Tryon Concert Association 63rd Season
Tryon Concert Association is looking forward to presenting another stellar array of world-class artists during our 63rd Season.
THE MONTROSE TRIO
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tryon Fine Arts Center
When two members of the Tokyo String Quartet decided to retire, the group officially came to an end in July 2013. However, a dressing room chat – pre-concert – among two remaining members of the Quartet, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith, and pianist Jon Kimura Parker led to the formation of a new group.
Parker had been a frequent collaborator with the quartet for more than 25 years, so the three musicians had already established a rapport; however they struggled for a name. A conversation about music turned to another favorite subject, wine. One of Greensmith’s favorites, Bordeaux Chateau Montrose, resonated with Parker, as Houston’s Arts district is known as “Montrose.” When Beaver confirmed that he had grown up briefly in Winnipeg on Montrose Street, the name became official; they would be the Montrose Trio.
In December the Chamber Music Society of Detroit had had a cancellation; their president jumped at the chance to present the new trio. The Montrose Trio quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction.
Since that first concert in Detroit on December 7, 2013, they have performed in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Houston, Fort Worth, Portland, Eugene, Jacksonville, Durham, Buffalo, La Jolla, Montreal, Vancouver, and Hong Kong.
Canadian violinist Martin Beaver and British cellist Clive Greensmith played together for eleven years in the Tokyo Quartet; both now teach at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker, who has had a distinguished career as soloist and chamber musician, is Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston.
CALMUS, VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tryon Fine Arts Center
Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig, the city so closely associated with Bach and Mendelssohn. Calmus captivates both audiences and critics with its charming stage presence, flawless technique and entertaining presentation.
Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to the almost limitless range of music the ensemble offers, from renaissance and baroque masters through great German romantic works, all the way to contemporary choral repertoire and popular songs. Calmus conveys everything it performs with great respect and also with a sense of joy in singing that is obvious to the listener.
Soprano Anja Pöche joined the a capella ensemble Calmus as soprano in 2001, marking the group’s transition from an all-male to a mixed ensemble. Counter tenor Sebastian Krause was a child of two musicians; thus singing played an important part in his life from childhood. He became co-founder of the Calmus Ensemble in 1999. Tobias Pöche, who had his first singing lessons at age 7, has been the tenor of the Calmus Ensemble since September 2006. Baritone Ludwig Böhme, also a founding member of Calmus, loves vocal music – as a singer, a conductor, a lecturer or an arranger. Bass Manuel Helmeke started his musical career as a young boy at the local children’s choir of his congregation. At the beginning of 2015 he joined Calmus as the bass singer.
Part of their work is devoted to encouraging the up-and-coming generation, so teaching and workshops are part of their regular schedule, both at home in Leipzig and on their travels.
STEPHEN HOUGH, PIANO
Friday, January 26, 2018
Tryon Fine Arts Center
Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument along with an individual and inquisitive mind which has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and a long-standing international following.
In 2001 Mr. Hough was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world.
Many of Hough’s catalogue of over 50 albums have garnered international prizes; he received the Gramophone “Gold Disc” Award in 2008, which named his complete Saint-Saens Piano Concertos as the best recording of the past 30 years.
A noted writer, Mr. Hough regularly contributes articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Tablet, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine; he wrote a blog for The Telegraph for seven years which became one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion and for which he wrote over six hundred articles.
Mr. Hough resides in London where he is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.
WINDSYNC, CHAMBER MUSICIANS
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Tryon Fine Arts Center
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory … and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence.
The group is dedicated to showcasing contemporary music and expanding wind quintet repertoire; it relies heavily on a large body of original arrangements of classical masterworks in order to build fresh, innovative, and highly thematic programs.
WindSync is committed to educational enrichment and promoting arts engagement through concerts dedicated to inspiring children, members of the community, and audiences with disabilities. As the 2013 Music for Autism “Spotlight Artist,” WindSync traveled across the United States performing concerts specifically developed to provide a safe environment for children or individuals on the autistic spectrum and their families.
Recognized by the Winnipeg Free Press for “shaking up the classical music world,” Garrett Hudson is known for his charismatic stage presence and highly personal voice on the flute. Since 2009 Garrett has served as flutist with WindSync. Having “a consistently lovely tone and [taking] her melodic twists and turns with stylish assurance,” (DMV Classical) Emily Tsai, oboe, is based in the Washington, DC, area. In addition to her music degrees, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Julian Hernandez, clarinet, began his musical studies at the age of 9. In addition to performing, he is a strong advocate for music as a vehicle for social change. Kara LaMoure joined WindSync in 2016, in addition to her work as a freelance bassoonist, teacher, and member of the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet. Kara takes great interest in global youth orchestra movements. She can be heard on the original soundtrack to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A specialist in chamber music, Anni Hochhalter, horn, joined WindSync in 2010 and serves as Executive Director. She enjoys a career as a recitalist, instructor, and social entrepreneur from her base in Washington, DC.