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Spanning the Centuries

January 17th, 2020 in Blog with Comments Off on Spanning the Centuries

Thursday, February 20, 7 PM
Spanning the Centuries
Karen Luttik, clarinet, Timothy Paek, cello, and Paulius Pancekauskas, piano


FREE admission; space is limited. Register on Eventbrite.

Join us for Spanning the Centuries, a program that features three women composers, whose work spans the centuries: Vally Weigl, Marjorie Merryman, and Louise Ferranc.

Vally Weigl was a Viennese musician, who studied piano, composition, and musicology at Vienna University. She married Karl Weigl, a composition professor, with whom she worked at Musikwissenschaftliches Institut in 1921. After emigrating with him to New York in 1938, she worked as a teacher and composer. She received a master’s degree at Columbia University, in Music Therapy, and became chief music therapist at New York Medical College.

Marjorie Merryman is an American composer based in New York City who currently teaches in Manhattan School of Music. Her music has been commissioned and performed in the United States, Europe and Asia. She has received numerous awards, including prizes from the Society for American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walter Hinrichsen Award, the League of Composers/International Contemporary Music, the WBZ Fund for the Arts, and ComposersInc. Although her music is occasionally programmed especially in the Boston area, she needs to establish her place in the repertoire in order to have performances continue regularly.

As a young girl and child prodigy, Louise Farrenc studied piano with great masters: Ignaz Moscheles, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and Anton Reicha. During her lifetime, she had a considerable reputation as a performer and a teacher. Although her chamber music is qualitatively similar to male contemporaries, her works never achieved the fame they deserved and unfortunately fell into oblivion shortly after her death.

About the Musicians:

Clarinetist Karen Luttik has been praised for her “musical sensitivity and good sense of style.” (Stephen Maxym, former bassoonist Met Opera Orchestra), and her “warm, sensuous sound, and deft clarity, always expressive” (Jim Lowe, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus).

Karen served as solo clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for four years directly after her studies at Manhattan School of Music. After relocating to the Netherlands, she performed extensively throughout Holland with Trio Aleotti and the Kurios Klarinet Kwartet. Karen returned to New England in 2008, and is clarinetist with Vermont Virtuosi, and the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra. She performs regularly with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, the Chatham Chorale, and the Gloriae Dei Cantores Orchestra.

Karen’s research for her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at Boston University focused on a newly discovered Concerto for Clarinets, (for Eb, Bb, A and bass clarinets) by WWII era Dutch composer, Géza Frid. Research and Lecture Recital Links can be viewed at the Géza Frid site (www.gezafrid.eu).

Karen has performing degrees from, Manhattan School of Music, Longy School of Music of Bard College, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.

Paulius Pancekauskas is an Artist Diploma candidate in Piano Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he studies under Spencer Myer. He holds a M.M. from Longy and a B.M. from Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. His previous instructors include Shai Wosner, Aidas Puodžiukas, Diana Berulytė, and Daumantas Kirilauskas. Paulius has achieved critical acclaim and various awards in several competitions and music events of national and international significance. He has won or placed in over ten piano and music competitions in Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, and USA. He made his debut with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra in 2009 performing Edward Grieg’s Piano Concerto in g minor. After moving to the States in 2016, he was granted the Presidential Scholarship and Neil and Jane Pappalardo Scholarship at Longy. Currently Paulius is an active performer in Massachusetts pursuing his solo and teaching career.

Cellist Timothy Paek is an enthusiastic musician  with a passion for chamber music. He believes in and champions an ideal: chamber music can better the world. Timothy is a founding member of the Meadowlark Piano Trio, which recently advanced to the semi-final round of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, In the 2019 – 2020 season, the trio is currently performing concerts featuring all three Brahms Piano Trios paired with other great works. Aside from his Trio endeavors, he performs regularly as principal cellist of the boston based ensembles, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and the Coda Ensemble,  as well as concerts with the Boston-based Phoenix Orchestra.

Recent highlights of Timothy’s career includes an artist fellowship for the Music for Food organization, a musician-lead initiative to fight hunger in our local communities and a fellowship to the Toronto Summer Music Festival. He has been a featured guest musician on numerous series, including: faculty recitals at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Carnegie Concert Series, Brookline Library Music Association, and the Caroga Lake Music Festival.

As an educator, Timothy finds great pleasure in helping everyone cultivate a love for music. Timothy, currently is on faculty at the Community Music Center Boston as well as Director of the Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program. He also completed Suzuki teacher training and certification at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His interest for teaching sparked at the St. Margaret’s School for the Art’s summer music programs, where he taught as a chamber music coach, private cello instructor, and eurhythmics professor.

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Named in memory of John Kleshinski, former CMCB Board President and student, the John Kleshinski Concert Series provides access to high-quality musical performances for all, aiming to present a diverse sampling of instruments and genres. This year the program focuses on works composed by women and POC composers.

For the full list of speakers and concerts this year, click here.

Our concert and speaker series are always FREE and OPEN to the public. Visit www.cmcb.org for more information and to reserve your spot. Events will take place in Allen Hall at Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Avenue, Boston, MA 02116. Accessible entrance with elevator is located at 537 Tremont Street. Events will run for about 90 minutes in length.

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