Concerts on Kentmere

Announcing the 2014-15 Concerts on Kentmere season!

A letter from Alfredo Franco, Director of Education

I’m thrilled to share a preview of the 2014-2015 Concerts on Kentmere season. Not only can you look forward to the return of the Museum’s outstanding ensemble-in-residence, Pyxis Piano Quartet, but also to an expanded series that will welcome special guest performances by notable musicians. It promises to be an unforgettable season.

Pyxis will remain the solid core of the series, offering three concerts. They will open the season on October 30 with a unique concert that will include music from Stravinsky’s neo-classical period—the sonorous Suite Italienne—and Josef Suk’s powerful but rarely heard Piano Quartet, as well as works by Schumann and the popular Astor Piazzola, creator of the New Tango. Pyxis will perform two further concerts on February 26 and April 30, and will include their own special guest performer. We are so fortunate and honored to host Pyxis at the Museum.

On November 20, soprano Gudrun Buehler will perform classics of German art song, including works by Hugo Wolf, Mozart, and selections from Arnold Schoenberg’s early, still Romantic song-cycle, The Book of the Hanging Gardens. Ms. Buehler will also perform British composer Cyril Scott’s Lullaby, based on poetry by Christina Rossetti. On March 26, pianist Rosanne Vita Nahass will explore music composed in 1848, a year of revolution and upheaval throughout Europe, which also saw the founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Ms. Nahass will perform works by Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, among others.

I hope you will purchase tickets to our upcoming season, as well as consider a generous donation to support Concerts on Kentmere. This program is a crucial component in our multi-disciplinary approach to the exploration of art. We look forward to growing this dynamic program, but we need your help to do so.

You can purchase tickets by clicking the link below or by calling me at 302.351.8509. This season, all tickets will be held at the door; we will no longer mail physical tickets. We hope this makes your experience even more convenient!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014-2015 concerts!

Alfredo Franco
Director of Education

P.S. – We hope you will join us for our dynamic new season. Please click on the below link to purchase tickets and/or make a contribution to support Concerts on Kentmere.

2014-15 Season Details

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and last approximately two hours (including an intermission). A season subscription is $80 for Museum Members and $150 for Non-Members. Individual concert tickets are $20 for Members and $40 for Non-Members. Click here to become a Museum Member.

April 30: Pyxis Piano Quartet (SOLD OUT)

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About The Pyxis Piano Quartet

The Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music concerts which include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet. Compelling, engaging, and informative, Pyxis’ performances have become amongst the most sought-after in the Delaware arts scene. Now celebrating their sixth season as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Delaware Art Museum, Pyxis performs regularly to sold out audiences. Appearances last season included debuts on the Kent Chamber Music Series and at the Newark Free Library (DE), and what have become regular engagements at St. Monica’s Church in Berwyn PA, the Festival Concert Series of Market Street Music in Wilmington, and the Smyrna Opera House. Other past notable performances include a 2013 Philadelphia debut at the German Society of Pennsylvania, 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 Villanova University. They have been heard along the East Coast in concerts from Virginia to Pennsylvania. The 2014-2015 season will include a return to the German Society of Pennsylvania, St. Monica’s Church, The Festival Concert Series of Market Street Music, the Kent Chamber Music Series, and a first performance on the Celebrate the Arts Series at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, Doylestown PA.

The musicians of Pyxis are avid collaborators and committed educators. This season they are delighted to be working with bassist Daniel McDougall. Past collaborations have been with the esteemed violinists Barbara Govatos and Ruo Tao Mao, composer Ingrid Arauco, faculty from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, James Madison University, Pennsylvania School of the Arts, and members of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Pyxis has performed educational concerts for children at the Delaware Art Museum, the Wilmington Montessori School, St. Monica’s School, and in southern Delaware under the auspices of Coastal Concerts, Inc. They also offer master classes. As private instructors they have a significant impact on their musical community, reaching over 80 students on a weekly basis.

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 the group strives to take together while recognizing the different backgrounds and experiences of its musicians.

Click here to visit the Pyxis Piano Quartet online.

Meredith Amado, violin

meredith_amado-4Meredith has been praised by critics for her “technical aplomb and musical responsiveness.” Violinist, Meredith Amado enjoys a career that spans continents and musical styles. Ms. Amado’s first love is chamber music, and in that capacity she has collaborated with a broad range of today’s finest talents playing recitals across the United States to consistent critical acclaim. Ms. Amado has been heard as a soloist and recitalist in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. Her strong devotion to chamber music and entrepreneurial spirit and has given rise to two successful chamber music series (in Missouri and Delaware), a string quartet, a piano quartet and a string trio that made two Atlantic crossings with Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth II. Currently, she performs with pianist Hiroko Yamazaki both in recital and as members of the newly formed Pyxis Piano Quartet – the resident ensemble of the Delaware Art Museum.Her reach is equally broad as an orchestral player, having toured the West Coast, Midwest and East Coast as a member of the Saint Louis Symphony and the Oregon Symphony. Ms. Amado is the former Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra. She has also made frequent appearances with the New Jersey Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Delaware Orchestra.In addition to performing, Ms. Amado is a committed teacher. Understanding the value of early, focused and caring guidance, she has introduced dozens of youngsters and their parents to the joys of making music at New York’s School for Strings, Turtle Bay Music School and Lucy Moses School at Merkin Hall. She has also helped older students launch their careers at the Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University and Eastern Music Festival. Most recently, she was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, PA.

Ms. Amado received Bachelor and Master’s degree as a scholarship student at The Juilliard School where she worked with renowned pedagogues Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir and Robert Mann. Her pedagogical training was done at the prestigious School for Strings in New York. In
addition, she has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO.

Ms. Amado lives in Wilmington, Delaware and Blue Hill, Maine with her husband, three children and dog. She plays on a 1662 Nicolo Amati violin.

Jie Jin, cello

jie_jinJie has been widely recognized for performances in music capitals in North America, Europe and Asia. She has appeared as a soloist with Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, National Repertoire Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. She hold principal cello positions with National Repertoire Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music and Shepherd School of Music Orchestra at Rice University and played with Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony and New World Symphony . Ms. Jin has been invited to Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, International Summer Academic Prague-Vienna-Budapest Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, Margess International Festival, Daniel Music Festival and Amadeus Masterclass.

Before her move to the United States, she won First Prize in the National Cello Duo Competition of China, the Bao-gang Elegance Art Award and the Excellent Performance Prize in the National Competition of China.  An active chamber musician, Ms. Jin is the founder of the Tang-gu-la String Quartet.  The Quartet has toured England, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Australia and China and received numerous honors, winning Second Prize in the First National String Quartet Competition.  Shortly after that, the quartet appeared in Isaac Stern’s Oscar-winning documentary “From Mao to Mozart,” performed for President Bill Clinton.

Ms. Jin began her cello study at age 5. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music.  Upon receiving a full scholarship from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, she came to the United States and studied with Prof. Norman Fischer for her Master’s degree. Ms. Jin also received the Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Mr. Desmond Hoebig.

A committed teacher, her students won the top prizes in the competitions, performed in Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center and performed with orchestra as the soloist. Ms. Jin is currently on the faculty at Chamber Strings Summer Workshop. She can also be heard performing in the Pyxis Piano Quartet (ensemble in residence at Delaware Art Museum). Ms. Jin serves as Principal Cello of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and performs with Baltimore Chamber OrchestraDelaware Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony.

Amy Leonard, viola

amy_leonardAmy is a Philadelphia native who received viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, and has studied baroque viola at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute. Principal teachers have included Leonard Mogill, Jeffrey and Lynne Ramsey Irvine, Karen Ritscher, Charles Bruck, and Jane Starkman. Though much of her career has been devoted to the teaching and performing of orchestral music, Ms. Leonard is also an active recitalist and chamber musician, participating in a number of music festivals in North America and Europe such as Aspen, Banff, Spoleto USA, and Mostra Mozart in Venice, Italy.

Ms. Leonard also enjoyed a decade-long relationship with the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine, first as student, then as administrator and director of the school’s chamber music series.  Past orchestral positions have been with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony (Miami Beach, FL), and as assistant principal violist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where Amy performed with the internationally recognized contemporary ensemble Nua Nos, or “New Noise.”  She taught viola at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana for four years; her students are now members of the Mississippi and Baton Rouge Symphonies.

As an educator, Ms. Leonard currently maintains a large and lively studio at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr and at her home. Recent recital appearances have been at Calvary Episcopal Church in Wilmington, DE, and at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. She is also very much in demand as a free lance musician, performing as a member of  the contemporary ensemble Relache, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the baroque ensembles Tempesta di Mare and Brandywine Baroque. Ms. Leonard also performs frequently with other ensembles such as the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Philly Pops, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Princeton Symphony and Opera Delaware.

Hiroko Yamazaki, piano

hiroko_yamazakiHiroko has been heard throughout the United States and abroad as solo recitalist and collaborative pianist. Her appearances at summer festivals include Luzerne, Aspen, Rome and International Festival-Institute at Round Top in Texas, where her performance with Minnesota Orchestra principal oboist, Basil Reeve, was recorded for NPR. She was soloist for Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with the Wilmington Community Orchestra and has been invited to perform with them in November of 2010.  Highlights of recent seasons also include Master Players Concert Series at the University of Delaware, as featured artist in Delaware Symphony’s Champagne Chamber Series, violin and piano duo recitals with Meredith Amado, and with Pyxis Piano Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at the Delaware Art Museum.

Ms. Yamazaki was a prizewinner in the Delaware Contest for Young Musicians, as well as the winner of the Austrian-American Society Musical Scholarship Competition, which provided her summer studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland as a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship student of Anne Koscielny and was a recipient of the Presser Foundation Award. She later returned to the University of Maryland, where she received a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano studying with Rita Sloan.

Ms.Yamazaki also has extensive teaching experience. She taught at the Darlington Fine Arts Center, Luzerne Music Center and held the position of adjunct faculty at the University of Delaware. She spent summers as Accompanying Coordinator and Teaching Assistant to Rita Sloan, Director of Collaborative Arts Program at the Aspen Music School and Festival in Colorado. Currently, she is Associate Head of the Piano Department and Master Piano Faculty with Distinction at The Music School of Delaware, where she served as chair of the piano department from 1996-2000.