Tuesday, 16 July, starting at 7:30 pm, Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin Street, Beacon Hill (Boston), the SONS OF LIBERTY FESTIVAL presents "FROM LONGY" featuring music by Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla (1921-1992), an Argentine composer of tango and bandoneon player; Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), a Brazilian composer and conductor; Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982), a Spanish composer and guitarist; Camille Saint-Saens(1835-1921), a French composer, conductor, organist and pianist; and Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), an Italian operatic composer. Performed by Fausto Miro, flute and tenor voice; Kaitlin Fry, bassoon; Mathew Fontana, clarinet; Krysta Harmon, french horn; and Libor Dudas, piano. |
Libor Dudas is a native of Croatia. He began his musical studies in piano at the age of 8. At the age of 14 gave his first organ recital in his hometown of Osijek, which led to performances in all the major cities of former Yugoslavia. A scholarship took him to Vienna, Austria, to study organ and church music where he performed, not only in Vienna and Innsbruck, but also throughout Bavaria and Italy. At the age of 20, Dr. Dudas presented an organ recital in the Thomaskirche, Bach's church in Leipzig, Germany. After receiving his Diploma with Distinction, he furthered his studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and at the New England Conservatory of Music where hDe received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance.
Dr. Dudas has studied organ with Rudolph Scholz, Craig Cramer, Gail Walton, William Porter and harpsichord with Darlene Catello and Edward Parmentier. He also studied harpsichord, fortepiano and organ with Peter Sykes and conducting with Jeffrey Rink, former director of the Chorus Pro Musica. Dr. Dudas had premiered pieces by Boston composers James McDonald, Felipe Lara and recorded and premiere of a harpsichord piece "Summer Mischief" by Michigan composer Matthew H. Fields. He is also the Organist and Choir Director at Boston's Old North Church. Dr.Dudas' recording of Elgar's "Vesper Voluntaries" can be heard on the CD "Historic Organs of Boston" published by the Organ Historical Society. In 2008, Dr. Dudas released the CD "Organ music at Old North." As a harpsichordist, forte pianist and organist, he has given numerous concerts throughout North America and Europe and is also active as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist. Recent recitals on the fortepiano have included programs of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas and variations. Libor Dudas was also a music director of the Fine Arts Chorale from 2000-2009. He has conducted the Chorale in works by Kodaly, Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Poulenc, Langlais, Faure, Bernstein, Orff and Brahms. Libor Dudas was on the piano faculty of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School and on the opera department faculty at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Dr. Dudas is the chair of Historical and Theoretical Studies at the Longy School of music in Cambridge, MA.
Michael Fontana is a Clarinetist from Brooklyn, NY. Having started playing the clarinet in high school, studying with distinguished solo clarinetist Thomas Piercy, Mr. Fontana quickly excelled winning the United states Army Band, the "Pershing's Own", concerto competition in 2004, performing at Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center. In 2006 Mr. Fontana began his undergraduate work with world famous teacher and performer, Ayako Oshima, teacher at The Juilliard school, at SUNY Purchase in NY. During this time in 2009 Mr. Fontana won the honor to play with the Distinguished Concerts International Honors wind ensemble at Lincoln Centers, Avery Fischer Hall. In 2011 Mr. Fontana began his Graduate work at the Longy School of Music of Bard College under the direction of Maestro clarinetist Jonathan Cohler. In his second year, Mr. Fontana began a mentorship with world renowned soloist and orchestral musician, Jorge Montilla. Mr. Fontana has performed with numerous orchestras including The Boston Philharmonic and is a founding member of the Marsyas Contemporary Ensemble.
Kaitlin Elizabeth Fry is a Boston area freelance bassoonist. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Bassoon Performance and Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009 where she studied with Stephen Walt, principal bassoonist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She then relocated to Boston where she earned her Master's degree in Bassoon Performance at Boston University under the instruction of Suzanne Nelsen, second bassoonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Miss Fry is an active as a performer and teaching artist in the greater Boston area; she teaches at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA and works as the bassoon studio assistant at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA. Her recent performances include various recitals as well as performances with the Nickel City Opera Company in Buffalo, New York as well as numerous festivals and regional orchestras.
Krysta Harmon is a freelance horn player in the Boston area. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Horn Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2009, where she studied with Richard Seraphinoff. She moved to Boston to attend Boston University's College of Fine Arts completing a Master's in Brass performance in 2011 under the instruction of Eric Ruske and Richard Menaul. Currently, Miss Harmon is an active freelancer and recording artist in the Boston area. Recent recording projects have included the Re:Generation Project with DJ Premier featuring Nas and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra, a PBS mini-series that will air in the Fall of 2013 with music composed by Claudio Ragazzi, and a solo horn player for the feature documentary LA-based film, "Passage to Mars." Miss Harmon is also a current member of two Boston area based ensembles, Mercury Orchestra and Symphony Nova.
Fausto Miro is a graduate student at the Longy School of Music. A native of Miami, he attended the University of South Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with a concentration in vocal and instrumental performance. His love of music has allowed him to discover a second passion, travel. In 2008, he was invited to perform in Miedzyzdroje, Poland as a soloist with the In Terra Pax Festival Choir, as well as the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria in 2009, and again in 2010. In 2011, Mr. Miro was named the Florida Male Vocalist of the year by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. Fausto has also performed frequently with the Florida Orchestra, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Tampa, and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Most recently, Fausto was invited to go on tour with Trinity Church this summer in the United Kingdom.
Church on the Hill (View)
140 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA 02108
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