Birdfoot Festival 2017 Program

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SEASON 6 MAY 30–JUNE 4 2017

New Orleans’ International Chamber Music Festival

Recognized for its fresh approach and “youthful, rule-bending style,” the Birdfoot Festival brings artists and audiences together to make and experience dynamic live chamber music. Birdfoot’s playful and engaging performances connect the timeless themes of classic masterpieces with contemporary sounds, creating unforgettable musical journeys. Celebrating its sixth season, Birdfoot has already presented over 60 concerts and events and drawn artists and audiences from across the nation and five continents. Art in the Making — The Birdfoot Festival provides a creative haven where leading international artists collaborate, exchange ideas, and share the exciting results through community performances. In addition to its annual festival each May, Birdfoot hosts two artist residencies and multiple performances throughout the year.



New Orleans Flavor — Named for the branching footprint of the Mississippi River Delta, Birdfoot draws inspiration from the live music culture of New Orleans, presenting chamber music in intimate venues. Listeners are invited into the creative process and artists and audiences mingle and chat after concerts, sometimes late into the night. Education and Inspiration — Birdfoot’s Young Artist Program challenges dedicated young music students to expand their musical abilities, imagination, and leadership skills through intensive chamber music coachings, workshops, and masterclasses led by international-caliber musicians.

“. . . fiery, committed, intensely personal readings . . . the risk-taking energy was palpable . . .” “Birdfoot delivered what I want from any Louisiana festival.” — Chris Waddington, The Times-Picayune


As we enter the Birdfoot Festival’s sixth season (!), it’s with wonder that I reflect on the differences between now and when I began volunteering for the festival in 2012. At this time five years ago, the New Orleans concert season ended just after Jazz Fest. From mid-May to early fall, the Birdfoot Festival was the only classical music opportunity in town. Today our community has at least five new ensembles, organizations, and festivals feeding our passion for classical music well into August! New Orleans’ latent talent and love of classical music is absolutely burgeoning, and you and I have a front row seat! It is such an honor to be sitting here with you as we anticipate the lights going down, knowing that the sounds we are about to hear will transport us to an otherworldly plane—one where music inspires imagination, plays with our emotions, and piques our intellect. This is a space that we will inhabit and share together. Indeed, this festival wouldn’t exist if you and I weren’t already “in it together.” We would not be sitting here among friends, we would not be able to bring this same excitement and wonder to our senior centers, schools, and community centers through Birdfoot’s community programming. Birdfoot Festival is able to do all of this because of your support.

And so I thank you. I thank you for your love of live music; for your belief in the good of music; for your belief that music must be shared; and, most importantly, for your belief in the Birdfoot Festival. I also thank you for choosing to join us for this performance, especially when there is so much music happening in New Orleans that it’s sometimes hard to choose. Sitting amongst you, I know that I am surrounded by people who have entrusted the Birdfoot staff, the board members, and artists with delivering on your beliefs, something I and all members of the Festival take seriously.



To honor your faith in the Festival, Birdfoot’s board of directors spent this past year making significant strides towards becoming a fully mature organization. Among other things, we’ve put into practice policies that make Birdfoot a stronger organization, developed a new website and improved your experience with online giving, and converted Birdfoot’s Executive and Artistic Directors from volunteer to paid positions. Taking this latter big step is not without challenges and the road ahead is undoubtedly rife with many more. It warms my heart knowing that we are not alone on this road to sustainability. You are already helping Birdfoot along that path by being here in the audience, by continuing to attend concerts and events, by encouraging your friends and neighbors to join you, by continuing to give so generously, and, of course, by volunteering with the Festival. Thank you for being part of the Birdfoot Festival family, and for your help in making this annual celebration of chamber music possible! Lisa K. Hooper President, Birdfoot Board of Directors


I recently read a review of a new recording that praised the singer by noting that “she relocated to Brooklyn—but that hasn’t turned her into a jaded hipster.” That statement really got me thinking: Why is it that we value freshness and innocence in art? Or, put another way, why does art fall flat when it becomes cynical or trendy? Being a musician today has a lot in common with being any other human today—we all face an overwhelming amount of information coming at us constantly. The triumphs, but mostly the tragedies and horrors experienced by distant others fill our screens and our airwaves. It sometimes becomes impossible to comprehend or react to the scope of so many problems. And so we all, inevitably, become selectively numb to much of the suffering of our fellow beings, so that we don’t wither in despair. And in so doing we also numb ourselves to wonder and beauty. Viewed from this angle, it makes sense that we cherish the music and the musicians who help us rekindle our sensitivity to detail: To hear every molecule of sound with fresh, innocent ears; to be alive, as if for the first time, to the joys and calamities contained in the distance between two notes, or the bloom of a soundwave—these are indeed precious gifts today.

Of course, such moments in live performance don’t happen by accident (even for the most “talented” or intuitive musicians). They arise from skills that must be honed and cultivated. When we have gotten to know every note, investigated every turn of phrase, and prepared mind and body—then sometimes, just sometimes, the stars align and moments of magic happen. These are moments you never forget from either side of the stage, moments that are all the more precious because they are as fleeting as they are real. It’s a joy to welcome you, cherished friends and listeners, to Birdfoot 2017. This is Birdfoot’s sixth and most ambitious season yet and we’re asking some big questions: What is our place in the universe? What makes us human? What do we give up as individuals to live in collective groups, communities and nations? What about the games we play, the rules we make, the sacrifices we demand of each other?



From elegant dances that reinforced the social hierarchies in the court of the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, to imagined rituals from ancient pagan Russia, the bittersweet agonies of Brahms to the edges of outer space, Birdfoot 2017 explores the human condition. And we’re hoping, through this exploration of sounds old and new, that we just might learn something about ourselves, too. See you on the other side! Jenna Sherry Artistic Director


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 12:15–1 PM Pan American Life Center Lobby 601 Poydras Street, Downtown New Orleans Free Admission

A preview of music from Birdfoot 2017 concerts.



This concert is sponsored by The Selley Foundation Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Downtown Development District, with additional support from Stirling Properties.



PER ASPERA, AD ASTRA Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 8 PM Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, Faubourg Marigny

Caroline Fourmy, narrator Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

Prelude and Fugue in C major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 arranged for string trio

Karen Kim, violin Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello Rose Hashimoto, viola Peteris Vasks Castillo Interior — The Interior Castle (2013) (b. 1946) Karen Kim, violin Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello Patrick Castillo Living is easy with eyes closed (2017) (b. 1979) Violin: Kristopher Tong, Laura Lutzke, Karen Kim, Jenna Sherry Viola: Robert Meyer, Rose Hashimoto Cello: Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Caleb van der Swaagh, Michael Kaufman Bass: Paul Macres Electronics: Patrick Castillo 8


Prach Boondiskulchok, piano Yael Weiss, piano


Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du printemps — The Rite of Spring (1913) (1882–1971) Part I: Adoration of the Earth Introduction Augurs of Spring Ritual Abduction

Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit — Thus the Night (1973–76) (1916–2013) Introduction and Nocturne—Parenthèse I Miroir d’espace—Parenthèse II Litanies—Parenthèse III Litanies II—Parenthèse IV Constellations Nocturne II Temps suspendu Jenna Sherry, violin Robert Meyer, viola Laura Lutzke, violin Michael Kaufman, cello Ludwig van Beethoven Cavatina from String Quartet in B-flat major Op. 130 (1825) (1770–1827) Kristopher Tong, violin Rose Hashimoto, viola Laura Lutzke, violin Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello This concert is sponsored by an anonymous donor and in memory of Loki B.N. Cape on behalf of Moxie A. Gray and Kaeto G. Cape.



BIRDFOOT BACKSTAGE Thursday, June 1, 2017 6 PM — Happy Hour (6:15 PM Young Artist Program Showcase Concert in The Café at the CAC) 7 PM — Free Entry The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans 900 Camp Street, Downtown New Orleans

Felix Mendelssohn String Quintet no. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87 (1845) (1809–1847) Karen Kim, violin Robert Meyer, viola Kristopher Tong, violin Rose Hashimoto, viola Caleb van der Swaagh, cello Join Birdfoot Festival musicians and WWNO 89.9 FM “backstage” for an exploration of Mendelssohn’s String Quintet no. 2. This event is an opportunity to get inside the music alongside the musicians before the quintet’s performance during Birdfoot’s Final Gala Concert on Saturday, June 3. Join the conversation!

Birdfoot Backstage is sponsored by The Selley Foundation Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Downtown Development District, with additional support from the Contemporary Arts Center’s Performance Support Program. 10

Carol McGonnell, clarinet Robert Meyer, viola Caleb van der Swaagh, cello

Lyle Wong, bass clarinet Paul Macres, bass

Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps — The Rite of Spring (1913) (1882–1971) Part I: Adoration of the Earth Part II: The Sacrifice Introduction Introduction Augurs of Spring Mystic Circles of the Young Girls Ritual Abduction Glorification of the Chosen One Spring Rounds Evocation of the Ancestors Ritual of the Rival Tribes Ritual Action of the Ancestors Procession of the Sage: The Sage Sacrificial Dance Kiss of the Earth Dance of the Earth


François Couperin Les Barricades Mistérieuses — The Mysterious Barricades, arranged for chamber ensemble by Thomas Adès (1717/1994)



Prach Boondiskulchok, piano Yael Weiss, piano

This evening’s concert is sponsored by The Helis Foundation with additional support from the Contemporary Arts Center’s Performance Support Program.



FINAL GALA CONCERT Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8 PM (7:15 PM Young Artist Program Showcase Concert) The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center 1225 N. Rampart Street, Faubourg Tremé

Johannes Brahms Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello in A minor, Op. 114 (1891) (1833–1897) Allegro Adagio Andantino grazioso—Trio Allegro Carol McGonnell, clarinet Yael Weiss, piano Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello


Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit — Thus the Night (1973–76) (1916–2013) Introduction and Nocturne—Parenthèse I Miroir d’espace—Parenthèse II Litanies—Parenthèse III Litanies II—Parenthèse IV Constellations Nocturne II Temps suspendu Jenna Sherry, violin Robert Meyer, viola Laura Lutzke, violin Michael Kaufman, cello

FINAL GALA CONCERT INTERMISSION Felix Mendelssohn String Quintet no. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87 (1845) (1809–1847) Allegro vivace Andante scherzando Adagio e lento Allegro molto vivace Karen Kim, violin Kristopher Tong, violin Robert Meyer, viola Rose Hashimoto, viola Caleb van der Swaagh, cello

This evening’s concert is sponsored in honor of James’ & Isaac’s fourth birthday.


composer in residence, electronics

Patrick Castillo leads a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, writer, and educator. His music has been described as “restrained and reflective but brimming with a variety of texture and sound that draws you into its world” (I Care If You Listen) and has been presented at festivals and venues throughout the United States and internationally, including Spoleto Festival USA, June in Buffalo, the Santa Fe New Music Festival, the Queens New Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Berklee College of Music, Tenri Cultural Institute, Bavarian Academy of Music (Munich), the Nuremberg Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Havana Contemporary Music Festival.

Recent season highlights include the world premieres of The Way Things Work for violin and cello, like the tide… for three flutes, To Hear You Tell It for flute, violin, cello, and percussion, and Oxford Alley for chamber orchestra; the German premiere of Cirque for solo violin; and the third New York performance of This is the hour of lead, a chamber cantata for mezzo-soprano and ensemble; as well as premiere performances of Patrick Castillo’s chamber works by Anti-Social Music, Areon Flutes, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Ensemble 61, Forecast Music, the Interlochen Chamber Players, the Society for New Music, Third Sound, and others. Patrick is variously active as an explicator of music to a wide range of listeners. He has provided program and liner notes for numerous concert series and recording companies: most prolifically for Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley for which he served as Artistic Administrator for more than ten years. In this latter capacity, he has led a variety of pre-concert discussion events; designed outreach presentations for middle and high school students; and authored,

narrated, and produced the widely acclaimed AudioNotes series of listener’s guides to the chamber music literature. Patrick has been a guest lecturer at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Fordham University, the University of Georgia, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass (Kentucky), String Theory at the Hunter (Chattanooga, TN), and ChamberFest Cleveland. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Senior Director of Artistic Planning of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is founding composer and managing director of Third Sound; in 2016, he was appointed Executive Director of Hotel Elefant.

Artist Patrick Castillo composer/electronics

Patrick Castillo

The Quality of Mercy, an album of Patrick Castillo’s vocal chamber music featuring mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, has been praised as “affecting and sensitively orchestrated . . . [a] gorgeous, masterfully crafted canvas” (Cleveland Classical), and is available on innova Recordings. You can learn more about Mr. Castillo at



Violist Rose Hashimoto is originally from Seattle, Washington and currently lives in New York City. Rose is CoArtistic Director of the Listen Closely Inwood Chamber Music Initiative, which partners with community leaders and community spaces to present accessible, innovative, and interactive concerts in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. A passionate educator and a certified Suzuki violin and viola teacher, Rose currently serves on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Music Center. She has also previously taught for the Preparatory Center

for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Harmony Program, and Upbeat NYC. An avid chamber musician, Rose has performed with ensembles including Shattered Glass, A Far Cry, the Evergreen Quartet, and the Thalia String Quartet, who served as the Quartet in the Community for the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. She has performed at festivals including Manchester Summer Chamber Music, Yellow Barn, Taos, Kneisel Hall, the Perlman Music Program, and Lucerne.

Artist Rose Hashimoto viola

Rose Hashimoto

Rose earned a Bachelor of Music from Juilliard and a Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music. As a winner of the Mannes concerto competition, Rose performed the Schnittke viola concerto with the Mannes Orchestra in 2012. She was the recipient of the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance from Mannes. Rose’s major teachers have included Toby Appel, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Laurie Smukler. To learn more about Ms. Hashimoto, visit


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An exciting cellist exploring various facets of the classical music scene, Michael Kaufman was the soloist for the opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater and has performed at prestigious venues such as Zankel and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Concerto performances include works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Gulda and chamber music engagements have taken him across the States and Western Europe. Michael has participated in several important chamber music festivals including Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, Music@ Menlo, and Verbier.

Important performances include chamber music concerts with Midori, Brett Dean’s 12 Angry Men in Disney Hall at the Piatigorsky Festival, the premiere of a concerto written by Daniel Silliman with the USC Symphony, and a month-long engagement playing principal cello of La Monnaie in Brussels. This season, he performed the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the Saddleback symphony and premiered a concerto by USC Faculty Composer Sean Friar with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Artist Michael Kaufman cello

Michael Kaufman

Michael is the founder and co-director of the Los Angeles–based Sunset ChamberFest and the cello quintet SAKURA. He earned his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Southern California and his Bachelors from Eastman. Michael’s principal teachers have been Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane, and Alison Wells; he has also received valuable guidance from Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin, Thomas Adès, and David Geringas. To learn more about Mr. Kaufman, visit 25


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Artist Karen Kim violin

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Grammy Award–winning violinist Karen Kim is widely hailed for her sensitive musicianship and passionate commitment to chamber and contemporary music. Her performances have been described as “compellingly structured and intimately detailed” (Cleveland Classical) and “muscular and gripping” (New York Classical Review). She has performed in such prestigious venues and series as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Recital Halls; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the

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Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. Her recordings as a founding member of the Parker Quartet from 2002 to 2012 include the complete string quartets of György Ligeti, which received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011. With the Parker Quartet, Karen also received the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Esteemed for her versatility across a broad spectrum of musical idioms

and artistic disciplines, Karen has collaborated with artists ranging from Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Jörg Widmann, and Shai Wosner to Questlove & The Roots and the James Sewell Ballet. Ms. Kim is a member of Third Sound, Deviant Septet, Ensemble Échappe, NOVUS NY, and Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and frequently performs with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, and Chameleon Arts Ensemble. She is currently a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic.


Artist Laura Lutzke violin

Laura Lutzke violin

Violinist Laura Lutzke enjoys a musically versatile career, with a passion for solo playing and chamber music. Born in 1987 and raised in New York, her playing has been described as “liquid, radiant and shimmering, with beautifully played solo lines” by The New York Times.

International Music festival, performing and teaching alongside musicians such as Frank Huang, Lewis Kaplan, Mikhail Kopelman, Kurt Muroki, and Paul Neubauer. She has participated in festivals throughout the U.S., Europe, the U.K., and Asia since 2006, including Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove in Cornwall.

As an avid chamber musician, Laura was one of the “Rising Stars” at the Caramoor International Music Festival, collaborating with artists such as Atar Arad, Pamela Frank and Arnold Steinhardt. In the summer of 2012, she was chosen to be a “Bowdoin Virtuoso” at the Bowdoin

Laura is currently based in New York City and is a member of the critically acclaimed American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). She has collaborated with a wide variety of artists and ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Björk, Ensemble LPR, Gabriel Kahane, Johann Johannsson,

The Knights, Max Richter, Paul McCartney, The National, Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Yann Tiersen, among others. She performs regularly at venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joe’s Pub, and Le Poisson Rouge. Laura earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Lewis Kaplan, and she has most recently completed a second postgraduate course with Distinction in Violin Performance with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.



Hailed as “an extraordinary clarinetist” by The New York Times, “elastic, exacting, stupendous” by the Los Angeles Times, and “clarinet genius” by Time Out NY, Dublinborn clarinetist Carol McGonnell is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire while also enjoying acclaim for her fearless exploration of cutting-edge developments in new music. Carol is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. She has been involved in the commissioning of over 100 new works, ranging from solo pieces to clarinet concerti.

Carol has appeared in the inaugural concert of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, and has performed as soloist in both John Adams’ In Your Ear Festival at Carnegie and in Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concerts curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and with numerous orchestras around the world and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall, Decoda, and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. She has performed at the Marlboro, Mecklenburg, Santa Fe, and Charlottesville Chamber Music Festivals, among many others. Carol is artistic director of Music for Museums, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, and

involving museums such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, J. P. Getty in Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. Carol has been broadcast on RTE, Lyric FM, BBC, WQXR, and NPR, and is awaiting the release of her latest CD including a new concerto by Philippe Hurel. Carol spent two years in residence with Trio Ariadne at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Sonoma and on faculty at Sonoma State University. She is an alumna of the Carnegie/Juilliard Academy and is on faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music of CUNY and auxiliary faculty for contrabass clarinet at the Juilliard School in New York City.

Artist Carol McGonnell clarinet

Carol McGonnell



Robert Meyer has performed in chamber music and recital throughout the United States and abroad. While violist of the acclaimed Arianna Quartet, he collaborated with members of the Tokyo, Juilliard, and Vermeer Quartets, and was featured on the cover of Chamber Music Magazine. During his five-year tenure with the quartet, they performed extensively throughout North America, including performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets, and recorded works of Ravel and Mendelssohn.

Artist Robert Meyer viola

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Robert Meyer In recent years, Mr. Meyer has been a guest artist with many chamber music series and festivals, including Strings in the Mountains, Camerata San Antonio, and the Chelsea Music Festival. Currently, he lives in New York, where he performs frequently in the viola section of the New York Philharmonic.


cello their “emotional intensity” (Los Angeles Times).

“Riveting” (The New York Times) cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto, and Iceland Symphonies, among others, and her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the US, Europe, and Asia. Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello on Centaur Records, she has performed in some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall. The press have described her as “charismatic” (The New York Times) and praised her performances for

Highlights of her 2016–2017 season include the premiere of a new concerto written for Sæunn by Páll Ragnar Pálsson and co-commissioned by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to having collaborated closely with Daníel Bjarnason on his awardwinning composition Bow to String, this season she is working with composers Halldór Smárason, Melia Watras, and Þuríður Jónsdóttir on new pieces for solo cello. An avid chamber musician, Sæunn has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and members of the Emerson, Guarneri and Cavani Quartets, and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including Prussia Cove and Marlboro, with whom

she has toured. She is cellist of the Seattle-based chamber music group, Frequency, and cellist, founding member, and co–Artistic Director of Decoda, The Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

Artist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir cello

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir

In the fall of 2015, Sæunn joined the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle, teaching cello and chamber music. She has garnered numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the Naumburg Competition and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. 2017 is Sæunn’s second season with the Birdfoot Festival. You can learn more about Dr. Thorsteinsdóttir at


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violin Praised for his exceptional gift of insight, virtuosity, and true creative flair, violinist Kristopher Tong has performed in hundreds of concerts across the world as the second violinist of the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet. He has performed on such radio programs as NPR’s Performance Today, WGBH’s Classical Performance, and was recently featured on WGBH’s Classical Connections in a new series entitled Why Mass? Mr. Tong serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music with the Borromeo, NEC’s Quartet-inResidence, and is a guest member of East Coast Chamber Orchestra.

He has taught and performed at numerous festivals, including the Taos School of Music, Music@Menlo, and at the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program.

Artist Kristopher Tong violin

Kristopher Tong

From 2002–2004, Mr. Tong was Principal Second Violin with the highly acclaimed Verbier Festival Orchestra, with which he toured throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra under Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Yuri Bashmet, and was a member of the original cast of Classical Savion at the Joyce Theater in New York City, a collaborative project with tap dancer Savion Glover.



Caleb van der Swaagh is a recent alumnus of Ensemble ACJW (now know as Ensemble Connect), a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Caleb is the recipient of the Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award, and was also a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation. As a chamber musician, Caleb has performed with the Borromeo String Quartet, The Knights, A Far Cry, and the Jupiter Symphony

Chamber Players and has appeared at the Chelsea Music Festival, Garth Newel Music Center, and the Birdfoot Festival. An advocate of contemporary music, Caleb has worked with such ensembles as Argento Chamber Ensemble, Either/Or, S.E.M Ensemble, and the Callithumpian Consort. He has worked with such composers as Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Sebastian Currier, Philippe Manoury, and David Lang, and has premiered many works by composers of his own generation. He also performs his own arrangements and transcriptions of compositions that range from Renaissance viola da gamba music to jazz.

Artist Caleb van der Swaagh cello

Caleb van der Swaagh

A native New Yorker, Caleb was graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as part of the Columbia–Juilliard Exchange program with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Caleb received his master’s degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber. Caleb plays on a cello made by David Wiebe in 2012. This is Caleb’s third season with the Birdfoot Festival. You can learn more about Mr. van der Swaagh at


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piano Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Brazil National Symphony, to name a few. She is also in demand at international music festivals, such as Marlboro, Ravinia, City of London, Banff, Parry Sound, Caramoor, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

A captivating presence on the concert scene, award-winning pianist Yael Weiss has been hailed by many of today’s greatest musicians and critics for visionary interpretations of surpassing depth, immediacy and communicative power. Following a recent recital, the Washington Post portrayed her as “a pianist who delves deeply and tellingly into that cloudy area where fantasy morphs into improvisation, inventiveness being common to both.” Ms. Weiss has performed across the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, and South America at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Benaroya Hall, Moscow’s Bolshoi Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Her New York recital debut, presented by the Metropolitan Museum, was acclaimed by The New York Times as “remarkably powerful and intense . . . fine technique and musicianship in the service of an arresting array of music.” Ms. Weiss has appeared as soloist with many international orchestras, including the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony

Yael Weiss’s discography encompasses piano works by over a dozen composers, with two releases, Robert Schumann: Piano Works and 88 Keys to Joy, on the Koch International Classics label. Ms. Weiss is also devoted to chamber music, and tours worldwide with violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Peter Stumpf as the WeissKaplan-Stumpf Trio (previously the Weiss-KaplanNewman Trio). The Trio’s discography includes CDs of Brahms, Smetana, Chihara, and Lerdahl trios, as well as a new-music release, An American Tour, featuring world-premiere recordings of compositions by American composers. Currently the trio is recording Beethoven’s complete piano trios for the Bridge Records label. Ms. Weiss’s current touring schedule includes concerto and recital appearances in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Israel, and New Zealand. This summer’s upcoming festival appearances include the Hornby Island Festival in Canada, Indiana University’s Summer Music Festival, and performances at the Heifetz Institute. Yael Weiss is presenting performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas as well as lectures and workshops devoted to those masterpieces. Among her other special

projects are world premieres of works by Lera Auerbach, Joel Feigin, Michael Gilbertson, Paul Chihara, and Paul Schoenfield, as well as premiere performances with the Israel Camerata Orchestra of a new re-orchestration for Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Having been a frequent guest on NPR’s Performance Today, American Public Media’s St. Paul Sunday, the BBC in London, and multiple shows on New York’s WQXR and WNYC, Yael Weiss is known to radio and television audiences worldwide. Her 2016 recital from the National Gallery was selected for broadcast on WETA’s Front Row Washington. She has appeared numerous times on Israeli television, and presented a recital filmed live for NHK television in Japan.

Artist Yael Weiss piano

Yael Weiss

Ms. Weiss has been honored with distinguished prizes from the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition. She is a recipient of the Presser Award as well as grants from the America– Israel Cultural Foundation. She studied with Richard Goode and Edward Aldwell at the Mannes College of Music and with Leon Fleisher and Ellen Mack at the Peabody Conservatory. Yael Weiss has presented masterclasses for top institutions worldwide and served on the faculties of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Heifetz Institute. Connecting with new audiences online, Ms. Weiss created and recorded Classical Minutes, a popular series of daily podcasts available on iTunes. Away from the piano, Yael Weiss is an avid runner, regularly taking part in marathons and other longdistance races. Born in Israel, she currently makes her home in New York City. For ongoing updates, please visit



Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee is a New Orleans–based photographer. A native of Chicago, he studied photojournalism at Ohio University. Since 2005, he has worked as a staff photographer at the Orange County Register and as a freelancer for The New York Times, CondÊ Nast Traveler, New Orleans Magazine, OffBeat Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Le Parisien Magazine, Jazzism, and many others. Beyond his editorial work, Ryan collaborates with numerous New Orleans nonprofits, businesses, and artists such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, WWOZ, the

Birdfoot Festival, Make Music NOLA, NOLA Green Roots, Cha Wa, the Monogram Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, and others to reach the public with photography that is both compelling and culturally responsible. Ryan also has a number of long-running personal projects exploring culture, music, and landscape in New Orleans and other unique communities across the nation. His website offers multi-media essays incorporating photography, text, audio, and video. Images from these projects have been featured in local, national, and international exhibits and collections. His photo essay on the 2014 Birdfoot Festival can be seen at

Artist Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee photographer

Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee


Photo: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Artist Katheryn Warzak filmmaker

Katheryn Warzak filmmaker

Katheryn Warzak is a New Orleans–based writer and filmmaker. She received her BFA in film production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and moved south for an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. Her thesis project at NYU was a series of public service announcements targeting the youth vote that aired nationwide on mtvU. She subsequently produced the feature documentary Bible Quiz, which won the Grand Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival and is currently available on Hulu. Her screenplay “Your Immortal Soul” was the recipient of both a Master’s Award and the Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship at UNO. Katheryn works as a videographer at Tulane University while pursuing various independent projects and listening to film scores. This is her first season with the Birdfoot Festival.



Artist Caroline Fourmy narrator

Photo: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Caroline Fourmy

Caroline Fourmy is a native Memphian, a theatre graduate of Northwestern University and the School of Steppenwolf, and has been living and performing in New Orleans for the past six years. She was last seen at The National World War II Museum in Pictures of Marilyn and as Louise Seger in Always Patsy Cline. She also appears in TremÊ, Zoo, NCIS New Orleans, Pitch Perfect, and the upcoming films, Supercon and Shock and Awe. She works with Drowning in Blue’s Red Light One Acts and can also be seen singing with her band, Moonshine and Caroline, or with the First Grace or Daughters of Aquarius choirs. Find out more about Caroline at


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Paul Macres bass Minnesota native Paul Macres is a bassist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with many ensembles across the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, he has played guest principal bass with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), and has toured across the globe with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Paul often spends his summers performing in Colorado, with both the Breckenridge Music Festival and Colorado Music Festival. Other summer engagements include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and the Lakes Area Music Festival.

An active teacher in the greater New Orleans area, Paul has held positions at numerous schools and creative arts organizations throughout the city. Currently, he teaches at Alice Harte Charter School, the Homer Plessy School, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, and New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts. Paul also maintains a private double bass studio out of his home. Paul holds a Bachelors of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, a Masters of Music from Rice University, and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. This is Paul’s fourth season with the Birdfoot Festival.

bass clarinet A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Lyle Wong is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Currently, Lyle is the Utility Clarinet/ Bass Clarinet with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He was previously a member of the Opera Cleveland Orchestra and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony/Pops/Opera Orchestras, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Philadelphia Ballet Company.

Lyle’s discography includes a 2007 Grammy-winning CD with Leonard Slatkin under the Naxos label for William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. He has also recorded Holst’s The Planets with Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the Telarc label, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 with Neal Gittleman under the DPO Alive label, and two recordings with Michael Haithcock and the University of Michigan under the Equilibrium label. Lyle has participated in summer music festivals which include the Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, National Orchestral Institute, Brevard Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, and Interlochen Arts Festival.

Guest Artist Lyle Wong bass clarinet

Lyle Wong




YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM The Birdfoot Festival’s Young Artist Program, recipient of the 2017 Big Easy Arts Education Award, gives young musicians the chance to “be in the driver’s seat.” Guided by international-caliber musicians and working with a small group of peers, the Young Artist Program empowers students to make musical decisions and develop their own musical voices through a series of intensive chamber music coachings, workshops, masterclasses, and performance opportunities. Participants expand their musical abilities and develop their teamwork, imagination, and leadership skills. Past participants in this program have gone on to study music at Loyola University, Harvard, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and Peabody Conservatory.


Participating students began the year in October with a chamber music and improvisation workshop lead by Birdfoot’s Artistic Director Jenna Sherry, performed for their coaches and one another in a Performance Class in February, had monthly coaching sessions with members of the Logos String Quartet, rehearsed independently, and worked with Birdfoot Festival artists during the 2017 Festival.

2016–2017 Resident Teaching Artists The Logos String Quartet, Young Artist Program Resident Teaching Artists for the 2016–2017 season, is formed of internationally acclaimed artists and teachers Espen Lilleslatten, Roxana Pavel, Elias Goldstein, and Dennis Parker. All deeply devoted to education, the quartet members are on the faculty at Louisiana State University’s School of Music. They enjoy sharing their ideas and inspiration with music students from around the world, while exploring the ever-expanding canon of great quartet literature. 2016–2017 Workshop Instructors Jenna Sherry Roy Femenella Dániel Lo˝wenberg Logos Quartet 2016–2017 Teachers and Coaches James Alexander Becky Plaisance Dr. Katie Antis Karen Ray Qi Cao Danis Salassi Dan Cassin Maxim Samarov Megan Dwyer Stephanie Screen Benjamin Hart David Torns Dr. Jeanne Jaubert Kate Withrow Carl Lacoste Annie Young-Bridges Lauren Lemmler

Young Artist Program Participants 2016–2017:

Showcase Concert — Contemporary Arts Center 6:15 PM, Friday, June 2, 2017

Miles and the Muses Alea Zone, violin Catherine Cerise, viola Lili Cerise, viola Miles Lemmler, cello

Showcase Concert — The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center 7 PM, Saturday, June 3, 2017 Young Artist Program Final Concert — Lafargue Pianos (1828 Veterans Blvd., Metairie) 6 PM, Sunday, June 4, 2017

Quartet Kirstin Walther, violin Cassandra Osbourn, violin Reynaldo (Rey) Lutz, viola Ivy Richardson, cello


Young Artist Program Showcase Concerts and Performances:

Quartet Quartet Philip Antis, violin Adeline Roemer, violin Naomi Pelle, violin Emery Gischler, violin Annette Pelle, viola Dayne Salassi, viola Charlie Antis, cello Abigail Sands, cello Quartet Duo Ayi Ekhaese, violin Cecilee Kranzthor, violin Amelia Brencick, violin Alyssa Cox, cello Laurel Walther, violin Dasha Castillo, cello 49




BIRDFOOT DONORS Donor list is current to May 20, 2017.

ARTIST SPONSOR ($3,000–$4,999) Anonymous Anne S. Bradburn Downtown Development District City of New Orleans Louisiana Division of the Arts

PROGRAM SPONSOR ($20,000+) The Selley Foundation Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation CONCERT SPONSOR ($10,000–$19,999)

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation SPONSOR ($1,000–$2,999) Anonymous Michael W. Ball Chevron Humankind

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Elroy & Judy Eckhardt

Donation in honor of James’ and Isaac’s fourth birthday

Charles & Marcia Growdon

The Helis Foundation

Dr. & Mrs. Frederick G. Kushner Jones Walker LLP

ARTIST UNDERWRITER ($5,000–$9,999) In memory of Loki B.N. Cape on behalf of Moxie A. Gray and Kaeto G. Cape BP Foundation Lafargue Pianos, Ltd. 52

Robert & Debbie Patrick Gregory P. Romig Thomas & Tracey W. Sherry Gwen B. Smalley Z Smith & Caz Taylor Nia Terezakis, M.D.

Madewood Plantation House

Total Biostratigraphic Services, Inc.

Pan-American Life Insurance Group

Gül & Robert Zone

BENEFACTOR ($750–$999)

John & Irene Cerise

Tanya Battye

Tyau-Da & Yi-Ming Huang


Lakshmi Dasari

Laura Berwick

Herman Kohlmeyer Jr.

Jonathan McCall

Michael & Rita DuBois

Steve & Claudia Campbell

Elizabeth Lara

Ernest L. Edwards Jr.

Ronald Biava & Emily Clark

Marc & Judith Loudon

PATRON ($500–$749)

Lin Emery

Robert Bories

Peter Mason & Laurie Harding

Critchfield-Cohn Family

Annemarie & Jerald Furphy

Lori Boyer & Steven Skoog

Sarah E. McCall

Robin & Bruce Crutcher

Jim & Betty Karam

Mr. & Mrs. Philip I. Breitmeyer II

Cory McWilliams

Elfie Forbes

Peter & Maria Kauzmann

House of Broel Foundation

Ranney & Emel Mize

Ana & Juan Gershanik

Debby & Adam Levine

Bruce & Susan Brower

Nell Nolan

Mark & Martha Growdon

Christian & Miriam Lilje

John & Irene Cerise

Lawrence P. O’Meallie, M.D.

Russ & Sandra Herman

Daniel Miller

Raquel Cortina

Julie & Trevor Owen

Lisa Hooper & Manuel Arteaga

Larry Nelson

Danica Dralus & Stuart Schmitt

The Plants


James Robert Pope

Danny Driver & Rebecca Miller

Nemours Rice

Catherine & David Robbins

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth S. Ritzenberg

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Dupin

Nicole Rogers

Eric and Regina Wedig

Swati J. Shah, M.D.

Bill & Peggy Jo Eaton

Jacob Sherry

Kurt M. Weigle

Michael Unterman

Jeffrey W. Eaton

Dale & Robin Williams

Mr. John Waggenspack

Shoko & Ada Ekhaese

Jim & Judith Starr-Lassen

Jim Ward & Karen Wood

Richard & Helen Erb

Betty Speyrer

Sandra Freeman

Philip & Eleanor Straub

DONOR ($100–$249)

Kirk & Holly Gore Groh, M.D.

Lekha Subaiya


Simon & Shelly Gunning

Kristopher W. Tong

John Abajian & Scott Simmons

Dodge Hobson

Thomas & Christina Walsh

Dr. & Mrs. Joseph J. Biundo, Jr.

Stewart Altman & Valerie Poullette

Jim & Diamon Howell

Karen & Ross Werner

Mary Ann Bulla

Errol Barron

Diana Hu

Dennis & Jill Wyatt

Harley Winer & Esther deJong Edward Young Jerry Zachary & Henry Bernstein SUPPORTER ($250–$499)

& Catharine DuBois


FRIEND (up to $99) Anonymous Bonnie Alvey Jenna & Derek Baca Jacqueline Bach Leonard R. Bok Lindsay Bodo Prach Boondiskulchok Colin Brown Elizabeth Brusseau Allyson & Bill Brusseau Mrs. Betty Calzada Kemal Cambazoglu Patrick Castillo Ernesto Cespedes Jenn Chang Madeleine Chao Marian Chen Shirley Trusty Corey Mary Len Costa Louis Costa Julia Cretu Dr. Julie Denslow Julia Dostal Martin J. Drell, M.D. Kenneth & Melanie Ehrlich

Nora Ellertsen Richard & Joyce Ellis David A. Estes Jr. Lillian E. Eyrich & Rose Vines John Fairlie Lisa Fauci & Victor Moll Joanne Ferriot Caroline Fourmy Robert Freilich Tucker J. Fuller Marjorie Garnier Clare Giesen Lindsay Glasner Mary & Timothy Gode Ray Goeller & James Buck Mrs. Melissa Gordon Rose Hashimoto Don & Julie Hauber Henry A. Hespenheide Michael Higson Tim Denny & Susan Hodges Dr. Victoria Ingalls Kimia Jalili Laura & Jerry Jesseph Michael K. Kaufman Mrs. Ellen Kessler

Karen Kim Mike & Sue Kitzman Jenni Lawson Keith Liederman Emily Ling Marie Lovejoy Larry Lydon Rose Mancini Bob Mangham & Paula Eagan Eva Martinez Todd Mason Kristy McCaskill Stephanie & Ben McKenna Christoph Mergerson Chad & Jayna Decuers Biff & Barbara Motley Brett Moyer Dimitri Murrath Jim & Julie Norquest David & Lydia Osbourn Jo Oshiro & Wells Matthews Emily Palumbo Laura Patterson Ms. Rachel Peterson

Rosemarie Robertson Charles & Reda Scher George Schmidt & Patti Gay Hallie Sheck Jenna E. Sherry Joe Shriner Eric Simon & Cathy Lazarus Ann H. Stafford Emily Stolper Alice Sverdlik Eric & Gaby Swanson Pamela Taylor Wayne Troyer Edmond F. Vail, III Caleb van der Swaagh Barbara Vaughn Debbye & Robert Vosbein Margarete Wabnig & Bernard Fraling Chris Watts Scottie Webster Joann Whang Lee & Michael White Stephen & Lora Williams Andrew Woodruff Han Bin Yoon

IN-KIND DONORS Ace Hotel New Orleans Café Carmo Café Henri Café Istanbul Classical 104.9 FM The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Coquette Downtown Development District Josephine Estelle Restaurant Jones Walker LLP Keller Strings Lafargue Pianos, Ltd. Limousine Livery Madewood Plantation House Mayas Restaurant Michael Ball Meauxbar Miles Essex Web Design The Milk Bar Stirling Properties Republic National Distributing Company St. James Cheese Company Stein’s Market & Deli Urban Earth Designs Paul Wisneskey WWNO 89.9 FM



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