2015, November, 14

The program

The Lexington Symphony Chamber Players with Alexandra Whitfield, soprano

Serenade by Ernst von Dohnanyi (1877-1960)
1. Marcia, allegro

Mignon by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) arr. Aribert Reimann (b. 1936)

June Op. 51, No. 3 by Mrs. H.H.A. Beach (1867-1944)
Chanson d'Amour Op. 21 No. 1
Mirage Op. 100 No. 1

Trio in G by E.J Moeran (1894-1950)
1. Allegretto giovale

O Waly, Waly by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Come you not from Newcastle?

Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999) arr. Andrew Maskiell

Alleluia from 'Exultate, Jubilate" by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

The performers

Alexandra Whitfield, soprano, possesses an agile voice lending itself to a range of styles from Baroque to contemporary American art songs. With her accessible and versatile sound, Alexandra performs around the Boston area as a soloist, educator, and chorister. Her most recent engagements include solo work with the Boston Ballet and the Cantata Singers Chamber Ensemble. Alexandra earned her Bachelor's degree in mathematics and music at Georgetown University and received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in May 2014. At Longy, Alexandra was the only vocalist ever to be awarded the Roman Totenberg Award for stellar academic and artistic achievement and deep commitment to the art of music. She also received second place in NEMPAC's vocal competition, was a prize winner in the Massachusetts bi-annual NATS competition and was a winner in the 2013 Concerto Competition at Longy. Alexandra has sung under the baton of Jonathan McPhee, Murray Kidd, David Hoose, and Simon Carrington. She has participated in masterclasses with Benjamin Zander, Nicholas Pham, and Sondra Kelly. Recent engagements have included work with organizations such as the Treble Chorus of New England, the Athenaeum Museum, the Boston Early Music Festival, Classroom Cantatas, the Norfolk Summer Music Festival, and the Franz Schubert Institut in Vienna, Austria. Alexandra is currently studying with Frank Kelley and is a member of Cantata Singers.

Leah Bartell, violin, has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and Canada and completed a one-month residency in Calcutta, India, teaching violin and performing as a soloist with the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphans through music education. As a violinist in the Boston area, Ms. Bartell is a member of the Lexington Symphony, and has performed with symphonies and opera companies throughout New England, including the Vermont Symphony, Opera North, PORT Opera, National Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music, and Portland Ballet. Ms. Bartell discovered her passion for chamber music while studying with the members of the Lafayette String Quartet at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where she completed her M.Mus. in violin performance in 1999. As a conductor, Ms. Bartell has worked with young orchestras at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. She is the music director at the Waldorf School of Lexington and is the founder and music director of the Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra. After a recent open rehearsal of one of Ms. Bartell's ensembles, and audience member wrote, "...this kind of music-making doesn't just happen; it is the product of inspired joy and hard work."

Lisa Kempskie, viola, has a degree in violin performance from UMass Lowell and has done graduate work in music education at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. She freelances on violin and viola throughout the greater Boston area and is currently principal viola of the Lexington Symphony. Lisa directed the elementary and middle school string program in the Winchester Public Schools for 7 years and has since maintained a private studio. She also has studied bow-making, repair, and rehair at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute in New Hampshire, and works as a rehair and repair person for regional string companies as well as many local players. Lisa is a certified music practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program which trains musicians to play individually-tailored live therapeutic music at the bedsides of the sick or dying. She is also on the faculties of the Westford Suzuki School and the Lexington Chamber Music Center.

Jane Sheena, cello, attended the Royal Academy of Music, London, on a scholarship and graduated in 1986. She won a position to play in the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 1987, playing there until 1991. Moving to San Antonio, Texas, she performed frequently in the San Antonio Symphony and was active as a chamber musician and teacher. Since moving to Boston in 1994, Jane has been enjoying teaching and freelancing. She is a cello teacher at The Waldorf School of Lexington and The Rivers School in Weston. She has been a member of the Lexington Symphony since 2005.

Elizabeth Whitfield, violin, has been a member of the Lexington Symphony since its foundation in 1994. A native of England, she studied at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama. After graduating, she freelanced in London, playing with Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square, London Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Kent Opera. In 1986, she moved to Boston, and focused on raising her three daughters while playing on a more informal basis until attaining Green Card status and eventually U.S. citizenship, enabling her once more to freelance in and around Boston. A Lexington resident, Liz has been involved in many aspects of the Lexington Symphony, and particularly in furthering the reach of Lexington Symphony's educational outreach program, "Orchestrating Kids Through Classics."