The enchanting sounds of Gershwin, Poulenc and Beethoven will fill the air when Middelburg Concert Series opens its 2019 season on Sunday, April 14th , at 4 PM with a performance of the Van Buren Winds . Composed of faculty members from the very esteemed Shenandoah Conservatory of Music playing wind instruments accompanied by piano, the performance of this delightful ensemble will include a variety of compositions with global appeal. Now in its fifth year of bringing virtuoso performances to Middleburg area residents and visitors, the Series is adopting a new format. The new approach to concert programming will be to work with other highly respected musical organizations to broaden the programs as well as facilitate access to prominent musicians.
Van Buren Winds coordinator, Garrick Zoeter, holds the Anna Lee Buren Endowed Chair in Clarinet at Shenandoah. The Washington Post recently described his performance as “…technically superb and radiant with other worldly majesty all played with exceptional insight”. Mr Zoeter, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Julliard and a master’s degree from Yale University, made his solo debut at the age of seventeen with the National Symphony Orchestra. Ryan Romine, Associate Professor for Bassoon, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ohio State University and graduate degrees from Michigan State University, teaches both bassoon and music theory. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Oboe, Stephen Key, has played with the National, Austin, and New World Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Key attended Oberlin College, and was previously the winner of the Butler School of Music concerto competition at the University of Texas. Pianist Brian Woods is a winner of the Verona International Piano Competition and is currently studying with world famous pianist John O’Conor who gave an amazing performance in Middleburg at the MCS April 2018 gala. Katy Ambrose joined the Shenandoah faculty on 2015 and has assumed the role of Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony. She has an extensive back ground of performances with symphony orchestras such Delaware, Philly Pops, Albany , Vermont, Richmond, and New Haven.
“Music in the Winds” will be performed at the Middleburg United Methodist Church, 15 W Washington (corner Pendleton) with a “meet the artists” reception immediately following the concert sponsored by Jack Ferguson, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty. In order to support these programs of outstanding artists, there will be a small admission charge of $20 per ticket per concert (no charge for students and under 18) or a $75 subscriber fee for 3 concerts for premium seating. Reserve your ticket at Eventbrite.com, or by calling 540-592-1660, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or paying with cash, check or credit card at the door.