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A Benefit Concert for The Musical Offering Organized by Bettie Buccheri
This concert will be held at a private residence in southeast Evanston.
Evanston, IL
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A Benefit Concert for The Musical Offering Organized by Bettie Buccheri
Gail Williams, horn
Steven Cohen, clarinet
Elizabeth Buccheri, piano

As part of the RAVE Performance Series in support of The Musical Offering, MO Board Member Elizabeth Buccheri has organized a special, intimate afternoon with two other prominent Chicago area musicians.

This concert will be held at a private residence in southeast Evanston. Ticket holders will receive the address in advance of the performance date.

About the performers:

ELIZABETH BUCCHERI, piano --------------------------------

Elizabeth Buccheri, chamber musician and vocal coach, was assistant conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1987 to 2013. Previously, she served as collaborative pianist for Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute for Young Artists and pianist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has toured as pianist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with the Vermeer and Shanghai string quartets, and with Midori, Gil Shaham, Michelle DeYoung, Vinson Cole, Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson, Sherrill Milnes, and Susanna Phillips. Her recordings can be found on the CRI, Spectrum, Sony, Cedille, Boston, and Albany labels. She is the first American to receive the Sir Georg Solti Foundation Award. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Buccheri has given master classes at The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, AMFS, Lawrence Conservatory, and the music academies of Lithuania and Latvia. As a faculty member at Northwestern University, Buccheri supervised the collaborative piano program in the Bienen School of Music from 2000 to 2013. Ms. Buccheri is a native of South Carolina and was educated at Winthrop University and the Eastman School of Music, from which she received the performers certificate in piano and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Buccheri is an artist-faculty member of the New Horizons program, which is made possible by an endowment gift by Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum.

GAIL WILLIAMS, horn --------------------------------

Gail Williams is an internationally recognized hornist and brass pedagogue. She has presented concerts, master classes, recitals and lectures throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Asia. Ms. Williams joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in December 1978, and was appointed associate principal horn in 1984, a position she held until her retirement from the orchestra in 1998. She has been a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and is currently principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. As featured horn soloist, Professor Williams has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, New World Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and a number of regional orchestras. Professor Williams has also performed in 2004 as principal horn with the Saito Kenin Orchestra with Maestro Ozawa in Matsumoto, Japan. In 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009, she was principal horn with the World Orchestra for Peace (WOP), under Maestro Gergiev, with concerts in London, Berlin, Moscow, Beijing, Budapest, Rotterdam, Brussels, Jerusalem, Krakow, and Stockholm. In the summer of 2010, Professor Williams performed Mahler's 5th symphony with WOP live on the BBC in London  and in Salzburg, Austria. Other WOP performances include Abu Dhabi (January 2011), and New York City and Chicago (October 2012).

Professor Williams is dedicated to performing and promotion chamber music. She has performed with the Vermeer Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, The Skaneateles Music Festival, Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Olympic Peninsula Chamber Festival. She was the featured artist on a chamber music series in Ottawa, Canada, with the National Arts Orchestra of Canada. She is a founding member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM), a critically acclaimed chamber music ensemble which has commissioned and performed works for their Millennium concert series and the CCMs concert series.  A recording of all-Mozart works, including the Horn quintet, was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. Professor Williams is also an original member of the Summit Brass, with whom she has made eight recordings. During the 2009-10 season, she had three recording projects comprising commissioned solo and chamber compositions and lesser-known works for horn.

In addition to her recordings with Summit Brass, Professor Williams can be heard on her solo recordings: 20th Century Settings and Deep Remembering, which are available on Summit Records. An additional solo recording has been released by Northwestern University: Goddess Triology, featuring compositions by John McCabe and two works for horn percussion by Charles Taylor and Eric Wilder. In the spring of 2011, Professor Williams released a recording of four commissioned works, available on CD Baby.

Professor Williams has played an active role in commissioning projects and performing contemporary solo works for the horn. In 1995, she premiered Dana Wilson's Deep Remembering and Anthony Plogs Postcards at the International Horn Society Workshop in Yamagata, Japan. In 1997, she premiered Dana Wilsons Horn Concerto with the Syracuse Symphony. A year later, Professor Williams performed the Oliver Knussen Horn Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Knussen. She helped commission Yehudi Wyners Horn Trio and was involved in the orchestration of Dragons in the Sky by Mark Schultz. Professor Williams premiered another horn and piano work by Dana Wilson, Musings, in 2003 and performed both this work and his concerto at the 2005 International Horn Society Workshop. She performed the U.S. premiere of a Concerto for Horn and Orchestra by Collins Matthews at Northwestern University in June of 2005. In June 2012, Professor Williams premiered a commissioned concerto by James Stephenson at the IHS Symposium in Denton, Texas.

Professor Williams has given master classes and recitals around the world, working with musicians at Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, the New World Symphony, Eastman School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Illinois, Sam Houston University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, the NAC Orchestra (Ottawa), and Music Hochschule (Frankfurt, Germany). As a member of Summit Brass, she has been coaching young brass musicians since 1986. Since 1980, Professor Williams has been a featured recitalist and lecturer at the International Horn Society Workshops in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Germany. In 2001, 2005, and 2009, she served as one the judges for the Horn Solo Competition in Porcia, Italy.

Gail Williams has been on the Bienen School faculty since 1989. In May of 2005, she received the Charles Deering McCormick Teaching Professorship. With the award, she has commissioned and performed three new chamber works for horn and mixed instruments by Douglas Hill, Dana Wilson, and Augusta Read Thomas. Professor Williams studied with John Covert at Ithaca College. Her awards from Ithaca College include the Ithaca Colleges Young Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate of music.

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STEVE COHEN, clarinet --------------------------------

Coordinator, winds and percussion program. Active as both a soloist and chamber performer throughout the U.S. and around the world, Steve Cohen is the former principal clarinetist with the New Orleans Symphony, later known as the Louisiana Philharmonic. Cohen joined the New Orleans Symphony in 1975 and remained as principal clarinet with its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic, through May 2004. He was featured as concerto soloist with that orchestra many times and has also been featured as concerto soloist at the Brevard Music Center, where he has played and continues to play principal clarinet each summer since 1979. In the summer of 2010, he was featured as soloist on the Copland Clarinet Concerto with Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. He has toured in the U.S. as principal clarinet with the Texas Opera Theater and throughout Europe as principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He maintains an active yearly solo, chamber music, and master class schedule and has performed solo recitals and master classes throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Korea and China. In April of 2010, he performed and gave master classes in Beijing, China, and throughout Taiwan. In August of 2009, he performed at the ICA convention in Porto, Portugal, and was guest artist and teacher at the International Music Course in Guimaraes, Portugal, returning in September of 2011.

Professor Cohen was guest artist and master class clinician with the Seoul Philharmonic Clarinet Festival and, on many occasions, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. He has performed at ICA clarinet conventions and the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. Since moving to Chicago in 2005, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera, as principal clarinet with the Music of the Baroque Orchestra, and has performed in chamber music groups throughout the Chicago area, including the Chicago Chamber Musicians. In the winter of 2007, he returned to Korea and conducted a week of master classes in Seoul, and in the summer of 2007, he performed recitals and conducted master classes at the China International Clarinet Festival in Beijing, China.

In the summers of 2006-2008, he was on the faculty of the Aria International Summer Institute. He has participated as guest faculty at the Indiana University clarinet workshops, taught as guest faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Southern California. Professor Cohen is a former faculty member at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Louisiana State University. He is an artist/clinician for Buffet clarinets and a Legere reed artist. He was a host of the ICA 2001 convention in New Orleans and has written many articles for the Clarinet magazine.

Born and raised in New York City, he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a clarinet and piano major. Professor Cohen's clarinet teachers at Oberlin included Loren Kitt and Larry McDonald. He studied for a year with Karl Leister in Berlin and subsequently with Robert Marcellus in Cleveland and Chicago.


This concert will be held at a private residence in southeast Evanston.
Ticket holders will receive the address in advance of the performance date.
Evanston, IL 60202
United States

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