December 9, 2017
Manhattan Chamber Players

Grace Park, Violin
Luke Fleming, Viola
Oded Hadar, Cello
Mika Sasaki, Piano

“A Year in the Life of Gabriel Fauré: A Love Story”

Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)

doors open at 6:30 ~ concert begins at 7pm


11 Spring Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
tickets in advance $20
tickets at the door $25

 

Berceuse, Op. 16 (1878)

Après un rêve, Op. 7 no. 1 (1877), arr. Luke Fleming

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 (1877)

I. Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivo
IV. Allegro quasi presto

Intermission

Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15 (1879)

I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto

 

Manhattan Chamber Players

The Manhattan Chamber Players is a chamber music collective of New York-based
musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber
repertoire at the highest level.  Formed in 2015 by Artistic Director Luke Fleming,
MCP is comprised of an impressive roster of musicians who all come from the tradition
of great music making at the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia,
Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and Perlman Music Program, and
are former students of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Colburn School, New
England Conservatory, and Yale School of Music.
At the core of MCP’s inspiration is its members’ joy in playing this richly varied
repertoire with longtime friends and colleagues, with whom they have been
performing since they were students.  Building upon that foundation, new works
commissioned from its composer members keep the ensemble firmly grounded in the
music of both the past and present.  Its roster allows for the programming of virtually all
the core string, wind, and piano chamber music repertoire—from piano duos to clarinet
quintets to string octets.  While all its members have independent careers as soloists and
chamber musicians, they strive for every opportunity to come together and again share in
this special collaboration.
Members of MCP are current and former members of the Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center, ACJW, and the Amphion, Attacca, Dover, Escher, Vega, and Ying
Quartets, and the Lysander, Madison, and Sheridan Piano Trios.  They are top
prizewinners in the Banff, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, Melbourne, Naumburg,
Osaka, Primrose, Queen Elisabeth, Rubenstein, Tchaikovsky, Tertis, and Young Concert
Artists Competitions, and are some of the most sought after solo and chamber performers
of their generation.  During its inaugural season, in addition to numerous concerts across
the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, the Manhattan Chamber Players has been
featured multiple times on NPR’s Performance Today, and is the Ensemble-in- Residence
at both the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico and the Crescent City Chamber
Music Festival in New Orleans. Upcoming seasons add tours of Israel, France, and China
to MCP’s busy concert schedule in NYC and across the U.S.
Manhattan Chamber Players is a 501 3 non-profit organization.
manhattanchamberplayers.com
Photo credit: Sophie Zhai

 

Grace Park

is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate
pedagogue. Her diverse career has carried her from the world’s foremost concert halls to
universities around the country as a soloist, collaborator, coach, and educator. As a
soloist, Ms. Park has been the featured soloist at The Kennedy Center, Library of
Congress, Walt Disney Hall, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Grace Rainey Auditorium in
the Metropolitan Museum, the Rudolfinum in Prague, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg –
with orchestras including North Czech Philharmonia, Russian Chamber Philharmonic,
Napoli Chamber Orchestra, and, most recently, an engagement with Maxim Vengerov at
the Cartegena Music Festival. For the 2016 – 2017 season, upcoming engagements
include concerto debuts in Mexico and Poland.
A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park has performed with a variety of ensembles
around the world and has led chamber orchestras from the principal chair. Ms. Park has
performed and worked personally with renowned composers Steve Reich, Brett Dean,
and Georg Freidrich Hass. Upcoming commissions include a concerto by Andy Akiho
and a violin sonata by Samuel Carl Adams, Composer-in- Residence of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. Recent collaborations include working with the St. Paul Chamber
Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Company, members of Silk Road Ensemble, principal
dancers of La Scala Ballet Theater, the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and New
York City Ballet, as well as leading the Orpheus and Australian Chamber Orchestras.
Ms. Park has performed at many of the leading music festivals including Vail,
Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, and the Perlman Music Program’s
Chamber Music Workshop.
Beyond the concert stage, Ms. Park has demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching
and community engagement. She has taught and coached ensembles at Washington and
Lee University, North Dakota State University, Skidmore College, and at the Innsbrook
Institute. Ms. Park currently coaches and teaches at the Mannes School of Music
Preparatory Division as a guest faculty member.
violinistgracepark.com

 

Luke Fleming

Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his “glowing refinement,” violist Luke
Fleming's performances have been described by The Strad as “confident and
expressive...playing with uncanny precision," and lauded by Gramophone for their
"superlative technical and artistic execution.”  Festival appearances include the Marlboro
Music School and Festival, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, Perlman Music Program, the
Norfolk and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals, the Melbourne Festival, Bravo!Vail,
Festival Mozaic, and the Virginia Arts Festival, as well as concerts and residencies across
North and South America, Europe, and Asia.  From 2009 – 2015, Mr. Fleming was violist
of the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet, with whom he served as Quartet-in-
Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Graduate Resident String Quartet at
the Juilliard School.  He was also awarded First Prize at the Osaka International Chamber
Music Competition and top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music
Competition, as well as the National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber
Music Award.  Mr. Fleming currently serves as Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at
the Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, Director of Outreach Activities at Louisiana State
University’s School of Music and Dramatic Arts, and Lecturer-in- Residence for Project:
Music Heals Us.
In 2015, Mr. Fleming became the Founding Artistic Director of both the Manhattan
Chamber Players, a New York-based chamber music collective, and the Crescent City
Chamber Music Festival, a mission/outreach-centric festival held every summer in his
hometown, New Orleans. Mr. Fleming has been featured on a Live from Marlboro CD
release on the Archiv Music label, and his recordings with the Attacca Quartet on Azica
Records were released to widespread critical acclaim.  He has performed as a guest artist
with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Sejong Soloists, Ensemble Connect,
the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Classical Players, and the Serafin and Canterbury
String Quartets, and has given masterclasses at UCLA, Louisiana State University, Ithaca
College, Syracuse University, Melbourne University, and the New Orleans Center for
Creative Arts, among others.  He has also served on the faculties of the Innsbrook
Institute, Renova Music Festival and Houston ChamberFest. Mr. Fleming holds the
degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, and Master of Music from the
Juilliard School, a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of
Music in London, and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Louisiana State
University.  He is represented by Arts Global, Inc.
lukefleming.com

 

Oded Hadar

Recipient of the Audience Choice Prize in the prestigious Aviv Cello Competition, Israeli
cellist Oded Hadar has performed worldwide as both soloist and chamber musician. In
2008, he received a special distinction award from Maestro Zubin Mehta, resulting in a
solo appearance with the Buchmann Mehta Symphony Orchestra. Other solo
appearances include performances with the Thelma Yellin Orchestra, as well as a tour
across Hungary with the Kfar Saba Symphony Orchestra. A three-time winner of both
the strings and chamber music competitions of the Buchmann Mehta School of Music,
Mr. Hadar has also won top prizes in the Turjeman and Young Artist Competitions. He
was a scholarship recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for thirteen years,
and served as an outstanding musician in the Israeli Defense Forces.
As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with Shmuel Ashkenazy, Atar Arad, Rudolf
Koelman, and Menahem Breuer, and has participated in masterclasses with Janos Starker,
Bernhard Greenhouse, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Antonia
Meneses, and Uzi Wiesel. Summer festival appearances include the Perlman Music
Program in Israel, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Chigiana Academy Festival in Siena,
the Brussels Chamber Music Festival and the Kefar Blum Music Festival. Born in Tel
Aviv in 1988, Mr. Hadar Began his cello studies at the age of six. After studies at Tel
Aviv University with Hillel Zori, he received his Masters Degree from the New England
Conservatory, studying with Paul Katz.

 

Mika Sasaki

Pianist Mika Sasaki has established herself as a sought-after chamber musician, soloist,
and emerging educator. Since her solo debut with the Sinfonia of Cambridge (U.K.) at
age seven, she has appeared twice with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, more
recently with the 92Y Orchestra in New York City, and has performed at venues
including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Palazzo
Chigi Saracini (Italy), Minatomirai Hall (Japan), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), and live
on WQXR radio. Her solo debut album “Obsidian” was released on Yarlung Records in
2016, highly acclaimed by Online Merker as “illuminat[ing] the artistic inspiration and
creative exchange between these three Romantic souls,” Clara Schumann, Robert
Schumann, and Johannes Brahms.
A versatile pianist praised for her musicianship, Ms. Sasaki recently joined Ensemble
Connect—a program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the Weill Institute in partnership
with the NYC Department of Education. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has been
invited to festivals such as Estherwood (U.K.), Aspen, Mannes Beethoven Institute,
Chigiana (Italy), Yellow Barn, Icicle Creek, Taos, Tanglewood and Music@Menlo. She
has performed and taught at pianoSonoma in New York and California, and will be
teaching at the Danbury Music Centre’s Chamber Music Intensive in Connecticut this
summer.
Born in Atlanta, Ms. Sasaki grew up in Demarest, New Jersey, and moved to Tokyo,
Japan, in 2001. She returned to the U.S. to study with Benjamin Pasternack at the
Peabody Conservatory, and is currently completing her doctoral studies as a C.V. Starr
Fellow at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joseph Kalichstein. At Juilliard, she
has taught as an adjunct faculty member in the College Division, and currently teaches
piano and keyboard skills in the Evening Division. She also teaches at I.S. 025 in Queens
as part of her fellowship with Ensemble Connect.
mikasasaki.com