Scrag Mountain Music – Saturday, August 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Scrag Mountain Music – Summer Baroque Concert
Saturday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance or at the door. SPPAC Members save 10-20%.
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Scrag Mountain Music is a visionary young organization that is changing the role of chamber music in our society, Scrag Mountain Music connects communities in central Vermont to classical music in a powerful way by presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of world-class chamber music.
The Summer Baroque concert includes the following repertoire:
Violin sonata no. 1 A Major by Heinrich Biber
Sinfonia no. 22 by Alessandro Stradella
Sonata for Double Bass in G minor by Henry Eccles
Tickle me quickly by Tobias Hume
Touch me lightly by Tobias Hume
Tobacco by Tobias Hume
Lungi dal vago Volto by Antonio Vivaldi
Volgio di vita uscir by Claudio Monteverdi
The artists performing at the August 3 concert include: Julie Leven, baroque violin; Lynnette Combs, harpsichord; and Scrag Mountain Music’s Artistic Directors, soprano Mary Bonhag and Evan Premo, on viola da gamba and double bass.
Double bassist and composer Evan Premo is a member of New York City based chamber music collective, The Declassified with whom we performs in residencies around the world. This year he will lead his second residency in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As a member of Ensemble ACJW, Evan has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany.
Along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Evan premiered his own double concerto for violin and bass, “Simple Mysteries” inspired by the nature poetry of Mary Oliver. As a soloist, Evan also premiered “Concerto for Bass and Orchestra” by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. His chamber opera, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” (text by Mark Twain) was commissioned by the Pine Mountain Music and has been staged several times most recently featuring the Bergonzi String Quartet. Evan has performed at summer chamber music festivals throughout the country and has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Mary Bonhag made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009 singing scenes from David T. Little’s new chamber opera Dog Days. She works closely with composers and has premiered works by C. Curtis-Smith, Evan Premo, Lembit Beecher, and Shawn Jaeger. Passionate about chamber and orchestral music, Mary has performed as part of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts Festival of Kalamazoo, MI, the Maui Classical Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains, Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Lancaster Music Festival, SongFest as a Stern Fellow, Yellow Barn, and with the American Symphony Orchestra. Mary has performed recitals at Smith, Dartmouth, and Western Michigan University. She has also been featured on the NPR shows Performance Today and From the Top. After studying at the University of Michigan, she earned her Master’s degree at Dawn Upshaw’s graduate vocal program at Bard College, winning concerto competitions at both institutions. Mary lives in the woods of Vermont where she runs Scrag Mountain Music, an innovative concert series with her husband, double bassist and composer Evan Premo. She has been on the faculty at Smith College and Johnson State College.
About the Peak VTartists Series
Every famous performer started out as a local artist. To become world class, those artists must perform for engaged audiences in a world class theatre. That’s where we come in with our new initiative, Peak VTartists. Strengthening our regional community of artists is an important part of the mission of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. The series will host musicians, singer/songwriters, dance companies, comedians, physical comedians, and family entertainers with Vermont roots. Artists will be presented in a relaxed concert environment, tailored to the size of the audience appropriate for their work, with the same pride as the other international artists on our stage.