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BSO Musicians in Recital from TanglewoodFrank, Ravel and Loeffler

BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood
Frank, Ravel and Loeffler

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Hosted by Lauren Ambrose

American composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s music draws on and transcends her rich cultural heritage, which includes Peruvian, Chinese, and Eastern European Jewish elements. Performed by BSO violinist Lucia Lin, the first movement, “Prayer,” of Frank’s big solo violin Suite Mestiza was inspired by Peruvian religious songs on Quechua texts. Lin and BSO cellist Owen Young perform Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello, a varied, full-scale, four-movement work composed in memory of his colleague Claude Debussy. The German-born Charles Martin Loeffler was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra violin section in its earliest decades and a mainstay of Boston’s musical life until his death in 1935. His Two Rhapsodies are impressionistic instrumental revisions of pieces that began life as songs.

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Lauren Ambrose, host
Lauren Ambrose, host View biography in full page >

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 Lucia Lin, violin
Lucia Lin, violin View biography in full page >

Lucia Lin made her debut performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11. Since then, she has been a prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She has performed in solo recitals throughout the U.S., making her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in March 1991, and has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.

A frequent collaborator in chamber music, Ms. Lin is a member of the Muir String Quartet, the quartet in residence at Boston University. She is also a founding member of the Boston Trio and the chamber group Innuendo. She has performed in the Sapporo Music Festival, Taos Festival, Da Camera Society in Houston, St. Barts Music Festival, and Barbican Hall Chamber Series in London. She has also recorded for Nonesuch Records as a guest of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, New World Records on a disc featuring the works of Bright Sheng, and most recently on a recording featuring the works of Gabriela Lena Frank.

A native of Champaign, Illinois, Ms. Lin received her bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and her master's degree at Rice University in Houston. Important musical influences include Sergiu Luca, Paul Rolland, Josef Gingold, Dorothy DeLay, and Louis Krasner.

Ms. Lin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and served as assistant concertmaster from 1988 to 1991 and 1996 to 98. During the 1991-92 season, she was acting concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and during the 1994 to 1996 seasons, she served as joint concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra

Lucia Lin, violin
Owen Young, cello
Owen Young, cello View biography in full page >

Cellist Owen Young joined the BSO in August 1991. A frequent collaborator in chamber music concerts and festivals, he has also appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras. He has appeared in the Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Davos, Sunflower, Gateway, Brevard, and St. Barth's music festivals and is a founding member of the innovative chamber ensemble Innuendo. Mr. Young's performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WQED in Pittsburgh, WITF in Harrisburg, and WGBH in Boston. He has performed frequently with singer/songwriter James Taylor, including the nationally televised concert "James Taylor Live at the Beacon Theatre" in New York City. Mr. Young was formerly on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory Extension Division, and the Longy School of Music; is currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music; and is active in Project STEP (String Training and Education Program for students of color). From 1991 to 1996 he was a Harvard-appointed resident tutor and director of concerts in Dunster House at Harvard University. His teachers included Elinor Osborn, Michael Grebanier, Anne Martindale Williams, and Aldo Parisot. Mr. Young holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale University. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1986 and 1987. After winning an Orchestra Fellowship in 1987, he played with the Atlanta Symphony in 1988 and with the Boston Symphony in 1988-89. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony in 1986-87 and of the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1989 until he joined the BSO in 1991.

Owen Young, cello John Ferrillo, oboe
John Ferrillo, oboe View biography in full page >

John Ferrillo joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe at the start of the 2001 Tanglewood season, occupying the Mildred B. Remis Principal Oboe Chair, having appeared with the orchestra several times in previous seasons as a guest performer. From 1986 to 2001 he was principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Ferrillo grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts, and played in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with John de Lancie and received his diploma and artist’s certificate. He also studied with John Mack at the Blossom Festival and has participated in the Marlboro, Craftsbury, and Monadnock festivals. Prior to his appointment at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Ferrillo was second oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, and was a faculty member at Illinois State University and West Virginia State University. A former faculty member of the Mannes School of Music and Juilliard School of Music in New York City, he has taught and performed at the Aspen and Waterloo festivals and currently serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. His previous BSO appearances as soloist have included Ligeti’s Double Concerto for flute and oboe, with BSO colleague Elizabeth Rowe, which they will perform again on the final subscription concerts of the current season; Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion, and Strings, also with BSO colleagues; Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto; two collaborations with violinist Pinchas Zukerman at Tanglewood in music of J.S. Bach; Wayne Barlow’s The Winter’s Past, led by Leonard Slatkin in a 2014 Tanglewood program celebrating the conductor’s 70th birthday; Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat for oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, K.297b, with BSO colleagues on the opening program of the 2014-15 season; and, most recently, in May 2018, Marcello’s Concerto in C minor for oboe and strings with Moritz Gnann conducting. As principal oboe of the BSO, Mr. Ferrillo is also a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center and a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with whom he can be heard in BSO Classics recordings of Mozart’s Quartet in F for oboe and strings, K.370; William Bolcom’s Serenata Notturna for oboe and strings, and Dutilleux’s Les Citations for oboe, harpsichord, double bass, and percussion. 

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John Ferrillo, oboe
Mary Ferrillo
Mary Ferrillo View biography in full page >

Violist Mary Ferrillo joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the September 2019. An active freelancer, she was previously offered a position with the Rochester Philharmonic and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She has been a regular substitute violist with both the BSO and the Boston Pops Orchestra for several years. Ms. Ferrillo spent three summers (2012-2014) as a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, where she received the 2014 Maurice Schwartz Prize by Marion E. Dubbs. She returned to Tanglewood as a member of the New Fromm Players in 2016 and 2017, premiering works by John Harbison, Joseph Phibbs, Kui Dong, and Marc Neikrug, among others. She has also performed at the Spoleto Festival USA, Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician, she performs frequently in the Boston and Berkshire areas in concerts actively combining contemporary and classical repertoire to create engaging and unique programs. At the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 “Rochberg @ 100” centennial celebration, she performed Rochberg’s Seventh String Quartet with other Tanglewood colleagues alongside the Daedalus Quartet. Ms. Ferrillo earned her bachelor of music degree at the University of Maryland–College Park with Katherine Murdock. She received her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Roger Tapping and Edward Gazouleas. She went on to work with Mr. Gazouleas at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Other teachers and mentors have included Cathy Basrak, Robert Vernon, Michael Tree, and Carol Rodland.

Mary Ferrillo Randall Hodgkinson, piano
Randall Hodgkinson, piano View biography in full page >

Grand prize-winner of the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Hall, pianist Randall Hodgkinson has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, the Atlanta Symphony, the Iceland Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Among his many solo and collaborative recordings are "Petrouchka and Other Prophecies" (featuring music of Stravinsky, Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven), which was awarded a double five-star rating by BBC Magazine; Dawn Upshaw's Grammy Award-winning "The Girl with the Orange Lips"; the Beethoven cello sonatas with BSO cellist Jonathan Miller, and Leo Ornstein's complete music for cello and piano with cellist Joshua Gordon. Mr. Hodgkinson has appeared at numerous festivals, including BargeMusic, the Santa Fe Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Mainly Mozart in La Jolla, California. He performs the two-piano and four-hand repertoire with his wife, Leslie Amper, and the piano trio repertoire with the Gramercy Trio. An artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, he is on the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music, the Longy School in Cambridge, and Boston University. Mr. Hodgkinson has appeared as orchestral pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on many occasions, and was soloist with the BSO in performances under Seiji Ozawa of Bartók's Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra at Symphony Hall in October 2001, followed by performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in April 2002.

Randall Hodgkinson, piano
Program Notes Audio
Gabriela Lena FRANK - "Haillí (Prayer)" from Suite Mestiza
RAVEL - Sonata for violin and cello (20)
LOEFFLER - Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano
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