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Guiseppe Tartini (1692- 1770)

September 11th, 2016

Guiseppe Tartini (1692- 1770) Guiseppe Tartini (1692- 1770) was among the great composers and violinists of his time.  His music is noted for being refined and expressive, in contrast the virtuosic pieces of his peers. At the Saturday, September 17 Chrysalis Chamber Players concert we hear one of his iconic pieces, “Devil’s Trill”, the violin sonata in G minor.  He shared this reflection with French astronomer Jerome Lalande a few years before his death”

“One night I dreamed I had made a pact with the devil for my soul. Everything went as I desired: my new servant anticipated my every wish. I had the idea of giving him my violin to see if he might play me some pretty tunes, but imagine my astonishment when I heard a sonata so unusual and so beautiful, performed with such mastery and intelligence, on a level I had never before conceived was possible. I was so overcome that I stopped breathing and woke up gasping. Immediately I seized my violin, hoping to recall some shred of what I had just heard; but in vain. The piece I then composed is without a doubt my best, and I still call it “The Devil’s Sonata,” but it falls so far short of the one that stunned me that I would have smashed my violin and given up music forever if I could but have possessed it.”


September 11th, 2016

Former co-president Tony Staley on WBAY

Former BCCMA co-president Tony Staley turned the spotlight on our 2016-2017 season as an in-studio guest on August 26 for the Noon Show with Kevin Rompa on WBAY, channel 2. If you weren’t able to tune in, see video online here.

Artstreet drawing winners

September 11th, 2016

Brown County Civic Music Association was represented again this year at Artstreet. Les Heckman and his volunteers did a great job. Art Street attendees were invited to enter a drawing for two tickets to the concert of their choice.

If you see them at a concert this season be sure to say hello and invite them to become members next season.

The following ten people won:

  1. Jane Riha, Green Bay, WI
  2. Maggie Alk, Green Bay, WI
  3. Jonathan Weber, Shawano, WI
  4. John Tillman, Green Bay, WI
  5. Nancy Krei, Marinette, WI
  6. Karina Santiago Macias, Green Bay, WI
  7. Debra Emmel, Suamico, WI
  8. Sandy Polarek, Green Bay, WI
  9. Janice O’Neill-Less, Suamico, WI
  10. Alicia Thornton, Oshkosh, WI

Chrysalis Chamber Players – Biography

September 10th, 2016

Season listing | Biographies | Program

Chrysalis Chamber Players

The Chrysalis Chamber Players, now in their fifth season, is a non-profit chamber music ensemble, committed to performing a kaleidoscope of high caliber chamber music. Its core members and founders, musicians local to South Florida, are trumpeter Mary Bowden, flautist Meghan Brachle, and pianist Catherine Lan. They collaborate with a variety of other musicians in innovative and exciting programs around south Florida and across the country. They have featured works in acclaimed performances ranging from Bach’s suites and concerti to the chamber music of living composers such as Jim Stephenson and Eric Ewazen. Chrysalis is the recipient of a Yale Alumni Ventures Grant, enabling the group to reach out to students through residencies in south Florida schools.

Catherine Lan – Pianist/Harpsichordist

Dr. Catherine Lan performs across the US, Canada, Japan, France, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand at venues such as Carnegie Hall. Season highlights include debut recitals in United Kingdom, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Appeared as a soloist with Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Sinfonia of the North Shore, British-Columbia Chamber, Braddell Heights Symphony, Frost Symphony, Fifth Avenue Chamber, Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Broward Symphony, and Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, she also collaborates with Naples Philharmonic, Palm Beach Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and records for Centaur Record label.

An artistic director of Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series and a co-founder of Chrysalis Chamber Players, Dr. Lan received her degrees from University of British-Columbia, Indiana University, and University of Miami, and teaches at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Broward College. www.catherinelan.com

Mary Elizabeth Bowden – Trumpeter

Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowden has been described by Gramophone Magazine as “radiant in new repertoire for trumpet.” Bowden, a Yamaha Performing Artist, released her debut album, “Radiance”, on Summit Records in 2015. She has performed as a soloist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Laredo Philharmonic, Croatian Army Wind Band, Springfield Symphony, San Juan Symphony, and Springfield Symphony.

Bowden is a founding member of Seraph Brass and Chrysalis Chamber Players. A frequent guest artist at the Marlboro Music Festival and currently the Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Bowden has served as Principal Trumpet of Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. She studied at The Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music.

Meghan Brachle – Flautist

A native of Denver, Colorado, Meghan Brachle was awarded a full tuition academic and music scholarship to study at Loyola University New Orleans. She completed additional studies at the University of Miami. As a young musician, Ms. Brachle performed in music festivals in Ireland, Italy, and in Colorado.

Ms. Brachle now resides in Florida and has performed with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Boca Sinfonia, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of the Americas. She has performed alongside musicians such as Dame Evelyn Glennie and Anne Murray, and has been featured in solo and chamber music performances in venues around Florida, and with the Luzerne Chambrer Players faculty recital series in New York. Meghan is a co-founder of the Chrysalis Chamber Players.

Jennifer Kozbial Posadas – Violinist

Canadian violinist Jennifer Kozbial Posadas holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. She has spent summers at the Domaine Forget Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Blossom Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she served as concertmaster. Currently spending her summers in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a member of the Santa Fe Opera orchestra since Jennifer has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic (FL) since 2007. Jennifer is a founding member of the Ars Nova String Trio and has collaborated with artists such as James Ehnes, Andres Diaz and members of the Cleveland Quartet. Off-stage, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and twin baby girls.

Judy Christy – Oboist

Judy Christy has been principal oboist of the Naples (FL) Philharmonic since 1996. Previously she played with the New World Symphony. Judy has performed as principal oboist of the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Peter Britt Music Festival. Her solo appearances have included concertos by Vaughan Williams, Strauss, Harbison, Mozart, Bach, and Vivaldi.

Judy earned her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with James Caldwell and Alex Klein. She then earned her M.M. degree at Rice University, studying with Robert Atherholt. With her siblings and her husband, Christy performs in the Christy Oboe Quartet,which has released a CD of music by Mozart, Britten, J.C. Bach, and James Stephenson.

Dima Dimitrova – 1st Violinist

An exceptionally versatile musician, Bulgarian violinist Dima Dimitrova has collaborated with artists of many different genres. At 26, Ms. Dimitrova has performed on four continents in major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum in New York City, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Albert Hall in London, Beijing Concert Hall as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician.

Completed her studies at the Juilliard School in the studios of Professor Masao Kawasaki and Professor David Chan, Miss Dimitrova has been a part of numerous community outreach projects in Europe, Asia, South and North America. Currently, Miss Dimitrova plays with the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Katrina Rozmus – 2nd Violinist

Katrina Rozmus is a Polish American violinist who resides in Southwest Florida. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance mainly under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes, the former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Ms. Rozmus spent six years in Mexico where she was the assistant concertmaster of the Yucatan Symphony (one year) and the principle second of the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra (five years). Recently Ms. Rozmus led the Saint Augustine music festival chamber orchestra as concertmaster and leader for their 10th anniversary concert. Currently she plays as a contracted per service violinist with the Naples Philharmonic.

Carl Larson – Violist

Carl Larson, violist, hails from Louisville, KY and maintains an active career as a member of symphony, chamber, opera, ballet, and session orchestras in New York, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Alabama, and the Dominican Republic.

Carl has also toured with San Francisco’s JazzMafia, Deltron 3030, Barry Manilow, and many Nashville artists. Summer engagements include the Endless Mountain, Montreal Jazz, Artosphere, Bard, Interlochen, Aspen, and New Hampshire music festivals. He holds degrees in Mathematics and Viola Performance, and studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Carl is also involved with the Miami, Cincinnati, and Nashville chapters of Classical Revolution, a project which seeks to revolutionize the way live classical music is programmed and heard.

Aaron Merritt – Cellist

Praised by the Miami Herald for his “eloquent” and “cathartic” playing, Aaron Merritt performs with Miami’s Nu-Deco Ensemble, the Palm Beach Opera, and the Naples Philharmonic, and has performed with Florida Grand Opera and New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed across the United States, Austria and the Netherlands and he performs at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.

With his colleagues in the Sona String Quartet, Mr. Merritt has presented over one hundred educational concerts for underserved schools and communities. He is Adjunct Professor of Cello at New World School of the Arts. Studied at Indiana University (BM) and Rice University (MM). Principal teachers include Lynn Harrell, Emilio Colón and Helga Winold.

Juan Carlos Peña – Double Bassist

Born in Honduras, began musical studies at the Victoriano López School. Holds performance degrees from the Curtis Institute and Rice University, and a conducting degree from the University of Maryland.

Peña was Principal Bass with the Honduras National Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Valle (Colombia). Co-principal Bass with the Galicia Symphony (Spain). Visiting Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Southern Mississippi (2003-2005).

Juan Carlos has been Principal Bass with the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra since 2008, the Palm Beach Symphony since 2012, and performs regularly in the bass section of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006.


Chrysalis Chamber Players – Program

September 10th, 2016

Season listing | Biographies | Program

Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060 Johann Sebastian Bach


Judy Christy-oboe; Jennifer Kozbial Posadas-violin
Chrysalis Chamber Players

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Allegro maestoso
Allegro vivace assai

Catherine Lan-piano
Chrysalis Chamber Players
Arranged by Francesco Ruocchio; cadenze by A. Winding and Ferruccio Busoni



Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 Johann Sebastian Bach

Bourree I/II
Polonaise (Lentement)-Double

Meghan Brachle-flute
Chrysalis Chamber Players

Violin Sonata in G minor “Devil’s Trill” Giuseppe Tartini

Larghetto affettuoso
Allegro moderato
Allegro assai-Andante-Allegro assai

Jennifer Kozbial Posadas-Violin
Chrysalis Chamber Players

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 Johann Sebastian Bach

Allegro assai

Mary Elizabeth Bowden-trumpet; Meghan Brachle-flute;
Judy Christy-Oboe; Jennifer Kozbial Posadas-Violin
Chrysalis Chamber Players

Welcome to the 2016-17 Season!

August 20th, 2016

We are so excited to begin our 90th season! We just wanted to pass along a quick update to let you know tickets will be mailed soon, remind you to renew your membership (if you have already not done so) and a save-the-date for first concert, Sept. 17 — less than a month away!

Tickets will be mailed soon!

Tickets for the 2016-17 Season will be mailed on Monday, August 29. (We hold tickets until this date to include as many envelopes as possible in the bulk mail rate, helping to keep membership affordable.) Tickets are available for purchase online, by mail, or at the door. Tickets purchased less than two weeks prior to the first concert will be held at “Will call” in the lobby.

Chrysalis is coming soon!

Our first concert, Chrysalis Chamber Players, is less than a month away! Check back soon for our September e-notes including links to the program and performer biographies!

Mark your calendars!

  1. Chrysalis Chamber Players — Sat., Sept. 17, 2016
  2. Boston Brass Quintet — Sat., Oct. 29, 2016
  3. Chapter Six  — Sat., Dec. 10, 2016
  4. Manhattan Piano Trio  — Sat., March 4, 2017
  5. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra  — Sat., April 29, 2017 (date changed)

Concerts in Menominee, MI

May 15th, 2016

Brown County Civic Music Association has a reciprocity agreement with the River City Concert Association in Menominee, MI (www.RCConcerts.com).

Below is their 2016-17 season:

  • Dallas Brass – October 20, 2016
  • FIR (Irish vocal duo with piano) – November 9, 2016
  • Russian Quattro – March 6, 2017
  • American Roots of Pop – April 20, 2017

Members of Civic Music may choose one concert to attend as part of their membership. Contact the Civic Music office to make arrangements for tickets; call 920-338-1801 or e-mail office@bccivicmusic.org.

Pre-concert Talk

May 15th, 2016

Season listing | Biographies | Program | Pre-concert talk

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conductor Yaniv Dinur will give a pre-concert lecture in the Lars Thune Center (off the lobby at West High School) from 6:30 7:00 p.m. before the group’s concert on the Saturday, May 21. This is an excellent opportunity to more deeply enjoy the performance for having gained some insights about the program prior.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – May 2016 e-Notes

May 15th, 2016

On June, 25, 1910, Igor Stravinsky unveiled a ballet in Paris that was an instant success with both audience and critics and led him to composing additional operas, including Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and Pulcinella.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform the 1919 revision of the Suite from The Firebird in the second half of our season-ending concert on May 21. The program will also include music by Bernstein, Dvorák, Strauss, and Saint-Saens.

No doubt about it, the MSO will be bringing a memorable season to a resounding close.

Fear not, we’ll be back September 17 with the Chrysalis Chamber Players to start our 2016-17 season. Also on tap next year is a brass group, a trio, a male a cappella ensemble and, of course, the stars of this Saturday’s concert, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. We are confident that you will enjoy these five concerts for the bargain price of $80 for the season. We again are offering early membership incentives.

In continuing another Brown County Civic Music tradition, we’re again offering a bonus concert for new members so it’s not too late to encourage your friends to join us next year or to give a friend or member of your family a membership. It’s a great present for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, Father’s Day — or any kind of celebration.

We look forward to seeing you at the Brown County Civic Music Association annual meeting on Monday, June 13.

We also remind you that we have numerous opportunities to volunteer and that your financial contributions help make these concerts a vital part of the Green Bay cultural scene.

You can also join fellow music lovers at a post-concert reception at Titletown Brewing Co. and for monthly dining at Perkins, Military and Shawano, Green Bay. So many opportunities, for fun and fellowship. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors — even strangers on the street about Brown County Civic Music Association.

Now, get ready for beautiful music by Wisconsin’s top musical treasure, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, including the program and player bios.

Announcing the 2016-17 season

May 15th, 2016

The Brown County Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the 2016-17 concert season. See the 2016-17 season brochure (pdf).

All performances in the 2016-17 season:

  • are at Ralph Holter Auditorium
  • Green Bay West High School
  • begin at 7:30 p.m. (auditorium doors open at 7 p.m.)
  • are general admission seating