Birdfoot Festival 2018 Program

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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 seventh season, Birdfoot has already presented over sixty 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 artist residencies and often presents 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. Education and Inspiration — Birdfoot’s award-winning 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. Musical Community — In partnership with New Orleans Public Radio and 104.9 FM, Birdfoot hosts, a free online calendar where New Orleans’ classical music presenters, musicians, and audiences can share and discover upcoming classical, contemporary, and art music performance in the area.

“. . . 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


Welcome to Birdfoot Festival’s seventh season! We are overjoyed that you have joined us again—or for the first time!—during New Orleans’ event-packed 300th anniversary year. Birdfoot, like our unfathomable city, is taking the opportunity to revisit and reflect upon our roots. Birdfoot began with a vision: to build community in the New Orleans area, broaden access to live music performances while celebrating New Orleans’ classical heritage, and provide inspiring educational opportunities in chamber music. This vision took off in 2012 with three concerts (our first at the Old U.S. Mint!) and a couple of community events. Birdfoot’s growth since then has been staggering thanks to your support and belief in what we do. This year, Birdfoot will host ten public events, a Community Chamber Music Reading Party, and multiple performances for underserved communities. We’ve added an award-winning Young Artist Program that provides a unique mentoring experience for young musicians extending from October through May, as well as artists’ residencies that allow us to enjoy the tremendous talents of ensembles such as SAKURA and Argus Quartet and, in turn, provide them the time and space they need to develop and workshop new projects.

With our growth, we have striven to become more inclusive, not just of instruments and compositional styles, but of people in all our shades of differences, seen and unseen, subtle and self-evident. This has instilled into the culture of our Festival a deeply held value for the richness in knowledge and perspective that can only come from embracing a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. We also continually re-assess the role of chamber music in New Orleans culture and our place in it. We are so excited to see the local chamber music community growing rapidly from a few buds and blooms into a thriving garden.



Have we remained true to our vision of creating community? I believe so. Take, for example, the strangers who met at a Community Chamber Music Reading Party and are still making music together today. Take, for example, the cohort of Young Artists and their families, all strangers at first but now part of the Young Artist Program community. Take, for example, the usually silent senior who engaged a Birdfoot artist and fellow community member in deep conversation about music. Take, for example, the strangers who came to a Birdfoot event three years ago and became friends. Take, for example, yourself and your fellow concertgoers; your time together may be brief, but for the duration of this performance, you will be part of a community sharing in this unique musical experience and its memory. We are so glad to be nowhere else but here, in this beautiful, complicated city we call home, and performing once again back where we started: at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint and other uniquely New Orleans venues. Lisa K. Hooper President, Birdfoot Board of Directors


Music history books are dominated by stories of European men (including, I should mention, many inspiring, imaginative, and colorful characters like Haydn and Brahms, whose music I adore). There are also a lot of dusty wigs. The view from New Orleans in 2018, however, is far richer and more complex than that: How can we listen to the music of “classical” composers like Maurice Ravel or Igor Stravinsky or the multi-faceted Wynton Marsalis without connecting the dots and acknowledging the influences that converged in New Orleans 300 years ago and in the process, changed the history of music? And to even begin to understand the music of New Orleans, we first have to trace our roots back to the French, Spanish, enslaved Africans, free people of color, Cubans, Haitians, and more—the list is long—people who came of their own will or were dragged or deported here, and who breathed music into the city. Of all the many stories begging to be explored, Birdfoot’s New Orleans 300: Creole Contradanzas concert (many thanks to Birdfoot artist Alex Fortes who helped conceive this concert!) picks up on one particular musical thread: a piece of rhythmic “DNA”, that shows up in seemingly disparate musical traditions and invites the suggestion of cultural exchange spanning continents and centuries. The habanera is the Spanish name for this musical cell, a dance rhythm (literally “from Havana”) that is a close cousin of the rhumba and has its origins in the Afro-Cuban contradanza. This rhythm consists of a very

Whether by result or convergence, this rhythm is also part of the story of New Orleans Jazz. New Orleans-born pianist Jelly Roll Morton, one of the most important figures in early jazz, famously acknowledged his use of the habanera rhythm in his “New Orleans Blues”: “If you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz.”



specific syncopated pattern (the tresillo—find a Birdfoot Artist and ask for a demonstration!) that can be found in everything from Carmen’s famous aria in Bizet’s opera, to most tangos, and almost all reggaetón (a style known to many from the 2017 pop hit Despacito). This same rhythm additionally shows up in drum music from sub-Saharan Africa, the music of the Romani people, and Eastern European folk music, and has been widely referenced and absorbed into classical works by Brahms, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Saint-Saëns, and many more.

I invite you to join in over the next few days as we explore some remarkable music—music inspired by the history and legacy of New Orleans (Creole Contradanzas), music inspired by Klezmer and the Hungarian gypsies on Alla Zingarese, a Season Finale filled with fierce fiddling and French flavor (The Devil’s Violin), and much much more! While researching music for this year’s festival, I was surprised over and over by how much couldn’t seem to be explained. The more I searched for answers in musical history, the more I found tantalizing details that left me with more unanswered questions. Music travels with people, but not only with those who occupy the halls of power or write the history books. And so we are left to reconstruct our musical stories, our identities, and our future with our imaginations and our ears. I invite you to open your ears and hearts and mind as you meet the music this year. You never know where it might lead you. Jenna Sherry Artistic Director


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Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 12:15–1 PM Pan American Life Center Lobby 601 Poydras Street, Downtown New Orleans Free Admission

Join Birdfoot Festival artists for a preview of music to be featured in 2018 season 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.



NEW ORLEANS 300: CREOLE CONTRADANZAS Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 8 PM New Orleans Jazz Museum Performing Arts Center, Old U.S. Mint, 3rd Floor, 400 Esplanade Avenue, French Quarter Invocation and Interludes

Michael Skinkus and Dwayne Muhammad, Afro-Cuban percussion

Paquito D’Rivera Aires Tropicales (1994) (b. 1948) arranged by Luis Rossi for clarinet and string quartet with the composer’s permission Alborada y Son Contradanza

Jonathan Cohen, clarinet Clara Kim, violin

Oscar Rodriguez Calvo (b. 1969)


Wynton Marsalis (b. 1961)

At the Octoroon Balls (1995)

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)

String Quartet in F major (1903)

Kate Withrow, violin Rose Hashimoto, viola

Birdfoot Festival Ensemble with James Singleton, bass


Mating Calls and Delta Rhythms Creole Contradanzas Assez vif – très rythmé

Jenna Sherry, violin Robert Meyer, viola Alex Fortes, violin Joann Whang, cello

Michael Unterman, cello

Louis Moreau Gottschalk Ojos Criollos (1859) (1829–1869) Julia Hamos, piano Jelly Roll Morton Spanish Swat (c. 1938) (1890–1941) arranged for clarinet, violin, and piano by Alex Fortes Jonathan Cohen, clarinet Kristopher Tong, violin Maurice Ravel Pièce en forme de Habanera (1907) Jonathan Cohen, clarinet

Julia Hamos, piano

Wynton Marsalis At the Octoroon Balls (1995) VI. Blue Lights on the Bayou VII. Rampart St. Rowhouse Rag Alex Fortes, violin Dana Kelly, viola Emily Nebel, violin David Waterman, cello

Julia Hamos, piano



Jelly Roll Morton New Orleans Blues (1923) arranged by Alex Fortes Maurice Ravel Violin Sonata (1923–27) arranged by Patrick Castillo II. Blues Birdfoot Festival Ensemble with James Singleton, bass



BIRDFOOT BACKSTAGE: ENESCU AND HIS OCTET Thursday, May 31, 2018 6 PM — Happy Hour (6:15 PM Young Artist Program Showcase Concert) 7 PM — Free Entry The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans 900 Camp Street, Downtown

George Enescu Octet in C major, Op. 7 (1900) (1881–1955) Emily Nebel, violin Rose Hashimoto, viola Kristopher Tong, violin Dana Kelly, viola Kate Withrow, violin Michael Unterman, cello Clara Kim, violin Joann Whang, cello Join Birdfoot Festival musicians and WWNO 89.9 FM “backstage” in a conversation about Enescu’s ravishing Octet. The event is an opportunity to get inside the music alongside the musicians before the octet’s performance during Birdfoot’s 2018 Season Finale Concert on Saturday, June 2. 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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 10–11 PM Three Keys, Ace Hotel New Orleans, 600 Carondelet Street, Downtown Free Admission Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960)

Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1994) Selections

Jonathan Cohen, clarinet Rose Hashimoto, viola Clara Kim, violin Michael Unterman, cello Kate Withrow, violin George Enescu Octet in C major, Op. 7 (1900) (1881–1955) I. Très modéré II. Très fougueux III. Lentement IV. Mouvement de valse bien rythmée Emily Nebel, violin Rose Hashimoto, viola Kristopher Tong, violin Dana Kelly, viola Kate Withrow, violin Michael Unterman, cello Clara Kim, violin Joann Whang, cello This concert is sponsored by The Selley Foundation Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Ace Hotel New Orleans, and the Downtown Development District.







ALLA ZINGARESE Friday, June 1, 2018 7 PM — Introduction to the Music by Patrick Castillo 8 PM — Concert The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, 900 Camp Street, Downtown

Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 “Fifths” (1797–98) (1732–1809) Allegro Andante o più tosto allegretto Menuetto. Allegro ma non troppo Vivace assai Alex Fortes, violin Dana Kelley, viola Emily Nebel, violin David Waterman, cello Osvaldo Golijov Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1994) (b. 1960) Prelude: Calmo, Sospeso I. Agitato – Con Fuoco – Maestoso – Senza Misura, Oscilante II. Teneramente – Ruvido – Presto III. Calmo, Sospeso – Allegro Pesante Postlude: Lento, Liberamente


Jonathan Cohen, clarinet Rose Hashimoto, viola Clara Kim, violin Michael Unterman, cello Kate Withrow, violin


Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet no. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1856–61) (1833–1897) Allegro Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo – Trio: Animato Andante con moto Rondo alla Zingarese: Presto Jenna Sherry, violin Robert Meyer, viola

David Waterman, cello Julia Hamos, piano

This evening’s concert is made possible with support from the Contemporary Arts Center’s Performance Support Program.





SEASON FINALE: THE DEVIL’S VIOLIN Saturday, June 2, 2018, 8 PM (7:15 PM Young Artist Program Final Concert) The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street, Faubourg Tremé

Igor Stravinsky Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) Suite (1920) (1882–1971) I. Marche du Soldat (The Soldier’s March) II. Le violon du Soldat (The Soldier’s Violin) III. Petit concert (Little Concert) IV. Tango – Valse – Rag (Tango – Waltz – Ragtime) VII. Danse du Diable (The Devil’s Dance) Jonathan Cohen, clarinet Julia Hamos, piano Kristopher Tong, violin


Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F major (1903) (1875–1937) I. Allegro moderato – très doux II. Assez vif – très rythmé III. Très lent IV. Vif et agité Jenna Sherry, violin Robert Meyer, viola Alex Fortes, violin Joann Whang, cello

George Enescu (1881–1955)

Octet in C major, Op. 7 (1900) I. Très modéré II. Très fougueux III. Lentement IV. Mouvement de valse bien rythmée



Emily Nebel, violin Rose Hashimoto, viola Kristopher Tong, violin Dana Kelly, viola Kate Withrow, violin Michael Unterman, cello Clara Kim, violin Joann Whang, cello

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


Artistic Director, violin Photo: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Artist Jenna Sherry Artistic Director, violin 16

Jenna Sherry

From New Orleans, violinist Jenna Sherry is currently based in London. A versatile chamber musician who also specializes in historical performance, Jenna has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Barbican Hall, the Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, and in the City of London Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. She has collaborated with artists including the Dante Quartet, pianist Danny Driver, and cellist Steven Isserlis. She has participated in chamber music festivals around the world,

including the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival (Netherlands), Taos Chamber Music School and Festival (USA), and the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove (UK) where she regularly attends the invitationonly Open Chamber Music sessions. Jenna has recorded Unsuk Chin’s Double Bind? for solo violin and electronics for BBC broadcast, collaborating with the composer and the work’s original creators at IRCAM and most recently performing the piece with the Experimental Studio des SWR in Cologne’s Acht Brücken Festival. Jenna leads the Faust Chamber Orchestra in London, is a member of the Experimental Ensemble in Freiburg, and regularly plays with groups such as the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, and John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Selected as Marshall Scholar by the British government in 2008, Jenna received a Masters in Performance with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music

and Drama. She previously received her Bachelors of Music and French from Indiana University where she studied with Mark Kaplan as a Herman B. Wells Scholar. While growing up in New Orleans, her formative teachers were Mary Anne Fairlie and Valerie Poullette. More recent inspiration has come from work with Ferenc Rados, András Keller, and Pavlo Beznosiuk. In September 2017, Jenna joined the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague’s School for Young Talent (Netherlands). Jenna previously taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK), a specialist music school for students between 8–18 years old. This year will see Jenna taking part in the IMS Prussia Cove tour of Southwest England, and recording sonatas by Brahms and Dohnányi with pianist Dániel Lőwenberg. Jenna was a founder of the Birdfoot Festival and serves as its Artistic Director.

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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 speaker

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


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clarinet Clarinetist Jonathan Cohen lives in New York City, performing with top orchestras and chamber groups around the city. A third-generation clarinetist, Jonathan was born in New Orleans. He began clarinet lessons with his father, Steve Cohen, at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Upon finishing his Master of Music degree from Juilliard, Jonathan went on to play with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for three seasons. In addition to weekly concerts, he also maintained an active teaching studio as well mentoring young students in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra. Jonathan was featured on the NPR program From the Top as part of a PBS television special with renowned

mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. His summer festival performances include appearances at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Sunflower, Buzzard’s Bay, Naumburg Summer Series, and Minnesota Beethoven festivals, among others.

Artist Jonathan Cohen clarinet

Jonathan Cohen

In addition to his work with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jonathan has also appeared as a guest member with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Jonathan’s major teachers have been Steve Cohen, Nathan Williams, Anthony McGill, Mark Nuccio, and Yehuda Gilad. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.


Artist Alex Fortes violin

Alex Fortes Photo: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

violin A native of San Diego, New York– based violinist Alex Fortes is recognized for his versatility and warmth. Recent performances have included concerts in France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Indonesia, as well as throughout North America with groups such as the Attacca Quartet, Amphion Quartet, Henschel Quartett, Dalí Quartet, Franklin String Quartet, Momenta Quartet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Knights, Quod Libet, and A Far Cry. His playing is featured on A Far Cry’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, Dreams and Prayers, as well as on Law of Mosaics, which The New Yorker’s Alex Ross hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2014. He can also be heard on a forthcoming album with the Henschel Quartett and pianist Donald Berman featuring the music of Chris Theofanidis.

Alex holds a strong interest in finding new contexts in which to experience familiar music. His arrangements of Schubert lieder and chamber music were hailed by The Boston Globe as “uniformly resourceful and complementary … smart, subtle.” In May 2016, A Far Cry premiered his arrangement with Sarah Darling of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Alex has participated in educational residencies in both English and Spanish related to entrepreneurship, music performance and education, at colleges and public schools throughout the United States. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Mannes College, and his teachers include Mark Steinberg, Peter Zazofsky, Hernan Constantino, Mary Gerard, and Michael Gaisler.



Pianist Julia Hamos performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, notably in Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. She has given recitals and chamber music performances at the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy, Open Chamber Music of the IMS Prussia Cove festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Verbier Festival Academy. Julia is the winner of the Sterndale Bennett Prize for Romantic-era music at the Royal Academy of Music, the winner of the Mannes College of Music Fidelman Prize for contemporary music, as well as the first prize winner of the

international Virtuoso Competition in New York City and the recipient of the first Jacob Barnes Award of the Royal Academy of Music for ideas to create collaboration with other art forms and connect with different communities. She performed in masterclasses at the invitation of Sir Andras Schiff at the Wigmore Hall in London, where her playing was noted by the UK’s The Independent as “warmly seductive,” in the Gstaad Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, and at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany in 2017. Julia’s chamber music collaborators include cellist Christoph Richter, pianist Richard Goode, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. With a penchant for collaborations with other arts, Julia has performed together with the Martha Graham Dance Company,

the New English Ballet Theater, and The New School’s Drama division. Julia has worked with artists including Andras Schiff, Angela Hewitt, Leon Fleisher, Thomas Adès, Peter Serkin, Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Sergei Babayan, and members of the Orion, Juilliard, and Takacs String Quartets. Julia is a graduate of the Juilliard precollege division, the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton, and the Mannes College of Music, where she earned a Masters Degree and subsequently a Professional Studies Diploma studying with Richard Goode. Julia is a newly appointed piano faculty member at the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New York. Her upcoming engagements include recitals in England, Trasimeno Festival in Italy, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Krzyzowa Music Festival in Poland, and recitals with cellist Oliver Aldort of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Artist Julia Hamos piano

Julia Hamos



Violist Rose Hashimoto is originally from Seattle, Washington, and currently resides in New York City. 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, and Lucerne. Rose is co-founder of Listen Closely, an organization dedicated to building community in upper Manhattan through music.

Artist Rose Hashimoto viola

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Rose Hashimoto

Also a dedicated educator and a Suzukicertified violin and viola teacher, Rose serves on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Music Center. 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, and 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. You can learn more about Ms. Hashimoto at


Artist Dana Kelley viola

Dana Kelley viola Violist Dana Kelley has been a top prizewinner in the Sphinx Music Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. She is a member of the Argus Quartet, the 2017–2019 Graduate Quartet in Residence at The Juilliard School. The Argus Quartet was named the First Prize Winners of both of the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Dana was a 2014–2016 Fellow in Ensemble ACJW, a performance and teaching program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. Dana received her Bachelor’s of Music from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, studying violin with Cornelia Heard and viola with Kathryn Plummer, and completed her

Master’s of Music degree at the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. Dana has collaborated with artists such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Nobuko Imai, and Miriam Fried, and participated in Ravinia’s Steans Musicians on Tour. She frequently performs with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus, A Far Cry, and The Knights chamber orchestras. She has attended festivals such as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Lucerne Academy, the International Summer Academy of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the Schiermonnikoog International Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.


Artist Clara Kim violin

Clara Kim violin

Adventure and collaboration are at the heart of violinist Clara Kim’s multi-faceted career as new music performer, chamber musician, and educator. By commissioning, premiering, and championing works from living composers, Clara has quickly established herself at the forefront of her generation in the interpretation of contemporary music. She has had the honor of working with some of today’s most celebrated and imaginative musical voices such as Chris Theofanidis, Augusta Read Thomas, and the Sleeping Giant Collective.

Over the last few years, Clara premiered several new concertos written for her by emerging composers, and has also played concertos by Edward Nesbit (Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Montreal) and Jonathan Harvey (Thornton Edge, Los Angeles). Clara is the first prize winner of the 2012 International Solo Violin Competition in Cremona, Italy, and also won the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition as a member of the Argus Quartet. As a chamber musician, she has performed at Miller Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as at Carnegie Hall as part of the Kronos and American Soundscapes workshops.

Also dedicated to community engagement and education, Clara directs Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program, where she coaches and performs alongside violinist Midori. This summer, she will also be on faculty at the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard. Clara holds diplomas from Tufts University (English Literature), New England Conservatory, the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. You can learn more about Ms. Kim at


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Robert Meyer viola

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.

In recent years, Robert 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.

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violin Violinist Emily Nebel is enjoying a varied career as concertmaster, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra and Phoenix Symphony, and most recently completed a tour of Britten’s Violin Concerto throughout Germany. As a recitalist, she and her duo partner, Alexey Pudinov, have frequently performed together around the greater Frankfurt area and look forward to further engagements in London, Manchester, and Berlin. An avid chamber musician, Emily has been invited to numerous chamber music seminars, most notably Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music, North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, Domaine Forget’s chamber music session, and the Birdfoot Festival in New Orleans. She has also participated in several orchestra festivals around the

world, bringing her to such venues as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, and Salzburger Großes Festspielhaus. Most recently, Emily has appeared as guest concertmaster with such orchestras as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. In addition to her classical career, Emily maintains a keen interest in other genres of music. At age 12, she was the youngest-ever winner of the Arizona State Fiddle Championship, shortly thereafter recording a CD of her favorite fiddle tunes. Since then, she has studied jazz improvisation at Mark O’Connor’s String Camp, Rice University, and the Conservatoire de Paris. Emily feels that exploring other genres has helped shape her as a musician and plans to continue expanding her horizons.

Artist Emily Nebel violin

Emily Nebel


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Since joining the ensemble in March 2006, Kristopher Tong has performed as second violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet, Quartetin-Residence at the New England Conservatory. A member of NEC’s chamber music and violin faculties, he also serves as Assistant Chair of Strings. Kris has been hailed as a performer of “exceptional insight and creative flair” (Boston Globe). With the Borromeo String Quartet, he has performed in hundreds of concerts across the United States and around the world to critical acclaim.

Kris’ recent engagements include appearances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Morgan Library, and a presentation of the complete Beethoven quartets at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to his concertizing with the Borromeos, Kris is an active recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has taught and performed at numerous festivals, including the Taos School of Music, Music@Menlo, the Heifetz Institute, and at the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program. Kris has performed on such radio programs as NPR’s “Performance Today,” WGBH’s “Classical Performance,” and was featured on WGBH’s “Classical Connections” in a series entitled “Why Mass.?” From 2002–2004, Kris was Principal Second Violin with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured

throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He has also performed with Mizayaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, the New York String Orchestra, and as a guest soloist with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra under Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Yuri Bashmet. Kris was also 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. Kris began his violin studies in a public elementary school program in Binghamton, New York. He received his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he studied with Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron, and Miriam Fried. In 2005 he completed his master’s degree under Fried at the New England Conservatory. He is a sub 3:05 marathoner.

Artist Kristopher Tong violin

Kristopher Tong



Michael Unterman enjoys a busy performing career on both modern and baroque cello. On baroque he currently serves as principal cellist of Boston Baroque and performs with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Trinity Wall Street, and New York Baroque Inc. Special performances have included appearances in recital at the Vancouver Bach Festival, and as principal cello with Les Arts Florissants, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and at the Britten-Pears Institute in England. He was also a member, from 2014–2017, of the Portland Baroque Orchestra,

twice appearing as concerto soloist. In 2014 Michael earned a Master’s degree in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Phoebe Carrai and performed with Juilliard415 under the direction of artists such as William Christie, Richard Egarr, Monica Huggett, Robert Mealy, Jordi Savall, and Masaaki Suzuki. On modern cello, Michael’s primary work has been with the Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry which he joined in 2010. With the ensemble, he has toured the United States, Canada, and Austria, and collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony Marwood, and Leon Fleisher. He has also recorded three albums with the group, playing solo cello on the orchestra’s recordings of Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht and Christopher Tignor’s Thunder Lay Down in the Heart.

He has been praised in reviews for his “particularly lovely solo playing” and “nuanced, sensitive, and wholly gorgeous collaborations” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Michael has performed at the Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Banff, and Birdfoot music festivals, and played under the batons of Simon Rattle, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Recent special performances have included a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Aeolus Quartet on a “What Makes it Great?” concert with Robert Kapilow in Merkin Hall (NYC), and a concert produced at ICA Boston entitled “The Long Count,” curated by artist Matthew Ritchie and featuring indie/crossover artists Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Kelley Deal, Shara Nova, and Evan Ziporyn.

Artist Michael Unterman cello

Michael Unterman


cello Martin Lovett, William Pleeth and Jane Cowan, and having immersed myself in quartet-playing “for fun,” began to feel the irresistible urge to pursue it professionally, despite my teenage resolutions. Most of my twenties were spent trying to make up for all the practising I didn’t do as a teenager.

I was born into a musical family in Leeds, England. My mother is a pianist and teacher, and one of my earliest memories is of crawling under the piano and grabbing her ankles while she practised Brahms’ second piano concerto. My father, a lawyer, adored music and was an excellent violinist and Wendy and Ruth, my two sisters, were truly prodigious at piano and violin respectively so music was being practised all around me. After false starts with the piano and the violin I discovered the cello at the age of nine, and was relieved that no-one within the family was qualified to teach me. For most of my teens I was determined not to play music professionally. I studied philosophy for six years at Trinity College, Cambridge, where I became a Research Scholar, was awarded MA and PhD degrees, and ended up as a tutor to philosophy undergraduates. At the same time I studied cello privately with

I am a founding member (since 1979) of the Endellion String Quartet, and apart from the quartet I have also enjoyed performing chamber music with many other musicians including members of the former Amadeus Quartet, as well as the Belcea, Chilingirian and Elias Quartets, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joshua Bell, Imogen Cooper, Jeremy Denk, Isabelle Faust, Julia Fischer, Bruno Guiranna, Ivry Gitlis, Lukacs Hagen, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Kovacevich, Mark Padmore, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Denes Varjon, Sándor Végh, and Tabea Zimmerman. I also love to teach both cello and chamber music and have taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School in London, and the Menuhin Academy at Gstaad in Switzerland. For ten years I was codirector with Joyce Rathbone of the RathboneDickson course at Westonbirt, and I coach chamber music for ChamberStudio at King’s Place, London. I have also taught for IMUSE in Enghien, Belgium, and for the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh, England.

For over seventeen years I have taught regularly for IMS at Prussia Cove. It is one of my favourite places on earth: I have been going for a week or two twice each year almost every year since 1976 either as a student, player or teacher. I have taught classes in cello, the string quartet, and the piano in chamber music. In July 2012, I gave a master-class at Wigmore Hall as part of the celebrations of IMS’s 40th anniversary and I have also participated in the IMS Tour. I sometimes participate as an individual in chamber music festivals such as in Wigmore Hall (London), Oxford, Sheffield, Belgium, Mumbai, among other places.

Artist David Waterman cello

David Waterman

I contributed a chapter on quartet-playing to the “Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet” (ed. Robin Stowell, Cambridge University Press, 2003) and have had articles published in The Guardian, Strad Magazine, Philosophy in Cambridge, Quodlibet, and other publications. Most recently, I wrote a long article on music education for string players, published by Strad magazine. I am very fortunate to play on a wonderful cello by J. B. Guadagnini which I jointly own and share with my great friend, Steven Isserlis. — David Waterman


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Joann Whang cello

First Prize winner at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello BiĂŤnnale Competition, cellist Joann Whang has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. She has performed with Dutch contemporary ensemble, Asko|SchĂśnberg, the Vienna-based Solaris Duo, Trio de Kooning, and cellist Anssi Karttunen. Solo engagements include performances with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the NJO New Music Ensemble, and the Dutch Youth String Orchestra. A champion of contemporary music, Joann has worked with some of the most influential composers and new music performers across the globe, including Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, Martijn

Padding, Christopher Theofanidis, and Andrew Norman. Joann studied with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music, and Michel Strauss at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague, and is a 2009 Fulbright grant recipient to France. Joann is the founding member of the Argus Quartet. They have held residencies at the Yale School of Music, Juilliard School, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and James Madison University, as well as First Prize winners at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.


Artist Kate Withrow violin

Kate Withrow

Kate Withrow began playing violin in Austin, Texas, at the age of five. She continued her studies with Andrzej Grabiec at the University of Houston and Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University. After playing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for a year, Kate joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. She maintains a small private teaching studio in New Orleans and regularly performs as a member of Polymnia Quartet and the New Resonance Ensemble.


Artist Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee photographer

Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee photographer

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


Dwayne “Drummer D” Muhammad was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a music enthusiast from early in his childhood and his approach to his art form is influenced by a variety of musical genres and cultures. His love of history and indigenous culture fed a deep interest in West African and Afro-Latin drumming. Post-Katrina, as musicians began coming back to New Orleans, Dwayne started studying with various accomplished percussionists in the city, refining his skill and later enrolling in the Jazz Studies program at Delgado Community College.

Known as “Drummer D” in Black Masking Indian Culture, his work with The Mohawk Hunters has contributed to their distinct sound and vibrant energy. In 2011, he became the percussionist for the world-famous Brass-A-Holics. Having toured globally and recorded with various local artists, Dwayne recognizes the positive impact music has on the lives of people: “When people experience the music I want people to feel good, to be happy, to be inspired and to know joy.”

Guest Artist Dwayne Muhammad percussion

Dwayne Muhammad


Guest Artist James Singleton bass

James Singleton Photo: Kim Welsh


James Singleton is an acoustic bassist, composer, and producer. He is a member of the New Orleans–based jazz group Astral Project along with Johnny Vidacovich, Tony Dagradi, and Steve Masakowski. He has been described as one of the best and most sought-after bassists in New Orleans.


He has performed with John Scofield, Stanton Moore, and John Mdeski, as well as John Abercrombie, Art Baron, Ellis Marsalis, Earl Turbinton, Eddie Harris, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Lionel Hampton, Arnett Cobb, and Banu Gibson, among others.

He has recorded with Chet Baker, Alvin “Red” Tyler, James Booker, Johnny “Tan Canary” Adams, Charlie Rich, and Zachary Richard, among others. James produced Astral Project’s Elvado which won OffBeat magazine’s 1998 Best Modern Jazz Album of the Year award. Although Elvado has been described as “straight-ahead bop-influenced jazz with a Crescent City ambiance,” Astral Project’s live performances are also known for improvisation which Singleton has described as “composing in the groove.” He has led projects such as “3 Now 4,” “The James Singleton Orchestra,” and “The James Singleton Trio.”

Some of James’ recent projects include playing as a member of the New Orleans saxophonist Robert Wagner Trio and the New Orleans keyboardist Robert Walter Trio. In early 2007 he toured nationally with Skerik and Mike Dillon. In 2008, various projects included an experimental jazz string quartet composed of two former Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra members, Dave Rebeck and Matt Rhody, as well as cellist Helen Gillet. James moved to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina, but continued to perform frequently in New Orleans. In December 2008, James returned to New Orleans.


Born outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1969, Michael Skinkus had an early desire for syncopated music, and his ears fell first upon Caribbean music, and then New Orleans. His early musical endeavors included private guitar lessons until 6th grade when he found his true love, the world of percussion. Since moving to New Orleans in 1987, Michael has been an integral part of the local Latin, Jazz, and Popular music scenes, contributing to recordings or performing with the likes of Irma Thomas, Charles Neville, Dr. John, The Radiators, Johnny Adams, and many others.

Michael earned a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from Tulane University in 2003 and continues as an educator. He leads the band Moyuba, which performed most recently at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Guest Artist Michael Skinkus percussion

Michael Skinkus

An active professional musician performing in diverse aspects of the New Orleans music scene for over thirty years, Michael notes that the depiction of our city as culturally “The Northernmost Port of the Caribbean” feels ever more poignant and apropos. 47



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 led by Birdfoot’s Artistic Director Jenna Sherry, participated in a day-long workshop and masterclass with members of SAKURA in February, had monthly coaching sessions with teaching artists Gabrielle Fischler and Elias Goldstein, rehearsed independently, and worked with Birdfoot Festival artists during the 2018 Festival.

2017–18 Resident Teaching Artists Gabrielle Fischler and Elias Goldstein, the Birdfoot YAP Resident Teaching Artists for 2017–18, are both musicians who are deeply devoted to music education and enjoy sharing their love of chamber music with music students. When not performing internationally as a violist or as a member of the Logos Quartet, Elias serves as a faculty member in the LSU School of Music in Baton Rouge. Gabrielle maintains a busy schedule as a freelance violinist in New Orleans and also serves as Community Director for NOLA ChamberFest. 2017–18 Workshop Instructors Jenna Sherry SAKURA Members: Gabrielle Fischler Michael Kaufman Elias Goldstein Benjamin Lash Gabriel Martins Yoshika Masuda Peter Myers 2017–18 Teachers and Coaches Dr. Katie Antis Lauren Lemmler Joel Bein Michael Matushek Benjamin Hart Becky Plaisance Dr. Jeanne Jaubert Karen Ray Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko Benjamin Thatcher Carl Lacoste Kate Withrow

Young Artist Program Participants 2017–18:

Showcase Concert — The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans 6:15 PM, Thursday, May 31, 2018

Crescent City String Quartet Ayi Ekhaese, violin Amelia Brencick, violin Annette Pelle, viola Miles Lemmler, cello

Final Concert — The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center 7 PM, Saturday, June 2, 2018

Houma String Quartet Abby Lorraine, violin & viola Laurel Walther, violin Kirsten Walther, violin & viola Dascha Castillo, cello


Young Artist Program 2018 Concerts:

Duo Guacamole Kaleb Conger, bassoon Nile Hedrick, cello Duo Philip Antis, violin Charlie Antis, cello



KREWE OF BIRDFOOT! BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lisa K. Hooper, President Michael W. Ball, Secretary Gregory P. Romig, Treasurer Patrick Castillo Mark A. Growdon Kurt M. Weigle ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Jenna E. Sherry EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Tracey W. Sherry, Ph.D. OPERATIONS MANAGER Pamela G. Taylor, Ph.D. SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING Amy Barton STAGE MANAGER Jamie Doyle


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