Dolce Suono Ensemble’s 2015-2016 Season

May 28th, 2015

Join us for Dolce Suono Ensemble’s 11th Scintillating Season, 2015-2016!

Innovative Programs / Celebrated Co-Curators / Major Premiere Collaboration
Dolce Suono Ensemble’s 2015-2016 season will include concerts on its Dolce Suono Ensemble Presents home series with phenomenal artists, high octane programming, and imaginative collaborations. The season will feature distinguished performers and composers joining Artistic Director Mimi Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble as co-curators.

The season opens with guest artist Roberto Diaz, former Principal Viola of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Director of the Curtis Institute of Music, in Voilà Viola!, a program of central European folk-influenced music by Brahms, Bruch, and Schulhoff. “Women Pioneers of American Music,” a mini-festival highlighting contributions by Amy Beach, Marion Bauer, and Ruth Crawford Seeger, will include a major premiere by Jennifer Higdon for our trio of Mimi Stillman, flute, Gabriel Cabezas, cello, and Charles Abramovic, piano; a performance of our 2009 commissioned work by Andrea Clearfield; and the return of the soprano Sarah Shafer. As part of our projects “Música en tus Manos” (Music in Your Hands) and The Americas Project, we will continue our exploration of the rich popular traditions of Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and Brazil, integrating new arrangements created by our percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich into our concert programs that also feature chamber music from Spain and Latin America. Dolce Suono Ensemble’s annual all-Baroque concert “Court and Country” will focus on vocal and instrumental music by Bach, Rameau, and Handel.

Collaborations include Opera Philadelphia as co-promotion partner for the “Women Pioneers of American Music” project timed with the East coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain. Our partnership with the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, initiated in 2010 at the invitation of Plácido Domingo, continues in 2015-2016 as does our collaboration with the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania with two co-presented concerts in conjunction with the gallery’s exhibitions.

Dolce Suono Ensemble’s touring engagements will take the ensemble to New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Kingston, NY, Swarthmore and Cabrini Colleges, and Rutgers University (Camden, NJ), where it will give a concert in connection with an exhibition of contemporary Israeli art.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 7:00pm
Voilà Viola! – Gypsy/Folk Central European – Brahms, Bruch, Schulhoff with Robert Diaz, guest artist
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3:00pm
Música en tus Manos / The Americas Project – Ponce, Falla, Piazzolla, boleros, joropos, tangos, and choros
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3:00pm-7:00pm Two Concerts and Symposium
Women Pioneers of American Music Mini-Festival – Beach, Seeger, Bauer, Higdon, Clearfield
Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00pm
Court and Country – Bach, Handel, Rameau
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church

THE ARTISTS, 2015-2016

Sarah Shafer, soprano – Misoon Ghim, mezzo-soprano – Mimi Stillman, flute – Yiying Julia Li, violin – Roberto Diaz, viola – Born Lau, viola – Gabriel Cabezas, cello – Mary Javian, double bass – Charles Abramovic, piano – Elizabeth Hainen, harp – Gideon Whitehead, guitar – Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, percussion – and Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists