“A Midwinter Night’s Trio,” is an evening of chamber music, on Saturday, January 26 at 7 pm in Murray Hall. The program will feature esteemed local musicians who’ll present a program from the Baroque and Romantic periods by Bach, Rheinberger, and Telemann.
Dr. Yi Li Chang, Violinist
Mary Jodice, Organist
Nicholas Southwick, Flutist
General, premium, and senior/student tickets (https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4048521) available. Premium tickets include reserved seats and a pre-concert reception starting at 6:15 pm.
About the program
Chang, Jodice, and Southwick played together during post-graduate studies at Longy School of Music and consider this program to be a “conversation among friends,” where one musician introduces a melody or motif and the others respond in the same or similar thread. The audience will experience this conversational paradigm of chamber music in the program as well, moving from simpler to more complex forms where each instrument repeats and layers the same melody at different times, giving each one a take on the theme. Even the composers “conversed” with one another. According to Jodice, “In the [Rheinberger] fugue, you can hear Bach before Rheinberger takes off with his own style.” The conversational, collaborative relationship of the artists will enhance this lively and uplifting program.
Adagio and Fugue for Violin and Organ op 150 nr.6 (Joseph Rheinberger 1839-1901)
Trio Sonata G major BWV 1038 (Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750)
Violin Sonata in C minor, BWV 1017 (Bach)
Trio Sonata A minor TWV 42 a2 (Georg Philipp Telemann 1681-1767)
Suite for Violin and Organ op. 166 (Rheinberger)
About the performers
Dr. Yi Li Chang (violin) has been recognized by Boston Musical Intelligencer as a baroque violinist who can “deliver with fluid and engrossing flair and serious acuity, and blend as necessary, adding a rich warmth to the group’s sound.” Her knowledge of music goes beyond the modern and baroque violin, as she has studied both the harpsicord and viola de gamba.
Degrees and honors:
· Graduate Performance Diploma and Master of Music degree in Early Music, Longy School of Music of Bard College
· Master of Music and Doctor of Music in modern violin performance, National Taiwan Normal University
· Honors Competition at Longy
· Roman Totenberg Award
Mary Jodice (organ) is the Director of Music and organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead and works as an organist and collaborative pianist in the Boston area as well as the accompanist and associate director of the Heritage Chorale in Framingham and accompanist of the Dedham Chorale. Mary is enjoying her second career. After a long and successful career in finance, she decided to study music.
· Masters in Organ Performance, Longy School of Music of Bard College
Nicholas Southwick (flute) has been praised for his “beautiful phrasing” and “bright and lively playing.” He made his international solo debut at the age of 18, performing with the Bermuda Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as principal flute with the Trentino Festival Orchestra, the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, the Gordon College Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. A revered instructor, Southwick is on the flute faculty for Ipswich Public Schools, maintains a studio on the North Shore, and has worked as a teaching artist for El Sistema Somerville.
Degrees and honors:
· Bachelor of Arts in music and French, Gordon College
· Master of Music, Bard College’s Longy School of Music
· Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence from the Presser Foundation and the Bay Chamber Concerts (Rockport, Maine)
About the venue
Murray Hall was built in 1808 as the sanctuary of the First Universalist Church of Salem, now The Bridge at 211. A performance space described by a recent guest as “acoustically amazing,” its original Hutchings organ, constructed in 1888, has 1,200 pipes and is one of the finest historic organs in New England.
Murray Hall is named for an early American power couple, John and Judith Murray. As husband and wife, they were equal partners who loved, respected, and supported each other. In their individual ways—his as a Universalist pastor, mentor to young ministers, and organizer; hers as a bold writer who achieved several literary “firsts” in this country, as a correspondent with national figures, and as an educator—they worked toward a shared vision of love, fairness, kindness, and virtue.