Chamber Music of Brahms, Bruch, Higdon, and Schreker
Our first concert of the series is comprised of four distinct works, scored for combinations of violin, cello, clarinet, horn, and piano. Our featured piece for the full quintet, Franz Schreker’s 1909 Der Wind, is heard live for the first known time in Washington DC. Also included on the first half are two of Max Bruch’s op. 83 Romanzen for clarinet, viola, and piano, and Jennifer Higdon’s electrifying trio Dash for violin, clarinet, and piano. Brahms’ evergreen Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano fills out the second half of the program.
Sunday, January 6, 4 p.m.
Kei Sugiyama, Violin
Pecos Singer, Cello
Melissa Morales, Clarinet
Clinton Soisson, Horn
Andrew Jonathan Welch, Piano
Spotlight on our Artists:
Melissa Morales is a clarinetist and educator originally from the Greater New Orleans area currently finishing her doctorate at the University of Maryland. Additionally she is currently the artist in residence at Collington Continuing Care Retirement Community in Bowie, Maryland. She has served as the clarinetist for the Washington D.C chamber music collective Potomac Winds since 2016 where the ensemble served as artists in residence in Talbot County for the 2017-2018 academic year, performed as part of the Riverdale Chamber Music Society, National Music Festival - Resonance Chamber Series, and was invited to perform at Forum Cultural Guanajuato in Leon City, Mexico. Morales currently serves as second clarinet with the Apollo Orchestra. She has performed at historic venues such as the Kennedy Center and Symphony Center.
Prior to her time in Maryland, Morales spent several years in Chicago, IL where she worked with organizations such as DePaul University where she received her Masters and subsequently served as an adjunct music education professor, and the Chicago Symphonic Winds - Chicago's premiere wind ensemble dedicated to furthering the experience and tradition of wind repertoire - where she worked as the Director of Education and Engagement. She was a regular member of the Chicago Summer Opera for their 2014-2016 seasons, and performed with the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet for their 2015 season. In 2014 she a winner of the 2014 Monroe Symphony League’s Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition, and was a featured artist in the Trinity Presbyterian Young Artist Performance Series in New Orleans, LA.
She has studied with notable performers and pedagogues Robert DiLutis, Julie DeRoche, Larry Combs, Wagner Campos, Stephen Williamson, and Paul Frechou.
Washington, DC-based cellist Pecos Singer was the winner of the 2016 Baroque Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), and has performed on baroque and modern instruments across the US, the Czech Republic, Italy and Austria. Pecos is a founding member of the Anacostia String Quartet, the 2018 Ensemble-In-Residence with the District New Music Coalition (DNMC), an innovative organization of emerging composers dedicated to the performance of new music in DC. The Anacostia Quartet recently completed recordings of two string quartets (Confluence and Currents of Change) commissioned by the Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) from the composer Zachary Friedland. Pecos also played on the Grammy-nominated recording of American music with conductor David Allan Miller for the Naxos label as a Fellow at the National Orchestral Institute in 2017. Other recording projects include a collaboration as part of the SFCM Baroque Ensemble with composer Mason Bates for the world premier of Auditorium with the San Francisco Symphony. A finalist in the Coeur d'Alene National Young Artists Competition, Pecos plays on a 1921 cello made by Giovanni Cutugno, generously on loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation. Pecos holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and currently studies with Dr. Eric Kutz at the University of Maryland in pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Pecos' past cello mentors include Steven Pologe, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Elizabeth Reed, Amos Yang, and Guy Fishman. Pecos has performed recently at venues such as the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, and the Clarice.