Master musicians to highlight Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival

HERALD STAFF REPORTJanuary 4, 2014 

BRADENTON -- The Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival will present a second concert this season at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

There will also be a second performance at The Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.

The concert will feature music for two harpsichords, including chamber music played on "period" instruments by Baroque violinist Carol Lieberman, and harpsichordists Mark Kroll, Julane Rodgers, and Ann Stephenson-Moe.

No tickets needed. A free-will offering will be taken.

The concert will feature music by J. S. Bach, François Couperin, Antonio Soler and others.

Performers include:

• Kroll has a distinguished career as a harpsichordist, pianist, scholar and educator. professor emeritus at Boston University and visiting professor at Northeastern University, Kroll has taught and performed throughout the world, and has served as the harpsichordist of the Boston Symphony since 1979. Among his numerous recordings are two CDs of contemporary American harpsichord music for Albany Records, supported by the Aaron Copland Fund.

Kroll's most recent books are "Johann Nepomuk Hummel: A Musician's Life and World" and "Playing the Harpsichord Expressively." He is writing a biography of Ignaz Moscheles and preparing the edition of Francesco Geminiani's opus 4 violin sonatas for the complete edition of the composer's works.

• Lieberman, recognized as one of America's leading exponents of Baroque violin performance for the past 40 years and equally acclaimed for her command of the violin repertoire from the 19th performances of the complete Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of J.S. Bach in such cities as Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Boston and San Francisco, her award-winning CDs of Baroque repertoire, and her recordings of works by Elliott Carter, Olivier Messiaen, Theodore Antoniou and other contemporary composers.

Lieberman has been professor of music at the College of the Holy Cross since 1985, where she also serves as director of the Holy Cross Chamber Players.

• Rodgers was awarded an NDEA Graduate Fellowship at the University of Oregon, where she earned a DMA in harpsichord. She was harpsichordist with the Dayton (Ohio) Bach Society and continues to perform as harpsichordist for the Dayton Philharmonic. She participated in a harpsichord showcase at the Boston Early Music Festival and played a program at the Smithsonian Institution in which she demonstrated some of its famed collection of historic instruments.

At the AGO Convention in Sarasota she gave a harpsichord workshop and this past spring played for Friends of the Artist Series and at the Southeastern Historic Keyboard Society Conclave in Macon, Ga.

• Stephenson-Moe is well-known throughout the southeastern United States as an organist, harpsichordist, conductor and accompanist. She has recently performed recitals at St. Thomas Church, New York; Trinity Church, Boston; the American Cathedral, Paris; and on the internationally acclaimed organ by Paul Fritts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

Stephenson-Moe holds an honorary doctor of nusic degree from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary and a master of sacred music degree, summa cum laude, from Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she served on the music staff of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Stephenson-Moe is co-founder and associate director of Gloria Musicae and Key Chorale. She is organist-choirmaster of The Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota and organist-music director at Temple Beth Israel, Longboat Key.

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