Presidential Concert Series To Continue At Lee University Jan. 23

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, featuring Lee’s own Gloria Chien, will continue the Lee University Presidential Concert Series on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall. 

Review for Chameleon Arts Ensemble:

In their home base of Boston, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble has distinguished itself by superb artistry, luminous performances, and dynamic musical dialogues. Chameleon integrates old and new repertoire into innovative chamber music programs.

Along with Ms. Chien, the concert will feature guest artists Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello; Deborah Boldin, flute; Chien, piano; Tessa Lark, violin; Kelli O’Conner, clarinet; and Peter Sulski, violin.

Ms. Chien has emerged in recent years as one of America’s finest young chamber musicians. She  has participated in festivals such as Music Academy of the West, Verbier Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts and Chamber Music Northwest. She has also participated for six years in Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was appointed director of the institute in 2011. 

Ms. Chien won a spot on the roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2012, and now frequently plays at Alice Tully Hall in New York as well as other venues around the country with CMS on Tour. 

Mr. Popper-Keizer, who has previously appeared at Lee with the ensemble, maintains a vibrant and diverse career as one of Boston's most sought-after artists. He is principal cellist of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a member artist of Emmanuel Music, Winsor Music, the Ibis Camerata, and Monadnock Music.

Mr. Popper-Keizer has collaborated with members of the Borromeo and Muir String Quartets, the Museum of Fine Arts Trio, violinist Curtis Macomber, and flutist Eugenia Zuckerman, and has toured extensively with the CORE Ensemble.

Ms. Boldin, founder and artistic director of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, has received unanimous acclaim from press and audiences alike for her innovative programming and sensibility. Ms. Boldin enjoys an active and diverse career as a recitalist, chamber musician and entrepreneur. Recent performances include the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Alea III, Boston GuitarFest, the Saco River Chamber Music Festival, Trinity College Chamber Music Series, and the Wellesley Composers Conference, among others.

Ms. Boldin was winner of the Ensemble 2007 and 2009 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

Ms. Lark, winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, has toured nationally and internationally as a violin soloist. She has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cruz Symphony, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Chinese Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, and New England Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the school’s Violin Concerto Competition in 2010 with the Walton Violin Concerto.

Ms. Lark received the Silver Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as part of her piano trio, Modêtre. She was also the first prize winner in both the 2008 Irving Klein International Strings Competition and the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players.

Ms. O'Connor enjoys a varied and vibrant career as a soloist, educator and chamber and orchestral musician. She is a founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble and the Radiance Woodwind Quintet, Principal Clarinet of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Salt Marsh Opera, and a member of the Connecticut Orchestra.

Mr. Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama, as well as being artistic director of Chapel Royal Concerts, which he founded in 1993.

Mr. Sulski is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University and College of the Holy Cross. He is also artistic director of the Thayer Festival in Lancaster, Mass., and records for Centaur Records.

As part of its visit to the area, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble will offer masterclasses for students, a performance for local elementary students, and a family concert at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, in addition to the series performance in Dixon Center. 

Tickets will be available at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center or by phone 614-8343 one week prior to the concert, between 3-6 p.m.

For more information about the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, visit http://www.chameleonarts.org.  For more information about the Presidential Concert Series, please visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/pcs/ or call Lee’s School of Music at 614-8240.


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