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Solid Brass Ensemble – Biographies

November 6th, 2017

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Founded in 1982, SOLID BRASS is recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of the premier brass groups in the country. The members of the ensemble are some of the New York area’s finest musicians who have performed at Lincoln Center with the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera orchestras, NY City Ballet orchestra, numerous Broadway shows, and a host of appearances as orchestral and chamber musicians in the metropolitan area. SOLID BRASS has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society label, Dorian Recordings, Joseph Grado Signature Recordings and Craig Dory Recordings; and has appeared on NJN (PBS) TV’s “The State of the Arts”. Musical arrangements are being published in the SOLID BRASS SERIES of Art of Sound Music (artofsoundmusic.com). SOLID BRASS has been a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has performed in Mexico and Canada.

DOUGLAS D. HAISLIP (principal trumpet) is principal trumpet and co-founder of Solid Brass Ensemble. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lincoln Center Summer Ballet Orchestras, New Jersey Symphony, and the Colonial Symphony

CHARLES BUMCROT (trumpet) has appeared as soloist and guest artist with the New England Chamber Symphony. He performs with numerous New York orchestras including the Little Orchestra Society and the New York Choral Society. He teaches trumpet at Kean University and Montclair State University.

JASON BITONTI (trumpet) studied at New England Conservatory and Indiana University (Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance); principal trumpet, New Philharmonic of New Jersey and many other performance credits including Solid Brass Ensemble.

MICHAEL BLUTMAN (trumpet) enjoys a diverse career as a New York City freelance trumpeter and music educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the University of Maryland, some of his performing/recording credits include: Sting, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Jonathan Batiste Jazz Band, and Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera.

CARL DELLA PERUTI (trombone) is co-founder of Solid Brass Ensemble. He is a graduate of Ithaca College and The Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been awarded a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship in composition. He is a member of the Colonial Symphony. Carl has been trombone instructor at Rutgers University.

BRUCE EIDEM (trombone) is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Bruce is principal trombone in Shrek, and was in Gypsy, Crazy for You, and Big. He performed in Christmas Carol annually. Bruce is an expert in both classical and jazz idioms.

HANS MUHLER (trombone) is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Hans worked as a brass instrument designer for Yamaha Corporation and has developed his own instrument design and repair business. He frequently appears with many freelance orchestras throughout the metropolitan area.

DON HAYWARD (trombone) is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and is instructor of trombone at Columbia University. Don frequently plays on Broadway and was a Grammy Award nominee for Mario Bauza’s recording “994 Columbus”.

ADRIENNE OSTRANDER (percussion) is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music and has performed in several European festivals. Adrienne is the timpanist with the Princeton Symphony and performs with numerous ensembles in New York and New Jersey.

JANET LANTZ (horn) After receiving her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Juilliard, Janet became a member of the Westfield and Colonial Symphonies of New Jersey, the New York Chamber Soloists and has played for over 60 shows on Broadway including Phantom of the Opera.

JONATHAN FOWLER (tuba) Jonathan has received degrees from Rutgers and Temple Universities and the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music. He is the principal tuba player with the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Instructor of Low Brass at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Solid Brass Ensemble – Program

November 6th, 2017

Season Listing | Program | Biography

Music to bring you to your feet! The art of the march and dance!
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Medieval Ceremonial Music – arr. Elizabeth DiSavino
Prince of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
Iveson – arr. by John
Sea Songs – Ralph Vaughn Williams, arr. D. Haislip
March of Les Toreadors, from Carmen –  Georges Bizet, arr. D. Haislip

Semper Fidelis – John Philip Sousa
Radetsky March – Johann Strauss arr. D. Haislip
Procession to the Cathedral, from Lohengrin – Richard Wagner, arr. D. Haislip


Renaissance Dances from “The Danserye” – Tylman Susato, arr. John Iveson

La Mourisque
Bransle Quatre Bransles
Basse Danse Bergeret
Ronde – Mon Amy
Pavane Battaille

Big Band Memories

I’m Just a Lucky So and So – arr.iCarl Della Peruti
Tuxedo Junction – arr. Carl Della Peruti

The Wrecking Crew

The Lonely Bull – Sol Lake, arr. D. Haislip
California Girls – The Beach Boys

Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury, arr. C. Della Peruti
Who Loves You Pretty Baby – Robert Gaudio and Judy Parker, arr. Carl Della Peruti

For more information about the ensemble, its music, and recordings, contact: Solid Brass, 5 Sunset Drive, Chatham, NJ 07928
tel/fax (973) 701-0674 e-mail haislip@solidbrass.com www.solidbrass.com.

Post-concert reception: change of venue

November 6th, 2017

Please join us for a post-concert reception following the Sat., Nov. 18 Solid Brass Ensemble concert. In a change of locations, we’ll be in the Waterford Room at St. Brendan’s Inn, 234 S. Washington Street. Join us for complimentary snacks and cash bar.

Opera? Perhaps…

November 6th, 2017

Many years ago, Civic Music regularly booked recitals by Met superstars (Roberta Peters, Robert Merrill, Brigitte Nielsen) before fees and logistics intervened. Well, we’re now investigating whether we can honor a bit of that history by signing on as a potential co-sponsor to help this community stage (as early as 2018) the sort of semi-informal “opera in the park” summer concert that has proved popular in other Midwest cities. It would be a bonus addition to our five-show series. We’ll keep you posted.

Lovely arrangements

November 6th, 2017

Schroeder’s Flowers has long provided the floral decorations for our concert stage. Please thank them when you are there to shop.

Schroeder’s Flowers
1530 S. Webster Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54301

Dinner plans? Make them count.

November 6th, 2017

Remember ‘Dine to Donate’ every third Wednesday at the Perkin’s Restaurant at Military and Shawano, 5 to 8 p.m., with a share of all proceeds to Civic Music. Mark your calendars.

Wed, Nov. 15, 2017
Wed, Dec. 20, 2017
Wed, Jan. 17, 2018

Speaking of bonuses…

November 6th, 2017

President Chris Sampson and his wife, Carolyn, recently traveled to Menominee, MI for a River City Concert Association preview the Anderson & Roe piano duo we’ll feature in spring. Their report: Reciprocity is a good thing! The pianists were terrific, the Blesch Auditorium is a nice little venue, easy to find, and less than a 1-hour drive. It’s free if you’ve added your name to that night’s Brown County Civic Music pass list. Remaining dates include Forever Young musical theatre (02/06/18); Roy and Rosemary piano and violin (03/22/18); or the Glenn Miller Orchestra (04/24/18). Contact the Brown County Civic Music Association office at 920-338-1801 for ticket information.

Pre-concert talk

October 7th, 2017
Season Listing | Program | Biography | Pre-concert Talk
Friday, October 13, 2017
6:30 to 7 p.m.
Lars Thune Center
Green Bay West High School

Photo of Conductor Misha Rachlevsky

Conductor Misha Rachlevsky

Join Russian String Orchestra founder and musical director Misha Rachlevsky for a pre-concert lecture in the Lars Thune Center (adjacent to the auditorium lobby at West High School) from 6:30 to 7 p.m. before the group’s concert on Friday, October 13, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to more deeply enjoy the performance for having gained some insights about the program prior. This talk is free to attend.

Russian String Orchestra – Biographies

October 2nd, 2017

Season Listing | Program | Biography | Pre-concert Talk

Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Russian String Orchestra’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.

About half of nearly 2,000 concerts the orchestra has performed to date have taken place in Moscow, the rest were played on tours in 25 countries in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim.

The signature quality of the orchestra is the depth and variety of its repertoire – over 1000 compositions from early baroque to works written on commission from Misha Rachlevsky and the orchestra by composers from Russia, Europe and the USA.  The orchestra prides itself in offering interesting and often unique programs, both for its home audience, and while on tour.

Misha Rachlevsky

Russian String Orchestra Misha RachlevskyMisha Rachlevsky’s lifetime affinity for chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire began at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. Born in Moscow, his violin studies began at the age of five and continued through the well-traveled path of the Russian school of string playing. After leaving the Soviet Union in 1973, he lived and worked in different countries on three continents. In 1976, he settled in the United States, becoming active in the field of chamber music. Mr. Rachlevsky founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO) in 1984, and led it to international prominence, completing nine European tours in four years.

In 1989, Rachlevsky accepted an offer from the city of Granada, Spain – a two-year project under which NACO became the resident orchestra of Granada while, concurrently, Rachlevsky founded and led Granada’s own chamber orchestra. In 1991, Rachlevsky found it impossible to resist an opportunity presented by Claves to record Russian works for this label. When Claves concurred with his suggestion to realize the project with Russian musicians, Rachlevsky called auditions, and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was created. In 2016, the group changed its name to “Russian String Orchestra,” a better fit. “We well recognize that carrying this name is a tall order, and we are ready to prove our right to it with every concert.”

Yuliya Smead

Yuliya Smead was born in Ternopil, Ukraine in 1971. Yuliya holds a Bachelor in Music Performance from Ternopil Music College, a Master’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Lycenko National Academy of Music in Lviv Ukraine. Yuliya is a two-time winner of Ternopil State Young Talent Competition and a second place winner in Poland. Before coming to the United States, she served as a concertmaster in Lviv State Chamber Orchestra Trembita, which toured extensively in Germany and Poland and a concertmaster of Leopolis Orchestra which performed regularly in France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Since moving to the United States in 1999, she was named concertmaster of the Oshkosh Symphony in 2001, concertmaster of the Fox Valley Symphony in 2007 and assistant concertmaster of Green Bay Symphony in 2001. She is a member of North Shore Quartet and Fox Valley String Quartet. She was first violin of the Ensemble of Modern Music Cluster in Lviv Ukraine which toured in Latvia, Holland and Ukraine. In addition to performing, Yuliya is on the faculty UW-Oshkosh and Lawrence Academy of Music.

Russian String Orchestra – Program

October 2nd, 2017

Season Listing | Program | Biography | Pre-concert Talk

Russian String Orchestra
Misha Rachlevsky, Music Director
Friday, October 13, 2017

String Sonata No. 3Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Rossini’s six string sonatas were written during the summer of 1804 when the composer was just twelve years old!

Visions Fugitives, Op. 22Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
The pieces, composed between 1915 and 1917, are whimsical musical vignettes and, although dissonant, are pleasant, effervescent, and bright.

* * * Intermission * * *

Romance in F, Op. 50Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Composed in 1803, the sweet, innocent melodies may have provided solace when Beethoven’s awareness of his deteriorating hearing was at its most acute.
Yuliya Smead, violinist

Serenade for strings, Op. 48Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1993)
Written in 1880, Tchaikovsky confided to a friend that the Serenade was “a heartfelt piece, and so, I dare to think, is not lacking in real qualities.”

I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina
II. Valse
III. Élégie
IV. Finale (Tema russo)