Spirit of the Baroque

MeeAe Nam

Spirit of the Baroque

Daniel Foster

Spirit of the Baroque

Diane Winder

Spirit of the Baroque

Kiri Tollaksen

Spirit of the Baroque

Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra

Tue

10/7/2014

8:00pm

Classical

Spirit of the Baroque

with Salutaris - faculty of EMU & U of M

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • MeeAe Nam, soprano
  • Daniel Foster, violin
  • Diane Winder, cello
  • Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto
  • Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, harpsichord

Program

This evening's concert will include works by Handel, Bach, Buxtehude, Schütz and more! 

MeeAe Nam

Soprano MeeAe Cecilia Nam has extensive performance experience as soloist in operas, oratorio, sacred music, art songs, chamber music concerts, and recitals in the United States, Germany, Austria, and her native South Korea. Her artistry encompasses a wide range of vocal repertoire that includes composers as diverse as J. S. Bach, or the avantgardist Gyorgy Kúrtag.

Daniel Foster

Daniel Foster has taught violin at Eastern Michigan University since 1987, and taught viola from 1987 to 2001. A student of Paul Rolland at the University of Illinois and of Angel Reyes at the University of Michigan, he holds degrees in violin performance from both schools. Since 1978, he has appeared frequently throughout the United States as a solo and chamber artist, with repertoire ranging from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. As a baroque violinist, he has performed and recorded with Ars Music Baroque Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Oriana, and Tafelmusik. He was a founding member of two early music groups—Xantippe, a trio for baroque flute/recorder, cello and violin, specializing in music of the late baroque and early classical periods, and La Gente d'Orfeo, a quartet for violin, cornetto, cello and early keyboards, specializing in Italian music of the early 17th-century. He was also a founding member of the Red Hot Lava Chamber Music Festival in Honolulu, and of EMU's Alexander Trio.

Professor Foster studied viola with Professor Guillermo Perich at the University of the Illinois. As a violist, he has performed and recorded Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Ars Musica, and chamber music with the Arianna String Quartet (Centaur Records) and the Atlantis Trio (Musica Omnia).

Professor Foster's teaching includes emphasis on musical values and expression, cultivation of free physical movements, and enhancement of the mind/body connection.

Diane Winder

Dr. Diane L. Winder, professor of cello at Eastern Michigan University since 1988, is active as a recitalist and in symphonic and chamber music. The Alexander Trio, EMU’s faculty piano trio, tours with repertoire from Classical through Contemporary periods. Orchestral experience includes principal positions with the Plymouth and Charlotte Symphonies, as well as the St. Louis Philharmonic. She has also played seasons with the Knoxville Symphony and at summer festivals such as Brevard, Bear Valley, the Alaska Festival of Music, and the Superior String Alliance (SSA). Additionally, Winder has performed on viola da gamba and Baroque cello. She served as instructor of viol at The Florida State University and appeared there in faculty early music ensembles. Related groups include chamber music at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival and seasons with the Cappuccino Quartet and Orianna.
Recently Winder became music director and conductor for the Young Strings Camp of SSA in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and was a founding member of both the Michigan Cello Quartet, as well as Xantippe, an historically informed trio featuring violin, cello and flute/recorder.
As a conductor, Winder has led a variety of student and faculty groups, including the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra, the award-winning Tennessee Tech Chamber Orchestra, and a professional chamber orchestra in Albania.
At EMU Winder teaches private cello and orchestration, and coaches chamber music. She is also a Faculty Associate in the University Honors Program. She has experience with courses in theory-music literature, music appreciation, and a cello-double bass techniques class, and studio double bass. She holds performance degrees from the University of the Pacific, Converse College and the D.M. from The Florida State University. While at Eastern she has been recognized as Advisor of the Year in the College of Arts and Sciences, and as an outstanding teacher by the state of Michigan. She has previously taught at Tennessee Tech. She is author of articles for state ASTA with NSOA chapters and for The Instrumentalist.

Kiri Tollaksen

Kiri Tollaksen enjoys a varied career as a performer and teacher. Equally skilled on trumpet and cornetto (a wind instrument used primarily in 17th century Western Europe), Kiri has been praised for her "stunning technique, and extreme musicality," (Journal of the International Trumpet Guild). She has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe with numerous groups such as Apollo's Fire, The Folger Consort, Tenet, Green Mountain Project, Piffaro, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, Concerto Palatino, La Fenice, the Huelgas Ensemble, the Catacoustic Consort and Seattle Baroque Orchestra. She has performed both at the Boston Early Music Festival, and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and she is a founding member of the ensembles Anaphantasia and Dark Horse Consort.

As a professional trumpet player, Kiri performs with the River Raisin Ragtime Revue in Tecumseh, Michigan, and freelances throughout Michigan. Since 2000, she has been trumpet soloist at Historic Mariners' Church in Detroit, Michigan (this church has reached national recognition for its annual memorial for the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975 in Lake Superior. Mariners' is referred to in Gordon Lightfoot's ballad). From 1996-2005, she played the Eb soprano saxhorn with the Dodworth Saxhorn Band (a re-creation of a 19th century community brass band, based in Ann Arbor. Kiri is featured on Dodworth's CD, "Home Sweet Home.") From 1995-2004, Kiri was a member of the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gustav Meier.

Kiri maintains a teaching studio in Ann Arbor, has taught cornetto at the Amherst Early Music Festival and was on faculty at the Early Music Institute at Indiana Univeristy from 2006-2010. Kiri holds performing degrees in trumpet from Eastman, Yale, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Her discography includes recordings with the Huelgas Ensemble, La Fenice, Apollo's Fire, Piffaro, The New York Collegium, La Gente d'Orfeo, the River Raisin Ragtime Revue and the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. For upcoming concerts, please visit http://www.KiriTollaksen.com 

Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra

Author of the internationally acclaimed Bach and the Art of Improvisation, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra describes the context for her musical journey: “I feel fortunate to have grown up in a Dutch immigrant family that valued God, work, education, and supported my early interests in music by providing piano, organ, violin, voice, choral, orchestral, and classical guitar lessons. Being an oldest child, I’m in tune with others around me, with keen aural and energy perception. Having played hymns and liturgy since elementary school, I’ve learned to create harmony within and with the world. As a lifelong church musician, service playing, conducting, and liturgical life permeates every aspect of my musicianship, pedagogy, and personhood.

My traditional education brought me through three degrees in organ performance and pedagogy, choral music education, and emphases in music theory, sacred music, and conducting at Dordt College (BA) and the University of Iowa (MFA, DMA). Once I played an historic keyboard instrument, I was magnetically and insatiably drawn to study far beyond degrees, and experience the extraordinary historic instruments in Europe, particularly in North Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Italy, as well as their liturgical contexts.”

From 1996–2002, Ruiter-Feenstra served as Senior Researcher at the Göteborg (Sweden) Organ Art Center (www.goart.gu.se), learning much about historic instrument construction, sound, and music from colleagues and instruments, teaching improvisation courses at Göteborg University, and launching research on Bach and improvisation. She performs on historic instruments throughout North America and Europe, and teaches improvisation and presents at events around the world, including the Smarano (Italy) International Improvisation & Clavichord Academy (www.eccher.it), Göteborg International Organ Academy, American Guild of Organists events (www.agohq.org), Westfield Center conferences (www.westfield.music.cornell.edu), the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (www.rochester.edu/eroi), and the Amsterdam-based Orgelpark (www.orgelpark.nl).

As Professor of Music at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas (1989–1996) and Eastern Michigan University (1996–2008), Ruiter-Feenstra taught organ, harpsichord, theory, improvisation, sacred music, and directed the Collegium Musicum. Her long tenure in academia convinced her that a more integrated inter- and multi-disciplinary approach would better equip music students and church musicians to take ownership of their learning, apply knowledge, and foster healthy collaborations and creative solutions. In 2008, Ruiter-Feenstra chose to leave institutional work in favor of freelancing as performer, pedagogue, author, composer, and recording artist. A founding member of Voci dell’Anima, she conducts and collaborates choral and chamber ensembles. She records for Fleur de Son Classics (www.fleurdeson.com), where her Froberger on the 1658 De Zentis Harpsichord CD is available. Her Bach, Improvisation, and the Liturgical Year and Organ Works of Franz Tunder CDs are on the Loft-Gothic label (www.gothic-catalog.com, www.arkivmusic.com).

Ruiter-Feenstra tells how “the world opened up to me through having and working with children, traveling to sensorial lands including our adopted country of Ethiopia, and launching creative projects, such as liturgical and improvisation events, books (Bach and the Art of Improvisation, Improvisation Encounters, Muse), articles, compositions, and CDs in love.”
 

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