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Mozart at the Mansion

by Robert DiLutis & Mellifera String Quartet

On this album you will find one of the greatest classical chamber works ever written, Mozart's Clarinet Quintet. This classic clarinet chamber work was recorded for 33 LP record and took place at the Riversdale Mansion in Riverdale, MD.
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1. Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: I. Allegro
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2. Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: II. Larghetto
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3. Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: III. Menuetto & Trio I, II
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4. Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: IV. Allegro con variazioni
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LP Record 33RPM

Mozart at the Mansion

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major (Stadler”, K. 581)

1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Menuetto & Trio I, II
4. Allegro con Variazioni

Robert DiLutis, clarinet







Robert A. DiLutis, clarinetist

Robert DiLutis is currently Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Maryland, School of Music, College Park and in his 3rd season as Principal Clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. DiLutis previously served as Professor of Clarinet at the Louisiana State University School of Music from 2009-2012. He has also held positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music. Mr. DiLutis has served on the faculties of St. Mary's University in Texas and Nazareth College in New York. His recent recitals and master classes have included the University of Georgia, University of California at Northridge, University of South Carolina, Catholic University of America and the International Clarinet Conference in Assisi, Italy.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a family of musicians, Mr. DiLutis studied first studied with William E. Blayney and later at the Juilliard School with David Weber, principal clarinetist of the NYC Ballet. In 1989 he made his debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as the winner of the Artist International Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist Mr. DiLutis has performed with ensembles such as the San Antonio Symphony, LSU Wind Ensemble, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Mr. DiLutis has performed and toured with the New York Philharmonic and is currently co-director of the Clarinet Academy of America, an intensive summer program for advanced clarinetists in high school and college. In addition to his performance career Mr. DiLutis is the creator of the Reed Machine, a reed-making device used by top professionals around the world.

In 2016 Mr. DiLutis became the Director of the Community Engagement Office at the University of Maryland School of Music and has helped developed new and exciting programs in and around the state of Maryland. Mr. DiLutis is an Artist for Buffet USA, Rovner Products, Lohff and Pfiefier and play Selmer mouthpieces.

While the four members of the quartet have been collaborating in a variety of musical formations for years, this debut season marks the beginning of a new era of shared artistic endeavors. Mellifera (mel-IF-air-ah), from the Latin word meaning honey-bearing, signifies the aural aspirations of the group.
By crafting programs that span the musical spectrum, Mellifera brings newly composed works to their audience alongside well-traveled classics. The MQ can be heard performing works written by Mellifera violist Nicholas Hodges on the score for the upcoming film Hunting Lands (APS Films, 2018). The quartet returned to the studio this winter to record music for clarinet and string quartet to be released on the Delos label with clarinetist Robert DiLutis, Professor of Music at the University of Maryland.


Catherine Gerhiser is a native of Savannah, Georgia, received her Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in 2005, and her Master’s in 2007, studying with Masao Kawasaki. Prior to her time at The Juilliard School, she attended the Cleveland Institute of Music Young Artist Program, studying with Linda Cerone. Her many inspiring coaches and teachers include Michael Tilson Thomas, Joseph Kalichstein, Joel Smirnoff, Bonnie Hampton, and John Mack, among others. Gerheiser has performed with the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Catherine has appeared as soloist with the Savannah Symphony, the Hilton-Head Philharmonia, the National Repertory Orchestra, The New World Symphony, and the US Army Orchestra. Prior to joining the U.S. Army Strings, Catherine spent four years in Miami, Florida, playing with the New World Symphony, where she met her husband, Gene. Catherine loves exploring DC with her husband and three boys, Caleb and Tyler, and Jacob.


Christina Wensel was born and began her music instruction in Evanston, IL. With the support of her teacher, Rachel Barton and her first chamber music coach Dr. Allen Dennis, she discovered an intense love of chamber music. Christina performed with the MYA quartet for many years taking first prize at Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. At 15, she joined the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and had the opportunity to perform with many of the great guest conductors of the Chicago Symphony. She continued to perform with MYA Orchestra and soloed with the group after winning the Walgreens Concerto competition. Continuing her education at Oberlin Conservatory she earned a BM in violin performance while studying with Gregory Fulkerson, and went on to receive her Masters degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Ronald Copes. Christina has performed at many concerts and festivals including the UBS Verbier Festival, MoMA Summer Garden Series, New York String Seminar, and the New Hampshire Bach Festival. She has been a featured soloist with The Dayton Philharmonic, US Army Strings and the Galesburg Symphony. As a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, she toured Europe and North and South America with with Maestro James Levine. Christina is also an active studio musician and has performed with Kanye West, Duncan Sheik, Beyonce, Wynonna Judd and Pete Seeger. Christina is also a much sought after fiddler, playing for dances and workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe.


Nicholas Hodges currently serves as a violist with the U.S. Army Strings and the U.S. Army String Quartet in Washington, D.C. Nicholas performs as a substitute violist for the Baltimore Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Baltimore Concert Artists. In June 2016, Nicholas was a soloist at the American Viola Society Festival at Oberlin College as part of the “Rising Stars” series. Nicholas has served on faculty at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, the Levine School of Music, and as Creative Director of the State College Suzuki Program. Nicholas previously served as the violist with the Adelphi String Quartet (2010-2012). With the Adelphi Quartet, he performed at various colleges and universities in the Northeast U.S., served as graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Maryland, and was a semi-finalist at the Fischoff Competition music. Nicholas has studied chamber music with the Guarneri Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Maia Quartet, and Ying Quartet. Nicholas’ compositions have been recently featured in Hunting Lands, a new film produced by  APS Films to be release in Fall 2018. Nicholas received degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM, Performance and Education), Pennsylvania State University (MM, Performance and Conducting), and the University of Maryland (DMA, Performance). Nicholas has studied viola with Katherine Murdock, Karin Brown, and Daniel Foster. Nicholas studied violin with Timothy Ying, James Lyon, David Salness, James Stern, John Eaken, and Odin Rathnam. Through the generosity of family and friends, Nicholas performs on a viola made by Vincenzo Sannino (ca. 1890) and bows by Auguste Barbé and Arthur Bultitude.


Benjamin Wensel hails from Rochester, New York. Ben earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, Ben served as assistant to renowned pedagogue Alan Harris.  Equally important to his musical education were performances in seminars and master classes for members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Miami, and Ying quartets, chamber music studies with Peter Salaff and members of the Audubon and Cavani Quartets, and solo master classes with Clemens Michael Hagen, Steven Isserlis, David Soyer, and Michel Strauss. Ben has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and has been a member of The U.S. Army Orchestra, Strolling Strings, and String Quartet since 2003. Dedicated to the creation and promotion of new music, Ben performed the world premieres of more than twenty works written by established and emerging American composers as a member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble.  He also participated in the ensemble’s residencies at Princeton University, Stetson University, and the University of South Florida. Prior to his military service, Ben taught chamber music and maintained a private studio at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, where he was also cellist of the Hochstein String Quartet. Fortunate to have many avenues to pursue chamber music in the artistically rich National Capital area, Ben performs with the LeDroit Chamber Players and is the cellist of the Piano Trio-in-Residence of the National Gallery of Art. His cello was built in 1885 by the Neapolitan luthier Vincenzo Postiglione. Ben lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Christina, and their children, Juniper, Ellis, and Willa.

The members of the Mellifera Quartet view kindness and compassion as equals to the goal of performance excellence. They strive to create a musical environment that reflects these beliefs. ~MQ

RM Productions 2018

Photographer – Pat Doyen

Audio Engineer – Christian Amonson, Arts Laureate, Washington, D.C.

Recorded: Riversdale House Museum, December 11-13, 2017

Movement 1 - 13:14’, 2 – 6:32’, 3 – 6:41’, 4 – 9:28’

LP Time – 34:55



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