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Quintet for Clarinet & Strings, Op.10
ABOUT SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR:
Coleridge-Taylor’s father, thwarted in his attempts to progress as a physician—through apparent racial prejudice—deserted his son and English wife and returned to his native West Africa. At the age of five Samuel began playing the violin and joined the choir of a Presbyterian church in Croydon, where H.A. Walters guided his progress and arranged his admittance to the Royal College of Music in 1890.
While still a student he published some anthems, but his creative gifts were more apparent in various colourful instrumental works. In 1896 he became conductor of an amateur orchestra in Croydon and began teaching, guest-conducting, recital work, and judging at music festivals to support his wife and two children. He also continued to compose and was an early success at the Gloucester Festival with an orchestral Ballade in A Minor (1898), which was followed by his outstanding achievement, the Longfellow trilogy for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra of Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast (1898), The Death of Minnehaha (1899), and Hiawatha’s Departure (1900). In these and numerous other works, including incidental music, choral works, and a violin concerto (1911), influences from Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, and Grieg appear along with a spontaneity derived from appreciation of African American folk music, in which Coleridge-Taylor was a pioneer. He was well received in the United States, where he toured in 1904, 1906, and 1910.
ABOUT INSCAPE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA:
Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Richard Scerbo, INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra is pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience.
With its flexible roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated group of high energy master musicians has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, DC region and beyond.
EVAN ROSS SOLOMON, CLARINET
A native of Philadelphia, Clarinetist, Evan Ross Solomon is widely-known for his versatility, depth of tone, and technical brilliance on both clarinet and bass clarinet. Recognized for his compelling performances of works of Brahms, Mozart, and Messiaen, Mr. Solomon is equally at home in many works of contemporary music. As principal clarinet of Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Solomon’s performances have been praised by publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Gramophon Magazine. Mr. Solomon appears prominently on all four of Inscape Chamber Orchestra’s recordings including the 2014 Grammy nominated “Sprung Rhythm,” and the 2016 recording of “Petrushka,” for 17 solo players.
As a conductor and arts leader, Mr. Solomon is the Artistic Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP). Since assuming this role in 2014, Mr. Solomon has conducted DCYOP ensembles on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, at the National Basilica, and with the Washington Ballet in performances of Peter and the Wolf. Mr. Solomon has participated in three international tours with the DC Youth Orchestra including their residency at the MusicaRiva Festival in Riva del Garda, Italy in the Summer of 2018.
Mr Solomon holds Degrees from Peabody Conservatory of Music and University of Maryland.
DEREK POWELL, VIOLIN
Derek Powell joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 2020 after serving as a violinist in the U.S Army Band “Pershing’s Own”. During his time in the military he performed at the White House for State visits and other high profile events and performed regularly for the community and in service of U.S Congressional and military leadership. He frequently performs with the grammy nominated contemporary music ensemble, Inscape, and loves contributing to community engagement presentations with the D.C. based music collective, Sound Impact. Before moving to the D.C area Derek was a fellow in the New World Symphony “America’s Orchestral Academy” in Miami Beach, Fl. Derek earned a Bachelor of Science double major with honors in both neurobiology and music from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and graduated with his Master of Music degree from Rice University, where he was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship in Violin. Derek’s primary teachers include David Perry, Kathleen Winkler, Felicia Moye, and Eugene Purdue. In the summer Derek performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and previously with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Strings Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs, CO.
SARAH D’ANGELO, VIOLIN
Praised by the Washington Post for her “sweet” and “limpid” tone, violinist Sarah D’Angelo is a sought after performer of chamber music in both the DC metropolitan area, and across the nation As a principal and founding Musician of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Ms D’Angelo is featured prominently on “Sprung Rhythm,” Inscape’s 2014 Grammy nominated album. Many of Inscape’s nearly 40 world premiere commissions were written for Ms. D’Angelo, and her unique and subtle interpretations of contemporary music.
Ms D’Angelo performs regularly as a member of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and the American Pops Orchestra. She appears frequently with many of the region’s finest performing ensembles including the POSTclassical ensemble, the Maryland Symphony, the Delaware Symphony and more.
Ms D’Angelo made her solo debut with orchestra at age 12 with the New York Symphonic ensemble. She has performed across the US, Russia, Italy, and Austria in venues such as Tchaikovsky Hall, The Kennedy Center, The National Gallery of Art, and Seiji Ozawa Hall. She has spent recent summers performing at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival and the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival in Jamaica, VT.
Ms D’Angelo received her BM from the Peabody conservatory of Johns Hopkins university and her MM at the university of Maryland. Her principal teachers have included Carol Rodland, Joan Kwuon, Herbert Greenberg, and Violaine Melançon.
ALLYSON GOODMAN, VIOLA
Praised for “fine sensitivity in her solos” by Chicago Classical Review, Allyson Goodman enjoys a varied and vibrant career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. In 2014, Allyson was appointed principal viola of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra and joined as the youngest member of the ensemble. Allyson performs regularly in venues throughout the D.C area, such as the Phillips Collection and National Cathedral and is a regular guest artist with the National Chamber players. She recently joined the faculty of the Catholic University of America and has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and Miami Summer Music Festival. Allyson spends her summers performing at The Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and the Caroga Lake Music Festival in upstate New York. When she’s not playing and teaching the viola, Allyson enjoys catching as many shows at the Kennedy Center as possible and exploring Washington D.C. on her bicycle with her husband, violinist Derek Powell.
ROSANNA BUTTERFIELD, CELLO
Praised for her “supple phrasing” and “singing tone” (South Florida Classical Review), Canadian cellist Rosanna Butterfield is a versatile performer and teaching artist. After studying with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music throughout high school, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 2012 at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas, under the tutelage of Norman Fischer. Rosanna then became a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, where she honed her skills as an orchestral and chamber musician, and participated in a variety of educational outreach projects (2012-2016). She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for three summers (2009-2011), and also a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland (2012-2014). For the past several years, Rosanna has enjoyed a multifaceted career in the Washington, D.C. area, where she lives with her husband, violinist Foster Wang. She has performed with the Washington National Opera Orchestra, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, and Maryland Lyric Opera, and is on the faculty at the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program.