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— Fall Concert

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Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine pianist, RICHARD DOWLING appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras. Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, solo recitals at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, South America, Australia, Africa, and Europe.

He is also a versatile recording artist with over a dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music. His most recent recordings include Music of Old New York, a CD containing songs and piano rags inspired by The Big Apple at the turn of the century, and Gershwin for Two Pianos, a collection featuring Rhapsody in Blue and other beloved Gershwin works with virtuoso pianist Frederick Hodges.

On April 1, 2017 Mr. Dowling performed the complete piano works of the renowned American ragtime composer Scott Joplin in two historic sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall, exactly 100 years to the day Joplin died in New York. He is the first pianist to perform the complete cycle of Joplin's 53 rags, marches, waltzes and cakewalks in public. Throughout 2017 & 2018 Mr. Dowling will perform over 70 all-Joplin recitals nationwide in commemoration of the centennial of Joplin's death and the sesquicentennial of his birth. Rivermont Records recently released his Grammy-nominated 3-CD set, The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin.

A native Texan, Richard Dowling began his piano studies in Houston at age five and made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Symphony at age eighteen. He received his bachelor's degree in music summa cum laude from the University of Houston. Subsequently, he earned a master's degree at Yale University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Dowling has long felt a special affinity for French music, art and culture. He studied at the Conservatoire in Nice, received the Grand Prix from the French Piano Institute, and made his formal recital debut in Paris at the Salle Cortot. His repertoire includes the complete piano works of the renowned French composer Maurice Ravel. In recognition of his dedication to French musical art, Mr. Dowling was inducted as a Chevalier of the renowned Company of Musketeers of Armagnac (an honor society founded in the 17th century by D'Artagnan). He is one of only a few Americans ever granted that distinction.

In addition to his career as a concert pianist, Dowling works as an editor for Ludwig/Masters Music Publications and Alfred Music Publishing for whom he has produced critical performing editions of piano and chamber works by Debussy, Fauré, Mendelssohn, and others. He also enjoys performing as a member of the artist roster of The Piatigorsky Foundation (www.pfclassical.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing live classical music to audiences across America, where since 1994 he has performed nearly 1,200 recitals under its auspices. Mr. Dowling resides in New York and is a Steinway Artist. (www.parkerartists.com/Richard-Dowling.html).


— Winter Concert

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With a "dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique" (The New York Times), Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. Praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, he is also lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of standard works as well as rarely heard and newly composed repertoire.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Yevgeny Kutik immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of five. His 2014 album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures (Marquis Classics), features music he found in his family's suitcase after immigrating to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1990, and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart. The album garnered critical acclaim and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in The New York Times. Kutik's 2012 debut album, Sounds of Defiance, also on the Marquis label, features the music of Achron, Pärt, Schnittke, and Shostakovich. Kutik released his third solo album, Words Fail, to critical acclaim on Marquis Classics in October 2016. The album uses Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words as a starting point to expand upon the idea that music surpasses traditional language in its expressive capabilities, and includes two new commissions on the theme by Timo Andres and Michael Gandolfi.

Highlights of Yevgeny Kutik's current season include his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, as well as debuts with the La Crosse and Tallahassee symphony orchestras, and performances with the Traverse and Berkshire symphony orchestras. Highlights of his recitals this season include performances at the University of Arizona Presents, Kean Stage, Tuesday Evening Concert Series, the Glacier Symphony & Chorale's Festival Amadeus, and the Nantucket Musical Arts Society. Additionally, at the invitation of the International March of the Living, he will perform concerts in Warsaw and Krakow, and appear at the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Auschwitz in April 2018.

Deeply committed to fostering creative relationships with living composers, Yevgeny Kutik has been involved in commissioning and premiering new works. Recent highlights include the world premieres of Timo Andres' Words Fail at The Phillips Collection, Michael Gandolfi's Arioso Doloroso/Estatico at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, Ron Ford's concerto Versus with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and Sheila Silver's Six Beads on a String, as well as the New York premiere of George Tsontakis' Violin Concerto No. 2 at the 92nd Street Y. He has also been involved in the performances of new and rarely played works by Kati Agócs, Joseph Schwantner, Nico Muhly, and Donald Martino.

Passionate about his heritage and its influence on his artistry, Kutik is an advocate for the Jewish Federations of North America, the organization that assisted his family in coming to the United States, and regularly speaks and performs across the United States to both raise awareness and promote the assistance of refugees from around the world.

Yevgeny Kutik made his major orchestral debut in 2003 with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops as the First Prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. In 2006, he was awarded the Salon de Virtuosi Grant as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Jules Reiner Violin Prize.

Yevgeny Kutik began violin studies with his mother, Alla Zernitskaya, and went on to study with Zinaida Gilels, Shirley Givens, Roman Totenberg, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree from the New England Conservatory and currently resides in Boston. Kutik's violin was crafted in Italy in 1915 by Stefano Scarampella.

For more information, please visit www.yevgenykutik.com.


— Spring Concert

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David Kadarauch, Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra for the last 43 years, was born in Washington, D.C. and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Vienna Academy on a Fulbright Scholarship. A finalist and prize winner in the Prague International Competition for Violoncello in 1970, David also won the Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Auditions in 1968, and performed this same Saint-Saëns concerto with that orchestra at the beginning of his career 50 years ago.
Married with two grown children, he divides his time between Mendocino and the Bay area.





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