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Opera, Symphony highlight return with Spring ’22 ‘mini-series’

December 18th, 2021

The Brown County Civic Music Association is proceeding with plans to offer a three-concert subscription series in Spring 2022.

The programs are:

* New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” a fully staged light opera at the Weidner Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2022;

* Alliance Brass quintet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Cup O Joy auditorium, 525 N. Taylor St., Green Bay;

* Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with featured pianist Allesio Bax performing Brahms’ Second Concerto, 3 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2022 at the Weidner Center;

The cost of a three-concert subscription is $55 for adults, $20 for students K-16. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on concert night, when seating is available, at a higher individual-event price: $38 for Civic Music performances held at the Weidner Center, $25 for other venues.

For tickets, call the Civic Music recorded line at 920 338-1801 and leave your question or request, or email office@bccivicmusic.org

Civic Music shares plan to make good on past cancellations

December 10th, 2021

Brown County Civic Music Association has notified past subscribers, in writing, of the Association’s plan to make up for the three concerts postponed during the initial COVID outbreak in spring 2020.

Subscribers to that disrupted 2019-20 season enjoyed two concerts in fall but then experienced cancellations involving the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band in March, the Washington Saxophone Quartet in April, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in May.

Two of those three concerts are being rescheduled to calendar year 2022, with dates and venues TBD. Series organizers are close to announcing a November date for the Washington Saxophone Quartet. It is expected the Klezmer program will take place in late spring or summer.

Patrons who held tickets for these two postponed events have several options for claiming the admission(s) that were previously purchased:

• They may use the paper tickets they received two years ago, if they kept them on file;
• If they didn’t keep them, they should visit the Civic Music check-in table at the door on concert night, where a ticketholder roster will be consulted to issue replacements;
• They may also contact the office (office@bccivicmusic.org or 920 338-1801) in advance of the concert in question, if they want to transfer the tickets for will-call pickup by someone else.

With regard to the 2020 postponement of the annual, season-ending finale featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a determination was made that the MSO’s always-tight schedule and financial factors would not allow for a “makeup” concert that would result in two Symphony appearances for Civic Music in the same calendar year.

Instead, the Association’s volunteer, nonprofit board reached consensus that Civic Music will issue those subscribers additional tickets that can be used for the next MSO appearance in Green Bay, the May 15th, 2022, concert at the Weidner Center. (Actually, the tickets will be “wild card” admissions for one or the other of the two Weidner concerts: the MSO or the March 14 “Pirates of Penzance” show.) Subscribers will receive one wild-card ticket per each season pass purchased for the disrupted 2019-20 season.

Cautious optimism

December 8th, 2021

The Brown County Civic Music Association, like other presenters in these uncertain times, will continue to monitor public health developments pertaining to the COVID pandemic.

Concertgoers who provide email addresses when ordering their subscriptions will receive reminders in advance of each concert as to any social-distance seating options, general precautions and scheduling adjustments, if warranted. Any such measures will be at the recommendation of our Spring ’22 venues — the Weidner Center and Cup O Joy auditorium — in consultation with Civic Music.

SORRY FOR THE DELAY: New website to debut soon

December 7th, 2021

The volunteers at Brown County Civic Music devoted much attention this past fall to setting the stage for the return of live performances. The result is a three-concert Spring 2022 mini-series that represents, by far, the largest spring talent budget in the organization’s 94-year history.

Unfortunately, among the administrative tasks delayed by our nearly two-year COVID layoff was a functional redesign and total updating of this website.  (The lone exception, of course, is the CIVIC MUSIC NEWS column along the righthand side of the homepage, which is now updated regularly.)

We appreciate your patience and understanding.  Look for a new and improved website by January, and full functionality of online communication and ticketing options.

CANCELLED: Spring ’21 makeup concerts delayed again

December 18th, 2020

GREEN BAY – Brown County Civic Music Association announced today (Friday Dec. 18, 2020) that it is postponing all spring 2021 concerts including the annual Green Bay appearance of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra due to continuing concerns over the coronavirus.

Three concerts from the Association’s 2019-20 series were cancelled this past spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. The makeup dates planned for spring 2021 have now also been cancelled. The changes involve:

• Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, April 23, CANCELLED (new date TBA)
• Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, April 17, CANCELLED (new date TBA)
• Washington Saxophone Quartet, tentative March 14, CANCELLED (new date TBA)

Board president Christopher Sampson says Civic Music intends to honor its commitment to local classical music concertgoers by again rescheduling each of the performing groups as either stand-alone “make-good” concerts or folded into future season series. Subscription passes or individual tickets purchased for last spring’s concerts will be honored at those performances.

Announcement of the new five-concert season and launch of the subscription sales campaign are expected in April.

New series delayed one year; make-ups pushed to spring ’21

June 19th, 2020

GREEN BAY – Brown County Civic Music Association announces today (Friday, June 19, 2020) that it is immediately suspending its just-launched membership campaign and will reschedule classical music groups announced for the 2020-2021 Classical Series to the following season.

Cancellations include not only concerts that are part of the new series but also two that were rescheduled from spring as Covid-19 concerns cut short last season’s series. Cancelled are:
• Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Sept. 3, 2020 at the Ashwaubenon PAC *
• Sphinx Virtuosi, Oct. 3, Weidner Center
• Janoska Ensemble, Nov. 14, West High’s Holter Auditorium
• Washington Saxophone Quartet, Dec. 12, Holter Auditorium *
• VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, March 13, 2021, Holter Auditorium
• Alliance Brass, April 17, Holter Auditorium
                            * 2019-’20 attractions, previously rescheduled

Board president Christopher Sampson says that as recently as three weeks ago, Civic Music was optimistic that many or all of the scheduled concerts could proceed. Consideration was given to a “split-concert” format that would have spread concertgoers over two separate, shortened performances on a given evening to make social distancing easier.

With a growing cascade of venue cancellations locally and nationally, however, and some agents and artists advising Civic Music of increasing doubts about fall and even spring tours, the Association’s board of directors voted unanimously earlier this week to postpone the upcoming subscription series in its entirety.

Civic Music has a current subscription base of about 650 members. Sampson says the few dozen accounts that have already renewed for the now-postponed 2020-21 Classical Series are being contacted by phone and email. Subscribers will be offered cancellation refunds or a payment credit toward the same five performances when presented as the 2021-22 season.

The Association hopes to present makeup concerts beginning in April of 2021, to bring subscribers the three attractions that were cancelled this past spring. If public health allows, the concerts will be Maxwell Street Klezmer, April 17 at Holter Auditorium; the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, April 23 at the Weidner; and the Washington Saxophone Quartet, date and venue TBD. Tickets purchased for last spring’s concerts will be honored at these events.

For more information, visit www.BCcivicmusic.org or call 920 338-1801.

No rescheduling, yet, for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

April 18th, 2020

Brown County Civic Music has rescheduled two of the three spring 2020 concerts cancelled by concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, with only the postponed Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert still unresolved as of mid-April.

The MSO evening at the Weidner Center was to have been the fifth and final scheduled event of the season, initially planned for Thursday, May 7. The venue pulled out in March, and the MSO informed Civic Music in early April that it was cancelling the rest of its spring and early summer concerts.

Christopher Sampson, Civic Music board president, says the organization is looking at late summer and early fall dates for a possible makeup concert. He says Civic Music will make every effort to honor the commitment to this year’s subscribers. However, the second half of 2020 is especially busy for the Milwaukee Symphony with the planned opening of the orchestra’s new home concert hall in downtown Milwaukee and what is already a tight concert schedule.

If the MSO cannot be rescheduled for 2019-20 Civic Music subscribers, Sampson says the association’s board of directors is considering other options. Those could include a substitute attraction; a voucher offer that could bring complimentary tickets for the next regularly scheduled MSO appearance in 2021; or the ability to declare the unusable tickets a tax-deductible donation, or request a nominal, pro-rated refund.

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, postponed for coronavirus

March 13th, 2020

The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band concert has been POSTPONED from Saturday, March 14. We will reschedule when coronavirus concerns are resolved. The April 18 and May 7 concerts are, as of this posting, planned to go on, but check back for any updates.

Oct 2019 E-Notes

October 5th, 2019

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Saturday, October 12 • 7:30 p.m.

Straight from Alice Tully Hall in New York City, thirteen of the world’s most renowned chamber musicians come to the Weidner Center to open Civic Music’s 2019-20 season in spectacular fashion. With amazing artistry and a knockout program capped by Aaron Copland’s incomparable Appalachian Spring Suite, it’s a night not to be missed! For more information, see the season listing, program, and biography.

Artists are ‘who’s who’ of classical music

Cellist David Finckel is an American “Musician of the Year” honoree. Clarinet cognoscenti have rated David Shifrin among the best for decades. Pianist Gloria Chien made her debut with the Boston Symphony at age 16. Violinist Arnaud Sussman’s old-school style has won comparisons to Jascha Heifetz and Fritz Kreisler. Each of the 13 artists who will perform at the Weidner on Oct. 12 has a remarkable bio. See artist biographies.

Great American musicians, great American program

The ‘New World Spirit’ tour spotlights two pairs of composers that shaped the course of American music. Harry T. Burleigh was Antonin Dvořák’s star pupil in New York. The African-American composer and singer exposed the Czech composer to American spirituals and was in turn encouraged by Dvořák to perform African-American folk music. Two generations later, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein conceived an American sound that conveys the wonder and awe of open spaces and endless possibilities. See concert program.

Come early for flute music, artist talk

Exterior doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by Cofrin Family Hall doors at 7.  Early arrivals can enjoy the music of Green Bay’s own Sounds of Silver flute ensemble in the Grand Foyer, with a pre-concert concert from 6:30 to 7:15. .At roughly 7 p.m., the dozen or more flutists will yield their ‘stage’ beneath the Chihuly chandelier to nationally renowned cellist Nicholas Canellakis, who’ll speak for a few minutes previewing the night’s Lincoln Center performance. There’ll be a cash bar, treats and some seating in the foyer/lobby, similar to last May’s pre-MSO setup for the East H.S. chamber group.

Valet parking makes it easy

Saturday’s concert is the first of two this season at the Weidner Center. Here’s a reminder: Convenient valet parking is only $4 for those with DOT Disabled Parking Permits, and $8 per car for all others. Just pull up to the main entrance, under the canopy, and you’ll be greeted by a helpful attendant. They’ll park your car and retrieve it for you after the concert.

Post-concert reception

You’re invited to meet your concert-going friends for a reception with light refreshments at St. Brendan’s Inn and Irish Pub at 234 S. Washington St., Green Bay. After many years at Titletown Brewing (Thanks, Titletown!), we will host all of this season’s receptions at St. Brendan’s. See you there!

Dine to Donate is back

A few members have asked if the reorganization of Perkins Restaurants’ parent company will affect our favorite local outlet and the profitable ‘Dine to Donate’ fundraiser. Not a bit! Same as last year, you can benefit Civic Music by patronizing our Perkins partners at Military and Shawano, between 5 and 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. They donate 10 percent of all proceeds to Brown County Civic Music. The next one is Oct. 16.

Bonus concerts in Marinette-Menominee

A perk of your Civic Music membership is reciprocity with our sister organization in Marinette-Menominee. In this way, you actually get six concerts – our five PLUS one of those offered by River Cities Concerts. Their remaining dates are the piano/cello/violin trio Take 3, Oct. 15; pianist Thomas Pandolfi, Nov. 14; the pop a cappella group Ball in the House, March 26; and the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, April 27. Contact the Civic Music Office to reserve a spot on the pass list. Visit RCConcerts.com for concert information.

Artstreet drawing winners

Brown County Civic Music Association’s booth at Artstreet did land-office business this year. Les Heckman and his volunteers distributed hundreds of brochures and invited visitors to enter a drawing for two tickets to the concert of their choice. Our ten winners who get to sample an evening of Civic Music are:

From Seymour: Peter Pelky

From Neenah: Jess Moxon

From Green Bay: Madison Smith, Sonia Hulse, Patrick Baier,

Vicki Kralapp, Tom Youngell, Andree Rusholdt, LeeAnn Laes


Chamber Music Society, Lincoln Center – Biographies

October 5th, 2019

Season Listing | Biographies | Program & Notes

Artist Bios for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Hailed by the New Yorker as a “superb young soloist,” Nicholas Canellakis has become one of the most sought-after and innovative cellists of his generation. In the New York Times his playing was praised as “impassioned… the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis’s rich, alluring tone.” His recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra; concerto appearances with the Albany, Delaware Lansing, Bangor, and New Haven symphonies, Erie Philharmonic; and Europe and Asia tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He also performs recitals throughout the United States with his long-time duo collaborator, pianist-composer Michael Brown, including a recent recital of American cello-piano works presented by CMS. He is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Bard, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Hong Kong, Moab, Music in the Vineyards, and Saratoga Springs. He was recently named artistic director of Chamber Music Sedona. An alum of CMS’s Bowers Program, Mr. Canellakis is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory. Filmmaking and acting are special interests of his. He has produced, directed, and starred in several short films and music videos.

Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has a diverse musical life as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the Year. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissinger Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of CMS’s Bowers Program. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga that has become one of Tennessee’s premier classical music presenters. The following year she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo festival by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The duo has recently been appointed Artistic Directors Designees at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. Ms. Chien received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and is a Steinway Artist.

Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel is a recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award, one of the highest honors granted to musicians from the music industry in the United States. He leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur that places him in the ranks of today’s most influential classical musicians. He appears annually at the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues, as both soloist and chamber musician. As a chamber musician, he appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside violinist Philip Setzer. David Finckel served as cellist of the ninetime Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons. His wide-ranging musical activities also include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue has won widespread critical praise. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley’s acclaimed chamber music festival and institute. The first American student of Rostropovich, David Finckel serves on the faculty at The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. His new website now hosts Resource, an innovative exploration of challenges and opportunities facing today’s classical musicians.

A member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Marc Goldberg is principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, NYC Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Riverside Symphony, and a member of the American Symphony Orchestra. Previously the associate principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic, he has also been a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, touring with these ensembles across four continents and joining them on numerous recordings. Solo appearances include performances throughout the US, in South America, and across the Pacific Rim with the Brandenburg Ensemble, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Riverside Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, New York Chamber Soloists, and the New York Symphonic Ensemble. He has been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Camera Society of Houston, Musicians from Marlboro, Music@Menlo, the Brentano Quartet, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band, and the Boston Chamber Music Society. Summer festival appearances include Spoleto, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Saito Kinen/Ozawa Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, and Marlboro. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, Mannes College, New England Conservatory, The Hartt School, Bard College Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, and NYU.

Acclaimed by critics for his exceptional talent and magnificent tone, American violinist Chad Hoopes has remained a consistent performer with many of the world’s leading orchestras since winning First Prize at the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He is a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant. Highlights of past and present seasons include performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse for the French premiere of Qigang Chen’s concerto La joie de la souffrance. He has performed with leading orchestras, including the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, and National Symphonies, as well as the Minnesota, Colorado Music Festival, and National Arts Centre Orchestras. He frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has additionally performed recitals at the Ravinia Festival, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Louvre, and at Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in New York City. His debut recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi featured the Mendelssohn and Adams concertos and was enthusiastically received by both press and public. His recording of Bernstein’s Violin Sonata with pianist Wayne Marshall was released last autumn. Born in Florida, he began his violin studies at the age of three in Minneapolis, and continued his training at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He additionally studied at the Kronberg Academy under the guidance of Professor Ana Chumachenco, who remains his mentor. He plays the 1991 Samuel Zygmuntowicz, ex Isaac Stern violin.

Recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She has appeared with top orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and in recital on many of the world’s finest stages including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, Phillips Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louvre Museum, Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery, and the Ravinia Festival. An accomplished chamber musician, she has appeared with Camerata Pacifica, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Festival, Medellín Festicámara of Colombia, the El Sistema Chamber Music festival of Venezuela, and the Sarasota Music Festival. She is the concertmaster of the Metropolis Ensemble, with which she premiered Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto, written for her, which appears on Fung’s CD Dreamscapes (Naxos) and won the 2013 Juno Award. Born in Seoul, Ms. Lee moved to the US to study under Sonja Foster and soon after entered The Juilliard School’s Pre-College. She holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School under Itzhak Perlman. An alum of CMS’s Bowers Program, she is a member of the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and the co-founder and artistic director of Emerald City Music in Seattle.

American violist Matthew Lipman has been praised by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing.” He has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Grand Rapids Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, and at Chicago’s Symphony Center. Recent solo appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, New World Symphony, Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, and CMS’s Rose Studio. The Strad praised his “most impressive” debut album Ascent, released by Cedille Records in February 2019, and his recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and Sir Neville Marriner on the Avie label topped the Billboard Charts. He was featured on WFMT Chicago’s list of “30 Under 30” of the world’s top classical musicians and has been published in The Strad, Strings, and BBC Music magazines. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at renowned chamber music festivals including Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, and Seattle. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a winner of the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg International Viola Competitions, he studied at The Juilliard School with Heidi Castleman, and was further mentored by Tabea Zimmermann at the Kronberg Academy. A native of Chicago and an alum of CMS’s Bowers Program, Mr. Lipman is on faculty at Stony Brook University and performs on a 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola on generous loan from the RBP Foundation.

Anthony Manzo’s vibrantly interactive and highly communicative music making has made him a ubiquitous figure in the upper echelons of classical music, performing at noted venues including Lincoln Center in NYC, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston. He appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, both in NY and across the country. He serves as the solo bassist of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra and as a guest with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and A Far Cry. He is a regular guest with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Society, and the Baltimore Symphony when he happens to be near his home in Washington, DC. Formerly the solo bassist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra in Germany, he has also been guest principal with Camerata Salzburg in Austria, where collaborations have included a summer residency at the Salzburg Festival and two tours as soloist alongside bass/baritone Thomas Quasthoff, performing Mozart’s “Per questa bella mano.” He is an active performer on period instruments, with groups including The Handel & Haydn Society of Boston (where his playing was lauded as “endowed with beautiful and unexpected plaintiveness” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer), Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, and Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC. He is on the double bass and chamber music faculty of the University of Maryland. Mr. Manzo performs on a double bass made around 1890 by Jerome Thibouville Lamy in Paris (which now has a removable neck for travel!).

Violist Paul Neubauer has been called a “master musician” by the New York Times. He recently made his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with conductor Riccardo Muti and his Mariinsky Orchestra debut with conductor Valery Gergiev. He also gave the US premiere of the newly discovered Impromptu for viola and piano by Shostakovich with pianist Wu Han. In addition, his recording of the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was released on Signum Records and his recording of the complete viola/piano music by Ernest Bloch with pianist Margo Garrett was released on Delos. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of the Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical and is a member of SPA, a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. Mr. Neubauer is the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.

A Yale University faculty member since 1987, clarinetist David Shifrin is artistic director of Yale’s Chamber Music Society series and Yale in New York, a concert series at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1982 and served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004, inaugurating CMS’s Bowers Program and the annual Brandenburg Concerto concerts. He is in his final season as artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR, a post he has held since 1981. He has collaborated with the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson quartets, and frequently performs with pianist André Watts. Winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, he is also the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A top prize winner in competitions throughout the world, including Munich, Geneva, and San Francisco, he has held principal clarinet positions in The Cleveland Orchestra and the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski. His recordings have received three Grammy nominations and his performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review. He has also released two CDs of Lalo Schifrin’s compositions, one of which was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Recent Delos recording releases include Carl Nielsen’s clarinet concert in a chamber version by Rene Orth and a volume of quintets for clarinet and strings with the Miró, Dover, and Jasper quartets of music by Peter Schickele, Richard Danielpour, and Aaron J. Kernis.

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you’ll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener.” A thrilling musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, he has recently appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Vancouver Symphony, and the New World Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, London’s Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. He has been presented in recital in Omaha on the Tuesday Musical Club series, New Orleans by the Friends of Music, and at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has also given concerts at the OK Mozart, Moritzburg, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Seattle Chamber Music, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Moab Music festivals. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Wu Han, David Finckel, and Jan Vogler. An alum of The Bowers Program, he regularly appears with CMS in New York and on tour. Mr. Sussmann is Co-Director of Music@Menlo’s International Program and teaches at Stony Brook University.

Flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson has performed in concert with major orchestras the world over. As a flutist, he recently launched an ongoing series of solo recordings on the Nimbus label in Europe. As a conductor, he is starting his fourth season as music director of the Redlands Symphony in Southern California, and he has become the Director of Orchestral Programs at Idyllwild Arts. He has led opera performances at the New York City Opera, and was for ten years an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He has been a guest conductor of the London, Houston, KBS, Kraków, Denver, New Jersey, Hartford, and Berkeley symphonies; the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra; the Hallé Orchestra; and the chamber orchestras of St. Paul and Los Angeles. He has also appeared with the Glimmerglass Opera, Minnesota Opera, and the Opera of La Quincena Musical in Spain. As an educator, he regularly leads master classes at the Paris Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Moscow Conservatory, and Cambridge University. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he was an Atlantique Foundation scholar in Paris, where he studied privately with Jean-Pierre Rampal. His recording career, which includes three Grammy Award nominations, began in 1973 with Jean-Pierre Rampal and I Solisti Veneti. Since then he has recorded over 35 albums as flutist and/or conductor. Mr. Wilson is a professor at the Yale University School of Music, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society since 1991. He plays exclusively on a hand-made Haynes flute.

Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award as well as First Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin competition, has won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity. In North America, his recent and upcoming performances with orchestra include appearances with the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Colorado, North Carolina, San Antonio, and Charlotte symphonies and the Rochester and Calgary philharmonics. Internationally, he has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Symphony, and the Oslo Philharmonic. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared in recital in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Chicago, New York, and Boston. He is also a frequent guest at summer music festivals, including Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Music@Menlo, Sarasota Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Saratoga, and Verbier. Born in Inner Mongolia, China, Mr. Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as the prestigious artist diploma at the New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried and served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant. He resides in Boston and performs on a 1729 Stradivarius violin generously on loan from an anonymous donor. He joined CMS’s Bowers Program in September 2018.