Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts – Spring 2018 – Sara Ann Mitchell Jebaily

Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts Announces 

the last of Two Special Concerts presented this Spring as part of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts.

Sunday, May 6 Sara Ann Mitchell Jebaily, soprano

An emerging coloratura soprano, Sara is known for her shimmering voice and engaging stage presence. Most recently, Sara performed the role of the first maid in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Austin Lyric Opera. As a regular at Des Moines Metro Opera, Ms. Mitchell performed the role of the First Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, and covered the roles of Lisette in Pucinni’s La rondine and Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Sara also toured with Opera Iowa, the educational outreach division of Des Moines Metro Opera.

 

The concerts will be performed in the banquet hall of Victor’s Bistro in the Hotel Florence at 5PM. Admission is $10 at the door. A meet the Artist reception will follow.

 

Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts – Spring 2018 – Yoonah Kim

Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts Announces Spring 2018 Special Events

Two Special Concerts are planned this Spring as part of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts.

 

Sunday, April 8 Yoonah Kim, clarinet

Winner, 2016 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

In 2016, Korean-Canadian clarinetist Yoonah Kim became the first woman to win first prize at the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, and the first solo clarinetist to win CAG in nearly 30 nearly years. She has performed with The Juilliard and Mannes Orchestras, and in recitals at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space and Alice Tully Hall. A member of Ensemble Connect, she serves as an ambassador for Carnegie Hall in New York City public schools.

 

Sunday, May 6 Sara Ann Mitchell Jebaily, soprano

An emerging coloratura soprano, Sara is known for her shimmering voice and engaging stage presence. Most recently, Sara performed the role of the first maid in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Austin Lyric Opera. As a regular at Des Moines Metro Opera, Ms. Mitchell performed the role of the First Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, and covered the roles of Lisette in Pucinni’s La rondine and Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Sara also toured with Opera Iowa, the educational outreach division of Des Moines Metro Opera.

 

The concerts will be performed in the banquet hall of Victor’s Bistro in the Hotel Florence at 5PM. Admission is $10 at the door. A meet the Artist reception will follow.

 

Starr Ward Chamber Music Series Presents KammerMusik

‘Country Sax, City Sax’ promises to be as gorgeous, hip, and entertaining as any saxophone concert you have ever seen. But you’ve never seen anything like this con-cert with saxophones before!

All performances will begin at 5 PM. Tickets are $10 available at the door. A meet the artist reception will follow each performance.

Starr Ward Chamber Music Series featuring FEI-FEI Dong, piano

Praised for her ”bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer),
Winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition and a top six finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn In-ternational Piano Competition.

All performances will begin at 5 PM. Tickets are $10 available at the door. A meet the artist reception will follow each performance.

Chamber Music Series: Fei-Fei Dong

Chamber music series continues April 10 with pianist Fei-Fei Dong at Victor’s at Hotel Florence. The concert begins at 5pm with a meet the artist reception to follow. Tickets are $10 at the door. The program will feature Galuppi Sonata in C Major; Schumann Papillons and Liszt Sonata in b minor. Praised for her ”bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong is a winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition and a top six finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News). 

Fei Fei’s burgeoning career includes a number of prominent engagements in the 2015-16 season, including New York City debut recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (CAG Winners Series), and at Merkin Concert Hall (Tuesday matinees series). Additional recitals include the Gilmore Rising Stars Series (Kalamazoo, MI), Macon Concert Association (Georgia), and St. Vincent College College Concert series (near Pittsburgh), where she will receive the Father Joseph Bronder Memorial Piano Prize.

Born in Shenzhen, China, Fei-Fei began piano lessons at the age of 5. She moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky.

Thanks to all our Sponsors and Donors. 
2016 Sponsors: J. Banks Scarborough – Townsend Holt – Marguerite North – Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Kammer – Mr. & Mrs. Panos Kalaritis – Mr. & Mrs. Ernst Kasper – Julia Krebs & Roger Hux – Victor’s Bistro

Starr Ward Chamber Music Presents PUBLIQuartet

Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene.

All performances will begin at 5 PM. Tickets are $10 available at the door. A meet the artist reception will follow each performance.

SC Chamber Music Festival with Paolo Gualdi, piano & John Laughton, clarinet

Paolo has won the top prize in several piano competitions, in-cluding the “De Martino Award” at the Ibla Inter-national Piano Competition and the First Prize in the 15th Bartók-Kabalevsky Inter-national Competition in Virginia.

All performances will begin at 5 PM. Tickets are $10 available at the door. A meet the artist reception will follow each performance.

Opening Concert Starr Ward Chamber Music Series & SC Chamber Music Festival

The opening concert of the Starr Ward Chamber Music Series and the SC Chamber Music Festival will be held Sunday Feb. 21, 2016 in the banquet room at Victor’s Bistro. The approximately 1 hour concert will begin at 5:00 PM and followed by a meet the artist reception.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

The program will feature Paolo Gualdi, piano, John Laughton, clarinet and Oral Moses, bass-baritone.  They will perform works by Brahms, Saint-Saens, Poulenc and Gershwin.

John Laughton, clarinetist, is a soloist and chamber musician whose career has taken him around the world performing in major concert halls, teaching in major conservatories and universities, and developing arts programs and festivals focusing on the arts and community development. He is passionate about the need for the integration of the arts disciplines into the fabric of the democracy, using innovation, creativity, and research to address economic, social, and health related issues.   As a performer he has been featured in major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Brazil, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of China.  He holds advanced degrees in performance from The University of Iowa (DMA) and The Catholic University of America (MM) and has done post-graduate work at the University of Texas, Boston College, Harvard University, and the Banff Center in Canada.

Italian pianist Paolo André Gualdi has played recitals in Italy, France, Brazil and the United States for music organizations such as A.Gi.Mus., Accademia Ori, and Accademia Amadeus (Italy); Universidade Federal do Rio Grande so Sul and Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Brazil); Musée Würth (France); International Piano Series of Charleston, American Liszt Society, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (U.S.A.). He has also appeared with many orchestras including the Georgia Philharmonic, Wilmington Symphony, Atlanta Philharmonic, Florence Symphony, DeKalb Symphony, and the Universidade de Caxias do Sul Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Mark Records and IFO Classics, and his performances have been broadcasted by radios such as NPR and Radio Vaticana.

Oral Moses, bass-baritone performs regularly throughout the United States and Europe singing Oratorio and recitals with special emphasis on a wide variety of Negro Spirituals and Art Song repertoire by African-American composers.

He has had numerous successes in Oratorio and Opera performing major roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Regina, La Boheme, Albert Herring, Tremonisha, Rigoletto, and Die Zauberflöte among many others. Symphonic engagements have included works with the Nashville Symphony, the Jackson Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony.