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Presenting the

Blue Sky Trio


November 15, 2015

3:00 PM at
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

Photo of Karl Kramer and Monica Bauchwitz Photo of Renana Gutman

The Blue Sky Trio (left to right): Karl Kramer-Johansen, horn; Monica Bauchwitz, violin; Renana Gutman, piano.

Our eigth concert of 2015 is an encore performance from the Blue Sky Trio, featuring Monica Bauchwitz, violin; Karl Kramer, horn, and Renana Gutman, piano. The Friends of Music audience will remember Mr. Kramer's many performances in Stamford with perennial favorites the Bombastiq Brass Quintet and also with the Dorian Wind Quintet, and we are happy to hear his work once again joined by Ms. Bauchwitz and Ms. Gutman.

Hailed as an “excellent violinist” by the Washington Post, Monica Bauchwitz performs extensively in chamber music, orchestral and solo settings. Ms. Bauchwitz has studied and worked both in the United States and Europe. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Conservatoire de Geneve, she has held positions with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Esbjerg Ensemble—the national Danish chamber ensemble. She has toured widely across Europe with classical and contemporary chamber music repertoire and has participated in such festivals as Great Irish Houses Music Festival in Ireland and the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber Music Series in Germany. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Scandinavia, Central Europe, and the New York region and has recorded chamber music under the Philips label.

As a former member of the critically acclaimed Contrasts Quartet, Ms. Bauchwitz has received the Chamber Music America Residency grant, and has performed in numerous world premieres and recordings of works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Ned Rorem, and Derek Bermel. She is the founder of the Manhattan chamber music series “Concerts in the Heights.” which brings together world-class musicians for performances and educational projects. She is co-concertmaster and Artistic Director of the conductor-less String Orchestra of New York City—SONYC, which just released its first CD called First Takes on the Albany label. This dynamic 20-member ensemble wins over audiences with its energetic, impassioned style; Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec calls it “a composer’s dream.”

Norwegian horn player Karl Kramer is a much sought-after chamber musician, recitalist and clinician. Currently serving on the faculties of the International Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas, and at Siena Summer Music in Siena, Italy, Mr. Kramer performs frequently in New York City and across the continent as a member of Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and the Dorian Wind Quintet.

Mr. Kramer has twice been a prize-winner in the American Horn Competition. Other prizes and awards include the Nordic Horn Competition (Finland), the American-Scandinavian Society cultural award, and a working grant from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. In addition to performing and mentoring emerging horn players, Karl Kramer is also active as a conductor — especially in the fields of opera and new music — as well as an active composer with a growing work-list, several commissions, and a three-year residency with the Manhattan chamber music series Concerts in the Heights.

Mr. Kramer can be heard on several major motion picture soundtracks and was lauded for “…a prominent, perilously chromatic horn line, which Karl Kramer played beautifully…” by The New York Times in a recent concert review.

Praised by the New York Sun for playing “with great vigor and aplomb” and for the “true poetry in her phrasing,” Renana Gutman has performed across three continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist. A top prize winner at Los Angeles Liszt competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York and Tel-Hai Internationl Master Classes, she has performed with orchestras including Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi,” Mannes College Orchestra and NYC Doctors Orchestral Society.

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November 15, 2015

Blue Sky Trio

Monica Bauchwitz, violin
Karl Kramer, horn
Renana Gutman, piano.


Rhapsody #1

Béla Bartók



Prima Parte “Lassú”
Seconda Parte “Friss”



Trio (after the Quintet Kv407)

W. A. Mozart



Rondo: Allegro

arr: E. Naumann

— Intermission —


Tennessee Sonata

Karl Kramer



it’s ok

(1970 - )


Romeo and Juliet Suite

Sergei Prokofiev



The Montagues and the Capulets
Friar Laurence
Death of Tybalt

arr: K. Kramer

Renana Gutman’s versatile recordings have been heard and seen on British BBC, American NPR and Israeli “Voice of Music” radio stations and television. An ardent interpreter of Beethoven, she was one of four young pianists selected by the renowned Leon Fleisher to participate in his workshop on Beethoven piano sonatas hosted by Carnegie Hall, where she presented performances of “Hammerklavier” and “Appassionata” to critical acclaim.

Ms. Gutman has spent summers at the Marlboro and Ravinia Music Festivals, where she collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, members of the Guarneri quartet and clarinetist Anthony McGill. She has toured with “Musicians from Marlboro” in series such as People’s Symphony Concerts (NY), Gardener Museum (Boston) and Freer Gallery (Washington, DC). Often affiliated with vocalists, she has performed with Lincoln Center soprano Susan Naruki and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford.

Her 2009-2010 concert season with duo partner violinist Dan Zhu included Ravinia Rising Stars, Washington National Gallery, Stresa Music Festival in Italy, and a tour in South Africa. From 2008 to 2010 Renana was on the piano faculty of the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in the UK, and she performed widely with her former piano trio Terzetto.

A native of Israel, Ms. Gutman began playing piano at the age of six. Soon recognized as a prodigy and garnering multiple awards and honors, she became a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship with distinction from 1992 to 2004, and later on of the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women Scholarship. Her most influential teachers have been pianists Natasha Tadson and Victor Derevianko in Israel, and Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music in New York, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.

Admission is at the door by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. For complete details see our General Information page.

Thank you to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire season possible.

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