The Next Big CMYS Special Event!
Fantaisie Française, Wednesday, May 22, 7–9 p.m.
An evening of French chamber music, French wine and food (cheeses and small desserts) at the elegant Glen House Inn. Albert Lotto, piano, Sumiko Hama, violin, and Thomas Prevost, flute, will perform works by Franck, Faure, Ravel, and Poulenc. Admission: $30; reservations required; call 937-374-8800 at least one week before the event.
You can also order tickets on-line from Brown Paper Tickets.
Calidore String Quartet
winner of the 2013 annual competiton!
On Sunday, April 28, 2013 The Calidore String Quartet took first place in the CMYS Annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles. Members Jeffrey Myers, violin, Ryan Meehan, violin, Jeremy Berry, viola, and Estelle Choi, cello, performed an outstanding program of the Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 13 (Adagio; Allegro vivace) and Adagio ma non lento), the Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3 in C (Allegro and Poco Adagio), and the Hindemith: String Quartet No. 4 (Fugato; Sehr langsame Viertel and Sehr energisch). Formed at the Colburn School conservatory of Music in 2010, the award-winning ensemble has performed recitals across the United States and Europe.
Judges for the event were Richard Waller, former principal clarinet for the Cincinnati Symphony, impresario of the Linton Chamber Series, and one of the organizers of the Aspen Festival; Jackson Leung, D.M.A., Professor of Piano, head of the keyboard department, and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra at Wright State University; and Sujean Kim concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony, founding member of the Corigliano Quartet (past winner of the CMYS Competition), and a violinist in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra.
Their entry for CMYS included works by Mendelssohn, Hindemith, and Schubert.
Violist Jeremy Berry, violinists Ryan Meehan and Jeffrey Myers, and cellist Estelle Choi.
Taking second place was the young and talented Noctua Wind Quintet playing Summer Music, Op. 31 by Samuel Barber, Gavotte et Six Doubles by J.P. Rameau and arranged by Ryohei Nakagawa, and Quintet for Winds by John Harbison. Members of the Noctua Quintet are Kayla Burggraff, flute, Michelle Pan, oboe, Nicolas Chona, clarinet, John Turman), horn, and Tommy Morrison, bassoon. All are students at Rice University Shepherd School of Music.
Their CMYS entry included works by Hindemith, Nielson, Harbison, and Rameau.
The Competition is a complex event requiring the participation of many volunteers, including the first round judges: Ruth Bent, Christopher Chaffee, Franklin Cox, Jeffrey Huntington, James Johnston, Charles Larkowski, Tom Osborne, Richard Simons, and Mary White.
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CMYS Receives $10,000 NEA Grant
Chamber Music Yellow Springs has been awarded a $10, 000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to commission a new string quartet work from Yelow Springs native, composer Dr. Allen McCullough. The work had its premiere on April 14, performed by the Aeolus Quartet.
Chamber Music Yellow Springs, Inc. is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. CMYS will receive $10,000 grant to support the commission of a new work for string quartet from composer Allen McCullough.
Dr. Allen McCullough
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to share new music with the Miami Valley,” said Jane Watts, President of the board of Chamber Music Yellow Springs. “The school outreach is particularly important to us, along with supporting young composers.”
Dr. Allen McCullough is an assistant professor of theory and composition at Mercer University in Georgia.
Dr. Allen McCullough started piano lessons at the age of 4 and continued with the violin and 'cello. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at Brown University; a Master of Music in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music; and a Master of Arts in Music and a Ph.D. in Musical Composition at the University of Pennsylvania.
His recent compositions include String Quartet No. 2 (Chamber Music Yellow Springs), 12 Preludes for Piano and Legends and Tales for Solo Piano (Mercer University), and The Blue Symphony: II for high voice (Lotte Lehman Foundation).
In this FY 2013 funding round, the NEA received 393 eligible Challenge
America Fast-Track applications, requesting a total of $3,930,000. The NEA will award 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million to organizations in 41 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These include 49 first-time Arts Endowment grantees. The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
"The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "We're proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities."
See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support at www.arts.gov.
Chamber Music Yellow Springs is an all-volunteer organization that has been dedicated to bringing quality music to the Miami Valley for 29 years. Internationally recognized chamber musicians play intimate concerts in the wonderful acoustics of the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs four times a year. In the spring the series features a fifth concert in which emerging ensembles compete.
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