SONAD 2019 ALDWORTH MANOR WORKSHOP JULY 29 – AUG 2

March 14th, 2017

“Never doubt the power of a small group of dedicated, committed citizens to change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”                              Margaret Mead              

Arrival at Sonad Workshop

Arrival at Sonad Workshop

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WHEN

Arrive Monday, July 29, 2019 3 PM – Depart Friday, August 2, 2019, 8 PM (optional alternate departure Saturday AM August 3 for those with long-distance travel)

WHERE

Aldworth Manor (https://www.thealdworthmanor.com/), is located in Harrisville, NH, in the scenic Monadnock Region of Southwestern New Hampshire, a 2 hour drive from Boston and a 4 hour drive from New York City.

Aldworth Manor is a beautiful setting, with some of the most amazing views in SW NH. Please explore the website for Aldworth Manor.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Use this address for GPS:

184 Aldworth Manor Rd, Harrisville, NH 03450

I. Chamber Music Groups

  • Brahms: String Sextet in B-Flat, Op. 18, coached by Eric Stumacher
  • Bruch: Octet for Strings Op. Post (1920), movement 1, coached by Ilya Friedberg
  • Steinmetz: Wind Quintet (2016), coached by Dan Sedgwick
  • Thomas: Wind Dectet (premier), coached by Robert Blake and Eric Thomas
  • Mozart: Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516, mvt 1, coached by Marji Gere
  • LINKS FOR MUSIC DOWNLOAD AND LISTENING/STUDYING – COPY AND PASTE LINKS ON ADDRESS LINE OF YOUR BROWSER AS NEEDED.

    I. BRAHMS: STRING SEXTET IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 18
    Here is the link for the music:
    https://imslp.org/wiki/String_Sextet_No.1%2C_Op.18_(Brahms%2C_Johannes)

    Go to Sheet music, click on parts and search for your part. You will have to wade through the request for $.

    And here is a performance on youtube.

    II. BRUCH: OCTET FOR STRINGS, OP.POST MVT 1
    music download: not available online. Sets of parts can be purchased at sheetmusicplus.com
    Sonad will mail out parts as needed.

    youtube performance:

    III. STEINMETZ: WIND QUINTET (2016)
    This work is newly published. Sonad will purchase a set of parts and mail them out.

    IV. ERIC THOMAS: WIND DECTET (PREMIER)
    Parts will be available in early June

    V. MOZART: VIOLA QUINTET IN G MINOR K. 516, MVT I
    Music download:
    https://imslp.org/wiki/String_Quintet_No.4_in_G_minor,_K.516_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)
    NOTE: Go to SHEET MUSIC and click on PARTS

    youtube performance:

    II. Authors Group for Workshop Participants: coached by Tamara Plummer

    III. Composers Group coached by Dr. Stamos Martin

    THE SONAD GLEN BROOK WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

    All participants will have a focused and relaxed experience in their core group, culminating in a sharing performance/reading for the workshop community and invited guests. Participants will also partake of the other disciplines of the workshop. Community activities such as concerts, skit-night, parties, and abundant recreation, combined with excellent organic food, round out the Sonad workshop experience. Aldworth Manor, with scenic views of Mt. Monadnock, offers excellent sleeping and nearby bathroom facilities, hiking, dining and kitchen facilities, and other recreational options. Beautiful Harrisville Pond is a 5 min. drive. The participatory Sonad experience will include meal set up and clean up for and by all members of the workshop community.

    COST

    $790 per participant, plus $95 admin fee, $885 all-inclusive.

    $350 for significant other/companion.

    $100 surcharge for single room.

    Reasonable family rate on case-by-case basis.

    Upon acceptance, a deposit of $350 will hold your place.

    Mendelssohn Octet for Strings performance, Sonad Aug 20111 Workshop Final Concert

    Mendelssohn Octet for Strings performance, Sonad Workshop Final Concert

    World Premier of Steinmetz Three Pieces for Wind Dectet (2013), Aug 25, 2013

    World Premier of Steinmetz Three Pieces for Wind Dectet

     WORKSHOP GOALS

    Sonad workshops aspire to the highest possible levels of artistic and expressive excellence. Further, we bring life to Sonad’s mission to use participatory arts workshop and public presentations to build community across lines of difference. The cornerstone of our belief system is that all life on our planet is of equal value, to be revered and cherished by each of us. Sonad aspires to make the experience of crossing human divides available to everyone, in a variety of disciplines.

    “If we genuinely want the horrors of the world to cease, we must  fully commit ourselves to the concept that every voice, every life, is a treasure to be loved, revered, and protected.”            Eric Stumacher

    Eric Stu greets the audience at end of Sonad Final Performance

    Eric Stu greets the audience at end of Sonad Final Performance

    At conclusion of Sonad 2013 Workshop

    At conclusion of Sonad Workshop

    PREVIOUS SONAD WORKSHOP MATERIALS

    1) Please read about and peruse a previous Sonad Workshop, including photos, schedule, and other details, at:

    http://sonadproject.org/2010/08/26/sonad-workshop-at-marlborough-nh/

    2) The short stories created in a previous authors group can be enjoyed at:

    http://sonadproject.org/2010/10/15/sonad-authors-stories

    3) A 2 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY BY EMILY FLEMMING

    PLEASE EXPLORE THE  WEBSITE, sonadproject.org,  for further information about Sonad’s mission, goals, history, and worldwide activities.

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    SONAD WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT COMMENTS

    “Thank you for an absolutely incredible, incredible week. It was just fantastic – there are not even words I can use to describe it. I met such wonderful people, reconnected with friends from college, played amazing music  –just to spend four days surrounded by other talented artists, listening to incredibly beautiful music all day everywhere I walked — it was just phenomenal – and today, the Shostakovich was incredible—and I loved the Tetris, and the Brahms of course always makes me weep — and the readings were beautiful.“  ME

     “Basic friendliness. Good projects. Composer group had multiple good outcomes. Good food, facility contributed to good atmosphere and good working conditions. Nice combination of fun and work. Lots of wonderful people around, and an atmosphere that encouraged nourishing conversation as well as fun.” JS

     “The participants in the painting segment were BRAVE, enthusiastic and curious, like young children first discovering the glory of color. It was refreshing to watch these artists discover another venue for their voice.” JT

     “ I left feeling extremely in touch with who I was as a person.  I felt loved.  I felt appreciated. And, most importantly, I felt alive. This workshop awakened a spirit in me that was dead for so long; a spirit that will not be vanquished so easily anymore.  Thank you!” BP

    ” WHAAAT?!! LV Beethoven” — joke at Skit Night”

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    GLSONADD SUMMER 201 WORKSHOP COACHES

    ERIC STUMACHER, piano/director

    Eric and Kathy Stumacher with granddaughter Elsa Burrows

    Eric and Kathy Stumacher with granddaughter Elsa Burrows

    Eric Stumacher, founder and director of the Sonad Project, has performed concerti, solo recitals, and chamber music concerts worldwide to critical acclaim for over forty years. For thirty-five years, Eric served as founder, pianist, and executive and artistic director of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Apple Hill, and the Apple Hill International Tour and Scholarship Project, before resigning in October 2007 to establish the Sonad Project. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and The Juilliard School. Eric also serves as music director and conductor of the Keene (NH/USA) Chamber Orchestra. He resides in Swanzey, NH and he has three amazing children and seven astonishing grandchildren.

    TAMARA PLUMMER, author

    TAMARA
     
    Tamara is a story teller, facilitator, guide, communicator, daughter, aunt, friend, trainer and binge watcher. As the Asset Map Coordinator at Episcopal Relief & Development, she works with staff of The Episcopal Church to empower church communities to embrace, hone and share their stories of ministry, mission and faith. Her love for poetry and writing were developed and nurtured as a student at Bard College. She received a MA is Education from Bowling Green State University and worked with student leaders at The University of Vermont to plan and execute events. In addition to writing, Tamara plays bassoon and enjoys bringing together artistic expressions to create powerful expressions of human life. Her most recent collaboration with Dan Sedgwick and Marji Gere, Ride: For a lady wheeler, explores the intersections of race and gender in the 1890’s. She is excited to join Sonad this summer and support writers as they authentically express their history, hearts, and minds.

    ROBERT BLAKE, piano

    Robert Blake
     
    Robert L. Blake is a Los Angeles-based conductor and pianist. He is active in regional opera, recently leading productions of Così fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, and Otello with VTO and LTD Opera. He is music director emeritus of the Corelli Ensemble. Around LA, he can be heard playing piano, harpsichord, and occasionally other keyboard instruments with singers and instrumentalists, performing music from the 16th century to the present. He studied at the University of Southern California and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (CCM). In his formative years, Robert was a piano student of Eric Stumacher, and a frequent participant at Apple Hill. He served for several years as clarinetist in the Keene Chamber Orchestra.

    DR. STAMOS MARTIN, composer/cellist

    Dr. Stamos Martin, composer/cellist

    Stamos Martin was born in 1985 in Dallas Texas, where. at the age of 8, he became interested in music. Only a few years after beginning the cello, he began to write music. He is a graduate of Catholic University of America and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Martin was prize-winner in the NAACP National-AT-SO competition in 2004, he was awarded a commission for the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in 2006, and and he was awarded a commission by the Young Strings program of the Dallas Symphony Association in 2011.  Stamos has received several fellowships from Sonad and Apple Hill. In 2013, Dr. Martin received his Doctoral Degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, and James Mobberley.

    ILYA FRIEDBERG, piano

    Ilya Friedberg*

    ILYA FRIEDBERG has been critically praised as a “poet of the piano with a magical touch that can bring a fresh view on much-played pieces.” At home on the stage as both a soloist and chamber musician, Ilya is an acclaimed piano performer, composer, and conductor, as well as a very active promoter of new music. A winner of multiple international competitions, Ilya has enjoyed collaborations with great artists such as the Pacifica Quartet, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Claude Baker, Mark Kaplan, Evelyne Brancart, Tim Noble, Carol Vaness, Uriel Segal, and Eric Stumacher. He has performed worldwide in concert halls such as Small Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Carnegie Hall, and other venues across Europe and the United States. Current a resident of Chicago, Ilya was a student of Menahem Pressler and served as his assistant for five years at Indiana University.

    MARJI GERE, violin

    Marji Gere, violinist

    MARJI GERE lives and works in Somerville, MA, the city that gets adequate sleep. She plays violin in classical, pop, and experimental settings and maintains a private violin/piano studio. This past year, in partnership with the Mystic Learning Center, Mystic Tenant Association, and the Somerville Housing Authority, she and pianist/composer Dan Sedgwick founded Around Hear, a free chamber music series and artistic mentorship and exchange program based in the Mystic River Development, a public housing facility in their neighborhood. In support of this work, they have received grants from the Somerville Arts Council, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and Boston Foundation. Learn more at www.aroundhear.org!

    DAN SEDGWICK, pianist/composer

    Dan Sedgwick, pianist:composer

    Pianist/composer DAN SEDGWICK lives in Somerville, MA. His current and recent composition projects include theatrical chamber music interwoven with spoken text (for the Sonad Project and Dilijan Chamber Music Series of L.A.), an assortment of rounds in experimental tunings (for the 2018 debut recording of music/puppetry collective An Exciting Event), and a sonata for violin and piano. In collaboration with violinist Marji Gere, he co-directs and performs for Around Hear, a free chamber music series and artistic mentorship/exchange project in the Mystic Activity Center of the Somerville Housing Authority.

    DESCRIPTIONS OF WORKSHOPS/CLASSES BY THE COACHES

    AUTHORS CLASS FOR WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

    gazebo

    Gazebo classroom for the authors group

     Using the environmental and artistic energy all around us, we will create various experiences to engage in the word (written, experienced and unspoken). We will spend a good bit of timing exercising our writing muscles, while experiencing what these words feel like when we speak them out loud. This workshop will be an opportunity to integrate the performative and contemplative worlds of writing. Tamara Plummer: bassoon12@gmail.com

    COMPOSERS GROUP 

    The composition class offers an opportunity for participants to compose, rehearse, and perform new works written especially for the composers group. The goal is have your new work in hand well in advance of the workshop, so that your group colleagues can prepare their parts of your new work prior to the beginning of the workshop, and there is room and time at the workshop for edits and adjustments. For further details, please contact Dr. Stamos at stajama@gmail.com.                                                         

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    Children's lego presentation

    Children’s lego presentation as part of the Workshop Final Concert

     

    Cecile and young friends

    Palestinian-from-Israel pianist Cecile Khill and young friends at Sonad Workshop