Sunday May 28 2014, 2022
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast
– A “hybrid” concert –
Elizabeth Field, violin
Uri Wassertzug, viola
Steven Silverman, piano
Jodi Beder, cello
TWO, THREE, and FOUR
ArcoVoce is a chamber group made up of some of the east coast’s most acclaimed performers on both modern and period instruments. Now in its twentieth season, ArcoVoce may be unique in specializing in performances on both period and modern instruments and including vocal chamber music as an integral part of its programs. ArcoVoce has performed in venues including Washington D.C.’s Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery, National Gallery of Art, the German and Dutch Embassies, and Virginia’s Lyceum. ArcoVoce’s repeated performances at the Phillips Collection over a fifteen year period earned it status as a resident chamber ensemble of the gallery. Among the notable guest artists who have appeared with ArcoVoce are the celebrated baroque violinist Elisabeth Wallfisch, principal cellist of Musica Antique Koln Phoebe Carrai, and longtime principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra Franklin Cohen. The Washington Post said of ArcoVoce: “The performances were skilled and dedicated,, wonderfully expressive… It is very rare to hear a single ensemble performing so well in such different kinds of music.”ArcoVoce’s discography, “The ArcoVoce Chamber Ensemble” and “Hidden Treasures from Five Nations” have been critically acclaimed.
Elizabeth Field enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and soloist on period and modern violin. Elizabeth is the concertmaster for The Bethlehem Bach Orchestra and has served as a guest concertmaster for numerous ensembles around the country including the Washington Bach Consort, Opera Philadelphia, The National Philharmonic, Opera Lafayette, and the Charleston Bach Society. Field performs regularly with her chamber ensembles, The Vivaldi Project and ArcoVoce and is a frequent guest artist with the Mallarme Chamber Ensemble and Magnolia Baroque. Field holds a Doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University and has served as a performance-practice coach for numerous universities and music schools including The Curtis Institute of Music, The Longy School of Music, Blair and Belmont Schools of Music and the Boston Conservatory of Music. The Vivaldi Project’s critically acclaimed recordings of unknown 18th-century string trios (Discovering the Classical String Trio) have been heralded as: “Superb…highly recommended..exquisite ensemble, vibrant sound and ardent cantabile represent period instrument playing at its best” (Fanfare Magazine). Her collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson titled: Performing the Score, was lauded by Emanuel Ax as “truly inspiring”.
Steven Silverman has performed extensively as a pianist and harpsichordist in solo, chamber, and concerto appearances throughout the United States and Canada. He played his European debut at the Salle Cortot in Paris in 2015. The New York Times called Mr. Silverman’s New York solo piano debut “a splendid affair…his playing had dimension, atmosphere, energy and discipline — wedded to a sense of rhythm that would not quit.” The Washington Post commented that “his playing was blessed by warmth, intelligence, and unshakable ability to capture the essence of the music.” Mr. Silverman performs not only the standard literature, but also memorable but less-performed works including both of Charles Ives’ Piano Sonatas, Elliott Carter’s Piano Sonata (in a performance praised by the composer), the De Falla harpsichord concerto, and the complete Goyescas of Granados.
Jodi Beder cello has been principal cellist of Princeton Symphony, Lake George Opera Festival, and numerous other orchestras, and plays opera and chamber music on modern and Baroque cello. Currently she draws on her arranging and improvisational skills in her collaboration with singer Shana Oshiro and pianist Edmond Charles, for their jointly created spirituals cantata, Crossing Over, which they have been performing in the DC area. She was a long-time member of the band Zen for Primates, and has played in jazz ensembles and with the multi-tradition Dovetail Ensemble. She has often performed with poets and dancers, and composed for several works by DC playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings. In 2017 she joined the roster of A Musical Heart, a nonprofit that provides music for hospice patients.
Violist Uri Wassertzug has performed around the world including Alaska, California, and Utah in the U.S. as well as the UK, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House/ Washington National Opera Orchestra as well as Idaho’s Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He has also performed with the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, the National Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival, and the California Symphony, among many others. Mr. Wassertzug is a founding member of the National Chamber Ensemble and appears frequently on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Concerts series. Mr. Wassertzug is on the faculty of George Washington University.
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