Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Parto, Parto” from La Clemenza di Tito, K.621
Alma Mahler: Five Songs for Voice and Piano
Carl Maria von Weber: Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48
James Lee Ill: Chavah’s Daughter Speak
William Grant Still: Romance
Felix Mendelssohn: “In Felice” for Soprano, Piano and Clarinet, Op. 94
Anthony McGill, Clarinet
Susanna Phillips, Voice
Gloria Chien, Piano
Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (The New York Times), clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. In addition to his dynamic international solo and chamber music career, McGill is principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic—the first African-American principal player in the organization’s history.
In 2020, he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards given in recognition of soloists who represent the highest level of musical excellence. McGill was honored to take part in the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams and performing alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero.
McGill appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras around North America, including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. This season he performs “You Have the Right to Remain Silent” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis with the Detroit and Boston Symphony Orchestras. He’ll also serve as the Orlando Philharmonic’s Artist-in-Residence, and during this series of performances he’ll premiere a new clarinet arrangement of the Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges) Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 5, No. 2. Orion String Quartet, one of today’s leading chamber music ensembles, will retire at the end of the 2023-24 season, concluding an illustrious 36-year partnership. Violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips, brothers who share the first violin chair equally, and cellist Timothy Eddy decided to form the quartet in 1987 (with the original violist Catherine Metz), after establishing successful individual careers; Steven Tenenbom became the quartet’s violist in 1993, and their lineup has remained unchanged for nearly 30 years.
Soprano Susanna Phillips continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after musician. Ms. Phillips’ 2022/23 season includes engagements with prestigious orchestras and a highly anticipated role debut. She appears with the Utah Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, Oregon Bach Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart, Bravo! Vail, and her role debut as Mimì in La bohème at The Metropolitan Opera!
Career highlights include 12 consecutive seasons at The Metropolitan Opera singing numerous roles including Musetta/La bohème, Pamina/The Magic Flute, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Rosalinde/Die Fledermaus, Antonia and Stella/The Tales of Hoffmann, Micaëla/Carmen, and Countess Almaviva/Le nozze di Figaro – a role very close to her heart. Ms. Phillips was also praised for singing Fiordigili/Così fan tutte, which The New York Times called a “breakthrough night”, and Clémence in The Metropolitan Opera premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin. Recently, Ms. Phillips has sung two premieres, Rose/Awakenings at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Oratorio Society at Carnegie Hall. Previously, she has performed the role of Stella in a concert staging of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Renée Fleming and also has sung Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Teddy Abrams. Ms. Phillips has also sung leading roles with Boston Baroque including Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare and the title role in Agrippina. Other opera house appearances include Cincinnati Opera, Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, Fort Worth Opera Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu, and Oper Frankfurt.
Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has a diverse musical life as a performer, concert presenter, and educator. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO under Keith Lockhart. Recently she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissingen Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. A former member of The Bowers Program, she performs frequently with CMS. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, which has become one of Tennessee’s premier classical music presenters. The following year she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at Music@Menlo by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, a position she held for the next decade. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The duo became Artistic Directors at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR, in 2020, and were named the recipients of the 2021 Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music from CMS, recognizing their efforts during the pandemic. Ms. Chien received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and is a Steinway Artist.
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