Weston Sprott enjoys an exciting career that includes orchestral, chamber, and solo performances, as well as numerous educational and outreach efforts. He is a trombonist in New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 2005. He has been recognized as “an excellent trombonist” with a “sense of style and phrasing [that] takes a backseat to no one”.
Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Danielle Belen is already making a name for herself as a seasoned pedagogue with a strong studio of young artists. In 2010, Ms. Belen founded Center Stage Strings, a summer camp and performance festival for gifted young musicians in California. After gaining national attention, CSS has since moved to the U of M campus as an MPulse summer program, where she is the Artistic and Faculty Director.
The Bokun/Kościuszko Clarinet and Guitar Duo is a musical ensemble whose aspiration is to rediscover the greatest masterpieces of chamber music from Schubert through 20th-century French composers to a contemporary chamber and solo music repertoire. Beside chamber music concerts, the Duo also performs with orchestras, playing the Double Concerto by Astor Piazzolla in an arrangement for clarinet, guitar and strings. In 2015 they released the album A la carte, gaining 5-star reviews. The duos` concert tour in 2017 included such cities as Cologne, Tokyo, Nagoya, Paris, Budapest, Vilnius, Cracow and many others. The enthusiastic acclaim in Japan resulted with the appereance on the cover of “Clarinet” magazine.
Walking down the street or meeting Ranaan in any establishment you might be surprised to find out that he's a musician. He looks inconspicuously like your every day guy, has interests like sports, cooking, working out and is a pretty regular family guy married to his beautiful and supportive wife Emily and raising their 2 sons. He also takes pride in living in South Jersey, being near his extended family and is proud to be a product of South Jersey public schools. But Ranaan fell in love with jazz when he was 15 and this was his gateway into all forms of music. He went to school in Winslow Township Sicklerville, then to Washington Township Turnersville. While growing up he played in Temple Prep and The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Ranaan attended college at the Manhattan school of Music and then transferred to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he met the band he cofounded, Time For Three.
What better way to brighten up the winter than by going to a party!
Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner and wine, beer, champagne or soft drinks. We are excited to feature Primavera Artists in the Jazz Band, performing along side professional players!
The best thing of all, you'll be doing good while having fun. All donations will benefit the Primavera Artists, passionate music students from Philadelphia neighborhoods. Contributions made at the event will go toward supporting these young musicians with instruments from The Norman Holland-Hull Instrument Library, professional music lessons, music ensemble programs, summer camp and more.
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Hailed a “firebrand” (IncidentLight.com) and noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea was just named among the most recent Sphinx Medal of Excellence winners. She was the First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition and joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program. As such, she is presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She has also received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists’ Competition, and captured First Prize at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition.
A passionate teacher, Ms. Lamprea is on the cello faculty at the Texas Christian University School of Music in Fort Worth, Texas for the 2018-19 academic year, and regularly gives masterclasses in the United States and abroad. She has worked with Ecuadorian youth in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and “Sinfonia Por La Vida,” a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program. She continued to pursue musical outreach as a Gluck Community Service Fellow at Juilliard, performing in hospitals and nursing homes in and around New York City as part of a mixed ensemble of dancers, actors, and musicians. Christine Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which supported her studies at the New England Conservatory, and a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, which supported her study with acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. Previous teachers include Ken Freudigman and Ken Ishii.
The American Flutist, Julietta Curenton, has been has been hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a musician with a “great artistic sense” and “tone that glows more than it sparkles, drawing in one’s ear with sounds and ideas that simply cannot be resisted.” Ms. Curenton has made solo guest appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, U.S. Army Orchestra - Pershing's Own and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.
As an educator, Ms. Curenton is deeply committed to bringing music education to inner city youth. A former fellow of The Academy– a ground-breaking educational program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute – she has given interactive concerts to hundreds of students in the New York City school system and has performed extensively in Carnegie Halls' Weill Music Hall and Zankel Hall. Ms Curenton is currently teaching at Brooklyn College and is a chamber music facilitator and adjudicator for the National Youth Orchestra 2.
A native of Austin, TX, Billy Hunter has been Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004. He enjoys a versatile career in the classical music world that includes Orchestral, Chamber, and Solo performances as well as several Educational and outreach initiatives. He is also a former member of the Grammy nominated Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago.
Mr. Hunter has given masterclasses and recitals nationally and internationally with several universities and schools including Curtis, Juilliard School, University of Mary, UT Austin--Denver, James Madison, Memphis and Pittsburgh State universities, Stellenbosch University in South Africa and various venues in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to this he is a frequent coach for the New York Youth Symphony in Manhattan and the National Youth Orchestra. He is currently on faculty at NJCU and the Manhattan School of Music.
Elmar Oliveira is an American violinist whose remarkable combination of impeccable artistry and old-world elegance sets him apart as one of our most celebrated living artists. Oliveira remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition. He was the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and won First Prize at the Naumburg International Competition.
Oliveira is passionate about expanding the role and repertoire of the violin as well as championing contemporary music and unjustly neglected works. He is a devoted teacher and promoter of young artists, and also keenly supports the art of contemporary violin and bow making.
Professor Aundrey Mitchell (Applied Studies, viola) has taught at Moravian College, Westminster Choir College, Pennsylvania Academy of the Music, and Eastern Music Festival. She has also been a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Mitchell maintains an active performing career. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with performances at classic venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Gallery of Art, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, to the Mariinsky Theater and Tchaikovsky Hall in Russia. As a member of the Philadelphia Virtuosi she toured South America, Mexico, Serbia, and Russia. As soloist, she has appeared with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, and the Antara Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, she has performed in Canada, France, and Italy and participated in numerous festivals including the Taos School of Music and the L'École d'Arts Americaines at Fontainebleau, France.
Dr. Mitchell received BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music studies with Lucien Joel, completed post graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Karen Ritscher, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University studying with Michael Tree. Dr. Mitchell joined TCNJ - The College of New Jersey music faculty (Viola, Chamber Music) in the Fall 2017. Additionally, she is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the City University of New York (CUNY) - Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches at the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City. She spends her summers teaching at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.