Eric Nathan CD Release Eric Nathan CD Release

with Momenta Quartet, Peggy Pearson, oboe, Laura Weiner, horn, Mei Rui, piano, Hugo Moreno, trumpet & Samuel Rhodes, viola

Mon October 12th, 2015


Main Space

Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 6:30PM

Show Time: 7:30PM

Event Ticket: $15/$20/$25

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Program of music by Eric Nathan:
“Four to One” for string quartet
“Why Old Places Matter” for oboe, horn, piano *NY PREMIERE*
“Toying” for solo trumpet
“Three by Three” for solo piano
“Omaggio a Gesualdo” for string quintet
“Multitude, Solitude” for string quartet
Momenta Quartet
Peggy Pearson, oboe
Laura Weiner, horn
Mei Rui, piano
Hugo Moreno, trumpet
Samuel Rhodes, viola
Seated: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing: $15 advance, $20 day of show
Student (standing, must show valid student id at the door: $10

Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.
This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s streaming channel, beginning at 7:30pm.

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Eric Nathan CD Release

Eric Nathan, a 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, has garnered acclaim internationally through performances at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, Carnegie Hall, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Aspen Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, 2012 and 2013 World Music Days, and Louvre Museum. His music has additionally been featured by the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry and the JACK Quartet.
Recent projects include commissions from the New York Philharmonic for its CONTACT! series, Boston Symphony Orchestra for its Chamber Players, Tanglewood Music Center, and violinist Jennifer Koh for a new solo work to premiere in 2016-17. Nathan has additionally been honored with awards including ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Prize, four ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, BMI’s William Schuman Prize, Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Leonard Bernstein Fellowship from the Tanlgewood Music Center.
In 2015, Albany Records will release a debut CD of Nathan’s solo and chamber music, “Multitude, Solitude: The Chamber Music of Eric Nathan,” produced by Grammy-winning producer Judith Sherman, featuring the Momenta Quartet, trombonist Joseph Alessi, violist Samuel Rhodes, oboist Peggy Pearson, pianist Mei Rui, and trumpeter Hugo Moreno.
Nathan served as Composer-in-Residence at the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and 2013 Chamber Music Campania (Italy). He received his doctorate from Cornell and holds degrees from Yale (B.A.) and Indiana University (M.M.). Nathan serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition at the Williams College Department of Music for the 2014-15 academic year, and begins his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at the Brown University Department of Music in the fall of 2015.
Eric Nathan official site

Momenta Quartet

Praised by the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience” and by the New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence,” the Momenta Quartet is celebrated for its innovative programming, juxtaposing contemporary works from widely divergent aesthetics with great music from the past. Momenta has premiered over 80 works and collaborated with over 100 living composers while maintaining a deep commitment to the classical canon. In the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “few American players assume Haydn’s idiom with such ease.”
In recent seasons, Momenta has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, the Rubin Museum, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, the Stone, and Roulette. In addition to its long-standing affiliation with Temple University, Momenta has performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, and Yeshiva Universities; Williams, Swarthmore, Haverford, Bard-Simon’s Rock, and Bates Colleges; the Mannes and Eastman Schools of Music and Boston Conservatory. Festivals include Music at Gretna, Cooperstown, Cincinnati College-Conservatory’s Accent12 Festival, and artist residencies at Yellow Barn and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. The quartet has performed in Hawaii, England, Singapore, and Indonesia, and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Momenta has recorded for Centaur Records, Furious Artisans, MRS Classics, PARMA, New World Records, and Albany Records; and has been broadcast on WQXR, Q2 Music, WWFM, Music for Internets, Austria’s Oe1, and Vermont Public Radio. The quartet’s debut album, MOMENTA, will be released on Albany Records in 2015.
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Peggy Pearson, oboe

Peggy Pearson is a winner of the Pope Foundation Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Music. Lloyd Schwartz, who received the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, called her “my favorite living oboist.” Ms. Pearson gave her New York debut with soprano Dawn Upshaw in 1995, a program featuring the premiere of John Harbison’s Chorale Cantata which was written specifically for them. She has performed solo, chamber and orchestral music throughout the United States and abroad. A member of the Bach Aria Group, Ms. Pearson is also solo oboist with the Emmanuel Chamber Orchestra, an organization that has performed the complete cycle of sacred cantatas by J.S. Bach. According to Richard Dyer of theBoston Globe, “Peggy Pearson has probably played more Bach than any other oboist of her generation; this is music she plays in a state of eloquent grace.” Ms. Pearson is Director of Winsor Music, Inc.; she is also Artistic Director of, and oboist with the Winsor Music Chamber Series in Lexington, Massachusetts, and the Greenleaf Chamber Players, currently in residence at Purchase College, NY. She is a founding member of the chamber group, La Fenice, with performances at Winsor Music, the Skaneateles Festival in New York, Maryland’s Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival, and the Union College Series in Schenectady, New York. Ms. Pearson has toured internationally and recorded extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as principal oboist, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Music from Marlboro.
In addition to her freelance and chamber music activities, Peggy Pearson has been an active exponent of contemporary music. She was a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute in contemporary music, and has premiered numerous works, many of which were written specifically for her. She is featured on a recording of John Harbison’s music entitled First Light, with Dawn Upshaw and Lorraine Hunt (Archetype Records). She has premiered and recorded Quartetto for oboe and strings by Mario Davidovsky (Bridge Records), John Harbison’s Snow Country (Archetype Records), Peter Child’s Sonatina (CRI), and Ivan Tcherepnin’s Flores Musicales (CRI). As director of Winsor Music, Inc., Ms. Pearson organized the Winsor Music Consortium (a project to commission works for oboe) and in 2000, premiered its first commissioned work, Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, by Yehudi Wyner. She was a founding member of the Emmanuel Wind Quintet, an ensemble formed to study and perform the Schoenberg Wind Quintet, and winner of the Naumburg Award in 1981. The Emmanuel Quintet collaborated with the Guild of Composers, and worked with other composers including Milton Babbitt, Mario Davidovsky, Gunther Schuller, John Harbison, Fred Lerdahl and John Heiss.
She has been on the faculties at Songfest, The Tanglewood Music Center (Bach Institute), the Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati), Wellesley College, the Composers Conference at Wellesley College and the Longy School of Music. She is currently on the faculties at Boston Conservatory and MIT (Emerson Scholars Program).

Laura Weiner, horn

Laura Weiner is a passionate horn player and advocate for classical music based in New York City. An experienced chamber musician, orchestral performer, solo performer, and teaching artist, she is a recent alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. A high-altitude native of Colorado, she received her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Northwestern University, and her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a University Fellowship.
Laura has performed with diverse musical groups from the New World Symphony to Decoda to Genghis Barbie. As part of Ensemble ACJW, she performed a wide variety of chamber concerts all across NYC in Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and neighborhood locales from hip clubs to prisons. She was a featured soloist at Zankel Hall under the baton of Robert Spano in March 2013.
Laura has spent her summers performing in orchestras at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Texas Music Festival, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. As a chamber musician, she was a semi-finalist in the Plowman Chamber Competition and has attended the Norfolk Chamber Festival. Laura’s principal teachers have been Gail Williams, William Barnewitz, Daniel Grabois, and Douglas Hill.
Laura Weiner official site

Mei Rui, piano

A native of Shanghai, Mei began her piano studies at the age of 3, and was accepted into the Shanghai Conservatory of Music 3 years later. She gave her first solo recital at the age of 10 in front of an illustrious audience that included the President of Austria and other international dignitaries at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna. At age 11, she made her orchestral debut soloing with the Beijing Radio Symphony. She won numerous regional and national competitions in China, and her performances were featured multiple times on Chinese national television and radio stations. As a soloist, she has played with the Beijing Radio Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, and Yale Philharmonic. She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert venues in the world, including Bennet Gordon Hall in Chicago, Jordan Hall in Boston; Carnegie Hall (Weill), Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, Stellar Performing Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Borden Auditorium in New York; San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Duncan Hall in Houston; Woolsey Hall and Sprague Hall in New Haven; San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio; National Concert Hall in Taipei; Lehman Hall in Santa Barbara; Beijing Concert Halll and Shanghai Grand Concert Hall. Turning down full scholarship offers from both the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of music, she enrolled in the highly selective B.A./M.M. program at Yale, where she was the recipient of the highly selective Joseph Selden Memorial Award for excellence in the Arts, the Sheffield Scientific Scholarship, the Bruce Simonds Scholarship, and the George W. Miles Scholarship.

Mei Rei official site

Hugo Moreno, trumpet

Born and raised in Sunland Park, NM, now living in Brooklyn, NY, Hugo Moreno enjoys freelancing with some of New York City’s best ensembles. Recently featured as a soloist with the Chelsea Symphony and Yale Philharmonia performing the Trumpet Concerti of Hummel and Tomasi, and a former member of the El Paso and Las Cruces Symphony Orchestras, Hugo has performed at Marlboro and Spoleto USA and is a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.
Further downtown, Hugo plays with Cumbiagra, Jarana Beat, The Gregorio Uribe Big Band He has also performed at the Bang on a Can marathon, with the acclaimed gospel musicians at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, with artist Rachel Mason and as Principal trumpet of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra under Shinik Hahm.
Hugo is a graduate of New Mexico State University and Yale, where he studied cornetto and baroque trumpet with Allan Dean. Hugo has studied with Ken Van Winkle, Michael Walk, Frank “Pancho” Romero, Mark Gould and John McNeil.

Samuel Rhodes, viola

Samuel Rhodes is a consummate artist, well known as a recitalist, orchestra soloist, recording artist, composer and teacher. The New York Times has called him “a remarkably sensitive violist” and the Washington Post has described him as a “master of the viola fit to stand with the instrument’s greatest.” As a member of the Juilliard String Quartet for 44 seasons, Mr. Rhodes recorded an extensive catalogue of the string quartet literature on the CBS Masterworks, Sony Classical, Wergo, and CRI labels and has won three Grammy Awards for the Debussy and Ravel Quartets, the complete Schoenberg Quartets, and the complete Beethoven Quartets. Mr. Rhodes serves as chair of viola at the Juilliard School and on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center, and has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival since 1960.

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