Music at Eden's Edge presents a program that explores three composers on the edge of greatness. For Schubert, his early quartet seeks to emulate his great predecessors, but in his own unique way. Ravel calls his duo for violin and cello a “turning point” in his life, and the young American composer Andrew Norman seeks inspiration through the beauty and mystery of Rome’s churches. Come hear Music at Eden’s Edge members Jacques Lee Wood and Maria Benotti and guest artists Annie Rabbat and Amelia Hollander-Ames perform some absolutely stunning music!
Franz Schubert– Quartettsatz, D. 703
Maurice Ravel– Sonata for Violin and Cello
Andrew Norman– “Sabina” from The Companion Guide to Rome
Franz Schubert– String Quartet in E-flat major No.10, D.87
About Music at Eden's Edge
Since 1982, extraordinary chamber music concerts performed by Music at Eden’s Edge (MEE) have delighted audiences by combining great music with the magic, serenity and beauty of the North Shore. As an established part of the cultural scene, MEE has brought music to schoolchildren, seniors and thousands of concertgoers in hundreds of different musical programs and performances. Recognized and respected for its high musical standards and community presence within and also outside the concert hall, Music at Eden’s Edge is realizing the vision of a musical regional residency for the North Shore, in which great music, performers and people connect in a shared experience both delightful and also profound.
MEE’s mission is to perform chamber music of the highest caliber for the broadest possible audiences; to commission and perform new works; and to foster appreciation and understanding of classical music through live professional programs in accessible and intimate concert settings, emphasizing artist-to-audience contact, education and community outreach.
For more information about Music at Eden’s Edge: www.edensedge.org and www.facebook.com/musicedensedge
About the Performers
Annie Rabbat, Violin
Violinist Annie Rabbat is a member of A Far Cry, Boston Lyric Opera and Rhode Island Philharmonic. She has performed with the Orpheus, St. Paul, and East Coast Chamber Orchestras, as well as with the Arcturus Ensemble, Walden Chamber Players, and North Country Chamber Players. For three years, she served as Concertmaster of the Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Annie has performed at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music, and the Caramoor, Yellow Barn, and Virginia Arts Festivals. Her chamber music collaborations include performances with members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Takacs and Orion Quartets and the Florestan, Peabody and Beaux Arts Trios.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and Indiana University, Ms. Rabbat completed her studies at the New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein. Her mentors have also included Robert Mann, Pamela Frank, Paul Biss and Roger Tapping.
For more information about Annie Rabbat, please visit www.afarcry.org/bios/annie.
Maria Benotti, Violin
Violinist Maria Benotti founded Music at Eden’s Edge, the North Shore’s own resident chamber music ensemble, in 1982. As its Artistic Director, she has shaped its programs and artistic vision while performing for 30 seasons. Active in Boston’s vibrant musical scene, she is a member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she has taught violin, chamber music and Sonata Duo class since 1977, as well as a course in string pedagogy in the School for Continuing Education.
Ms. Benotti has performed frequently with the Handel & Haydn Orchestra on early violin, and she is a founding member of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. She appeared for years as concertmaster and chamber performer on modern violin with the St. John’s Concert Series in Beverly Farms. She has performed in numerous recitals and chamber concerts throughout New England, including a Jordan Hall solo recital, the Enchanted Circle Series at Jordan Hall, the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival and the Music at Noon Series at Northeastern University and has recorded for Friedrich von Huene and composer Howard Rovics.
A graduate of Oberlin College and New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Benotti studied with Eric Rosenblith, Dorothy DeLay, Masuko Ushioda, Günter Pichler and Valeria Kuchment. Her chamber music studies included such master teachers as Josef Gingold, Eric Rosenblith, Donald Weilerstein, David Wells, and Michael Schnitzler, with whom she studied while a special student at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria.
Amelia Hollander-Ames, Viola
Violist Amelia Hollander Ames is passionate about bringing music to all audiences via performance, education and collaboration. Amelia founded the chamber music collective Con Vivo Music, in her hometown of Jersey City, NJ, in 2007. Praised by the New York Times for its “delightful, expert playing,” Con Vivo presents adventurous programs which are free and accessible to all.
Since moving to Boston in 2013, Amelia has performed with such local ensembles as A Far Cry, Antico Moderno, Orchestra of Indian Hill (where she is Co-Principal Viola), and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, as well as in the A.R.T.’s productions of Matt Aucoin’s “Crossing,” and “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.” From 2004–07, she was a member of the Israel Contemporary String Quartet and Tel Aviv Soloists. Projects with Cultures in Harmony, as well as her quartet with cellist Michal Shein and violinists Shaw Pong Liu and Sharon Cohen, have brought Amelia to Mexico for several tours of concerts and community interaction. International festivals include the Israel Festival, Kneisel Hall, Prussia Cove, Rockport, Schleswig-Holstein, and Verbier.
An avid explorer of the music of our time, Amelia has premiered works by Lembit Beecher, Judd Greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Matana Roberts, Caroline Shaw and Mazz Swift. Currently a teaching artist in the Boston Public School system through Community Music Center, she is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory. Amelia lives in Arlington with her husband, Christopher, and their two sons.
Jacques Lee Wood, Cello
Music at Eden’s Edge Artistic Director and cellist Jacques Lee Wood’s interest in teaching and research supplements an active performance career that covers a broad range of repertoire and interests: from historically informed performance on baroque cello, commissioning and performing new works on modern cello, to playing bluegrass banjo, mandolin, and cello with his NYC-based group Cathedral Parkway. A top prizewinner at the ARTS Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Wood has performed extensively across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Deeply committed to seeking out new areas in music to explore, Wood is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the Boston-based Antico Moderno, a period chamber ensemble that commissions new works for period instruments, and StringLab, a cello/guitar duo with Simon Powis that produces original arrangements/compositions and commissions new works for the ensemble. He is a principal player with the Grammy-nominated Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Bachsolisten Seoul, Music at Eden’s Edge, and the American Baroque Orchestra, and is a frequent guest artist with A Far Cry, Bach Collegium Japan, Firebird Ensemble, and the Sebastians. Since 2014, Wood has been a visiting artist at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and is a frequent guest artist at the Bari International Music Festival, International Musical Arts Institute, and the Manchester Summer Chamber Music Festival.
Currently a Doctoral Candidate at Yale University, Mr. Wood received his BM at the New England Conservatory of Music and his MM at Yale University under Laurence Lesser and Aldo Parisot, respectively.
To learn more about Jacques Lee Wood, please visit www.jacquesleewood.com.
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