11/7/21 at 3:00 pm Dolce Suono Trio
Mimi Stillman, flute; Gabriel Cabezas, cello; Charles Abramovic, piano
This concert is sponsored by an anonymous donor
Trio for Flute, Cello, and piano. op. 45 Louise Farrenc (1804-1875)
"Suite" of solo flute, cello, and keyboard movements J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Quartet in A Minor, Op. 67 (arr. Stillman) Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)
I. Lento - Andante mosso
with William Frampton, viola
Sonatine (arr. Abramovic) Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Mouvement de menuet
Two Slavonic Dances Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 46 #2 Dumka (arr. pub. Carl Fischer/Dolce Suono Trio)
Slavonic Dance in C Minor, Op. 46 #7 Skočná (arr. Gaston Borch/Dolce Suono Trio)
Overture to Candide (arr. Abramovic) Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990
DOLCE SUONO TRIO, “one of the most dynamic groups in the US” (The Huffington Post), is comprised of internationally acclaimed artists Mimi Stillman, flutist, founder and artistic director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, soloist, and Yamaha Performing Artist, Charles Abramovic, pianist, Professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University, and Gabriel Cabezas, cellist, soloist, chamber musician, and member of yMusic. All graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, the trio formed to explore and expand the repertoire of this captivating combination of flute, cello, and piano. “The three were flawlessly in sync – even their trills!” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Dolce Suono Trio is renowned for its contributions to the repertoire through its arrangements and commissions the latter including works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Jennifer Higdon and Shulamit Ran and Grammy-winning composer Richard Danielpour. As part of its high-profile trio + voice repertoire, the ensemble has performed with stellar artists including Lucy Shelton, Sarah Shafer, Randall Scarlata, and singers from the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the invitation of Plácido Domingo. The ensemble has won grant awards including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and the Knight Foundation. The trio’s innovative program Música en tus Manos (Music in Your Hands) combines its engagement initiative with the Latino community with programming that includes chamber and popular music from Spain and the Americas.
Hailed as “an adventurous ensemble” (The New York Times), Dolce Suono Trio has enthralled audiences at venues including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Southern Exposure New Music Series (SC), Princeton and Cornell Universities, Bard College, and Brooklyn’s Roulette. Dolce Suono Trio’s residencies, in which concerts are combined with masterclasses, chamber coachings, and community engagement and outreach activities, have included Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Lake George Music Festival, and the Dolce Suono Ensemble Steven Stucky Young Composers Competition.
During 2017-2018, Dolce Suono Trio’s engagements include a gala concert at the Brandywine River Museum for the Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect centennial exhibition, for Bunker Hill Chamber Music, Reading Friends of Chamber Music, on the DSE Presents series for Música en tus Manos and its Claude Debussy Centennial Festival, and a residency at Delaware County Community College. Fall 2017 will see the release of Dolce Suono Trio’s recording “American Canvas”, with premiere recordings of works by Jennifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Zhou Tian, and Andrea Clearfield, for Innova Recordings.
Flutist MIMI STILLMAN, internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist, is renowned for her virtuosity, insightful interpretation, and innovative programming. “Stillman is not only a consummate and charismatic performer, but also a scholar whose programs tend to activate ear, heart, and brain.” (The New York Times) She has appeared with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, and at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, National Sawdust, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, and Verbier Festival.
Ms. Stillman is the founding Artistic Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, performing Baroque to new music and Latin genres with 55 world premieres in 16 seasons. She performs with longstanding duo pianist Charles Abramovic, and as a member of Dolce Suono Trio. A Spanish-speaker, she created the popular Música en tus Manos project to engage the Latino community in chamber music.
At age 12, Mimi Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the legendary Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree. She holds an MA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a published author on music and history. She can be heard on several critically acclaimed recordings.
A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Ms. Stillman has taught masterclasses and had residencies at universities including Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, École normale de Musique de Paris, and conservatories of Milan and Puerto Rico. She connects with a worldwide audience through her "Tea with Mimi" livestreams and is passionate about reaching out to underserved populations globally through online sessions. She is on the faculty of Temple University and Curtis Learning. www.mimistillman.com
Pianist CHARLES ABRAMOVIC is widely acclaimed for his performances as soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, with engagements at festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Aspen, and Vancouver. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, and Florida Philharmonic. He has performed often with such stellar artists as Midori, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, Viktoria Mullova, Kim Kashkashian, Mimi Stillman, and Jeffrey Khaner. He performs as a duo with flutist Mimi Stillman and as a member of Dolce Suono Trio, and is a founding member of Dolce Suono Ensemble, for which he performs as pianist and harpsichordist, and has served as artistic co-curator and commissioned composer.
Mr. Abramovic has recorded for EMI, Innova, Naxos, Albany, CRI, and Bridge. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius for DTR has been highly praised. A distinguished composer as well as interpreter of new music, he has recorded the works of Milton Babbitt, Gunther Schuller, and Joseph Schwantner. In 1997 he received the Career Development Grant from the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, and in 2003 the Creative Achievement Award from Temple University. His teachers have included Natalie Phillips, Eleanor Sokoloff, Leon Fleisher, and Harvey Wedeen. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and received his doctorate from Temple University where he is Professor of Keyboard Studies.
Cellist GABRIEL CABEZAS is one of his generation’s most sought-after soloists and collaborators. He has appeared with America’s finest symphony orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Los Angeles, and has premiered dozens of new works by some of the most brilliant composers of his time. This season, he launches the Waypoints series with the Metropolis Ensemble, with whom he is a resident artist. Other season highlights include appearances on the New York Philharmonic’s Nightcap series, curated by composers Steve Reich and Bryce Dessner, performances at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Momentary in Arkansas, and a solo recital at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. He is a member of the chamber sextet yMusic, "six contemporary classical polymaths who playfully overstep the boundaries of musical genres” (The New Yorker); a co-founder of Duende, a new music and contemporary dance collective; and a member of the sought-after Dolce Suono Trio.
Mr. Cabezas’s first full length album, a recording of Benjamin Britten’s Cello Suites, was released on PEOPLE, a collaborative streaming platform created by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner. His most recent album of cello music by Gabriella Smith was released on the Icelandic record label Bedroom Community. In 2016, he received the Sphinx Medal of Excellence. Gabriel studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under Carter Brey. www.gabrielcabezas.com