Virtual Chamber Music

Oct 7, 2020
Special Event

Virtual Chamber Music Concert

by musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony

As as part of continuing our musical presence in our community during these difficult times, the Cape Ann Symphony is planning a series of “virtual” concerts, performed by small ensembles, and available on line. The Symphony took steps to preserve our fiscal health for the 2020-2021 season, and these small events help our musicians support themselves on a similar footing, as well of keeping you, our loyal audience, engaged and entertained. The first of these concerts is performed by a string quartet, playing these four works:

The word Divertimento is derived from the Italian divertire or “to amuse.” The term is used to describe a wide variety of secular (non-religious) instrumental works for soloist or chamber ensembles. It is usually a kind of musical entertainment. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is known for having composed many different types of divertimenti, sometimes even taking the form of a small symphony or sinfonia. Written in three movements, the Allegro introduces a theme which Mozart then develops throughout the three movements. It is subtle in the middle Andante but comes back with gusto in the final Presto. You are bound to smile as you listen to it.

Known as the “Dean of Afro-American Composers,” William Grant Still, Jr. (1895 – 1978) composed nearly 200 works, including five symphonies and nine operas. Still was the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony (his 1st Symphony) performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television.Still's works were performed internationally by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Orchestra. His Mother and Child is the second movement of a suite he wrote in 1943. According to Still, each of the three movements was inspired by three sculptures created by contemporary African-American artists.

The Danish String Quartet “...are first and foremost a classical string quartet, we spend most of our time playing music by masters such as Beethoven and Bartok. Alongside this repertoire though, we’ve been digging into the roots of our local music tradition – Nordic folk music. For us traditional Nordic folk music is unique. It may reflect a different, simpler time, but we find this music incredibly relevant and meaningful to play. In September 2013 we decided to spend a week in the Danish countryside arranging and recording a handful of our favorite tunes. The setup was simple: we had no recording label, no long term plan, and we just barely managed to cover the costs . . . (But) Wood Works became a reality! We have performed the music from Wood Works in venues all over the world, from traditional folk music festivals and alternative clubs to the most distinguished classical venues and concert halls imaginable.”

In the earlier days of his career, Gustav Holst (1874-1934) struggled to earn a living as a full-time composer. In 1904, after holding an array of different teaching positions, he was appointed as Musical Director at St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith. Luckily for Holst, in 1912 the new music wing of St Paul’s was open for teaching, and the St. Paul’s Suite was the first work to be composed in the room, with the name naturally paying homage to the building that Holst spent a large amount of time in. Arranged for string orchestra, Holst also wrote extra parts in if a full orchestra was necessary at the school. Comprised of four short movements the work is simple, straightforward and pleasing to the ear. Holst, like many of his British contemporaries, took inspiration from British folk songs, with each movement reflecting a different dance, genre or style.

The Performers

  • Concertmaster David Rubin Violin
  • Oksana Gorokhovskiy Violin
  • Anna Stromer Viola
  • Kett Chuan Lee Cello

The Program

  • Mozart Divertimento, K. 136
  • Still Mother and Child
  • Excerpts from Danish String Quartet Wood Works
  • Holst St. Paul Suite
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Meet the Musicians

Concertmaster David Rubin Violin

In addition to his work as Concertmaster of the Cape Ann Symphony, David Rubin performs as a member of the New Bedford Symphony and Providence Baroque and as a substitute with local ensembles such as Rhode Island Philharmonic and Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

From 2016-19, David was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy & Lucerne Festival Alumni, studying & performing contemporary music throughout Europe under conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, and Susanna Mälkki.

David loves community-focused teaching work, and currently serves as a Resident Musician at MusiConnects — a non-profit chamber music residency in Roslindale & Mattapan. Before moving back to Boston, David was a Fellow at Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, where he explored music education as an avenue for social change & creative youth development.

Anna Stromer Principal Viola

Cape Ann Symphony Principal Violist Anna Stromer also performs regularly with the Cape Cod Symphony, New Bedford Symphony and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has worked with a number of artists such as Eminem, Josh Groban, Jared Leto, Michael Buble, Disturbed, Tigran Hamasyan, Wyclef Jean, Jacob Collier, Vitamin String Quartet, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Lauv, Hanson, Dream Theater, 2CELLOS and the Boston Ballet.

She and her string quartet have performed at events honoring Barack Obama, Conan O’Brien and Nancy Pelosi, where they were the featured performers. Her recording work can be found on commercials, film, and on TV shows and on video games. Live performances have also been showcased on MTV Unplugged and Good Morning America.

Anna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business Management from Berklee College of Music. She is a member of Cirio Collective, a contemporary dance group and has toured with the collective, performing at the Cape Cod Dance Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Arts Project and at the The Joyce Theater in New York City.

Oksana Gorokhovskiy Principale Second Violin

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, violinist Oksana Gorokhovskiy started violin lessons at the age of six. She attended the National competitions, including "Youth Music Talents" and first prize in chamber music at "Music and the Earth" in Bulgaria.

Oksana has participated in many masterclasses including with members of "Kronos" and Shanghai String Quartets. As a soloist she performed with the symphony of the Music Academy in Sofia.
As an orchestra and chamber musician, Oksana performed in Bulgaria and throughout Europe. She has a Performance Diploma and a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Boston University.

Oksana also teaches private and group lessons for all ages, does chamber music coaching and assists various youth orchestras.

Kett Chuan Lee Principal Cello

A graduate of both the Boston Conservatory and Longy School of Music, the Cape Ann Symphony's Principal Cellist Kett Chuan Lee was the youngest member of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Radio Television Orchestra in his native Malaysia.

Kett is a member of the Boston String Quartet (BSQ) and performs in many prominent venues in the U.S. Along with BSQ, he engages in education outreach programs and string workshops to inspire younger musicians across the country.

Kett has performed with many orchestras and music productions in New England including Symphony Nova, Waltham Philharmonic, Orchestra on the Hill, Lyric Stage and Trinity Repertory Theatre. He also works regularly as session player at WGBH Fraser Studio and Futura Productions.

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