september, 2015

wed23sep12:05 pm12:35 pmNoonday ConcertBret Williams Quartet (Violin, Clarinet, Guitar, and Bass) Music by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, and Williams12:05 pm - 12:35 pm

Time

(Wednesday) 12:05 pm - 12:35 pm

Location

The Interchurch Center Chapel

61 Claremont Avenue New York, NY 10027

Event Details

Guitar

Bret Williams is a classical music composer and guitarist in New York City. Originally from California, he studdied guitar performance at The University of Texas at Austin and the Mannes School of Music. He has a Masters of Music degree. He has served on faculty at several schools, is the host of the top rated iTunes classical guitar program, Classical Guitar Insider, and has released three albums. He likes small dogs, meaningful conversation, and sometimes falls victim to his own volatile temperament. His doctor recently said he has high cholesterol, and as a result, Bret is currently making important changes to his diet. D’Addario strings likes the way he plays and gives him free things (he’s sponsored by D’Addario stings and loves them. He wants to marry them). He’s also sponsored by SavageClassical.com.

Bass

Brooklynite MARC SCHMIED has been performing in the New York music scene for the last 20 years. After studies at Juilliard he began performing in the classical, jazz, and theater worlds. Classical credits include the Albany Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Broadway credits include: How to Succeed in Business, La Cage aux Folles, Evita, On a Clear Day, South Pacific, Cabaret and many others. He is often asked if he wishes that he played the flute.

Clarinet

Praised by Opera News for his “exemplary clarinet playing,” Mark Dover’s vast array of musical experiences have helped him quickly establish himself as one of the most diverse clarinetists of his generation. He earned his Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music in 2012 where he studied with David Krakauer. Since moving to New York in 2010 he has already performed at all the major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Merkin Hall. He is, by far, the strongest member of our quartet, and will be the first person called upon should a physical threat be made towards any of us.

Violin

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Matt Aprea is based in New York City. Matt has performed with various orchestras including the Eastman Philharmonia and the National Repertory Orchestra, where he was awarded a fellowship during the summer of 2012. He has played under the baton of Peter Oundjian, Andrew Litton, Neil Varon, Douglas Boyd, Giancarlo Guerrero, Carl Topilow, and Paul Haas, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in master classes featuring Daniel Phillips, Ani Kavafian, Charles Castleman, Joel Krosnick, Lawrence Dutton, Marilyn Reynolds, and the Ying Quartet. Matt likes you. He’s standing outside right now. You should let him in because it’s getting cold.

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Organizer

Christopher Johnson

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