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Music by Members - Apr 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:00am
Music by Members
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Linda MacGougan

(Note: This program was originally scheduled for March 8, but was cancelled because of snow.)

We celebrate International Women’s Day [somewhat belatedly!] with the music of two 19th-century female composers, from Spain and France. This will be complemented by works of two males - a German Romantic composer and a contemporary Spanish composer.  Songs of Eugenia Osterberger, of the Galician area of Spain, will kick off the program. These selections feature the wife-and-husband team of Alice Matteson, soprano, and David Garrido-Cid, piano and they comprise the first of four Musical Club premieres on the program. Osterberger was a brave woman during revolutionary times; also, she hosted and performed both as a singer and a pianist at many soirees featuring poetry and music. Next up is the first movement of Brahms’ beloved Sonata for Piano and Cello, Opus 38, played by Linda MacGougan and Karen Benjamin. Alice and David will bring us back to Galicia with two songs by contemporary composer - and friend of David - Octavio Vázquez.  Louise Farrenc was the first female to be granted a full piano professorship at the Paris Conservatory and was also a well-regarded composer during her lifetime.  Her Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Opus 44 will be performed by David Schonfeld, Karen Benjamin and Linda MacGougan. The conclusion for this wide-ranging program will be the Galician Folk Dances by Vázquez, a mix of folklore, emotion and virtuosity, to be played by David Garrido-Cid



Cántigas e Melodias                                                                                               Eugenia Osterberger (1852-1932)


Alice Matteson, Soprano

David Garrido-Cid, Piano





Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38                                                                     Johannes Brahms (1833-97)

Allegro non troppo

Karen Benjamin, Cello

Linda MacGougan, Piano




En Cornes                                                                                                                                   Octavio Vázquez (b. 1972)

Como Chove Miudiño


Alice Matteson, Soprano

David Garrido-Cid, Piano





Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 44                                              Louise Farrenc (1804-1875)    

                Andante; Allegro moderato




David Schonfeld, Clarinet

Karen Benjamin, Cello

Linda MacGougan, Piano




Galician Folk Dances                                                                                                                         Octavio Vázquez

March (Processional)

Moderate Dance

Moderato (flowing melody)

Lento (melancholic)



David Garrido-Cid, Piano




Pianist David Garrido Cid, born in Venezuela, but of Spanish descent, studied primarily in Madrid, completing his bachelor’s degree in piano and chamber music at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. He went on to study with Luiz de Moura Castro at The Hartt School , earning a Master of Music and a Graduate Professional Diploma in 2001 & 2002. He continued studies at the Yale School of Music with Boris Berman, earning his Artist Diploma in 2005.

Alice Matteson, soprano, came to The Hartt School  in 2004 to study with Cherie Caluda and Joanna Levy, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance in 2008. David and Alice were married in September 2013, and welcomed their first child into the world in January 2017.

Alice Matteson and David Garrido-Cid

David is the Director of Music Ministries at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT, and is the Spanish Teacher at the adjacent St. Thomas the Apostle School. Alice sings with the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT, and co-directs the Cathedral Youth Choir. They take much joy in serving these and other spiritual communities with their music. Alice has an active private teaching studio as well.

The duo enjoys performing together as much as possible. They have presented programs at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, South Congregational Church in Granby, CT, The Musical Club of Hartford, Kimball Farms in Lenox, MA, and Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, MA.


Linda MacGougan’s life with the piano began at the age of 2 1/2, when she received a toy grand piano for Christmas.  Then, after years of begging for lessons - to prove to her parents (who’d hated piano lessons as children) that she truly wanted them - she began official studies in fourth grade. She went on to graduate from Yale with a major in music, and then attended UConn, earning a M.M. in Piano Performance.

Performing and teaching have been her career. Linda loves teaching piano to children, striving to make lessons enjoyable and worthwhile for each of them. She’s a member of the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association and serves as an adjudicator for some of their events.

David Schonfeld grew up in the Bronx. Although exposed to classical music as a child, his interest was not kindled until his teens. His first instrument was the recorder. In college he played clarinet, then switched to oboe, studying with Lois Wann. David received a B.A. in Music from CCNY and an M.Phil. in Music Theory from Yale. In 1971, he won a Fulbright to study South Indian classical music on the vina in Madras, India, where he spent a number of years (also studying yoga).

In Connecticut, he performed with international folk-dance bands for 20 years, on clarinet, oboe, recorder, guitar, and double bass. He also did some composing and arranging for these bands. During this period, he took classical clarinet lessons with Curt Blood and Greek-style folk clarinet with George Stathos. From 2011-2013, he studied oboe with Marilyn Krentzman. Since then, he has been concentrating on Baroque oboe, with instruction from Marc Schachman primarily. David has performed for the Musical Club on clarinet, (modern) oboe, and Baroque oboe.

David has been a classical-music broadcaster at WWUH radio since 2002. He currently has several young private students in clarinet. Being an amateur and a "doubler" has its advantages: When David messes up on clarinet, he can console himself by saying, "Well, for an oboist, I'm not too bad on clarinet." Conversely, when he is disappointed by his oboe playing he can say, "For a clarinetist, I'm not too shabby on oboe!"

Karen Benjamin is a psychotherapist and lifelong chamber music player.

Linda MacGougan, David Schonfeld, and Karen Benjamin