Announcing Muzzy Ridge Concerts

Since 1986, we have owned a home on a 10–acre property in the town of Searsmont in central coastal Maine: a landscape of small farms, low-bush blueberry fields, and woodlots inhabited by deer, wild turkeys, numerous species of birds, and the occasional moose, black bear, and coyote.

Our home sits on a gently sloping parcel on the eastern side of Muzzy Ridge. From the house we have a beautiful view eastward to Levenseller Mountain, part of the group of small mountains that includes the Camden Hills.

It is in this setting that I have composed many works in the past 35 years. Our publishing enterprise, Muzzy Ridge Music, is named for this place that I love. The logo of Muzzy Ridge Music is based upon my rendering of Levenseller Mountain as seen from Muzzy Ridge.

About ten years ago, we built an 800-square-foot studio onto our house: the perfect intimate venue for chamber music. You are invited to join us for two special events inaugurating Muzzy Ridge Concerts. We hope that these two Sunday afternoons in August will be the start of annual celebrations of chamber music in this place we love. 

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Muzzy Ridge Concerts - 2021 Inaugural Season

Concerts are approximately 60 minutes, without intermission. Indoor seating is limited to 35 vaccinated patrons, with some additional outdoor seating (also for vaccinated patrons only). Masks will be required indoors. Concerts take place at Robert Sirota's studio in Searsmont, Maine. The address and directions will be supplied to ticket buyers.

Indoor seating: $20
Outdoor seating: $10 (Please bring your own chair to sit outdoors)

Become a charter member of Muzzy Ridge Concerts: $100 
As a charter member, you will receive:
Admission to both concerts
CDs of performances by featured artists
Periodic updates throughout the year on the activities of Muzzy Ridge Music

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Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 3pm

Duo Coquelicot

 

Carol Wincenc, flute
Velléda Miragias, cello

with Robert Sirota, piano

J.S. Bach: Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034
Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV:15
Meira Warshauer: new work 
Robert Sirota: Broken Places
Debussy: "En bateau" from Petite Suite
Fauré: Sicilienne
Debussy: Syrinx, L. 129

Saint-Saëns: "Le cygne" from Le carnaval des animaux
Villa-Lobos: The Jet Whistle

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Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 3pm

Laurie Carney, violin
David Friend, piano

 

Messiaen: Thème et variations
Prokoviev: Five Melodies, Op. 35
Kodály: Adagio
Robert Sirota: Summermusic

About the Artists

Carol Wincenc, flute

Hailed "Queen of the flute" by New York Magazine, flutist Carol Wincenc was first prize winner of the (sole) Naumburg Solo Flute Competition, as well as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association, the National Society of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Music, and Distinguished Alumni Award from the Brevard Festival and Music Center and Manhattan School of Music. During the 2019-22 seasons she is celebrating a half century as an international, concertizing artist at The Morgan Library and Museum, Merkin Concert Hall and the Staller Center for the Arts. 

For her 50th Golden Anniversary Legacy Series she commissioned five new works by Jake Heggie, Pierre Jalbert, Robert Sirota, Larry Alan Smith and Sato Matsui. As part of this grand celebration is the release of the all-Yuko Uebayashi album on Azica Records with the Escher String Quartet. Recently as part of the Naumburg Looks Back Series she performed at Carnegie's Weill Hall with her collaborator/pianist Bryan Wagorn of the Metropolitan Opera. During this season she also gave the world premieres of Gabriela Lena Frank's Five Andean Improvisations and Valerie Coleman's Amazonia.

 

She has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and London symphonies, the BBC, Warsaw, and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as the Los Angeles, Stuttgart, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras. She has performed in countless festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Aldeburgh, Budapest, Frankfurt, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Music at Menlo, Aspen, Yale/Norfolk, Sarasota, Banff, and Marlboro. A Grammy nominee, she has received a Diapason d'Or Award for her recording of the Rouse Flute Concerto with the Houston Symphony, a Recording of Special Merit Award with pianist András Schiff, and Gramophone magazine's "Pick of the Month" with the Buffalo Philharmonic. She is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet and a founding member of both Les Amies with New York Philharmonic Principals, harpist Nancy Allen and violist Cynthia Phelps and the Gossamer Trio with Nancy Allen and Claire Marie Solomon, cellist. For over a half century combined, Ms. Wincenc continues to teach on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. She is renowned for her popular series with Lauren Keiser Music Publishers, the Carol Wincenc 21st Century Flute.

Velléda C. Miragias, cello

Boston-based cellist Velléda Miragias has received critical acclaim from le Confolentais for her "perfect technical mastery [and] strong emotion," and currently enjoys a diverse career as a freelance chamber and orchestral musician, educator and entrepreneur. A native of Paris, Ms. Miragias holds degrees from the Conservatoire National de Boulogne, Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris rue de Madrid, Indiana University and Boston University. She is the recipient of France's coveted Ministry of Culture Award and a first-prize winner of the Prix de la ville d'Epernay string competition.

A committed educator, Ms. Miragias was appointed instructor of cello at Phillips Exeter Academy in 2019, and is co-founder of Artisan Music Studios and Artisan Childcare Center for the Arts, a comprehensive music-immersion program for infants through preschoolers. She also serves on the faculties of New England Conservatory's Preparatory School and the Rivers School Conservatory.

As an orchestral performer, Ms. Miragias is associate principal with the Boston Philharmonic, assistant principal with the Cape Symphony, and regularly performs and records with a roster of New England's premier orchestral and period ensembles. Most recently, Ms. Miragias became one of the principal collaborators, with founder Giovanna Confalone, of the Mel Bonis Project—a nonprofit collaborative dedicated to disseminating the work and histories of 19th-century French women composers.


Laurie Carney, violin

A founding member of the American String Quartet, Laurie Carney holds the distinction of performing quartets longer than any other woman in this elite field. The American String Quartet began concertizing while she was still an undergraduate at Juilliard. Apart from the Quartet, she has performed trios with her husband, cellist William Grubb, and pianist Anton Nel; duos with violist Michael Tree; and as an ensemble partner to such artists as Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Salvatore Accardo, Cho-Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Misha Dichter, Ralph Kirshbaum, Alain Meunier, and Frederica von Stade. Carney's concerto appearances include performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Bournemouth Symphony, Basque National Orchestra, and the Welsh National Orchestra. Carney gave the premiere of Gianpaolo Bracali’s Fantasia for violin and piano. Most recently, Robert Sirota composed his Violin Sonata No. 2 for her.

A faculty artist at the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1974 and the Manhattan School of Music since 1984, Carney has held teaching positions at the Mannes College of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, University of Nebraska, University of Michigan, Shepherd School at Rice University, and the Taos School of Music. Her dedication to the development of young players brings frequent invitations to offer master classes, most recently in California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, and New Mexico. Carney is a member of a prodigious musical family: her father was a trumpeter and educator, her mother a concert pianist, and all three siblings are professional violinists. Her violin is by Carlo Tononi (Venice, 1720).


David Friend, piano

David Friend is taking piano performance in new directions. As chamber musician, soloist, and in interdisciplinary projects, he is dedicated to projects that push boundaries and explore new ideas about what contemporary pianism can be in the twenty-first century. A fearless performer, critics have described his performances as "astonishingly compelling" (Washington Post), "magical" (New York Concert Review), and the New York Times calls him one "of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York's contemporary-classical scene." His playing is featured on Third Coast Percussion's album of music by Steve Reich, which won the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

He has performed at major venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and in major festivals including the Lincoln Center Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Prague Spring Festival, CTM Festival, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.
 
David Friend has performed with respected ensembles such as Ensemble Signal, Alarm Will Sound, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and he is a founding member of TRANSIT New Music, Bent Duo, Hotel Elefant, and Grand Band, NYC's piano sextet super-group. He collaborates extensively with living composers and has worked with some of the most notable composers of our time including Pulitzer prizewinners Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Steven Stucky, and Charles Wuorinen. He has recorded for the New Amsterdam, Harmonia Mundi, Albany, Dacapo, Cedille, Innova, a wave press, and New World labels, and his performances have been broadcast nationally on radio programs such as NPR's Performance Today, WQXR's Hammered!, and WNYC's New Sounds.

As a soloist, David Friend is noted for his charismatic performances and his thoughtful programming. By developing compelling solo programming and engaging meaningfully with the audience, he brings a twenty-first century approach to the nineteenth-century concept of the piano recital.