Comments made over the course of the 12 concerts:
“I was proud to have been part of this concert. It was indeed a spectacular event in every way. The musicians were very talented and gave a wonderful concert. Congratulations on another great year!”
“We thoroughly enjoyed the performances. We can can see why you have built such a successful organization… we will be sending you another check for $1000 in the next week…
"We were so moved by what you’ve done we both said that we wanted to give more pretty much the minute we got into the car….”
“It was wonderful. Everyone I spoke with at the reception loved it.”
“Congratulations on a very successful event yesterday! It was truly inspiring."
Music for Parkinson’s Research’s musical concert takes place on a Sunday afternoon during the late fall in the naturally beautiful and acoustically rich setting of Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester (CEW), 2125 Westchester Avenue, East Rye, N.Y.
This year’s concert falls on November 22, 2015, and includes our traditional wine-and-cheese reception following the performance. This has become a very popular and eagerly anticipated feature of our concert event as audience members look forward to greeting old friends, visiting with the musicians and members of MPR, and hearing the results of the two raffles (please see Raffles below).
Past concerts have includeded works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Grieg, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Faure, among many others. Composers featured in this year's performance include Haydn, Brahms, Palitz (world premier) and Dvorak.The musicians will consist of intetnationally known pianist Gena Raps, a Juilliard graduate and faculty member at the New School, and the Attacca String Quartet, one of America’s premier young performing ensembles.
Gena Raps performs across the US and internationally. The New York Times has described her playing as having “quiet majesty.” She has recorded the complete Dvorak Slavonic Dances and complete Mozart four-hand repertoire with her teacher, the renowned Artur Balsam. Her recent CD, “Mozart at 8” with Carol Wincenc, flutist, for Naxos, received rave reviews: “... a CD not to be missed.” Ms. Raps has collaborated in chamber music concerts with many renowned artists, such as Claude Monteux, Charles Neidich, Artur Balsam and Kenneth Cooper. Her dedication to educating children and to bringing awareness to social and human rights issues are reflected in the CD, “Mother Goose and More” (narrated by Julie Andrews and Peter Schickele). She has taught at the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, and served on the juries of competitions such as the Fulbright Fellowship. In 2014 the Gena Raps Chamber Music Award was started at the Julliard School for gifted composers. Ms. Raps is the music editor of the online magazine, Persimmon Tree. Her new CD of Brahms’ late solo works was released in spring, 2015.
First Prize winners of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prizewinners and Listeners’ Choice Award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. Praised by Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003, and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014 – 2015 season the Attacca Quartet was named the Quartet in Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The Attacca Quartet recently completed a recording project of Haydn’s masterwork “the Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” arranged by Andrew Yee and the Attacca Quartet. In his review for Gramophone, Donald Rosenberg wrote “The Attacca Quartet explore the works range of expressive moods with utmost sensitivity to nuance and interplay. . . They triumph in every respect, and are captured in such vivid sound that no telling Haydn detail is allowed to go unheard.”Thewholenote.com wrote “...It’s easily the most satisfying string version of the work that I’ve heard.”
In 2013, the Attacca Quartet released the complete works for string quartet by John Adams on Azica Records. It was praised by Steve Smith of the New York Times as a “vivacious, compelling set,” describing the Attacca Quartet’s playing as “exuberant, funky, and…exactingly nuanced.” The Boston Globe also praised the release, stating: “Few [recent recordings] are as consequential as ‘Fellow Traveler,’…superb performances.” The album was the recipient of the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award. The Attacca Quartet has been honored with both the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association and the Lotos Prize in the Arts from the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
2015 – 2016 marks the final seasons in New York and Canada of “The 68,” an ambitious self-produced project in which the Attacca Quartet will have performed all sixty-eight of Haydn’s string quartets. They will also perform in concerts around the United States, Canada, South America and parts of Europe. Their recent highlights include: appearances in Madrid performing all of John Adams’s works for string quartet, including his Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra, soloing with the Spanish National Orchestra under the composer’s direction; tours of Ireland and Japan; a four-concert run at the Melbourne Festival in Australia; residencies at the Virginia Arts Festival and Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
The Attacca Quartet has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Vivace String Camp in New York, the Woodlands ChamberFest in Texas, and Animato Summer Music Camp at Florida International University in Miami. Since 2006, they have performed in yearly benefit concerts supporting the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s efforts. The members of the Attacca Quartet currently reside in New York City. They are represented by Baker Artists, LLC.
Amy Schroeder – Violin
Hailed by the Washington Post as ‘an impressive artist whose playing combines imagination and virtuosity’ violinist Amy Schroeder, was born in Buffalo, New York. She studied with Sally Thomas and the Juilliard String Quartet at the Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as well as an Artist Diploma. Ms. Schroeder has soloed with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the Clarence Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. A founding member of the Attacca Quartet, she has been a part of a wide array of festivals including the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Music@Menlo, the Pacific Music Festival Tokyo String Quartet Program, the Emerson String Quartet seminar, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Banff Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sitka Chamber Music Festival, the Highlands/Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Academy of the West. She was also the recipient of the Henrietta and Albert J. Ziegle Jr. Scholarship, which provided the tuition for her studies at Juilliard. Growing up in Buffalo Ms. Schroeder began her violin studies with Karen Campbell and Thomas Halpin. She currently plays on a violin made in 2012 by Nathan Slobodkin.
Keiko Tokunaga – Violin
A passionate advocate of the chamber music of all eras, violinist Keiko Tokunaga has already established a formidable reputation as a soloist and a chamber musician across North America, Europe, Australia, and in her native Japan. As a member of the New York-based Attacca Quartet, Ms. Tokunaga has soloed with orchestras including the Spanish National Orchestra, Virginia Arts Fetival Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. She has performed both as a soloist and a chamber musician in such major venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rubin Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Banff Centre in Canada, Ohji Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Izumi Hall in Osaka.
When she is not touring with the quartet, Ms. Tokunaga enjoys her career as an educator. She has been on faculty at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Ear Training Division since 2008 and currently serves as a violin instructor at the Fordham University, while maintaining a private violin studio in Manhattan.
Ms. Tokunaga holds an Artist Diploma, a Masters and a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School. She plays on Stefano Scarampella violin from 1900.
Nathan Schram – Viola
Hailed by The New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan is a sought after violist, composer, and arranger. Working with many of today’s great composers, he has premiered music by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Becca Stevens, Timo Andres, David Bruce, Elliot Cole and others. Nathan is also a founding member of Speed Bump, an ensemble devoted to improvisation and their own compositions. Nathan has collaborated with many of the great artists of today including: Björk, Itzhak Perlman, Becca Stevens, Gabriel Kahane, Gil Kalish, Simon Rattle, Phil Setzer, Joshua Bell, and others.
Apart from performing, Nathan is the Founding Director of Musicambia, a New York based initiative establishing a network of music conservatories within prisons and jails in the United States. Musicambia currently runs a music conservatory at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York and is developing a school in South Carolina as well as programs overseas.
Schram is a prizewinner of the 2007 Primrose International Viola competition, the 2006 Corpus Christi Concerto Competition and a First Prize winner of the 2008 ASTA National Solo Competition. He studied at Indiana University with Alan de Veritch and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain with Diemut Poppen and Yuval Gotlibovich. As an Ensemble ACJW Fellow he was documented by radio journalist Jeff Lunden for a 2-year, four-part series for NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Andrew Yee – Cello
Andrew Yee, cello, has been praised by Michael Kennedy of the London Telegraph as “spellbindingly virtuosic…remember that you heard [his] name here first.” He is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet, and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Fred Sherry, Darrett Adkins, and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Yee has appeared with the International Sejong Soloists, and has played solo and chamber music recitals across the United States. His many engagements include the Concert Hall, Terrace Theatre, and Millennium stages in the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C. Alice Tully Hall, the Spoleto Festival, Carnegie Hall, and other venues including solo performances of Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos, and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. Mr. Yee plays on a 2002 Nathan Slobodkin cello modeled after the 1731 “Ex Messeas” Guarneri “del Gesu” cell
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