Rustic Mid-Summer Concert
String Quartet and Clarinet
Mingzhe Wang, clarinet
Yezu Woo, violin
Sami Merdinian, violin
Matthew Cohen, viola
Mihai Marica, cello
22600 NY-25, Cutchogue, NY 11935
Sunday August 14, 2022, at 6:00pm
Centered around American composer Perry Goldstein’s multifaceted Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet (2006), this program traverses the music from Eastern Europe to the US and its spiritual and folkloric origins. Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet (1918) is a kaleidoscopic masterpiece inspired by jazz and ragtime, Bartok’s Duos for Two Violins (1931) are based on his fieldwork of collecting tunes from Hungary and its neighboring countries, and Florence Price, a pioneer African American composer, features folksongs and spirituals in her “Five Folksongs in Counterpoint” (1951).
Front row table (Min 4 seats): $ 125/per person
(Includes 2 glasses of wine and a cheese / salami board)
General audience: $ 85/per person (Includes 1 glass of wine)
Members of Rites of Spring: $ 60/per person (Includes 1 glass of wine)
Children Under 16 FREE
Attendance to this in-person performance will be limited and restrictions in place per NYS
COVID-19 guidelines required at the time of the event.
Igor Stravinsky - Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo
Bela Bartók - selections from Duos for Two Violins
Florence Price - Five Folksongs for string quartet
I. Calvary. Adagio vigoroso
II. Clementine. Tempo moderato
III. Drink to me only with Thine eyes. Andante cantabile
IV. Shortnin' Bread. Allegro
V. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Andantino
Perry Goldstein - Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
I. Bright and exuberant,
II. Heartfelt and singing,
III. Dancing, yet driving
Rites of Spring Music Festival is supported by private donors and with public funds. From Suffolk County, Grant from SCOCA. the office of Cultural Affairs.
In collaboration with McCall Vineyard.
String Quartet & Clarinet
Mingzhe Wang, clarinet
Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang is committed to promote both the music of our time and the classics. He gave the Chinese premiere of Elliott Carter’s Hiyoku and has worked closely with some of the world’s leading composers. Mr. Wang performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto in its original version with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra to great acclaim. In addition, he has performed on period clarinets with prominent groups such as The American Classical Orchestra and the Clarion Music Society Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Wang has collaborated and continues to work with some of the most prominent young artists today, appearing in concerts and music festivals in East Asia, Europe and North America. His performances have been broadcast on China’s Central Television, New York’s WQXR, Nashville's WPLN, and many public radio stations across North America. Mr. Wang, native of Wuhan, China, first studied clarinet at the age of 9. His first public performance was at the age of 10. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he also obtained his Masters degree and Artist Diploma. His major teachers include David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima, and Paul Green. Mr. wang is a co-founder of Trio Séléné and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Clarinet at Michigan State University College of Music.
Yezu Elizabeth Woo, violin
Praised for “her technical quality, beauty of sound, and above all, the projection of an uncommon musical sensibility" (El Norte, Monterrey), Violinist Yezu Elizabeth Woo made her debut at Carnegie Hall at age 16, where she became the youngest performer to play all 24 of Niccolo Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin. Yezu has been invited to perform at the Lincoln Center, United Nations (NY), the Smetana Hall (Prague), Musikverein (Vienna), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and the Berlin Philharmonie, and has recorded for EMI Classics and MOOK Sound. She was the artistic director and co-founder of Shattered Glass, a NYC string ensemble, which debuted to great acclaim in 2012. Winner of the Korean national award, "Outstanding International Musician of the Year" by the Arts Critics Association, as well as "Artist of the Year'' by the Gangwon Foundation, Yezu was appointed as Honorary Ambassador of the City of Chuncheon, where she is currently serving as the Artistic Director of New York in Chuncheon Music Festival. Her commitment to Korean traditional and new music has led her to performances at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) ‘ART FESTA’ as part of the ongoing peace process between the two Koreas, as well as seeing collaborations with the KBS Korean Traditional Orchestra. Born in Freiburg, Germany, Yezu moved to the U.S. from South Korea at age 10 to study with Albert Markov. She received her B.M. Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, M.M. Degree at The Juilliard School, and Performance Certificate from Bard Conservatory. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree at the Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers include Albert Markov, Catherine Cho, Laurie Smukler, Arnaud Sussmann and the members of the Emerson Quartet. Yezu is a recipient of Fulbright Scholarship (‘19-20) in Germany, where she was a member of the Ensemble Modern Academy, Frankfurt, and a researcher at the Isang- Yun-Haus in Berlin. She currently splits her time between New York and Berlin.
Sami Merdinian, violin
Argentinian violinist Sami Merdinian has received worldwide recognition for his outstanding performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Sami has recently appeared with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinian National Symphony, The Charlemagne Orchestre, Philharmonia of the Nations, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and the Midland and Duluth Symphonies. Sami is a member of award-winning string quintet Sybarite5, performing recently at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, and touring throughout United States, Canada, Asia and South America. As a recitalist, Sami has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, the Lebanon, Australia and Asia. Highly sought-after as tango violinist, Mr. Merdinian has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent artists of the genre and has received a Grammy Nomination for "Masters of the Bandoneon" for Best Tango Album. Mr. Merdinian has been a prize winner in several international competitions including a Gold Medal in the XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition in Argentina, and the New Talent Competition in Slovakia. He has also received the Rising Star Award by Tiffany & Co. and was named Outstanding Artist of the Year by the Argentinian Press, and has been featured on NY’s WQXR Argentinian Classical National Station, America’s NPR, South Korean’s KBS and the BBC. Mr. Merdinian is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New Docta Festival in Argentina. He has led masterclasses around the USA, South America and Asia and given lectures about music and entrepreneurship in universities such as Penn State, Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory and The New School.
Matthew Cohen, viola
American violist Matthew Cohen is a dynamic and versatile artist whose captivating performances have made him one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. A recipient of numerous accolades and prizes, he has been awarded the 2018 Center for Musical Excellence International Performing Arts Grant, top prizes at the 2018 Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, the 2016 “Citta di Cremona” International Viola Competition in Cremona, Italy, the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition and 2015 Vivo International Music Competition and the “Best Performance of Commissioned Work” prize at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition. Recent solo engagements include his European debut performing Hummel’s Potpourri with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, his Lincoln Center debut performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra and presenting the world premiere of Garry Schyman’s viola concerto “Zingaro” with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. He has been a member of the chamber music faculty at the HeifetzPEG Institute in Virginia and is the co-founder and artistic director of Fishin’ in C, a concert series based in Fishtown, Philadelphia that launched in fall 2018. His recording of York Bowen’s Phantasy for viola and piano with acclaimed pianist Vivian Fan is available on the Soundset label.
Mihai Marica, cello
Romanian-born cellist Mihai Marica is a first prize winner of the Dr. Luis Sigall International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile and the Irving M. Klein International Competition, and is a recipient of Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant. He has performed with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg in Russia, the Jardins Musicaux Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Santa Cruz Symphony in the US. He has also appeared in recital performances in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Chile, the United States, and Canada. A dedicated chamber musician, he has performed at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Aspen music festivals where he has collaborated with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, André Watts, and Edgar Meyer. A recent collaboration with dancer Lil Buck brought forth new pieces for solo cello written by Yevgeniy Sharlat and Patrick Castillo. Marica studied with Gabriela Todor in his native Romania and with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music where he was awarded master's and artist diploma degrees. He is an alum of CMS's Bowers Program.