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Symphony of the Vines 10th Season 2019 – 2020

Piano Quartet ~ September 15, 4pm

Cambria Presbyterian Church

Maurice Sklar – violin, Mike Whitson – viola, Hilary Clark – cello, Robert Cassidy – piano.

Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25 | Johannes Brahms
Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47 | Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet in A Minor | Gustav Mahler

We begin our 10th Anniversary Season in the cool air of Cambria with Piano Quartets by German Romantic composers. The piano quartet is a great vehicle for chamber music, combining the warmth and richness of strings with the clarity of the piano.

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The program features two piano quartets by men who had a great influence on each other, and a shared love of one woman. These composers are Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Schumann, the elder statesman of the new German Romantic style, was also the editor of the New Music Journal, in which he praised Brahms as the next Beethoven, the next great German composer. This put a great deal of pressure on the 20-year-old Brahms. Schumann’s wife, Clara Wieck, was a leading concert pianist, composer, and critic. She encouraged and helped Brahms with his compositions. He, in turn, became confused with feelings of love for her, and guilt that is mentor, Schumann, was her husband. Even after Schumann’s early death, the two continued the relationship, but Clara never allowed it to go beyond a professional one.

On the program is Schumann’s impassioned quartet in E-flat, and Brahms’ fiery early opus in G minor. Also on the program is a one-movement work by Gustav Mahler, the Late Romantic composer of massive symphonies and writer of songs. This is the only instrumental chamber work that survives.

Romantic Cello

Saturday, October 19, 1pm | Trinity United Methodist Church, Los Osos

Sunday, October 20, 4pm | Atascadero Community Church

Hilary Clark – cello, Dmitriy Cogan – piano.

Evalynn Moylan, 17, Morro Bay High School, will be the Student Spotlight. Please click “read more” below.

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Cello Sonata  – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102  –  Robert Schumann
Twelve Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen,” Op. 66 –  Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony of the Vines is expanding our reach this 10th Anniversary Season with performances throughout San Luis Obispo County.  We welcome back the popular duo of Hilary Clark and Dmitriy Cogan for their third recital on the Off-the-Vines Series, performing some of the great Romantic literature for cello and piano.

On the program are Beethoven’s sprightly Variations on a theme from Mozart’s popular opera The Magic Flute, Robert Schumann’s whimsical Five Pieces in Folk Style, and the poignant Cello Sonata by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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We are pleased to announce that Evalynn Moylan will be the featured Student Spotlight during our Romantic Cello concerts. Evalynn is from Los Osos and a senior at Morro Bay High School.

Her cello teacher, Lynne Oliverius, says that she has been studying cello for about three years and is extremely devoted.  Evalynn is also an accomplished pianist and saxophone player! She has top grades and plays on the water polo team at Morro Bay High School.

Not sure how she finds the time, but Evalynn also raises 4H show chickens, is a certified scuba diver and a very good water color artist who loves to paint birds and fish!

Torsten Juul-Borre Piano Recital & Student Spotlight

Saturday, November 16, 1pm | Grace Bible Church, Arroyo Grande

Sunday, November 17, 4pm | Cass Winery, Paso Robles

Sonata in B Flat Major – Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Les Jeux d’eaux a La Villa d’Este –  Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Jeux d’Eau – Maurice Ravel  (1875 – 1937)

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Torsten Juul-Borre returns to entertain us with his humorous and insightful commentary and brilliant performances on the piano. Torsten’s program will feed the hearts of people yearning for love, peace and joy as his program focuses on how music evinces these feelings. Schubert’s sublime melodies and harmonic modulations in the Sonata in B Flat major, Liszt’s meditative messaging in Les Jeux d’eaux a la Villa d’Este, and Ravel’s exuberance in Jeux D’eau carry us on a journey, and leave us, yes, with a sense of touching lasting values.

We are also delighted to feature Albert Zhang, 10 years old and a student in Atascadero. Albert has been chosen to participate in our Student Spotlight program and will have a solo performance during the concert. We are certain you will enjoy this young man’s talent!

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Holiday Brass

Sunday, December 15, 4pm | Atascadero Community Church

Wednesday, December 18, 7pm | Monarch Club at Trilogy in Nipomo

David Johns and Christopher Woodruff – trumpet, Greg Magie – horn, David Landers – trombone, Rod Mathews – tuba.

Add brass and class to your holiday season with Symphony of the Vines Brass Quintet!  The holidays sparkle more brightly with brass, and this concert is sure to create lasting memories.  The program combines original compositions for brass with holiday favorites by some of Hollywood’s greatest arrangers and composers.

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Meet the musicians:

David Johns (trumpet) – has a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Southern California. On the Central Coast, he has played with the Santa Maria Symphony, SLO Symphony, SLO Opera Orchestra, Lompoc Pops, SLO Trumpet Alliance and several jazz ensembles. Prior to moving from LA, he played in many local community orchestras including the Santa Barbara, Ventura, S. F. Valley, and Burbank Symphonies. He has recorded a CD with his wife who plays the harp titled, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and recorded two CD’s with the Tower Brass Quintet “Sacred Sounds” and “Rejoice.”

Christopher J. Woodruff (trumpet) – was appointed to a teaching position at Cal Poly in fall 2006 and is currently serving as director of bands and instructor of trumpet. In addition to his responsibilities with the concert and athletic bands, he lectures in music theory, music education and music appreciation.

A graduate of Louisiana State University and Northwestern University, Chris has studied and/or performed with a number of amazing trumpet pedagogues, including Tim Morrison, Jose Sibaja, Gábor Tarkövi, and Mark O’Keefe. As a conductor, he has served as guest conductor for a number of groups, including the Northshore Chamber Orchestra, University of Chicago Wind Ensemble and Paso Pops. His concert performances abroad have included events in Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, South Korea, and Australia.

Locally, Chris regularly performs with several groups such as Symphony of the Vines, Orchestra Novo and San Luis Obispo Master Chorale.

When he’s not preparing lectures, designing marching band drill or playing long tones, he may be found cycling along the vineyards of San Luis Obispo County or exploring the universe in a TARDIS. 

Rod Mathews (tuba) –  is Principal Tuba of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and previously held the same position with the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Sacramento Symphony. Rod performs regularly with orchestras across Northern California including the Monterey Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Modesto Symphony and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

David Landers (trombone) Since 1981, music has been an integral part of the life of David Landers. Starting as a trombonist, “Landers”, as he is known to many people, quickly found that the language of music resonated with him in a profound way. Thanks to his teachers, his abilities as a musician developed quickly, inspiring him to make it his life’s work. Mr. Landers holds a BM in Music Education from MTSU and an MM in Conducting from Sam Houston State University. 

Landers has taught in Tennessee, New Mexico, and finally California where he has served as the Director of Bands (and a few years as the Drama teacher) at Templeton High School since 2002. As a professional musician, he has performed with Diane Schuur, The Temptations, Allen Vizzutti, Red Buttons, Pat Sheridan, and Brian Bowman. David currently holds the principal trombone chair with the San Luis Obispo Symphony as well as playing with Orchestra Novo, Symphony of The Vines, and PCPA. You can also find him playing jazz with the Starlight Dream Band the last Saturday of every month at the Madonna Inn. 

Greg Magie (French horn) Greg Magie is music director of Symphony of the Vines, conducts opera productions at California Opera Association, teaches band and choir at Santa Ynez Valley High School, and performs with local orchestras.  He earned performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, University of Redlands, and UCLA. 

When not preparing or performing music, he can be found tending the orchard, gardens, and livestock on the family farm.

Canzona per Sonare No. 4  Giovanni Gabrieli

Centone No. 1, arr. Verne Reynolds
Gloria Deo – Guillaume Dufay
I Love and Have My Love Regarded – Thomas Weelkes
Come Holy Ghost – Christopher Tye
Revecy Venir du Printans – Claude LeJeune

Quintet – Michael Kamen

Suite from the Monteregian Hills – Enrique Crespo
1. La Marche
2. Chanson Melancholique
3. Valse Ridicule
4. Danse Villageosie

White Christmas – Arr. Craig Ware
O Little Town Of Bethlehem – Arr. B. Mason
I Wonder As I Wander  – Arr. Keith Snell
Go Tell It On The Mountain – Arr. Mark Rice
We Three Kings – Arr. Charles Fernandez
He Is Born, The Holy Child – Arr. Ron Goldstein
What Child Is This – Arr. Robert Nagel
The Christmas Song – Arr. Milton Nelson
Silent Night – Arr. B. Mason

Baroque Masters Symphony Concert

Saturday, January 11, 7pm | Trinity Methodist Church, Los Osos

Sunday, January 12, 3pm | Mission San Miguel

Dr. Greg Magie, director

Symphony of the Vines is an orchestra made up of great musicians who expertly step into the limelight to perform as soloists.  This program features all of our excellent musicians and we are pleased to welcome back the Czech-American Horn duo of Steven Gross and Jiri Havlik.

Indulge in the greatest works by the 18th Century masters brilliantly performed by Symphony of the Vines.  Works by J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli, Telemann, and Geminiani.

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Concerto Grosso in A Minor, op. 3, no. 8  –  A. Vivaldi

Concerto for Two Horns in D Major  –  G. P. Telemann Steve Gross and Jiri Havlik, horn

Concerto Grosso “La Follia” in D Minor – F. Geminiani

Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 6, no. 8 “Christmas” – A. Corelli

Concerto for Violin in E Major – J. S. Bach Maurice Sklar, violin

Concerto Grosso in B Minor, op. 6, no. 12 – G. F. Handel

Bach Cello Suites

Saturday, January 25, 1pm | Grace Bible Church, Arroyo Grande

Sunday, January 26, 4pm | Pear Valley Estate Wine, Paso Robles

Featuring cellists Jeanne Shumway, Barbara Hunter-Spencer, and Hilary Clark.

Last season this trio of cellists performed three suites from Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, and they return to finish the set.  These preludes and dances show off the versatility and virtuosity of the cello.

Suite No. 1
Suite No. 5
Suite No. 6

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Clarinet Quintet

Wednesday, February 12, 7pm | Monarch Club at Trilogy, Nipomo

Thursday, February 13, 4pm | Pear Valley Estate Wine, Paso Robles

Featuring Nancy Mathison, clarinet, Grace Seng and Valerie Berg-Johansen, violin, Mike Whitson, viola, Hilary Clark, cello

Clarinetist Nancy Mathison joins Symphony of the Vines to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season with an exciting program for the musicians and audience alike. Enjoy the unique timbre of the clarinet accompanied by a string quartet in this delightful concert featuring great chamber works for the clarinet by Mozart et al.

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Double Bass & Friends

Saturday, March 21, 1pm | Trinity Methodist Church, Los Ososo

Sunday, March 22, 4pm | Atascadero Community Church

The double bass adds depth and fullness of sound to enhance the rich musical combination of the traditional string quartet.  This program included some of the greatest works for this combination of instruments, including a new work by local favorite Mary Bianco.

Talented bassist David George is featured as soloist and in chamber works.  Program includes Schubert’s beloved Trout Quintet, Vaughan Williams’ Quintet, and a world premier composition by Mary Bianco.

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Classical Giants Symphony Concert

Sunday, May 17, 3pm | Mission San Miguel

Symphony of the Vines concludes the 10th Anniversary Season with works by three of the greatest composers of Classical Vienna.  The program explores the range of expression in the Classical orchestra repertoire.

Symphony of the Vines is pulling out all the stops with this program.  Mozart’s dramatic Overture to Don Giovanni, Haydn’s playful Symphony No. 98, and the epic Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven.

Overture to Don Giovanni, K527  –  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat Major  –  Franz Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 –  Ludwig van Beethoven

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