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United Campus Ministry
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Benefit Concert for United Campus Ministry
at the University of Maryland
Emil Chudnovsky, Violin Jose Ramos Santana, Piano
January 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Donate Here
Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817
Free-will offering – Suggested Donation $20
(All contributions made beginning January 1, 2014
will be matched up
to $6,000 by the National Capital Presbytery.)
“…a remarkable virtuoso violinist…Chudnovsky can both sparkle and
sing. His reserve of power is far above average …his rhetoric is
sensually intense…big, spotlight-like tone…brilliant young violinist...” Politiken,
" powerful…Mr. Ramos
Santana played with virtuosity and precision". The New York Times
E. Ysaÿe Poème
élégiaque, op. 12
(1858 – 1931)
C. Franck Sonata
for violin and piano in A major
(1822 – 1890) Allegretto ben moderato
Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia
E. Bloch “Baal
Shem” Suite (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life)
(1880 – 1959) Vidui
R. Strauss Sonata for violin and piano in E flat major, op. 18
(1864 – 1949) Allegro, ma non troppo
Improvisation: Andante Cantabile
Finale: Andante – Allegro
Emil Israel Chudnovsky
Winner of top prizes
from nine international competitions, EMIL ISRAEL CHUDNOVSKY is a
dazzling presence on the global music scene. He is the recipient of 1st Prize
from the XI International Curci Violin Competition (Naples), 1st Prize from the
Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs and, most
recently, 1st prize from the Valsesia-Musica International Violin Competition
(Milan). Twice a laureate of the “Premio Paganini” International Competition,
he also holds 2nd Prize from the D’Angelo International Competition, as well as
awards from the Rodolfo Lipizer, Szeryng and Enescu international competitions.
Recent seasons have been
full of debuts for Chudnovsky. His first recording with the St. Petersburg
Symphony Orchestra, of works by Wieniawski and Ysaÿe, is scheduled for a 2013
release. In 2010, he made his debut with the Orquesta
Filarmónica de Jalisco in Mexico, replacing an indisposed soloist on
ten days’ notice. On radio, Chudnovsky was also recently featured on NPR’s
“Performance Today”, Boston’s WGBH and the UK’s BBC3. Other noteworthy
appearances included his recital debut in Auckland, New Zealand, and concert
debuts with the Macon Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony and the Orquesta de la
Ciudad de los Reyes in Lima, Peru. His chamber music activity has been even
more intense with festival appearances at the famed Newport Music Festival and
Germany’s Henselt Festival, as well as concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts, New York’s Merkin Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Chudnovsky has performed
in Great Britain, Italy, Israel, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Argentina,
Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela in recent years.
During the same period, in the US he played recitals and concerts with
orchestra in Washington DC, Illinois, Ohio, New York, California and Florida,
including multiple appearances at Carnegie Recital Hall, and a debut at the
Encore Summer Festival in Ohio that gave him the unique distinction of being
the only non-CIM student or alumnus invited to appear on the Festival’s Blue
Releasing his first solo
album, “So, What Have You Done Lately?” in 2000, Chudnovsky followed it in 2002
with a live concert recording of the Bruch and Saint-Saens #3 violin concerti.
His third CD – “The Golden Age” (JB Records) – was released in 2005, making him
the first American violinist to record in China for a Chinese label. As a
frequent soloist with the Israeli chamber orchestra "The King David String
Ensemble," Chudnovsky has also toured in Belgium, Turkey, Thailand,
Singapore, the Philippines, Burma, and Japan.
concertizing at the age of eleven with a solo performance on Uruguayan
television and in concert with the Montevideo Chamber Orchestra. The same year,
he was featured in a series of live radio broadcasts from the Mostly Mozart
Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. Since then, Chudnovsky has performed to
great critical acclaim all over the world, having toured extensively in Europe,
Asia, North and South America.
Emil Chudnovsky was born
in Moscow, Russia to renowned violinist Nina Beilina and the late eminent opera
conductor, Maestro Israel Chudnovsky. After immigrating to the United States,
Chudnovsky began violin studies at the Mannes College of Music pre-college
division. Having studied at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of
Music, he holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music and Yale University.
Chudnovsky plays on a copy
of the ex-Joachim del Gesu made for him in July 2010 by Howard Needham.
“His performance was
absolutely phenomenal…Chudnovsky made [the Wieniawski Concerto No. 2] look
effortless…this was an edge-of-your-seat performance…a charismatic and fiery
“…violinist Emil Chudnovsky dominated the musical
evening…Chudnovsky played…with such confidence and alacrity that a concertgoer
exclaimed, ‘This guy can’t be real!’ It was understandable considering
Chudnovsky’s graceful certitude and flawless technique…a master artist…held the
audience spellbound in a silence interrupted only by the occasional
gasp…ecstatic playing…a pre-eminent musician disguised as a regular guy.”
Star Newspapers (2006),
“[Headline] Guest conductor Ramon Tebar, soloist Emil
Chudnovsky elevate Palm Beach Symphony at Bethesda. Tuesday's soloist, Emil
Chudnovsky, had plenty of fire and romantic élan. His big sound covered the
orchestra whenever he played…a commanding performance of the work.” Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach, FL
“His professionalism is self-evident, and the intensity,
refinement and robustness of his tone prove him to be a first-rate virtuoso.”
La Gazzetta Del Lunedi, Genova, Italy
David String Ensemble; magnificent strings, a dazzling soloist. [A]
startling, awesome virtuoso, Emil dominated the concert whenever he was
onstage. Such sentiment…from one who could play with mind-boggling ease,
brio, brilliance and bravura throughout.” Philippine Star, Manila, Philippines
Jose Ramos Santana
A native of Puerto Rico, Jose
Ramos Santana is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation. He
performs a wide and diverse repertoire while being an acknowledged master of
Mr. Ramos Santana has appeared
as a guest soloist with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic,
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony,
Baltimore Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, 92nd Street Y
Orchestra, The New York Virtuosi, Casals Festival Orchestra, Puerto Rico
Symphony, and the orchestras of New Mexico, Sioux City, Utah, Syracuse among
many others. Additional solo performances include the Moscow Philharmonic
Latin-American tour, Orchestra of L'Hermitage of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and
the orchestras of Guatemala, San Salvador, and the Orquesta de los Reyes, Lima,
Peru. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians and conductors such as
Krzsztoff Penderecki, John Adams, Dennis Russell Davies, Jerzy Semkow, Dimitri
Kitaenko, Joseph Silverstein, cellist Arto Noras, violinist Gregory Zhislin,
and pianist Vladimir Viardo.
Jose Ramos Santana's much
lauded guest appearance with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
during the Sonidos de las Americas Festival was his third Carnegie Hall
performance in one year. Mr. Ramos Santana has also performed at Zankel Hall
and the Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of La Gesse Foundation.
A top prize winner of the Gina
Bachauer International Piano Competition and a participant in the Xerox Piano
Artist’s Program he has appeared in music festivals such as Spoleto, Caramoor,
Casals Festival, Grant Park Festival in Chicago, International Keyboard and
Institute Festival (IKIF) at Mannes College, Washington International Piano
Festival, Interamerican Music Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Amalfi
Coast Music Festival in Italy.
His recital work has taken him to
major venues throughout the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland,
Spain, Central America and the Far East.
He has been featured in
documentaries on the PBS network, A&E channel and CBS Sunday Morning.
As an active member of Musica
de Camara, Inc., Mr. Ramos Santana has serves as jury member of the Kosciuszko
Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, Liszt-Garrison International Piano
Competition, Louisiana International Piano Competition and William Kapell
International Piano Competition selecting jury.
Mr. Ramos Santana is a graduate
of the Juilliard School where he studied with Adele Marcus, William Masselos
and Sylvia Rabinof. He has also coached with Leon Fleisher and Alicia de
He is a member of the Piano
faculty at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
" powerful…Mr. Ramos
Santana played with virtuosity and precision". The New York Times.
"Jose Ramos Santana who
established his career as an interpreter of Spanish Music is indeed
extraordinary in his performance, which excites our desire to repeat this
auditory experience". Hong Kong Hi Fi Review magazine.
interpretation of Puerto Rican pianist Jose Ramos Santana was brilliant in the
many virtuoso passages …. His solid technique was reflected in precise and
flawless execution”. El Nuevo Dia.
CAMPUS MINISTRY at the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
decisions college students make today often impact the rest of their lives.
you like to support college students as they ask “What will I do with my
life?”; deal with stress, anxiety, the intense pressure to succeed; and
struggle with choices concerning personal ethics, relationships, and what role
to play in regards to social justice and global responsibility?
you like to make a difference in the lives of young people?
United Campus Ministry (UCM) at the University of Maryland provides quality
spiritual support and programs for young adults during critical years. Our on-campus Christian chaplaincy offers a
safe environment where students from diverse backgrounds can come together to
honestly question, grow and live out their faith. UCM extends a warm welcome to young people,
and travels with them through all the twists, turns and detours of their
UCM also has an important role on the University of Maryland campus,
representing the spiritual dimension of life.
Vital campus partnerships have included: The Office of the
Vice-President for Student Affairs; the Department of Resident Life; the
Counseling Center; the Health Center; the School of Music; the Suicide
Awareness Health Education Training Advisory Board; the Wellness Initiative;
the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Committee; Campus
Chaplaincies, Interfaith working group, Office of Diversity and Inclusion,
(Interfaith/Secular Dialogue) Words of Engagement Dialogue Program.
Campus Ministry is a 501(c) 3 organization supported by the
Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ, and the
Church (Disciples of Christ), individuals and local churches.
ways to give:
your concert donation in through the web or by mail by December 31st
for your tax-deductible gift to count for the 2013 year.
your gift amount! Gifts received between January 1, 2014 and January 11th
will receive matching funds thanks to the generosity of National Capital
Presbytery who will match donations up to $6,000.
An investment in campus ministry is an investment in
the present and future leadership of the church and the world.