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ACE Livestream Event

Seasons: The Promise of Change


Hosted by Williamsburg Presbyterian Church live on YouTube

Sunday, March 21 at 7:00 PM EST

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Franz Haydn "Allegro con Spirito" from String Quartet Op. 76, No.1

Charles Koechlin Pastorale

Guillhaume Connesson Techno Parade

William Grant Still "Mother and Child" from Suite for Violin

Wendell Rosa Duo for Violin and Double Bass

Jessie Montgomery Strum

Francis Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and PIano

Bohuslav Martinu Nonet No. 2


Notes on the Program

Even the coldest, darkest days of Winter hold the promise of the Spring to come. 


For the past year, the world has wrestled in the grip of pandemic--a devastating plague which has robbed us all of so much.  Yet even in dark times such as these, there lies the promise of change--of healing and restoration.  In this livestream concert, ACE explores the arc of emotion we've endured as a people this past year under the ever present shadow of disease and death. 


The program begins with the playful naivete of a Franz Haydn String Quartet and the peaceful contentment of Charles Koechlin's Pastorale, soon interrupted by the frightfully anxious machinations of Guillaume Connesson's Techno Parade.  Out of this alarming contrast flows the comforting richness of WIlliam Grant Still's "Mother and Child" movement from his Suite for Violin. Through these opening selections ACE traces the terrifying intrusion the Covid virus has made into our lives  over the last year. 


Following the Still is Wendell Rosa's Duo for Violin and Double Bass.  A talented young black composer and double bassist, Rosa writes of his Duo:


"what gave life to [this] music was a philosophical thought about the ascension of a forgotten battle,

which happens inside of the character himself."


The hypnotic and unrelenting intensity of the music truly captures this epic battle we've all been waging with this virus, both as individuals grappling with loss, loneliness, and fear, and as a society fumbling for answers and control.  Following the Duo is Jessie Montgomery's Strum for string quartet.  An uplifting and hopeful work, the piece explores textural motives (plucking/strumming sounds) as it gradually unfurls into a joyous dance. 


Francis Poulenc's Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano is next.  Poulenc's music pits elements of melancholy and frivolity over the course of three short movements.  It is three good friends who've found a way to have fun and laugh even while remembering pain and sadness.


To end the program ACE has chosen Bohuslav Martinu's Nonet No. 2 for winds and strings.  Over the course of three movements, the Nonet aptly summarizes the journey and struggle of the past year.  Martinu completed the piece just before his own death in 1959, and it offers a remarkable insight into his own battle with cancer.  A bouncy first movement allegro gives way to an uncertain and deeply sad andante.  The dance-like joy of the finale gives us a sense of the acceptance, contentment, and hope we can find even amid the trials and tribulations of life.  Concluding the program with the Nonet seems particularly fitting given that ACE first performed it on our very first concert ten years ago.  Just as Martinu's Nonet brought us together as a group then to share our love of music, it does so again now.  Though distanced and masked, we find this music reaches easily across the divide to renew our hope and nourish our souls.  We hope it does the same for you!

Performing Musicians

Jennifer Lawson, flute

Shawn Welk, oboe

David Lemelin, clarinet

Thomas Schneider, bassoon

Erin Lano, horn

Alana Carithers, violin

Susanna Klein, violin

Adrian Pintea, violin

Kimberly Sparr, viola,

Stephanie Barrett, cello

Ayca Kartarti, double bass

Daniel Stipe, piano

Maria Yefimova, piano

ACE musicians and guests are members and faculty of various Virginia area ensembles and music schools including the Richmond Symphony, Williamsburg Symphony, University of Richmond, William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University. 


Guest Musicians

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Ayça Kartari was born in Bilecik, Turkey. She began studying the double bass at the Anadolu

University State Conservatory in Eskişehir when she was 11 years old. In 2005, she received a

full scholarship from the International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy Gstaad and Lausanne

Conservatory in Switzerland and completed her graduate studies with Michel Veillon

and Alberto Lysy. During her studies, she performed with Camerata Lysy, Camerata

Lausanne, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, toured Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam

(Concertgebouw), Bucharest (George Enescu Festival), Portugal (34. Festival Estoril Lisboa)

with Alberto Lysy and Pierre Amoyal.

In 2010, she was invited as a principal bassist to Animato Philharmonic Orchestra directed by

Howard Griffiths. She toured and performed in Konzerthaus in Vienna, Stefaniensaal in

Graz, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Smetana Hall in Prague, Kuturcasino in Bern, Slovensk Philarmony

in Ljubljana and Redoute in Bratislava. In 2011, she joined Izmir State Opera and Ballet and

Istanbul Borusan Philharmonic. She performed for The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in

London conducted by Sascha Goetzel in 2015.

In 2016, Ayca moved to Richmond, Virginia, and joined the Opera in Williamsburg conducted

by Jorge Parodi. She recorded with the Space Bomb artist Trey Pollard on his solo album

“Antiphone” as part of a string quintet. She plays electric bass with Richmond-based indie

Turkish pop band, Yeni Nolstalji. She is currently with Greater Richmond School of Music,

organizing chamber ensembles and assisting students in achieving their musical goals in string

instruments. She frequently performs with the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, and she recorded

“Rags and Hymns of River City” commissioned from composer Mason Bates in 2019.

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Hornist Erin Lano joined the Richmond Symphony as third horn in the fall of 2015.  A frequent guest performer in orchestras around the country, she has played with the Chicago Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and many others. Prior to joining the Richmond Symphony Erin held positions with the Virginia Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Britt Festival Orchestra. During the summer Ms. Lano performs as principal horn with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. Erin earned her Bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of James Sommerville and Richard Sebring, and her Master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she studied with William VerMeulen. A native of Richmond, Erin grew up listening to the Richmond Symphony, playing in the youth orchestra and studying with RSO musicians. She and her husband, bassoonist Matt Lano, love raising their two girls in her hometown.


Stephanie Barrett started studying cello in Leesburg, VA, with Jennene Estes. Throughout her academic years, she performed in various cello master classes with world-renowned cellists including Bonnie Hampton, Hannah Holman, Zuill Bailey, Timothy Eddy and Clive Greensmith. She has also participated in chamber music master classes and workshops with the Maia Quartet, Roger Tapping of the Takacs Quartet, the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, the Aviv Quartet, the Penderecki Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet. She has spent her summers studying and performing at Wintergreen Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival.

Stephanie received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from VCU. She completed her Performance Master’s Degree at Lynn Conservatory in 2018. Stephanie freelances in Central Virginia, maintains a private teaching studio in Richmond, and performs regularly with her string quartet, Rosette.

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A native of Québec, Canada, David Lemelin is currently Principal Clarinetist with the Richmond Symphony. Before joining the RSO, David was 2nd/Eb clarinetist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and also previously served a 4-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach where he had the opportunity to work with a wide array of renowned musicians and conductors. In November 2011, David was a winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition and performed a concerto with the orchestra. In addition, he has played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke.

David received his Master of Music from DePaul University in Chicago and his Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal, both in Clarinet Performance.  His main teachers include Larry Combs, Robert Crowley, and Nathalie DeGrâce.

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