Flutist Wincenc and Escher Quartet Tackle Mozart, Haydn, Debussy and More

Carol Wincenc

Carol Wincenc

(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – Flutist Carol Wincenc and the Escher String Quartet will play works by Mozart, Haydn, and Debussy at the New Marlborough Meeting House on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 4:30pm, as part of the Music & More series. The concert will also include a rendition of Francois Devienne’s Duo in C minor, Op. 5 No. 3 for Flute and Viola, and the Berkshire premiere of Yuko Uebayashi’s Misericordia for flute and string quartet, composed in 2013 for Wincenc.

The program features Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D major; Francois Devienne’s Duo in C minor, Op. 5 No. 3 for Flute and Viola; Haydn’s String Quartet D major, Op. 50 No. 6, “The Frog”; and Debussy’s Syrinx for solo flute.

Yuko Uebayashi’s Misericordia was written for Carol Wincenc and received its world premiere in September 2013, at the gala concert commemorating her 25 years of teaching legacy at The Juilliard School. “While I was thinking about how to compose this work, I remembered the legends from an old almanac, according to which life began in March and consisted of ten months.  Taking those ten months as a basis for my composition, I inserted Carol into them and tried to express how I regard the beauty of this world and the wonder of all living things,” wrote Uebayashi in her notes for the Juilliard performance.

Wincenc’s musicianship is matched by her deep commitment to expanding the flute repertoire. The grand prize winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Solo Flute competition, she appears with major American and international orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by numerous prominent composers including Joan Tower, Peter Schickele, Tobias Picker, and many others. Equally sought after as a chamber musician, she has performed with the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, and Cleveland string quartets and the chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Wincenc, who is a professor of flute at both The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University, is a prolific recording artist. She is also the  recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Arts and Letters.

Escher Quartet (photo Laura Rose)

Escher Quartet (photo Laura Rose)

The Escher String Quartet (Adam Barnett-Hart and Aaron Boyd, violins; Pierre Lapointe, viola; Dane Johansen, cello), has received international acclaim for its profound musicalinsight and rare tonal beauty. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the group was on the BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 2010-2012, giving debuts at both the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where last season they presented a critically acclaimed 3-concert series featuring the quartets of Benjamin Britten. In 2013, the Quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant.

The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

In its 23rd season, Music and More continues its vital contribution to the vibrant musical community of the Berkshires. Directed by its founder, Harold Lewin, and supported by the New Marlborough Village Association, this unique multi-genre series hosts outstanding established and next-generation actors, musicians, writers and other creative artists in performance at a beautiful New England setting, in the historic Meeting House of New Marlborough, MA. For complete schedule, event details, and ticket information call 413.229.2785 or visit New Marlborough Meeting House.

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