The Es­tria Quin­tet

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS - North Hat­ley

The sec­ond edi­tion of the MAS­SAW­IPPI MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL will open this Satur­day June 4th at 8 pm at St. El­iz­a­beth’s Church in the Vil­lage of North Hat­ley (3115 Capel­ton Road) with the ex­tra­or­di­nary duo of clar­inetist Si­mon Aldrich and pi­anist Janelle Fung. The pro­gram, en­ti­tled « Mu­si­cal Voy­age », will un­veil works for clar­inet and pi­ano by com­posers Bela Bar­tok, Gus­tav Mahler, Ralph Vaughn Wil­liams, Jo­hannes Brahms and more. Reser­va­tions and in­for­ma­tion at 819842-1072 or at es­tria@cgo­ca­ble.ca.

Called "a spec­tac­u­lar player" by The Los An­ge­les Times, holder of a doc­tor­ate and two masters de­grees from Yale Uni­ver­sity and nom­i­nated for an Opus Award as "Dis­cov­ery of the Year," Si­mon Aldrich is cur­rently the prin­ci­pal clar­inetist of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Or­ches­tra of Mon­tréal, as well as a mem­ber of the Nou­vel En­sem­ble Moderne. He has also been prin­ci­pal clar­inetist of the Chicago Clas­si­cal Sym­phony and the Colorado Phil­har­monic. He has per­formed as soloist with the Toronto Sym­phony, Vic­to­ria Sym­phony, Or­ches­tra Lon­don, Chicago Clas­si­cal Sym­phony, Chicago North Shore Cham­ber Sym­phony, Nou­vel En­sem­ble Moderne, l’Orchestre Métropoli­tain and the Fanshawe Or­ches­tra. With Nou­vel En­sem­ble Moderne Mr. Aldrich has per­formed across Canada, the United States, Eng­land, France, Bel­gium, Ger­many, Aus­tralia and Ja­pan. His record­ing of El­liott Carter's Clar­inet Con­certo won an Opus Award for Best Con­tem­po­rary Record­ing in 2002. He is heard reg­u­larly on CBC ra­dio and has recorded for the CD la­bels Atma, SNE, Analekta, CBC, UMMUS, Mon­taigne Au­vidis, Am­berola and Säch­sis­che Ton­träger. Si­mon teaches at McGill Uni­ver­sity, is artis­tic di­rec­tor of The Jef­fery Sum­mer Con­certs in Lon­don (On­tario), and has pub­lished ar­ti­cles on the com­poser Jo­hann Mel­chior Molter in the Amer­i­can jour­nals Con­tinuo and The Clar­inet.

pro­fes­sional ca­reer at the age of 14, with the Van­cou­ver Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, and later per­formed as soloist with the Seat­tle Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, l’orchestre de Lyon, l’orchestre phil­har­monique de Ra­dio France, the East­man Phil­har­monic and the Rochester Cham­ber Or­ches­tra. She has pre­sented con­certs in France, Italy, South Korea, Ja­pan, Canada and the United States and she has col­lab­o­rated in per­for­mances with the Ying Quar­tet, the New York Wood­wind Quin­tet, the so­prano Teresa Stratas and the bari­tone Wil­liam Warfield. Ms. Fung is the win­ner of sev­eral pres­ti­gious prizes, no­tably of the Mar­guerite Long-Lac­ques Thibaud com­pe­ti­tion, the Joanna Hodges In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion, the OSM Stan­dard Life Com­pe­ti­tion and the Cana­dian Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion. She has been recorded and broad­cast by the CBC, Ra­dio-Canada, NPR and Ra­dio France. She holds a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree from the East­man School of Mu­sic, a master’s de­gree from the Jul­liard School of Mu­sic and a doc­tor­ate in mu­sic from the Uni­ver­sity of Mon­tréal.

Photo Matthew Per­rin

The pi­anist Janelle Fung be­gan her

photo Bernard Pré­fontaine

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