Dolce Suono Ensemble

Mimi Stillman, Artistic Director

October 4, 2019
by Dolce Suono
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Artist feature: Sarah Shafer, soprano

Sarah Shafer artist photoWe interviewed soprano Sarah Shafer, core Dolce Suono Ensemble artist who returns for two performances this month, “Fall for Chamber Music” on October 15 and “Bach Masterworks” on October 27. Here you can get to know a bit more about Sarah before you enjoy her dazzling artistry!

DSE: Describe the moment you decided to become a musician.

SS: There wasn’t really one moment; as the daughter of musicians, music had been so deeply woven through my childhood that it was always something I wanted to do.

DSE: Who is your favorite composer? And for Season of the Word, who is your favorite writer?

SS: It’s a toss up between Bach and Mozart for me. My current favorite author (it changes!) is Anne Brontë.

DSE: What is your favorite thing to do outside of music?

SS: I love to read books and watch movies!

DSE: What has been your favorite project with DSE so far?

SS: It’s difficult to choose, but way back in 2013, Mimi introduced me to Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées for a concert, and I sang those songs for the first time with DSE. They are now some of my very favorite songs to sing, and I have performed them many times since, but I distinctly remember that magical experience performing them for the first time with DSE.

DSE: What are you most looking forward to in the DSE 2019-2020 Season?

SS: Getting to sing Bach with Mimi is always such a joy!

September 18, 2019
by Dolce Suono
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October: “The Season of the Word” Opening Concerts

Dolce Suono Ensemble’s “The Season of the Word” opens with two performances in October with magnificent repertoire and dazzling artists. On October 15, DSE opens year 2 of “Fall for Chamber Music,” our 3-year project engaging new audiences in chamber music at two of Philadelphia’s favorite civic venues. DSE will present a concert with music by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Reinecke, Chaminade, and Ravel,  and a masterclass in which two pianists will perform with and receive coaching from DSE artists.

Soprano Sarah Shafer (Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia) will be featured in both concerts. She has delighted our audiences since 2013 in projects devoted to Debussy, opera, and more. Making his DSE debut on October 15 is Hugh Sung, piano (pianist, author, and tech entrepreneur). Completing the ensemble for this concert are DSE founding Artistic Director Mimi Stillman, flute (soloist; Yamaha Performing Artist, Temple University faculty), and DSE core pianist Charles Abramovic (Director of Keyboard Studies, Temple University).

On October 27, DSE Presents opens the season with “Bach Masterworks,” a program highlighting the genius of Bach in music sacred and secular, with selections from cantatas, concertos, suites, and sonatas. Sarah Shafer will perform with Mimi Stillman, Charles Abramovic, William Polk, violin (The Philadelphia Orchestra), Kerri Ryan, viola (The Philadelphia Orchestra), Arlen Hlusko, cello (EnsembleConnect), and Mary Javian, bass (faculty, Curtis Institute of Music).

DSE’s 2019-2020 season theme is “The Season of the Word.” Throughout the season, DSE will integrate music with the spoken word. DSE artists and a guest actor will narrate in works by Saint-Saëns, Berio, and Fang Man. And listen for the unexpected!

Click here for readings by DSE artists and team members.

Click here to download the season brochure.

October 15, 2019 at 6:00pm “Fall for Chamber Music” at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia

Dolce Suono Ensemble is in year 2 of “Fall for Chamber Music”, its 3-year project supported by the William Penn Foundation to engage new audiences in chamber music. We present performances, coachings, and other interactive events in some of Philadelphia’s favorite civic spaces for community members of all levels of exposure to chamber music.

Featuring performers Sarah Shafer, soprano, Mimi Stillman, flute, Charles Abramovic, piano, Hugh Sung, piano.

Music by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Reinecke, Chaminade, Ravel.

The concert will be followed by a masterclass in which pianists Janet Mangano and Steven Weinberger will play with and receive coaching from the DSE artists

Free to the public.


Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00pm DSE Presents: “Bach Masterworks” at Old Pine Street Church, 412 Pine Street, Philadelphia

A plethora of great Bach with selections from the keyboard concerto in A Major, Suite in B Minor, Sonata for Viola da Gamba and harpsichord in G Major, cello suites, violin sonatas and partitas, flute partita, and arias from the Easter Oratorio and cantatas.

Featuring performers:
Sarah Shafer, soprano, Mimi Stillman, flute, William Polk, violin, Kerri Ryan, viola, Arlen Hlusko, cello, Mary Javian, bass, Charles Abramovic, harpsichord

Tickets here, along with subscriptions to the 4-concert season.