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Musical Club Opening Program and Reception, September 24, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 9:45am
Music by Members
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT
Virginia Allen

Our opening member program will kick off our 125th Anniversary season with a concert linked to our 10th anniversary. In 1901, Mme Schumann-Heink, accompanied by Mr. Louis Saar, gave a recital of vocal and piano music. Two pieces from that recital, Berceuse from Lyric Pieces for piano by Grieg and Das Echo by Schubert will be performed by David Garrido-Cid and Alice Matteson. David will also play “Fete a Dieu en Seville” from Suite Iberia by Albeniz and he and Alice will perform works by Handel and Robert Schumann. Additionally, the Piano Quartet, Op. 15 by Robert Fuchs will be performed by Michelle Duffy, Ginny Allen, Peg Walker and Herb Walker. This program begins at 9:45 AM and will be followed by an Open House/Reception.

In case you are fiscally minded, in 1901, the Club paid $550 to the performers for that concert. In today’s terms, that amount would be at least $14,000. So, come and hear what some of it was all about!! Also, there are hints of a special fanfare, which you will not want to miss. Come early, so that you get a good seat and have a chance to visit with friends before the program starts.

Admission free.

Following the program, a reception will be held in the Fireside Room. All are welcome.

Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1861–1936), noted operatic contralto

More about the performers:

Ginny Allen graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music degree. She then went on to get a Master’s degree in Special Education, teaching the hearing impaired. After spending some years raising a family, she went back to school and became a registered nurse. She has recently retired from a 20-year nursing career. Ginny is presently Concertmaster of the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, she has taught violin and viola students in her home, at the Waldorf School in Kimberton, PA, and at present at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford.

Michelle Duffy studied piano for over 20 years; she received a B.A. in music and an M.S.L.S. After working for 28 years as a professional librarian, she returned to piano performance when she became a member of the Musical Club of Hartford 14 years ago.

David Garrido-Cid started his musical studies at the age of six in his native Caracas, Venezuela. His education continued in Spain, at the Real Conservatorio de Música, Madrid, where he completed his Bachelor’s-equivalent degree in Piano and Chamber Music in 1999. He then went on to study at The Hartt School (Master of Music, 2001) and Yale School of Music (Artist Diploma, 2005). He has been awarded many prizes at national and international competitions: Gregorio Baudot prize on the XIX International Piano Competition Cidade de Ferrol, in 2005; first prize on the Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence, , and winner of the Emerson String Quartet Competition, both at The Hartt School. David is currently working as a Director of Music Ministries for the Catholic Communities in East Hartford, CT. He is also co-founder and co-director of Vallis Musicæ, a Connecticut Community Choral project in the Farmington Valley area. Founded in 2006, the group has toured through Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Ireland.

Alice Matteson, soprano, was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School. During her time at Hartt, she performed the roles of Eurydice in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Ginevra in Händel's Ariodante, and First Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. She was also a featured soloist with the Hartt Baroque Collegium. She has been a member of the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford since 2008, where she frequently presents solos. She also serves as a cantor for the Catholic Communities of East Hartford North, St. John Fisher Church in Marlborough, Connecticut and St. Mary's Parish in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Concert works have included soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Benjamin Britten's Missa Brevis and Ceremony of Carols. Chamber works have included soprano soloist in Heinrich Schütz's Müsikalische Exequien, J.S. Bach's Wedding Canata (BWV 202) and Giacomo Carissimi's Jonas. Alice is an active voice instructor. She is on faculty at Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, and Summit Studios in Manchester. Additionally, Alice is a founding member of emerging early music ensemble, Voce Concitato. She also enjoys presenting recitals with her husband, pianist David Garrido-Cid.

Peg Walker has played violin since second grade. Chamber music has been a constant joy and challenge in her life. She began playing the viola fifteen years ago at the request of a friend, and has enjoyed understanding the music she loves from different perspectives – that of the violin and the viola. A founding member of the Con Brio Trio, as well as an active member of the Musical Club of Hartford, Peg is enjoying the additional playing time her retirement affords.

Herb Walker began studying cello in Philadelphia. His love for the instrument and for playing chamber music has stretched over nearly 6 decades. Herb is a founding member of Con Brio, and an active member of the Musical Club of Hartford. In his spare time, he continues to contribute his engineering skills as a consultant for Pratt & Whitney.