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Monday, January 31, 2011 – 7 p.m.

Schwan Hall Wisconsin Lutheran College

An Evening of Tango Frank Almond, violin Stas Venglevski, bayan Roza Borisova, cello Nell Buchman, piano

Program to be announced from the stage.

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FR ANK ALMOND Violinist Frank Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the MSO after holding positions as Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, and Guest Concertmaster of the London Philharmonic with Kurt Masur. He has also appeared as a guest concertmaster for the Seattle Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Dallas Symphony and the Grand Tetons Music Festival. He continues an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances in the US and abroad including recent appearances with the Ojai Festival, the American String Project in Seattle, Frankly Music, the Nara Academy in Nara, Japan, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Music in the Vineyards, and various solo appearances with orchestras. He has been a member of the chamber group An die Musik in New York City since 1997, and also directs the highly successful Frankly Music Chamber Series based in Milwaukee. At 17, he was one of the youngest prizewinners in the history of the Nicolo Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, and five years later was one of two American prizewinners at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was documented in an award-winning PBS film. Since then he has kept up an eclectic mix of activities in addition to his Concertmaster duties, appearing both as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to his work with An die Musik, Mr. Almond’s talent as a chamber musician has generated collaborations

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over the years with many of today’s well-known institutions, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Music in the Vineyards, and numerous other summer festivals. He has recorded for Summit, Albany, Boolean (his own label), Innova, Newport Classic, Wergo and New Albion and has appeared numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today. In both 2002 and 2004 An die Musik received Grammy nominations for its “Timeless Tales” series. The re-release of Mr. Almond’s recording of the complete Brahms Sonatas, performed in collaboration with pianist William Wolfram, brought extraordinary critical acclaim, and was listed in the American Record Guide top recordings of 2001. Frank’s most recent CD with William Wolfram was released on the AVIE label to much acclaim, and was named a “Best of 2007” by the American Record Guide. His new CD of American violin and piano music was released in 2010 on Innova Recordings with pianist Brian Zeger, and has also received outstanding press response. A CD of selected works of Samuel Barber was recently released, in cooperation with the Hal Leonard Corporation. Mr. Almond holds two degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. Other important teachers included Michael Tseitlin, Felix Galimir, and Joseph Silverstein. In Fall 2010 he joined the faculty at Northwestern University. When he’s not traveling around playing the violin he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and two young daughters. He plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivari from 1715, the “ex-Lipinski”. In 2008 he started writing an online column called nondivisi.


S TA S V E N G L E V S K I His artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought “Stas” Venglevski, a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the bayan. A two-time first prize winner of bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of the famed Russian bayanist, Friedrich Lips. In 1992 he immigrated to the United States. Stas’ repertoire includes his original compositions, a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally, he has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. He performed the world premiere of Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and also the world premiere of Bayan and Beyond, composed for Stas by Dan Lawitts. He is a regular participant of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Arts in Community Education Program (ACE); has done television commercials and performed in theater productions; produced numerous recordings including transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite for bayan as well as one of original compositions. He has published several books of original compositions. Stas also performs as a member of the A Sta_Sera Duo where he combines talents with accordionist, John Simkus, known primarily for his smooth jazz

renditions. Their musical partnership has resulted in a unique repertoire and as a duo they have toured the United States and Europe extensively and collaborated on a CD of original compositions, Seasonings. Additionally, Stas demonstrates his versatility performing regularly with his Irish friends Leahy’s Luck. Stas is the immediate past President of the prestigious Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) which was established in 1940 with the purpose of furthering the progress of the accordion by improving teaching standards, music, and all phases of music education. The ATG is a member of the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) International Music Council (IMC-NESCO) which holds an annual competition and festival in various cities around the United States.

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R O S A B O R I S OVA A native of IoshkarOla, Russia, Roza Borisova began studies on the cello at the age of seven. After receiving her B.A. in Music Performance from the Ioshkar-Ola State Music College, she moved to Moscow where she earned a M.M. in Performance Pedagogy and a D.M.A. in String Quartet Performance from the Russian State Academy of Music (formerly Gnesin’s Institute) in Moscow. In 1989 Ms. Borisova was selected to be the cellist of the Veronika String Quartet (newly formed by Valentine Berlinsky, cellist of the Borodin String Quartet). The Quartet’s international tours resulted in numerous prizes including the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Shostakovich String Quartet Competition, and the Russian National Competition. As an award of the Shostakovich Competition, in 1993 the Quartet was invited to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and

relocated to the U.S. Ms. Borisova served as Artist-in-Residence and graduate teaching assistant at various institutions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, and Colorado and earned a second M.M. in Music Performance. As part of the Veronika String Quart, Ms. Borisova performed regularly as cellist with various symphony orchestras and at many festivals and institutes around the world including the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Second Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters in Israel, the BrittenPears School of Music in England, and the Lancaster Music Festival in Ohio. She continues to perform with symphony orchestras including the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay, WI, and the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, Woodstock, IL. She takes pleasure in teaching aspiring cellists and has taught at several major music institutions in the U.S. Currently she is on the faculty of Lawrence Academy of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.

NELL BUCHM AN Nell Jorgensen Buchman, native of North Carolina, is a well-known Fox Valley accompanist, adjudicator, performer, and teacher. She graduated cum laude from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and accompanied all over the state for singers and instrumentalists alike. Since receiving a Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from The University of Oklahoma in 1994, Ms. Buchman has pursued an active teaching, performing, and adjudicating career at Lawrence University, Academy of Music, and throughout Wisconsin. She has a private studio, teaches class piano, music for the very young, taught theory, and coordinated the Lawrence Academy of Music’s Piano Festival and 6 Frankly Music

piano department for several years. Ms. Buchman has performed solo and collaborative concerts throughout the U.S. She has performed with the Raleigh Symphony, the Cimarron Opera Company, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra as well as at The Music Teacher’s National Association and Music Educators National Conferences. She has performed recitals at The University of Oklahoma, The Channing Classics series, Oklahoma State University, UW-Stevens Point, Lawrence University, Neenah Public Library, and was a guest on North Carolina Public Radio’s lunchtime concert series. Since moving to Waupaca, WI, Ms. Buchman has enjoyed participating in community fundraising concerts for the Waupaca Arts Board, directing the choir at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and performing lecture recitals for the Winchester Academy.


F R A N K LY M U S I C B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S Linda Tojek, President Jean Holmburg, Vice President Marta Haas, Secretary Calvin C. Kozlowski, Treasurer Frank Almond Dr. Russell Brooker Linda Tojek Patricia Crump Laurence Tucker Angela Johnston Judy Keyes Linda L. Saladin Wendy Slocum Barbara Wanless Frank Almond, Artistic Director Linda L. Saladin, Executive Director Jason Brame, web genius For more information please visit: http://www.franklymusic.org or email us at franklymusic@mac.com Call 414.940.8770 if you wish to be added to the mailing list. Also check www.franklymusic.org to purchase tickets and hear us at InstantEncore.com

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