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World premier of Laurence Wallach’s Odyssey Quartet

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – The South Berkshire Concert Series continues at Simon’s Rock with a performance of the Prometheus Piano Quartet, featuring the world premier of Laurence Wallach’s Odyssey Quartet. The performance will take place on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. in the McConnell Theater.
 
Violinist Eric Lewis, violist Ronald Gorevic, cellist Matthias Naegele, and pianist Norman Carey form the Prometheus Piano Quartet, and they have performed together extensively across the country, including as part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series.
 
Violinist Eric Lewis received his early training at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Rachmael Weinstock, the first violinist of the 1930’s version of the Manhattan String Quartet.  Lewis was part of the new Manhattan String Quartet in 1968.  Since then, the quartet, with Mr. Lewis as its first violinist, has become well-known as a premier touring and recording ensemble to classical music lovers all over the world.  Critically acclaimed recordings of his performances are available on Musical Heritage Society, Centaur, Newport Classics KOCH International, ESS.A.Y. and SONY.  In recent years, Mr. Lewis has been chamber music artist, soloist and conductor, involved with the formation of several innovative ensembles such as PVP, Prometheus, Delphi, and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra.  A Professor of Music and Director of Chamber Music and Orchestral Studies at Western Connecticut State University, Mr. Lewis also maintains a busy teaching schedule, coaching young professional chamber ensembles.  He has a major commitment to young people’s concerts and has given over 1,000 concerts especially for children.
 
Violist Ronald Gorevic was born in London, and has had an active career as both violinist and violist. Having performed throughout the United States and Europe, he has drawn enthusiastic reviews from London to New York to Cleveland.  Among his many credits are recordings of the complete Schumann violin sonatas, and frequent performances of the complete Brahms violin and viola sonatas.  Mr. Gorevic has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, and his quartet performances have been broadcast live on National Public Radio.    Mr. Gorevic is currently principal viola in the Springfield and Greenwich Symphonies, and violist in the Prometheus Piano Quartet.  He is a visiting professor at Smith College.
 
Cellist Matthias Naegele has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Asia.  He has participated in the Marlboro, Apple Hill, Dubrovnick, Jerusalem, Caragao, California Sate Summer Arts, Aspen, International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, and Edinburgh music festivals.  Many of Naegele’s performances are regularly broadcast over National Public Radio and public television.  He has appeared on Dutch, French, and Austrian radio and television, and BBC radio and television.  Mr. Naegele performs regularly with Kaleidos String Quartet, the Music Project, the Chamber Music Society of New York University, Anthony Newman’s Brandenburg Collegium, the Prometheus Quartet, and others.
 
Pianist Norman Carey’s work combines performance and scholarship.  Prior to his Graduate Center appointment, Carey was an associate professor at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.  His scholarship has focused primarily on scale theory, the investigation of the structural properties of familiar and unfamiliar scales. Recently, he has turned his attention to Schenkerian theory, an approach to tonal musical analysis that systematically investigates the hierarchic structures formed by lines and chords.  He is on the editorial board of Music Theory Online and the Journal of Mathematical Music Theory.  As a pianist, Carey has performed with major chamber groups and ensembles in New York and elsewhere, and served as president of the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival.  He was on–screen pianist in Woody Allen’s film Radio Days, and performed on the soundtrack to Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict.  He received is Bachelors degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his PhD from the Eastman School of Music.

Laurence Wallach, whose piece will be premiered, is the Livingston Hall Chair in Music at Simon's Rock.  Wallach's compositions, mostly chamber music, have been performed in New York and Boston as well as in the Berkshires. He founded the baroque chamber ensemble, the Italian Connection, in which he performs on harpsichord. He is founding board member of the Berkshire Bach Society and performs with them regularly on harpsichord and organ. As a pianist he collaborates on chamber music performances with numerous area musicians. Recent compositions include: "So Much Depends Upon Distance" for solo piano; "Canzona" for mixed chamber ensemble; "Berkshire Morris Madness" for woodwind quintet; "Hexagram: Wind Over Water" for flute, harp, vibraphone and piano; and "Pastorale Quartet" for strings. One composition, for strings and chorus, was written to fulfill a commission from the Housatonic River Festival and the Berkshire Society for Theology and the Arts for performance in August 2004.  Since 1995, he has been on the staffs of early music weeks at World Fellowship Center, New Hampshire, and Camp Pinewoods, Massachusetts, as pianist and harpsichordist. For the 2001-2002 season, Dr. Wallach served as repertoire advisor and program annotator for the American Symphony Orchestra, and taught composition courses to Bard undergraduates as well as students in the Bard MFA Program for Conductors. In the summer of 2002 he participated in the International Baroque Institute at Longy School.

In addition to the world premier of Wallach’s Odyssey Quartet, the program includes Frank Bridge’s Fantasy Quartet and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, and free to all students and members of the Simon’s Rock community.

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