Performing Arts 2011-2012 Season

2012-13 Events

New York Polyphony, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
All Saints’ Chapel

New York Polyphony, founded in 2006, is a fast-rising star on the classical music scene. Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (National Public Radio), “early music’s Fab Four” (Brattleboro Reformer) is recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles active today.

The all-male quartet applies not only refined musicianship and interpretative detail but also a refreshingly modern touch to a repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary works. Dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered early music, have earned New York Polyphony critical accolades and a devoted following.

Photo © Chris Owyoung

Maxine Thévenot , organist; November 15, 7:30 p.m.
All Saints' Chapel

Canadian-born organist and choral conductor Maxine Thévenot enjoys a distinguished international career performing solo recitals, accompanying choral ensembles, and conducting throughout Europe, Great Britain, and North America.

Educated at the University of Saskatchewan and the Manhattan School of Music, where she was twice-awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for “most outstanding organist,” she also holds diplomas from the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In December 2006, Thévenot was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the National College of Music, London, for her services to music.

The Diapson magazine has praised her “ravishing playing...stunning playing that is both sensitive and musical.”

Photo credit: Christopher Floyd

Women of Will (theater event), Nov. 28 & 29
Tennessee Williams Center

A true tour de force performance, Women of Will: The Complete Journey is the masterful summation of Tina Packer's 40-plus years spent investigating all things Shakespeare. An expansive, thrilling, wholly engrossing look at the female characters in Shakespeare's plays, Women of Will is a triumph of theatre, called "lively and illuminating" (New York Times) and "dazzling and illuminating…an intensely theatrical experience" (Boston Globe).

During her tenure as founder and artistic director of the Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., Tina Packer has directed more than 50 Shakespeare productions. Packer’s expertise and extensive study allowed her to analyze the female characters found in Women of Will—her brimming knowledge makes Women of Will interesting to Shakespeare veterans and beginners alike.

Photo credit: Shakespeare & Company

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg leads the New Century Chamber Orchestra
, Jan. 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Guerry Auditorium

The New Century Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1992 in the San Francisco Bay Area, looks for fresh, exciting ways to present classical music by combining performances of extraordinary quality with innovative programming.

One of only a handful of conductorless ensembles in the world, New Century is comprised of local musicians and those who travel from across the U.S. and Europe to perform together. Musical decisions are made collaboratively by the 19-member string ensemble, resulting in an enhanced level of commitment on the part of the musicians to concerts of remarkable precision, passion and power.

World-renowned violin soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg was appointed music director and concertmaster in 2008, bringing with her “a new sense of vitality and determination, as well as an audacious swagger that is an unmistakable fingerprint of its leader” (Gramophone Magazine). In 2011, Salerno-Sonnenberg and New Century embarked on the Orchestra’s two most extensive tours to date.

Photo Credit: Kristin Loken Anstey


Chick Corea & Béla Fleck
, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Guerry Auditorium

Chick Corea and Béla Fleck are, individually, two of today’s most creative musicians. Together, their stunning technique and musical genius produce a sound never heard before.

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. The Grammy-winning duet will combine Corea and Fleck's most recognizable tunes with the music from their Latin Grammy-winning album "The Enchantment." With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and gospel, this will be a casual, intimate evening with two legends from different musical worlds.

Fleck’s intense musical curiosity and spirit of innovation have drawn him into nearly every genre of music, stretching the boundaries of each and producing extraordinary collaborations. Having worked in bluegrass, country, jazz and world music, Fleck released “Perpetual Motion” in 2001, featuring Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Chris Thile and Evelyn Glennie, among others. It won two Grammy Awards. In 2010, the Nashville Symphony asked him to write his first concerto for banjo, which premiered in Nashville with music director Giancarlo Guerrero. In October 2013, the Nashville Symphony will tour the Midwest with Guerrero and Fleck in concerts featuring this remarkable work.

A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, 20-time Grammy winner, and undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and artistic output. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children's songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases while maintaining a singular standard of excellence. A tirelessly creative spirit, Corea forges ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.