CCMS Presents Chamber Players, BSO Musicians and President’s Award Winner, Project Step Nov. 30th
Mozart, Previn and Daniel Gregory Mason on Program
The Concord Chamber Music Society will present a concert on Sunday, November 30th featuring CCMS Chamber Players and musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Pastorale for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Daniel Gregory Mason, the Sonata for Violin and Piano, “Vineyard”, by Andre Previn and the Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The performers include CCMS Director and Founder Wendy Putnam, Vytas Baksys, piano, Thomas Martin, clarinet, Alex Velinzon, violin, Steven Ansell, viola, and Michael Reynolds, cello. There will be a special pre-concert performance at 2:00 p.m. by young musicians from projectSTEP, a rigorous string training program for musically talented children from underrepresented Boston communities. On November 10, projectSTEP was honored with a President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which was conferred during a White House ceremony by First Lady Michelle Obama. Composer Daniel Gregory Mason was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, into a musical family that included his father Henry Mason, co-founder of the Mason & Hamlin piano company, and his grandfather Lowell Mason, a leading composer of church music in the 19th century. Mason's Pastorale, Op. 8, for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, was completed in 1912 while he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University. Andre Previn is widely renowned as a pianist, conductor and composer whose work has been honored with four Academy Awards and ten Grammys. CCMS Director Wendy Putnam and Pianist Vytas Baksys will perform the Sonata for Violin and Piano, “Vineyard,” originally composed for the acclaimed Korean violinist Young Uck Kim. The "Vineyard" Sonata was written in 1994, shortly after Mr. Previn took up residence on Martha’s Vineyard, hence its popular name. The Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581, is Mozart's only completed quintet for clarinet and string quartet, and is one of the earliest and most well known works that was written specifically for that instrumentation. Composed in 1789 for the clarinetist Anton Stadler, it is to this day one of Mozart’s most admired compositions. Wendy Putnam founded the Concord Chamber Music Society in 2000 and has been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1996. Alexander Velinzon joined the BSO in 2000 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster in 2005. In 2012 he became Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony. Thomas Martin is Associate Principal Clarinetist with the BSO and Principal Clarinetist of the Boston Pops. Michael Reynolds and Steven Ansell are co-founders of the acclaimed Muir String Quartet, now in its 35th season and in addition, Mr. Ansell is Principal Violist of the BSO. Concord Chamber Player Vytas Baksys performs frequently with the BSO and Pops, often accompanies Boston Musica Viva and the BSO Chamber Players and since 1989 has been the faculty pianist with the Fellowship Conducting Program at Tanglewood.