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FREE Community Chamber Concert
Taconic Hight School
96 Valentine Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201
2:15 p.m. - “Community Conversations” with a member of the BSO and Robert Kirzinger, Associate Director of Program Publications

Boston Symphony Orchestra

General Admission

Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time. Each concert program lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians.

Featured Performers

Bonnie Bewick, violin
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A member of the Boston Symphony since 1987, Bonnie Bewick attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned her bachelor's degree in music in 1986 from the Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bonnie won a position with the Columbus Symphony and participated in summer music festivals at Interlochen, Spoleto, the Colorado Philharmonic, and the Grand Tetons. She has made solo appearances with a number of West Coast orchestras, and with the Boston Pops under John Williams and Keith Lockhart as well as the New England Philharmonic and the Cape Ann Symphony in New England. While trained as a classical violinist, bringing many forms of traditional and folk music to classical audiences has become her passion. With that purpose in mind she formed the group "Classical Tangent" in 2007, comprised of BSO members and other traditional musicians. This venture has been enthusiastically received by audiences at Symphony Hall, around Boston, and in the Berkshires, with a featured performance in June 2010 with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart. Since then, Bonnie has formed the duo "Frame" (frame-music.com) with her brother, guitar player and songsmith Ken Bewick; they released their first CD in March 2013. Bonnie also plays folk music with the group Childsplay (www.childsplay.org), leads Orchestra Audition seminars all over the country, and teaches privately. When she finds herself with extra time on her hands, cooking with her brother, Ken, is one of her favorite pastimes, as is playing golf. She is married to Michael Brown and has two fabulous sons, Andrew and Kevin.

Bonnie Bewick, violin Ala Jojatu, violin
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Ala Jojatu joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra's violin section at the start of the 2011-12 season. Ala was a regular extra player with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras, and she has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, New England String Ensemble, Portland (Maine) Symphony, and as concertmaster of the Indian Hill Orchestra. Born in Moldova, Ala began her Bachelor of Music degree at the Bucharest National University of Music, where she studied with Stefan Gheorghiu, and then finished it as a full scholarship student at the Boston Conservatory, studying with Lynn Chang and former BSO principal second violin Marylou Speaker Churchill. She completed her Master of Music degree as a student of BSO concertmaster Malcolm Lowe at Boston University. Ala was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 2000 and 2001. She has won numerous competitions, resulting in performances of the Sibelius violin concerto with the Moldova National Orchestra, and the Berg violin concerto with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. Ala and her husband, BSO cellist Mihail Jojatu, are the proud parents of Maria Luiza and Gabriel Valentin.

Ala Jojatu, violin
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 Lawrence Wolfe, bass
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Lawrence Wolfe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra bass section in 1970, becoming the orchestra's youngest member at that time; he was named assistant principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal bass of the Boston Pops Orchestra during the 1981‑82 season.  A graduate of New England Conservatory, Mr. Wolfe studied double bass with William Curtis, Leslie Martin, and Gary Karr.  As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he was awarded the Albert Spaulding Prize for the most promising and outstanding instrumentalist.  He is now a faculty member at Boston University, New England Conservatory, and the Boston Conservatory.  Represented on Titanic Records by his album, Lawrence Wolfe, Double Bass, Mr. Wolfe has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, NEC's Jordan Hall, Kilbourne Hall in Rochester, and Symphony Hall, where he has been a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Mr. Wolfe was a judge and performed with his wife, soprano Pamela Wolfe, at the International Double Bass Competition on the Isle of Man in England.  At the invitation of the Australian String Teachers Association, Mr. Wolfe toured the major cities of Australia, performing in recitals and teaching master classes.  At the 1988 convention of the International Institute of the String Bass in Los Angeles, he was a recitalist, judge, and arranger.  At Disneyland, he conducted an ensemble of eighty bass players in his own arrangements of Disney tunes.  As a composer, Mr. Wolfe has numerous popular songs and three musicals to his credit.  Ronald Feldman conducted the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in the premiere of his overture, Freefall, and John Williams conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra in the premiere of his trumpet concerto with Timothy Morrison as soloist.  Prophecy and Joy, a celebratory piece for chorus and orchestra to words by Walt Whitman, was commissioned by the Masterworks Chorale for their fiftieth‑anniversary concert at Symphony Hall.

Lawrence Wolfe, bass