2007 POTPOURRI CONCERT
Temple Mount Sinai
June 23, 2007
MARY ANN DODSON
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude from English Suite #3
Frederick Chopin (1810-1848)
Nocturne, op 27 no 1
Sergie Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Sonata #2 in D minor, op 14
Haunted America Suite
I. La Llorona
II. Ghosts of Gettysburg
JAMES SHEARER, tuba
CELESTE SHEARER, horn
MARTHA ROWE, piano
J.S. Bach (1685- 1750)
Prelude in B minor
transcribed by Alexander Siloti
Organ prelude in G minor
arranged by Alexander Siloti after Th. Szantos Transcription
LOUISE HOUGHTON, piano
Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Impromptu for Harp, op. 86
Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata in F minor, K. 466
transcription by G. Cloutier
Sonata in E Major, K. 531
transcription by G. Cloutier
Claude Debussy (1862- 1918)
(...la fille aux cheveux de lin)
transcription by G. Cloutier
Variations on a Theme by Paganini
GRACE CLOUTIER, harp
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
GRACE CLOUTIER, harp. Known for her passionately rich sound and expressive musicality, the young concert harpist, Grace Cloutier, who trained at The Julliard School, Yale University, and in France, has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire within the major concert halls of the United States, Europe, and the Middle east. She gave her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2006.
A recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Miss Cloutier's solo performances have graced the World Harp Congress in Prague 1999 and Geneva 2002. She has appeared as a soloist with both the Biava and the Calder String Quartets, holds a performing residency at UCLA, and regularly appears in recital for the American Harp Society. Miss Cloutier , guest soloist fir the Ukranian National Music Festival, recently co-founded the first international harp competition based in the Ukraine.
As featured principal harpist on tour with the United Nation's Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, 2000-2002, Grace also recorded for German national television's Stars von Morgan.
Privileged to serve under the baton of many respected maestros, including Leonard Slatkin, David robertson, Julius Rudel, Andrew Litton, and Alexander Verdernikov, among others, Miss Cloutier is an advocate of new music and has appeared numerous times as principle harp for the New Julliard Ensemble, New Music New Haven, Continuum, Look and Listen Festival, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Miss Cloutier has recorded with composer Paul Halley at Tanglewood, performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, and has served since 2002 with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
As active proponent for increases public awareness concerning the intrinsic value of music for all people at every stage of life, Grace Cloutier regularly gives workshops for the young and has received the Gluck Fellowship form The Julliard School for her work with victims of AIDS, the elderly and children in the NYC metro region. In addition, she has been honored with a Presidential Point of Light award for her contribution of musical inspiration at CT Hospice.
Miss Cloutier gratefully acknowledges Nancy Allen, Dr. Carol McLaughlin, Isabelle Perrin, Susan McDonald, Sarah Bullen, and Letizia Belmondo for their support and insight.
A dynamic and engaging musician, Grace maintains an active concert schedule worldwide and celebrates her recording "Radiant" which was releases by HIP Records in 2004. For more information about Miss Cloutier, please visit her website at www.gracecloutier.com.
MARTHA ROWE, piano. Martha Rowe received the B.M.E.and M.M. degrees in both voice and accompanying from the University of New Mexico, and the D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona. She has solos with such groups as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Musica Antigua de Albuquerque, and has also served as pianist for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and the Four-Corners Opera Company. She has accompanied vocal and instrumental soloist in national and international competitions and performances. Dr. Rowe has been a faculty member at the New Mexico State University since 1990, serving as Vocal Area Coordinator as well as teaching studio voice, foreign language diction, and voice pedagogy.
JAMES SHEARER, tuba. James Shearer holds a D.M.A. in Performance and Literature with an emphasis in music history from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and is also a graduate of Delta State University. He teaches tuba, euphonium, music history, and music appreciation to graduate, undergraduate and honors students at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. In addition, he presents concerts, master classes, and lectures as a Yamaha Performing Artist. An active soloist, Dr. Shearer has appeared throughout the United States in solo recitals and as a guest artist with various wind ensembles and orchestras. Shearer is equally at home in a jazz setting, and his jazz tuba playing has been featured in several live performances for National Public radio. In addition to performing, Dr. Shearer services on the Executive Committee of the International Tuba-Euphoium Association as Publications Coordinator, He has written two textbooks, Jazz Basics and Classical Basics, which are being used in music appreciation in classes at universities throughout the United States. His first solo recording, the Memphis Hang, will be released on Daddy-O-Records in early August 2008.
CELESTE SHEARER, horn. Celeste Shearer is a member of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra and also performs as a substitute with both the Las Cruces and El Paso Symphony Orchestras. Sea a member of the core El Paso Symphony Orchestra form 1984 to 1991 and has also performed with the Lubbock and Amarillo symphonies and the New Mexico Philharmonia. In 1989, she received a fellowship to attend the prestigious Tanglewood Institute, where she studied with the Empire Brass Quintet. Continuing with her family's long musical tradition, Celeste is a third generation music educator. She is currently the Director of Bands at Cordova Middle School in El Paso.
CONSTANCE SHING, piano. The Festival highlights the outstanding MTNA Young Artist, Constance Shing. A junior at Coronado High School, Constance is a dedicated pianist who began her music lessons at age four. Lessons were granted with intentions for her to simply play for her church. Constance's training has expanded to include a broad spectrum of repertoire beyond hymns. Since winning numerous competitions and festivals throughout El Paso and at the state level, Constance works hard in developing her artistry while improving her technique. Under the instruction of Dr. Benjamin Loeb, she aspires to continue her studies at a conservatory in the next several years.
Also a violinist, Constance plays in school orchestra under Ida Steadman and participated in the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her musical studies, Constance is on the staff of her school's literary magazine, is an active member of the National Honor Society, a member at her school's UIL Ready Writing team, and was selected to represent Coronado High School at the High O'Brian Youth Leadership conference.
LOUISE HOUGHTON, concert pianist. Ms. Houghton has a graduate degree in Accompaniment from the University of Cincinnati. She furthered her studies in London (UK) with Paul Hamburger and Geoffrey Parsons, increasing her knowledge of accompaniment and its vast repertoire. She taught at Xavier University (Cincinnati), Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, Kentucky), Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), Butler University (Indianapolis) and held the position of Professor of Accompanying at De Pauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) before coming to El Paso.Her performing experience has been in London, Paris and Germany, the Far East and throughout the U.S. Since coming to El Paso she has performed solo recitals and worked collaboratively in Far West Texas and New Mexico. Louise has been a clinician at Master Classes and is an active adjudicator for piano competitions. She coaches singers and, by invitation, has worked with faculty and students as
well as singer/accompanist ensembles at New Mexico University in Las Cruces.
After coming to El Paso, Louise realized that the music scene during the summer especially classical music, was rather sparse. Out of this need to provide the community with an additional musical entertainment, she founded the El Paso Summer Music Festival with a vision to provide a classical music program during the summer months, as well as to reach out to the community by honoring person(s) for their contributions to music and the arts, provide outreach to the community, and incorporate competitions into the Festival’s offering. The 2010 EPSMF season launched its inaugural Young Musicians’ Competition.(www.epsmf.org).
ABOUT THE HONOREE
MARY ANN DODSON was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and, as a child, she sang in the church choir. She frequented the Cincinnati Symphony and twice saw Leonard Bernstein as guest conductor. In the 7th grade, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue really spoke to her - the music was healing. And in the public schools, she heard Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic on the NBC radio programs, "Music Appreciation Hour." In high school, Mary Ann volunteered with the local opera, for which she also served as an usher. All of these experiences left her with the impression that all young people were exposed, as she was, to classical music.
She left Cincinnati and began her college studies in Geology in Boulder, Colorado, where she met Chuck Dodson, an Engineering student who would later become her husband.
In the early 1970's, Mary Ann and Chuck were sent to El Paso by AMPEX where Chuck managed a maquila for two years then later started their own manufacturing business. During the thirty-five years that Mary Ann has lived in El Paso, she has remained a steadfast supporter of the Arts.
After discovering a fondness for the harp, she studied the instrument, performed in a harp ensemble and has been a sponsor if the Harp Chair of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra for many years. In addition to her musical philanthropy, Mary Ann and her late husband, Chuck, founded Insights Museum, which has provided El Paso's youth with exposure to the Sciences for the last twenty-seven years.
Mary Ann's influence in El Paso is extensive given her love of music and science. El Paso is richer because of her presence, her passion, and her generosity. She adds, "There is within each of us much to give. This world is exciting to live in."