Nov 6 2:00 p.m. Jeffrey Noonan, Baroque Guitar and Theorbo Samuel Breene, Baroque violin Samantha Arten, Soprano
A concert of 16th, 17th and 18th century music from composers including Corbetta, Frescobaldi, Fontana, Monteverdi, Uccellini, Kapsberger, Bertali, Lanier, and McLain.
Jeff Noonan and Sam Breene
Jeffrey Noonan has played lute, theorbo and early guitars for over thirty years across the Midwest. Based in St. Louis, he has created and directed a number of Early Music ensembles. He is also in demand as an accompanist and continuo player. A recognized expert on the early guitar, he has produced two books and several articles on the subject. Jeff holds degrees from the university of Notre Dame (A.B.). the Hart School of Music, (B.Mus.), and Washington University, (M.Mus., Ph.D.).
Samuel Breene is on the faculty at Rhode Island College. He has a B.M in Music History and Violin Performance from Lawrence University, Conservatory of Music. He did Advanced Performance Studies (violin) at Johannes Gutenberg Universitat in Mainz, Germany. He received his A.M in Performance Practice (baroque violin) from Duke University, and he as a Ph.D. in Musicology from Duke University.
2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association Sponsored by the St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association
Hailed as a charismatic rising star with “an exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), 28-year-old American pianist Sean Chen, third prize winner at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, has continued to earn accolades for “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions” (New York Times) and “genuinely sensitive” (LA Times) playing. Sean was recently named a 2015 fellow by the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing Arts. Choosing to study music, Mr. Chen earned his Bachelor and Master of Music from Juilliard, meanwhile garnering several awards, most notably the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He received his Artist Diploma in 2014 at the Yale School of Music as a George W. Miles Fellow.
His recent CD releases include La Valse, a solo recording on the Steinway label, hailed for “penetrating artistic intellect” (Audiophile Audition); a live recording from the Cliburn Competition released by harmonia mundi, praised for “ravishing tone and cogently contoured lines” (Gramophone); and an album of Michael Williams’s solo piano works on the Parma label.
A multifaceted musician, Mr. Chen also transcribes, composes, and improvises. His transcription of Ravel’s La Valse has been received with glowing acclaim, and his encore improvisations are lauded as “genuinely brilliant” (Dallas Morning News). An advocate of new music, he has also collaborated with several composers and performed their works, including Lisa Bielawa, Michael Williams, Nicco Athens, Michael Gilbertson, and Reinaldo Moya.
The program will include: BACH/GODOWSKI Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 14, Op. 27 No. 2 in C-sharp Minor RACHMANINOV Adagio from Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
Nov 20 5:00 p.m. Elsie Parker, clarinet and soprano Ken Kehner, piano A Thanksgiving of Music
"Elsie Parker and The Poor People of Paris" a St. Louis, Missouri based group, specializes in French popular music and jazz. Elsie Parker, the group's founder, first became enchanted with the voice and songs of Edith Piaf, and especially loves singing Piaf's early songs. Elsie also performs (in French) songs associated with Charles Aznavour, Hervé Vilard, Mireille Mathieu, Michael Legrand, Patricia Kaas, Axelle Red, Jaques Brel, Leo Marjane, Eddy Mitchell, Vanessa Paradis, Gilbert Becaud, Serge Lama, Sylvie Bernard, and Charles Trenet, as well as performing her own original material. Also a performer on clarinet, bass clarinet, flute and saxophone, Elsie's Parker's instrumental playing is influenced by works of French composer/song writer/film music composer Michel Legrand, French jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/film-score writer Michel Portal and by Argentinian tenor saxophonist/ film music writer/ composer writer Gato Barbieri. Internationally, Elsie has been featured on the French TV program, "La Chance Aux Chansons", filmed in Paris and viewed throughout France, French speaking Canada and Africa. Nationally, he has appeared as solo vocalist for Nordstrom's Chicago fashion show, at Chicago's Cultural Society, "Piaf's" in San Francisco, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and for numerous events in the St. Louis area including The Missouri Botanical Gardens Whittaker Concert Series, The Sheldon Theater, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis First Night, Powell Symphony Hall, The St. Louis Art Museum, Jacoby Arts Center, St. Louis University, Webster University, Washington University and “Jazz Under the Stars” concert series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a vocal soloist with symphony orchestras, Elsie Parker has performed with orchestras in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida. Current members of "The Poor People of Paris" are Elsie Parker (French vocals/flute/alto flute/clarinet/tenor saxophone), Ken Kehner (piano), William Lenihan (guitar and accordion), Wayne Coniglio (bass) and Kevin Gianino (drums).
Nov 27 5:00 p.m. Evensong - The Cathedral Choir
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - Refreshments available in the south aisle at the conclusion of the service. Provided by the St. Martha's Guild of Christ Church Cathedral.