Levine Presents 2022-23
Baroque to Tango
Singing and dancing across time with a cello quartet
Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7 PM ET
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Pavana and Galliarda | Melchoir Frank
Prelude: Crepusculo | Heyni Solera
Fantasia No. 5 in B-flat Major | G.P. Telemann
Allegro – Largo – Allegro
“Adio, Querida” | Sephardic Traditional
“Scalerica D’Oro” | Ladino Traditional
“Maz’l” | Abraham Ellstein/Molly Picon | Arr. V. Popov
“Amnesys” | Pablo Jaurena
Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo | Manuel de Falla
De vez en cuando | Ramiro Boero
Libertango | Astor Piazzolla
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 | Heitor Villa-Lobos
“Sinsur” | Julian Peralta/Victoria Di Raimondo
About the Performers
Arianne Brown is the Cantor at the dynamic Adas Israel Congregation, where she has a large musical, educational, and pastoral portfolio. Arianne graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers with a Bachelor of Voice/Music Education, and the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Master of Sacred Music and MA in Jewish Education. She performed with the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in productions of Di Kishifmakhern, Akeydes Yitzkhok, Di Golkene Kale, and On Second Avenue. Solo appearances include off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Warsaw’s Ida Kaminska Yiddish Theater, Dodger Stadium, National Cathedral, and the Krakow Jewish Music Festival.
Heyni Solera has enjoyed a career in the US and abroad performing in Argentina, Canada, and Australia and collaborating with prominent tango artists such as Ramiro Boero, Julian Peralta, Pablo Jaurena, Santiago Segret, Pedro Giraudo and many more. Heyni is part of the cello/bandoneon duo, Arco & Aire, with cellist Maxfield Wollam-Fisher. Their arrangement of “La Bordona” won Best Latin Song at the 2022 Wammie awards, which can be found in their EP, Overture. This past July, Arco & Aire recorded their first full album of new contemporary tango music which will be released in 2023.
Aron Rider received her MM in Cello Performance from Louisiana State University, studying with Dennis Parker and BM in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and additionally with Janos Starker, Helga Winold, and Ede Banda. Aron has performed at the Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Olney Theater, National Theatre, and Wolf Trap as well as with multiple local orchestras and ensembles. In chamber music, Aron has participated in several Levine Presents programs and in the inaugural season of “Chamber Music for the Outer Cape” concert series in Provincetown, MA.
Cellist Vasily Popov was born into a musical family in St. Petersburg, Russia and has performed extensively, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, in Germany, Russia, Belgium, Finland, Italy, and the United States. He is a prize winner at the All-Russian Competition and the Gartow Foundation Competition. He was also an artist-member of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation’s “Live Music Now” and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Vasily actively collaborates as a performer and concert manager with concert organizations and musicians in the U.S. and abroad.
Known for his enthusiastic dedication to the cello both as a performer and teacher, Seth Castleton has enjoyed collaborating with music ensembles in the Washington, DC area such as the Alexandria Symphony, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, Avanti Masterworks Festival Orchestra, Saint Andrew Parish Orchestra, the Annapolis Chamber Players, and the Levine Baroque Trio. In recent years, Dr. Castleton has taken a keen interest in the rich repertory of the viola da gamba, developing a baroque aesthetic through performances at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, as well as through performances with the Levine Baroque Trio, including several performances in the Church of the Epiphany’s Tuesday Concert Series.
Maxfield Wollam-Fisher is a cellist, teacher, interdisciplinary producer, and tango musician who has performed in basements, bars, and concert halls around the world. Maxfield holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin and studied with Peter Howard, Sharon Robinson, and Uri Vardi. Currently living in DC, Maxfield is director of the Da Capo Tango Orchestra, cellist for the contemporary tango duo Arco & Aire, and co-host of Bienvenido al Tango on WOWD 94.3 FM. Recently, he has performed with In Series Opera Company and directed Orquesta Tipica Loca for the Loca Tang(oh) Festival. Maxfield serves as associate chair for the string department at Levine.