Old Wood New Sounds Clarinet and String Quintet
World-class classical musicians performing new music by living composers and classical music in a casual pub setting!
March 25, 2014 · 7:30pm
Doors 7pm | music 7:30pm
$12 at the door
Old Wood New Sounds is a concert series that will always introduce you to something new and interesting. You will hear world-class classical musicians performing new music by living composers and classical music that is outside the typical “Classical Canon” in a casual, non-pretentious listening atmosphere. Too often new music and classical musicians are relegated to the sterile chamber of academia. Come out and hear these musicians perform thrilling music with real passion and heart. You will support an art form that is often overlooked by main-stream music lovers – simply because they don’t know about it!
In our debut OWNS performance, we’re excited to feature an evening of clarinet quintets. Enjoy a craft beer with some mind-blowing works for clarinet and strings.
Featured performers: Eric Umble – Clarinet; Holly Jenkins, Marina Kifferstein – Violin; Celia Hatton – Viola; Vivian Chang – Cello
Eric Umble, a New York based clarinetist, is a vibrant soloist and chamber musician. He has given recitals across the United States, and abroad in Canada, The Czech Republic, France, Romania and The Netherlands. Eric is the founder of a benefit concert series in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that raises thousands of dollars for local charities. He has received many awards including first place of the T. Gordon Parks Memorial Collegiate Competition, winner of the University of Kansas Concerto Competition, winner of the Naftzger Young Artists Competition, second place of the Skokie Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition and second place of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition.
In the orchestra, Eric has served as principal clarinet in the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, Opera and Symphony Orchestras; the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra and The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble. He has also performed with the New York Times acclaimed WindScape Quintet and the Tactus Contemporary Music Ensemble. Recently, Eric has performed in major venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Dvorak Museum in Prague.
Eric is a teaching artist with the MSM Sunday Program and is the Managing Director of the American Modern Ensemble. He studies with David Krakauer at the Manhattan School of Music where he receives a Presidential Scholarship. Eric began his musical studies at the University of Kansas under the instruction of Dr. Stephanie Zelnick. He has performed in master classes for notable clarinetists such as Alan Kay, Burt Hara, Steve Williamson, Fred Ormand, David Shifirn, Andrew Marriner and Charles Neidich.
New York City based violinist Marina Kifferstein is an active freelancer and a full time member of the Nouveau Classical Project, TAK, and Tactus ensembles. A strong supporter of new music, Marina has performed an extensive repertoire of music by contemporary composers. She has worked closely with many prominent composers, such as Pierre Boulez, Philippe Manoury, James Wood, Chaya Czernowin, Martin Bresnick, Julia Wolfe, and Rand Steiger, as well as a multitude of emerging composers. She was a founding member of the contemporary sextet Amusia, which held the position of Young Ensemble in Residence with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings in its 2011-2012 season. She has recorded for the Cantaloupe Music Label, and can be heard as the Concert Master and featured soloist in producer Alvaro Domingo’s upcoming film, “The Bohemians,” based on Puccini’s “La Bohéme.”
As an orchestral musician, Marina has held concert master positions with orchestras such as the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and the Orchestra for the Next Century, among others, and was recently featured as a guest artist at the Manchester Music Festival in their 2012 and 2013 seasons. Her concerto solo debut was with the Dalton Orchestra in 2007 as winner of the Dalton concerto competition. Since then, she has most notably performed the North American premiere of Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 4 with the Oberlin Wind Ensemble, and in April 2014 she will perform Berio’s incredible re-working of his violin Sequenza, “Corale,” with the Tactus ensemble. She has performed solo, chamber music, and orchestra concerts across America and internationally, in venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall, as well as across Switzerland, France, Italy, China, and Singapore in venues such as the KKL Lucerne, La Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Beijing Concert Hall, and the Esplanade in Singapore.
Marina has held fellowship positions at the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, The Manchester Music Festival, the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes, the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland.
Outside of the realm of performance, Marina is a contributor to the blog I CARE IF YOU LISTEN and was a staff writer for the Oberlin Conservatory Communications office in 2011-2012. She also holds a teaching position at the Long Island City Academy of Music, and teaches privately. This season marks the launch of Vox Hebraica, a concert series she founded and curates at the Actors’ Temple in NYC that focuses on broadening and expanding the public conception of the Jewish experience through diverse and dynamic programming.
Along with her professional activities, Marina is currently pursuing a Masters degree in contemporary performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is the recipient of a full scholarship in the studios of Curtis Macomber and Laurie Smukler. She has played in master classes for world-renowned artists such as Pamela Frank, Mauricio Fuks, Aaron Rosand, Sylvia Rosenberg, and members of the Takacs and Emerson String Quartets, among others, and holds a BM in Violin Performance and a BA in English with a Creative Writing Concentration from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she was a student of Milan Vitek.
Originally from House Springs, Missouri, 22-year-old violinist Holly Jenkins has already established herself as a performing artist and chamber musician. She has played in recitals in seven different countries, and in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, Cleveland’s Trinity Lutheran Church, and at St. Louis’ Sheldon Concert Hall. She regularly performs with the ensemble Shattered Glass, which in 2013 performed in Carnegie hall and toured the Midwest among other engagements. In addition to performing, Holly is passionately committed to promoting peace, dialogue, and cross cultural awareness through music. During the summer of 2011, she and fellow violinist Lauren Manning conducted a tour of Jordan and the West Bank in cooperation with Musicians Without Borders, Nablus a Culture, and several other organizations, teaching and performing in schools and community centers. Holly’s most recent project included a two-week trip to Pakistan in the summer of 2012 with Cultures in Harmony to perform and conduct music workshops. Holly recently concluded her studies with Milan Vitek at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In the fall of 2012, she began her Master of Music studies under Laurie Smukler at Manhattan School of Music.
Celia Hatton is enjoying a career that takes her around the world. As a founding member of Shattered Glass Chamber Ensemble, she has recorded for Warner Bros., toured the U.S., and held education workshop residencies. She has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with Paquito D’Rivera, Apollo Theatre, Merkin Hall, and the Vatican. She can be heard on the 2012 film Robot and Frank, and the modern movie remake of Annie coming to theatres in December 2014. She performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live as well as in a piano quartet representing From The Top on the Today Show. Ms. Hatton received her Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Karen Dreyfus on full scholarship as the recipient of a William Randolph Hearst Scholarship. She also studied with Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory receiving a Presidential Distinction Award Scholarship.