Julian Bliss and Bradley Moore performing Flight of the Bumblebee
Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinetists excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as guest lecturer and creator of his Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument. Born in the U.K., Julian started playing the clarinet at the age four, going on to study in the U.S. at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer. The breadth and depth of his artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work. In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London) and Lincoln Center (New York).
As soloist, current performances include concerts with the Sao Paolo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and London Philharmonic. In 2012 he established the Julian Bliss Septet, creating programs inspired by King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Lan music from Brazil and Cuba that have gone on to be performed to packed houses in festivals, Ronnie Scott’s (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and across the U.S. Recent album releases receiving rave reviews from critics, album of the week spots and media attention, include his recording of Mozart and Nielsen’s Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Recent chamber discs include a new piece for clarinet & string quartet by David Bruce – Gumboots – inspired by the gumboot dancing of miners in South Africa and a recital album of Russian and French composers with American pianist, Bradley Moore.
Wister Quartet: The Philadelphia-based Quartet was named to honor Frances Anne Wister, founder of the Volunteer Committees of The Philadelphia Orchestra. It has performed throughout the Eastern United States including concerts at Haverford, Swarthmore, Gettysburg, Ursinus, and Gloucester County (NJ) Colleges and has also appeared in concert in China, South America and Europe.
The Wister Quartet appears frequently on established series such as those presented by The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, the Laurel Hill Concerts by Candlelight in the historic Philadelphia mansion of that name in Fairmount Park, the Glencairn Museum, and Arcadia University. Since its earliest days, the Wister Quartet has been featured on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series, and since 1991 in performances on the Lenape Chamber Players Summer Festivals and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center chamber series.
In 1993 the Wister Quartet established its own Chamber Series of five Sunday afternoon concerts in the historic headquarters of the German Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. These feature the great quartet literature as well as unusual and rarely-played works.The Quartet is also the core group of the popular Philadelphia chamber ensemble, 1807 & Friends. They’ve played with world-renowned artists including Yefim Bronfman, Alicia de Larrocha, Christoph Eschenbach, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Nancy Bean was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1983 and was its Assistant Concertmaster for 23 years before retiring in 2009 to devote herself to chamber music. She is the Artistic Director of 1807 and Friends chamber ensemble, director of The Liberty String Orchestra, and violinist with the Amerita Chamber Players, Florian Trio, Trio Montage, Barnard Trio, Duo Parisienne, Duo Paganini and Wister Quartet.
Davyd Booth is a master of many instruments, including violin, celesta, piano, and harpsichord. He joined the Philadelphia Orchestra violin section in 1973. He made his professional debut at the age of 13, touring the United States for four years and touring Mexico at the age of 16. He is currently on the faculty of the Temple University Preparatory Department, where he serves as conductor of two student orchestras. He is co-music director and harpsichordist for the Amerita Chamber Ensemble and the Wister String Quartet.
Pamela Fay is substitute violist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and is a member of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. She was a member of the Toronto Symphony and the LeClair String quartet, and is currently violist for 1807 and Friends and the Wister Quartet. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Lloyd Smith, Cellist, was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1967. He was named Assistant Principal in 1988 and Acting Associate Principal in 2002 before retiring in 2003 to devote himself to chamber music and composing. He is the cellist of 1807 and Friends chamber ensemble, the Florian Trio, Trio Montage, the Barnard Trio, the Amerita Chamber Players, and the Wister Quartet.
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 120, No. 1
Andante un poco adagio
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
Allegretto con variazioni