Welcome to Site and Sound, the 2015-16 Season of Concerts on Kentmere, now in its 7th year exploring relationships between chamber music and the Museum’s rich visual holdings.
At 7:30 pm before each concert, there will be a 15-minute pre-concert talk. The Museum is now open until 8:00 pm on Thursday evenings, and before the concerts, the Thronson Café will serve drinks and light fare for purchase. Performances begin at 8:00 pm, with complimentary desserts and coffee served at intermission.
Tickets are $20 for Museum Members and $40 for non-members.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites. Wilmington baritone Grant Youngblood, with pianist Jennifer Peterson, will present an elegant evening of song in the Pre-Raphaelite galleries. The concert features the premiere of Clint Borzoni’s setting of Rossetti’s sonnet “La Bella Mano,” the poem that inspired the masterwork in the Museum’s collection. The evening also features Richard Strauss’ Four Songs of Richard Strauss, Franz Liszt’s setting of Petrarch sonnets and the House of Life song cycle, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 1903 setting of Dante Gabriel Rossetti sonnets.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Illuminating the art of Marie Spartali Stillman. As the Museum opens a landmark exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite artist Marie Spartali Stillman, Pyxis Piano Quartet will feature the Sonata for Viola and Piano by composer/violist Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), whose Anglo-American experience mirrors that of Stillman, as well as Edward Elgar’s Chansons de Matin and Nuit and Dvorak’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Major.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Harmonizing with the murals of Howard Pyle. Celebrating the landmark murals of Howard Pyle, Pyxis will present music from that era, including To a Wild Rose and other works by American composer Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) and the Piano Quartet by Bostonian Arthur Foote (1853-1937), as well as Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saens and Gabriel Faure’s Sicillienne
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Celebrating contemporary Latino art. In conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, Pyxis (with guest artists Erica Miller and Lisa Vaupel, violins) will play Enrique Granados’ Piano Quintet in G Minor, Libertango and Four for Tango by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, and Gabriel Faure’s Piano Quintet No. 2.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
American songs for American art. Wilmington musicians Emily Samson Tepe (soprano) and Julie Nishimura (piano) pay tribute to the Museum’s American holdings with a spirited evening of contemporary song. The evening’s offerings will include Aaron Copland’s settings of Emily Dickinson poems, songs by William Bolcom and New York composer Noa Ain, as well as settings of ee cummings’ poems by Swedish composer Robert Sund.
Pyxis Piano Quartet
Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music concerts that include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet. Compelling, engaging, and informative, their performances have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region.
Pyxis has been heard along the East Coast in concerts from Virginia to Pennsylvania. They are now in their seventh season in residence at the Delaware Art Museum’s Concerts at Kentmere series, where they perform regularly to sold-out audiences. The 2015-2016 season will also see the ensemble in debut appearances on the Annie M. Gaul Concert Series at St. John’s (Hain’s) Church in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and the Brown Bag Lunch Concerts at Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. The group will appear again in the Kent Chamber Music Series in Chestertown, Maryland, and will have a greater presence on the Market Street Music Festival Concerts series at First and Central Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
Pyxis’ 2014-2015 season highlights included return engagements at the German Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); St. Monica’s Church (Berwyn, Pennsylvania); the Festival Concert Series of Market Street Music; the Kent Chamber Music Series; and a debut appearance in the Celebrate the Arts series in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Other past notable performances have been at the Newark (Delaware) Free Library; a concert at the DuPont Hotel Gold Ballroom as part of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra Champagne Chamber Series; a benefit concert with the Harmony for Peace Foundation; and recitals as featured artists at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and at Villanova University.
Pyxis delights in working with esteemed musical guest artists, and this season’s concerts will feature violinists Erica Miller and Lisa Vaupel and flutist Michele Kelly. Past collaborations have included the bassist Daniel McDougall, violinists Barbara Govatos and Ruo Tao Mao, composer Ingrid Arauco and faculty members from the University of Delaware, University of North Carolina School for the Arts, James Madison University and the Pennsylvania School of the Arts, as well as members of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
The musicians of Pyxis are also committed educators. As private instructors they have a significant impact on their musical community, reaching over 80 students on a weekly basis. The ensemble has performed educational concerts for children at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Montessori School, St. Monica’s School and in southern Delaware under the auspices of Coastal Concerts, Inc.
The group takes its name from the Pyxis constellation, also known as the Mariners’ Compass, whose symbol is the compass rose. The points of the compass rose represent the new artistic directions that the group strives to take together while recognizing the different backgrounds and experiences of its musicians.
Meredith Amado, violin
Praised by critics for her “technical aplomb and musical responsiveness,” violinist Meredith Amado enjoys a career that spans continents and musical styles. Read more…
Jie Jin, cello
Widely recognized for her cello performances in music capitals in North America, Europe and Asia, Jie Jin has appeared as a soloist with the Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, National Repertoire Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Read more…
Amy Leonard, viola
An exceptionally versatile musician, Philadelphia native Amy Leonard has held positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, The New World Symphony (Miami Beach, Florida) and as assistant principal violist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where she performed with the internationally recognized contemporary ensemble Nua Nos, or “New Noise.” Read more…
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano
Hiroko Yamazaki has performed throughout the United States and abroad in Rome (Italy), Helsinki and Imatra (Finland) and Lausanne (Switzerland). Read more…
Grant Youngblood, baritone
Hailed as a tall dashing performer “with a robust sound with ringing top notes,” Grant Youngblood garners enthusiastic praise for his “smooth lyric baritone, bringing beautiful shading and color to the score.” Read more…
Jennifer Peterson, piano / harpsichord / conductor
Conductor, pianist and harpsichordist Jennifer Peterson has appeared with over fifty opera companies in the United States and internationally, including the New York City Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. Read more…
Emily Samson Tepe, soprano
A classically trained singer who also has a popular music following, Emily Samson Tepe has appeared at Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Barnes Foundation, World Café Live, the New York Public Theatre, Wilmington’s Grand Opera House, Opera Delaware, and the Media Theatre, among others. Read more…
Julie Nishimura, piano
Since 1988, pianist Julie Nishimura has been faculty accompanist for the Department of Music at the University of Delaware. Read more…