Poulenc, Mozart and Cambini
Adrienne Kim accompanies BAE Woodwind Quintet in music by Poulenc, Mozart and his other rival, Cambini in Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Chamber Music Series at the Hodgson-Kottman home.
Adrienne Kim, Piano
Theresa Norris, Flute
Marsha Heller, Oboe
Mitchell Kriegler, Clarinet
Atsuko Sato, Bassoon
Sharon Moe, French Horn
Giuseppe Maria Cambini: Woodwind Quintet #3 in F Major (1802)
Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds, Opus 100 (1932)
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Flat Major K297b (Levin) (1778)
Piano dates from the period between the World Wars, when Poulenc was still kicking high in his Les Six mode even as his work was expanding to encompass other elements. Composers and critics of a conservative bent were prepared not to like it: composer and critic Florent Schmitt focused on its arbitrariness and vulgarity when he reviewed its premiere in Le Temps. But André George, in Les Nouvelles littéraires, heard it through ears steeped in nationalistic pride: “With Poulenc, all of France comes out of the windows he opens.” The piano joins a standard wind quintet,which Poulenc employs in a way that capitalizes on its acerbic potential, very much after the taste of Stravinsky in, say, his Octet of 1922–23. But the work is also anchored in the musical mainstream through various references. In the first movement, the opening scales sweep upward as if they were a curtain opening to reveal a busy stage, though the hustle-bustle does subside for moments of notable sweetness or, following the bassoon’s lead, haunting melancholy.Poulenc’s neoclassical tendencies are particularly evident in the Mozartean parody of the middle movement. The finale begins as “an Offenbachian gallop” (to quote the cultural historian Wilfred Mellers) and ends,surprisingly,in a coda of reflective solemnity and a touch of grandeur, with shades of Ravel.
Pianist ADRIENNE KIM has performed as soloist with the Central Philharmonic of Beijing, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Portland Chamber Orchestra and Richmond Symphony. She was a member of Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s residency program for emerging young artists, and she is also a founding member of New York Chamber Music Co-op, a new creative performance collaborative based in New York. Ms. Kim has recorded the solo and chamber music of Daniel S. Godfrey with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on the Koch label, and on the Centaur label the violin and piano sonatas of Granados, Turina and Rodrigo with BAE solo artist Jorge Ávila. Adrienne Kim is on the faculty of Mannes College, The New School where she serves as Coordinator of the Piano Department in the Prep division and Coordinator of Secondary Piano in the College division. She is as well coach for the New York Youth Symphony’s chamber music program. Her teachers were Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree, and Leon Fleisher at the Manhattan School of Music, receiving there a Master’s degree.
Flutist THERESA NORRIS is an active orchestral and chamber musician in New York and the surrounding area. She began her musical career in her hometown of Detroit, where she performed with the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre while studying flute performance at Wayne State University. Currently Ms. Norris teaches flute at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, and often races to Broadway for an evening of Phantom of the Opera. She has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Stamford Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Center for Contemporary Opera and Long Island Philharmonic. She has been performing with the Bronx Arts Ensemble for over twenty years.
Artist Member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble, oboist MARSHA HELLER is a graduate of Oberlin College and pursued advanced studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Juilliard School of Music. She made her New York solo debut as 1971 Winner of the Concert Artists’ Guild Competition, and has enjoyed a busy schedule of performing with the American, Colonial and Queens Symphonies, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Dance Company and New York Pops. Ms. Heller has been a frequent soloist at the Berkshire Bach Society, Ogunquit Chamber Music Festival, Double Entendre, New Jersey Chamber Music Society and Bronx Arts Ensemble, and is featured as solo performer on many of BAE’s CDs. Marsha Heller is a faculty member at Montclair State University, where she has taught oboe and chamber music since 1993. An accomplished painter, she exhibits regularly throughout the Northeast as well as in Florida; her website is Marsha Heller Gallery, which lists her busy schedule of exhibits.
MITCHELL KRIEGLER was born in the Bronx and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied clarinet with Charles Russo, Conrad Kuchay, and Robert Renino. Mr. Kriegler performs at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. He is an artist member of The Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Linden Quintet and the New York City Opera Orchestra.
ATSUKO SATO, bassoonist of the Tony-winning musical ” the Phantom of the Opera”, graduated from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Harold Goltzer. She was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and since returning to the New York, she freelances with many ensembles. She is a member of the Queens Symphony Englewinds Ensemble. She is very excited to perform with Bronx arts ensemble this season.
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante