Three RI Philharmonic Orchestra members, Pianist Stillman, Gamm’s Tony Estrella team up for a performance of Beethoven’s chamber music and more
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School hosts Boldly Beethoven: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, an original “play within a concert” featuring special guest Cranston’s Tony Estrella, artistic director of the Gamm Theatre. Pianist Stillman, who lives on the East Side of Providence, and RI Philharmonic Orchestra members violinist Katherine Winterstein, cellist Steven Laven and clarinetist Ian Greitzer, will perform Beethoven’s Sonata No.5 for Violin and Piano (Spring), Trio for Piano, Clarinet, Cello and Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (Kakadu Variations). Estrella, of Cranston, will bring Beethoven’s words to life in the world premiere of Stillman’s multimedia Beethoven: Torment & Triumph.
The event takes place at 2:00pm, April 29 (Sunday), at the RI Philharmonic Music School’s Carter Center, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence. The preview is on April 26 (Thursday) at 1:00pm at Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College.
“I am thrilled to be part of this unique collaboration with such extraordinary colleagues. We’re hoping that my script, and the melding and juxtaposition of Beethoven’s music and words, will provide glimpses into the composer’s world and underscore the inseparable nature of person and artist. The intention is to illuminate and contextualize the music, twining together Beethoven’s, Franz Liszt’s and Carl Czerny’s letters, journals and reminiscences. n addition to the debut of my ‘play within a concert’—in which Tony Estrella portrays Beethoven and four of his contemporaries, some of Beethoven’s most monumental chamber music and piano works will be interpreted on stage by members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. I’ll join these consummate artists as pianist.” –Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist, composer and filmmaker
“We are always looking for ways to reach more people in more places in a unique and more intimate setting, which is not possible when we’re performing as a full orchestra. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Judith and Rhode Island College and involve principal players from the Orchestra in an exciting, creative musical program that can be housed at both RIC and the Carter Center, and can travel anywhere in the state or region.” –David Beauchesne, executive director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School
***At a Glance***
Boldly Beethoven: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
2:00pm, Sunday, April 29
RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School’s Carter Center
667 Waterman Ave.
Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist
Tony Estrella, Ludwig van Beethoven
BEETHOVEN: Sonata No.5 for Violin and Piano (Spring)
BEETHOVEN: Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello
BEETHOVEN: Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano (Kakadu Variations)
BEETHOVEN: TORMENT & TRIUMPH: a play within a concert
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students 18 and under or with a college ID, $10 for RI Philharmonic Music School students and family members. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.riphil.org, in person from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence, or by phone 401.248.7000 (M-F 9:00am-4:30pm). Day of concert tickets will be available at the Carter Center starting at 1:00pm.
1:00pm, Thursday April 26
Rhode Island College
Admission is free, and tickets are available at the door.
About Judith Lynn Stillman
Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist, composer and filmmaker, who has been hailed as an “artistic visionary,” is the artist-in-residence and a professor of music at Rhode Island College. She has performed throughout the world, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Grand Teton Festival and at The Grammy’s celebration in honor of Rostropovich. She has appeared with Wynton Marsalis, The Beach Boys, Borromeo, Moscow, Muir, Cassatt and Lydian string quartets, in a BOSE commercial with Herbie Hancock, as visiting guest artist at major conservatories in China, Russia and the Czech Republic, as music director in Rome and Verona, Italy. Winner of 18 piano competitions, the first Pell Award in the Arts, and the Christiana Carteaux Bannister Award for Civil Service in the Arts, Stillman holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. Stillman, as filmmaker, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Music Video in the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in California, Best Multimedia Film in Views of the World International Festival in Montreal, Best Music Video in the Canadian Diversity Film Festival and Best Music Score in the Chautauqua International Film Festival in NY. Her iconic duo recording with Wynton Marsalis on SONY Classical was on the Top Ten of the Billboard charts: “Stillman and Marsalis make an impeccable duo. The playing consistently dazzles.”
About Tony Estrella
Tony Estrella has been artistic director of The Gamm Theatre since 2002 and has produced more than 65 plays for the company. He began working with The Gamm as an actor in 1996, appeared in more than 30 productions, and directed over 20 shows. Under his leadership, The Gamm has received numerous awards, including Elliot Norton Awards for the world premiere of Paul Grellong’s Radio Free Emerson and Clifford Odets’ Awake & Sing! Estrella is on the theatre faculty at the University of Rhode Island and received a 2013 Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has appeared in major films such as The Departed, Manchester by the Sea and The Company Men.
About the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Members
is the concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, the acting assistant concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Ian Greitzer serves as principal clarinetist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Boston Classical Orchestra.
Steven Laven appears with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (principal cellist), the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.