Ralph Vaughan Williams’ piano quintet — utilizing the unusual combination of clarinet, horn, violin, cello, and piano — creates unique timbres and a wonderful blending of instruments. The program concludes with a masterpiece of the chamber music literature, Franck’s piano quintet. Come early for a pre-concert talk given by Dr. Abigail Fine.
Quintet in D Major for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello & Piano
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Piano Quintet in F Minor
Tomás Cotik, violin
Jason Duckles, cello
He has had the honor of performing in concert with members of the Beaux Arts trio, and the Artemis, Cleveland, Orion, Emerson, and Guarneri String Quartets. Jason can be heard on the recording labels Sony, Naxos, Channel Classics, Traditional Crossroads, and Cedille Records.
Wonkak Kim, clarinet
Korean clarinetist Wonkak Kim has captivated audiences around the world with his “excellent breath control” (The Washington Post) and “exuberant musicianship” (Fanfare). Kim has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in major venues and festivals throughout North and South Americas, Asia, and Europe…
… including numerous performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
A Naxos recording artist, he has garnered international acclaim through his extensive discography. Gulfstream, a collection of new American chamber music, received many distinctions, including “Music US Choice” (BBC Music Magazine). The International Clarinet Association Journal lauded Kim’s “lovely sound and consummate facility” in François Devienne: Clarinet Sonatas. American Record Guide praised Kim’s ”seamless blend and excellent legato” on his Stephen Krehl: Clarinet Quintet. His most recent album with enhakē, Prepárense: The Piazzolla Project (MSR), was prominently featured by The Gramophone: “The playing throughout is sublime…. The intensity is real, the sounds gorgeous, the rhythm infectious…. This version strides proudly alongside the legendary recording by Piazzolla himself.”
Kim is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Oregon, where he received the 2020 Presidential Fellowship in Humanistic Studies. He is a Buffet Crampon, Vandoren and Silverstein Performing Artist, and is regularly invited to be a guest clinician at esteemed learning institutions, including The Juilliard School, Yale University, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Lydia Van Dreel, horn
Lydia Van Dreel, Professor of Horn at the University of Oregon, joined the faculty in 2006, and prior to that appointment, held a 10-year tenured position as Co-Principal Horn of the Sarasota Orchestra. Van Dreel’s performing career has encompassed a wide variety of activities as an orchestral, solo, chamber and recording …
… artist. Currently, Van Dreel is a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Quadre—The Voice of Four Horns, the Eugene Symphony
Orchestra, Orchestra Next, the Oregon Wind Quintet, and the Oregon Brass Quintet. Additionally, Van Dreel has performed as a member of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Britt Music Festival Orchestra, The Spoleto Festival Orchestra, The New World Symphony Orchestra, and others. A frequent concerto soloist, Van Dreel has been a featured performer with the Peninsula Symphony, The Sarasota Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Salem Philharmonia, the Willamette Valley Symphony, and others.
Van Dreel collaborates on a wide variety of projects. Notable recent projects include their solo CD, “New Millennium Music for Horn,” released on the Quadre Records Label, “Red Desert,” music of David Crumb, released on the BRIDGE record label in 2015, a featured performance in the 2012 Superbowl Chrysler commercial “It’s Halftime in America,” and a world premiere performance at the 47th annual International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles of “Gjallarhorn,” an electro-acoustic piece for horn, electronics and motion detector, in collaboration with intermedia technology instructor, Chester Udell. Van Dreel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Juilliard School.