Thursday, March 3, 2011, 6:30pm to 7:30pm


CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

ARTS@DRCLAS Is pleased to announce the first version of the newly created SPRING MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
Program 1: Bellini, Nocturne/Mendelssohn, Lied ohne Worte op 53/Schumann, Traumerei/
Bach Gounod, Ave Maria/ Ravel, Habanera. Featuring: Aristides Rivas, cello(Venezuela) /Franziska Huhn, harp(Germany) /Meena Malik, soprano(Japan)
Program 2: Bela Bartok, 2 duos for  viola y cello. Featuring: Aristides Rivas, cello (Venezuela) /Enrique Marquez, viola (Mexico)
Program 3
:  Alberto Ginastera /Antonio Lauro /Agustin Barrios /Leo Brower /Nico Rojas, Latin American Dances. Featuring: Zaira Meneses, guitar(Mexico)
Program 4: Paul Desenne, Jaguar Songs. Featuring: Paul Dessene, cello (Venezuela)
Reception to follow


Franziska Huhn
At the age of fourteen, harpist Franziska Huhn took first prize in the prestigious Jugend Musiziert Competition in Germany. Subsequently, she went on to to receive a full scholarship to study with Lucille Lawrence and earn a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University. Ms. Huhn continued her studies with Boston Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she completed a Masters Degree in Harp performance and a Graduate Diploma, in addition to becoming the first ever harpist to be awarded the Artist's Diploma by the Conservatory in 2005. In 2007, she received an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany. An active performer, Ms. Huhn has participated in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (1994), the Pacific Music Festival in Japan (2001, 2002) and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts (1999, 2000). She later returned to Tanglewood to perform contemporary music as a Fromm player (2003) and has been the Assistant Director of the Harp Seminar at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute since 2003. Ms. Huhn is also active in and around the Boston area performing as a substitute harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and playing regularly with the Mistral Chamber Players, the Walden Chamber Players, the Radius Ensemble and Collage New Music. As a solo performer, Ms. Huhn has given recitals throughout the United States in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island and Texas, as well as international recitals in Norway, Poland, Georgia, Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Germany, including several performances for the German President (Johannes Rau, Horst Köhler). A proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Huhn's solo repertoire includes works written especially for her by well-known composers such as Daniel Pinkham and Lior Navok. Since 2007, Ms Huhn has been on the faculty at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge and the New England Conservatory, Boston.
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Meena Malik
Young soprano Meena Malik began singing in her native Japan. Her 2010 season starts with a role of Frederika Armfeldt in Boston Opera Collaborative’s A Little Night Music, followed by First Spirit in MetroWest Opera’s Magic Flute. Malik made her operatic debut as Sandman in Hansel and Gretel at the University of Redlands. Since then, she has performed the roles of Nestoria in Schindelmann's Ego, Miles in The Turn of the Screw, title role of Cinderella, the novice in Suor Angelica, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, La Chouette/Una Pastourelle in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and premiered the role of Muriel in Bell’s Holy Ghosts. Malik has been a featured soloist with various choirs and orchestras in works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Fairouz’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, and Handel’s Messiah. She has sung with Opera Providence, New England Conservatory, Cedar House Theater, MetroWest Opera, Calliope, New England Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, and Boston Opera Collaborative. In addition to her stage credits Malik is featured on Elena Zoubareva’s debut CD ‘Allure’ on singing on the track “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story produced by Grammy award nominee Jonathan Wyner.  Malik also performs with Voci Angelica Trio, an ethnically diverse group of three New England Conservatory trained musicians. Malik graduated Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors from University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Minor in German. Malik completed a Master of Music at New England Conservatory with Academic Honors. Currently, Malik freelances and teaches in the Boston area and continues her private studies with Carole Haber. Malik lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, cellist Aristides Rivas.
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Aristides Rivas
Venezuelan born cellist Aristides Rivas currently lives in Boston, acting as a cellist and teacher, holding positions at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, principal cello at the New England Orchestra, the touring jazz band and Grammy nominated Julian Lage Group, and the emerging Voci Angelica Trio. Rivas also performs solo recitals and teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Project Step in Boston and in his private home studio in Jamaica Plain. He has appeared on prestigious stages and events of both classical and jazz, such as Carnegie Hall and Caramoore Music Festival with Paquito D'Rivera, Jordan Hall in Boston with Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, the jazz festivals of Newport and Tanglewood in US, Montreal in Canada, Montreux in Switzerland, North Sea Jazz in Netherlands, among others, with the Julian Lage Group. Rivas holds degrees from Baylor University and the New England Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Roberto Zambrano (Venezuela), Nicolai Sarpe (Venezuela/Italy), and in the US, Gary Hardie, Natasha Brofsky, and Darrett Adkins. Rivas has also studied privately with Bernard Greenhouse and Natalia Gutman.
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Enrique Marquez
Enrique is an accomplished violist, arts administrator and an advocate for the power of music education as a vehicle for social development. Enrique has served in a capacity of roles in the music industry, collaborating with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Manhattan School of Music, United Nations Association, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and the Music Festival of the Americas in Stowe. Enrique served in the Board of Directors of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, as well as on the International House New York Board of Trustees Business Committee. Enrique is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, received a BM from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master’s from the Manhattan School of Music. At present he is pursuing an Ed. M at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Enrique has performed under the baton of Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel and Valery Gergiev in some of the most prestigious venues in over 25 countries as principal violist of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

Zaira Meneses
Zaira Meneses is among the most exciting performers on the international classical guitar circuit. Her musicality and charisma have delighted audiences on 3 continents in a wide variety of programs ranging from solo recitals to chamber music to highly acclaimed performances as soloistwith orchestra. Since moving to the USA in 2001, Meneses has built a stellar reputation for her
warm sound, limpid technique and superb natural musicality performing in many of the great concert halls of the world including Boston's Jordan Hall, New York City's YMHA and Salzburg's Wiener Saal. Added aspects to Ms. Meneses's artistry are her beautiful singing voice and talent for the dance, both frequently featured in encores following her appearances as guitarist.She is Director of Community Outreach and Student Affairs for the international festival Boston Guitar Fest and Artistic Director of the new cross disciplinary cultural initiative “Guitar and Friends”. In both of these positions she continues to enliven the cultural life of the city of Boston throughoutreach activities in schools, churches, museums while maintaining a demanding touring schedule in the Americas and Europe.
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Paul Desenne
Venezuelan composer and cellist Paul Desenne’s recent work is steeped in the counterpoint of Bach, music of the 16th century, and contemporary techniques; he is influenced in many ways by the rich forms of Latin American music. “Gran Cacerolazo,” his recent piece for piano, percussion, and strings, was premiered at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg by pianist Gabriela Montero with Kremerata Baltica. The recently released "Jaguar Songs" (Cello Classis, 2010), a collection of his cello works by cellist Nancy Green, was Strings magazine editor's choice of the month last July and Music Web International's recording of the month (Jan 2011). The CD "La Revoltosa" (Clarinet Classics, 2010), with two important works by Desenne for clarinet and piano by clarinetist Jorge Montilla, has also received important reviews. Currently a Radcliffe fellow, Desenne is working on a tragicomic chamber opera linking the parallel roots of Latin American music and the history of coffee, delving into the multiculturalism of Latin America and the Caribbean and deconstructing their musical origins.
Awarded the Premier Prix in cello from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Desenne is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and has received composition grants from FESNOJIV (El Sistema, an organization he has worked with from its early stages) in Caracas, and Meet the Composer in New York, among many others. He was a 2006 fellow at Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. His works have been performed in major venues around the world, including several premieres at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Performers of his works include the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphonic Orchestra in Caracas, Kremerata Baltica, pianist Gabriela Montero, Camerata Criolla de Caracas, Ensamble Gurrufío, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Bogotá Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, I Musici de Montréal, Nederlands Blasers Ensemble, Ensemble Continuum, Camerata de las Américas, members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Society, cellist Iseut Chuat, flutist Jacques Zoon, the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Fodor Quintet, Mallarmé Chamber Players, clarinetists Paquito d’Rivera and Jorge Montilla, the Miami Symphony, flutists Luis Julio Toro, Marco Granados, and Javier Montilla, violinists Alexis Cárdenas, Virginie Robilliard, Jennifer Curtis, Colin Sorgi;, with conductors including Tania Léon, Joel Sachs, Michael Christie, Raphael Jiménez, Alondra de la Parra, Eduardo Marturet, Manuel Hernandez, Alfredo Rugeles, Olivier Grangean, Diego Matheuz.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Contact: Marcela Ramos,
Region: All Latin America
Event Location: DRCLAS Cambridge