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Music by Members - Oct 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Music by Members
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Bridget deMoura Castro

Member Program featuring Michelle Davis, *Tracy Norkun, Fred Fenn, Bridget de Moura Castro, Sandra Ann Craig, Laura Mazza-Dixon, and *Monika Kinstler.


Trio Sonata in D Minor, H.569    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

For many years the Trio Sonata in D Minor, H. 569 was attributed to J.S. Bach but recent early music scholars have come to the conclusion that the piece was actually composed by his son, C.P.E. Bach. Since J.S. Bach taught his children, it is sometimes hard to differentiate who composed what piece. "Within the rich repertoire of instrumental trios spanning Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s entire creative life, the sonatas for two treble instruments and bass represent not only the majority but also the composer’s point of departure for this genre of composition, going all the way back to the Leipzig years when he was studying with his father” (Christoph Wolf).

Michelle Davis, flute
*Tracy Norkun, flute
Fred Fenn, bassoon
Bridget de Moura Castro, organ



Andante and Rondo, Op. 25     Franz Doppler (1821-1883)


Michelle Davis, flute
*Tracy Norkun, flute
Bridget de Moura Castro, piano

Albert Franz Doppler, following the example of Paganini, was both a composer and a virtuoso performer. Taught by his composer and oboist father, Joseph, Franz made his Vienna debut as a flutist at the age of 13 and embarked on several concert tours, often accompanied by his brother Carl, also a highly accomplished flautist and composer. Composed to showcase the talents of the Doppler brothers during one of their many tours, Andante and Rondo is a flashy showpiece for 2 flutes.  The Rondo features complex rhythmic layers, and has the cheek and drive of a Hungarian gypsy dance.


Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 333 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
    1. Allegro
    3. Allegretto grazioso

Sandra Ann Craig, piano

This sonata is written in 1778.  It is in Mozart's mature style.  A special feature is found in the third movement, which is a large Rondo, which has a full-sized "cadenza in tempo," occupying the position of the customary cadenza for the soloist in the classical concerto, a feature that is unique in the piano sonata of Mozart.


Suite in A minor for Two Viols John Jenkins (1592-1678)


Laura Mazza-Dixon, bass viola da gamba
*Monika Kinstler, bass viola da gamba

John Jenkins played, taught, and composed instrumental music for the English nobility during the height of the popularity of the viol consort. A skilled performer on both the lute and the viol, Jenkins was one of the most highly regarded composers in England between the death of William Byrd and the rise of Henry Purcell. Perhaps best known for his consorts for four, five and six viols, Jenkins’ manuscripts of pieces written for two bass viols included some fifty-five movements, among them the Fantasias, Ayre and Courant we will perform on this program.




Bridget de Moura Castro

Bridget de Moura Castro has a piano studio in Avon, CT, is music director of Our Lady of Sorrows, Hartford and is married to concert pianist Luiz de Moura Castro. With 10 CDs on organ, piano and fortepiano she has recently returned from Portugal and Brazil where she gave organ recitals.


Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis, flute

Michelle Davis is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Fenwick Smith. She is a member of The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently with Bridget de Moura Castro and others on solo and chamber music programs. Michelle also plays extensively with Tony Rauche at Avon Memorial United Methodist Church. She has taught all ages of flute students and has directed children’s choirs for almost thirty years. She is now two classes away from her Master’s Degree in Secondary English with an emphasize in reading and literature. She has a 23-year-old son, attending graduate school at Lipscomb University in Nashville, a 20-year-old daughter, pursuing dance arts administration at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, and a 16-year-old son who just finished a summer with the Tanglewood BUTI Young Artist’s Orchestra on his violin.


Fred Fenn

Fred Fenn, bassoon

Frederick Fenn has been playing the bassoon for many years. He has played with the Vermont Philharmonic, the Torrington Symphony, the Litchfield Chamber Orchestra, Laudate Orchestra, the Nutmeg Woodwind Quintet, and the Simsbury Community Band. Fenn is a retired special education teacher now enjoying a music-infused retirement.


Sandra Ann Craig

Sandra Ann Craig studied privately and earned a BA in performance from the College of Idaho.  Piano is her major instrument.  She also plays harpsichord and organ.  She is a choral singer and in her younger years played clarinet.  She has built a harpsichord and clavichord and supervised the building of two virginals by eighth graders at a local junior high school. She is a past president of the Musical Club of Hartford and a member of the club’s Vocal Ensemble.


Laura Mazza-Dixon

Laura Mazza-Dixon, viola da gamba

Laura Mazza-Dixon teaches classical guitar and viola da gamba at the Windy Hill Guitar Studio in Granby, CT. With a degree in classical guitar from Penn State University and an MFA in Early Music from Sarah Lawrence College. She has directed the Early Music Ensembles at the Hartt School of Music Community Division. Currently she coaches the Early Music at Windy Hill Ensembles with Deborah Robin, recorder. Along with Anne Mayo, harpsichord, and Susan Allen, flute, Laura performs Baroque music with the ensemble Les Amies de Théodore. Recently she has also performed at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford with The Cathedral Viols, along with Monika Kinstler, Leland Tolo, Dana Campbell and Carrie Crompton.


Monika Kinstler*

Monika Kinstler, violin and viola da gamba, studied at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music History and a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering. She is proficient on a variety of historical instruments and has performed with early music ensembles in Cincinnati, Phoenix, Hartford and Buxtehude, Germany.  Also a modern violinist, she has performed with orchestras in Scottsdale and Huntsville, Alabama, and is currently a member of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.  As a metallurgical engineer, she has a thirty year career in the aerospace industry, holds multiple patents, and is currently employed as a manager in Pratt & Whitney’s Materials & Processes Engineering department.  Her musical and engineering interests collide in a passion for woodworking, and she has built several historical musical instruments, including a set of virginals and two vielles.