Ring in the New Year with Sherman Chamber Ensemble

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble is ringing in the new year with its annual “Best of Baroque” concerts on Saturday, January 7 at 4 p.m. at Christ Church on Quaker Hill in Pawling, NY and on Sunday, January 8 at 4 p,m. at St. Andrew’s Church in Kent, CT. Audiences will be treated to works by masters of the Baroque era played by the best of today’s chamber music artists.

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The program will include music for harpsichord, flute and strings by Bach, Zelenka, Telemann and Vivaldi. Special Guest Dylan Sauerwald, international prize winning harpsichordist will be joined by SCE Artistic Director and cellist Eliot Bailen, Susan Rotholz (flute), Gerard Reuter (oboe), and Doori Na (violin).
The Ensemble’s “Best of Baroque” concerts have been praised by The Millbrook Independent as “stunning performances…inspiring and uplifting.”

Harpsichordist Sauerwald is a distinctive continuo player, soloist and music director, and is active across the US and Canada. He won the first place title in chamber music at the Concours de Musique du Canada 2009 and was a finalist at the Montréal Baroque CBC / Galaxie chamber music competition 2007, both with Ensemble la Félicité. He has performed in halls from Montréal’s Musée de Beaux Arts to Taipei’s National Recital Hall to Boston’s Goodlife bar.

He has music directed staged productions for Ensemble la Félicité and Ensemble Musica Humana, and is a regular repetiteur for the Amherst Early Music Festival, Venice Opera Project, Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute, and others.

Sauerwald has performed with the Handel & Haydn Society, TENET, Emmanuel Music, the Cambridge Concentus, Lorelei Ensemble, Sonnambula, Tramontana, The Weckmann Project, Ensemble Musica Humana, Ensemble ad Libitum and many others.

Doori Na began violin studies at the age of four and made his solo debut with orchestra at the age of seven with the Peninsula Youth Symphony. A winner of numerous competitions in San Francisco and Los Angeles, he has performed with the Palisades Symphony, Brentwood Symphony, Freemont Symphony, and the Torrance Symphony.

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An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, Carol Wincenc, Cynthia Phelps, and Nancy Allen.

Currently living in New York City, Na has performed with many different ensembles around the city ranging from Classical and New Music to Jazz. He has been regularly performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and recent highlights include tours in Europe, Japan, and the US. In 2011, Doori participated in Chick Corea’s album, The Continents, released by Deutsche Grammophon.

Na holds a Bachelors of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Donald Weilerstein. He was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, and was chosen to travel to Sào Paulo, Brazil in 2012 where he gave masterclasses and performed for students.

General Admission tickets are $30; Senior and Student tickets are $25, and children ages 15 and under are admitted free with the purchase of a paid ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ShermanChamberEnsemble.org or at the door on the afternoon of the performance. For information or reservations call 860-355-5930.

Both concerts will be followed by an informal reception where audience members will have an opportunity to meet the musicians. Performances at St. Andrew’s Church are presented in conjunction with the church’s Music in the Nave series.

For information and reservations, contact the Sherman Chamber Ensemble at 860-355-5930 or info@shermanchamberensemble.org. To sign up for a monthly newsletter on events and travel tips of Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County visit www.litchfieldhills.com

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