'Petite Suite' Presented by Bell'Art EnsembleSunday, October 11, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 75 minutes)
* please note the 5:00 PM start time*
View the playbill for this program here.
The Bell’Art Ensemble presents a program of music that honors the idea and experience of childhood. From children’s dreams to evocative sketches, the ensemble highlights vignettes designed to bring out the child in all of us. In this time of quarantine and family isolation, we need a reminder of the power of imagination, play and wonder.
Raquel Winnica Young, mezzo-soprano
Lenny Young, oboe
Ashley Freeburn, violin
Billie Jo Miller, piano
Jack Kurutz, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — “Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja” (The Bird-Catcher, that’s me) from The Magic Flute
Carlos Guastavino — songs from La Edad del Asombro (The Age of Wonder)
William Grant Still — “Mother and Child” from Suite for Violin
Arthur Foote — Three Pieces for oboe and piano
Eugene Ysaye — Reve d’Enfant (Child’s Dream)
Claude Debussy — Petite Suite
The Bell’Art Ensemble produces the Living Room Chamber Music Project, a decade-long series of concerts designed to bring classical music out of the concert hall and into intimate spaces.
Mezzo-soprano Raquel Winnica Young earned her Degree in Vocal Performance from the Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. A two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society major auditions, she has performed locally (Quantum Theatre, Apollo’s Fire, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Camerata) as well as in Europe, North and South America. She is on the voice faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ashley Freeburn, violinist, earned her BM and MM degrees in music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, and the Wheeling and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. She is currently acting Associate Concertmaster of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra. Ashley has served as violin faculty at the Center for Young Musicians, and she is currently adjunct professor of violin at Chatham University.
Lenny Young, oboist, is Principal Oboe of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Johnstown, Westmoreland and McKeesport Symphonies. He has written, arranged and performed music for the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Alia Musica Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Camerata. He teaches at Pittsburgh CAPA in addition to teaching solfege at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University.
Billie Jo Miller actively performs as a collaborative pianist as well as maintaining a private piano studio. She served as a studio coach and accompanist at Carnegie Mellon University and performed with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She was formerly a piano teacher and accompanist at Pittsburgh CAPA as well as a piano teacher at the CMU Preparatory School. She holds degrees from CMU and the University of Illinois.
Pianist Jack Kurutz is an avid recitalist and chamber musician with a diverse repertoire. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, his Master of Music from New England Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently adjunct faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh CAPA.