Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12pm
Featuring Linda Chatterton, flute with Matthew McCright, piano
special guest Alison Young
A Little Tango in Her Blood, music for Flute and Piano from Argentina
Astor Piazzolla – Fuga y misterio
Carlos Guastavino – Milonga de dos hermanos
Héctor Gallac – Pastoral Calchaquí
Horacio Salgán – Don Agustín Bardi
Horacio Salgán – Suite Argentina
Astor Piazzolla – Milonga sin Palabras
Astor Piazzolla – Chiquilín de Bachín
Astor Piazzolla – El Desbande
Astor Piazzolla – Lo que vendrá
About the Artists:
“The kind of performance that sparks wild standing ovations. Definitive” says the American Record Guide of American flutist Linda Chatterton. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Chatterton has performed in New York at Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, was a featured recitalist on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and has been heard throughout the US many times on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Ms. Chatterton has performed with numerous groups including the Minnesota Orchestra, and she tours regularly as a duo performer with both harp and piano. As a concerto soloist, highlights include many performances of traditional and contemporary repertoire in the US and Europe. She has served as a US State Department Arts Ambassador overseas and is a regular performer and lecturer at the National Flute Association’s and British Flute Society’s conferences.
Ms. Chatterton has commissioned, recorded and premiered dozens of new works, including music by Edie Hill, Lu Pei, Abbie Betinis, David Kechley, David Evan Thomas, Ailis Ni Riain, Takuma Itoh, Brian Ciach and Roberto Sierra.
Recent projects included a nine-state concert tour in the US, a concerto performance with the State Hermitage Chamber Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, with a master class at the Moscow Conservatory, concerts and master classes in the UAE, Spain, Romania and a concert tour of Australia with pianist Matthew McCright. Her recent London concert at the famous St. Martin-in-the-Fields concert series with McCright garnered the review: “Throughout the concert Chatterton displayed lovely tone and a fine sense of line, with technical prowess which was always understated, resulting in some involving and intelligent performances.”
She is a two-time recipient and the only flute soloist to win a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and she has received many prizes and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the American Composers Forum. In addition to her concert schedule, Ms. Chatterton is highly regarded for her insightful master classes, and she has served as a mentor to music students at the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts. In a related realm, Ms. Chatterton often can be heard giving her “It Sounded Better at Home!” workshop series based on her extensive work on the psychology of optimum performance. “It Sounded Better at Home!” will soon be released as a book. She received her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student of Bonita Boyd.
Ms. Chatterton has recorded on the CBS Masterworks, Innova, and Gothic labels, and has also independently released six compact disc recordings. Her latest, with pianist Matthew McCright as the Chatterton-McCright Duo, is “French Connections,” featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major, op. 94, Yuko Uebayashi’s Sonate, and Ms. Chatterton’s transcription of Camille Saint-Saens’ Violin Sonata in D Minor, op. 75.
American pianist Matthew McCright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific as piano soloist and chamber musician. He has thrilled audiences and critics alike with imaginative programming that places the greatest piano repertoire alongside the music of today’s most innovative composers. A native of Pennsylvania, McCright now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a member of the piano faculty of Carleton College. An accomplished recording artist, McCright has released five solo recordings: three albums on innova Records (Second Childhood, A Waltz through the Vapor, and Blender), a 2011 release of the piano works of Gene Gutchë on Centaur Records and a 2015 release on Albany Records of the piano music of Olivier Messiaen. His solo touring shows include Evening Preludes, The People’s Music, Contemplations: the Music of Messiaen, Connecting Flights, and Endurance.
The recipient of numerous awards, grants, and prizes, he has performed at festivals such as Bang on a Can at MassMOCA, Printing House Festival of New Music (Dublin), Late Music Festival (UK), Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival, Engelbach-Hart, Kodály Institute, Perilous Night, Fringe, Bridge, Spark Festival of Electronic Music, Seward Arts, Music 2000, CCM Village Opening, and Minnesota Composers Alliance. McCright completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music Degree in Piano from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Westminster College. His past teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Lisa Moore, and Richard Morris. He is represented by Proper Canary Artist Services. For more information please visit: www.matthewmccright.org
As a former professional flutist, Alison Young enjoyed a diverse music career as an orchestral principal, soloist and teacher performing on five continents including North America and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She has a knack for solo recitals with the Atlanta Constitution and Journal agreeing, calling her “a recitalist of great poise and technical security, dazzling precision and virtuosic flair.” Before dystonia ended her playing career, she made the recording premiere of David Diamond’s flute concerto much to his delight. He said hers was “some of the finest flute playing I have heard.” Two years later, she toured Argentina, playing her own arrangements of Piazzolla tangos and other works, releasing a CD and finally publishing these arrangements in a book that takes its name from a newspaper review, A Little Tango in Her Blood, music for flute and piano from Argentina.
Nowadays, Alison Young is more of a cheerleader for music and musicians, hosting a mid-day disc spin on Classical Minnesota Public Radio as well as American Public Media’s syndicated concert program, SymphonyCast, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and St. Olaf Christmas. Alison is an avid kayaker, rock climber, long-distance backpacker, biker, and skier. She and her husband, Richard Rasch, live across the street from the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Music and CD’s will be available for purchase at the concert
[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-info-sign”] Concert Info
October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Hosted by Abbie Betinis.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
Schedule & Programs Subject to Change
About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe). With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University, and was composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club from 2005-2017.