NHA News Release: May 24, 2016

NHA presents Rossini Club Chamber-Music Collective at Greater Light

Rossini ClubNANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that the Rossini Club, a chamber-music collective, in partnership with the NHA and Ambrosia, will perform a special concert on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 6 P.M. at Greater Light, 8 Howard Street.

Combining the art of music with the universal appeal of fine cuisine, the Rossini Club intends to bring the world of classical music to an audience that may be unfamiliar with this style. Featuring diverse groups of instrumentalists and composers, the Rossini Club seeks to bring classical music back to its domestic setting in a culturally relevant way, paired with food and good company – in the way it would have been planned, discussed, and enjoyed only fifty or so years ago, and for centuries before that.

During this evening of music, guests will enjoy of the works of Bright Sheng, Johannes Brahms, and Maurice Ravel while tasting complementary appetizers that will add life to the music and awaken the senses, thanks to food pairing from Ambrosia, a Nantucket boutique specializing in artisan chocolates, organic teas, and spices from around the world.

Tickets for the performance are $30 per person and available at www.nha.org/tickets. Doors open at 5:30 P.M., with the concert beginning promptly at 6 P.M. Due to spatial constraints, no late admittance will be permitted.

“The NHA is thrilled to welcome the Rossini Club and Ambrosia to one of our most beautiful historic properties,” says Brianne Roth, NHA Public Programs Coordinator. Greater Light is the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind sensory experience of music and food!”

The Rossini Club consists of:

Nicholas Davies Clarinetist and composer Nicholas Davies grew up in Sydney, Australia, where at a young age his musical interests were evident. After moving to Nantucket, he attended the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, and studied clarinet with Donald Bravo and composition with Howard Frazin through the New England Conservatory. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras throughout the New England area including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Symphony. Davies won the Gold Medal in the 2014 Texas Young Artists Competition and performs with the Prismatics Woodwind Quintet, a group of which he is a founding member. He received the Bronze Medal in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2015 and has worked with the Walden Chamber Players for three consecutive years as part of their outreach programs on Nantucket. Last summer, he attended the Aspen Music Festival as the Contemporary Ensemble Fellow.  Davies recently graduated from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied clarinet with Richard Hawley. This year, he will pursue graduate studies in the fall semester at the University of Southern California, where he will work with Yehuda Gilad.

Anya Wilkening Violinist Anya Wilkening is a recent graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Music History. In 2015, in recognition of her research on the Magdalenian identity in fifteenth-century Passion plays, she received first prize for undergraduate students in the Fondren Library Research Awards. The Williamson Foundation of Music has supported her musical education, and as a grant recipient she attended Yellow Barn Young Artists Program and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Wilkening has participated in master classes with the Chiara String Quartet, the Peabody Trio, and the Borromeo String Quartet, as well as with Lucy Chapman, Charles Castleman, and myriad other individuals. She has studied with Magdalena Richter, and will continue her studies with Paul Kantor, pursuing a Master in Music degree from the Shepherd School in Houston.

Carson Marshall A resident of Western Massachusetts, violinist Carson Marshall began his music studies at age three. Coming from a musical family, in his early life he was exposed to a wide variety of classical, jazz, and traditional folk music. In 2009, the first year he played with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO), Marshall accompanied the orchestra in its concert tour of London, and in 2012 joined in its tour of Austria and Hungary. He served as concertmaster for the BYSO’s young people’s concert series in a performance of Peter and the Wolf with fellow musicians from the BYSO. In 2011, Marshall attended Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, where he was named an Emerson Scholar and received a full scholarship to its orchestral and chamber music program. He served as concertmaster for many of the World Youth Symphony performances, including the final summer concert “Les Preludes.” During the summer of 2012, Marshall attended Greenwood Music Camp on a scholarship, and in the summers of 2013–15, he attended the Aspen Music Festival where he was a member of the Aspen Chamber Symphony and a student of Paul Kantor. In 2012, he was invited to perform on the PBS radio show “From the Top” and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke young artist award. Marshall regularly participates in community outreach, educating young people about the study of music and life as a professional musician. He is currently employed by the Klein, Texas, school district, where he conducts private lessons.

Catherine Chen Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, violist Catherine Chen began to study music first with her mother, a piano teacher, at the age of six, and later picked up the violin at age eight, percussion at fourteen, and finally viola at seventeen. She has since resided in Montréal, Canada, to complete her Bachelor of Music degree at McGill University with André Roy, and also in Houston, Texas, to pursue her Master of Music degree with James Dunham. Notable highlights of her music career thus far include being a chamber music fellow in the Toronto Summer Music Festival, touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and playing with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra in the 2010 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Vancouver. Although she is training in classical music, and regularly performs in orchestras and string quartets, she has also played in concert bands, marching bands, and jazz bands. After these performances, Chen will be spending the rest of the summer at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado.

Nathan Watts Cellist Nathan Watts has performed music ranging from classical to contemporary on the stages of prominent national and international concert halls. A passionate educator, he is registered to teach the Suzuki String Method and participates in the Shepherd School Preparatory program teaching Eurythmics. As a participant in Japan’s Pacific Music Festival (PMF), Watts performed in Suntory Hall in Tokyo and in Kitara Hall in Sapporo. Additional performances at PMF offered him the opportunity to perform the Dvorak Serenade for Winds, Cello, and Double Bass alongside principal players of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. During Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music, he performed composer Hannah Lash’s Pressure, Friction, Impact for Cello and Piano in Ozawa Hall. He was also given the opportunity to perform the world premiere of Colin Matthews’s String Quartet No. 5. Watts began playing the cello at the age of seven, studying the Suzuki Method with Lynne Beiler. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Stephen Geber. Currently he is pursuing his master’s degree in Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Desmond Hoebig.

“We're excited to be presenting this unique program of music in partnership with the NHA, especially in such an appropriately eclectic space,” says Nicholas Davies, Rossini Club codirector. “To us, it's really these types of spaces and events that bring us closer to both the meaning of the music and to the significance of great art, company, and food. The project has been long in the works, and both Claudia Butler, of Ambrosia, and I are thrilled to be bringing this kind of experience to the island.”
Originally a working livestock barn, Greater Light was transformed into a summer home and art studio in the 1930s by Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan, two Quaker sisters from Philadelphia. The garden of this historic property once served as a gathering spot for teas, a venue for parties and performances, and the perfect backdrop for summer visits with the family. Restored by the NHA, Greater Light reopened to the public in 2011.
Greater Light is located in a quiet residential neighborhood with very limited parking and vehicle access. Please plan to walk or bike to this program.
For additional information about this exhibition, visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:
Rossini Club at Greater Light
Thursday, June 9, 2016
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M)
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street