The Cape Ann Symphony released a Virtual Clarinet Quintet Concert, the third of its planned virtual concert season, featuring symphonic musicians under the direction of conductor and music director Maestro Yoichi Udagawa.
The Clarinet Quintet Concert is now available online and features five musicians from the Cape Ann Symphony playing clarinet quintets by Mozart, Brahms, Francaix plus a special encore by Gershwin.
Musicians include Olga Kradenova, violin; Oksana Gorokhovskiy, violin; Bill Kirkley, clarinet; Brandon White, viola; Johnny Mok, cello.
The concert was recorded last month at the historic Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester.
The clarinet quintet concert is available online for $ 25. Video Purchase provides audience members with a video download link for you to view at your convenience. It does not expire and there is no restriction on when you can view the video.
Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org to purchase and for more information.
According to Cape Ann Symphony Board Chairman, Fran White, “This is an amazing performance not to be missed! We are very proud of our musicians and their tremendous talents. These virtual concerts allow us to stay in touch with our audience and our customers Maestro Udagawa and Audio Engineer / Video Producer Dave Jamrog have worked together to create an exemplary music experience that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home! We hope our audience and customers enjoy the opportunity to watch and hearing the CAS musicians in more intimate environments until we can resume our orchestral concerts in person. ”
“The songs are incredibly beautiful,” Udagawa says, “and the musicians play them so well. I’m sure our audience will love this concert.”
“Written in 1977, Jean Francaix’s work is a much more recent piece and our audience may not have heard his music as often as the other pieces in the concert. His Clarinet Quintet is very playful and very French – almost jazzy and definitely neo-romantic .. It’s a fantastic piece and I am delighted to share it with our audience! ”Udagawa added. “The Brahms is from the romantic period and absolutely beautiful. The Mozart is playful and light, but very beautiful and full of contrasting feelings. And the Gershwin, well, it’s a surprise encore so you’ll have to wait to see the concert! “
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, violinist Olga Kradenova holds a BA with Distinction from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK, and an MA from the Longy School of Music. from Cambridge. She has performed with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a chamber musician and soloist throughout Europe. Currently, Ms. Kradenova performs regularly with Boston-area orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Cape Ann Symphony, and teaches privately and at the Brooks School in North Andover.
Bulgarian-born violinist Oksana Gorokhovskiy began her musical journey at the age of six. She received a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a master’s degree from Boston University. She currently lives in the United States and is actively performing as a chamber musician and orchestral musician. She is Acting Second Principal Violinist at Cape Ann Symphony, Second Co-Principal Violinist with the Portsmouth Philharmonic, member of Symphony by the Sea and Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.
In demand as an orchestral musician, recitalist and chamber musician, Bill Kirkley is the principal clarinetist of Cape Ann Symphony. He is principal clarinetist and one of the founders of the Lexington Symphony, solo bass clarinetist with the Orchestra of Indian Hill and the Albany Symphony. As a guest clarinetist, he can often be heard performing with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and City Ballet in New York City.
New member of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, violist Brandon White makes his CAS debut in the Virtual Clarinet Quintet Concert. Originally from New York and now residing in the Boston area, White has enjoyed a varied career as a violist. A classically trained violist, White has been recognized as an analytical and forward thinking musician with a love of all viola music and new compositions. He is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he studied with Shelly Tramposh and obtained his BM in viola, as well as the Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he studied with Lila Brown and obtained his MM in String Performance.
Johnny Mok, principal cellist of Cape Ann Symphony, is currently a freelance musician and teacher in the Greater Boston area. He began his cello studies at the age of five at the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy and continued his studies after immigrating to New Mexico. He pursued musical performance with a full scholarship to the University of Alabama where he competed throughout the state of Alabama and received first prize from the Birmingham Music Club, Federation of Clubs music from Alabama and Camilla Huxford’s Symphonic Concerto Concerto, among others. Mok received a Masters and Professional Studies Certificate in Cello Performance from the Boston Conservatory. In 2020, he founded the Aroma Duo with his piano duo partner, Tianhong Yang. Since then, Aroma Duo has performed in several chamber music series in the New England area.