Central Vermont’s acclaimed chamber music ensemble performs concerts August 30th to September 3rd, 2017 with music for piano, voice, viola, and cello. On these late-summer concerts,, Arioso will perform music of Bach, Ives, and Brahms, “Gosport Harbor” for viola and cello by Randolph composer Kathy Eddy; and the world premieres of "From the Depths of the Soul" by Gwyneth Walker for alto and viola; and the “Mountain Music” piano trio by Worcester composer, Michael Close.
It is one of the main missions of Arioso to highlight new works of Vermont composers.
The members of Arioso, all Vermont professional musicians, are: Elizabeth Reid, viola; Michael Close, cello; Alison Cerutti, piano; and Linda Radtke; alto voice. The group was formed in 2008, and debuted in May 2009, sponsored by the Paine Mountain Arts Council in Northfield and Cathedral Arts in Burlington.
“Deeply beautiful…simply a pleasure” –Jim Lowe, Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
Thursday August 31, 2017 | 7:30 pm Northfield United Church, 58 South Main St., Northfield, VT
Friday September 1, 2017 l 7:30 pm Richmond Free Library Bridge St., Richmond, VT
Sunday September 3, 2017 | 3 pm First Congregational Church 27 Church St., St. Albans, VT
Admission by donation (Suggested: $20 general/$15 seniors and college students/free under 18)
Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France. Solo and collaborative credits include piano recitals, orchestral appearances and chamber music concerts. A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and earned degrees from, Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School. For eight years, she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France, and in 2012 performed with his former students in St. Amour, France. Cerutti has played with Arioso, the Northern Third Piano Quartet, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo; Burlington Civic Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, as well as numerous collaborations with Vermont musicians. She has premiered works by Vermont composers Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Jacob Morton-Black. She maintains an active piano studio and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University. Cerutti lives in Northfield with her family.
Alto Linda Radtke, while classically trained, is comfortable with a wide range of musical styles and language. Her vocal style has been described as "engaging, with a warm and expressive style and impeccable musicianship." A graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, Linda sings with the professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint, and has sung solos of many great choral works with the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, and in Vermont productions of opera and musical theatre, including Sound of Music (Maria and Abbess) King and I (Lady Thiang) Camelot (Guinevere) and most of the alto leads in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. She has presented the Rogers and Hart Songbook throughout Vermont with jazz pianist John Lincoln. Her research on Vermont songs led to touring programs with the Vermont Humanities Council's Speakers' Bureau with pianist Arthur Zorn and a recording, Vermont History through Song. Other recordings include nine with Robert De Cormier and Counterpoint, Vermont's professional vocal ensemble. Linda hosts a choral program on Vermont Public Radio.
Elizabeth Reid, violist, is in high demand as a musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus). Ms. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the US. Recently she performed a solo viola show at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont, including electronic works of American, Canadian, and Finnish composers. In November 2014 she performed a solo viola concert of contemporary American and Canadian works at Gallery 345 in Toronto to great success. Ms. Reid studied improvisation with David Moss and chamber music with Trio Accanto at the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari, Finland this past July. She appeared as viola soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony in Vermont earlier this month, performing Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra.
Michael Close is a composer, cellist, and teacher living in Worcester, VT. He graduated from Bennington College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in music composition and a master of arts in education. He has been a composer-mentor with Music-COMP since 2004, a program which encourages and supports students in composing and arranging music. He teaches cello and chamber music classes at the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier. He is also the music teacher at Moretown Elementary School and Doty Memorial School. Michael plays cello with a wide variety of orchestral and chamber groups around Vermont. He has been the section leader of and a soloist with the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. He is a prolific composer and some of his most recent works have been performed by the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Chamber Music at the Scarab Club of Detroit, the Eleva Chamber Players, and the Vermont Choral Union.