Orchestra of Indian Hill: Showcasing Our Own April 25!

Come hear our own musicians as soloists as Maestro Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra of Indian Hill take the stage in our season finale, Saturday, April 25.

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

Cello Concerto in C Major: First Movement

  • Alex Hill, cello

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Concerto  for Violin, Cello, Piano & Orchestra in C Major, Op. 56

  • Alice Hallstrom, violin
  • Aristides Rivas, cello
  • Jenny Tang, piano

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

Featured Indian Hill Musicians:

20140607_IndianHillMusic_AliceGebura_6403Violinist Alice Hallstrom, OIH Concertmaster, also serves as interim Assistant Concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She is also Principal Second Violin with Camerata New England and performs with the Camerata New England Piano Trio. Ms. Hallstrom has appeared with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Utah Symphony, and Nashville Chamber Orchestra, among others. Her featured solo performances include concerti with the Juilliard Baroque Ensemble, Southwest Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee. She has recorded with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Chamber Music Atlanta, Train, Ephraim’s Harp, and The Cartoon Network. Ms. Hallstrom received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School in 2004 where she was a student of Robert Mann, founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet. She holds a bachelor of music from SUNY Purchase, with additional years of study in the Preparatory Division at the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Hallstrom is currently studying with Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is on the faculty of the Groton School.

Aristides Rivas, OIH Principal Cello, is a versatile cellist. Trained as a classical musician, he also plays jazz and folk music. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. At age fourteen, he was named Principal Cello of the Los Llano Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Mr. Rivas performs and teaches in a variety of groups and organizations in Venezuela, Spain, and the United States, including the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Ballet, and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his Orchestra of Indian Hill post, he serves as principal cello of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and plays in the Voci Angelica Trio, which specializes in a diverse compilation of folk songs from around the world. He has also performed with Paquito D’Rivera, one of the living legends in Latin Jazz. His teaching activities include chamber music, high school orchestra conducting, and cello lessons at the New England Conservatory Prep Division and Project STEP, among others.

Pianist Jenny Tang, Indian Hill Music School Faculty, was born in Hong Kong and was a frequent guest performer on radio and television there. At age fourteen she was awarded the Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Schools of Music (UK) in piano performance, and the following year she was honored as a Fellow of the Trinity College of Music in London. Ms. Tang received her Master of Music degree with academic honors and distinction in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Veronica Jochum. She also studied conducting with Tamara Brooks and Frank L. Battisti, and chamber music with Leonard Shure and Bernard Greenhouse. Ms. Tang received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with Randall Hodgkinson at the New England Conservatory of Music. She has performed in such venues as Jordan Hall, Berklee College of Music, Wellesley College, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Tang is a Senior Music Performance faculty member at Wellesley College and is Assistant Director of the Wellesley Chamber Music Society. She maintains a private teaching studio in New York City and is a freelance conductor.

Alex BlogCellist Alex Hill, Winner of 2015 Indian Hill Music School Student Concerto Competition, is a 17-year-old junior at The Bromfield School in Harvard, Alex Hill began his musical training in an Indian Hill Music School’s early childhood class, Music Together, at the age of 2. When he turned 5, he enrolled in Indian Hill’s Group Piano class and then began taking private lessons with IH piano faculty member Judit Ernst. In addition to piano (which he continues studying to this day), Alex started cello lessons at Indian Hill at age 8, working first with Arkady Beletsky and more recently with Timothy Terranella.  Alex says he enjoys music as a way of expressing himself and as a form of meditation as well as a break from school and chores. He also enjoys playing at home and during the holidays with his musical family (he happens to be the grandson of longtime IH faculty harpist and composer Nancy Peters). Alex plans to give a Senior Recital at Indian Hill in 2016 and, possibly, minor in music in college. He hopes to continue performing on both the piano and cello long into the future.

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