SUMMIT, NJ - Afternoon Music will feature the rarely heard combination of oboe, bassoon and piano in a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at The Unitarian Church in Summit, 4 Waldron Avenue (at Springfield Avenue).
Oboist Megan Marolf, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and pianist Mitchell Vines will play Poulenc’s scintillating Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, as well as sonatas by Vivaldi and Saint-Saëns and works by Schumann and Marc Satterwhite. Following the performance, the audience is invited to meet the artists at a reception in the church’s lobby.
Marolf is an active orchestral, chamber and solo musician throughout the New York City area and beyond. She has been a featured soloist with Camarata New York, Ensemble du Monde and Montclair Chamber Ensemble and has performed at many of New York City's top concert halls, including Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall.
A dedicated chamber musician, Marolf performs with TetraWind woodwind quartet, the Harlem Chamber Players, and Double Entendre double reed ensemble. She has a particular interest in contemporary music, and has performed with new music groups such as Alarm Will Sound and Tactus, and at the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Marolf earned her bachelor of music degree from the University of Iowa and her masters from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Stephen Taylor.
Schoenbeck dedicates herself to expanding the sound and role of the bassoon in the worlds of classical, contemporary notated and improvised music. The Wire magazine places her in the "tiny club of bassoon pioneers" at work in contemporary music today, and the New York Times has called her improvisations "riveting, mixing textural experiments with a big, confident sound."
Originally from California, Schoenbeck has recorded for feature films such as the Matrix Trilogy and "Spanglish" and has freelanced with the Santa Barbara Symphony and other regional orchestras. She has taught at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned an MFA in multi-focus bassoon performance. She received her BFA in Bassoon performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Moving to Brooklyn five years ago, Schoenbeck currently performs with the SEM contemporary music ensemble, the composers group WetInk, Anthony Braxton’s 12(+1)tet and the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra.
Vines’ active performing career has taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. The German newspaper Hessiche-Niedersachsische Allgemeine wrote: “The sensitive playing of American pianist Mitchell Vines captivated the audience. He performed with virtuosity and bravura.”
Vines’ teaching and performing experience includes positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, Vermont Music & Arts Colony, New York Summer Opera Scenes and Cunard Cruise Lines. He was twice soloist with the New York Repertory Orchestra.
He can be heard on the CD "American Music for Trumpet and Piano" on Capstone Records, and he is featured on a CD of vocal chamber music by North German composers on the Syrinx label. Recent recordings include a CD of compositions by Paul Zeigler and a recital with Japanese soprano Selena Miyazaki.
Vines is artistic director of Afternoon Music and music director at The Unitarian Church in Summit and at Temple Israel in New York City. A native of Portland, Oregon, Vines holds a BA degree from Portland State University and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.
Afternoon Music tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Students are welcome free.
The series is funded in part by grants from the Manley-Winser Foundation, the Summit Area Public Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.