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Rumba – Polka – Habanera – Waltz: Dance arrangements for winds from Eastern Europe and the Caribbean

PROGRAM

All the Wings You Gave Us by Oliver Caplan
World Premiere Commission for BAE Woodwind Quintet
In memory of Bill Scribner

Suite of Old Lettish Dances by Andrejs Jansons
I. Sarabumbals
II. Martinu Danics (Mummer’s Dance)
III. Gaismina Ausa (The Dawn)
IV. Garais Dancis (The Long Dance)
V. Kazu Dancis (Wedding Dance)

Five Easy Dances by Denes Agay
1. Polka
2. Tango
3. Bolero
4. Waltz
5. Rumba

Three Moravian Dances by Leoš Janáček
I. Ej Danaj
II. Celadensky
III. Pilky

Selections from Aires Tropicales by Paquito D’Rivera
Vals Venezolano
Contradanza

Three Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms

Selections from España, Op. 165 by Isaac Albeniz
II-Tango
III- Malaguena

BRONX ARTS ENSEMBLE WIND QUINTET

Theresa Norris, flute
Marsha Heller, oboe
Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet
Atsuko Sato, bassoon
Eric Davis, French horn

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Oliver Caplan

With memorable melodies and colorful interplay, American composer OLIVER CAPLAN’s music expresses a deeply felt romanticism. Mr. Caplan has been commissioned by the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Columbia University Wind Ensemble, Washington & Jefferson College Wind Ensemble, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and Lorelei Ensemble. His music has also been presented by the Cleveland Contemporary Players, Boston New Music Initiative, 11:11 Theatre Company, Nebraska Chamber Players and dance choreographers Mary Chris DeBelina and Susan Graham, among others. Chicago’s 5thHouse Ensemble awarded him the Grand Prize in its Young Composer Competition (2010). Other accolades include a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2011), recognition by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers with ASCAPLUS Awards for emerging artists (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), and selection as a Finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2009).

Mr. Caplan (b. 1982) was raised in the Bronx, New York. He studied Music and Geography at Dartmouth College (B.A. 2004) and Composition at the Boston Conservatory (M.M. 2006). His composition teachers include Dalit Warshaw, Dana Brayton and Charles Dodge. Mr. Caplan currently resides in Somerville, Massachusetts. An avid hiker, he finds inspiration through time outdoors.

Theresa Norris

Flutist THERESA NORRIS is an active orchestral and chamber musician in New York and the 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.

Marsha Heller

Artist Member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble, 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.

Mitchell Kriegler

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.

Eric David, French horn

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

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 the 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.