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December Sunset Concert: Alexander, Birr, Morgan, Waterbury

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Sunday December 11th, doors at 3pm, concert at 4pm.
Red Newt Cellars is pleased to welcome percussionist Conrad Alexander, pianist Diane Birr, oboist Paige Morgan and violinist Susan Waterbury  to the December 2016 Sunset Chamber Music series. Guests at this “Sunset Recital” will experience a world-class musical performance combined with elegant wine, delicious morsels, and an incredible sunset.  Sunday December 11th, 2016

-Harbison “Varied Trio” for Violin, Percussion, and Piano 
-Bach Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin  
-Dring Trio for Flute (Violin), Oboe and Piano
Wines and food served until 4pm .
Doors open at 3pm.  Concert begins at 4pm.  
Online reservations: click here

About the program:
“This upcoming Dec. 11th Sunset Chamber Music event is sure to please with one well-known piece, the Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe, and two lesser known, yet brilliant,  beautiful and entertaining pieces, the Lou Harrison’s “Varied Trio” for Percussion, Violin, and Piano and Madeleine Dring’s Trio for Oboe, Violin, and Piano.

Harrison’s Varied Trio provides a gamut of hauntingly beautiful to playful music with the surprising instrumentation of percussion, violin and piano.  Percussionist, Conrad Alexander, will be bringing a marimba, rice bowls (played with chop sticks), a gong, drums, and mixing bowls turned upside down and played with knitting needles to Red Newt!  Yet, the music is not so “noisy” and “percussive”, rather, it is often quiet and contemplative, with an occasional soft gong sound played with a big fluffy mallet and other “soft” sounds.  Even the pianist, Diane Birr, will play with a mallet on a soft wooden block, and will pluck strings from inside the piano.  Two of the movements are based on gamelan music, the music of Bali and Java in Indonesia.  Scales and sounds are often “untraditional” yet very compelling and beautiful.

Madeleine Dring’s Trio for Oboe, Violin, and Piano is…well, Susan says, “a gas” (meaning fun:) to play and listen to.  Originally written for Flute, violinist, Susan Waterbury, will play the part on violin.  The music is cooky, hilarious, raunchy at times, sweet…a whole bunch of fun.  Paige Morgan, oboist, Diane Birr, pianist, and Susan Waterbury, violinist, had some big laughs and fun rehearsing this piece.  We hope you enjoy it.

And then there’s Bach, which will open the program.  Bach was a genius and in some ways, is the founder of Western Classical (and eventually Pop) harmony.  The Concerto for Violin and Oboe is a famous and great piece.  Fast movements on the outsides with a beautiful slow movement in the middle. Pianist, Diane Birr, will play the part that originally would be played by a small orchestra or harpsichord –on piano, and she has a sensitive touch.

Join us.  We look forward to sharing this music with you and to seeing you!”.

conrad alexanderConrad Alexander is currently on the percussion faculty at Mansfield University, Ithaca College and the Brevard Music Center. His teaching experience includes positions at Interlochen Center for the Arts, James Madison University, The University of Virginia, The Odessa/Midland (TX) school system and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He is a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble X New Music Ensemble. He has performed with the New York City Opera Touring Orchestra, the Albany and Harrisburg (PA) Symphonies, as well as the Dallas, Richmond (VA), Greensboro (NC), Knoxville (TN), Oklahoma, and Anchorage Symphonies. In addition to performing and teaching, he is the owner of DAY Percussion Repair, specializing in all facets of percussion instrument repair and unique wooden percussion products. He has recorded for the Sony, Centaur, AmCam, and ProArtes recording labels. Conrad earned the Masters of Music degree, and Performer´s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. His major teachers include John Beck, Doug Howard, Kalman Cherry, John Bannon, Don Liuzzi and Charles Owen.

In 2007, Conrad became an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and received Mansfield University´s Bertram Francis Award from Kappa Kappa Psi for outstanding contributions to the MU Band program. He resides in Ithaca, NY with his wife, Paige Morgan, and their two dogs.

diane birrDiane Birr, Professor of piano, has been a faculty member at Ithaca College School of Music since 1993 where she teaches courses and lessons in collaborative piano, private piano and class piano, as well as coaches both vocal and instrumental chamber music.  In Spring 2008, Diane was selected to serve as a Faculty in Residence at the Ithaca College London Center where she taught the course –  “The Keyboard in London and its Role in Society”.   To read about the students’ experiences in the course, go to:  http://ickeyboards.blogspot.com/.   Dr. Birr is frequently asked to serve as an adjudicator for various competitions & festivals in NYS, as well as invited to serve as master class clinician for solo piano and chamber music.

At Ithaca College, Dr. Birr also serves as Coordinator of the M.M. – Performance in Collaborative Piano degree, a new focus to the graduate performance degree instituted in Fall 2015.   (For information on the M.M. – Performance in Collaborative Piano degree, click on “Documents” in the left side bar.  For additional information on the Graduate Studies at Ithaca College, go to: http://www.ithaca.edu/music/admission/graduate/)

Dr. Birr has performed with numerous vocalists and instrumentalists in recitals and master classes throughout the United States, and in Australia, Canada, France, Scotland, Austria, and Norway.  Artists with whom she has collaborated include flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer (BSO), world-renowned bassist François Rabbath, violinist Eduard Melkus, Christian Lindberg (International trombone soloist), Meir Rimon (Israel Philharmonic), Joseph Alessi (NY Philharmonic), M. Dee Stewart, and flute duo ZAWA!   Birr has been frequently featured as a collaborative pianist on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series and in numerous concerts at Ithaca College, as well as throughout the country and internationally.  She has also served as an official collaborative pianist for multiple conferences and competitions including the Music Teachers National Association’s (MTNA) national competitions, the International Double Reed Society Conference, the International Horn Society and the International Trombone Association’s conferences and the inaugural International Brass Conference held at Bloomington, Indiana.

For sixteen years, Birr served on the faculty of International Workshops, a two-week music and arts festival held in locations around the world, in which she performed with string faculty in the festival’s concerts, as well as coached chamber music.  In past summers Dr. Birr has also taught & performed at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO.

Dr. Birr is pianist of the Troica trio (trumpet, saxophone, & piano), which released its first full CD recording (“TROICA”) in 2010 and is also featured on “Sing to me of the night”, a CD of saxophone music of composer Dana Wilson (2015).  Over the past several years, this trio has received invitations to perform at a variety of venues including Sydney, Australia and Strasbourg, France, as well as inspired several composers to write new works for this combination of instruments including Marc Satterwhite, Margaret Smith, Allen Cohen, Peter Lawrence and Dominick DiOrio.

Diane has been an active member of MTNA for many years, having served in a variety of roles including NYSMTA President, MTNA Eastern Division Director and as a member of the MTNA National Board of Directors. She is also a member of NATS.

Dr. Birr received collaborative piano training with Brooks Smith and Gwendolyn Koldofsky at the University of Southern California (USC), and completed her doctorate in Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Jean Barr.

paige morganPaige Morgan has been on the faculty of Ithaca College since 1997. She earned her B.M. from University of Kansas and D.M.A., M.M., performer’s certificate from Eastman School of Music and has studied with Richard Killmer, Evelyn Barbirolli, Linda Strommen, Susan Brasher.

Her current activities include a faculty position at the  Brevard Summer Music Festival, oboist with Ensemble X, and oboist Garth Newel Music Festival.

Formerly, Morgan was an instructor at Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College (New York), University of Virginia;  principal oboist with Charlottesville Symphony, Midland/ Odessa Symphony; oboist with Richmond Symphony, Albemarle Ensemble; coordinator, Light in Winter Festival.

Performances with Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Evansville Symphony, San Angelo Symphony. Recordings for Sony, Musical Heritage Society, AmCam Recordings.

Susan WaterburySusan Waterbury, professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music since 2000, teaches violin and performs as a recitalist and chamber musician.  From 1995-99, Waterbury was Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis where she taught violin and performed with the Ceruti String Quartet.

Previously, Waterbury was full-time Artist-in-Residence and Co-Artistic Director for the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA where she performed chamber music concerts year-round.

Waterbury was a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet. The Cavani Quartet garnered many awards including first prize in the 1989 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music, and the Cleveland Quartet and Carmel Chamber Music competitions as well as earning prizes at the Banff International, Chicago Discovery, Coleman, and Fischoff competitions.  As a member of Cavani, she performed and taught regularly for concert series and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad for 11 years.

A new music enthusiast, Waterbury has worked with many composers, including Steven Stucky, Donald Erb, Joan Tower, Ellen Zwilich, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Doherty, Kamran Ince, Sally Lamb, Christopher Rouse, Gordon Stout, and John Adams. She is an active performer, playing recitals, concerti, and collaborations regularly with friends locally, and on national and international series and festivals throughout the year. Past and present collaborations include performances with Present Music (new music ensemble), Paul Katz, Colorado Qt., Cleveland Qt., Miami Qt., Frank Cohen, Jesse Levine, Gordon Stout, Josh Smith, David Cerone, Anton Nel, Earl Wild, and Ann Schein. Waterbury has recorded on the Azica, Albany, Pantheon, Polygram, and Cleveland Institute of Music label. She has worked with and performed music by composers Christopher Rouse, Kamran Ince, Sally Lamb, Steve Stucky, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Doherty, Joan Tower, John Adams, Donald Erb, Dan Welcher, Marc Mellits, Gordon Stout, GeorgeTsontakis, and Jon Grier, to name a few.

In recent summers, Waterbury taught and/or performed for The Quartet Program, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Termoli, Italy), Deia International Music Festival, (Mallorca, Spain),Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland, Canada), Bennington Music Conference (Vermont), and Garth Newel Music Center (Virginia).

Susan Waterbury earned a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University School of Music which named her “Distinguished Alumna of 1995”. She studied violin with Donald Weilerstein, Jens Ellerman, Michael Davis and Walter Levin and was coached extensively in chamber music by the Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, and Juilliard Quartets.

Waterbury also enjoys playing old-time fiddle and other improvised music with her banjo playing husband David Whiting, playing on her grandfather’s fiddle.

Sunday Afternoon Piano with Bert Salmirs

Sunday Afternoon Piano with Bert Salmirs

Red Newt BistroSunday, December 4th, 1pm & Sunday, December 18th, 1pm

Please join us at lunchtime this Sunday for this special treat!

Bert Salmirs started his musical career at Julliard School of Music, and has been playing piano in the Finger Lakes for over four decades. With a repertoire from the American Song Book that includes jazz, ragtime, Broadway show tunes and more, Bert never fails to show his virtuosity.

Some of you may remember him tickling the ivories with the “Bert Sal Trio” across the southern tier since the 70’s in venues such as the College Club, Brennens, Fountainbleau and the Jefferson Hotel.

Listen to Bert!
Free admission, no reservations – serving lunch 11-3pm

Sunday Afternoon Schubert

Sunday Afternoon Schubert

Sunday, Nov. 13th, 1pmstring quartet
Relaxing, Intimate, personal …

… is what chamber music is meant to be.  This Sunday, the Red Newt Bistro will be transformed into a delightfully elegant, relaxing and informal venue to enjoy music, company and great food. You will not be finding an awkward, stiff silence on Sunday. Never you mind the occasional ring of glass, the clinking of silverware and the muffled tones of relaxation.  The room will be filled with music… as well as conversation with the musicians.  You won’t feel like the musicians are separated on a stage, but rather a part of the milieu of wine, food and relaxation.

Sunday November 13th, 1pm
Schubert String Quintet in C  
Composed in September of 1828, during the final weeks of Schubert’s life, the Quintet in C for two violins, viola and two cellos was the composer’s last instrumental work and ranks among his greatest accomplishments.

Ithaca College Student String Qintet :
Hannah Lin, violin – MM Suzuki Pedagogy , State College, PA
Amy Chryst, violin – violin performance, East Stroudsburg, PA
Sam Rubin, viola –  BA music, Spring Valley, NY
Emily Doveala, cello –  Cello performance, Smithtown, NY
Bryce Tempest, cello –  Cello performance, South Orange, NY

Hannah Lin attended college in her hometown of State College, Pennsylvania, graduating with a B.M.E. in Music Education from Penn State. She attended Penn State as a Schreyer Honors Scholar, studying violin with James Lyon and string pedagogy with Robert Gardner. Hannah currently attends Ithaca College where she is pursuing a M.M. in Suzuki Pedagogy under the instruction of Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Calvin Wiersma.

Amy Chryst is from East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania, and is a senior violin performance major at Ithaca College. In her time at Ithaca she has studied with Nicholas DiEugenio, Peter Rovit, and is currently studying with Calvin Wiersma. Outside of music, Amy as a fascination with 1800’s British literature and enjoys sketching.

Sam Rubin is a Bachelor of Arts candidate in Music, with minors in Politics and English, from Spring Valley, N.Y. His research focuses on Polish luminary Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and the intersection of mid-20th century Soviet arts doctrine and collective, compositional memory.

Emily Doveala, from Smithtown, NY, is a Senior Cello Performance Major at Ithaca College.
Emily has played the cello for 11 years and enjoys playing golf and cooking.

Bryce Tempest, from South Orange, NJ, has played cello for 10 years. Bryce loves dogs, the outdoors, and Stevie Wonder.

Live Chamber Music Sunday – Prokofieff

Relaxing, Intimate, personal …
… is what chamber music is meant to be.  This Sunday, the Red Newt Bistro will be transformed into a delightfully elegant, relaxing and informal venue to enjoy music, company and great food.  In contrast to what one may expect of a recital of Prokofiev and Mozart, you will not be finding an awkward, stiff silence on Sunday. Never you mind the occasional ring of glass, the clinking of silverware and the muffled tones of relaxation.  The room will be filled with music… as well as conversation with the musicians.  You won’t feel like the musicians are separated on a stage, but rather a part of the milieu of wine, food and relaxation.

Sunday October 30th, 1 – 2:30pm
Prokofiev String Quartet No. 2 and other classical works

Ithaca College Student String Quartet :
Alem Ballard, violin – IC junior, violin performance , Philadelphia, PA
Jennifer Riche, violin – IC junior, violin performance, Haiti
Richard Cruz, viola – IC junior, viola performance, Norwalk, CT
Terri Landez, cello – IC sophomore, Cello performance, San Antonio TX

Free admission, no reservations needed, serving lunch 11-3pm

Best Riesling in North America! Red Newt – Tango Oaks Vineyard 2013

Best American Riesling – Red Newt Cellars, Tango Oaks Vineyard
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Red Newt Cellars is pleased to announce that the Red Newt Cellars 2013 Riesling – Tango Oaks Vineyard has been named  “Best American Riesling” by the CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL RIESLING CHALLENGE.

The Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC) has grown in the last 15 years to become the most important annual event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. This year nearly 500 Rieslings across all styles, from seven countries were judged, awarded, discussed at Master Classes and then tasted by hundreds at the biggest once a year celebration of Riesling.

The event took place at the Albert Hall Canberra on 13 October with the judging of the 500 wines led by International Riesling Challenge Chairman John Belsham from New Zealand, and six judges from Germany, USA and Australia. They are supported by experienced and professional Associate Judges, Stewards and Administrative staff.

Tango Oaks vineyards is located less than one half mile from Red Newt Cellars on a fruit growing site that dates back centuries. This Riesling features exotic aromas of grapefruit, Pippin Apple, and nectarine that hide a surprisingly dry and crisp mid palate. With flavor of white peach and Thai basil, it continues to balance the warmth of ripe fruit against a distinct and refreshing minerality. Creating a wine that is intriguing and pairs remarkably well with food.  Starting with the 2012 vintage, Tango Oaks vines had reached a level of maturity that allowed them to support a dry and mineral driven Riesling.  This wine marks the second exploration of that style, working with the Alsatian clone Riesling and extremely gravelly soil of the vineyard to make an entirely new Red Newt Riesling.  Tango Oaks Riesling is always charming on the nose, which gave us the confidence to work on a tighter midpalate so that the wine might open up with cellar age.

You may find the Red Newt Riesling- Tango Oaks Vineyard 2013 at select restaurants, wine shops and ONLINE at our webstore.

For additional information, please contact Red Newt Cellars

Tango Oaks vineyards is located less than one half mile from Red Newt Cellars on a fruit growing site that dates back centuries.

You may find the Red Newt Riesling- Tango Oaks Vineyard 2013 at select restaurants, wine shops and ONLINE at our webstore.

October Sunset Chamber Music: Yampolsky – Simkin – Waterbury

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Sold out.  Thank You!


Red Newt Cellars is pleased to welcome pianist Miri Yampolsky, Cellist Elizabeth Simkin and violinist Susan Waterbury  to the October 2016 Sunset Chamber Music series. Guests at this “Sunset Recital” will experience a world-class musical performance combined with elegant wine, delicious morsels, and an incredible sunset. Sunday, October 2nd.

– Bach Sonata IV in C minor, BWV 1017, for Violin and Keyboard
– Kodaly Sonata for Cello and Piano
– Brahms Trio in B Major, Op. 8, for Piano, Violin, and Cello

Wines by the glass and tasting fare available.

Doors open at 5pm.  Concert begins at 6pm.

Sold out.  Thank You!

Miri Yampolsky made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the

miri_yampolsky_pianistIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra and maestro Zubin Mehta at the age of 16, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1. Since then, she appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Mainz Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Valencia, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Johannesburg, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra and Cornell Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.  A first prize winner of the Valencia International Piano Competition Prize Iturbi in Valencia, and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Ms. Yampolsky is an avid and active chamber musician, with appearances in festivals such as Tanglewood; Ravinia; Davos; Berlin Festwoche; Tucson Winter International Chamber Music Festival; Olympic Music Festival; Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival; Peninsula Music Festival; Hitzacker “Music Days”; Schwetzingen Festival; Sessa “Musica d’Insieme” ; Citta di Castelo; Klassikfest Kaisrstuhl; Lucena International Piano Festival and Salzburg’s “Mozarteum”.
Yampolsky’s teachers include Hannah Shalgi, Michael Boguslavsky and Chaim Taub in Israel; Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov and Marta Gulyas at the Escuela Superior De Musica “Reina Sofia” in Madrid, and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Yampolsky was a recipient of AICF scholarships between 1985-1996, and is on the faculty at Cornell University and is a co-artistic director of Mayfest. She lives with her husband, Xak Bjerken, and three children, Misha and Anna, and Maya.

Elizabeth Simkin joined the IC School of Music faculty in the fall of 1994. elizabeth simkin She has also served for seven summers on the artist faculty of the Bowdoin International Music festival.  Prior to that, she was the teaching assistant and student of Janos Starker at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She received her Master of Music degree with the Performer’s Certificate from Eastman with Steven Doane and her bachelor’s from Oberlin with Richard Kapuscinski, where she won the John Katz prize in cello performance as well as the Oberlin Concerto competition.

As a United States Artistic Ambassador, Elizabeth has performed extensively in International recitals with pianist Karl Paulnack.  She has held summer chamber music residencies at Tanglewood and at the Spoleto festival in Italy.  She has been a returning guest artist at numerous chamber music festivals including: Olympic, Roycroft, Skaneateles, Chenango, Garth Newel, and Heifetz.  As a founding member of Ithaca’s New Music Group Ensemble X, she has toured to major concert halls and universities, and worked personally with many of today’s leading composers.

Susan Waterbury, professor of Violin at the Ithaca College Susan WaterburySchool of Music since 2000, teaches violin and performs as a recitalist and chamber musician.  From 1995-99, Waterbury was Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis where she taught violin and performed with the Ceruti String Quartet.

Previously, Waterbury was full-time Artist-in-Residence and Co-Artistic Director for the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA where she performed chamber music concerts year-round. She has also held positions with the University of California, Riverside Campus, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Waterbury was a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet. The Cavani Quartet garnered many awards including first prize in the 1989 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music, and the Cleveland Quartet and Carmel Chamber Music competitions as well as earning prizes at the Banff International, Chicago Discovery, Coleman, and Fischoff competitions.  As a member of Cavani, she performed and taught regularly for concert series and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad for 11 years.

A new music enthusiast, Waterbury has worked with many composers, including Steven Stucky, Donald Erb, Joan Tower, Ellen Zwilich, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Doherty, Kamran Ince, Sally Lamb, Christopher Rouse, Gordon Stout, and John Adams. She is an active performer, playing recitals, concerti, and collaborations regularly with friends locally, and on national and international series and festivals throughout the year. Past and present collaborations include performances with Present Music (new music ensemble), Paul Katz, Colorado Qt., Cleveland Qt., Miami Qt., Frank Cohen, Jesse Levine, Gordon Stout, Josh Smith, David Cerone, Anton Nel, Earl Wild, and Ann Schein. Waterbury has recorded on the Azica, Albany, Pantheon, Polygram, and Cleveland Institute of Music label. She has worked with and performed music by composers Christopher Rouse, Kamran Ince, Sally Lamb, Steve Stucky, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Doherty, Joan Tower, John Adams, Donald Erb, Dan Welcher, Marc Mellits, Gordon Stout, GeorgeTsontakis, and Jon Grier, to name a few.

In recent summers, Waterbury taught and/or performed for The Quartet Program, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Termoli, Italy), Deia International Music Festival, (Mallorca, Spain),Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland, Canada), Bennington Music Conference (Vermont), and Garth Newel Music Center (Virginia).

Susan Waterbury earned a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University School of Music which named her “Distinguished Alumna of 1995”. She studied violin with Donald Weilerstein, Jens Ellerman, Michael Davis and Walter Levin and was coached extensively in chamber music by the Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, and Juilliard Quartets.

Waterbury plays on a 1864 Vincenzo Postiglione violin and also enjoys playing old-time fiddle and other improvised music with her banjo playing husband David Whiting, playing on her grandfathers fiddle.

Sunset Chamber Music – Susan Waterbury & Calvin Wiersma

Sunset Chamber MusicRed Newt Cellars is pleased to welcome violinists Susan Waterbury and Cal Wiersma to the February 2016 Sunset Chamber Music series. Guests at this “Sunset Recital” will experience a world-class musical performance combined with elegant wine, delicious morsels, and an incredible sunset. Sunday, February 28th.

-Sonata for two violins, Op 56 (1932) – Serge Prokofieff
-Sonata No. V for two violins – Jean-Marie Leclair
-Six Caprices for Violin Duo, caprice Nos. 2 & 3 – Behzad Ranjbaran
-Tunes for Violin – Mark O’Connor

Wines by the glass and tasting fare available.

Doors open at 5pm.  Concert begins at 6pm.  $15 admission – ($10 student/senior)  Seating limited – reserve tickets here

Susan WaterburySusan Waterbury, professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music since 2002, teaches violin and has performed with the Sheherazade Trio and the Ariadne String Quartet.From 1995-99, Waterbury was Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis where she taught violin and performed with the Ceruti String Quartet.

Previously, Waterbury was full-time Artist-in-Residence and Co-Artistic Director for the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA where she performed chamber music concerts year-round. She has also held positions with the University of California, Riverside Campus, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Waterbury was a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet. The Cavani Quartet garnered many awards including first prize in the 1989 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music, and the Cleveland Quartet and Carmel Chamber Music competitions as well as earning prizes at the Banff International, Chicago Discovery, Coleman, and Fischoff competitions.  As a member of Cavani, she performed and taught regularly for concert series and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad for 11 years.

A new music enthusiast, Waterbury has worked with many composers, including Steven Stucky, Donald Erb, Joan Tower, Ellen Zwilich, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Doherty, Kamran Ince, Sally Lamb, Christopher Rouse, Gordon Stout, and John Adams. She is an active performer, playing recitals, concerti, and collaborations regularly with friends locally, and on national and international series and festivals throughout the year. Past and present collaborations include performances with Present Music (new music ensemble), Paul Katz, Colorado Qt., Cleveland Qt., Miami Qt., Frank Cohen, Jesse Levine, Gordon Stout, Josh Smith, David Cerone, Anton Nel, Earl Wild, and Ann Schein. Waterbury has recorded on the Azica, Albany, Pantheon, Polygram, and Cleveland Institute of Music label. She has worked with and performed music by composers Christopher Rouse, Kamran Ince, Sally Lamb, Steve Stucky, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Doherty, Joan Tower, John Adams, Donald Erb, Dan Welcher, Marc Mellits, Gordon Stout, GeorgeTsontakis, and Jon Grier, to name a few.

In recent summers, Waterbury taught and/or performed for The Quartet Program, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Termoli, Italy), Deia International Music Festival, (Mallorca, Spain),Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland, Canada), Bennington Music Conference (Vermont), and Garth Newel Music Center (Virginia).

Susan Waterbury earned a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University School of Music which named her “Distinguished Alumna of 1995”. She studied violin with Donald Weilerstein, Jens Ellerman, Michael Davis and Walter Levin and was coached extensively in chamber music by the Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, and Juilliard Quartets.
Waterbury plays on a 1864 Vincenzo Postiglione violin.

cal_wiersma-2Calvin Wiersma, violinist, is Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Ithaca College. He was the creator of the Music program and initial Music Department chair at the Bard High School Early College, an innovative New York City Public School for gifted students, was chamber music coordinator for the Russian American Youth Orchestra, and has been on the faculties of the Purchase Conservatory of Music, the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, Brandeis University, and the Longy School of Music. He has conducted clinics and master classes throughout the world, has been on the Faculties of several summer programs including Greenwood and Manchester Music, and has been an artist in residence at numerous institutions, including Middlebury College, Colgate University, the California Summer Arts Program, the Smolny Institute in Moscow, Russia, and the Institute for Chamber Music in Khiryat Shemona, Israel.

In addition to his teaching activities, Mr. Wiersma appears throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician.  He is a member of the Manhattan String Quartet,  was a founding member of the Meliora Quartet, winner of the Naumberg, Fischoff, Coleman, and Cleveland Quartet competitions, and the Quartet-in-Residence of the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and was also a founding member of the Figaro Trio. He has performed numerous solo recitals, including appearances in Boston, New York, and Chicago, and has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Concerto Company of Boston, and the Lawrence Symphony, among others.

In addition to his worldwide touring with the MSQ, Mr. Wiersma is a frequent performer with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and performs regularly with chamber music ensembles around the country.  In recent seasons he has performed with the Da Camera Society of Houston, the Brandenburg All Stars, the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, The Festival Chamber Music Society, The Chamber Music Society of New Hope, the Carnegie Chamber Players, and Close Encounters with Music. Mr. Wiersma has been heard at many summer Chamber Music Festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the Vancouver, Rockport, Bard, Portland, Crested Butte, North Country, Central Vermont, New Hope, Interlochen, An Appalachian Summer, Cape May, and Music Mountain Festivals.

A noted performer of contemporary music, Mr. Wiersma is a member of Cygnus and the Lochrian Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared with Speculum Musicae, Ensemble 21, Parnassus, Ensemble Sospeso, and the New York New Music Ensemble. He has commissioned countless works both with these ensembles and for solo violin, has toured extensively with Steve Reich and Ensemble 21, and has been featured in solo performances for the International League of Composers of Music. His recently completed recordings include Jacob Druckman’s Third String Quartet for Philomusica, a recording of Elliott Carter’s Syringa, Swan Song by Milton Babbitt, Harold Meltzer’s Brion with the Cygnus Ensemble, a recording of chamber music of Nils Vigeland, and an album of Chamber Music of Stephen Foster with flutist Paula Robison.

Mr. Wiersma is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he studied with Marilyn McDonald, and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and was the teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein.

Sunset Chamber Music – Nicholas Walker & Elizabeth Simkin

Sunday, December 6th  Doors open 3:30pm, 4:30pm performance
Wines by the glass, tasting plates available.
$15 admission ($10 students\seniors)

Reserve tickets here (seating limited)

Red Newt Cellars is pleased to welcome Double bassist/composer, Nicholas Walker, and cellist, Elizabeth Simkin.  Guests at this “Sunset Recital” will experience a world class musical performance combined with elegant wine, delicious morsels, and an incredible sunset.

double bassist / composer Nicholas Walker
double bassist / composer Nicholas Walker
Cellist Elizabeth Simkin
cellist Elizabeth Simkin

Double bassist/composer, Nicholas Walker, and cellist, Elizabeth Simkin, are music professors at Ithaca College, in upstate New York. Their collaborative music partnership spans a decade, and includes duo recitals, chamber music, early music, contemporary music, orchestral music, and original compositions. This duo project features original repertoire by Nicholas Walker which the duo has workshopped into a hour-long, programatic set featuring tuneful melodies, atmospheric textures, lyrical virtuosity, extended techniques, playful improvisation, and fun grooves.

Program:
Paris Skies (1994)
An Dassa Choof! (1994)
Mnemosyne (1997)
Song of Freia (2004/15)
Praxis (2015)
Watermark (2013)

Kelby James Russell Wines Offers Two New Releases

Building on the popularity of  the KJR 2014 Dry Rosé, Kelby Russell announces the release of two new wines.

kelby russel winemaker
Kelby Russel, winemaker

Kelby James Russell Wines first began as a casual brainstorm at Red Newt Cellars, where owner and winemaker David Whiting suggested that a separate wine project might be an important creative outlet for Kelby. With a diverse selection of vineyards and wine styles, the label promises to bring something new to the wine world; ‘off-beat’ wines both in reference to their musical inspiration as well as their individual spirit.

2013 Riesling

  • The 2013 Kelby James Russell Riesling was inspired by the style of one of the world’s great and overlooked Riesling producing countries, Australia.   Made with 100% Riesling from the Tango Oaks Vineyard in Seneca Lake’s Banana Belt region, it is a Finger Lakes twist on an age-worthy style.Following an even growing season and dry autumn, the Riesling was picked the morning of October 24th, 2013.  Following pressing and settling, the juice was fermented at a cool temperature using a staged addition of two different yeasts to enhance its crispness.Bone dry with an intense aromatic profile of lilac and lime, this wine was bottled under screwcap in July of 2014 and has been allowed to mature for a year in bottle prior to release.  Please enjoy this wine with a song as beautifully jagged as I hope you find this Riesling: “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic.
  • Vineyard: Tango Oaks Vineyard; Southeast Side, Seneca Lake
  • Harvest: October 24th, 2013; 20.1 Brix
  • Vinification:
    • 14 day Fermentation with VIN13 and QA23 yeasts.
    • Aged in Stainless Steel tank for 9 months.
  • Bottling:
    • July 9th, 2014
    • Residual Sugar: 0.2%
    • TA: 7.0g/L
    • pH: 2.95
    • Alcohol: 11.0%
    • 124 Cases Produced
  • UPC: 706057102581

2013 Cabernet Franc:

  • The 2013 Kelby James Russell Cabernet Franc was made to be an unabashed, stainless steel-aged, dry red wine from its light color to its refreshing finish.   Made with 100% Cabernet Franc from the Nutt Road Vineyard at Anthony Road Wine Company, this wine was bottled in July of 2014 and has had a year in bottle prior to release for maturation.Following an even growing season and dry autumn, the Cabernet Franc was picked the morning of October 19th, 2013.  The grapes were destemmed and then cold soaked for three days prior to the onset of fermentation.  Pressed off after alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels for 8 months.This delicately colored red wine explodes on the nose and palate with aromas of raspberries, sour cherry, and wet rocks.  Please enjoy this wine with a song that feels as good as I hope you find this Cabernet Franc: “We Were Rock & Roll” by Janelle Monáe.
  • Vineyard: Nutt Road Vineyard at Anthony Road Wine Company; West Side, Seneca Lake
  • Harvest: October 19th, 2013; 21.2 Brix
  • Vinification:
    • 72 Hour Cold Soak.
    • 14 day Fermentation with 3001 yeast.
    • Aged in Stainless Steel and Neutral Oak Barrels for 9 months.
  • Bottling:
    • July 31st, 2014
    • Residual Sugar: 0.1%
    • TA: 6.0g/L
    • pH: 3.4
    • Alcohol: 12.0%
    • 142 Cases Produced
  • UPC: 706057102598

 

Chamber Music at Red Newt Cellars

Red Newt Cellars is pleased to welcome international artists Alfredo Oyaguez (piano) and Andrew Smith (Cello).   Guests at this “Sunset Recital” will experience a world class musical performance combined with elegant wine, delicious morsels, and an incredible sunset.

Sunday, October 11th  Doors open 5pm, 6pm performance
Wines by the glass, tasting plates available.
$15 admission ($10 students\seniors)
Program Details

Alfredo OyaguezAlfredo Oyaguez has performed extensively in Europe (Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo), Asia (Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore), and the United States as a soloist, recitalist, chamber music pianist and vocal accompanist. He has recorded for the Spanish National Radio, Radio France, Polish Radio and Television (KDB in Santa Barbara, California), and The Danish National Radio P2. Master Classes attended include those given by the Bartok Quartet, Oslo Trio, Muir Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, and the Julliard Quartet, among others. Oyaguez has collaborated with Agustín León Ara, Jesse Levine, Wolfgang Meyer, Jaap Schröder, Aaron Berofsky, Zuill Bailey, Andrew Smith, Smerald Spahiu, Andres Mustonen , Ramon Jaffe, The Parkanyi String Quartet (Holland), the Esbjerg Ensemble, and the Copenhagen Ensemble “Contemporanea”(Denmark).
He is currently on the Faculty of the Palma de Mallorca Conservatory in the Balearic Islands of Spain, where he is also the Artistic director of the Deia International Music Festival as well as the Director and Founding member of Camerata Deia. For several summers he has taught at the prestigious International Music Seminar on Spanish Music, “Musica en Compostela,” in Santiago de Compostela. Future engagements include Chamber Music Festivals in Germany, Finland, Iceland, Austria, Italy, France and concert tours in South America and Asia.

Andrew Smith 300Andrew Smith is an Associate Professor of music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Principal Cellist of The Las Vegas Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, he has performed chamber music concerts throughout the United States, and in Italy, Spain, England, Germany, Denmark, and Ukraine, as well as Peru and Brazil. He is an original member of the Camerata Deiá, a group founded in 2001 to be the resident ensemble with The Festival Internacional de Deiá, a summer festival in Majorca, Spain. He was also a founding member of The Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, a summer music program in southern Italy, where he taught and performed from 1998 – 2008. An active recitalist, Andrew has collaborated with pianists Alfredo Oyagüez, and Carl Pontén in cello/piano recitals in Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, and Japan, as well as in Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia. During summers, in addition to The Festival Internacional de Deiá, in Spain, and The Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Italy, Smith has taught and performed in several music festivals, including the Marrowstone Music Festival, Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, CA, the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Blue Mountain Festival, Dakota Chamber Music, The Green Valley Chamber Music Festival, the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute, and The Las Vegas Music Festival.

USA Promotional Tour October 2015

DELOS CD: “Spanish Music for Cello and Piano”
Andrew Smith (USA), cello
Alfredo Oyaguez Montero (Spain), piano

Oct 4th Green Valley Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas.
Oct 8th St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Los Olivos, California
Oct 11th Red Newt Cellars, Ithaca, NY
Oct 12th Ithaca College of Music, NY
Oct 14th University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
Oct 16th Friday Musicale, Jacksonville, Florida
Oct 18th Poquatuck Hall, Orient, Long Island, NY

Program
1. “Intermezzo” from “Goyescas”     E. Granados
2. “El Juevos Santo a Medianoche”      J.  Turina
3. “Sonata nello Stile Antico Spagnuolo”   Gaspar Cassado
i. Introduzione e Allegro
ii. Grave
iii. Danza con Variazioni
4. “Cinco Cantos Negros”         X.  Montsalvatge
i. Cuba Dentro de un Piano
ii. Punto de Habanera
iii. Chevere
iv. Cancion de cuna para Dormir a un Negrito
v. Canto
5. “Danse du Diable Vert”                 G.  Cassado
6. “Suite Populaire Espagnole”          M. de Falla
i. El Pano Moruno
ii. Asturiana
iii. Jota
iv. Nana
v. Cancion
vi. Polo
7. “Requiebros”                                  G. Cassado
8. “El Cant des Ocells”                       Pau Casals