Earplay
P.O Box 192125
San Francisco, CA 94119-2125
earplay@earplay-sf.org

EARPLAYers

A San Francisco-Based New Music Ensemble

Founded in 1985, EARPLAY is an ensemble of composers and musicians dedicated to the performance of new American chamber music. EARPLAY encourages composers nationwide to write for the ensemble, offering audiences a unique opportunity to hear eloquent, vivid performances of some of today's finest chamber music.


Mary Chun, conductor

Tod Brody, flute
Peter Josheff, clarinet
Karen Rosenak, piano
Terrie Baune, violin
Ellen Ruth Rose, viola
Thalia Moore, cello

GUEST ARTISTS:

Carey Bell, B-flat & E-flat clarinet
Sarah Fiene, cello
Jennifer Lane, alto
Dan Kennedy, percussion
Lisa Weiss, violin
James Winn, piano
Betty Woo, piano


Terrie Baune, violinist, in addition to being a member of Earplay, is Associate Concertmaster of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony, and a member of the Empyrean Ensemble, a professional new music ensemble in residence at the University of California, Davis. Ms. Baune's professional credits include concertmaster positions with the Womans' Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, Santa Cruz County Symphony and Rohnert Park Symphony. She was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra for four years; she also spent two years as a member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra of New Zealand, where she toured and recorded for Radio New Zealand with the Gabrielli Trio, performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and toured the country as solo violinist with the Concert By Candlelight Orchestra. Ms. Baune has performed as concertmaster with many of the San Francisco Bay Area's orchestras, and has been heard in recital throughout Northern California. Her recording of the Maddalena Lombardini Violin Concerto #5 with the Women's Philharmonic is available on the Newport Classic label. Ms. Baune has been on the faculty of Sonoma State University, California State University, Stanislaus, and UC Davis. She has served as string program coordinator for the Cazadero Music Camp and taught at Humboldt State University Preparatory Academy. She is on the coaching staff of the Humboldt and Sequoia Chamber Music Workshops, and is a frequent performer on the HSU Faculty Artist Series. Ms. Baune graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1978, having attended summer festivals in Aspen and Taos. As a student she won the Oberlin Concerto Competition and the Marin Symphony Association Award as well as a full scholarship to the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Grand Prize in the Joseph Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.


Flutist Tod Brody grew up in Chicago, where his early studies were with Marie Moulton, of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, and Walfrid Kujala, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His collegiate studies were with Paul Renzi at San Francisco State University, and he later studied with Merrill Jordan and Lloyd Gowen. He has also worked in master classes with Alain Marion and Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Mr. Brody was a member of the Sacramento Symphony for many years, where he was frequently featured as a soloist on both flute and piccolo. A specialist in new music, Mr. Brody is principal flutist for the San Francisco ensemble EARPLAY, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Empyrean Ensemble. He has performed numerous world premieres, and has been recorded on the Arabesque, CRI, Capstone, Centaur, Charisma/Virgin, Magnon, and New World labels. He is also the principal flutist for the Sacramento Opera and for California Musical Theater, and appears frequently with the orchestras of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco ballet. Mr. Brody is on the faculty of the University of California at Davis, where he teaches flute and chamber music.

In addition to his activities as a performer and teacher, Mr. Brody is Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of American Composers Forum, an organization dedicated to linking composers and performers with communities, encouraging the making, playing, and enjoyment of new music.


Particularly interested in opera as well as new music, Mary Chun conducted the Canadian and European premieres of John Adams's earthquake romance, I was Looking at the Ceiling and then I saw the Sky at the Festival de Theatre des Ameriques in Montreal, the Festival d'Automne in Paris, and the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, with the Finnish contemporary ensemble AVANTI. She was invited by the East Slovakian State Opera to conduct the European premiere of American composer Martin Kalmanoff's Insect Comedy, and American Stage Director Peter Sellars and composer Tan Dun asked for her musical assistance with Dun's latest opera, Peony Pavilion. Last season she conducted sold-out performances of Puccini's Madama Butterfly in Honolulu with the Hawaii Opera Theater and was asked by the composer to conduct the world premiere of Carla Lucero's opera, Wuornos, in San Francisco in 2001. She was the Music Director for the Texas Shakespeare Festival 2000 where she conducted the world premiere performances of Mort Garson's Revoco. She has been a member of the conducting staffs of notable opera companies in the United States and France including the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Chatelet Theatre in Paris and the Opera de Lyon, where she was also the Director of Musical Studies for Music Director Kent Nagano. Her recording credits include music direction for two CDs of orchestra works by American composer Peter Allen and a 30 second commercial for Disney.


Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Peter Josheff maintains a dual career as a composer and clarinetist. He is a founding member of Earplay, a member of the Empyrean Ensemble and of the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players. He has performed with most of the new music ensembles in the Bay Area, including the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Composers Inc., and the Left Coast Ensemble. He has appeared on many concert series and festivals devoted to new music, among them, Asian Music Week 2000 (Yokohama, Japan), the Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City), the Music on the Edge Series (University of Pittsburgh), the Monday Evening Music Series (LA County Museum of Art), the Other Minds Festival (SF), the Pacific Rim Festival (UCSC), the Mills College Concert Series, the Tempo Festival (UC Berkeley), and the Sacramento Festival of New Music. Josheff performed in a production of Erling Wold's chamber opera A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil at the ODC Theater, and with the Lawrence Pech Dance Company at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF); and he recorded music of Richard Felciano with the SF Contemporary Music Players, and music of Mario Davidovsky with the Empyrean Ensemble. He has had numerous works dedicated to him by composers. His playing can be heard on recordings by Erling Wold, D'Arcy Reynolds, Hi Kyung Kim, Richard Festinger, the Empyrean Ensemble, the Club Foot Orchestra, Beth Custer, Earplay and others, on the Elektra, CRI, Centaur, Arhoolie, Spooky Pooch, and Rastascan record labels.

Josheff has an active interest in popular and improvised music and has taken part in multimedia collaborations at many of San Francisco's best-known performance spaces, including Intersection for the Arts, New Langton Arts, the Marsh, Radio Valencia, and Bruno's. He has performed and recorded with the Club Foot Orchestra and Beth Custer's Clarinet Thing. Joseheff's music has been performed locally by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Oakland Civic Orchestra, Earplay, the Empyrean Ensemble, City Winds, Schwungvoll, and on many concert series; and nationally at the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Vermont, the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Pittsburgh. He has been the recipient of a grant from Meet the Composer and has been in residence at the MacDowell colony.

Josheff teaches clarinet at San Francisco State University.


Thalia Moore, cello, is a native of Washington D.C. She began her cello studies with Robert Hofmekler, and after only 5 years of study appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. She attended the Julliard School of Music as a scholarship student of Lynn Harrell, and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in 1979 and 1980. While at Juilliard, she was the recipient of the Walter and Elsie Naumberg Scholarship and won first prize in the National Arts and Letters String Competition. Since 1982, Ms. Moore has been Associate Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and in 1989 joined the cello section of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She has continued to concertize extensively, appearing as soloist at Avery Fisher Hall, (Lincoln Center), Carnegie Recital Hall, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Herbst Theater, (San Francisco), and San Francisco Legion of Honor, among others. She has also performed as guest artist at the Olympic Music Festival, (Seattle, Washington), the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival, and the Music in the Vineyards Chamber Music Festival, among others. In 1991, Ms. Moore appeared in the last episode of the TV series, Midnight Caller, and in 1993 was featured as soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Symphony under the direction of Roger Norrington. In 1996, she performed one of the first Bay Area performances of the composer's version of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Dunsmuir Piano Quartet, and is a member of the Empyrean Ensemble, with which she has recorded works by Mario Davidovsky and Maria Niederberger. Recently, she was named a Cowles Visiting Artist at Grinnell College, Iowa, and in 1999 won election to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.


Pianist Karen Rosenak is an almost-native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is particularly interested in the contrast between early fortepiano music, especially of C.P.E. Bach, and the most recently composed piano and chamber music. She was a founding member and pianist for many years with the San Francisco-based new music ensemble EARPLAY and the Davis-based Empyrean Ensemble, and has performed in countless premieres with these and other new music groups. She studied fortepiano with Margaret Fabrizio at Stanford University, and has participated in master classes with Malcolm Bilson. She studied modern piano with Carlo Bussotti and Nathan Schwartz. She is on the faculty at University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches musicianship and contemporary chamber music.


Violist Ellen Ruth Rose relocated in 1998 to the San Francisco Bay Area after having spent several years in Cologne, Germany, where she first became immersed in the music of our times. As a member of the experimental ensembles Musik Fabrik and Thčrmchen Ensemble and frequent guest with Frankfurt's Ensemble Modern, she toured throughout Europe, premiering and recording countless works. She has performed as soloist with the West German Radio Chorus and appeared at the Cologne Triennial, Berlin Biennial, Salzburg Zeitfluž, Brussels Ars Nova, Venice Biennial and Budapest Autumn festivals.

Continuing her role as an avid interpreter of new music, she is currently a member of EARPLAY, the San Francisco-based contemporary ensemble, and Empyrean Ensemble, the new music ensemble in residence at the University of California at Davis. Critics have praised her recent solo appearances with these groups as "beautifully performed" and having "real fire." Ms. Rose also appears often with other Bay Area ensembles, including Left Coast Ensemble, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players and Santa Cruz New Music Works. In collaboration with Empyrean Ensemble, Ensemble Modern, Musik Fabrik, Thčrmchen Ensemble and others, Ms. Rose has appeared on numerous recordings on the Sony Classical, RCA, Arabesque, CPO, Wergo, Capriccio, and Soundspell labels. A Wergo CD of the chamber music of German composer Caspar Johannes Walter, including several pieces written for her, won the German Recording Critics' new music prize in 1998.

She has also interpreted more traditional chamber music repertory in several international settings, including the Marlboro Music Festival, the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England, the Banff Center for the Arts, and at chamber music festivals in Italy and Finland.

Ms. Rose holds degrees in viola performance from the Juilliard School and the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold, Germany, and a degree in English and American history and literature from Harvard University. She teaches viola and chamber music at UC Davis. Her own viola teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Nobuko Imai, Marcus Thompson and Karen Tuttle.


2002-03 Guest Artists

Carey Bell (clarinet) is currently in his second season as principal clarinetist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Previously, he served as principal clarinetist of the Syracuse Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra.

Sarah Fiene (cello) played her debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1991 as an Artist International Winner. During the six years Sarah lived in New York City, she performed, recorded and toured with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composer’s Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra, among others. Some of the local groups with which Ms. Fiene has performed and toured are Philharmonia Baroque, the UC Davis Contemporary Chamber Players, the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Symphony. She was principal cellist of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra for six seasons. Sarah is the founder of Trio Phoenix, now Ensemble Phoenix.

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane is recognized internationally for her stunning interpretations of repertoire ranging from the early baroque to that of today’s composers. She has appeared at festivals worldwide, with conductors Michael Tilson-Thomas, Mstislav Rostropovich, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott, Marc Minkowski, Helmut Rilling and Robert Shaw, among others.

Ms. Lane has performed in opera and concert with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Tanglewood Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, the New Getty Center, the Frick Collection, Citi de la Musique, Opernhaus Halle, Opernhaus Dessau, Utah Opera, Opera du Caen, Salzburger Bachgesellschaft, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Handel & Hayden Society, Les Arts Florissants, Jerusalem Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra della Toscana, and the New York City Opera in its acclaimed production of Handel’s Xerxes, voted opera production of the year by USA Today.

Dan Kennedy (percussion) holds a masterŇs degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and a doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been the founding member of several contemporary music ensembles, including the California E.A.R. Unit and the Talujon Percussion Quartet. Mr. Kennedy has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Lisa Weiss (violin) A Bay area native, Weiss has earned international recognition as a chamber musician, including awards in the Portsmouth and Coleman competitions, and as a participant of the Marlboro Festival. She performs as concertmaster and soloist with Philharmonia Baroque, and is also a member of American Bach Soloists, the Arcadian Academy and BWV 2000. As a guest artist, she has appeared with many chamber ensembles including the Artaria Quartet, Musica Pacifica, American Baroque and Philomel.

James Winn (piano) made his professional debut at the age of thirteen with the Denver Symphony. Since then he has performed and recorded widely in North America, Europe and Japan. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 Munich Competition. A champion of contemporary music, he has participated in dozens of world premiere performances and recordings. Dr. Winn is currently a member of Hexagon (New York based piano and woodwind sextet) and Music Now (CSU-Sacramento resident contemporary ensemble). He is also a frequent guest with such groups as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum, Washington Square Contemporary Music Series, The Group for Contemporary Music, and Bargemusic, and was, for 14 years, a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet and a member of the New York New Music Ensemble.

Betty Woo (piano) is active both as a soloist and a chamber musician, and has made major appearances in London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, China and throughout California. As a chamber musician, she has performed with oboist Heinz Holliger, soprano Susan Narucki, tenor Jeffrey Thomas, cellist Jennifer Culp and with such ensembles as U.C. Davis Contemporary Chamber Players and Earplay. She has participated in such summer festivals as the Olympic Music Festival in Washington, Mendocino Music Festival and Music in the Mountain in Grass Valley. An experienced teacher, Ms. Woo is currently on the faculty of Holy Names College, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and University of California, Berkeley.


 

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