EMBARK's SUITE MUSIC SERIES presents BLACK MARBLE's "Opera for Two"
Embark's SUITE MUSIC SERIES is proud to present BLACK MARBLE DUO featuring violinists Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer with a virtuosic program entitled "Opera for Two. The instrumental serenade showcases rarely-performed music by Mozart, Leclair, Telemann and Barbella.
This unique performance will be complemented with insightful, humorous and educational commentaries for each selection by Schwarz and Marmer.
This presentation is in part supported by ArtsWestchester and Westchester County Legislator, John Testa.
The violinists of BLACK MARBLE are the co-directors of the internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble, REBEL, with whom they record and concertize extensively in the U.S. and abroad. The name Black Marble derives from the English translation of their last names: Schwarz (German, for black) and Marmer (Dutch, for marble). The duo has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kendal-on-Hudson Concert Series, Downtown Music at Grace (White Plains), Harvard Business School Concert Series, Cape Cod Early Music Festival and Midtown Concerts in New York City; in September 2010 Black Marble was featured on WQXR-FMs violin month, in an interview and video performance hosted by Jeff Spurgeon. The ensemble aims to explore the rich, virtuosic and rarely performed repertoire written for two violins by Leclair, Telemann, Mozart, Reger, Spohr and Bartok, amongst others, on instruments and bows appropriate to their respective periods. The husband and wife team perform on equally well-matched Stainer violins dated 1660 and 1668, respectively.
JÖRG-MICHAEL SCHWARZ is the director of the internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble, REBEL and is one of North America's leading proponents of the baroque violin. A prize winner in several international violin competitions, Mr. Schwarz has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia & Europe. A recipient of numerous grants and scholarships, he studied violin with Max Rostal in Germany and with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York. As soloist he has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Symphony under Yehudi Menuhin, Berne Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and Heilbronn Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.
As Baroque violinist he has performed with Marie Leonhardt, Jaap Schroeder, Albert Fuller, Reinhard Goebel, the English Baroque Soloists, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Anima Eterna, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra and Musica Antiqua Köln. He has also served as concertmaster of the Connecticut Early Music Festival Orchestra (1990-92), the Barockorchester Stuttgart (1992-96), Grande Bande (New York), the New York Collegium, American Bach Soloists and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and has been a featured performer at early music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. His recording of Vivaldis Four Seasons appears on the Chesky label and he can also be heard on Channel Classics, ERATO, Sony, Smithsonian Press, Arabesque, PGM, Vox Classics, Koch International, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Hänssler Classic, Naxos, ATMA Classique, Dorian/Sono Luminus and Bridge Records. Mr. Schwarz has presented lecture demonstrations on the famed Stradivarius and Amati collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, and his solo playing can be heard on the headphones at the museums Musical Instruments Collection. Among many other interests Mr. Schwarz is an avid wine enthusiast.
KAREN MARIE MARMER studied violin at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and at the Yale School of Music. Her baroque violin studies were with Jaap Schroeder at Yale, Marilyn MacDonald at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College and with Lucy van Dael at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. As violinist and co-director of the internationally acclaimed ensemble, REBEL, Ms. Marmer has concertized extensively in Europe and North America and has been heard at early music festivals in Boston, Berkeley, Utrecht, Bruges, Halle, Regensburg, Göttingen, Stuttgart, Berlin, Vienna and Ambronay, as well as at Caramoor and the Chautauqua Institution in the U.S. Her recording credits include Vox Classics, PGM, Chesky, Buckyball Records, Koch International, ATMA Classique, Hänssler Classics, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Dorian/SonoLuminus, Bridge Records and Naxos. Praised for her playing as subtle and supple (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and as possessing great temperament and color(St. Paul Pioneer Press), her international career has included collaborations with Capriccio Stravagante (Paris), the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Ensemble Baroque de Mateus (Portugal), the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Les Idées Heureuses and Ensemble Caprice (Montréal) and the American Bach Soloists. She has been a principal player with the New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, New Yorks Grande Bande and with the Barockorchester Stuttgart, of which she served as co-concertmaster from 1991-96. Ms. Marmer is also artistic director of the ensemble, Tableau Vivant and co-director of Black Marble Duo along with her husband, violinist Jörg-Michael Schwarz.
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