New York Viola Society

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Thursday, August 30, 2012, 7:00pm
The Lutheran Church of Saint Mark
75 Griswold Street, Glastonbury, CT

Viola Classics: A recital by violists Kevin Bishop and Tyler Gauruder, with pianist Gaylien Chun

Johannes Brahms: Sonata in F Minor for Viola and Piano
J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major (trans. for viola)
Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 11, No. 4
Frank Bridge: Lament for Two Violas

Past Events from the 2011 - 2012 Season:

Friday, October 21, 2011, 8 p.m.
Paul Hall, Juilliard School of Music

Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series

Misha Amory & Hsin-Yun Huang, Violists
Sarah Rothenberg, piano

BRITTEN Lachrymae: Reflections on a song by John Dowland, Op. 48
JS BACH Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004
GEORGE BENJAMIN Viola, Viola (1997)
JS BACH Solo Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003
BERIO Selections from Duetti (adapted for two violas)
*World premiere

November 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, NYC

Mark Holloway, Viola
Jose Franch-Ballester, Clarinet
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano

Kurtag - Hommage a Roberg Schumann, Op. 15d

November 12, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
College of Saint Vincent, Bronx, NY,
November 13, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Church of the Heavenly Rest (NYC)

Kim Kashkashian, Viola
New York Classical Players, Dongmin Kim, Conductor

Britten - Lachrymae: Reflections on a song by John Dowland, Op. 48
Bacri - Folia for Viola and Strings, Op. 30b

December 4, 2011, 8 p.m.
Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal Street

NYU Faculty Recital Series

Shmuel Katz, Viola
Sophia Kessinger, Violin

Works for Viola Solo and Viola and Violin

January 22, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church 120 West 69th Street New York, NY 10023


with Naho Tsutsui Parrini, violin

Henri Vieuxtemps - Sonata for Viola and Piano in B flat major, Op. 36
George Enescu - Concertpiece (1906)
Bohuslav Martinu - Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, H.313
Zoltan Kodaly - Adagio (1905)
Bohuslav Martinu - Sonata No. 1 for Viola and Piano (1955)

TICKETS: $10 , $5 students/seniors


February 23, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Tunxis Community College
271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington CT
"Cyber Cafe," 600 Building, Main Campus

Kevin Bishop, viola
Gaylien Chun, piano

Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata
Paul Hindemith: Solo Viola Sonata Op. 25, No. 1
Johannes Brahms: Sonata in f minor

Free Admission

Connecticut Virtuosi Academy at Tunxis College Faculty Recital Series

KEVIN BISHOP, hailed as an "enthusiastic young violist" by Chamber Music Magazine, recently made his solo recital debut on the Carnegie Hall stage as a first place international competition winner. He started his concerto career as a competition winner at age 14, performing three concertos with orchestra before the age of 16. He has performed on international television, with celebrities such as the band Foo Fighters, and as a guest at the Grammy Awards. He keeps busy on the New England music scene as a chamber musician with the Golden Scroll Soloists, an orchestra musician with Waterbury Symphony and Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and a pit musician with the Connecticut Lyric Opera, among others. He is currently on faculty at the Connecticut Virtuosi Music Academy at Tunxis College, and will join the faculty at the 2012 Tunxis College Summer Music Institute. Kevin's principal teachers include Helen Callus, Donald McInnes, and Steve Larson. For information and performances, visit

Tuesday, March 20th, 7pm, 680 Park Avenue (corner of East 68th St.)

Stephanie Griffin and Cheryl Selzter in Recital

Tim Brady: Three or Four Days After the Death of Kurt Cobain, for viola and piano (1994)
Matthew Greenbaum:Double Song (in memoriam Milton Babbitt), for solo viola (2011)
Milton Babbitt: Composition for Viola and Piano (1950)
Darius Milhaud: Quatre Visages, for viola and piano (1943)
Arvo Pärt: Für Alina for solo piano (1976)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 (1975)

Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
43 West 13th St between 5th and 6th Aves.

Karen Ritscher, viola
James Howsmon, piano

Works by Bruce Adolphe, Karim Al-Zand, Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith

April 29, 2012, 4 pm
Chapel of Our Lady
Restoration on the Hudson
45 Market Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516

violist Aurora Manuel
pianist Edmund Niemann

Music of Clarke, Beethoven and Shostakovich

A viola recital in memory of painter Bill Sullivan (1942-2011)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm (space opens at 6:30)
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street New York, NY

Garth Knox, Viola
Agnès Verterman, Cello
Sylvain Lemêtre, Percussion

Music by Dowland, Knox, Purcell, Saariaho, Vivaldi and more!

Past Events from the 2010 - 2011 Season:

September 11, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street New York, NY

Yossi Gutmann, Viola

Yossi Gutmann: Phoenix - An Evening of Solo Viola

J.S. Bach - Suite in G major, BWV 1007, (Re-Composition)
William Byrd - All in a Garden Green, MB56 (Re-Composition)
Marin Marais - Suite in D minor (Re-Composition)
J.S. Bach - Sonata for viola da gamba in G minor, BWV 1029 (Re-Composition)
Tzvi Avni - Phoenix, for solo viola
F. Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821, 1st movement (Re-Composition)

For more information, and to purchase tickets for this event:

Yossi Gutmann (b. Tel Aviv, 1947) studied with Odeon Partos, Daniel Benyamini and William Penrose. Brought to Europe from Tel Aviv at age 16 by Yehudi Menuhin, Gutmann became a pupil of Nadia Boulanger, Tibor Varga, and Sergiu Celibidache. He served as principal violist for the Hamburg Symphony, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bayreuth Festspiel Orchestra. Gutmann has been a member of several chamber groups, including the Amati Ensemble. He is a founding member of the Melos Quartet, and founder of the Stradivari Sextet Habisreutinger.

Gutmann considers himself as much a composer as a performer. His adaptations, he says, are more correctly called "Re-compositions". "Mine are not so much adaptations of the original, as they are reconsiderations of them. I do not change a note, but the music is open to my liberal analysis."

October 3, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Christ and St. Stephen's Church
122 W. 69th St, btw. Broadway and Columbus
Suggested Donation of $20 at the door.

Kimberly Foster Wallace, Viola
David Oei, Piano, and
Erika Rauer, Voice

A concert of rarely heard music for Viola, Voice and Piano. The program will feature 2 New York Premieres of works by rediscovered German composer, Hermann Reutter. Also on the program are the Poems by Loeffler, 3 Songs by Frank Bridge, and the Brahms Songs, Op. 91.

November 14, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Patron Series Concert West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Carol Rodland, Viola
Marcantonio Barone, Piano

Music of Biber, Brahms, Rochberg, Schumann, and Cole Porter (as arranged by Kenji Bunch). This Concert will also be performed in Kilbourn Hall in Rochester, NY on Tuesday, 11/16, at 8 PM.

November 20, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
The Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library for the Performing Arts (enter at Amsterdam Ave and W. 65th St, NYC)
Free Admission

Ann Roggen, viola
Tim Ruedeman, saxophone
Steven Beck, piano

"The Degenerate Music" - Music and Musicians banned by the Third Reich

Adolf Busch - Suite for Viola and Saxophone
Ervin Schulhoff - Hot Sonate for Saxophone and Piano
Paul Hindemith - Trio op.27 for Viola, Saxophone and Piano
Arnold Schoenberg - Suite for Solo Piano op. 5
Karol Rathaus - Rapsodia Notturno for Viola and Piano
Gottfried Rudinger - Divertimento in G minor for Viola, Saxophone and Piano

December 2, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall

Lars Anders Tomter, viola
Risør Festival Strings

Rolf Wallin’s - “Under City Skin” (Viola Concerto)(U. S. Premiere)

This performance is part of Carnegie Hall's Risør Chamber Music Festival. For more information, visit Carnegie Hall's website.

December 18, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
Bargemusic, Brooklyn

Sheila Browne, Viola
David Kalhous, Piano

Dvorak - Sonatina
Brahms - Sonata in f minor, Op. 120, No. 1
Schumann - Maerchenbilder

January 10, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall

Kaila Potts, viola

Violist Kaila Potts will be performing Scott Slapin's Elegy-Caprice (2008) along with movements from Bloch's Suite (1919).

Kaila has performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of New Jersey, Cincinnati, Puerto Rico, Hartford, Memphis, Atlanta, and Colorado. She won first place in the 2004 Sphinx Competition.

The concert is a showcase for 5 YPCA Artists (Young Performers Career Advancement), presented by the Classical Connections Initiative as a part of the APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference. Other performers include the Lincoln Trio, violinist Bella Hristova, cellist Joshua Roman and Pius Cheung on the marimba.

February 24, 2011, 12:30 p.m.
The Shea Center for the Performing Arts, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ
Free Admission

Ann Roggen, Viola
Nelson Padgett, Piano

Karol Rathaus (1895-1954) - Rapsodia Notturno, Op. 66 (viola edition by Carl Eberl)
Sergey Vasilenko (1872-1956) - Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 46 (1923) (To Vadim Borisovsky)
Ladislav Vycpalek (1882-1969) - Suite for Solo Viola, Op. 2 - Moderato assai
Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881) - Sonata for Viola and Piano in B flat, Op. 36 (1863)

February 27, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall

Katherine Greene, Viola
Nancy Allen, Harp
Mindy Kaufman, Flute
Bill Blossom, Bass

Ron Wasserman - "Quatrafoil" for Viola, Bass, Harp and Flute

March 25, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
The Flea, 41 White Street, NYC.

Electric Violist Martha Mooke will be performing a solo set as part of The Flea's Music with a View 2011, a festival running March 22-April 3, 2011.

ALERT & KINETIC Friday, March 25 @ 7PM
HOST: Robert Rowe
Martha Mooke
Agatha Kasprzyk + Vision Fugitive
Coppice (Noé Cuellar + Joseph Kramer)

More info at:

April 27, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
DROM, 85 Avenue A (between 5th and 6th) New York NY


Kathryn Lockwood, Viola & Yousif Sheronick, Percussion with guests David Krakauer, Clarinet and Glen Velez, Pecussion

Tickets and Info

Events from the 2009-2010 Season:

October 3, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Paul Hall, Juilliard School of Music

Danielle Farina, Viola
Jeewon Park, Piano

J.S. Bach - Gamba Sonata in D Major BWV 1028
Alfred Schnittke - Suite in Ancient Style
Johannes Brahms - Sonata in E flat Major Op. 120 No. 2

October 4, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Borders Bookstore, Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center) NYC

The First Afro-American 12 Viola Ensemble

Works of J. Strauss, Raymond Rosario, G. Gershwin, and D. Gillespie and Paparelli.
Free Admission

November 4, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Guild Hall (Episcopal Actors Guild), 1 E. 29th St., NYC

November 9, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Bechstein Piano Centre, 207 W 58th St.

November 10, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
All Angels Church, 251 W 80th St.

Arnaud Ghillebaert, Viola and Violin
Colin Pip Dixon, Violin
MacIntyre Dixon, Narrator

Checkov Tryptich: A Concert of Checkov Stories, by Colin Pip Dixon

Three different stories. For each story, its own music. Where does the music begin? Where does the story end? Like chamber music, the two intertwine and accompany each other and the imagination does the rest.
This new composition, based on the stories of doctor and writer Anton Chekhov, recently played to great acclaim in Paris. Now Broadway actor MacIntyre Dixon joins Arnaud Ghillebaert and Colin Dixon to present this work for the first time in the United States.
Come and celebrate Chekhov’s 150th anniversary (2010) with this unique and poetic marriage of words and music. Discover, or rediscover, Chekhov with this triptych that is at once powerful, tender, funny, and heartbreaking.

November 10, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Merkin Hall

Jennifer Stumm, Viola
Elizabeth Pridgen, Piano

Schumann - Marchenbilder
Brahms - Sonata in F Minor, opus 120 no 1
Frank Bridge - 2 Songs
Britten - Lachrymae
Alessandro Rolla - Sonata in C major
Paganini/Primrose La Campanella

December 2, 2009, 12:15 p.m.
Columbia University Faculty House (116th St. and Broadway)

Frank Foerster, Viola
Arielle Levioff, Piano

Music by Mozart, Couperin, Vieuxtemps and a new composition by Foerster titled "Winter Music"

December 6, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale House of Music

Christopher Jenkins, Viola
Katy Luo, Piano

Music of J.S. Bach, Ligeti, Corigliano and Brahms

December 6, 2009, 9:30 p.m.
Le Poisson Rouge

Kim Kashkashian
Robyn Schulkowsky, Percussion
Tigran Mansurian, Piano

World-renowned violist Kim Kashkashian teams with composer/pianist Tigran Mansurian and multifaceted percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky to perform compositions by Mansurian (Armenia’s most famous composer and a national treasure) as well as a selection of his stunning arrangements of music by the revered Armenian visionary Gomidas Vardapet.

December 10, 11 & 12, 2009
Avery Fischer Hall

Cynthia Phelps, Viola
Glen Dichterow, Violin
New York Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnányi, Conductor

Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364

February 17, 2010, 12:15 pm.
Faculty House, Columbia University, NYC.

Matthew Jones – Viola

Paul Patterson - Tides of Mananan
Steven R. Gerber - Elegy on the name ‘Dmitri Shostakovich’ for solo viola
Druzhinin - Sonata for viola solo
Bach/Kodaly - Chromatic Fantasy for solo viola

March 7, 2010, 2:30 pm.
Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

Ann Roggen – Viola
Steven Beck, Piano

"Mentors and Students:The Hungarian and the German Romantics"
The program will include Kodaly's Adagio,the Sonata for Viola and Piano by Laszlo Weiner (1939), Schumann's Adagio and Allegro op.70,Sonata op.120 #2 for Viola and Piano by Johannes Brahms, and some fantastic Liszt transcriptions of Wagner operas for solo piano.

Admission is Free

Violist Ann Roggen’s talents stem from a wide range of solo and ensemble experience.

She has been awarded grants from Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, has recorded extensively for the Telarc, Sony and Deutsche Gramophon recording labels.

She maintains an active and vital studio at William Paterson University where she is professor of viola, chamber music and orchestral studies, as well as in New York City where she teaches viola and chamber music. As a member of the Bennington College faculty, she has had great success in developing interdisciplinary cultural events designed to combine music with literature, history, dance and language in performance.

Ms. Roggen is a tireless advocate for unique and unusual repertoire for the viola in combination with other instruments and voice. In her role as Vice President of the New York Viola Society, she has been successful in creating numerous performance opportunities in New York City for dedicated violists to explore this repertoire, both old and new. In the fall of 2008, she was elected to the national board of the American Viola Society.

Some of Ms. Roggen’s recent creations include an evening of music for multiple violas, with violists of the London Symphony Orchestra, concerts of viola music by film composers, as well as an event presented by the Pen and Brush organization devoted to the life and works of composer Rebecca Clarke.

Highlights of recent seasons include concerto performances with the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra (Croatia), as well as recitals and master classes under the auspices of the American Cultural Centres in Zagreb and Vilnius, Lithuania.

Ms.Roggen received her musical training at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and the Juilliard School. Her principal teachers and mentors have included Karen Tuttle, Lillian Fuchs, Joseph Fuchs and the Juilliard String Quartet.

" of the city's most admired young pianists..." -the New Yorker, Nov. 28th, 2005

American pianist Steven Beck was born in 1978. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where his teachers were Seymour Lipkin, Peter Serkin and Bruce Brubaker.

Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson), Sequitur, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Virginia Symphony.

Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and Barbes, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Greenwich Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, and the Walden School. He is an Artist Presenter and regular performer at Bargemusic (where he recently performed all of the Beethoven piano sonatas), and has performed as a musician with the New York City Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Christopher Caines Dance Company. He has worked with Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, George Perle, and Charles Wuorinen, and has appeared with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, The Metropolis Ensemble, New York Philomusica, the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble 21, Mosaic, the Lyric Chamber Music Society, the Omega Ensemble, the Fires of New York, Ensemble Sospeso, the Second Instrumental Unit, the Argento Ensemble, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the East Coast Composers’ Ensemble. He is a member of the Knights, counter)induction, Talea, Pleasure is the Law, and the new music ensemble Future In Reverse (FIRE). His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.

March 16, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Weill Recital Hall

The Stevens Viola Duo
Daniel Stevens, Viola
Phillip Stevens, Viola
Timothy Shook, Piano

Music of Bruch, Clarke, Rolla, Bulakhov and Schmitz

Special Offer on Tickets:

Stevens Duo Discount

March 20, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th St (between Broadway and Sixth Ave.), New York, NY

Kim Kashkashian, Viola
Jonathan Yates, Music Director

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at General Admission: $20; Students/Seniors: $10.

BETTY OLIVERO: Neharo’t, Neharo’t (2006), for solo viola, accordion, percussion, two string ensembles, and magnetic tape.

March 25, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall

The Chihara Trio
Tony Costa, Clarinet
Tim Deighton, Viola
Enrico Elisi, Piano

Special $10 discounted ticket price for NYVS members - tickets bought at the box office only.

Chihara Trio - March 25th

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Trio in Eb Major for Piano, Clarinet and Viola, K. 498 ("Kegelstatt" Trio)
Robert Schumann - Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132
And two new works:
Paul Chihara - "Images"
Kye Ryung Park - "Ad infinitum"

April 21, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Loewe Hall, Steinhardt School of New York University, 35 W. 4th St

Sheila Browne, Viola
Stephanie Baer, Guest Violist
Julie Nishimura, Piano

Music of Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bloch, Jongen, Bridge

April 28, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W. 13th St. NYC

Mark Holloway, Viola
Stephen Gosling, Piano

John Aylward "Images of Departure" (2009) for Viola and Piano
Part of the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble's ( program featuring the music of John Aylward.

May 9, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
The Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W. 13th St. NYC

Kim Foster Wallace, Viola
Eric Dudley, Piano

Rediscovered Gems for Viola and Piano

Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances
Rota: Intermezzo
Shostakovich: Three Pieces
Bridge: Four Pieces
Granville Bantock: Sonata for Viola and Piano (1919) American Premiere

A wine reception follows and all are invited to attend.
Suggested Donation $20 at the door


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