Jonathan Tunick, composer

Jonathan Tunick, composer

Long regarded as Broadway’s preeminent orchestrator, Jonathan Tunick is known for his facility and creativity in scoring the works of others, primarily those of Stephen Sondheim. However he is also a skilled and versatile composer who has written in all forms; orchestral, chamber and vocal. A native New Yorker, Jonathan Tunick grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and was educated at the High School of Music and Art, Bard College and Juilliard.

His first major credit was Promises, Promises (1968), which led to a long series of other Broadway musicals, which include Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Nine, Into the Woods, Passion, Titanic, The Color Purple, Road Show and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

His credits as composer, arranger and conductor of music for film and television include Find Me Guilty, Fort Apache, The Bronx, Endless Love, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Fantasticks, The Bird Cage, Murder, She Wrote, and Columbo.

He has been awarded honorary Doctorates by Bard College and Oklahoma City University.

He is one of eight living “EGOTs”, holding all four major awards (Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar). In 2009 he was inducted into Broadway’s Theater Hall of Fame.

Annie Bergen, narrator

Annie Bergen, narrator

Annie Bergen is the midday host at Classical New York, 105.9FM, WQXR. Her classical radio career began in New York City on WNCN and continued on WQXR in 2004. In between, she was an award winning arts reporter for Bloomberg Radio and Television. An avid music lover, her interests include jazz, dance and world music. Annie has been featured on broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. As a voice artist, she and can be heard on underwriting on WNYC, on audio guides at the Metropolitan Museum, and announcing stops on the number 7 subway line in NYC.

Annie grew up an Air Force brat in various cities in Europe and the USA and attended Boston College. An eclectic interest in music and the arts keeps her out and about at the latest theater and performing arts events.

Victoria Bond, guest conductor

Victoria Bond, guest conductor

A major force in 21st century concert music, Victoria Bond leads a dual career as composer and conductor. Her compositions have been praised by the New York Times as “powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding,” and her conducting has been called “impassioned” by the Wall Street Journal and “full of energy and fervor” by the New York Times.

Bond has been commissioned by The American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Houston and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, Cleveland and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras, Women’s Philharmonic, Soli Deo Gloria, The Young Peoples’ Chorus, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Choral Society of the Hamptons and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her compositions have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, New York City Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, Irish National Orchestra (RTE), Shanghai Symphony and members of the New York Philharmonic, among others. She is the recipient of the Victor Herbert Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Walter Hinrichsen Award, the Perry F. Kendig Award and the Miriam Gideon Prize.

Bond has served as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony and guest conducted throughout the United States, Europe, South America and China. The first woman awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School, Bond has served as Music Director of the New Amsterdam and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, Harrisburg Opera and Bel Canto Opera, Music Adviser of the Wuhan Symphony in China and is Principal Guest Conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago.

She has guest conducted the Honolulu, Buffalo, Richmond, Louisville, Albany, Anchorage, Dallas and Houston symphony orchestras; Cleveland and St. Paul chamber symphonies; Opera Carolina; Festival of Contemporary Music in Santos, Brazil; Radio Telefis Eirann in Dublin, Ireland; Center for Contemporary Opera in New York; and the Shanghai, Hunan, and Wuhan symphony orchestras and Beijing Central Opera in China. She was assistant conductor of New York City Opera under Beverly Sills, and conducted orchestral concerts for Ray Charles, leading his 70th birthday concert in Warsaw, Poland. She has worked with Andre Previn, Pierre Boulez, Aaron Copland, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sixten Ehrling, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Herbert Blomstedt, and Herbert von Karajan.

Recent performances of her compositions include: Bridges by the Michigan Philharmonic and the National Repertory Orchestra; Soul of a Nation by the Riverside County Philharmonic; How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place from Psalm 84, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria at Temple Emanuel and St. John the Divine sung by a combined choir; Rashomon by Kyo-Shin Arts, Instruments of Revelation by Ballet Chicago and the Orion Ensemble, and the workshop performance of her opera Clara about Clara Schumann. Scenes from Bond’s opera Mrs. President were performed by the New York City Opera as part of VOX in 2001 and the complete opera was performed in concert by the Anchorage Opera in October 2012. Of the opera, Allan Kozinn in The New York Times wrote: “Victoria Bond has struck gold.” Bond’s Hanukkah opera Miracle! Was commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and will be premiered in 2016. She has composed eight operas, six ballets, two piano concertos and numerous orchestral, chamber, choral and keyboard compositions. Ms. Bond produces Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York and is a frequent pre-concert lecturer for the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall and for the Metropolitan Opera’ HD simulcasts at Guild Hall. She has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC’s Today Show and featured in People magazine and in the New York Times. Her music is published by Theodore Presser, C.F. Peters, G. Schirmer, and Subito Music and recorded on the Koch International, Albany, GEGA, Protone, and Family Classic labels.

Bond has a masters and doctorate from the Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. Her teachers include Ingolf Dahl (composition, USC), William Vennard (voice, USC), Roger Sessions (composition Julliard), Jean Morel, James Conlon and Sixteen Ehrling (conducting, Juilliard), Leonard Slatkin and Herbert Blomstedt (conducting, Aspen) and Herbert von Karajan (master class, Juilliard). She has taught at Juilliard, The Conductor’s Institute, New York University and in the spring will design and teach online courses for Nyack College. She has honorary doctorates from Hollins and Roanoke Colleges, and Washington and Lee University. She was voted Woman of the Year, Virginia in 1990 and 1991.

Kevin Quill, trumpet

Kevin Quill, trumpet

Trumpeter Kevin Quill is known for his sound and musicality. A native of Nanuet, New York, Mr. Quill has been playing the trumpet since the age of nine. While in high school, he performed at the Eastman Theatre in the 2009 and 2010 New York All-State Symphonic Band, playing principal trumpet on several works. In June 2010, he played principal trumpet for the National Honor Band, where he performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In his later high school years, he began taking lessons with Ethan Bensdorf of the New York Philharmonic.

After graduating high school, Mr. Quill moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School where he began studying under Raymond Mase and Mark Gould. He currently holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he was awarded the John Erskine Prize for an exceptional level of scholastic and artistic achievement. Mr. Quill was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship during his years in the Master’s program. Mr. Quill is currently studying towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Juilliard, becoming the first trumpet player in many years to be accepted into Juilliard’s C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship program.

As a member of the Juilliard Orchestra, Mr. Quill has played principal trumpet on numerous works, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Alan Gilbert’s concert arrangement of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. He has performed under numerous world class conductors including Alan Gilbert, Valery Gergiev, Esa Pekka Salonen, Semyon Bychkov, Charles Dutoit, and Jaap Van Zweden. He has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater, as well as Carnegie Hall. In the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mr. Quill was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Highlights from the Verbier Festival include performing principal trumpet on Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 under Zubin Mehta and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 under Michael Tilson Thomas.

Mr. Quill is excited to be returning to Switzerland in the summer of 2017 to perform with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he was principal trumpet of the New York Youth Symphony, which he performed with from 2011 to 2014, playing eight concerts in Carnegie Hall. In January of 2014, he was invited to play with the Music for Life International Orchestra in a benefit concert performing at Carnegie Hall dedicated to providing aid to children living in war-torn Syria. This orchestra performed Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 and was largely made up of members from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In February 2017, Mr. Quill performed again with the Music for Life International Orchestra, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in the benefit concert of Mahler for Vision: A Concert for the Restoration of Vision for the Millions Affected By Cataract Blindness.

In his sophomore year, Mr. Quill won the Juilliard Trumpet Concerto Competition and performed Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. His most recent solo performance with orchestra was in the fall of 2015, when he played Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. As a winner of the 2011 West Point Band Young Artist Solo Competition, he performed Arban’s Carnival of Venice with the West Point Band. Mr. Quill has given two solo recitals at The Juilliard School where he has played music from the standard repertoire as well as his own arrangements.

Starting in September of 2015, Mr. Quill formed the brass quintet, Apex Brass, with several colleagues from Juilliard. Apex Brass has performed at many venues including Alice Tully Hall, Paul Hall, Morse Hall, the New York State Supreme Court Rotunda, and most recently at St. Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University. Apex Brass will be competing at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition this May.

In 2015, Mr. Quill also collaborated with other trumpet players at Juilliard to herald the naming of Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall and to perform alongside Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs during his Emperor’s Ball at The Marquee Club in Manhattan. In the spring of 2016, he performed at the United Nations with a small brass ensemble to celebrate the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate. Mr. Quill performed music from Renaissance Venice with the American Brass Quintet at Paul Recital Hall in October of 2016.

While pursuing his doctorate at The Juilliard School, Mr. Quill looks forward to engaging in rigorous academic study while furthering himself in the realms of solo, chamber, and orchestral playing.

Michael F. Tietz, conductor

Michael F. Tietz, conductor

Michael F. Tietz is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of The Broadway Bach Ensemble, a 50-piece orchestra on New York’s upper west side, which he founded in 1985. His conducting repertoire spans baroque, classical, romantic and 20th-century works. Mike has had the privilege of working with numerous professional musicians as soloists, including members of major New York orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Mike started his conducting activities at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Light Opera Company, which he founded in 1978. He is a member of New York’s Village Light Opera Group, where he has served as Music Director, Assistant Music Director, Chorus Master, member of the company/chorus, and orchestra member. Mike has pursued conducting studies with Michael Adelson, Diane Wittry and Joseph Gifford, and at conducting workshops in New York and Nevada.

An active ‘cellist and violist, Mike plays in numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the New York City metropolitan area. He is also a bagpiper with the Mount Kisco Scottish Pipes and Drums, performing parades and shows in the tristate area.

Daniel Epstein, pianist

Daniel Epstein, pianist

Pianist Daniel Epstein made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy. He has performed with many of America’s major orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, Detroit Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic. He has performed recitals in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in major venues throughout the world.

As pianist and founding member of the famed Raphael Trio, for the past 25 years he has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire. The Trio appears regularly in New York, London, Vienna, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, as well as numerous other musical centers throughout the U.S. and Europe.

He has collaborated with many renowned string quartets, including the Ying, American, and Talich, and has played with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri quartets as well as many other distinguished chamber musicians and soloists.

He is co-founder and director of two music festivals and a chamber music workshop.

His recordings may be heard on RCA, Sony, Nonesuch, ASV, Newport Classic, and Unicorn-Kanchana.

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