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Marly music series comes to MFA
Article published on Monday, June 3, 2013
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The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet
ST. PETERSBURG - The acoustics of the Marly Room are some of the best in the area, and the hall itself is one of the most elegant. There is no better place to spend a Sunday afternoon listening to world-class musicians.

Tickets are first-come, first-served and cost $20 for adults and $10 for students 22 and younger with current ID. Museum admission is included; music-lovers can also enjoy the art on view.

Marly Music Society members pay only $15 per concert. Please consider joining the group to support the series. Museum membership required to join. A special reception for Marly Music Society members only will be held after pianist Adam Neiman’s performance on Aug. 25.

The Music Committee, chaired by Dr. Richard Eliason and co-chaired by Demi Rahall, plans the series. Vicki Sofranko is the staff coordinator. For more information, call 727-896-2667 or visit

The concerts are at 2 p.m. on these select Sundays:

June 9: The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet has been an audience favorite for nearly 35 years. These talented musicians—trumpets Robert Smith and Kenneth Brown, horn Andrew Karr, trombone Dwight Decker, and tuba William Mickelsen—are all principal players with the Orchestra.

At the Museum, they will play Bizet’s Carmen Suite (arranged by Fred Mills), selections from Bartók’s Mikrokosmos and For Children and “The Miller’s Dance” from de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat (all arranged by Mr. Brown), and Gustav Holst’s Second Military Suite in F and

“The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” from Debussy’s Preludes, Book I (both arranged by David Sabourin).

The Quintet will turn to a rarely heard sixteenth-century composition “Rose Without a Thorn” from Henry VIII’s The King in Love and Grief (selected and arranged by Elgar Howarth) and to more contemporary works by Duke Ellington and Kerry Turner. They will close the concert with The Johnson Rag.

All of these musicians have stellar academic credentials, having studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, the University of South Florida, and Wheaton College. They have played with the Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco Symphonies, as well as the New World Symphony in Miami. Karr has even taught in Iraq and Afghanistan. These brass players are a Tampa Bay treasure.

June 23: Distinguished critic Allan Kozinn of The New York Times has called the Jasper String Quartet “powerful” and Kenneth Herman of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that “this is a quartet to watch.”

The Jasper has won a wealth of awards, including the Cleveland Quartet Award, grand prize at the Coleman Competition, and grand prize and the audience prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. They were the first ensemble to win the Yale School of Music’s Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for “best fulfilling…lofty musical ideas.”

Violinists J Freivogel and Sae Chonabayashi, violist Sam Quintal, and cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel will perform two Beethoven string quartets, the Fourth in C Minor (Op. 18) and the towering Op. 131 in C-sharp Minor. They will also play two challenging works by Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz and Five Movements for String Quartet (Op. 5).

The Jasper is ensemble-in-residence at the illustrious Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Classic Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida and has performed across the country and in Europe and Asia. Formed at Oberlin, the group later became graduate quartet-in-residence at both Rice University and Yale. This is a choice opportunity to hear a young string quartet already making their mark in the music world.

Aug. 18: One of the world’s outstanding guitarists, David Burgess has won top honors in many international competitions and received the first Andrés Segovia Fellowship. As a result, he received private classes from Mr. Segovia until the maestro’s death in 1987.

Burgess has performed around the globe and has been a soloist with the American Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. With the Virtuosi, he recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on the CBS Masterworks label.

He began studying guitar at the Estudio de Arte Guitarrístico in Mexico City with the renowned Argentine guitarist Manuel López Ramos and earned his BA in music from the University of Washington. He was also awarded a Diploma di Merito on a full scholarship from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. At the Museum, he will play eight works, all by Brazilian composers.

Aug. 25: Pianist Adam Neiman began receiving standing ovations as a teenager. In 1995, he became the youngest artist ever to win the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the following year added the Young Concert Artists International Auditions to his long list of accomplishments.

Since then, Neiman has been a soloist with many major orchestras, including the Chicago, the St. Louis, San Francisco, Houston, and the National Symphony. His solo recitals have garnered critical praise internationally. The New York Times has written that “his technique is imposing…he balanced sheer power with a high sense of drama.”

His live performance of the Brahms Rhapsodies (Op. 79) at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival on NPR’s Performance Today was nominated for a Grammy. He was a featured artist in the PBS documentaries In the Key of G and Playing for Real, which also aired on Bravo and Ovation.

A two-time winner of The Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, he received the Rubinstein Award upon his graduation in 1999. That same year, he was honored with the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

A composer, as well as a performer, Neiman will play his Nocturne (2010) and his Étude-Caprice (2011) at the Museum. He describes the former as “dark, brooding, and pensive” and the latter as “a wild, fantastical, diabolical ride with non-stop motion.” He will also perform Beethoven’s 33 Variations on a Theme of Diabelli, Op. 120, and Ginastera’s First Piano Sonata, Op. 22.

The MFA is at 255 Beach Drive N.E.

For more information, please call 727-896-2667 or visit
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