Jill Levy is now in her 25th season as Artistic Director and violinist of the Saratoga Chamber Players, bringing together musicians from Europe, Canada, and the U.S. since 1994. She currently serves as concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, having joined them in 1993. Her numerous solo performances with them include the December 2008 performance with Jaime Laredo of Bach’s “Double Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra,” and the premiere and recording of Evan Chambers’ “Concerto for Irish Fiddle and Violin” which was released on the CD Brutal Reality by Albany Records. She is scheduled to solo with them again in Spring 2020. As a winner of competitions, she twice performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The New York Times review of the ASO Carnegie Hall appearance in May 2011 praised the “graceful solo from the concertmaster, Jill Levy.” Ms. Levy is also featured on the Saratoga Chamber Players CDs of Live Performances. She has performed at the Blossom, Sebago-Long Lake Festivals, with the Pittsburgh Chamber Soloists, the Williams Chamber Players (Williams College), and North Country Chamber Players. She has been a member of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in Sherman, CT. since 1993. She is a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. Ms. Levy is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Jascha Brodsky and Arnold Steinhardt. She has also worked with Franco Gulli at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.
CONCERT | Saratoga Chamber Players
June 13, 7:30 pm
Presented by Tannery Pond Center.
Advance $15 | Day of Event $20 | Free for Youth
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The Joy of Sextets
BRAHMS: G Major Sextet
ORLANDO GIBBONS: (for String Sextet) Pavane & Gaillard; Fantasia no. 1 in D minor; Variations: “Go From My Window”
PETER SCHICKELE: String Sextet
The Saratoga Chamber Players’ repertoire includes traditional and contemporary pieces offered by professional musicians from the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. The mission of the organization is to present, cultivate, promote and develop an appreciation for and understanding of music, the musical arts generally and chamber music in particular.
Kathy Andrew (violinist), resident of Brattleboro, Vermont, is an active performer and instructor. She received degrees from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (BA violin performance), and MM (violin) from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Andrew currently performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Concertmaster), Opera North (Concertmaster), Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra (Co-Concertmaster), and for over two decades performed yearly with the New England Bach Festival. She has also performed with the Albany Symphony, the Berkshire Symphony (Concertmaster), the New Hampshire Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony. On period instruments she has performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Arcadia Players. As chamber musician she collaborates frequently, and most recently has performed with colleagues at the Brattleboro Music Center, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, St Michael’s College, Keene State College, and Northampton’s Unitarian Society, to name a few. She has been soloist with the Windham Orchestra and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and has played violin/piano recitals throughout New England. In 1998 she toured the U.S. with Eric Clapton’s “Pilgrim Tour” as a member of his 21 piece string section. Ms. Andrew has coached chamber music at Dartmouth, taught at Bennington College, Keene State College, Greenfield Community College, The Putney School, Northfield Mount Hermon, and the Eaglebrook School. Currently she teaches at the Brattleboro Music Center and has a private studio in Norwich, Vermont.
Marcia Cassidy (violinist) leads a busy musical life as a chamber, orchestral, and free-lance musician and teacher. Ms. Cassidy is a member of the Musicians of the Old Post Road (a Boston-area period performance chamber music ensemble), the Samara Piano Quartet (NH), and is principal violist for the Burlington Chamber Orchestra (VT) and Opera North (NH). She frequently performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the faculty of Dartmouth College, she teaches violin and viola, leads orchestra sectionals, coaches chamber music, and is a member of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Cassidy has been immersed in music her entire life, sometimes as work, but always for fun.
Lucy Chapman (violinist), chair of New England Conservatory’s strings studio faculty, also served as chair of chamber music from 2002 through 2010. She has had solo and chamber music concerts throughout the USA and in Europe, Korea and Japan. She has held positions as acting associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and first violin of the Muir String Quartet, and won a Grammy nomination for a recording of Bartok, Stravinsky and Ives with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Richard Goode. She has also recorded with Keith Jarrett, whose solo sonata she premiered in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Recent performances include the Mozart “Sinfonie Concertante” with violist Kim Kashkashian, an all-Mozart concert in NYC with pianist Robert Levin, frequent guest appearances with the Boston Chamber Music Society, and return visits to the Busan Festival in Korea and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Chapman is a former faculty member of the University of California/ Santa Cruz, Boston and Harvard Universities. She is a graduate of Curtis Institute where she studied with Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet. Her other principal teachers include Dorothy Delay and Marc Gottlieb.
Judith Serkin (cellist) began her ‘cello studies in Puerto Rico with Marta Casals Istomin and continued with David Soyer, of the Guarneri Quartet, at the Curtis Institute of Music. She was also a student of Mischa Schneider, of the Budapest Quartet. Ms. Serkin was a member of the Iceland Symphony, in Reykjavik, and of both the Guilford and the Hebrew Arts(later known as the Mendelssohn) String Quartets. A founding member of the Soldier Creek Music Festival in Nevada, she has been a participant at both the Yellow Barn and Marlboro Music School and Festivals,in Vermont, and has also been on numerous Music from Marlboro tours. Ms. Serkin has performed across the United States and Canada, and has toured extensively throughout France and Japan. She makes her home in Guilford, Vermont and is presently serving on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory Dept, as well as at the Brattleboro Music School. The instrument that she is playing was made by Joseph Hill, in 1760.
Elizabeth Tuma (cellist) was raised in a musical family in Farmington Hills, Michigan. As a young person, she attended Interlochen, both as a summer camper and later as a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her studies included teachers from the Detroit Symphony, Mr. Edward Korkigian and Ms. Melinda Dalley at Interlochen. She continued her musical studies at the University of Michigan with Mr. Oliver Edel, in New York and Philadelphia, at the Curtis Institute of Music with Mr. David Soyer. At Curtis, her chamber music training was with the Guarneri Quartet, members of the Budapest Quartet, and Jascha Brodsky. Elizabeth graduated with an Artist Diploma, and continued her chamber music studies with the Hungarian Quartet, and post- graduate work with Mr. Larry Lesser at Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Prior to her full-time engagement as a cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony in 1975, she free-lanced in the Washington DC area, playing with the National Symphony, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, and many other chamber groups. In 1975, Elizabeth joined the cello section of the Milwaukee Symphony. She has had an active chamber music presence, in the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Stratford Quartet, the Chanterelle Quartet, the Arcadia Trio and the Baroque group, Bach Babes and performs regularly with the Temescal Quartet in San Francisco. She has had a private studio as well for many years. Elizabeth has been active in orchestral committee work, and has represented the MSO at ICSOM Conferences, coordinating a National Conference in Milwaukee in the late ’70s. She has also chaired Players Committees and Artistic Liaison Committees for the MSO. She has served as an adjudicator for the String Academy Concerto Competition, the Concord Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, the MSO Stars of Tomorrow Competition and as a coach for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.