THE MUSICIANS OF WOOSTER SQUARE
April 23, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.
St. Michael's Church on the Square
LEON PLANTINGA, Concert Director
The Henry L & Lucy G Moses Prof Emeritus of Music at Yale, Plantinga graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1957. He received a M.Mus. in piano performance from Michigan State University in 1959, and a Ph.D. in the History of Music from Yale in 1964. On the Yale faculty from 1963 until his retirement in 2005, Plantinga served as chair of the Department of Music for ten years. For six years in the 1990s, he was the Director of the Division of the Humanities. After retirement Plantinga spent a year at the Princeton Institute for Advance Study, and is currently Interim Director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. He has written widely on music of the later eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, with books on Schumann as a music critic, a life and works study of Muzio Clementi, a history of nineteenth-century European music, and a study of the Beethoven concertos. Plantinga has published many articles and reviews in professional journals, and, lately, in the TLS of London.
MATHEUS GARCIA SOUZA
A Brazilian violinist, instructor and conductor with an eclectic musical background, Souza’s early interest in Brazilian popular music, also known as Choro, gave him tools to go beyond the strict classical training imposed in most violinists. Recent performances include touring Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, soloing in Brazil with the Londrina State University Symphony Orchestra, and recording soundtracks in the US for franchises such as Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, and Kingdom Hearts.
Professor of Composition and Coordinator of the Composition Department at the Yale School of Music, Bresnick was educated at the High School of Music and Art, the University of Hartford (B.A. ’67), Stanford University (M.A. ’68, D.M.A. ’72), and the Akademie für Musik, Vienna (’69-’70). Mr. Bresnick’s compositions cover a wide range of instrumentation, from chamber music to symphonic compositions and computer music. His orchestral music has been performed by major symphonies around the world, including the San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Münster Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, and Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka. His chamber music has been performed in concert by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Capo Chamber Players, Bang on A Can All Stars, and MusicWorks! among others.
Described as “brilliant and searching” in The New York Times, Lisa Moore has lived on Wooster Square since 1997. She has performed with the London Sinfonietta, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Steve Reich Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Australian Chamber Orchestra, TwoSense, Paul Dresher Double Duo and Grand Band. Lisa's festival performances include Lincoln Center, BAM Next Wave, New Haven Arts and Ideas, Holland, Graz, Tanglewood, Huddersfield, Paris d'Automne, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, BBC Proms, Southbank, Barbican, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Israel and Warsaw. Winner of the silver medal in the 1981 Rockefeller-Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition Lisa Moore has released 7 solo discs (labels: Cantaloupe, Tall Poppies) and over 30 collaborative discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland). Lisa holds a doctorate from SUNY Stonybrook and teaches piano at Wesleyan University. www.lisamoore.org
LIBBY VAN CLEVE
Described as "expert" by the Washington Post, "dazzling" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and "absolutely exquisite” by Paris Transatlantic, Libby Van Cleve's most extreme epithet was from the Hartford Courant which dubbed her "the double reed queen of the new music world." Van Cleve is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of chamber and contemporary music for the oboe. She is the author of Oboe Unbound, the co-author of the award-winning book/CD publication, Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington, and the editor of an oboe performance edition of Bach's first three cello suites. Ms. Van Cleve received her DMA from Yale School of Music, her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and her BA, Magna cum Laude, from Bowdoin College. She is the oboe teacher at Connecticut College and Wesleyan University and Director of Yale’s Oral History of American Music. See her website, LibbyVanCleve.com, for more information.
Hailed by The New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding,” Hannah Lash’s music has been performed worldwide with commissions from The Fromm Foundation, The Naumburg Foundation, The Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Orchestra of the Swan, and Talujon Percussion, among others. Lash has received numerous honors and prizes, including a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize, the Barnard Rogers Prize, and the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize in Composition. Lash obtained her Ph.D in Composition from Harvard University in 2010. She has held teaching positions at Harvard University, Alfred University, and currently serves on the composition faculty at Yale University School of Music.
Bassist and composer Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of experience, talent and knowledge to all musical situations. Recipient of the 2014 Jazz Haven Award, he has been has long been an integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes. Fuller has toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonist Lou Donaldson and with Cuban saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, and has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras, including Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry. Fuller received his master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music. He teaches privately, and at ACES-Educational Center for the Arts and the Neighborhood Music School.
Born in Sao Paulo, vocalist and pianist Isabella Mendes is a rising talent known for her sensitive interpretations of standard bossa novas as well as the pop-tinged music of younger Brazilian singers like Dani Gurgel and Maria Rita. Isabella’s crystal clear singing voice recalls the sound of Astrud Gilberto and enhances her performances both locally and at other venues, including SOB’s in New York. Also a composer, she has written a variety of songs in both English and Portuguese.
This guitarist's specialty is Brazilian Jazz, combining straight ahead and bebop styles of
jazz with samba, bossa nova and Northeast styles of Brazilian music. Two CDs showcase his familiarity with Brazilian music: "Um Abraco No Rio" was recorded in Rio de Janeiro with Brazilian musicians including world-renowned harmonica virtuoso Mauricio Einhorn. Joe’s Samba Rio Trio often utilizes the talents of bassist Nilson Matta and legendary drummer Portinho. Joe is Director of the Music Department at Sacred Heart University.