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Reflections with Sandra Simon

by Panorámicos

Chamber Music for Soprano, Winds, Strings, Harp, and Piano
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. From the Wall
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2. Three Vocalises for Soprano and Alto Flute I. Prelude
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3. Three Vocalises for Soprano and Alto Flute II. Scherzo
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4. Three Vocalises for Soprano and Alto Flute III. Quasi Menuetto
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5. Night Swimming for Soprano, English Horn, and Piano
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6. Trauermusik for Viola and Piano I. Langsam
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7. Trauermusik II. Ruhig bewegt
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8. Trauermusik III. Lebhaft
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9. Trauermusik IV. Sehr Langsam
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10. I Remember, based on the Diary of Anne Frank for Soprano, Flute, Cello, and Harp
22:30 album only
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11. Gabriel's Oboe for Oboe and Strings
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Internationally acclaimed Panorámicos is a prize winning mixed chamber ensemble whose innovative programs feature commissions and collaborations with composers from the worlds of theatre, jazz, contemporary, classical and world music. This CD features Chamber Music with Soprano.

PERFORMER BIOS:
Soprano Sandra Simon is at home performing opera, oratorio, new music, and on the musical theater stage. Ms. Simon has performed in the United States and abroad with many leading orchestras, baroque ensembles and artists including Tafelmusik (Toronto), Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), The Memphis Symphony, David Douglas and The King’s Noyse, Baroque harp virtuoso Andrew Lawrence King, wooden flute master Chris Norman, and members of the Baltimore Consort, the Cleveland Orchestra and Apollo’s Fire. On the opera stage, she has appeared with Opera Atelier (Toronto), Cleveland Opera, The Singapore Arts Festival, The Ojai Arts Festival (CA), Antique Music Theater (St. Paul) and Chautauqua Institution (NY) among others. She has recorded for Koch International, Electra, and National Public Radio.

Mary Kay Ferguson Flute/Piccolo/Alto Flute has performed throughout the United States, England, Europe, Canada , and as guest artist with the Symphony Orchestras in Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.
She is the founding member of the award winning chamber ensemble, Panorámicos who just completed their 3rd CD. She has been a featured soloist with the Cleveland Pops at Severance Hall, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. Other orchestras include Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Red {an orchestra}, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and the Playhouse Square Orchestra. She is the former Chair of the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Committee and founded the Greater Cleveland Flute Society. She has championed the commissioning of new solo and chamber works for the Piccolo and Alto Flute.

Ralph Curry, Cellist, is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Amici Quartet. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Colorado Philharmonic. He has performed as a chamber musician extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

Pianist Randall Fusco has performed throughout the United States, and has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles. He is currently Professor of Music at Hiram College in Ohio. Fusco earned his B. M. and M. M. degrees in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Lynne Ramsey- Viola is First Assistant Principal Violist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is a member of the Amici Quartet, and serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. Previous posts have included Principal Violist in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has been heard as soloist with the Beijing Philharmonic, China, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.

Danna Sundet –Oboe/English Horn teaches at Kent State University, is the Director of the John Mack Oboe Camp, and is Principal Oboist with The Erie Philharmonic. She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera and Ballet, and as soloist with Trinity Chamber Players and the Carmel (California) and Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festivals.

Lisa Wellbaum served as Principal Harp of the Cleveland Orchestra for thirty-three seasons. She was a student of the late renowned harpist Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Wellbaum served as principal harpist of the Winnipeg Symphony, the New Orleans Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Opera. She has coached harpists for auditions and given Master Classes at the Eastman School of Music, Universities of Michigan, Cincinnati, and Boston, Shepherd School, New England Conservatory, Temple University, and the Curtis Insititute. Ms. Wellbaum has been soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra in Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp, and has recorded Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane, performing it in Severance Hall in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Ken Johnston- Violin
Thomas Sperl –Bass

COMPOSER BIOS & NOTES:
Michael Cohen's (b. 1938) diverse career includes works for chamber ensemble, musical theater, opera, and television. A graduate of the High School of Music and Art, the Dalcroze School of Music, and a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, Mr. Cohen studied composition with Harold Shapero and Irving Fine.
He is the composer of three related pieces based on Anne Frank's diary “ Yours, Anne “,”I Am Anne Frank” and ‘I Remember”, a chamber work for mezzo-soprano, flute, harp and cello. “Yours, Anne” opened off-Broadway in 1985, and has since been performed throughout this country and in Europe, Japan, and South America.
A finalist in the New York City Opera Competition, Mr. Cohen's Rappaccini's Daughter was developed at the Eugene O'Neill Center and later at the Minnesota Opera. Other projects include scoring and arranging A Passover Seder, presented by Elie Weisel and seen nationally on PBS and numerous commissions. To Be a Child“ premiered at the Copland Heritage Society's official opening of the Aaron Copland home to the public. A song cycle with text by Edna St. Vincent Millay premiered at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine.

“I Remember” was commissioned by the chamber group Serenata in 1995, and had its first performance at the U.S.Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. February 4 1996.
It is based on material from "Yours, Anne" and "I Am Anne Frank" two theater works based on the Anne Frank diary. The piece is a loosely constructed song cycle. Each vocal section is separated by a musical interlude that uses material from the previous music, or introduces the next vocal section. The whole piece is connected by two recurring motifs. The three notes of “Dear Kitty” played by the cello at the very beginning (Anne Frank called her diary Kitty), and the four note figure of “I Remember” Since it’s premiere, “I Remember” has been performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands.

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) is arguably the greatest composer Britain has seen since the days of Henry Purcell. In a long and extensive career, he composed music notable for its power, nobility and expressiveness. In a long and productive life, music flowed from his creative pen in profusion. Hardly a musical genre was untouched or failed to be enriched by his work, which included nine symphonies, five operas, film music, ballet and stage music, several song cycles, church music and works for chorus and orchestra.
Three Vocalises were originally scored for clarinet and soprano, however this setting utilizes the Alto Flute rather than the clarinet.

Margi Griebling-Haigh (b.1960) is an award winning composer whose credits include a grant from BMI and First Prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs' Competition for Orchestral Works. She was named “Ohio Composer of the Year” by the Ohio Music Teachers’ Association and received a Jerome Composer Commission from the American Composers Forum. She has received commissions from prominent soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras, and has enjoyed collaborations with writers, poets, and choreographers. Trained as an oboist at the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory, she studied orchestral repertoire at the Pierre Monteux Memorial School.

Night Swimming was composed in 2000 for a collaborative concert between the Cleveland Composers Guild and the Poets and Writers League of Northeast Ohio. The poem by Mary Grimm, winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature, was chosen for it’s imagery. The smoothness of the water at night is represented musically by a simple, languid rocking motif. As the song progresses, the water ripples more and more quickly and is finally agitated into a froth of activity by the piano's rapid, alternating arpeggiated clusters and the trills of the English horn's obbligato.

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) Born in Hanau, Hindemith was taught the violin as a child, but his parents objected to his musical ambitions, and he left home at the age of eleven as a result. He entered the Hoch Conservatoire in Frankfurt am Main where he studied conducting, composition and violin, supporting himself by playing in dance bands and musical-comedy outfits. He led the Frankfurt Opera orchestra and played in the string quartets extensively touring Europe as a violist.
His music was condemned as 'degenerate' by the Nazis, and in 1940 he emigrated to the USA, where he taught music at Yale University and Harvard. He became an American citizen in 1946, but returned to Europe in 1953, living in Zürich and teaching at the University there. Towards the end of his life he began to conduct more and was awarded the Balzan Prize in 1962. This performance of Trauermusik by Lynne Ramsey is dedicated to the life and memory of Pamela Whitcomb Larsen.

Ennio Morricone (b. 1928) took his diploma in trumpet, composition, instrumentation, band conducting and choral music at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. He is one of the most famous and prolific composers of the twentieth century, with about 500 scores to his credit. He has written symphonic and chamber compositions, music for stage and radio broadcasts, popular and folk songs. Morricone's palette is extraordinarily diverse, drawing from classical, jazz, pop, rock, electronic, avant-garde, and Italian music, among other styles. Gabriel’s Oboe is from one of his most famous film score’s, “The Mission”.

REVIEWS:

Debut CD hailed as “Eclectic in the best sense of the word…” “…a top North American pick.”
-Gramophone Magazine

“The musical microcosm of northeast Ohio is celebrated by this remarkable recording....hauntingly, achingly beautiful.”
-American Record Guide

"The superb Cleveland chamber ensemble Panoramicos takes up haunting music by Michael Cohen, a touching evocation of Holocaust text sung with endearing purity by soprano Sandra Simon, and Grieblinsg-Haigh's "Night Swimming" is a score of brooding beauty. Lynne Ramsey and pianist Randall Fusco are eloquent protagonists in Hindemith's Trauermusik. "
-The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"Fresh, original and exceptionally varied repertoire performed with artistry and taste."
Martha Aarons, Flutist
Artist/ Faculty, Aspen Music Festival
Principal flute, Iris Chamber Orchestra
Formerly, member Cleveland Orchestra




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