On Saturday, October 6, 2018, Music at the Institute presented the first concert of the season “From Khreshchatyk to Manhattan” performed Karen Slack, Solomiya Ivakhiv, Steven Tenenbom, Marcy Rosen, and Amy Yang. See the program HERE.
Hailed by critics for possessing a lustrous voice of extraordinary beauty and artistry of great dramatic depth, American soprano KAREN SLACK has performed with major conductors in opera houses and concert halls around the world. She was most recently heard as Alice Ford in Falstaff with Arizona Opera, as Aïda at Austin Opera, Emelda Griffith in Champion with Opera Parallèle, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera, Serena in Porgy and Bess with the National Chorale and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with both Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Vancouver Opera, and Anna in Le villi in her debut with the Scottish Opera. The 2017-2018 season included Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Kentucky Opera and Minnesota Opera, Serena in Porgy and Bess with the University of Michigan, her debut with New Orleans Opera as Emelda Griffith in Champion, joining the Toruń Symphony Orchestra (Poland), Verdi’s Requiem with the South Bend Symphony, and Micäela in Carmen with Mill City Summer Opera. The 2018-2019 season sees her as Addie Parker in Yardbird with Arizona Opera, a reprisal of her Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Atlanta Opera, Tosca with Opera Birmingham, Serena in Porgy and Bess with Fort Worth Opera, and her debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Ms. Slack has performed Serena in Porgy and Bess with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Agnes Sorel in Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, a role she also performed with the San Francisco Opera, and has sung the title role in Aida with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She made her Metropolitan Opera and international radio broadcast debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Additional recent engagements include Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Madison Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, title role of Tosca and as Leonora in Il trovatore with Arizona Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Quad City Symphony, and Tosca with the New Philharmonic.
Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV, hailed by critics for her “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine), enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America, and China. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, CBC Glen Gould Studio, Curtis Institute Field Concert Hall, Italian Academy in New York City, Pickman Hall in Cambridge, MA, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Old First Concerts in San Francisco, Astoria Music Festival (Portland), Tchaikovsky Hall (Kyiv), and at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Ms Ivakhiv has made solo appearances with the International Symphony, Istanbul State Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China, the AACC, and the Bach Festival Orchestra. Her recent album, Ukraine-Journey to Freedom, with pianist Angelina Gadeliya, released on Labor Records with NAXOS of America was featured among the top four classical albums on iTunes. Ms. Ivakhiv is currently Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola and Head of Strings at the University of Connecticut and Professor of Violin at the Longy School of Music. Ms. Ivakhiv graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and the late Rafael Druian. During this time she was concertmaster of both Curtis and Tanglewood Center Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Ivakhiv holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where her principal teachers were Philip Setzer and Pamela Frank.
Violist Steven Tenenbom has enjoyed a widely varying career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher of the next generation of talented musicians. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson and Beaux Arts trios. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Utah Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Ensemble. He is the violist of the Orion String Quartet, which is quartet-in-residence at Mannes College of Music and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He is also a co-founder of the exciting piano quartet OPUS ONE. Mr. Tenenbom is a member of the viola faculty of The Juilliard School and The Bard College Conservatory of Music. He is also the coordinator of string chamber music at the Curtis Institute of Music. Among his many recordings are the complete Beethoven and Kirchner quartets with the Orion Quartet and Mozart viola quintets with the Guarneri Quartet. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Tenenbom’s teachers included Max Mandel, Heidi Castleman, Milton Thomas at USC, and Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music. He and his wife, violinist Ida Kavafian, live in Connecticut where they breed, raise, and show champion Vizsla purebred dogs.
Cellist MARCY ROSEN has been called “one of the intimate art’s abiding treasures” by Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass. She has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States. In recent seasons she has given Master Classes and appeared on stage in Beijing and Shanghai in China, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea, and in Cartagena, Colombia. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with the world’s finest musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Peter Serkin, Isaac Stern, Robert Mann, Sandor Vegh, Kim Kashkashian, Jessye Norman, Lucy Shelton, Charles Neidich, and the Juilliard, Emerson, and Orion Quartets. She is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice, a group comprised of Oboe, Piano and String Trio, as well as a founding member of the world renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet. With the Mendelssohn String Quartet she was Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and for nine years served as Blodgett-Artist-in Residence at Harvard University. Ms. Rosen appears regularly at festivals both here and abroad, and since 1986 has been Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Maryland. Since first attending the Marlboro Music Festival in 1975, she has taken part in 21 tours of “Musicians from Marlboro” and performed in concerts celebrating the 40th, 50th and 60th Anniversaries of the Festival. Marcy Rosen was born in Phoenix, Arizona and her teachers have included Gordon Epperson, Orlando Cole, Marcus Adeney, Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle, and Sandor Vegh. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Rosen is currently Professor of Cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and on the Faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Praised by The Washington Post as a “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse,” pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Her recent and upcoming engagements include collaborations with Grammy winner Patricia Kopatchinskaya and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Roberto Díaz; soloing with Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata at UNAM, National Youth Orchestra of USA, and Tuscaloosa Symphony; participating in the Mitsuko Uchida Workshop at Carnegie Hall; performing at Ojai, Berkeley, and Aldeburgh Festivals with Kopatchinskaya and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; soloing with Newport Symphony, and making her solo debut on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s series. Her major engagements include soloing with the Houston Symphony; collaborating with Richard Goode, Guarneri String Quartet members, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Roberto Díaz, Dover, Aizuri and Jasper Quartets; premiering music by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Avner Dorman, Ezra Laderman, Michael Hersch; and appearing at Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and Verbier Academy, to name a few. A debut solo CD and three chamber CDs are expected for 2018 release. Ms. Yang serves as Chamber Music Mentor at Curtis Institute of Music and Chamber Music Coach at The University of Pennsylvania. At Curtis Summerfest, she is the Program Director and faculty for its Young Artist Summer Program and faculty for the Chamber Music for Adults program. Winner of the 2018 Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia prize, she is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music.