The Wister Quartet returns to Gretna to perform Mendelssohn’s octet (also known as the chamber music’s answer to the 1812 Overture). Their partners for the popular masterpiece, the Dali Quartet, are winners of the Atlanta Symphony’s esteemed Aspire Award for accomplished African American and Latino Musicians.
Also on the program, two of Beethoven’s youthful Op. 18 quartets – a last dose of Ludwig for the composer’s 250 birthday anniversary!
The Dali Quartet
Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the US, and have studied at esteemed institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University, Indiana University Bloomington, and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. The quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA.
The quartet serves as faculty at West Chester University Wells School of Music as the Quartet in Residence, and is an IRIS Orchestra Resident Ensemble .
Domenic Salerni is the first violinist of the Dalí Quartet, on faculty at West Chester University, the Arts and Community Network (ArCoNet), and the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival. He is a member of the multi-genre septet Foundry, the Chiarina Chamber Players, IRIS Orchestra, and the Bellingham Festival Orchestra.
After graduating with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Salerni went on to study at the Yale University School of Music where he won the Yale Chamber Music Society competition and the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Award. He was a finalist and laureate of the first inaugural M Prize at the University of Michigan in 2016, a laureate of the 2009 International Sion-Valais Violin Competition, and a semifinalist in the 2015 Schadt International Violin Competition.
Domenic can be found on a number of recordings including the Dalí Quartet’s Classical Roots, Latin Soul CD, Andy Akiho’s debut album No One to Know One, Gary Motley’s album Departures, his father Paul Salerni’s album Touched: A Decade of Chamber Music, and his own self-produced album Atmospheric Lines.
Highlights from this past season include performances with the Dalí Quartet at the National Gallery and Puerto Rico’s Centro de Bellas Artes, collaborations with omnivorous bassist, composer, and CAG competition winner Sam Suggs and mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis in performance of the Juliet Letters presented by Musicians of Yellow Barn’s Music Haul. In addition to his freelance work this season with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, and Annapolis Symphony, Salerni also performed with the Chiarina Chamber Players in the final concert of their third season, and joined the League of Composers for recording projects and performances.
Violinist Carlos Rubio began his musical career as a member of Venezuela’s famous Youth Orchestra System (“El Sistema”). As a member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, he toured France, Japan, USA, Mexico, Spain and participated in seven CD recordings under the Dorian Records label.
Mr. Rubio has taught master classes and performed at Miami University, Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, University of Tennessee, Drake University, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Festival de Música Latinoamericana in Colombia, Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo, the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Venezuela, Colorado State University, and is a founding member of the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival.
Mr. Rubio was awarded grand prize in the Spanish and Latin American Music Competition at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and was distinguished as the Ohio Latino Arts Association’s Performing Artist of the Year. Mr. Rubio has soloed with the Middletown Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic, and the Oxford Chamber Orchestra. His chamber music partners have included the Colorado, Oxford, Penderecki, DaPonte, and Amernet string quartets, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, pianists Alessio Bax, Olga Kern, Vanessa Perez, Pamela Mia Paul, and cellist Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet. Additionally, he has collaborated with such composers as Joan Tower, Joel Puckett, Edward Thomas, Susan Botti, Ricardo Lorenz, Efrain Amaya, and Manena Contreras. He has also premièred works by composers Roland Vasquez, Paul Salerni, Terry Vosbein, Diana Arismendi, and Arcangel Castillo-Olivari.
Carlos is a founding member of the Dalí Quartet and performs regularly with the Harrisburg and Lancaster Symphonies.
Venezuelan violist Adriana Linares is one of today’s most talented Latin American artists. Her playing has been called “meltingly beautiful” by Naxos label reviewers. Ms. Linares was the first prize winner in the Latin American Music Competition at Indiana University, the Kuttner Quartet Competition and the Solo Viola Competition at Indiana University, which earned her the honor of soloing with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Linares is described by Grammy Award-winning violist Roger Tapping as “a violist of extraordinary merit and ability who is not only excellent but also distinctive, characterful and individual.” Highlights of solo engagements include her debut at Carnegie Hall with the US première of Venezuelan composer Modesta Bor’s Sonata, as well as solos with Arcos Juveniles de Caracas Orchestra, Virtuosi de Caracas, Middletown Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, with whom she performed the world première of Howard Hanson’s Summer Sea Side #2, recorded under the Naxos label.
Ms. Linares is the President, Founder and Artistic Director of ArCoNet, The Arts & Community Network, a nonprofit organization based in North Wales, PA. Ms. Linares has launched many programs under the umbrella of ArCoNet, including a string academy with 120 students, a youth and chamber orchestra, intensive solo boot camps, the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival, community outreach partnerships, college preparation programs for local and international students, junior string camps, concert series, and preschool programs among others.
An active chamber musician and recitalist, she has collaborated with violinists Anthony Marwood and Alexis Cardenas, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, pianists Alessio Bax, Olga Kern, Vanessa Perez, and Gabriela Montero, cellists Natasha Brodsky and Bonnie Hampton, and violist Marka Gustavasson.
Ms. Linares is the founding violist of the Dalí Quartet and a member of the IRIS Orchestra, SATORI Chamber Players, and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Linares holds a master’s degree from Temple University, where she studied with violist and Curtis Institute of Music President Roberto Diaz. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University where she studied with distinguished violist Atar Arad.
Jesús A. Morales Matos was born into a prominent musical family and is an active soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. He currently serves as cello professor with ArCoNet and Temple University, and has an active private studio. His students have been accepted into esteemed music schools such as the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, and Temple University.
As a concert artist, Fanfare Magazine wrote, “not since DuPre’s or Starker’s performances of the Saint-Saëns Concerto have I heard such miraculous playing: clean as a whistle, impassioned, technically adept, and exhibiting extraordinary control.” The Salt Lake Tribune added, “his sound has an assertive, gorgeous quality, from the cello’s brusque low notes to its sweet upper range.” The New York Concert Review hailed him as a soloist “in a category above many cellists of today … inspired and captivating.” The Caribbean Business declared, “…he is already talked about as a soloist of potential international stature.”
Mr. Morales solo appearances include the Philharmonia Bulgarica, the San Bernardino Symphony, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, the Camerata Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Starling Chamber Orchestra, and the Festival de Orquestas Sinfonica Juvenil de las Americas.
As a recording artist, Mr. Morales’ recordings of the Saint-Saëns and Lalo cello concertos on the Centaur label, were received with rave reviews.
Mr. Morales has participated in summer festivals including, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Banff Centre for the Arts, Grand Teton Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and Música Rondeña in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Morales has also performed in recitals and chamber music concerts in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and St. Thomas, VI.
Mr. Morales holds a bachelor’s degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music and has done postgraduate work at The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Dr. Ronald Crutcher, Alan Harris, Helga Winold, and Yehuda Hanani. He studied chamber music with Peter Oundjian among others.
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.
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2 – Dali Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 – Wister Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn, String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 – Wister and Dali Quartets