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BSO Musicians in Recital from TanglewoodSebring, Sebring/Overton, Schumann, Dukas and Mozart

BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood
Sebring, Sebring/Overton, Schumann, Dukas and Mozart



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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

This program of horn-centric music features not only the standard orchestral French horn but also its cousin, the long Alphorn of Swiss, German, and Austrian tradition. BSO Associate Principal Horn Richard Sebring and colleagues perform Sebring’s own new composition for alphorns to start this program. The second Sebring work is a duet for horn and harp with former TMC Fellow Charles Overton. Standard-repertoire horn pieces by Schumann, Dukas, and Mozart—including the substantial Quintet in E-flat for horn and strings—complete the program.

Featured Performers

Lauren Ambrose, host
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Lauren Ambrose has been seen on Broadway in Awake and Sing! and Exit the King. She also appeared Buried Child at London's National Theatre and in The Public Theater's Romeo and Julietand Hamlet. Her film work includes Where the Wild Things Are, Wanderlust, Sleepwalk With Me, Starting out in the Evening, I’m Coming Over, The River, Psycho Beach Party, Can’t Hardly Waitand In & Out. On television, she's best known for starring as Claire Fisher on Six Feet Under" and has also appeared on Dig, Torchwood, Law & Order and The X-Files.

Lauren Ambrose, host Richard Sebring, horn
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Richard Sebring is associate principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal horn of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, Mr. Sebring studied at Indiana University, the New England Conservatory of Music, the University of Washington, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Previously principal horn of the Rochester Philharmonic, he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1981. Mr. Sebring has been soloist with the BSO and the Boston Pops in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour. As a studio musician, his horn work is heard regularly in popular music, on PBS, and in films. His arrangements of holiday and ceremonial music have been played by the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall and at Fenway Park. Mr. Sebring teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Richard Sebring, horn
Michael Winter, horn
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Michael Winter joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as third horn in September 2012, occupying the Elizabeth B. Storer Chair. Prior to his appointment with the BSO, he was acting principal horn of the Buffalo Philharmonic and principal horn of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for several seasons. He has also performed as guest principal horn with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Winter was born in Southern California and raised there by a musical family. He began his horn studies with his grandfather, the respected horn teacher Dr. James Winter, and later studied with Jim Thatcher and John Mason. He then moved to Boston to pursue a degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he worked with BSO members Richard Mackey and Richard Sebring. He is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Michael Winter, horn Rachel Childers, horn
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Rachel Childers joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as second horn at the start of the 2011-12 season, becoming the first female member of the BSO brass section in its history; she occupies the John P. II and Nancy S. Eustis Chair in the BSO's horn section. Ms. Childers received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan, followed by an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She is on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Rachel Childers, horn
Tatiana Dimitriades, violin
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Born and raised in New York, Tatiana Dimitriades attended the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School.  She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an artist diploma, from the Indiana University School of Music, where she was awarded the performer's certificate in recognition of outstanding musical performance.  A recipient of the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, Ms. Dimitriades has also won the Guido Chigi Saracini Prize, presented by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena, Italy, on the occasion of the Paganini Centenary, and the Mischa Pelz Prize of the National Young Musicians Foundation Debut Competition in Los Angeles. 

Ms. Dimitriades joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 1987-88 season.  An active chamber musician, she is a member of the Boston Artists Ensemble, Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble, and Walden Chamber Players.  Ms. Dimitriades now teaches at the Boston Conservatory.  She was concertmaster of the Newton Symphony Orchestra, with which she appeared often as a concerto soloist, and is currently the concertmaster of the New Philharmonia Orchestra.  She continues to perform frequently in recital and chamber music performances throughout New England.  Other solo performances have included a Carnegie Recital Hall appearance sponsored by the Associated Music Teachers of New York and an appearance as soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Tatiana Dimitriades, violin Cathy Basrak, viola
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A native of the Chicago area, Cathy Basrak earned her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in spring 2000. Ms. Basrak's teachers include Joseph de Pasquale, principal viola of the BSO from 1947 to 1964, and Michael Tree of the Guarneri String Quartet. She has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. In addition, she has performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble and Boston's Metamorphosen Ensemble and appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago, Detroit, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras, and Boston Pops with John Williams. Ms. Basrak has won several awards, including Grand Prize in the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Concerto Competition, First Prize in the William E. Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition, First Prize in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and Second Prize in the 46th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. Ms Basrak teaches at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University and also coaches chamber ensembles at New England Conservatory.

Cathy Basrak, viola
Kathryn Sievers, viola
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Kathryn Sievers joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in February 2018. Ms. Sievers was born in Boston to a family of scientists and grew up in the Marshall Islands. She earned an undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale and a master of music degree from Juilliard, furthering her viola studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Influential teachers include Robert Vernon, Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Erick Friedman. As a fellow at the New World Symphony Ms. Sievers won the concerto competition and performed Béla Bartók's final concerto with the orchestra. After completing her studies she embarked on an active freelance career, including work with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Opera. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Ms. Sievers worked frequently as a substitute musician with the orchestra and was a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine. Each summer she can be heard at Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Kathryn Sievers, viola Mickey Katz, cello
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Mickey Katz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2004. A native of Israel, he has distinguished himself as a solo performer, chamber musician, and contemporary music specialist. He received the Presser Music Award in Boston, the Karl Zeise Prize as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, and won first prizes at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and the Rubin Academy Competition in Tel Aviv. He has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural foundation scholarships since 1988. As soloist, he has performed with several Israeli orchestras and locally with the Civic Symphony of Boston, Symphony Pro Musica, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

Mr. Katz is a passionate performer of new music. He premiered and recorded Menachem Wiesenberg's Cello Concerto with the Israel Defense Force Orchestra and has performed several American and Boston premieres of Elliott Carter's music, working with the composer. He also worked with composers György Kurtág, John Corigliano, Leon Kirchner, and John Harbison in performing their music. Following his success in performing new music as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he was invited back to Tanglewood in the summer of 2002 as a member of the New Fromm Players, an alumni ensemble in residence, performing challenging new works and collaborating with young composers.

An active chamber musician, Mickey has performed in such venues as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy, and Salle Gaveau in Paris, as well as all the major venues of Israel. He participated in the Marlboro Festival and was invited to take part in the Musicians from Marlboro tour. He has collaborated in performances with distinguished players such as violinists Pinkhas Zukerman and Gil Shaham, violists Tabea Zimmermann and Kim Kashkashian, members of the Juilliard and Guarneri string quartets, and pianist Gilbert Kalish.

Mickey completed his mandatory military service in Israel as a part of the "Distinguished Musician Program", playing in the Israel Defense Force String Quartet, a group that performs throughout the country both in classical concerts and in many outreach and educational concerts for soldiers and other audiences. He graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he was a Piatigorsky scholarship student of Laurence Lesser. His teachers included Paul Katz, Uzi Wiezel, Hillel Zori, and Uri Vardi. He teaches privately and is on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Mickey Katz, cello
Vytas Baksys, piano
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Pianist Vytas Baksys is an active freelance collaborator performing in a variety of recitals, competitions, and other musical settings employing various styles and genres throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a frequent keyboardist with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, has performed on several occasions with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and works with such other area ensembles as Boston Musica Viva, Boston Secession, Concord Chamber Music Society, and the Rivers School Conservatory. Recent projects include the Sarasota (FL) Musica Viva, Ensemble Chamarre, and the Terezín Music Foundation. For many years he was the faculty pianist of the Fellowship Conducting Program at Tanglewood. Of Lithuanian descent, Mr. Baksys is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and State University of New York at Stony Brook. His principal teachers include Angel Ramon Rivera, Victor Rosenbaum, and Gilbert Kalish. He has participated in recordings for RCA, CRI, Golden Crest, Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner, Nonesuch, Reference Recordings, Terezín Music Foundation, Naxos, and BSO Classics.

Vytas Baksys, piano Charles Overton Charles Overton
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