2012 - From Joy to Joy

Harmonia Trumpets - represent the Music of the Spheres
Harmonia presents …..
From Joy to Joy
A Musical Celebration
Saturday June 2, 2012
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Southern Village Christ United Methodist Church

We all had a wonderful time at the concert on Saturday, June 2, 2012! We counted over 100 people in the audience, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. The audience was so taken with one piece, “World of Fading Light”, by Charles Higgins, that they started applauding long before it was over!

Harmonia composers and performers seem to be as photogenic as they are musically talented! As soon as the last note of Mozart died away, the photo session began. Left to right: Michael Jon Bennett, Emma Armstrong-Carter, Colin Laursen, and Emi Mizobuchi flash their winning smiles!
Julie Harris conducts Charles Higgins's "World of Fading Light" with a stellar cast of performers: Chloe Deshusses, flute; Adam Wang, clarinet; Tim Dyess, horn; Maxwell Ramage, solo violin; Daniel Steinert, piano; Emily Boone, violin; Carolyn Chang, violin; Emi Mizobuchi, viola; Brooke Ferguson, cello
Bea Crist takes a bow after performing Brahms
Chloe Deshusess, flute; Emi Mizobuchi, viola; Adam Wang, clarinet - Suzie Kim's Fugue for Three Friends, conducted by Julie Harris
Julie and Emma play Mozart, Emma's favorite composer!

After the concert, we all met in Ascension Hall for a luscious dinner and time to chat and relax! Most of the audience stayed for dinner and filled the hall to overflowing. Thank you Alice Armstrong and thanks to all her helpers for such a grand banquet.

Here are some of the pictures of the banquet. Thanks to Kelly Harris for taking these great pictures!!

The Golmar family is all smiles, as we celebrate over dinner. Grace's two-piano composition "Civil Dischord" was a spectacular beginning to the second half of the program. This wonderful picture is, from left to right: Peter Golmar, Becky Golmar and Grace Golmar. The camera also caught Emma Armstrong-Carter in the background.
Michael and Gabe always gravitate to the piano while the rest of us are banqueting. As soon as one concert is finished, these two are busy exchanging compositional ideas for the next concert! Imagine Messaien and Bartok brainstorming, and you get a good idea of the energy of these two fabulous composers. From left to right: Michael Jon Bennett, Gabriel Crist.
Bea, as always, is a fashion maven as well as a great musician. Her performance of Brahms Hungarian Dance was impeccable, and we all enjoyed the premiere of her quartet "Turtledoves" for piano, two violins and flute. In this picture, Bea and Julie relax after dinner. From left to right: Beatrice Crist, Julie Harris.
Sabrina's performance of The Entertainer was so much fun, and a wonderful way for everyone to get in the spirit of the concert. Here, Sabrina and her mom Vivian delight everyone with their contagious smiles and sparkling eyes! From left to right - Sabrina Thompson, Julie Harris, Vivian Thompson.
Our banquets become part of our shared history. Most Harmonia students stay in the studio for many years, until they go off to college. The music and friendship we all shared will continue with them throughtout their lives! Here, Julie and Michael Jon Bennett share a moment for the camera.
One of the most wonderful things about Harmonia concerts is the chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones! Janese recently joined Harmonia after a 12 year absence from music. We are so delighted to have her in the musical family again! Susie has long been one of our favorite guest composers. Here we have Janese and Susie meeting for the first time - we all look forward to the music that these two sensitive musicians will create! From left to right: Janese Hart Frantz, Susie Kim Park, Julie Harris.


Pieces marked with * are recent premieres, back by popular demand.  Pieces marked with ** are being premiered on this concert.

 *Fugue for Three Friends                                            Susie Kim Park (b. 1936)
Chloe Deshusses, flute
Adam Wang, clarinet
Emi Mizobuchi, viola

Hungarian Dance No. 5                                      Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Beatrice Crist, piano

The Entertainer                                                     Scott Joplin (c. 1867 – 1917)
Sabrina Thompson, piano

Sonata in Bb Major, KV 570  I.  Allegro                   W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Stephanie Wang, piano

**Turtledoves                                                               Beatrice Crist (b. 2003)
Yuyi Li, flute
Denis Armstrong-Carter, violin
Gabriel Crist, violin
Emma Armstrong-Carter, piano

Concerto No. 2, D major, III. Rondo           Jean-Baptiste Breval (1753 – 1823)
Gabriel Crist, cello
Julie Harris, piano

Spanish Dance No. 5                                          Enrique Granados (1867 – 1916)
Gabriel Crist, piano

Transcendental Étude No. 4 in D minor, “Mazeppa”     Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Michael Jon Bennett, piano


**Civil Dischord (for two pianos)                                   Grace Gollmar (b. 1997)
Grace Gollmar, piano
Jennifer Hancock, piano

**Ex Nihilo                                                                     Gabriel Crist (b. 2003)
Carolyn Chang, violin
Daniel Steinert, piano

**Les harmonies des oiseaux:                              Michael Jon Bennett (b. 1998)
Movement I: La contemplation de deux oiseaux de amour
Michael Jon Bennett, piano

**World of Fading Light                                              Charles Higgins (b. 1995)
Chloe Deshusses, flute     Adam Wang, clarinet
Tim Dyess, horn
Maxwell Ramage, solo violin
Daniel Steinert, piano
Emily Boone, violin    Carolyn Chang, violin
Emi Mizobuchi, viola    Brooke Ferguson, cello

Fantasia in G minor                                                         J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Michael Jon Bennett, organ

Sonata for Piano, Four Hands, F major KV 497       W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Movement I: Adagio – Allegro di molto
Emma Armstrong-Carter, piano
Julie Harris, piano


There are days we live … from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

Excerpt from the poem “From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee


Special thanks to the many teachers who also work with these wonderful musicians.  It takes an entire village to raise each artist, and we are extremely blessed to have such a village of talented and dedicated teachers.

Alma Coefman – flute – teacher of Chloe Deshusses and Yuyi Li
Eric Laursen, UNC-SA – piano – teacher of Andreas Hill
Eric Pritchard, Duke – violin – teacher of Carolyn Chang
Greg McCallum– piano – teacher of Gabriel Crist and Andreas Hill
Hugh Sung, Curtis Institute – piano – teacher of Michael Bennett
Jennifer Hancock – piano – teacher of Grace Gollmar
Jennifer Strickland – clarinet – teacher of Adam Wang
Joseph Genualdi, UNC-SA – violin – teacher of Emily Boone
John Ruggero – piano – teacher of Stephanie Wang
Kyung Yu, Yale – violin – teacher of Max Ramage
Leonid Zilper – cello – teacher of Gabriel Crist
Matt Chicurel  – violin – teacher of Denis Armstrong-Carter
Sheila Browne – UNC-SA – viola – teacher of Emi Mizobuchi
Yoram Youngerman, MYCO – viola – teacher of Emi Mizobuchi


Members of Julie Harris’s Harmonia studio appearing on this concert are:

Beatrice Crist, Sabrina Thompson, Emma Armstrong-Carter, Samantha Strowd –  piano students

Beatrice Crist, Sabrina Thompson, Grace Gollmar, Gabriel Crist, Michael Jon Bennett, Samantha Strowd, Charles Higgins, Stephanie Wang, Andreas Hill – composition students

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