Archival record of the past performance
02/07/14 7:30 pm / Trinity-On-Main Arts Center / New Britain, CT
02/08/14 Feb. 8 / Emanuel Lutheran Church / Manchester, CT
Bach – Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and 5, Adrian Sylveen, violin, Jill Maurer-Davis, flute, Blake Hansen, harpsichord
Mozart – Violin Concerto in A-major, No. 5, K 219, Adrian Sylveen, violin
The concert featured J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 5, from the famous set of six concertos that are gems of the Baroque era, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major. In a rare treat, maestro Adrian Sylveen conducts and performs as violin soloist.
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, written for strings and harpsichord, begins with one of Bach’s most recognizable and buoyant melodies, while Brandenburg No. 5 is written for strings with the addition of a popular chamber music ensemble of the time, a trio consisting of violin, flute and harpsichord. This concerto featured violinist Adrian Sylveen, flutist Jill Maurer-Davis, and harpsichordist Blake Hansen.
Adrian Sylveen, violin soloist and conductor, has performed throughout Poland, Switzerland, Germany, the former Soviet Union, and the United States. He has received several prestigious scholarships and awards including the “Primus Inter Pares” Award given by the President of the Republic of Poland, and permanent US residence for “Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts.” He is the founder and artistic director of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, based in New Britain since 1997.
Flutist Jill Maurer-Davis has been featured on National Public Radio, Australia Broadcasting Co. and Japan’s NHK. She performed at the White House during her time with the United States Coast Guard Band and Woodwind Quintet, and she has appeared as flute and piccolo soloist at the National Flute Association convention. She has performed with the Boston Pops, Worcester and Hartford Symphonies, Connecticut Opera, New Haven Symphony, Orchestra New England, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, CT Virtuosi, CT Lyric Opera, and toured with tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Keyboardist Blake Hansen is an experienced solo and chamber musician and winner of many competitions, including the University of Redlands Merit Awards, the Inland Empire Piano Festival, both in California, and the Sigma Alpha Iota music competitions in St. Louis. He has performed in throughout the United States and Europe in prestigious venues including Steinway Hall in New York City and Illsley Ball Nordstram Hall in Seattle and for artists including Boris Berman and Simon Trpceski.