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

 

Kelby James Russell Wines launched with 2013 Rosé

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Kelby James Russell Wines launched with 2013 Rosé

Promises “Off-Beat” Wines.

Hector, New York
February 17, 2014

Launching with a Dry Rosé rather than a Riesling, Kelby James Russell Wines marks the release of its first wine this month. Started as a new project between Kelby Russell and Red Newt Cellars, where he works as winemaker, the label series will provide an opportunity for Kelby to make and offer personal, small-batch wines.

“Given my long love affair with Rosé, there was never any doubt what the first wine would be,“ said Kelby. “That it should also be sourced from 100% Cabernet Franc from the Nutt Road Vineyard, where my winemaking career started, only feels more appropriate.”

The vibrant 2013 Dry Rosé was spurred on by the sounds of Bob Dylan, the only tasting notes suggesting the wine be enjoyed while listening to “Leopard-Skin, Pill-Box Hat.” Subsequent wines under the label will also list a musical pairing as both inspiration and description of what the bottle contains.

“Starting this label will allow me to focus on a limited number of wines that I am most passionate about, inspired by the music I am passionate about,” said Kelby. “I trust what people taste in the wine, so I instead want to give them a glimpse of the artistic spirit inside the bottle.”

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.

Kelby James Russell Wines

Geneva, New York; www.kjrwines.com; leslie@kjrwines.com

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