St. Petersburg, Fla.–The second half of the Marly Music Series is as exciting as the first. Tickets are first-come, first-served, cost $20 for adults and $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID, and can be purchased online by going to www.fine-arts.org. Admission to the entire Museum is included in the ticket price.
Marly Music Society members pay only $15 per concert. Please consider joining the group to support the series. You must be a Museum member to join. A reception for Marly Music Society members only will be held following the Gary Schocker-Jason Vieaux concert on August 3.
The Music Committee, chaired by Dr. Richard Eliason and co-chaired by Demi Rahall, plans the series. Vicki Sofranko is the staff coordinator. Concerts are sponsored in part by the Estate of Mrs. Elvira Wolfe de Weil, and WUSF and the Tampa Bay Times are the Media Sponsors. For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit the website. The remaining concerts are at 2 p.m. on these Sundays:
Scott Kluksdahl, cello
One of the area’s most gifted musicians, Scott Kluksdahl made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony and has been heard since as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in music centers around the globe.
At the MFA, he will play Brahms’ Cello Sonata, Op. 38; two chorale preludes by J.S. Bach (arranged by Kodály); Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70; “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Op. 36; three pieces by Nadia Boulanger; and Astor Piazzolla’s The Grand Tango.
Mr. Kluksdahl has premiered many contemporary American works and has presented solo recitals in the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at The Phillips Collection and Harvard University. He played works by Jewish composers, including world premieres, in an acclaimed recital at the Hed Music Center in Tel Aviv. Strings magazine has called him “a simply superb cellist, playing with consummate technical ease, a beautiful sound, total conviction, authority and dedication to the music.”
Again, Mr. Kluksdahl earned high praise for his presentation of Bach’s complete Cello Suites at the Oregon Bach Festival, which he subsequently performed in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Tampa. His cutting-edge CDs have included Lines for Solo Cello and Sound Vessels.
Mr. Kluksdahl received the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood and won prizes in the 1990 Walter M. Naumburg International Cello Competition. He is the Theodore and Vennette Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar at the University of South Florida. He holds his BA in English and American literature from Harvard University and his MM from The Juilliard School.
Pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera has frequently collaborated with Mr. Kluksdahl, including at the MFA, and with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonard Rose, among others. She is, in fact, one of the most respected collaborative musicians of her generation and has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and the Kennedy Center. She won the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition Accompanying Prize in Moscow and holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music from Juilliard.
Gary Schocker, flute
Jason Vieaux, guitar
These two Museum favorites demonstrate extraordinary rapport. Both have pursued exciting solo careers and bring the very best of their talent and their eclectic musical interests to their joint concerts.
John Fleming, former performing arts critic of the Tampa Bay Times, has written that they “showed a sell-out crowd that not only do the instruments work, they are almost perfect compadres…a unique experience.”
Their inventive program includes Vivaldi’s Sonata in G Minor, Op. 13, No. 6 (“The Faithful Shepherd”), “Café 1930” and “Bordel 1900” from Astor Piazzolla’s L’histoire du tango, Antônio Carlos Jobim’s A Felicidade (arranged by Roland Dyens), and three works by Mr. Schocker, including the world premiere of Mysterious Barcodes.
Gary Schocker has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic (under Michael Tilson Thomas), the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony, among many others. He has collaborated on stage with Pinchas Zuckerman, Jessye Norman, and James Levine. The legendary flutist James Galway premiered Mr. Schocker’s concerto, Green Places, in the U.S. and Ireland. He has published more than 150 compositions for the flute and has recorded extensively, including with Jason Vieaux.
Soundboard Magazine has written that Mr. Vieaux’s playing is “close to perfection…with a maturity, confidence, emotion, and virtuosity which belie his youth” and the New York Times has called him one of the “youngest stars of the guitar world.”
At 19, he became the youngest winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. That award led to solo recitals in 53 cities in the United States and France and his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Jahja Ling. He has now been a soloist with more than 50 other orchestras, including the Houston, San Diego, Fort Worth, Buffalo, and closer to home, The Florida Orchestra.
Mr. Vieaux is head of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music—the youngest department chair ever at this noted conservatory, which gave him the Alumni Achievement Award in 1998. He co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 and has been an Artistic Ambassador of the United States to Southeast Asia.
Eric Himy, piano
The New York Times has described Mr. Himy’s playing as “flawlessly poised, elegant and brilliant,” and Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande compared him to the great Vladimir Horowitz.
Mr. Himy began studying the piano at six and gave his first concert at 10. He was a guest soloist with the Baltimore Symphony at 15 and made his National Symphony debut under Hugo Wolf at 19. He went on to win numerous competitions, including the Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York.
He has performed at such major venues as Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris. He has released all-Ravel and all-Gershwin CDs, both to critical acclaim. In 2010, he celebrated the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth by playing more than 40 concerts worldwide and followed in 2011 with tributes to Liszt’s bicentennial.
Mr. Himy studied music and biochemistry at the University of Maryland and received his MM from The Juilliard School. He was invited by the family of Leonard Bernstein to celebrate the 90th anniversary tribute to the composer/conductor in a gala concert at the 2008 Lukas Foss Music Festival in the Hamptons.
Jazz Arts Trio
Frederick Moyer, piano, Peter Fraenkel, drums, and Peter Tillotson, bass
The Jazz Arts Trio is keeping the music of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and other jazz giants vibrantly alive. All music-lovers will enjoy this unique concert.
During his nearly 35-year career, Frederick Moyer has been a soloist with many of the world’s most distinguished orchestras, including the Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Minnesota, and London. His far-flung venues have ranged from Windsor Castle in England to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His 22 recordings of works by more than 30 composers reflect his diverse interests—from classical to jazz. He studied music and piano performance at the Curtis Institute and at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Peter Tillotson’s journey has ranged from garage bands to Lincoln Center, from bebop to bluegrass. He has performed with members of the Boston Symphony, as well as numerous pop stars and entertainers. The Count Basie Orchestra, Barenaked Ladies, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, and Bonnie Raitt have sought him out for his expertise in acoustic amplification.
Peter Fraenkel began studying drums at the Berklee College of Music, with its emphasis on jazz, and continued as a percussion major at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has enjoyed a highly successful international career in a wide range of styles, from jazz to Brazilian, from rock to funk. He has recently performed and recorded with contemporary singer/songwriter Lisa Lynne Mathis and is a regular recording artist for Second Act Studios in New York.