String of Pearls
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About the Artists: Carolyn Osborn, violinist, has performed throughout the United States and Europe. From 1982-1985 Miss Osborn's performances as part of La Duo Musica took her to the International Competition of the Bayerisch Rundfunk in Munich, where the Duo was selected into the semi-final round. Carolyn has been a member of both the Capriccio Chamber Players and the Vista Piano Trio, performing in numerous venues around the Southland and Arizona. She played on the Stotsenberg Chamber Music Series at Pepperdine University in a Horn, Violin & Piano Trio. Recently, she performed a violin-piano recital in which she premiered Fantasy Sonata; The Birthday of the Infanta by Maria Newman. Currently she is a member of the Cuarteto Ysaÿe de Los Angeles. Miss Osborn has been a member of the San Diego Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the LA Music Center Opera Orchestra. She is presently a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the LA Mozart Orchestra, both of which she has been on tour and made several recordings. Carolyn just finished a four month run of Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theater, at which she played Concertmaster several times. She is Assistant Principal Second of the Long Beach Symphony and Concertmaster of the Downey Symphony. Carolyn has performed as soloist with the Downey Symphony and the San Fernando Valley Symphony. She has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival, Cabrillo Festival, the Seal Beach Festival, KUSC Sunday1s at Four live broadcasts from the Bing Theater, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. She was in the 1996 Grammy Award Show on national television, and again as a member of the orchestra of The Three Sopranos which was televised from Century City in 1996. She is a member of the violin faculty at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Currently Carolyn is active in the Los Angeles recording studios. Outside of violin performance, Carolyn was President in 1994-96 of the Dominant Club, a Professional Women's Music Club in the Los Angeles area, and has served on the board of the San Fernando West Valley Branch of the Music Teachers Association of California. Carolyn was also chosen as a 1997 Los Angeles Music Week honoree for a Certificate of Commendation from the Los Angeles City Council (awarded in the Council Chambers) for her contribution to society in the field of Music. Cynthia Morrow is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, obtaining a performance degree in violin and a minor in musicolgy. She is a pupil of Samuel Applebaum, Robert Brink, and Cecylia Arzewski, and has been a member of master classes with Joseph Silverstein and Rudolf Kolisch. Her orchestral credits include five seasons with the Portland, Me. Symphony, principal violist of Symphony in the Glen, L.A. Jewish Symphony, and Downey Symphony, and as a section violist in the Glendale Symphony. She is a founding member of the Gaia Viola Quartet, Tsunami String Quartet, and Ariel Ensemble with Carolyn Osborn. She is a well-known studio violist and composer for concerts, television and film. She has performed concertos with various symphony and chamber orchestras throughout Southern California. Dr. Morrow is also a practicing psychotherapist specializing in Tourette's Syndrome and Schizophrenia. Descriptions of the Composers and Compositions: Malibu Music, Opus 113 (1991) Michael Kibbe 1. Allegro 2:28 2. Lento, pastorale 2:16 3. Allegro giocoso 3:16 Sonatine pour Violon et Alto, Darius Milhaud Opus 226 (1941) 4. Décidé 2:48 5. Lent 5:36 6. Vif (Fugue) 3:07 Duo #1 for Violin & Viola (2000) Dev Dosaj 7. Allegro moderato 3:51 8. Adagio 2:06 9. Allegro Giocoso 2:49 Le petit duel (1996) Maria Newman 10. Processional March and Salute The Duel Recessional March and Salute 3:25 11. The Winner and His Lady Dance for Joy as the Loser Looks On 4:10 12. The Celebration 1:25 Little Suite For Autumn (1979) Peter Schickele 13. Simple, flowing 1:35 14. Bright, smooth 1:19 15. Slow 1:20 16. Fast 2:30 17. Simple, flowing 1:31 From My Notebook, Vol. 2 (2000) Benedikt Brydern 18. Morning Rush 1:28 19. Impromptu 2:37 20. Little Night Prayer 1:58 21. Fast Ride for 2 1:58 Total Time: 53: 58 The composers represented on this CD are all alive and still composing, except for Dariuos Milhaud. They all have very different styles, but they are very accesible to all listeners, regardless of your musical background and education. In many ways, it is easy listening. At the same time, the pieces as a whole, give a broad retrospective of what contemporary composers are writing today. Several of these composers are active performing musicians as well as composers. Tak a listen and hear for yourself!