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This Season

2010-2011 Season

All concerts are held at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.

Weekday concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday concerts start at 3 p.m.

Truth in Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, September 9, 2010, 7:30pm,

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Fronted by West Michigan's legendary drummer, Tim Froncek, this group of 16 of the area's top musicians plays charts from the classic era of the big bands, up to today's best charts from the hottest writers. The band was organized by Dave Collee, Ed Spier, and Matt Lintula, who wanted a group able to play pro-level big band literature, and have fun doing it! Michigan's foremost jazz orchestra, "Truth In Jazz," is perhaps the best jazz band in the state and one of the best in the country, with professional musicians from all over Michigan. Many members have performed with the top big bands in the United States and toured around the world.

The TIJO band has offered outreach performances to various West Michigan high schools, the highlight of which is local musicians "sitting in" with the Orchestra for solo performances. "High school musicians rarely have an opportunity to perform with a professional jazz orchestra," reports Hank Austin, the Rotary chairman for one of the events. "Exposure on this level, can propel a student toward a career in music in a heartbeat." Austin continues, "Jazz performances are a magical blend of surprises that can musically transfix the audience."

Jazz aficionados can get a foretaste of this exciting group by dropping by the West Side Inn in Muskegon, where, twice a month on Tuesdays, the ensemble performs.
About the band leader, Drummer Tim Froncek:

Tim is one of today’s busiest and most respected performers. Voted 2004’s “Jazz Musician of the Year” by the West Michigan Jazz Society, he can be seen performing on drumset, directing big bands, giving clinics an lectures on jazz, and judging the many jazz festivals in the mid-west. Mr. Froncek has performed with such jazz greats as Woody Herman the Thundering Herd, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, Jon Faddis, Hal Galper, Clark Terry, John Patitucci, Bill Mays, John Clayton, Marcus Printup, Terry Gibbs, Wess Warmdaddy Anderson, David Fat Head Newman, Wycliffe Gordon, Brother Jack McDuff, Peral Bailey, and Joe Williams, just to name a few.

Mr. Froncek not only performs locally, but also tours internationally with the Western Jazz Quartet, performing throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Mr. Froncek is musical director with two of the mid-west’s premier big bands, the Muskegon based “Truth In Jazz Orchestra” (TIJO) and the newly reorganized “Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra” (GRJO) and he directs the jazz program at the Blue Lake Summer Festival. He is an affiliate professor at Grand Valley State University and serves on the Jazz Studies faculty at Western Michigan University, as well as having taught at every major university in the state of Michigan.

The Verdehr Trio

Friday, October 1, 2010, 7:30 p.m.


An acknowledged leader in the field of new music, the Verdehr Trio for over thirty years has concentrated on molding and defining the personality of the violin-clarinet-piano trio. The Trio has over the years created a large repertoire by commissioning over 200 new works from some of the world's most prominent and exciting composers--known and unknown, young and old, from this country and abroad. These efforts are entitled The Making of a Medium because, in a real sense, this is what has happened over the years.

A handful of earlier trios by Bartok, Stravinsky, Milhaud, Khachaturian, Berg, Krenek, Poulenc and Ives showed the potential tonal and musical possibilities of this grouping. Now, with more than 230 total works in this genre, the violin-clarinet-piano trio has become a viable chamber music medium whose substantial literature may be recognized together with other major mediums as the piano trio, woodwind and brass quintets and the piano quartet. To round out its repertoire with Classical and Romantic works, the Trio has rediscovered as well as transcribed 18th and 19th century pieces for inclusion in its concert programs.

The Verdehr Trio has performed throughout the world: in seventeen European countries, the former Soviet Union, in South and Central America as well as in Asia, Australia and in almost all of the United States. Among major concert halls where the Trio has appeared are Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, Vienna's Brahmssaal, Sydney Opera House, London's Wigmore Hall, Auditorio de Madrid, Dvorak Hall in Prague, IRCAM Centre in Paris and Leningrad's Philharmonic Chamber Hall. The Trio has also played at various international festivals--the Spoleto Festival, Prague Spring Festival, the Vienna Spring Festival, Warsaw Autumn, the Grand Teton Music Festival and at numerous international clarinet festivals. Recently the Trio received a Creative Programming Award from Chamber Music America.

In addition to trios, the group has also commissioned Trio Concertos from Buhr, David, Ott, Skrowaczewski and Wallace and performed these with Vienna's Tonkunstler Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, Prague Chamber Soloists, Vancouver CBC Orchestra, Grand Rapids and Flint, Michigan Orchestras as well as with the National Orchestra of Spain and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Most recently, Double Concertos for violin and clarinet by James Niblock, William Wallace, Dinos Constantinides, Paul Chihara, Ian Krouse and Richard Mills have been completed.

To complement its commissioning efforts the Verdehr Trio has embarked upon three projects to make the repertoire known and accessible to musicians everywhere. The first is a series of CD recordings of the new works written for the Trio: The Making of a Medium CD Series on Crystal Records. The second and parallel project is The Making of a Medium Video Series consisting of half-hour programs featuring prominent composers and their works written for the Verdehr Trio. These include interviews and discussions by the composers as well as a complete performance of the work. Hosted by Martin Bookspan, these are available in a variety of video formats from the Instructional Media Center at Michigan State University in cooperation with the Michigan State University Press. Series I includes composers Leslie Bassett, Alan Hovhaness, Karel Husa, Thea Musgrave, Ned Rorem and Gunther Schuller. Series II, hosted by Peter Schickele, includes trios by Alexander Arutiunian, David Diamond, William Bolcom, Betsy Jolas, Libby Larsen, Philippe Manoury, Gian Carlo Menotti, Peter Sculthorpe, Peter Schickele and Joan Tower. A third project, The Making of a Medium Music Publishing Series, has recently been inaugurated in cooperation with the Michigan State University Press to help disseminate the repertoire and information about the Trio recordings.
The Verdehr Trio is in residence at Michigan State University. An article about the Trio appears in the new Groves Dictionary of Music and the Trio won an Adventuresome Programming Award from ASCAP and Chamber Music America.


Walter Verdehr was born in Gottschee, Yugoslavia, and received his first violin instruction at the Conservatory of Music in Graz, Austria. A student at the Juilliard School, he was the first violinist to receive a doctorate there, and on a Fulbright Fellowship he studied at the Vienna Academy of Music. He was a member of the International Congress of Strings faculty for several summers and Chairman of the String Department at Michigan State University School of Music where he is Professor of Music and recently received the Distinguished Faculty Award. In the U.S. and Europe he has given many solo recitals, has been soloist with numerous orchestras, and has made solo recordings for Golden Crest Records and Crystal Records. The London Times wrote that his performance was "sweeping and vigorous." The Vienna Express said that "he is a perfect violinist with beautiful blossoming tone and noble musicality." He served as juror at Prague Spring International Violin Competition 1997 and Naumburg Violin Competition 1998 and 2003. He performs on the ex-Stephens/Verdehr Stradivarius of 1690.


Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and at the Eastman School, from which she received a Performer’s Certificate and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She has performed and lectured at many International Clarinet Congresses and for several years was a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival and touring groups. She has appeared frequently in the United States and Canada as recitalist, clinician, and soloist with orchestras. As a member of the Richards Wind Quintet, she played in more than half of the United States, Canada, and at the White House. She was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University where she is Professor of Music, and was recently named Distinguished University Professor. Her playing has been called "distinguished and musical" by the New York Times. The Boston Globe noted her "musical tone and elegant sense of phrasing," while the Chicago Tribune wrote of her "virtuosity of a most compelling art." She spends her summers as principal clarinetist of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.


Silvia Roederer was born in Argentina, but her musical training began in the U.S.A. After graduating from the Eastman School with high honors, she completed her doctoral degree as a student of John Perry at the University of Southern California. A winner of several important competitions, including the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, she has also appeared as soloist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Monica Symphony. Her Los Angeles debut was an acclaimed recital at the prestigious Ambassador Auditorium, where her "control, introspective poise, and elegantly pointed phrases" drew special praise from the Los Angeles Times. As chamber musician, she has appeared in mainland China, in Austria, and most recently at the Chautauqua Summer Festival in New York. Currently an Associate Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, she lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and three children.

Indianapolis Opera Ensemble

Monday, March 28, 2011, 7:30pm
Student Concert Series: Mon./Tues., March 28 & 29, 2011 – 10am & 12:30pm


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The Indianapolis Opera Ensemble, Indianapolis Opera's resident company, consists of five young artists who are selected each year through national auditions. During their four month residency, the Ensemble members travel offering a variety of educational and entertaining programs, including children's operas, multidisciplinary school residencies and concerts for adult audiences. Talented and gifted voices bring the world of opera alive to all of their audiences.


Soprano Jacqueline Brecheen, from Hammond, Louisiana, received a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. While at IU, she performed the roles of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Just Jeanette in Too Many Sopranos. She spent the summer of 2010 as an apprentice artist with Central City Opera in Colorado, where she sang the roles of Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld, Celie in Signor Deluso, and Isabelle/Madeline in Face on the Barroom Floor. She was a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 New Year’s Eve in Vienna concert and Faure’s Requiem in 2010. Ms. Brecheen will make her Indianapolis Opera debut as Peep-Bo in the company’s 2010 production of The Mikado, and will sing Micaela in The Tragedy of Carmen in March 2011.


Mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein, from Michigan City, Indiana, earned a bachelor’s degree from Butler University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. With CU opera, she performed Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Maria in West Side Story, and the Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen. In the summer of 2010, Ms. Gornstein was a studio artist with Opera New Jersey, learning the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Recent opera credits include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with the Loveland Opera Theatre and the title role in Princess Ida with the Empire Lyric Players. She made her IO debut while attending Butler University, singing Kaetchen in Werther in 2003. She will appear in IO’s October 2010 production of The Mikado as Pitti-Sing, and in the spring will perform the roles of Carmen in IO’s The Tragedy of Carmen and Annina in La traviata.


Tenor Daniel Anderson, from Springfield, Missouri, completed his undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has sung leading roles such as Alfredo in La traviata and Candide, and has been a featured soloist for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Anderson spent two summers as an apprentice artist with Wolf Trap Opera. In the summer of 2010, Anderson was a studio artist with Central City Opera. He will make his IO debut as Don José in the company’s March 2011 production of The Tragedy of Carmen, and will also perform the role of Gastone in IO’s La traviata in May.


Baritone Thomas Gunther, from Muscatine, Iowa, completed his undergraduate degree at Simpson College; then he received a Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, followed by an Artist Diploma from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His roles include Figaro in Il barbierie di Siviglia, Marcello in La bohème, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Falke in Die Fledermaus and Billy Bigalow in Carousel. In the fall of 2010 he will perform the title role in Gianni Schicchi for Soo Theatre Project, and Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Silvio in Pagliacci for Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gunther will make his IO debut as Escamillo in The Tragedy of Carmen in March 2011, and will sing Marquis d’Obigny in the company’s May production of La traviata.


Coach/accompanist Dana Sadava, from Sparks, Maryland, trained as a pianist at Oberlin, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree; then she received master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan and the San Francisco Conservatory. She was assistant conductor at Banff Opera as Theatre, Festival Opera, the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute, and the University of Michigan, and was music director of the Comic Opera Guild. She was also assistant conductor of the Community Women’s Orchestra and Hot Springs Music Festival, and music director of the new music ensemble Zero Blue. She will make her IO debut as orchestra pianist in the company’s March 2011 production of The Tragedy of Carmen.

Wind Soloists of New York

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

The consortium known as the Wind Soloists of New York brings together leading performers from New York City to perform major works for winds. The members of the Wind Soloists of New York are among the most esteemed wind players in the United States, all with extensive performance histories. A woodwind quartet has been chosen for Community Concerts nationwide.


Elizabeth Mann has served as principal flute of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble for the past seventeen seasons. In past seasons, Ms. Mann has played principal flute with the Minnesota Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and acting associate principal flute with the Boston Symphony. She performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble.

She has toured the United States performing the Mozart Flute Concerto under the baton of Andrè Previn; traveled throughout Spain and Japan performing the Brandenburg Concerti with renowned violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo; and was guest artist at the Lochenhaus Festival in Austria under the direction of Gidon Kremer. In 1998, Ms. Mann and Mr. Kremer played the U.S. premiere of the Gubaidalina Concerto for Flute and Violin with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared in recital at the Aldeborough Music Festival in England, the Library of Congress and at Carnegie Hall. Other solo performances include concertos with the Boston Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the National Chamber Orchestra of Baltimore.She has received critical acclaim for performances with Samuel Ramey, Joan Sutherland and Victoria de Los Angeles, among others.

Elizabeth Mann began studying flute at age eight. She won the Boston Young Artist Concerto Competition at age 12, performing as soloist with the Boston Symphony. Ms. Mann is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Julius Baker. She can be heard on recordings by CBC Masterworks, Deutsche Grammophon, Angel Records, MusicMasters and New World Records. She, along with Deborah Hoffman, principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera, has released the CD Reflections: Transcriptions for Flute and Harp.


Award-winning artist, Thomas Gallant, is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe. Mr. Gallant has been praised by the New Yorker magazine as “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit.”

Mr. Gallant is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition. His performances have taken him to Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, to Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, as well as to the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus in Austria, to the Spoleto Festival in Italy and to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival and has collaborated with flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal and Paula Robison and with many string quartets, including Cuarteto Casals, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and the Colorado and Lark Quartets. Recent performances include a concert of solo and chamber music works for the oboe at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and tours across the United States as soloist with Camerata Bariloche from Argentina, performing concerti by Bellini and Vaughan-Williams, as well as performances for the Cleveland Chamber Music Society and recitals for the University of Vermont Lane Series and the Flagler Museum of Art in Palm Beach.

Thomas Gallant is known for his unique performance style, which combines the American and European traditions of oboe playing. He plays on an “Evoluzione” oboe made by the Italian maker Fratelli Patricola.

Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinetist, lives a varied musical life in New York, currently performing and touring with a wide array of groups, including Sequitur, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Musicians from Marlboro, New York Philomusica and the New York Chamber Ensemble, and several of New York City's leading orchestras, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Her summer festivals have included Marlboro, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Norfolk and Schleswig-Holstein.

Ms. Sternberg's discography includes recordings with Orpheus for Deutsch-Grammophon, recordings on the Nonesuch, Troy, CRI, Archetype and St. Cyprien labels.

In addition to performing, Ms Sternberg maintains an active teaching studio, and serves on the faculties of Princeton University, Western Connecticut State University, and the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East. After receiving a B.A. in English from Tufts University and a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from the New England Conservatory, Ms. Sternberg continued her studies at Yale University with David Shifrin and at the Juilliard School with Charles Neidich, receiving an M.M. from Juilliard.


Cynde Iverson is recognized as one of the finest bassoonists today. She has held the Principal Bassoon Chair of the New Haven Symphony for the past fourteen seasons, as she has continued to perform with many of New York’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and New York City Opera among many others. As a soloist Ms. Iverson recently completed highly successful tours of the US, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In the summer months, she has performed at the Caramoor Music Festival, North Country Chamber Players Festival, Moab Music Festival, Waterloo Music Festival, Summer Music at Harkness, and the Colorado Music Festival. In addition, she has held principal positions with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Connecticut Orchestra.

As an advocate for contemporary music, Ms. Iverson has performed and recorded numerous compositions with the chamber ensembles, Continuum and Musical Elements, and has explored the medium of jazz with such artists as Steve Lacy, Anthony Davis and James Newton. Her unique talents were highlighted as a member of the improvisational group, Episteme, which has toured extensively both here and abroad. She has recorded for several commercial labels and most recently she recorded the Ravel Piano Concerto with Orpheus and jazz legend, Herbie Hancock.

Cynde Iverson received her B.M. (cum laude) from Indiana University as a student of Leonard Sharrow and her M.M. (cum laude) from the Juilliard School as a student of Stephen Maxym. Ms. Iverson is on the Faculty at Rutgers University.

Dmitri Berlinsky

Sunday, May 15, 2011, 3:00 p.m.


It is rare to find an artist who has achieved the impeccable credentials and uncompromising artistry of Dmitri Berlinsky. As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Berlinsky's intention is to bring music's spirit to his audience, reaching levels above mere entertainment.

Mr. Berlinsky arrived on the international scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini's own Guarneri del Gesu instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition (Grand Prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America.

Mr. Berlinsky has performed in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin Schattspiellhaus, the Munich Herkulessaal, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the
Bonn Beethoven Hall, and Place des Arts in Montreal, among others.

Since coming to the United States in 1990 as the winner of the renowned Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Berlinsky has performed hundreds of concerts and given recitals in more than forty states throughout the USA. He has also performed in Australia, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Uruguay, Colombia and Peru.

His extensive performance schedule has taken him to the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and the Settimane Musicale in Stresa, Italy, as well as appearances at the Ambassador Foundation in Pasadena, the Fiddle Fest at Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and a South American tour with the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
Recent highlights include performances with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Brott Festival Orchestra, Utah, Virginia, Kalamazoo, Miami, San Antonio, and West Virginia Symphonies, and with I Musici de Montreal in Canada and the United States, as well as appearances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and festivals in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Costa Rica.

Born in St. Petersburg into a family of musicians, Mr. Berlinsky began studying the violin with his father. At a very early age he appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Moscow Philharmonic. His most important teacher in Russia was Mikhail Bezverkhny. He studied at the Music School for Gifted Children with L. Ivascbenko, B. Sergeev, and B. Gutnikov. Later, he attended the Moscow Conservatory, where he received his bachelors and masters degrees studying under Victor Tretiakov, E. Chugaeva and N. Latinsky. After graduating from Moscow, Mr. Berlinsky was invited to work with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School, from which he graduated in 1993.

Mr. Berlinsky's Pavane CD recital, Live at Waterloo, recorded in Belgium and his latest recording, Souvenir D'un Lieu Cher on Helicon Records, have won critical acclaim.

Dmitri Berlinsky has been on the faculty of Michigan State University since 2001. His students have won important international competitions, such as the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, and Tibor Varga, and have assumed positions in orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of a new string ensemble, International Chamber Soloists, which brought together advanced string players at the MSU School of Music. They perform regularly and participated in the Costa Rica International Festival 2005 opening concert at the National Theatre in San Jose.

*Student Encore performances are held at various school locations. For more information, contact Student Contact Coordinator, Julie Stuberg at