Join us on Saturday, October 23 at 3:00 pm for an afternoon of duo and trio music for clarinet, viola, and piano. The program explores music of the classical and romantic eras of the German-Austrian tradition, and then moves to jazz-influenced music of the twentieth century.



Program

Composer Work Year
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Kegelstatt Trio, K. 498 1786
Max Bruch Acht Stücke, Op. 83 (selections) 1910
Robert Schumann Märchenerzählungen Trio, Op. 132 1853
George Gershwin Three Preludes (arr. C. Neidich) 1926
Francis Poulenc Clarinet Sonata, FP 184 1962


About the Artists

Bixby Kennedy

Admired for his “suppleness and beauty of tone” (Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald), clarinetist Bixby Kennedy has performed concerti with the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Bloomington Sinfionetta, and Indiana University Symphony. Additionally, he has garnered prizes from the Minnesota Young Artist Competition, ECSO, Hellam, Ima Hogg, Boston Woodwind Society, and Indiana University competitions. In 2013, Bixby commissioned and premiered his colleague Kevin Garza’s Clarinet Concerto, which remains a staple of his repertoire.

As a chamber musician, Bixby has performed throughout the US and Europe making appearances in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, Music from Angel Fire, and Caramoor. On period instruments, Bixby performs classical repertoire on period instruments and replica instruments throughout the US with Grand Harmonie Orchestra. He is also Associate Principal Clarinet in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Principal Clarinet in Symphony in C.

Originally from Maryville, Tennessee, Bixby is a graduate of Yale University and Indiana University. His teachers include David Shifrin, Howard Klug, and Eric Hoeprich.


Emily Brandenburg

Violist Emily Brandenburg is an avid orchestral and chamber musician, premiering new works by composer Nathan Prillaman. and has performed with prominent musicians such as Amy Schwartz Moretti, David Halen, Robert McDuffie, Julie Albers, Christopher Rex, Elizabeth Pridgen and Adam Neiman.

A native of Rhode Island, Emily began her violin studies at age of five at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. She earned her undergraduate degree at the McDuffie Center for Strings, studying with Lawrence Dutton and Rebecca Albers. Emily completed her Masters degree at New England Conservatory, studying with Martha Katz, and her Master of Musical Arts degree at Yale University where she studied with Ettore Causa.


Marika Bournaki

Marika Bournaki is at once a world-class performer, dazzling pianist, vivacious young woman, and one of the freshest faces on the classical music scene. Ms. Bournaki not only brings distinctive interpretations to favorite standards, but extends her passion for music by commissioning works from younger composers and collaborating with artists from various fields.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Bournaki performs regularly at Brooklyn’s Bargemusic, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Frankly Music series in Milwaukee, while serving on the faculties of the Eastern Music Festival and Canada’s Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance. She tours internationally with her husband, cellist Julian Schwarz. Both are also members of the Mile-End Trio along with violinist Jeffrey Multer.

Born and raised in Montreal, Marika Bournaki began performing in public at a young age and was the subject of the award-winning 2012 documentary I Am Not A Rock Star. Ms. Bournaki holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where her principal teachers were Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio.


About the Concert

Our concerts take place at a private residence in southern Rhode Island near the villages of Peace Dale and Wakefield. The street address is 103 North Road, South Kingstown RI 02879.

Map and Directions

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, guests are asked to wear masks at all times while inside the venue. The performance space is well-ventilated and there is a large outdoor deck where guests can remove their masks, enjoy a drink, and socialize.

This performance begins at 3:00 pm. If your schedule permits, please join us one hour before of the performance for a discussion about the music on the concert program. After the performance, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about their background, interests, and activities.


Reservations

Advance reservations are required. If you’d like to attend this concert, send us an email and tell us the number of seats to reserve. If seating is available, we’ll confirm your reservation. If not, we’ll add you to the waiting list. If you have a confirmed reservation and you later decide not to attend, please let us know so others can take your place.

The suggested contribution is $40 per person. Contributions are collected at the door. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.