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Nina
Falk
Elizabeth Field Rosa Lamoreaux Douglas McNames Steven Silverman Stephanie
Vial
The Washington Post has called NINA FALK “one of Washington’s finest musicians,” praising her “warmth of tone and expressive phrasing.” Born in New York City, Ms. Falk studied at Juilliard and Oberlin. She received a Fulbright fellowship to study in London and Rome and received a diploma with honor from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She participated in the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Marlboro Festivals, including recorded performances conducted by Pablo Casals, and she is a frequent substitute with the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Falk performs, tours, and records with Opera Lafayette and the Violins of Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players, the Handel and Haydn Society, Brandywine Baroque, Folger Consort, the Four Nations Ensemble, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Washington Bach Consort, and on the Dorian label with the Apollo Ensemble. .Ms. Falk is also a glass artist. Her work can be seen at NinaFalkglass.com.
Violinist ELIZABETH FIELD holds a Doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University. From 1993 to 1998 she was Professor of Violin, and first violin of the Sun Quartet, at California State University, Sacramento, as well as the former first violin of the highly acclaimed period-instrument Van Swieten Quartet. Ms Field is currently a member of the Washington String Quartet (in residence at George Washington University) and Brandywine Baroque. She is concertmaster of the Bethlehem Bach Festival and the Violins of Lafayette and has served as a guest concertmaster for the Washington Bach Consort and the Washington Chamber Symphony. She also performs with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Ms. Field has performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and for Sony Classical, ESS.A.Y, and Vox Cum Laude with the Classical Band, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and the New York Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with many of the East Coast modern- and period-instrument orchestras such as the St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, and the City Opera of New York. Ms Field can currently be heard on Hungaraton Records in a world premiere recording of Quantz flute quartets with baroque flutist Mary Oleskiewicz.
Soprano ROSA LAMOREAUX is known for her flawless sense of style, her incandescent presence, and “a wonderfully rich timbre and an amazingly flexible voice” (The Washington Post). She has been hailed for her versatile musicianship, her radiant, engaging, and effortless singing, and her many fine recordings. After winning the Handel Aria Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and an honor as finalist in the Oratorio Society Competition of New York, Ms. Lamoreaux went on to perform in Carnegie Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Kennedy Center. In Europe she has appeared at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, at the Reingau Music Festival, La Fenice, the Louvre and the Belvedere Schloss among other distinguished venues. A popular chamber music performer, she sings with the Folger Consort, the Vocal Arts Quartet, and Hesperus, and she has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Ms. Lamoreaux’s recordings include Bach’s “Mass in B minor” on Dorian; “Luminous Spirit,” “Dancing Day,” Berlioz’s “Messe Solennelle,” “Four Centuries of Song,” “Gentle Annie,” “Spain in the New World,” “I Love Lucette,” and “My Thing is My Own” on Koch International; “Christmas with The Choral Arts Society,” and “Masters in this Hall “on the Gothic label; and a new recording of “Classical Cabaret.”
Cellist DOUGLAS MCNAMES has become a favorite with audiences in concerts of music that spans three centuries. As a member of the award-winning Delos Quartet, Mr. McNames appeared regularly throughout the United States and abroad. As soloist in recital, he has performed the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven with pianist Michael Steinberg. A regular substitute player with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. McNames is also Principal Cellist with the Carmel Bach Festival and enjoys a busy schedule of performing with such ensembles as Brandywine Baroque, Melanomie, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Mid Atlantic Chamber Music Society, Pro Musica Rara, and the Rider String Quartet. Mr. McNames has also been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Cassela Quartet, winners of the 1983 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Awarded the 1995 Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, Mr. McNames can be heard on the Spectrum, Etcetera, Centaur, and Epiphany labels on both modern and original instruments.
STEVEN SILVERMAN has performed extensively in solo, chamber, and concerto appearances throughout the United States on both piano and harpsichord. The New York Times called his New York solo piano debut “a splendid affair…his playing had dimension, atmosphere, energy and discipline – wedded to a sense of rhythm that would not quit.” Bernard Holland praised Mr. Silverman’s Weill Hall recital in the New York Times: “It took only a few bars of ‘Hommage a Rameau’ to hear that Steven Silverman is a pianist of taste and sensitivity…This young pianist also showed a big enough grasp – both technically and musically – to hold Charles Ives’s giant ‘Concord’ Sonata firmly in his hands. He is a sound and thoughtful musician, and his recital on Saturday gave pleasure.” The Washington Post said that his playing was “nothing short of electrifying. His incredible musicianship and sheer technical wizardry at the piano made themselves clear”. The Post also extolled Mr. Silverman’s performance of one of his specialties, the Ives Second Sonata: “a brilliant and deliciously evocative sojourn in which the pianist caught every tonal shade and exposed every melodic thread… The rest of the recital was just as good… his playing was blessed by the same warmth, intelligence and unshakable ability to capture the essence of the music.” Mr. Silverman performs not only much of the standard repertory and also has given acclaimed performances of rarely heard but outstanding works such as both of Charles Ives’s piano sonatas, the complete Goyescas of Granados, Elliott Carter’s piano sonata (in a performance praised by the composer), and de Falla’s harpsichord concerto. Mr. Silverman holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Eugene Bossart, Arthur Haas, Benning Dexter, Louis Nagel, Charles Crowder, Thomas Schumacher, Ann Schein, and the great pianist Andrzej Wasowski.

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Cellist STEPHANIE VIAL holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a Master's Degree from Indiana University and a D.M.A in Eighteenth Century Performance Practice from Cornell University. She has performed with such groups as the Apollo Ensemble, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Publick Musick (Rochester, NY), and Les Violons du Roy (Quebec City). She has recorded for the Dorian label, Naxos, Centaur Records and CBC radio. Ms. Vial makes her home in Durham, North Carolina where she has performed with UNC's Ensemble Courant, and has appeared in Duke's Early Music Concert Series, the North Carolina Museum of Art's Sights and Sounds on Sundays, and at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. She is director of the instrumental Collegium Musicum at Duke University. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Vial can be contacted at svial@duke.edu.