Oliver Caplan
Oliver CaplanComposer
Bill Scribner
Bill ScribnerBAE Founder

World Premiere and Dance Arrangements performed by
Bronx Arts Ensemble Woodwind Quintet

January 29, 2018 – In keeping with the theme of the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s 2017-2018 concert season, Music Through a Global Lens, the Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE) Woodwind Quintet presents a concert of folk dance arrangements in two locations in the Bronx.  Performances by the Woodwind Quintet are on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 pm at a Mott Haven Historic Home, 442 East 140th Street, and on Sunday, February 11th at 2 pm at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses, 74 Van Cortlandt Park South.

Latvian folk dances inspired Andrejs Jansons’ Suite of Old Lettish Dances, while Denes Agay’s Five Easy Dances includes a polka, tango, bolero, waltz and rumba.  Other works on the concert are Vals Venezolano and Contradanza from Aires Tropicales by Paquito D’Rivera; Tango and Malaguena from Suite Espagñole by Isaac Albéniz; Three Moravian Dances by Leoš Janáček; and Three Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms.

All the Wings You Gave Us, a work by American composer Oliver Caplan commissioned by BAE, will receive its world premiere at the concert.  It is a memorial to BAE’s Founder and leader for over 40 years, William Scribner, who passed away in 2016.  “I scored the piece for woodwind quintet, the original instrumentation of the Bronx Arts Ensemble,” said Caplan, who holds a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition and seven ASCAP awards.  “In reflecting on Bill’s legacy, I keep coming back to his tireless efforts to champion young artists. He was a mentor to me; his belief in my music and my experiences working with BAE helped nurture me.”

WHAT: Bronx Arts Ensemble Woodwind Quintet plays Eastern European and Caribbean Dance Arrangements


Saturday, February 10, 7:30 pm at a Mott Haven Historic Home, 442 East 140th Street
Admission Free

Sunday, February 11th at 2 pm at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses, 74 Van Cortlandt Park South
Admission $15

The Bronx Arts Ensemble brings the power of the arts to neighborhoods across the Bronx through its live music and arts education programs. It presents over 50 live concerts annually to more than 35,000 people, featuring diverse cultures, including classical, Latin, Afro-Cuban and other world music. BAE’s arts education programs have served over 100,000 Bronx students since 1993 through multi-disciplinary artist residencies during school hours, after-school, and through summer activities that culminate in original auditorium programs and in-school gallery exhibits. bronxartsensemble.org

The Composer

American composer Oliver Caplan writes melodies that nourish our souls, offering a voice of hope in an uncertain world. Inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit and beauty of the natural world, his music celebrates stories of social justice, conservation and community.

Mr. Caplan’s works have been performed in over 125 performances nationwide. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Bella Piano Trio, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Columbia University Wind Ensemble, El Sistema Somerville and New Hampshire Master Chorale, among others. Winner of a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition, additional recognitions include two Veridian Symphony Competition wins, Fifth House Ensemble Competition Grand Prize, seven ASCAP Awards and fellowships at VCCA and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Recordings of Mr. Caplan’s music include his 2012 debut album Illuminations, 2015 EP Moon Over Appalachia and a track on the Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s 2016 album New World Serenade (Albany Records). Mr. Caplan is the Artistic Director of Juventas New Music Ensemble. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the Boston Conservatory, is a voting member of the Recording Academy, and resides in Medford, Massachusetts.

The Performers

Flutist THERESA NORRIS is an active orchestral and chamber musician in New York and surrounding area. She began her musical career in her hometown of Detroit, where she performed with the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre while studying flute performance at Wayne State University. Currently Ms. Norris teaches flute at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, and often races to Broadway for an evening of “Phantom of the Opera”. She has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Stamford Symphony, Westfield Symphony, Center for Contemporary Opera and Long Island Philharmonic. She has been performing with the Bronx Arts Ensemble for over twenty years.

Artist member of BAE, oboist MARSHA HELLER is a graduate of Oberlin College and pursued advanced studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Juilliard School of Music. She made her New York solo debut as 1971 Winner of the Concert Artists’ Guild Competition, and has enjoyed a busy schedule of performing with the American, Colonial and Queens Symphonies, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Dance Company and New York Pops. Ms. Heller has been a frequent soloist at the Berkshire Bach Society, Ogunquit Chamber Music Festival, Double Entendre, New Jersey Chamber Music Society and Bronx Arts Ensemble, and is featured as solo performer on many of BAE’s CDs. Marsha Heller is a faculty member at Montclair State University, where she has taught oboe and chamber music since 1993. An accomplished painter, she exhibits regularly throughout the Northeast as well as in Florida; her website is Marsha Heller Gallery, which lists her busy schedule of exhibits.

Clarinetist MITCHELL KRIEGLER was born in the Bronx and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied clarinet with Charles Russo, Conrad Kuchay, and Robert Renino. Mr. Kriegler performs at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. He is an artist member of The Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Linden Quintet and the New York City Opera Orchestra.

Horn player ERIC DAVIS is an active freelance performer who is former principal horn of La Kamerata, Friends of Music Chamber Orchestra, Athens and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Queretaro, Mexico.  He has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Princeton Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Harlem Chamber Players and Sylvan Winds. Eric was a member of the orchestras of “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”, “Miss Saigon”, “War Paint”, “Anastasia” and “Sunday in the Park with George” on Broadway. Recordings include “I Learned the Hard Way” with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on Dap Tone Records, “Love This Giant” with David Byrne and St. Vincent for Todo Mundo Records, “The Music for Peter Gunn” with the Harmonie Ensemble and “Music of George Gershwin” on the Harmonia Mundi label.

ATSUKO SATO, bassoonist of the Tony-winning musical ”Phantom of the Opera”, graduated from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Harold Goltzer. She was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and since returning to New York, she freelances with many ensembles. She is a member of the Queens Symphony and Englewinds Ensemble. She is very excited to perform with Bronx Arts Ensemble this season.