CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 5, 2012 – Chamber Music Sundays at Three will present “Savages and Sultans: The Exotic in French Baroque Music” at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
For this concert, harpsichordist Maryse Carlin and friends Brandon Christensen and Elizabeth Ramos on violins, Ken Kulosa on cello, and Douglas Worthen on flute will highlight 150 years of music from the courts and churches of Baroque France.
In the first part of the performance, featured pieces will include “L’Espagnole,” by François Couperin, “Op. 9 No. 7,” by Jean-Marie Leclair, “Sonata No. 2,” by Michel Corrette, and a suite from “Les Indes Galantes,” by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
After an intermission, harpsichord pieces by Jean-Baptiste Forqueray, “Sonnerie de Ste. Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris,” by Marin Marais, and a suite from “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme,” by Jean-Baptiste Lully, will be showcased in the concert.
Carlin has performed throughout the United States and abroad, both as a pianist and harpsichordist. She made her debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales. Since then, she has appeared at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, under the auspices of the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies, and as guest artist with the Boston Musica Viva, Fromm Music Foundation concerts at Harvard University, the Marlboro Music Festival, and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts chamber concert series in St. Louis.
As soloist with orchestras, she has collaborated with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Roger Norrington, José-Luis Garcia and Nicholas McGegan. She appeared as fortepianist on the “Great Performers at Lincoln Center: Mozart Marathon at Alice Tully Hall.” Her performance of the “Goldberg Variations” was proclaimed to be one of the most memorable performances of the year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Carlin has been featured on French television and on radio stations such as WGBH and WBUR in Boston and WQXR in New York as well as on public television in St. Louis. Recent concert appearances have taken her to Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and China.
Carlin is a frequent performer with the Saint Louis Symphony and teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the artistic director of The Kingsbury Ensemble, a chamber group specializing in Baroque and classical music on historical instruments, and of the “Festival de Musique Ancienne” of Saint-Savin in the French Pyrenees.
Christensen was granted a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in New York in 2002, where he studied violin with Mitchell Stern and Baroque performance practice with harpsichordist Arthur Haas. That same year, he joined Southeast’s faculty. Before moving to Missouri, Christensen was a visiting professor of violin and viola at Dickson College in Pennsylvania and a member of the artist faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. He has been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and recently performed and gave master classes in China. Christensen is also the founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Sundays at Three concert series. He performs with such early music groups as Early Music St. Louis, Musicke’s Cordes, The Kingsbury Ensemble and Collegium Vocale of St. Louis.
Ramos is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance. Her appearances with orchestras include the Tchaikovsky “Violin Concerto” with the Belleville Philharmonic Society Symphony Orchestra, the Barber “Violin Concerto” with the Alton Symphony Orchestra and the “Wieniawski Concerto No. 2” with the Webster University Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Ramos is an active free-lance violinist living in St. Louis. She has performed with the Bach Society of Saint Louis at Powell Hall, premiered new pieces for chamber ensemble with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared several times with The Kingsbury Ensemble on baroque viola. She was a counselor and student at the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, N.Y., and attended the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory as well as the Tanglewood and Aspen summer institutes.
A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Kulosa moved to St. Louis in 1997 at the invitation of the St. Louis Symphony. Kulosa came to St. Louis from Chicago, where he played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and, at the same time, held the posts of principal cellist for both the South Bend and Northwest Indiana symphony orchestras. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Houston, Kulosa studied with Laurence Lesser and Hans Jorgen Jensen, later becoming Jensen’s assistant at Northwestern University. An active pedagogue as well as performer, Kulosa is in great demand as a private teacher, and in 2003 the Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association named him their Artist/Teacher of the Year. Kulosa maintains a large private studio of talented cellists and has placed students in virtually every major music school and conservatory in the United States. Currently, he serves as adjunct professor of cello at Webster University.
A versatile musician, Kulosa is found performing in many realms. As a soloist, he has appeared throughout the United States with the Storioni Ensemble, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, Batiquitos Festival Orchestra and the civic orchestras of Boston and Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the orchestras of St. Louis, Santa Fe, N.M., Lake Charles, South Bend, and northwest Indiana. An active and enthusiastic chamber musician, Kulosa can be found performing as well as teaching chamber music on a regular basis. Past years have included nationwide live performances on WFMT radio as a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, performances at the Boston Academy of Music, the Three Arts Club of Chicago, Santa Fe Bach Festival, Alterezza Chamber Music Series, New Music America Festival, and the Innsbrook Institute and Wintergreen summer music festivals. He is active as a chamber musician throughout the St. Louis area with the Saint Louis Symphony Community Partnership program, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and as a member of the Sheldon Concert Hall’s education series resident Piano Trio.
Passionate about period performance, Kulosa is currently a member of The Kingsbury Ensemble and frequently performs music from the baroque and classical period on baroque cello, violoncello piccolo, and viola da gamba. He has also performed with Early Music St. Louis and Bach at the Sem and has served on the faculty of the Baroque String Academy of the Community Music School of Webster University. In the summers, he travels to the French Pyrenees with The Kingsbury Ensemble to perform at the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Saint-Savin.
Worthen has performed numerous concerts in the United States and abroad and released two commercially available recordings. Highlighting his performance career, Worthen was invited to join the Lucerne Festival Strings of Switzerland on three programs, including Bernard Haitink’s internationally acclaimed master classes. After touring with Red Cedar Chamber Music, Worthen recorded works of Kaspar Kummer with the ensemble for the Fleur de Son Classics label, performing the program in Manchester, U.K., for the British Flute Society’s International Convention. His recording of works by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier with harpsichordist Ursula Duetschler for Musica Omnia has received critical acclaim in both the American Record Guide and European publications. In May 2011, Worthen presented concerts in Nanning and Guiyang, China, and later taught at the prestigious Kammermusik chamber music program in Santa Fe, N.M. He is on the faculty of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.RiverCampusEvents.com.