Dutilleux: Sarabande et Cortege pour Basson et Piano
Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole
Kovacs: Hommage à Manuel de Falla
Douglas: Lyric Suite
Berr: Cavatina for Bassoon and Piano, from Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra
Gesualdo: 3 Madrigals and 1 Response
Schubert: Theme and Variations (from the “Trout” Quintet)
Tchaikovsky: Andante from String Quartet No. 1, Op.11
Debussy: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
Schickele: Blue Set #2
Program features both quartet and individual performances by members of the quartet with Oberlin Conservatory faculty pianist, James Howsmon.
Celebrating their second paying gig in what has been a long and expensive career, the Men Who Don’t Bite are excited to perform for the first time on the Arts Renaissance Tremont series. With the earnings from this concert, the Men plan to fund a series of bassoon quartet recordings.
First in the projected series is Implants, a recording of music commissioned by area composers for bassoon quartet and dental equipment. Second is Drill, Baby, Drill!, an album devoted to music used in the popular dental fracking industry. The series culminates in the third release, Novocaine, a set of trippy 60’s medleys perfect for the waiting room or dentist’s chair.
The Men Who Don’t Bite attribute their perfect, non-biting embouchures to study with exemplary Non-Masticators such as K. David Van Hoesen and William Winstead at the Eastman School of Music and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
They are available for weddings, bar mitzvahs and teething parties.
George Sakakeeny is Professor of Bassoon at the Oberlin Conservatory and holds the “Visiting Professor for Graduate Studies in Bassoon” at Simon Bolivar University Caracas, Venezuela. He has given numerous solo recitals and taught master classes at leading institutions in the U.S. and abroad such as the Paris Conservatory, Tchaikovsky National Music Academy (Kiev), Rice University, Tokyo University of the Fine Arts and the Juilliard School. He has performed longer teaching residencies at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory of Music in China, Seoul National University and the Conservatoire National Supèrieur de Musique et Danse of Lyon, France. Sakakeeny also serves in an ongoing capacity as “Guest professor of bassoon” for the Latin-American Bassoon Academy of El Sistema in Venezuela. His contributions include teaching master classes and lessons to Youth Orchestra members, leading wind sectionals and providing training to El Sistema bassoon teachers.
Sakakeeny has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe and the Far East. Peter Schickele’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra 1998 and Alexander Blechinger’s Fagottkonzert 1997 were both written for him. In 1993 he gave the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis. He has been principal bassoon in a number of orchestras including the Singapore Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Opera Company of Boston, Handel and Haydn Society, Promusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and CityMusic Cleveland. He has participated in numerous recordings, most notably the Villa-Lobos Duo for Oboe and Bassoon with oboist Alex Klein as part of the IDRS 25th Anniversary CD.
Jonathan Sherwin has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra Bassoon Section since 1997. Previously, he had been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, where he also served as the orchestra’s personnel manager. Mr. Sherwin studied with K. David Van Hoesen at the Eastman School of Music, and earned his Master’s Degree at Northwestern University, studying with Willard Elliot. Active as an educator, Mr. Sherwin has presented master classes at universities and summer music festivals throughout the United States. He serves on the faculties of Baldwin-Wallace University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Barrick Stees is the Assistant Principal Bassoonist of The Cleveland Orchestra. He teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Stees received a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with K. David Van Hoesen. He has recorded three solo compact discs; The Romantic Bassoon, Opera Transcriptions and Paraphrases and Nostalgica. His website, www.steesbassoon.com, offers a wealth of information about his teaching, performances and reedmaking.
Eric Stomberg maintains an active teaching and performing schedule with positions as Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Kansas, Instructor of Bassoon at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Associate Director of Music at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Stomberg has been featured in numerous recordings with two additional releases in Spring 2013 (Jennifer Higdon’s chamber work, Dark Wood, and James Balentine’s double concerto, Dun Eideann Blogh). Stomberg is also active in professional societies, serving as secretary of the International Double Reed Society and Past-President of the Midwest Double Reed Society. Stomberg received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas. His major teachers include William Winstead, Alan Hawkins and Gregg Randall.
Pianist James Howsmon is Professor of Instrumental Accompanying at Oberlin College, where he oversees the instrumental collaborative activities of the school’s piano majors. He has played in over 1,000 recitals in North America, Europe, and Japan, and has performed with principal players of every major American orchestra. In recent seasons he has played in Japan, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. (the Kennedy Center), Philadelphia, Dallas, Montreal, and Minneapolis. Passionate about the importance of small-ensemble playing in the development of young musicians, he has given guest master classes in accompanying and chamber music at, among others, the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, University of Minnesota and the University of Alabama. He and his wife, violist Louise Zeitlin, live in Oberlin.