Music, Mythology & Wine
37645 NY-25, Peconic, NY 11958
Friday, October 6th, 2023, at 6:30pm
Christina Bouey, violin
Grace Ho, cello
Reinhold Glière: 8 Pieces, Op. 39
Gaspar Cassadó: Suite for Solo Cello III. Intermezzo e Danza Finale
Andrew MacDonald: The Great Square of Pegasus for Solo Violin
Maurice Ravel: Sonata For Violin and Cello
II. Très vif
IV. Vif, avec entrain
Handel/Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Huntington Arts Council. This concert was made possible with public funding provided by Suffolk County, sponsored by Legislator Al Krupski and with the support of the Suffolk County Legislature.
This concert is presented by
Rites of Spring Music Festival
in collaboration with
About the Pindar Vineyard
Welcome to Pindar Vineyards. We are the perfect blend of history and forward thinking. Pindar Vineyards was born of the vision of Dr. Herodotus "Dan" Damianos and his great love for wine. He is known as one of the original pioneers of Long Island Wine Country and started our story in 1979.
As A family, we collectively run the vineyard, winery and tasting room with a creative motivation-one of growth, both in the vineyard and in our presence in wine country. We continue to grow over twenty varieties of grapes and produce a unique selection of wine styles- from bold red blends, to steel fermented, fruit forward whites. We pride ourselves on bringing personal, first-class service to our guests. Our goal is to help everyone find a favorite here! It is the ingredients of family, inspiration, a love for wine, honoring our traditions and incorporating new ideas that create the recipe that defines Pindar Vineyards.
Christina Bouey, violinCanadian/American violinist, Christina Bouey, is hailed by the New York Times for playing “beautifully,” the New York Post, “When violinist Christina Bouey spun out that shimmering tune, I thought I died and went to heaven,” and by Opera News, for playing “with exquisite, quivering beauty.” She is praised by Seen and Heard International, “Bouey responded with the kind of beguiling poetry that technical brilliance alone cannot liberate.” Her recent prizes include Grand Prize at the Vietnam International Chamber Competition, 1st Prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in the chamber division, Grand Prize at the Fischoff Competition, 1st place in the American Prize, and 2nd prize at the Osaka International Chamber Competition. Among her other top awards include the “Rooted to the Island Award” from Music PEI, Hugo Kortchak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music, Heida Hermann International, Canadian National Music Festival, Queens Concerto Competition, and the Balsam Duo Competition. In addition, her ensemble, the Ulysses Quartet were Lisa Arnhold Fellows at the Juilliard School, serving as the School’s Graduate Resident String Quartet, from 2019-22.
Christina has performed as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Salina Symphony, River Cities Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Tonkünstler Ensemble, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, Prince Edward Island Symphony, and the Banff Orchestra to name a few. She will be making her solo debut in Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium playing Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Senior Concert Orchestra of NY in the fall of 2022. Her solo and chamber credits in the United States include Carnegie Hall- Weill and Zankel Halls, Alice Tully Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Gilder Lehrman Hall, Schneider Series, Rockefeller Tri Noon Series, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, Merkin Concert Hall, National Gallery of Art, Jordan Hall, Dame Myra Hess series, La Jolla SummerFest, Kneisel Hall Festival, Highlands-Cashiers Music Festival, Music Mountain, Chautauqua Institution, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City, Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, Eastman School of Music, Westchester Chamber Music Society, Mayfest at Cornell University, and the Kansas International Music Festival. Christina has also been invited to perform internationally in the Esterházy Palace in Austria, Taiwan National Recital Hall, Harbin Grand Theatre, Wigmore Hall, Sociedad Filarmonica de Bilbao, Ciclo De Camara y Solistas in Salamanca, Picasso Museum in Malaga, Premiere Performances Hong Kong, Vietnam Connection Music Festival, Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama, Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy, Teatro Mayor Julio Santo Domingo in Bogota, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, Winnipeg Virtuosi Concerts, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Cecilia Concerts in Halifax, Montreal Chamber Festival, Kelowna Community Concert Association and the Under The Spire Music Festival. She toured as a soloist for Prairie Debut during the 2021-22 season and Debut Atlantic during the 2017-18 season with pianist Pierre-Andre Doucet. Christina has collaborated with artists such as David Chan, Jeremy Denk, Paul Coletti, Lynn Chang, Robert DeMaine, Simone Dinnerstein, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, David Geber, Clive Greensmith, Marc-André Hamelin, Toby Hoffman, Chee-Yun Kim, Yura Lee, Max Levinson, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Bright Sheng, Lara St. John, and Benjamin Verdery.
Christina graduated from Manhattan School of Music (2013) with a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance, studying with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim as a full scholarship student, (2012) with a Professional Studies Certificate, studying with Laurie Smukler, and in 2011 she received a Master of Music, while studying with Nicholas Mann. Her Bachelor of Music (Magna cum laude) is from The Boston Conservatory; where she studied with Irina Muresanu as a full-scholarship student.
In June 2014, as part of the 150 year celebrations on PEI, Christina was commissioned to compose a solo violin piece for professional dancers from Ballet Jazz de Montreal and performed her own work for all 8 performances while being intertwined with the choreography. Christina is currently serving as concertmaster of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and is a member/founder of the Ulysses String Quartet. In addition, Christina was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at Ithaca College. She plays a 1790 Storioni violin on generous loan from a private donor. Christina is very excited to announce her debut album being released later this year including the premiere of her own composition “Orpheus Romps Through The Underworld,” as well as the violin sonata “The Tempest” by Grammy nominated composer Joseph Summer. To keep up to date with Christina, you can follow her website www.christinabouey.com and various other social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.
Grace Ho, cello
Taiwanese American cellist Grace Ho is an active cello soloist and chamber musician in the United States and Asia. Ms. Ho has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra, Sun Taipei Philharmonic, Vienna Ensemble, Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansas Wesleyan Orchestra, and University of North Texas Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Ho has achieved numerous awards including First Prize in the Manhattan School of Music Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, winner in the University of North Texas Concerto Competition, and Silver Medal in the Crescendo Music Awards. Ms. Ho has performed in prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, and Zankel Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center, Taiwan National Concert and Recital Halls, and the Opera Houses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as the soloist in the 2018 Toyota Tour in Vietnam.
Ms. Ho is a founding member of the Ulysses Quartet, who is the Graduate String Quartet Resident at the Juilliard School for 2019-2021. They are the First Prize winner in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition, Grand Prize and Gold Medal winners of the Fischoff Competition in 2016, semi-finalist at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, Silver Medalist of the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and First Prize winners of the American Prize in 2017. Ulysses was also the Quartet-in-Residence of the 2017 La Jolla Music Society SummerFest and appeared as guest performers in Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Inside Chamber Music in 2017. Ms. Ho is also the Principal Cellist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and a board member of the International Chamber Players.
Ms. Ho has participated in numerous festivals include Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, ENCORE School for Strings, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Manchester Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, International Festival Institute at Round Top, and Teaching Assistant at Manhattan in the Mountains in 2013.
Ms. Ho received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas with full scholarships and graduating with the Pablo Casals Award from her master’s degree. Former teachers include David Geber, Clive Greensmith, Eugene Osadchy, Chao-Fu Lin, Shih-San Lin, Tze-Ming Chen, and Shih-Hui Ho.