Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen
Bryan Stanley


Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

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Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

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Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

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Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

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Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

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Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 




Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violinists
Paul Rosenthal
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
Margaret Baldridge
Manuel Ramos
Philippe Djokic

Clarinetist
Russell Harlow

Violists
Leslie Harlow
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods

Cellists
Jeffrey Solow
Mark Kosower
Denise Djokic
Julie Bevan

Pianists
Jee-Won Oh
Doris Stevenson
Michael Gurt
John Novacek
John Jensen

Classical Guitar
Jon Yerby

Soprano
Serena Kanig Benish

Tenor
Tyler Nelson

Distinguished Artists of the Park City Chamber Music Society 2012-13*
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Paul Rosenthal was born in 1942 and began playing the violin at the age of three. He studied with Dorothy DeLay and Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School and with Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California. Mr. Rosenthal has made his home in Alaska since 1969 and has enjoyed performing innumerable concerts in every corner of the vast state. In 1972, Rosenthal founded the Sitka Summer Music Festival which continues to attract musicians and audiences from many countries and is recognized as one of the outstanding chamber music festivals in the United States. He also directs the festival's affiliated Autumn Classics and Winter Classics series in Anchorage. As soloist and chamber musician, this last season Mr. Rosenthal has performed with orchestras from Alaska to New York and in recitals and chamber music series in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Holland, Scotland and the Bahamas. He can be heard in recordings on the RCA, Vox, Fidelio, Arabesque, Vanguard and Biddulph labels. Most recently released are a premiere recording of the String Quintet Op. 14 by Taneyev and Tchaikowsky's Souvenir de Florence, recorded in 1968 with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. Paul Rosenthal holds honorary degrees as Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Alaska and Doctor of Music from Alaska Pacific University. He performs on a violin made by Joseph Guarnerius in Cremona in 1706.

 

Virtuoso violinist/violist Monte Belknap's performing career spans thirty years with notable solo performances and accomplished mentors. He won the International Starling Violin Competition in Aspen, Colorado in 1989. This honor awarded full scholarship to the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, where he earned his BM and MM degrees in violin performance as a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy Delay. Mr. Belknap served as concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and other respected ensembles. He studied Chamber music with some of the world's leading performing ensembles including the Julliard, Tokyo and LaSalle String Quartets and the Beaux Arts Piano Trio. He soloed with the Illinois Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony and recorded on the Lagossa and Encore labels. In his home state of Utah, Mr. Belknap performs regularly with the Park City Music Festival, the Contemporary Music Consortium and as concert master for the studio recording orchestras that record the film scores for movies from around the world. In 2010 he performed on the Bargemusic Series in New York City along with Park City Music Festival Artists Leslie Harlow, Doris Stevenson and Russell Harlow. The same group, with the addition of cellist Julie Bevan will tour in Europe in June of 2011. His reputation and distinguished skills as an instructor of violin led many of his students to win competitions and perform as soloists with noted symphonies including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony. Mr. Belknap teaches a blend of technical master, memory, the use of modern technology and motion training. He recently joined the music faculty of BYU, having previously taught at BYU-Idaho and Western Illinois University. He champions music education with a bright vision for promoting the arts. He founded the Chamber Music Series for the Dayton Philharmonic, the "Meet the Artist Series" with the Dayton Philharmonic, the Monument Symphony Orchestra, the Prelude Strings Chamber Music Festival in Dayton, Ohio, and Western Illinois University's Summer String Camps in 1998. Mr. Belknap receives frequent invitations to serve as guest clinician in both public schools and private studios across the nation. He has conducted all-state orchestras and taught at many of today's finest music festivals. Professor Belknap also serves as a member of the Utah ASTA Executive Board.

Alexander Woods, violinist/violist, enjoys a varied and diverse musical career. A graduate of the Yale University School of music with a Master of Music degree in violin performance, he has performed as chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player at some of the world's finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (Mostly Mozart), The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Kennedy Center, and The National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada). Recently, Woods performed with the Orchestra of Saint Luke's (NYC) at the Rose Theater and the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Los Angeles California. Woods also attended the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Pinchas Zuckerman and Patinka Kopec, and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona as a student of Mark Rush. At Yale Woods was a student of Syoko Aki and Robert Mealy, and performed with several early music groups including The Yale Baroque Ensemble, The Yale Collegium Players, and as a baritone with the Yale Schola Cantorum. Woods is a member of the music faculty at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

Violinist Margaret Baldridge performs with the Park City International Music Festival in July 2012

Margaret Baldridge's career includes concerts, master classes and tours with The Sapphire Trio. In April 2010, the Sapphire Trio was invited to Jerusalem to judge the Palestine National Music Competition. While there, the trio performed and gave master classes in Jerusalem, Bethlehem Ramallah. During Spring of 2011 The Sapphire Trio was again invited to Palestine to give concerts and Master classes as part of the Edward Said conservatory's Spring Festival. The trio performed concerts in the Golan Heights, the Galilee area, in addition to Bethlehem and Ramallah. The trio is scheduled to return to Jerusalem in spring of 2012. The Other recent engagements include a seven state US tour and concerts in Ireland. During May of 2006, the Sapphire Trio were Cultural Ambassadors for the State Department Funded tour of Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait where the trio performed concerts at Embassies, schools and for the Kuwait International Music Festival. The Sapphire trio has performed concerts and master classes in Austria, Germany, and Japan and concerts at national conventions of ASTA, MTNA, AAMC, and at The Mayo Clinic. In August 2010, Baldridge performed and taught at the Affetti Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. Other professional performing activities consist of performances as leader of The String Orchestra of the Rockies, concertmaster of The Missoula Symphony, and concerts and tours with the Montana Piano Trio, the resident trio at The University of Montana. Her performances with these groups have been aired on Public Radio and on String Orchestra of the Rockies CD recordings Under the Northern Sky and We'll Be Together Again with the Jeni Fleming Trio .From 1998 to 2007, she served on Artist Faculty at the internationally acclaimed Brevard Music Center Festival in Brevard, North Carolina and has given clinics and master classes in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Montana, Washington, Idaho, Ohio, South and North Carolina, Arizona and New Mexico.

One of the most active musicians of his generation, Mexican violinist Ramos is a charter member of the Park City International Music Festival roster. Manuel Ramos serves as the official Performing Artist in Residence for the country of Mexico and performs through Mexico in connection of this honor, which is bestowed for the life of the artist. From Bach to Stravinsky, from the melodies of his native Mexico to the virtuoso showpieces of Paganini, Ramos interprets the varied repertoire for the violin. He has performed throughout the Americas, from Canada to Argentina. He has been featured with such orchestras as the St. Louis and Pittsburgh symphonies, along with all the major orchestras of Mexico and Central America. Ramos' recital engagements include appearances in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C, and major halls in Mexico and South America. Ramos, who lives in St. Louis, immigrated to the United States in 1976 where he studied with Franco Gulli at Indiana University and where he has been associated with the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the first violin section. He has also served as assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh and San Diego symphonies and concertmaster of the Mexico City Philharmonic.

Philippe Djokic. Violinist, conductor, teacher, b St Max, France, 3 Sep 1950, naturalized Canadian 1990; M MUS (Juilliard) 1975. Of Yugoslavian parentage, Philippe Djokic emigrated to the US in 1952. At the Juilliard School he studied with Christine Dethier and Ivan Galamian, winning the school's prestigious Fritz Kreisler Prize. He won first prize in the CBC Talent Festival in 1977, won the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibault competition in Paris in 1975, the Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki in 1977, and was silver medallist at the Vaclav Huml Competition, Zagreb, in 1979, and the Paganini Competition, Genoa, in 1982. In 1975 Djokic joined the faculty of the department of music at Dalhousie University, where he was appointed professor of violin, conducted the Dalhousie Orchestra, and was in charge of orchestral training and chamber music performance. With the pianist William Tritt and cellist William Valleau, Philippe Djokic formed the Dalart Trio, which 1976-82 gave concerts and CBC broadcasts, winning the 1978 Chalmers Foundation Award. The Trio premiered Steve Tittle's "where there is no other (only we)" in 1976 and Clifford Ford's "Metamorphose" in 1977.
Djokic is active as a chamber musician, appearing regularly as half of the Djokic-Stodola duo with his wife, the pianist Lynn Stodola, and with their daughter, cellist Denise Djokic, and son, violinist and CBC Great Canadian Dream finalist Mark Djokic. The Djokic-Stodola duo gave the first performance of "Sonata 1985" by Oskar Morawetz (St Lawrence Centre, Toronto, November 1985) and commissioned "what finally matters most is grace (1987)" by Steve Tittle. The duo performs at international music festivals and has toured Europe and North America, inaugurating the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival in 1994 and continuing to perform there annually. The duo also performs regularly at the Juneau Jazz and Classic Festivals in Juneau, Alaska. As a family, the Djokics have performed in the St Cecilia Society series in Halifax and at the Indian River (PEI) and Ottawa festivals. In 2004 Philippe and Denise Djokic performed in Cologne, Germany. Philippe also performs frequently with his cellist brother Pierre. Djokic has appeared as soloist at Wigmore Hall, London, and with orchestras in Europe and North America, appearing regularly at the Anchorage and Sitka festivals in Alaska and the Park City International Chamber Music Festival in Utah. He has also performed at the Dubrovnik Music Festival in Yugoslavia. He served as concertmaster 1984-7 of Symphony Nova Scotia, and as a guest concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony in 1987 on its tour of northern Canada. In Canada he has been guest soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova Scotia. His 1992 recording of the Delius Violin Concerto with Symphony Nova Scotia (SMCD 5134) won a five-star rating from Music Magazine and international acclaim. He is on the faculty of Quebec's Domaine Forget Summer Music Institute. Djokic plays a Guarnerius violin made in 1740.

Violist Leslie Harlow, Founder/Director of the Park City Music Festival, is both a solo and chamber performer. Leslie Harlow has performed as violist in chamber concerts with many of the finest artists of this era including violinists Charles Libove, Glenn Dicterow, Paul Rosenthal, Bill Preucil, Elmar Oliviera, Shlomo Mintz, Charles Castleman, Scott Yoo, Arturo Delmoni, Walter Olivares, Monte Belknap and Joseph Silverstein, and violist Paul Neubauer. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Leslie Harlow performed in master classes for William Primrose, Paul Doktor, Donald McGinnis, Heidi Castleman and Nabuko Imai and her primary teachers were Marna Street, Susan Schoenfeld, Paul Doktor, and violinist Harry Shub with additional lessons with Heidi Castleman, Donald Wright and Francis Tursi. She studied chamber music with Felix Galimer, Samuel Rhodes, David Soyer, Paul Doktor, Charles Castleman, Robert Sylvester and Julius Baker. Following graduation from Juilliard, Ms Harlow founded the Deer Valley (Utah) Chamber Music Festival in 1984. Renamed the Park City Music Festival, the festival continues as Utah's oldest classical music festival, having presented over 550 concerts. Co-Director of the Autumn Classics Festival, the Sonolumina Chamber Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah, Leslie Harlow also founded and directs the Park City Film Music Festival. Ms. Harlow also serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Affetti Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Harlow has recorded as principal violist and soloist for film scores including the movies "Murder in the First" and "Surviving Picasso." Prior to Juilliard, Ms. Harlow was Assistant Principal Viola with the Oklahoma Symphony, performing at festivals in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina and New York. While studying in New York, she performed chamber music and recitals in New York City and at the Skaneateles Festival. In Utah she has taught chamber music at Brigham Young University, served as director for the Virtuoso Series and Principal Violist with Ballet West before resigning to perform with the Utah Symphony. Ms. Harlow has also appeared as guest artist with the Sitka Festival (Alaska), Lyrica Series (New Jersey), Piatigorsky Foundation (New York), and Bargemusic (New York) as well as performing chamber music for the International Clarfests in Baltimore, Texas, Utah and Vancouver (Canada). She has performed on tour in Europe with the Juilliard Orchestra and the Utah Symphony. Recordings include Chamber Music for Clarinets and Strings on the ISOMIKE Label.

Jeffrey Solow's impassioned and compelling cello playing has enthralled audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. His multi-faceted career embraces performances as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician, as well as teaching, writing and lecturing on a variety of cellistic topics and arranging and editing music for the cello. Two of his many recordings were nominated for Grammy Awards. Mr. Solow's concerto appearances include performances of more than forty different works with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic (on subscription series and at the Hollywood Bowl), the Japan Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the American Symphony (with whom he also recorded). He has presented recitals throughout the US and in Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Central and South America and has been guest artist at many national and international chamber music festivals. In addition to performing, Jeffrey Solow is a regular contributor to Strad magazine (London), Strings magazine and American String Teacher and is editor of The Violoncello Society Newsletter (NY).A noted authority on healthy and efficient string playing, he is frequently invited to give lectures and presentations on the subject. His wide-ranging interests include scuba diving and underwater photography, protozoology and paleontology and he graduated with a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA. These attainments as well as his knowledge in many fields outside of classical music give him an exceptional ability to communicate with audiences of all ages and all levels of musical sophistication, both musically and in personal interaction. Recognized worldwide as an outstanding teacher, Jeffrey Solow has presented master classes throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America and he is professor of cello and chamber music at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance. Mr. Solow has served as president of ASTA—the American String Teachers Association—and he is the president of the Violoncello Society, Inc. in New York, the nation's second oldest cello society.

One of the world's outstanding cellists Mark Kosower, will return to Park City to perform with the Park City Music Festival this July. Kosower has earned an international reputation among musicians and critics alike for his extraordinary instrumental mastery and musical integrity.
As a recitalist Mr. Kosower has performed on the Great Performer's Series at Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He has also given solo performances in some of the world's most prestigious venues including the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Frankfurt's Alte Oper, Berlin's Komische Oper, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, and in New York's Avery Fisher Hall. In addition to his catalogue with Naxos he has also recorded for Ambitus, Delos, and VAI. Performance highlights in 2009/10 included a Netherlands debut recital at the de Doelen in Rotterdam, a return recital engagement in Coral Gables, and appearances in Munich and Nuremberg with the Juilliard String Quartet.
In addition to his activities as a soloist, Mr. Kosower has been named Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra by Franz Welser-Möst as well as Teacher of Cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009. Previous positions held include Solo Cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany from 2006-10 and Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2005-07. Mr. Kosower began to study cello at the age of 1 ½ with his father and later studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School.

Highlights of the 2010/11 season include a return to the Florida Orchestra for three performances of the Dvorak Concerto with Stefan Sanderling, a 5-concert tour of the Haydn C Major Concerto with the New York Chamber Players in their inaugural season, a recital for the Cleveland Cello Society, return engagements in Germany with the Erlangen Kammerorchester and in recital at the Mozartverein in Nuremberg, and an appearance at the prestigious Festival de Campos in Brazil.

A strong advocate of both 20th and 21st century music Mr. Kosower has brought lesser-known contemporary masterworks to international attention in recent years. During the 2009/10 season Mr. Kosower recorded Alberto Ginastera's Cello Concerto No. 1 for Naxos with Lothar Zagrosek and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra making him the first cellist to record the complete catalogue of works for solo cello by the composer. He also was the soloist in the world premiere recording of Miklós Rózsa's Rhapsodie for Cello and Orchestra with the Budapest Concert Orchestra MAV, also for Naxos. Both recordings are to be released in 2011. Other premieres have included the world premiere of Cristóbal Halffter's Klagelied eines verwundeten Vogels for solo cello as well as U.S. premieres of Yuri Falik's Concerto della Passione and Marco Stroppa's Ay, there's the rub for solo cello.

In 2008/09 Mr. Kosower toured and recorded Ginastera's Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Bamberg Symphony and performed the Monn Concerto with the St. George Strings in Belgrade. He also made solo and recital appearances in Phnom Penn, Rio de Janeiro, Sáo Paulo, Seoul, and throughout the United States. In the summer of 2008 Mark Kosower saw two albums released to widespread critical acclaim: Ginastera's complete works for cello and piano, and an album of Hungarian music with works by Dohnányi, Bartók, Kodály, Popper, Liszt, and Rózsa, both for Naxos. An eloquent orchestral soloist, Mr. Kosower has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Florida, Grand Rapids, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Phoenix, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Syracuse, and Toledo; the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. International appearances include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Kansai Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kosower has collaborated with many prominent conductors such as James DePriest, Christoph Eschenbach, Joanne Falletta, Erich Kunzel, Nicholas McGegan, Anton Nanut, Stefan Sanderling, Gunther Schuller, Gerard Schwarz, Joseph Silverstein, Hugh Wolff, and Lothar Zagrosek.

A former member of Chamber Music Two, a two-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mr. Kosower makes frequent appearances at chamber music societies and festivals throughout the United States and abroad, in performances with such esteemed musicians as Robert Mann, Leon Fleisher, and Janos Starker.

Mr. Kosower has been the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, a SONY Grant, and has been a top prize winner in both the Rostropovich and Pablo Casals International Cello competitions including a special prize in both competitions for best interpretation of the newly commissioned works by Marco Stroppa and Cristóbal Halffter. He has also been the Grand Prize winner of both the Irving Klein International String Competition and the WAMSO Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra.


 

 

Canadian Cellist Denise Djokic has been praised worldwide for her sincere, powerful interpretations and her bold command of the instrument. Instantly recognized by her "arrestingly beautiful tone colour" (The Strad), she moves audiences with her natural musical instinct and her remarkable combination of strength and sensitivity. An acclaimed soloist, she appears frequently with all of Canada's major orchestras as well as with those in the USA and abroad. This past season, Denise made her New York City Concerto Debut at Lincoln Center with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and Alondra de la Parra conducting Arturo Marquez's "Espejos en la Arena". She also made her European Concerto Debut with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra under Marcus Bosch. Other recent engagements featured appearances with the North Carolina Symphony, Portland Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, as well as performances of both Haydn Concerti with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City, in celebration of the 2009 Haydn Anniversary year. Upcoming performances in the 2010-11 season include a return engagement with l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, where she will perform Strauss' Don Quixote with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting, and a tour with Symphony Nova Scotia and Bernhard Gueller conducting, as well as performances in Utah, Oklahoma, Ontario, and Amsterdam. As a recitalist, Denise performs frequently with her long-time musical partner, pianist David Jalbert. Recent performances have brought them to Washington D.C., San Francisco, Mexico City, Vancouver, Chicago, Tuscon, and New York's Bargemusic. Denise and David also tour with Piano Plus, an organization which brings performances to Canadian communities in which the opportunities to hear live concerts are limited. In addition, Denise's love of chamber music has brought her to the festivals of Ottawa, Caramoor, Park City, Ravinia, San Miguel de Allende, and Vancouver. Last season, she gave the world premiere of Christos Hatzis' "In the Fire of Conflict", with percussionist Ryan Scott and dancer Peggy Baker at the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Denise appears frequently with New York's Jupiter Chamber Players and also tours with her chamber music partner since childhood, her violinist brother Marc. Immediately following the release of her debut recording on the Sony Classical label, Denise was a featured performer at the 2002 Grammy Awards. The self-titled CD won great critical acclaim and received a 2002 East Coast Music Award. Her following recording, "Folklore", (Allegro/Endeavor) received a JUNO nomination as well as an ECMA, and hit the Billboard Chart's top 15 Classical CD's. "Folklore" was also featured on NPR's "All Things Considered". Denise's most recent recording - the complete Britten Solo Suites for the ATMA label - has received critical acclaim from renowned publications such as Fanfare and The Strad. The recording was declared "easily able to stand alongside the great recordings of Rostropovich and Wispelwey" by AllMusic.com. Denise has been the subject of a BRAVO! TV documentary entitled "Seven Days, Seven Nights", and has also appeared as a speaker at IdeaCity in Toronto, and at the Women In Leadership Conference at Queen's University. MacLean's Magazine named her one of the top "25 Canadians who are Changing our World", and ELLE Magazine declared her one of "Canada's Most Powerful Women". Having grown up in a large musical family, Denise first began to learn the cello with her uncle and aunt, cellists Pierre Djokic and Michelle Djokic. Her parents, Lynn and Philippe, and brother Marc, are all musicians. Denise gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Clarinetist Russell Harlow is one of the nation's premiere solo and chamber clarinetists. In 1996 Mr. Harlow performed the New York Premiere of the Ramiro Cortes Trio (written for him), along with the Brahms Quintet, at Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York City. Harlow recently joined the artist faculty of the Affetti Chamber Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska, and will perform on tour in Europe in June of 2011. The recent Sonolumina Ensemble recording featuring Mr. Harlow "Chamber Music for Clarinets and Strings" on the ISOMIKE Label received critical acclaim in the U.S. and Europe. Russell Harlow is the co-Director of the Park City Music Festival, the Autumn Classics Music Festival, the Winter Classics Music Festival, The Spring Chamber Music Festival and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah. He has performed for International Clarinet Association events throughout the world, also giving lectures on clarinetists of the past century. In addition to performances in Utah with the Park City and Autumn Classics Festivals, Contemporary Music Consortium and Sonolumina Orchestra, Mr. Harlow has performed with the Sitka and Anchorage Fall Classics Festivals (Alaska), the Amsterdam Chamber Players, the Puerto Rico Clarinet Festival, the Ars Nova, Lyrica and Piatigorsky Foundation concerts in New Jersey and with the Leonore Trio and Bargemusic in NYC. Russell Harlow studied with clarinetists Gary Foster, Mitchell Lurie, Harold Wright and violinist Charles Libove, and was coached in chamber music and attended the master classes by cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Harlow is featured on recordings with flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, the Mirecourt Trio, the Park City Music Festival and the Utah Symphony. Mr. Harlow has recorded numerous solos for major filmscores and is featured on many Utah Symphony recordings. He founded and directed Utah's Nova Series until he joined the Park City International Music Festival as Co-Director in 1986. He attended both UCLA and USC before joining the Utah Symphony at the age of 21.

International concert pianist John Novacek is the winner of the Leschetizky and Joanna Hodges International piano competitions in addition to numerous national competitions. He divides his solo work between recitals and concertos with orchestra. Venues include Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, Hollywood Bowl, UCLA's Royce Hall, Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Ambassador Auditorium (Pasadena), the 92nd St. Y (New York), Ravinia Festival, and Tokyo's Suntory Hall. He has performed on many television and radio programs, and often performs on syndicated programs such as NPR's Performance Today, The Record Shelf, First Hearing, and St. Paul Sunday. A much sought-after collaborative artist, Novacek has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Leila Josefowicz, Julius Baker, Lynn Harell, and the Colorado String Quartet. He has given numerous world premiers and worked closely with John Williams, George Rochberg, and Lalo Schifrin. John Novacek has composed many original ragtime pieces for piano, for piano and violin, and for piano and guitar duo. He has written arrangements for the Three Tenors, Kiri Te Kanawa, and pop singer Diana Ross. Novacek has recorded twenty CDs, encompassing solo and chamber music by most major composers from Bach to Bartok, and many contemporary and original scores. His solo recordings on the Ambassador label include Novarags ("superb contributions to this literature," The Seattle Times) and Spanish Rhapsody ("a splendid recital," Fanfare Magazine). He also records for Phillips Classics, Koch International, Atlantic, Arkay, Four Winds, Virtuoso, and EMI Classics. "Novacek is a commanding presence at the keyboard, not just because of a sterling technique, but also his virile, integrated playing. Throughout the high-velocity runs, to which he brought a diamond-hard brilliance, there was always more substance than showiness. And in the lyric sections he revealed uncommonly poetic depths." Los Angeles Times "…immensely sophisticated and enormously sexy performances by the brilliant young American pianist John Novacek …this is the best Joplin playing I've ever heard, but Novacek can not only play piano rags, he can really compose them! …Don't wait, Novarags is as entertaining an album of piano rags as have ever come down the pike!" Jim Svejda, KUSC Radio, The Record Shelf Guide.




Born in Celle, Germany, Dr. Jon Paul Yerby began studying percussion at age 5 before becoming acquainted with the guitar.   In 2008 Yerby was awarded a full scholarship and graduate assistanceship to begin doctoral studies at FSU after having completed his master’s degree with Eliot Fisk at New England Conservatory with the named Sofie and Henry Mydans Foundation Scholarship.  His teachers and mentors include such luminaries as Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, John Gibbons, Tom Johnson, Adam Holzman, and Bruce Holzman. Yerby has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues across North America including New England Conservatory’s prestigious Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and countless venues ranging from the Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall at Domain Forget in Quebec, Canada to the Brau-House in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Yerby remains in high demand as a recitalist and chamber musician. After having completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2012 with professor Bruce Holzman, Yerby is currently serving as professor of guitar at Utah Valley University and heads the guitar department at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Yerby is the founder and artistic director of the Florida based non-profit,  Seven Hills Guitar Series, and currently serves as President of the Utah Classical Guitar Society.

"It s a pleasure to write in support of Jon Yerby, a fine guitarist of taste and refinement who possesses one of the world's most beautiful natural guitar sounds.  It was my pleasure to work with Jon for some years at the New England Conservatory. I have observed his terrific work since as performer, chamber musician and organizer par excellence with great pride and admiration.  I wish this young  artist of the guitar the great continued success he so richly deserves."
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Julie Bevan has had a diverse career as a cellist and teacher throughout the West and Midwest. A native of Utah, she received her musical training at Brigham Young University and later at the University of Southern California, where she received a Master of Music degree as a member of the master class of legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. A widely experienced performer, Julie Bevan has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner and was principal cellist of the Chicago String Ensemble for fifteen seasons, appearing frequently as soloist. She was a member of such prestigious chamber orchestras as the Storioni Ensemble and the Ars Viva Orchestra, both in Chicago, and was principal cellist of the Sinfonia da Camera in residence at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Bevan has served on the faculties of North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University and Northern Michigan University, and has taught cellists ages three to seventy during the past 25 years. As a chamber musician, Bevan performed with the Chicago Ensemble, one of Chicago's premiere chamber ensembles, for twelve seasons. She was cellist of the Fontenelle String Quartet of the Omaha Symphony and the Testore Piano Trio, and was cellist of the Deseret String Quartet in residence at BYU from 1982-1988. Bevan has performed extensively with orchestras such as the Omaha Symphony, the Nebraska Sinfonia, the Pasadena (CA) Symphony, Symphony II (Chicago), and she was principal cellist of the Lake Forest (IL) Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout the West and Midwest. She can be heard in Bloch "Prayer" for cello and string orchestra on "Israeli Melodies", a recording on the Centaur label. Julie Bevan is on the faculty of Brigham Young University where she is faculty cellist and is coordinator of the String Division.

Born in Seoul, the Korean pianist Jee-Won Oh has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. She has made appearances in some of the world's great musical centres, including the cities of Belgrade, Paris, Salzburg, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC. She has performed on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center in New York as well as at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, and at the Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro. She has also participated in such prestigious music festivals as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Ernen Musikdorf, and she appears regularly at the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival and the Sitka Music Festival. She was the studio pianist and assistant to the distinguished cellist Janos Starker for five years and was also Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University from 1994 to 1998. She studied with György Sebök and Shigeo Neriki. Ms. Oh performs and records worldwide with cellist Mark Kosower.

Pianist Doris Stevenson, Artist in Residence at Williams College, divides her time between Williamstown, massachusetts, and new York City where she is a busy recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Her acute sensitivity and profound musicality have made her a sought-after partner with some of the leading lights in string playing. She has appeared as collaborative partner with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier, great string players of the past. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Salle Playel in Paris and Suntory hall in Tokyo. She is a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and has participated in many other chamber music festivals including the Grand Canyon Festival, Steamboat Springs in the Mountains, Park City International Festival and Chamber Music/L.Q.. She served ten years on the piano faculty of the University of Southern California where she was also pianist for the master classes of Gregor Piatigorsky. Her recordings include the Saint Saens violin sonatas with Andres Cardenes on the Arabesque label and the complete Mendelssohn cello works with Jeffrey Solow for Centaur, as well as three CDs with cellist nathaniel Rosen: The Brahms Sonatas for JMR records plus two albums of romantic pieces entitled "Reverie" and "Orientale for Northstar. A recent Stravinsky CD with violinist mark Peskanov received a Grammy nomination. Ms. Stevenson is a frequesnt performer with famous Bargemusic Series which is performed at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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“Throughout the evening there was never a blurred or awkward phrase, and Mr. Gurt displayed an almost superhuman command of the keyboard.” New York Times

“No doubt about it, Gurt is a high pianistic achiever.” Los Angeles Times

“Friday’s soloist [with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra], Michael Gurt, galloped from one end of the keyboard to the other with plenty of power and panache. . . shaping the phrases of the Andante with real refinement. Here is a young pianist one would greatly enjoy hearing again.”
Chicago Tribune

“Michael Gurt is a young American pianist with an uncanny ability to summon up the periods of the works which he plays. . . . The Mendelssohn Serious Variations and Chopin’s B Flat Minor Sonata were played with a surefire grasp, a sense of mood and era (he hardly ever touched the pedal in the Mendelssohn while offering a grand sound), no fear to give a big percussive sound when necessary, but always with a sense of the most noble conception.” South China Morning Post Hong Kong.“Michael Gurt is one of the finest young pianists heard in Cape Town and his performance of Rachmaninov’s ‘other’ concerto was nothing short of a triumph. Gurt is possessed of a seemingly infallible technique. Certainly, not even in the most torrid of Rachmaninov’s passages does he give the impression of being stretched. His tone remains crystal clear and beautifully graded, balances between melodic and accompanimental elements of the solo writing are cautiously maintained and ensemble with the orchestra remains taut. His tone ranges from a booming bass register to a brilliantly percussive upper extreme in forte dynamics. But, in quieter episodes, it has the beguiling liquidity of the Chopin exponent. Pedaling is discreet and to the point-extending, never blurring. Best of all, he knows just when to use which effect. He made of this performance a highlight of the symphonic season.” Cape Times Cape Town, South Africa. Pianist Michael Gurt has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Capetown Symphony, the National Orchestra of China in Beijing, and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa, among others. He has performed solo recitals in Alice Tully Hall in New York, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, City Hall in Hong Kong, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia, Baxter Hall in Capetown, South Africa, and the Attatürk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey. He has appeared as guest artist with the Takács String Quartet and he recently performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Mr. Gurt has served on the juries of the New Orleans International Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. He has been featured on a nationwide PBS broadcast, performing the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto with the Utah Symphony. Gurt has recorded on the Naxos, Centaur and Redwood labels. Mr. Gurt is Professor and Keyboard Division Chair at Louisiana State University. He has served as Piano Chairman of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. He has also taught at two seminars held at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan.Michael Gurt received his early musical training from his father, Joseph Gurt, and from Dorothy Taubman. He obtained his BM degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, where his teacher was Louis Nagel. Upon graduation he received the coveted Stanley Medal. Gurt did his graduate work with Martin Canin at the Juilliard School in New York. While a student there, he performed the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra. In 1982, Mr. Gurt won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and he has been a prizewinner in international competitions held in Sydney, Australia, and Pretoria, South Africa

 

 

Pianist John Jensen is a musician of great diversity and accomplishment, who combines the virtuosity of a fine classical musician with the imagination of a great jazz pianist. He is an avant-garde keyboard player who masters the most complex and esoteric styles. Referring to Mr. Jensen's New York debut recital performance of Charles Ives' mammoth "Concord" Sonata, New York Times critic Raymond Ericson said, "A first-rate performance of a great work." A resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, Mr. Jensen works regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and he is much sought after as a collaborative pianist, playing with fine artists in concerts and music festivals across the United States. He often appears on St. Paul Sunday Morning and A Prairie Home Companion, and he has performed with popular artists such as Doc Severinsen, Andy Williams, and Nancy Wilson. Mr. Jensen is the pianist of the Mirecourt Trio, and with that ensemble he has toured the United States, Europe, and China to great critical acclaim. In 1976, the Mirecourt Trio was a finalist in the prestigious Naumberg Chamber Music Competition. Mr. Jensen is also pianist of Trio Minnesota, he is co-founder of Helios, a classical-jazz quartet, and he is pianist in a jazz-only quartet of musicians from the Twin Cities. In addition, he teaches at St. Olaf College, and he is Music Director of the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. Mr. Jensen's extensive discography includes solo recordings of classical piano, jazz, ragtime music, and chamber music with various artists. Mr. Jensen records for ABC, CRI, Grand Prix, Gasparo, Audax, Orion, Music & Arts, Albany, Cinnabar Records, Bay Cities, TR Records, Target Stores, and Varèse Sarabande. He has received a Grammy-award nomination, a Stereo Review "Record of Special Merit" award, and a "Record of the Year" citation from The Village Voice. John Jensen received his musical training in Southern California, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Occidental College and his Master of Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Southern California. His principal teachers were Gwendolyn Koldofsky and John Crown in piano, and Halsey Stevens and Ingolf Dahl in composition and twentieth-century techniques.

Soprano SERENA KANIG BENISH has performed with orchestras and choral societies in New York, New Jersey, Utah, Maine, and in Guest Artist recitals at Columbia University in New York City, Cleveland State University, Colby and Bates Colleges in Maine, Ashland Community College in Ashland, Kentucky; and she has been soprano soloist in oratorios and concerts throughout the New York metropolitan area and in Utah. She has performed the roles of Marie in Donizetti's La fille du régiment; Baby Doe in Douglas Moore's Ballad of Baby Doe; Madame Goldentrill in Mozart's The Impressario; Marcello in the US premiere of the new edition of Alessandro Scarlatti's Eraclea; Queen of Night and First Lady in Mozart's DieZauberflöte; Olga in the New Jersey premiere of Maury Yestin's Nine; an Enchanted Plate in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Mrs. Mayor in Seussical. With Theater in the Park in the summer of 2010 she will play Antonia (the female alter ego of Antonio) in Much Ado About Nothing. She was soprano soloist for many years at Huguenot Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pelham, New York and also soloist at St. Luke's Episcopal in Somers, New York; Third Church of Christ Scientist in Salt Lake City, and is regularly a guest soloist at St. Mary's Church and Provo Community Church in Provo, Utah; First Presbyterian in Salt Lake City and in LDS wards too numerous to name. Recent performances include a collaboration of song and ballet with the Ballet Ensemble of the University of Utah and renowned ballerina and choreographer Jennie Creer-King and again singing the voice of Gretel in Classical Ballet Academy's production of Hansel and Gretel, another collaborative effort melding voice and ballet. She was thrilled to perform with UVU students in concert with Dr. David Fullmer and also with the combined orchestras of UVU and BYU under the direction of Dr. Eric Hansen. As an Artist in Residence on the Utah Arts Council Arts Education Roster, Ms. Kanig Benish has introduced opera into the elementary schools to help integrate the Arts. With her adaptations of The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel, and of well-loved opera choruses and arias, she instructs children in all aspects of producing an opera, culminating with live performances. While maintaining an active performance schedule, Ms. Kanig Benish is the Director of Vocal Studies at Utah Valley University and has a full vocal studio, as well as private students. She has been an Adjunct Instructor at UVU since 2006.

Tenor TYLER S. NELSON is one of America's most promising young tenors. Already enjoying success in a wide variety of concert repertoire, his recent engagements have included Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Saginaw Bay Symphony, the Mozart Requiem with Utah Chamber Artists, The Creation with Thomasville singers, and Orff's Carmina Burana with the California and Reno Symphonies. During successive seasons with Ohio Light Opera he sang Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Matthew in Maytime, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Pietro in The Firefly, Philipe in New Moon, and Mr. Collins in the world premier of Pride and Prejudice. Arts blog CoolCleveland.com commented: "Tyler Nelson, as that erstwhile clergyman, could steal the show if he tried. As it was, he nearly brought down the house with I Aim to Please." Opera News, reviewing the same performances, called his singing "mellifluous". Mr. Nelson's other operatic roles include: Male Chorus in Rape of Lucretia, Gherardo and Rinuccio in Gianni Schiichi, Maese Pedro in El retablo del Maese Pedro, Father in 7 Deadly Sins, and La Rainette in L'enfant et les sortileges, with Lorin Maazel and the Châteauville Foundation as well as the Mayor in Albert Herring, with both the Châteauville Foundation, and the Merola Opera Program. His international debut was in Mazatlan, Mexico, performing the role of Shallow in Gordon Getty's Plump Jack, under the direction of the composer. Robert Commanday of San Francisco Classical Voice said of Mr. Nelson's performance: "Tyler Nelson, a young tenor living in Florida, did a captivating number on Justice Shallow. His diction was impeccable and his animation as the silly, ridiculous squire won for him alone laughs that were independent of the lines. His bright, keenly focused, vibrant tenor invites Mozart. He has a big future." Recent seasons have included debuts with Chicago Opera Theater in the role of Delfa for their production of Giasone, and a return this season for their production of Médée. Of his performance in Giasone, Mark Thomas Ketterson of Opera News commented: Tyler Nelson was hilarious as a travesti Delfa, managing the passaggio of his tenor with notable skill and looking for all the world like Mollie Sugden's Mrs. Slocombe on Are You Being Served?" Venus Zarris of Chicago Stage Review in a review of the production stated that: "Tyler Nelson commits comic operatic highway robbery by embodying all that is hysterical about drag, as Delfathe maidservant to Medea, while simultaneously delivering some of the production's most superb singing." This year, Mr. Nelson debuted in the role of Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, with the national Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing China, under that baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. Upcoming engagements include performances as the Tenor soloist in Carmina Burana and Mozart's Requiem, and a return to Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia, with Maestro Maazel this summer. A graduate of Florida State University where he earned his Doctor of Music degree with tenor Stanford Olsen, Tyler also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Utah where he studied with Tenor Robert Breault and Soprano Lorna Haywood. He

 

*The Society will continue to add artists to the roster throughout the season as the Festival programs are finalized.