Alison La Rosa, Flute
Erin Gittelsohn, Oboe
Dilyana Kirova, Bassoon
Mariana Lima, French Horn
Carmen Celia Fregoneze, Piano
Piano Quintet in Eb Major, Op. 16
Grave-Allegro ma non troppo
Rondo-Allegro ma non troppo
The Worldwinds Ensemble was created to explore the variety and diversity of the literarture for woodwinds in different instrument combinations.
In this program, they will perform two major works from the repertoire for woodwinds and piano: the Quintet op.16 in Eb Major (1796) by Ludwig van Beethoven and the Sextet (1939) by Francis Poulenc.
The Quintet op. 16 in Eb Major composed by Beethoven in 1796 was work from his early Vienna years. At this time, Beethoven was still a student in Vienna, sponsored by the Elector Max Franz in his hometown, Bonn. In this particular work he was significantly influenced by Mozart, who had composed a piece in the same key and for the same combination of instruments, which is quite unusual, in 1784.
Francis Poulenc completed the Sextet in 1932, but several revisions were made until the final 1939 version, which was premiered by the composer, also a brilliant pianist. Poulenc found the true essence of music in simple songs, popular entertainers, the music from the cafes and streets of Paris. His music combines sentimental expression with theatrical, sometimes circus-like characteristics, always with a touch of humor.
ALISON LA ROSA, flutist, began playing flute at the age of nine. The New Jersey native is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in Washington, DC, where she studies with Tom Perazzoli. Ms. La Rosa was a member of the prestigious New Jersey All-State Band for two years and was a New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts scholar in 2001. As a member of the CUA Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestra Kate Tamarkin, she has served as principal flautist and piccoloist. She can also be heard in outreach concerts throughout the community, both as a soloist and member of the Musical Offering Flute Ensemble, directed by Vanita Jones. In January 2005, Ms. La Rosa performed with the Landon Symphonette as a finalist in its annual Woodwind Competition. She has played in master classes for Julius Baker, Bart Feller, and Horacio Franco. Past teachers include Marjorie Koharski, Vanita Jones, and Jessica Hull-Dambaugh.
ERIN GITTELSOHN, oboist, performs throughout the Washington D.C. area as a freelance soloist and orchestral musician. After participating in the Juilliard School Pre-College Program, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Erin continued her education, receiving a Master of Music degree at the University of Maryland and currently is pursuing a doctoral degree at the Catholic University of America. She has served as principal oboist of the United States Air Force Band and oboe instructor at Shenandoah University. Currently, Erin teaches young musicians from the pre-school through college level.
DILYANA KIROVA, bassoonist, is currently working toward her Doctoral Degree at the Catholic University of America as a student of Truman Harris, Assistant Principal Bassoon of the National Symphony Orchestra. She won the prestigious Antonin Reicha Competition in Austria, and the Contemporary Austrian Composers Competition. She has recorded for the Bulgarian National Television and Radio, and has performed as soloist at concertos in Bulgaria, Austria and the United States. She held positions as bassoonist with the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria (2000-2002), Principal Bassoon of the State Academy Orchestra in Sofia (2001-2003), and Principal Bassoon of the CUA Summer Opera, Washington, DC (since 2003). Recently she performed at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, had a solo recital at the Millennium Stage (Kennedy Center) and also played with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. She is currently on the roster of the Washington Performing Arts Society Concerts in Schools program. She is the principal bassoonist for the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic.
MARIANA LIMA, hornist, is a doctoral candidate at the Catholic University of America as a student of Philip Myers, principal horn of the New York Philharmonic, with a fellowship from the CAPES Foundation. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music, as an APARTES grantee, also as a student of Mr. Myers. She has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in Brazil, France, Quebec, and the USA, at venues such as the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, the Symphony Space, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute. Since 1995 she is a member of the Recife Symphony Orchestra (Brazil) and the horn teacher of the Conservatorio Pernambucano de Musica . She is currently on the roster of the prestigious Washington Perfornming Arts Society Concerts in Schools program.
CARMEN CELIA FREGONEZE is presently a doctoral student at The Benjamin Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America, where she studies piano under Professor Marilyn Neeley. She holds a Master of Music degree from The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil as well as from the Musikhochschule Stuttgart – Germany. She has performed in Brazil, Germany, at the Millennium Stage-Kennedy Center and completed piano performance courses at the Music Festival in Costa do Estoril – Portugal and in Moscow – Russia at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has premiered and recorded works by contemporary Brazilian composers. Carmen Fregoneze is piano teacher and music coordinator for the post-graduate course division at The School of Music and Fine Arts in the state of Parana, Brazil.Her sponsor in USA is CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) Foundation.