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8/21/2014 11:41:00 PM
Red Rocks Music Festival returns Aug. 30-31
Nokuthula Ngwenyama's performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician garner great attention. Gramophone proclaimed Ms. Ngwenyama’s playing as providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerising character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing “with dazzling technique in the virtuoso fast movements and deep expressiveness in the slow movements.”
Nokuthula Ngwenyama's performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician garner great attention. Gramophone proclaimed Ms. Ngwenyama’s playing as providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerising character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing “with dazzling technique in the virtuoso fast movements and deep expressiveness in the slow movements.”
Ariana Wyatt, soprano, is a recent graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center. During the 2007-2008 season, Ms. Wyatt performed Micaela in The Tragedy of Carmen for Opera Omaha and was a young artist at the Florida Grand Opera where she covered Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare.
Ariana Wyatt, soprano, is a recent graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center. During the 2007-2008 season, Ms. Wyatt performed Micaela in The Tragedy of Carmen for Opera Omaha and was a young artist at the Florida Grand Opera where she covered Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare.
If You Go ...
• What: Red Rocks Music Festival

• When: Aug. 30-31

• Where: Sedona Creative Life Center 333 Schnebly Hill Rd., Sedona

• Cost: $28, SPECIAL $48 to both concerts ($8 savings)

• More information and tickets: www.redrocksmusicfestival.com; (877) 733-7257


The Red Rocks Music Festival will present two exciting concerts at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road.

Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m., the festival will present the Magnificent Blend of Voice & Strings.

The concert features: Ariana Wyatt - soprano, Adam Margulies - baritone (from the movie The Bohemian), David Ehrlich, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, - violins, Rami Solomonow - viola, Jan Simiz - cello and Teresa Ehrlich - piano.

Work by: W.A. Mozart, A. Dvorak, G. Puccini, G. Verdi, C. Gounod, O. Golijov and H. Villa-Lobos.

On Aug. 31, 3 p.m., you don't have to be in Paris to enjoy the great music composed by C. Franck and G. Faure. Instead you can come to the Sedona Creative Life Center and hear featured artists: David Ehrlich, Moshe Bukshpan - violins, Rami Solomonow- viola, Thomas Landschoot - cello, and Teresa Ehrlich - piano.

All Festival artists enjoy international acclaim.

David Ehrlich - Fine Arts Coordinator Outreach Fellow, served as concertmaster of the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and for several seasons was acting concertmaster and associate concertmaster, as well as soloist, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

In 1984 he joined the Audubon String Quartet as first violinist, a position he held for 17 years. With the quartet, Mr. Ehrlich toured all over the world performing, conducting master classes and appearing on radio and television. He has recorded on RCA, Telarc and Centaur labels.

In 1993, he and his wife, Teresa, founded the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, in Blacksburg. He is a member of the violin faculty and conducts the youth chamber orchestra.

Ariana Wyatt, soprano, is a recent graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center. During the 2007-2008 season, Ms. Wyatt performed Micaela in The Tragedy of Carmen for Opera Omaha and was a young artist at the Florida Grand Opera where she covered Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare.

Other recent roles include Serpetta in Mozart's La finta gardiniera, Diana in Offenbach's Orphèe aux enfers, and Helena in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Juilliard Opera Center; Flavia in Eliogabalo, Violetta in La traviata, and Isifile in Cavalli's Giasone for the Aspen Opera Theater; and Adina in The Elixir of Love for the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Regional Tour. Recent concert appearances include Ravel's Shèhèrazade with the New West Symphony and Kurtag's Kafka Fragments with violinist David Halen for the Aspen Music Festival.

Her oratorio credits include The Messiah with Charleston Symphony, Vivaldi's Gloria at Carnegie Hall, Stravinsky's Les Noces for the USC Chamber Choir, and Bach's St. John Passion for the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. She looks forward to a tour of Schoenberg's second String Quartet with the American String Quartet.

Adam Margulies, - baritone, was born in Jerusalem and grew up in New York. He has performed and sung internationally from Calcutta to Tel Aviv and through out Europe.

He recently returned from a series of recitals in Virginia where he performed in the Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival. He has starred as Marcello in a film production of Puccini's La Boheme entitled "The Bohemians" and his upcoming engagements include a production of Handel's Giulio Cesare: A Game of Thrones and workshops in Montreal and in Paris.

Adam is excited to be working with Red Rocks Music Festival for the second time.

Rami Solomonow, - violist, moved to the United States where he studied with Shmuel Ashkenasi at NIU. From 1974 to 1995 he served as Principal Violist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In 1995, he left the Opera to become a founding member of the Chicago String Quartet which, was the Quartet in residence at DePaul University and Taos School of Music until 2004.

Mr. Solomonow has been a faculty member at DePaul University since 1981 and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous concerts, music festivals and summer music schools in the United States, Israel, Japan and South America. Mr. Solomonow is a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and has performed chamber works with Menachem Pressler, Leonard Rose, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Ivry Gitlis, Shlomo Mintz, Edgar Mayer, Christoph Eschenbach, Midori, Robert McDonald and members of the Guarneri, Borodin and Julliard Quartets.

He has also been a guest violist with the Vermeer, Fine Arts, Audubon and Cassatt String Quartets. Mr. Solomonow has performed on live television and radio broadcasts and has recorded with the Vermeer Quartet, Chicago String Quartet, Chicago Chamber Musicians and as a solo violist with the DePaul wind Ensemble. Recently, a recording of Mozart chamber works for strings and winds with the Chicago Chamber Musicians has been nominated for the Grammy award.

Nokuthula Ngwenyama's performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician garner great attention. Gramophone proclaimed Ms. Ngwenyama's playing as providing "solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerising character," and the Washington Post described her as playing "with dazzling technique in the virtuoso fast movements and deep expressiveness in the slow movements."

Ms. Ngwenyama's past seasons include performances with the Charlotte Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Austin, Jackson and Memphis Symphonies, and appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

She also performed with Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa, as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Additionally, she "fascinated on viola and violin during recital" (Washington Post) at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D. C. and with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Ms. Ngwenyama has performed throughout the United States and abroad. Domestic appearances include performances with the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Indianapolis Symphonies as well as the National Symphony Orchestra.

She has been heard in recital at Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Louvre, the Ford Center in Toronto, and the Maison de Radio France. Summer festival appearances include Green Music, Vail, San Diego's Mainly Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, Marlboro Music Festival, and Spoleto USA.

A vivid portrait of Ms. Ngwenyama was televised nationally on CBS Sunday Morning with cultural correspondent Eugenia Zukerman. She was featured on the Emmy Award-nominated PBS program Sound of Strings in the Musical Encounter Series, hosted by cellist Lynn Harrell.

A dedicated advocate for the arts, she has testified before Congress on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts. As an artist recording on the EDI label, she has collaborated with pianist Mihae Lee on Grieg and Debussy and guitarist Michael Long on Bach Partitas as well as Corella's Che! A Musical Biography.

Her recent collaboration with pianist Jennifer Lim on the Rubinstein viola and violin sonatas was released September 2008.

In addition to her performance activities Ms. Ngwenyama served as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2007, where she taught instrumental music and lectured in the areas of African Music and Music and World Religions.

She joins the faculty of Indiana University as visiting professor for the 2008-09 academic year and serves as director of the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition.

Born in California of Zimbabwean-Japanese parentage, Ms. Ngwenyama graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music. As a Fulbright scholar she attended the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, and received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University.

Thomas Landschoot, praised for his expressive and poetic music making, cellist enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. He has toured North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared on National Radio and Television worldwide.

His solo career started after taking a top prize at the International Cello Competition Jeunesse Musicales' in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania.

He recently performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Prima la Musica (Belgium), Shieh Chien Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Tempe Symphony and the Orchestra of the United States Army Band and has appeared at the Park City, Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes, Utah, Red Rock, Waterloo, Killington and Texas Music Festivals. His recordings are available on Summit, Organic, Kokopelli and Centaur Records.

As an avid chamber musician, he performed with the Takacs Quartet and members of the Cleveland, Vermeer and Auduban Quartets. He is a founding member of the Taman Trio in Europe, Chamber Ensemble Bloomington in Japan and the Trio Du Soleil in Arizona.

Thomas Landschoot has been involved in an interdisciplinary public service project resulting in the building of an orphanage and hospital in Tamil Nadu, India. A documentary film of the cellist traveling and performing in India has been combined with photography, culinary, journalism and new compositions.

Thomas Landschoot joined the faculty of Arizona State University in 2001 after having taught at the University of Michigan. He has been awarded the Herberger College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award (2005) and is on the faculty of Shieh Chien University in Taipei since 2008. He spends his summers performing and teaching at places like the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Quartet Program in New York, Killington Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music and the Texas Music Festival. His students have gained success in the music world and occupy principal positions in major orchestras like the Montreal and Seattle Symphonies and teach at many Universities around the country. Thomas Landschoot is the Artistic Director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Festival and the President of the Arizona Cello Society. Landschoot performs on 2 exceptional instruments: a rare 1830 Giovanni Batista Pressenda and the 1709 Boccherini Stradivarius on loan from the Chimei foundation.

Teresa Ehrlich, pianist, began her musical training at the age of 4. Born and raised in the Midwest, she received her master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University as a student of Donald Walker. Ms. Ehrlich's other teachers have included Gyorgy Sebok, Menachem Pressler, and Leon Fleisher.

She has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Israel and South America, where she has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras including the Sinfoica de Maracaibo and the Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela.

As well as being a founder of the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, Ms. Ehrlich is also the Executive Director of the school and a member of the piano faculty. She is a member of the chamber group Avanti Ensemble which performs throughout Virginia.

Since 2005, Ms. Ehrlich has been a faculty member in "Ameropa" an international summer festival in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Jan Simiz, a native of Romania, studied at the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Buchares. In 1980, Mr. Simiz arrived in Los Angeles and won the principal cellist position with Neal Stulberg and the Young Musicians' Foundation "Debut" Orchestra.

He received his master's degree in cello performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with Eleanor Schoenfeld.

In 1985 Mr. Simiz joined the Phoenix Symphony and became assistant principal cellist in 1989. He is also principal cellist for the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado.

He frequently performs in chamber music ensembles.

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