Concerto for Two Violins – Isabelle Durrenberger & Kiarra Saito-Beckman, violin
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Valet will ich dir geben, BVW 736
Farewell I Gladly Bid Thee
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
My Heart is Filled with Longing
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625
In Death’s Strong Grasp the Savior Lay
Dr. Robert Schneider, organ
Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874 (1740)
from “the Well-tempered Clavier,” Book II
Rixiang Huang, piano
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 (1730-31)
II. Largo ma non tanto
Kiarra Saito-Beckman / Isabelle Durrenberger, violin
Presto nach J. S. Bach [Trans., Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)]
(from the G minor Violin Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001 – arranged for 2 violins by Ruggiero Ricci)
Kiarra Saito-Beckman / Isabelle Durrenberger, violin
“Air” from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (arr. for string trio)
Katharina Kang, Rubén Rengel, violin / Xiaohan Sun, viola / Daniel Kaler, cello
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 (1721)
I. Allegro moderato
III. Allegro assai
VIOLIN: Rubén Rengel, concertmaster / Francesca Bass / Michael Turkell / Christine Wu / Katharina Kang / Cristian Zimmerman / Genevieve Smelser / Michael Siess / Rebecca Benjamin
VIOLA: Jessica Pasternak / Xiaohan Sun / Jacquelyn O’Brien
CELLO: Daniel Kaler / Kyle Anderson / Azure Kline
About the Artists
ART Board President, Dr. ROBERT SCHNEIDER, is the Director of Music and Organist of The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland in Shaker Heights. He recently retired from the Shaker Heights City Schools after 31 years of teaching as the Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choirs at Shaker Heights High School. Before coming to Shaker he was the Director of Music Ministry at the Lakewood Congregational Church (UCC) from 1979-1993.
A graduate of Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music, he holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. His graduate work included study at the Academia di Musica Italiana in Pistoia, Italy. In 2009 he received the Yale University Distinguished Music Educator Award.
Dr. Schneider is President of The Musart Society of The Cleveland Museum of Art and Arts Renaissance Tremont. He is a Past Dean of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and the American Choral Directors Association. In 1993 he served as the Consultant for the restoration of the Pilgrim Church Ferrand Votey Organ.
KIARRA SAITO-BECKMAN, 17, is a violinist from Bend, Oregon. She is a freshman at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), studying with world-renowned artist/pedagogue, Jaime Laredo (Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio) and Jan Mark Sloman (former associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra). Kiarra has performed classical violin in cities across the country, including Atlanta, Charleston (South Carolina), Chicago, Cleveland, Coeur D’Alene (Idaho), Las Vegas, Portland (Oregon) and Washington, D. C., where she appeared on the National Public Radio program, From the Top, showcasing talented young musicians. Her awards include a From the Top Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, the Sunriver Music Festival Young Artist Scholarship and a full scholarship to the well-known festival for young string players in Westport, New York, known as the Meadowmount School of Music. Kiarra is passionate about performing, both as soloist and in ensembles. She hopes to spend her career enriching the lives of others through performance.
ISABELLE DURRENBERGER, 17, began studying violin at the age of 7. In the summer of 2012, she attended the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and was instructed by musicians from Kent State University and The Cleveland Orchestra. Fall 2012, she began violin studies with Jaime Laredo and Joan Kwuon in the preparatory division of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire are all of great interest to Isabelle. She served as associate concertmaster in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, studies chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Chamber Music Connection (Columbus, OH), and has performed as soloist with the New Albany Symphony, Naples Orchestra and Chorus, Suburban Symphony Orchestra, CIM Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony. Isabelle was featured on the NPR radio show, From the Top, in January of 2014 as a soloist and chamber musician. She has participated in masterclasses with the Cypress, Pacifica, Escher, Calidore, St. Lawrence, Jupiter and Cavani String Quartets; Jan Mark Sloman, David Finckel, Joseph Silverstein, Anne Epperson and Peter Salaff. Isabelle is a student at Upper Arlington High School. Her summers are spent at the Meadowmount School of Music, where she studies with Jan Mark Sloman.
Chinese pianist, RIXIANG HUANG, began his musical studies at age seven. At thirteen, Huang entered the middle school of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He has performed in various venues throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, including Carnegie Hall, The Avram Theater, Warner Concert Hall and Aula Sinfonia Jakarta. He has been fortunate to also perform in some of China’s most famous and revered concert halls such as the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing Concert Hall and the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Mr. Huang has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of China, National Symphony Orchestra of Indonesia and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. He has participated in master classes with Joseph Banowitz, Jerome Lowenthal, Kirill Gerstein, Choong Mo Kang, John Perry and Andrea Bonatta.
Mr. Huang is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of world-renowned pianists Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Paul Schenly. When not practicing, Rixiang enjoys participating in sports and watching basketball.
The Ferrand Votey Pipe Organ
The Pilgrim Church Ferrand Votey organ is an historic instrument, one of the few instruments remaining intact which represent a high point in American organ building in the late 19th century. Most instruments which still exist from this time have been poorly altered and tonally destroyed. It is unique to find so many of the original high quality pipes still in place. The handsome carved wood organ case, complete with a statue of the angel Gabriel, is modeled after the European organ cases of the 17th and 18th centuries.
While the exact date of the original installation has not been determined, the organ was built around the turn of the century. The classic pipe work represents some of the finest craftsmanship stemming from the renowned Roosevelt organ building firm of New York. Roosevelt went into business in 1872. He was the first cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt and he built 358 organs. The Roosevelt Company was bought by the Votey Co. of Detroit in 1893. The great legacy of American organ building continued when in 1899 the Votey Co. merged with the Aeolian Co., and in 1901 that firm was purchased by the Hutchings Co. The monumental American organ builder Ernest M. Skinner was the vice president of this company. Due to neglect the Pilgrim organ stood silent for over 20 years. In 1992 the Holtkamp Organ Company of Cleveland was selected to restore the instrument. With the exception of the four-foot stops added to achieve the original tonal balance of the instrument, all remaining voicing and balancing was handled with a commitment to restore the tonal authenticity of the original instrument. Volunteer members of Pilgrim Church duplicated the original stenciling on the case pipe work.
Wilma Salisbury, then music critic of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (9/21/92), perhaps said it best:
“Few 19th century pipe organs built in the United States have survived the American urge to demolish and rebuild. The organ at Pilgrim Congregational in Tremont is one of the survivors and it is a gem. The restored organ speaks with the character and integrity of a noble instrument that has withstood the ravages of time. It serves the music of its period with an authentic voice and it restores a missing piece to the city’s musical resources.”
~ Robert Schneider