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The Tetra Trio
Home of Robert Schwartz and Judy Staicer
Lexington, MA
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The Musical Chairs House Concert Series is proud to present:

The Tetra Trio

Saturday, February 1, 2020
7:30 PM

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We will begin with perhaps the most well-known piece for soprano, clarinet and piano - Schubert's beloved "Shepherd on the Rock". We will then present duos for various combinations of our instruments, including Spanish dances, Irish folk songs, and a dazzling piece for clarinet and piano. The program will conclude with more folk song arrangements for the full trio and a new arrangement of the oft-sung song "Frog Went a-Courtin", complete with references to Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee" and the French National Anthem!

About the Tetra Trio:

A Boston-based classical chamber group, Tetra Trio has four angles: voice, violin, clarinet and piano. All three performers are members of separate professional orchestras and choirs, but have a special love of bringing chamber music to smaller audiences. Now in their fourth year, Tetra Trio enjoys exploring rarely-performed music as well as classical favorites, bringing varied programs to their audiences. Their music is centered around communication, foremost with each other as they perform, but also in educating audiences on the works, time period and instruments.

Bill Kirkley, clarinet

Active as an orchestral musician, recitalist, and chamber performer, clarinetist Bill Kirkley's playing has been labeled "emotional, committed, and intensely exciting" by The Boston Globe. The Boston Musical Intelligencer called him "a musician in total command of his instrument". Bill's orchestral playing has been heard in some of the world's great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Symphony Hall Boston, Orchestra Hall Chicago, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London. He is principal clarinetist and one of the founders of the Lexington Symphony, principal clarinetist of Cape Ann Symphony, solo bass clarinetist with Orchestra of Indian Hill and the Albany Symphony. As a guest clarinetist, he can often be heard performing with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and City Ballet in NYC. Bill is sought out as a concerto soloist and has been featured with the North Arkansas Symphony, Mesquite Symphony, North Shore Philharmonic, Gordon Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony, and the Lexington Symphony. An avid proponent of new music, Bill is the clarinetist for Boston Musica Viva, the oldest contemporary music ensemble in the United States. He has worked with many of the leading composers of our era to realize their music, including Joan Tower, Martin Bresnik, Michael Gandolfi, Gunther Schuller, Donald Martino, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison. Bill's recording of Camarata IV, a concerto for all the clarinets, was written for him by the esteemed New York composer Bernard Hoffer and will be released in spring 2019. Bill has recorded extensively on such labels as CRI, SEAMUS, New World, Albany, Naxos, and Centaur. His playing has been heard on WGBH Boston and the BBC from London. If you play SimCity BuildIt! you've heard his playing behind the game. A performer dedicated to educating, Bill has served on the music faculties of University of Southwestern Louisiana, Brandeis University, UMass Boston, and is currently on the music faculties of Gordon College, the College of the Holy Cross, and Indian Hill Music. Bill attended the University of Arkansas, Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University, where his major teachers were Robert Marcellus, Anthony Gigliotti, and Robert Umiker. Bill is an avid lover of the outdoors, and lives in New Hampshire with his wife and adorable Scottie Dogs.

Alexandra Whitfield, soprano

Soprano Alexandra Whitfield, praised for her "touching and poignant" sound (Boston Musical Intelligencer), is an active performer around the New England area in oratorio, opera, concert and new music. Her most recent engagements include Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the New Bedford Choral Society, Eve in The Creation with Cantata Singers, Pamina in The Magic Flute with The Nahant Music Festival, the Faure Requiem with The Litchfield County Choral Union and as a guest artist on the WGBH 2017 Christmas Special. Alexandra has performed as a soloist in concert with The Boston Ballet, The Lexington Symphony, The Newton Community Chorus, The Cantata Singers Chamber Ensemble and The Berwick Community Chorus. Her opera roles include Pamina (The Magic Flute), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Zerlina (La Serva Padrona) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), working with Opera New Hampshire, Piccola Opera and Longwood Opera.  Dedicated to chamber music and promoting new and emerging pieces, Alexandra has collaborated with local composers, performing commissioned works and crafting recitals. Most recently, she produced a world premiere program of new compositions and spoken word in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's 50th anniversary. She is a founding member of the chamber group Tetra Trio, and continues to develop creative recital programs. Alexandra received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music, and was the only vocalist to be awarded the Roman Totenberg Award for "stellar academic and artistic achievement and deep commitment to the art of music".  She placed in second for NEMPAC's vocal competition, was a prize-winner in the Massachusetts NATS competition and a semi-finalist in the American Prize Competition and Rochester Classical Idol. Alexandra currently sings as a member of Cantata Singers and The Brookline Consort, and studies with Frank Kelley.

Elizabeth Whitfield, piano and violin

Elizabeth Whitfield studied violin performance at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama. After graduating, she free-lanced in London, playing with Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square, London Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Kent Opera. In 1986, she moved to Boston, and focused on raising her three daughters while playing on a more informal basis until attaining Green Card status and eventually U.S. citizenship, enabling her once more to free-lance in and around the Boston area with symphony, opera and ballet orchestras. A Lexington resident, Liz has been concertmaster of the Lexington Symphony since its formation in 1994. She has been particularly involved in furthering the reach of the symphony's educational outreach program, "Orchestrating Kids Through Classics". Liz enjoys playing the piano whenever she has the opportunity, and particularly in collaborations with her daughter, Allie.

Their web site: https://tetratrio.wordpress.com

Our website: http://www.MusicalChairsLexMA.org

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Our upcoming concerts: http://www.MusicalChairsLexMA.org/concerts_future.html
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Home of Robert Schwartz and Judy Staicer (View)
6 Patterson Road
Lexington, MA 02421
United States



Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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