Music in our Sanctuary

Adaskin String Trio

Emlyn Ngai, violin
Steve Larson, viola
Mark Fraser, cello

Woodstock Unitarian Universalist Church
2 p.m., November 12, 2017

String Trio in c minor  Op. 9 no. 3                                            Ludwig van Beethoven

Allegro con spirito
Adagio con espressione
Scherzo molto e vivace – Trio
Finale Presto

Trio in D Major                                                                                                Sergei Taneiev

I     Allegro
II    Scherzo  Molto vivace
III   Adagio ma non troppo
IV   Finale  Allegro molto


Formed in 1994, the Adaskin String Trio has won over audiences around the world with exuberant and stirring performances.  Their playing has been hailed for “vigor, precision and stylistic certitude” (Charleston Gazette), as well as “spontaneity, intensity and charm” (Peninsula Review).  They have been praised for “directing the listener to the heart of the matter” (The Boston Globe). The trio performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has appeared at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. DC, and in Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara and Chicago.  In addition, the trio’s concerts have been regularly recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, and National Public Radio. 

Emlyn Ngaiin addition to playing modern violin in the trio, is an acclaimed historical violinist.  He is Associate Concertmaster for the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Philadelphia baroque orchestra and chamber ensemble Tempest di Mare.   He has performed with these and numerous other renowned ensembles throughout Europe and North America.   As first prize winner at the 1995 Locatelli Concours Amsterdam, Emlyn recorded a solo CD for Vanguard Classics and has since released many other highly praised discs for Musica Omnia, ATMA, Centaur, Eclectra, Koch, New World Records, and Telarc.  Currently he teaches modern and baroque violin, chamber music and performance practice at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford where he also co-directs the Hartt School Collegium Musicum.

Violist Steve Larson is a Senior Artist Teacher at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, having served previously as String Department Chair and as Chamber Music Chair.  He also performs regularly with other acclaimed chamber groups, and with the Avery Ensemble and Ensemble Schumann.  He has performed as a guest with groups such as the Emerson & Miami String Quartets. In 1997, Mr. Larson won second prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, U.K., receiving the special award for his performance of the commissioned work.  He performs and teaches viola and chamber music each summer at the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia.

Cellist Mark Fraser, originally from Montreal, studied with Walter Joachim, Aldo Parisot, Yuli Turovsky, and David Finckel; he holds degrees from McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, and The Hartt School of the University of Hartford.   Mark performs frequently as a soloist and in recital in western Massachusetts, where he now lives.  He teaches cello at the Eaglebrook School, at the Hartsbrook School, and at his home studio.  In 2014 he became Executive Artistic Director of Mohawk Trail Concerts, founded in 1970 and based in western Massachusetts.

Next in the 2017-2018 UU Sundays at 2 Chamber Music Series:

March 18: Ziang Xu (piano)
April 15: Ronald Lowry (cello) and Lois Shapiro (piano)
May 13: Chia-Chen Liu (viola), Hyun-Ji Kwon (cello), Victor Rosenbaum (piano)

Sabrina & The Jazzcat Telling Stories Concert

Sunday November 19, 2017
Unitarian Church, Woodstock, VT
4 PM
By Donation

Drawing from composers as diverse as George Gershwin, James Taylor, Irving Berlin, The Carpenters and Burt Bacharach, this married (and in love!) couple will entertain you with communal stories of life and love.

Kicking off a tour that will take Fred & Sabrina to FL, NY, Grand Cayman, WA, HI, OR, CA, & Mexico, we invite you to an afternoon of lively music and launch them off on the adventure! Donations gratefully accepted and all donations go to the support the church.

The Performers Fred Haas & Sabrina Brown

Fred Haas, teaches Saxophone, Jazz Piano, Improvisation, Jazz History, Music Theory and Jazz Combos at Dartmouth College. Fred brings to each of his performances and workshops a depth of experience and knowledge from over fifty-five years as a jazz musician and educator. His goal is to communicate a broad range of emotions through music as well as share information about the history of jazz and the art of jazz improvisation.

Inspired by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor vocalist Sabrina Brown performs music of The Great American Songbook, folk, pop and contemporary jazz. Sabrina’s passion and joy is shared with the audience, she is a fabulous communicator through song. Her voice is rich and warm and her approach to phrasing brilliantly tells the stories of the songs she performs. When not performing with Fred, Sabrina is busy with her company Woodstock Productions Weddings & Events.

In 1996 Fred Haas and Sabrina Brown founded Interplay Jazz Camp. The mission of Interplay Jazz is to provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages to participate in a supportive and holistic learning environment that fosters human artistic expression through the study of jazz and improvised music.

Cello By Candlelight w/ Eugene Friesen

December 9th, 2017 at 7:30pm
An evening of solo cello for the Solstice with Eugene Friesen.
Tickets $15 – Sold at the door only – Please arrive early|
Where: North Universalist Chapel Society, 7 Church Street, Woodstock VT
More information coming soon!