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Brass-E5 – Program

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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The Brass-E5

Marc Reese (trumpet)
Chris Gekker (trumpet)
Greg Miller (French Horn)
Mark Hetzler (Trombone)
Ken Amis (tuba)

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Ralph Holter Auditorium, Green Bay West High School (more…)

An Evening with a Legend: Menahem Pressler and Four Winds

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Menahem Pressler and Four Winds will perform a concert of Mozart and Beethoven classics on Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm, in the Ralph Holter Auditorium at Green Bay West High. A co-founder and pianist of the distinguished  Beaux Arts Trio for all of its 51 years, Pressler has accumulated a long list of honors and achievements spanning more than six decades. In 2011 the International Classical Music Awards recognized him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Appearing with Pressler will be four winds from the famed New York Chamber Soloists who performed here as part of last year’s CM series: Melvin Kaplan, oboe; Allen Blustine, clarinet; Andrew Schwartz, bassoon; and Sharon Moe, French horn. Read their complete bios and the program to be performed.

Tickets are available online here, at the door, or in advance by calling the Civic Music office at 920-338-1801. Adults, $25.  Students, $10.

Mark your calendars!!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

The season has been extended one week to Saturday, May 18 with a brass quintet to replace the March 8 cancellation. Performing a similar program and featuring four of the brass players from the previously scheduled group, we look forward to an exciting evening. Your Empire Brass tickets dated March 8 will admit you to this concert.

Two Bonus Concerts!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Start spreading the word  to potential new members: Join before May 11, and receive 7 concerts for the price of a 5-concert series.  The package will include two bonus concerts this spring: both the Milwaukee Symphony on May 11 and the rescheduled brass concert on May 18. A fantastic bargain for music lovers!

Sneak Peak at the 2013-14 season

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Fri, Oct. 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m. — Chanticleer
Sat, Nov. 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m. — International Chamber Soloists
Sun, March 9, 2014, 2 p.m.— New Century Saxophone Quartet (matinee)
Fri, April 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m. — Organist Paul Jacobs (Weidner Center)
Sat, May 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m. — Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Brochures for the new season will arrive in your mailbox mid-April. Be sure to notify the BC Civic Music office if your address has changed since our last mailing. Brochures will not be forwarded. Call: 920-338-1801 or e-mail

Program — Pianist Menahem Pressler and Four Winds

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Season Listing | Program | Biographies

Friday, April 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Ralph Holter Auditorium, Green Bay West High School

New York Chamber Soloists

Melvin Kaplan, oboe
Allen Blustine, clarinet
Andrew Schwartz, bassoon
Sharon Moe, horn


Menahem Pressler, piano



Divertimento in B-flat Major, K. 439b, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Menuetto, trio
Rondo: Allegro

Bagatelles for solo piano, Op. 33, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Mr. Pressler will announce the sequence.

Quintet in E-flat Major for winds and piano, K. 452, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Largo – Allegro moderato

————————Intermission —————————

Duo for clarinet & bassoon in B flat major, WoO 27, No. 3, Ludwig van Beethoven

Allegro sostenuto
Aria con Variazioni, Andantino con moto

Rondo for piano in A minor, K. 511, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Quintet in E-flat Major for winds and piano, Op. 16, Ludwig van Beethoven

Grave: Allegro, ma non troppo
Andante cantabile
Rondo: Allegro, ma non troppo


The NEW YORK CHAMBER SOLOISTS are represented by

Melvin Kaplan, Inc., 115 College St., Burlington, Vermont 05401

Biography — Pianist Menahem Pressler and Four Winds

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Season Listing | Program | Biographies


Pianist Menahem Pressler

Pianist Menahem Pressler

Recognized by the French and German governments with the highest honors those countries award to civilians, Menahem Pressler was made a Commander of Arts and Letters by France, and from Germany received the Federal Cross of Merit. A founding member and the pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio for all of its 51 years, he has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans more than six decades. Both an outstanding chamber and solo performer, Mr. Pressler’s talents have brought him to all of the world’s major music venues. His overwhelming knowledge of piano and chamber music literature have also gained him an international reputation as a remarkable teacher.

Born in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1923, Menahem Pressler received most of his musical training in Israel, to which his family, fleeing the Nazis, immigrated in 1939. His life has always been completely devoted to his music: when not on tour or teaching master classes, Pressler can be found in his studio at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from both the University of Nebraska and the University of Kansas. In 1994, Mr. Pressler was honored with Chamber Music America’s Distinguished Service Award and in 1998 he received the prestigious Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Pressler was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2000, and has received numerous awards, including England’s Record of the Year Award, four Grammy nominations, Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 1997 with the Beaux Arts Trio, and the German Recording Award. He was a winner of the Debussy Competition in San Francisco and has served as a juror for the Van Cliburn, Queen Elisabeth, and Naumburg Foundation Competitions. In 2011 he was named the winner of the esteemed International Classical Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the prestigious Wigmore Medal. In June 2012 he was presented the Menuhin Prize by Queen Sofia of Spain in an elaborate ceremony, as well as being inducted to the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

Menahem Pressler’s career was launched when he won first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco in 1946. This was followed by his successful American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Eugene Ormandy, and appearances with the New York, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, London, and Paris Symphony Orchestras followed. Since then, Pressler’s extensive tours of North America and Europe have included performances with the orchestras of New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, London, Paris, Brussels, Oslo, Helsinki, and countless others.

In 1955 he co-founded the Beaux Arts Trio with Daniel Guillet and Bernard Greenhouse. It is considered one of the most enduring and widely acclaimed chamber music ensembles, and has been credited with giving rise to the enormous popularity of the piano trio repertoire. The Trio had a worldwide schedule of over 100 concerts per year, and recorded and re-recorded almost the entire piano chamber music literature. The Trio had its final performance at Tanglewood – where the Trio had its debut in 1955 – on August 21, 2008.
Menahem Pressler’s other chamber music collaborations have included multiple performances with the Juilliard, Emerson, Pacifica, American, Guarneri, and Cleveland Quartets. In addition to over fifty recordings with the Beaux Arts Trio, Mr. Pressler has compiled over thirty solo recordings, ranging from the works of Bach to Ben-Haim, and has recorded almost the entire chamber literature with piano on the Philips label.

Mr. Pressler resides in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife Sarah. His authority as an expert on chamber music is enormous, his knowledge of music and the piano is vast, and it is accompanied by much wisdom on producing beautiful music out of the notes written on the page.

Four Winds (New York Chamber Soloists)

Four Winds

Four Winds

MELVIN KAPLAN (oboe), founder/artistic director of the New York Chamber
Soloists and the Festival Winds, has been for more than 40 years one of America’s most influential forces in chamber music, both  as a renowned performer and as manager, teacher, lecturer and writer.  As a soloist, he has premiered  works by  Vaughan Williams, Ezra Laderman, Hugh Aitken, Gunther Schuller, Mel Powell, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Jean Francaix.  On the faculty of the Juilliard School for 30 years, Mr. Kaplan was also for many years featured regularly as a lecturer/performer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He founded and was Artistic Director of the Vermont Mozart Festival.

ALLEN BLUSTINE (clarinet) is a member of the New York Chamber Soloists and the award-winning new music ensemble Speculum Musicae (of which he is currently the President and Director). An active proponent of new music for the clarinet, he has premiered over 100 solo and chamber works including Milton Babbitt’s “My Ends are My Beginnings,” Donald Martino’s “Triple Concerto,” Elliott Carter’s “GRA (New York premiere),” Pulitzer Prize-winner Wayne Peterson’s “Peregrinations” for solo clarinet and, most recently, Pulitzer Prize-winner Mario Davidovsky’s “Synchronisms No. 12 for clarinet and electronic sounds.” He was principal clarinetist of the Japan Philharmonic in the early 1970s and the Musica Aeterna Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum and has frequently performed with the New York Philharmonic. He is currently on the faculty of Columbia University and is a founding member of the North Country Chamber Players in New Hampshire and the associate director of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College of Music in New York.

Bassoonist ANDREW SCHWARTZ has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.  Mr. Schwartz has performed solo concertos in some of the world’s great concert halls, including Boston’s Jordan Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York, and Vienna’s Musikverein. He is a member of the New York Chamber Soloists, The Little Orchestra Society, and the Scandia Orchestra in New York, and has performed regularly with the Metropolitan Opera and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.  One of the most prominent musicians playing historical bassoons, Mr. Schwartz is principal bassoon for the leading period instrument organizations: Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, The American Classical Orchestra, Sinfonia New York, Rebel, Concert Royal, Washington, D.C., Bach Consort, and Musica Angelica in Los Angeles. His many recordings include Mozart’s Da Ponte operas and The Magic Flute, as well as the complete works for wind ensemble on the Decca/L’Oiseau Lyre label.

SHARON MOE is a renowned French horn virtuoso, teacher and composer.  She has performed and recorded music from classical to jazz in concert and on TV, as a soloist and as Principal Horn with chamber ensembles and orchestras in major halls and festivals throughout the United States, France, Spain and Argentina. She was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to be Solo Horn for the world premier and recording of his composition “Mass” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  She was critically acclaimed for her solo performance in the world premier of Olivier Messiaen’s “ Des Canyons aux Etoiles” in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She is the French horn professor and chamber music coach on the faculty of LIU C.W. Post, Manhattan School of Music Precollege and New Jersey City University.  Ms. Moe was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from St.Olaf College, the Most Valuable Performer Award from NARAS (National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences) and is also an acclaimed composer composing under the name of Sharon Moe Miranda. She has the distinction of being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her composition “Windows” for orchestra.

CANCELLED: Empire Brass Quintet

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Cancellation notice: This concert has been cancelled due to the illness of the leader.  The Brown County Civic Music Association has scheduled a replacement concert.  Empire Brass tickets dated March 8, 2013 will admit you to the Brass-E5 concert on Saturday, May 18.

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CANCELLED: Empire Brass Quintet Concert March 8

A Civic Music favorite! America’s No. 1 ambassadors of classical and crossover brass return for a fifth time to the stage of Holter Auditorium. Led by engaging, world-class trumpeter Rolf Smedvig, this internationally known ensemble brings impeccable virtuosity and entertaining flair to music from Bach and Handel to jazz and Broadway show-stoppers. Raves The Boston Globe, “They simply have no competition…any Empire Brass performance live or on a recording sends a thrill of pleasure through your nervous system.”

Additional Information

Cancelled: Empire Brass Concert, Friday, March 8

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

To all Civic Music Members-

We regret to inform you Civic Music received word late Thursday, March 7th, that the Empire Brass concert on Friday, March 8th has been cancelled due to the illness of the leader. We hope to schedule a replacement concert. You will be notified as soon as arrangements are finalized.

Helen Bintz