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Kalistos '02-'03 Season Finale
May 9, 2003 @ 8 pm
Friday, 8 pm May 9, 2003
at First and Second Church [66 Marlborough Strret, Boston, MA] [click for directions]
another set of directions from the church website
for more info please call Sasha at 617 393 1960
or email info@kalistos.org

the program has been changed to the following;

Gabriela Lena Frank     Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout [1999/2003]
(excerpts originally for string quartet, arranged for especially for Kalistos Chamber Orchestra)
Franz Joseph Haydn    Cello concerto in D
Mihail Jojatu, cello [of the Boston Symphony Orchestra]
Bela Bartok    Divertimento for Strings

 Tickets can be purchased at the door at the following prices
$15 Adults
$10 Students
$5 Seniors and Young Person under 14


soloist bio
photo by Ben Kelley
mihail pic Mihail Jojatu, cello [soloist for May 9, 2002 concert]
Romanian born cellist Mihail Jojatu is currently a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2001.  He studied at the Bucharest Academy of Music before coming to the U.S. in 1996.  He then attended the Boston Conservatory of Music (1998-1999) where he studied with former BSO cellist Ronald Feldman and worked privately with Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio.  Mihail also studied with Jules Eskin, principal cellist of the Boston Symphony, through Boston University.

Mihail has collaborated with numerous prestigious artists, including Gil Shaham, Seiji Ozawa (he was asked by Seiji to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, substituting for Mstislav Rostropovich during rehearsals), members of the Julliard String Quartet and the Muir Quartet.  Among his numerous awards, Mihail won the concerto competition at the Boston University School for the Arts, was subsequently a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra under Keith Lockhart, won first prize at the Aria Concerto Competition at the Boston Conservatory, and was awarded the Carl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize while attending the Tanglewood Music Center in his second year.  He has also performed as guest soloist with the Radio Television Orchestra of Bucharest, and he has won numerous awards in Romania for solo and chamber music performance.  Mihail is also a member of the Triptych String Trio, which has just released its first CD which is available at Virgin Records.

Mihail’s upcoming concerts and collaborations include a solo performance of Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Berkshire Symphony and Longwood Symphony (November 2003); Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Radio State Orchestra of Bucharest (March 2004); prelude chamber music concerts with Sarah Chang at Tanglewood (Summer 2003).


Program notes 

coming soon...

Gabriela Lena Frank
Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout [1999/2003]
(excerpts originally for string quartet, arranged for string orchestra)

photo by Sabina Frank
gabi's pic  Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout draws inspiration from the idea of mestizaje as envisioned by the Peruvian writer José María Arguedas, whereby cultures coexist without the subjugation of one by the other. As such, this piece mixes elements from the western classical and Andean folk music traditions. "Toyos"  depicts one of the most recognizable instruments of the Andes, the panpipe.  The largest kind is the breathy toyo  which requires great stamina and lung power, and is typically played in parallel fourths.  "Tarqueada" is a forceful and fast number featuring the tarka, a heavy wooden duct flute that is blown harshly in order to split the tone.  Tarka ensembles typically play in casually tuned 4ths, 5ths, and octaves.  "Himno de Zampoñas" features a particular type of panpipe ensemble that divides up melodies through a technique known as hocketing.  The characteristic sound of the zampoña panpipe is that of a fundamental tone blown flatly so that overtones ring out on top. "Chasqui" depicts a legendary figure from the Inca times the chasqui runner, who sprinted great distances to deliver messages between towns separated from one another by the Andean peaks.  The chasqui needed to travel light.  Hence, I take artistic license to imagine his choice of instruments to be the charango, a high-pitched cousin of the guitar, and the lightweight bamboo quena flute, both of which are featured in this movement. "Canto de Velorio" portrays another well-known Andean personality, a professional crying woman known as velorio.  Hired to render funeral rituals even sadder, the velorio is accompanied here by a second velorio and an additional chorus of mourning women (coro de mujeres). The chant Dies Irae is quoted as a reflection of the velorio's penchant for blending verses from Quechua Indian folklore and western religious rites.  "Coqueteos"  is a flirtatious love song sung by gallant men known as romanceros.  As such, it is direct in its harmonic expression, bold, and festive.  The romanceros sang in harmony with one another against a backdrop of guitars which I think of as a vendaval de guitarras ("storm of guitars"). -Gabriela Lena Frank


Gabriela Frank, composer/pianist (b. 1972)

Praised by the Raleigh-Durham Spectator as a "splendidly realized" pianist, by the Washington Post as a composer of "unself-conscious craft and mastery," by the Lincoln City Observer as "astounding", by the San Francisco Classical Voice as "captivating", and by the Springfield Union-News as an artist of "honesty and genius," Gabriela Lena Frank's fusion of Latin American folk music with classical strains has been received with acclaim in concert venues across the three Americas and Europe, entailing collaborations with the Illinois Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Mallarme Chamber Players, Musicorda String Festival, Cascade Head Music Festival, ModernWorks!, and numerous other ensembles and festivals. In January of 2002, she became composer-in-residence with the University of Kansas in conjunction with the Spencer Museum in Lawrence, Kansas specifically to continue her work in  mestiza  composition. She has been recognized with awards and commissions from ASCAP, the Theodore Presser Music Foundation, the Society of Composers Inc., the National Federation of Music Clubs, the International Alliance of Women in Music, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Composers Forum, Arts International, the first annual Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, and the Meet The Composer Fund.

In addition to presenting concerts as a pianist and composer, Dr. Frank enjoys talking with a wide variety of audiences on both contemporary and Hispanic music and recently was featured on NPR's West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson.  She performs actively across the country and was featured at the ASCAP Foundation Awards 2002 and the Rock Hotel Pianofest (2002) in New York.  She completed a three-year stint as a volunteer with HASTA (Hispanic Americans Striving Towards Achievement), a Latino prison group at the Gus Harrison Correctional Facilities near Detroit, Michigan.  Active as a disseminator of Latin American music, she has participated in the transcription and publication of a volume of piano works by the Venezuelan composer, Ramon Delgado Palacios.  Currently, Dr. Frank is in the process of collaborating with renowned Peruvian ethnomusicologist Raul Romero in recording the piano music of indigenous composers of the Peruvian Andes.  She recently recorded the complete solo piano and piano/violin compositions of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Leslie Bassett released on the Equilibrium label.  She is published and managed by G. Schirmer and is the youngest composer in their catalogue.  A CD of her compositions is in the works in collaboration with the Essenza Trio based in Belgium.

Upcoming collaborations for Dr. Frank include a flute concerto to be premiered by flautist Leone Buyse and conductor Larry Rachleff; a work for violin and chamber ensemble for Theodore Arm of the acclaimed group Tashi; a string quartet for the Kronos Quartet; a symphony for the Seattle Symphony under the baton of Gerry Schwarz; and a quintet for Innuendo which features pianist Keith Lockhart (conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra), violinist Lucia Lin (of the Muir Quartet), cellist Owen Young (of the Boston Symphony), violinist Chris Wu (of the Pittsburgh Symphony) and violinist Amadi Hummings (of the Concertante Players).  Her string quartet Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout will be performed by the Grammy-nominated Cuarteto Latinoamericano at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in the spring of 2003.

Born in Berkeley, CA in 1972,  Dr. Frank holds degrees from Rice University and more recently, a doctorate (2001) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her teachers for composition have included William Albright, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty and Samuel Jones.  Her piano studies have been with Jeanne Kierman Fischer and Logan Skelton.  She currently makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area and travels frequently in South America.

There will be a dress rehearsal at the First & Second church from 2-4 pm on Friday afternoon [May 9, 2003]  If you'd like to attend the dress rehearsal please contact Kalistos at 617 393 1960.

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bio of our musicians

Sasha Callahan
Andrew Eng

Lelia Iancovici
Adda Kridler
Nikola Takov
Viktoria Tchertchian
Shieh-Jian Tsai
Miwako Yamanaka*


Heidi Broschinsky*
Bradley Ottesen

Dimitar Petkov
Gabe Solomon*


Leo Eguchi
Cynthia Forbes*
Joanna Morrison*


Brian Perry
Ira Gold*

Ana-Sofia Campesino*
Laura Motley*

Jason White*
Barbara Shepard*


Chris Younghoon Kim

* denotes guest artist

Our past concerts

May 19, 2002

September 27, 2002

November 1, 2002

March 14, 2003

Phillips Exeter Residency
February 17-18, 2003

Dean College Concert
February 22, 2003

March 14, 2003

May 9, 2003

Bios of Musicians



 Origin of Kalistos:
Callisto   n.
Greek Mythology. A nymph, beloved of Zeus and hated by Hera. Hera changed her into a bear, and Zeus then placed her in the sky as the constellation Ursa Major. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the eighth in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is the largest planetary satellite.
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