlement Music School, call 215-320-2600 or visit
For more information about the concert, coaches or students, contact Settlement Music School’s press
office 215-320-2685.

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