Emmanuel Music Presents Mendelssohn and Wolf
Emmanuel Music performs the instrumental chamber music and songs of Felix Mendelssohn alongside the intensive, reflective art songs of Hugo Wolf. Choosing to emphasize each artist’s relationship with the works of poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ryan Turner, Artistic Director of Emmanuel Music explains, “Mendelssohn revered the elder poet Goethe, to the point of dedicating his final piano quartet to him. Taking inspiration from Mendelssohn, I have paired his Songs without Words with Wolf’s masterful Goethe-Lieder to explore how these two composers and one poet dialogue with each other.”
Ryan Turner is Artistic Director of Emmanuel Music. Raised in El Paso, Texas, Turner attended Southern Methodist University and the Boston Conservatory. He joined Emmanuel Music in 1997 as a tenor soloist and chorus member, making his debut as a guest conductor in 2006. Since his appointment as Artistic Director, Turner has programmed and conducted over 150 Bach cantatas, the Bach St. John Passion, Mass in B minor, and Christmas Oratorio, as well as major works and operas by Stravinsky, Mozart, Handel, and John Harbison. A champion of new music, Ryan Turner has programmed and premiered the works of composers John Harbison, James Primosch, Brett Johnson, and Ben Houge.
Joan Ellersick, viola, studied at Indiana University with Georges Janzer and received a BA in viola performance from Boston University, where she worked with Bernard Kadinoff. Ellersick served as assistant principal viola and personnel manager of the Grand Rapids Symphony, playing frequently with the Detroit Symphony and teaching viola at Calvin College. She has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Cantata Singers, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Opera Boston, and Emmanuel Music.
Kendra Colton, soprano, has performed with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, among others. A review in the New York Times describes her as having “carried herself like a goddess and sang radiantly and vividly.” She has appeared at festivals including Tanglewood, Banff, Ravinia, the Casals Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Carmel Bach Festival. Colton teaches at Oberlin College in Ohio.
Danielle Maddon, violin, performs as a soloist, concertmaster, recitalist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Performing on both modern and period instruments, Maddon has appeared in venues including Carnegie Hall, Vatican City, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, in repertoire spanning four centuries. Critics have hailed her playing as “magnificent,” “stunning,” “masterful,” and “heartfelt.” She performs, records, and tours with groups including Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Pops, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Cantata Singers.
Esther Ning Yau, piano, is a faculty member of the collaborative piano department at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. An active soloist and chamber musician, Yau’s performances have brought her to Jordan Hall (Boston), Merkin Concert Hall (New York), the Museum of Arts (Puerto Rico), Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium (Cremona), National Concert Hall (Taipei), Esplanade (Singapore), and Government House (Hong Kong). Yau frequently performs at Longy Septemberfest, WCRB Live at Copley, Newport Symposium Chamber Music Concert, and Bar Harbor Music Festival. She holds a double master’s in piano performance and collaborative piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Patricia Zander and Irma Vallecillo.
David Russell, cello, is director of chamber music at Wellesley College, where he joined the teaching faculty in 2005. Hailed in the Boston Globe as a “superb cellist” and as “sonorous and panoramic,” he performs regularly as a soloist and collaborator in the US and Europe, and makes regular appearances with such ensembles as Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the New England String Ensemble, Cantata Singers and Ensemble, and Emmanuel Music.
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