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Ensemble Connect

Monday, February 20, 2017 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
Exciting Baroque music from Venice and a new Venetian-inspired work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw commissioned by Carnegie Hall are performed by Ensemble Connect. As part of La Serenissima, Carnegie Hall’s festival of music and arts from the Venetian Republic, the ensemble performs the vibrant music of Monteverdi (arr. Berio) and Marcello. Virtuosity and versatility have been constants of Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), from the debut of the first group of performing fellows 10 years ago, to the thrilling performances of the current ensemble.

Part of Salon Encores.


Ensemble Connect
·· Mika Sasaki, Harpsichord
·· ToniMarie Marchioni, Oboe (Alumni)
·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin
·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin
·· Andrew Gonzalez, Viola
·· Maren Rothfritz, Viola
·· Caeli Smith, Viola (Guest)
·· Julia Yang, Cello
·· Lizzie Burns, Double Bass
·· Rebecca Farley, Soprano (Guest)
·· Ian Koziara, Tenor (Guest)
·· Xiaomeng Zhang, Baritone (Guest)
Caroline Shaw, Violin


ROSENMÜLLER Sonata No. 4 in C Major

MONTEVERDI Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (arr. Berio)

MARCELLO Oboe Concerto in C Minor

CAROLINE SHAW Stucco & Brocatelle (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

VIVALDI Sinfonia in B Minor, RV 169, "Al Santo Sepolcro"

VIVALDI Concerto in G Major, RV 151, "Alla rustica"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission. 

La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic is sponsored by Chubb.

The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism has granted La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic its official support (“Patrocinio”) in recognition of Carnegie Hall’s celebration of Italy’s extraordinarily rich cultural legacy.

Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism in Rome; the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC; and the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

Major funding has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Ernst & Young LLP.

Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ensemble Connect is also supported, in part, by an endowment grant from The Kovner Foundation.

At a Glance

JOHANN ROSENMÜLLER  Sonata No. 4 in C Major

The early Baroque composer Johann Rosenmüller published this attractive trio sonata in 1682, around the time he returned to Germany after more than two decades in Italy. It is distinguished by its adventurous chromatic harmonies and symmetrical seven-part structure.

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI  Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (arr. Luciano Berio)

A “warlike madrigal” based on a story set during the First Crusade, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda is cut from the same cloth as Monteverdi’s operatic masterpieces. As musicologist Manfred Bukofzer observed, Monteverdi’s dramatic genius provided the vital “spark” that transformed the declamatory idiom of early–17th-century monody into “living music.”

ALESSANDRO MARCELLO  Oboe Concerto in C Minor

Alessandro Marcello was active in Venice at the same time as Vivaldi. Unlike the latter’s hundreds of concertos, however, he wrote fewer than 10, among them one of the earliest concertos for oboe. A lavishly ornamented slow movement is sandwiched between a sweetly lyrical Andante and a fast, virtuosic finale.

CAROLINE SHAW  Stucco & Brocatelle

Caroline Shaw composed this piece for Ensemble Connect, saying that “the contrasting textures of stucco and a heavy brocade known as brocatelle, combined with a consideration of Vivaldi’s swirling string textures and harmonic progressions, inspired this piece. It is filled with curves and filigree, hard and soft edges, and odd harmonic shifts that Vivaldi might have taken in an alternate universe.”

ANTONIO VIVALDI  Sinfonia in B Minor, RV 169, “Al Santo Sepolcro”; Concerto in G Major, RV 151, “Alla rustica”

The wide expressive and coloristic range of Vivaldi’s music is exemplified by these two short works for strings. In contrast to the rustic exuberance of the Concerto in G Major, the two movements of the Sinfonia in B Minorone intense and otherworldly, the other lively and fugal—are suffused with religiosity. 


Ensemble Connect
Artistry. Education. Advocacy. Entrepreneurship.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, Ensemble Connect-formerly known as Ensemble ACJW-was created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and ...

Celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, Ensemble Connect-formerly known as Ensemble ACJW-was created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi. Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers them top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school.

Ensemble Connect fellows-chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education-come from some of the best music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Stony Brook University, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Music.

Ensemble Connect has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music-from centuries past to works written days before an event-in a variety of performance venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Galapagos Art Space and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and SubCulture in NoHo. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble Connect gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.

Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond, Ensemble Connect fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs. Ensemble Connect fellows also take part in community work through the Weill Music Institute's Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple non-traditional music venues across New York City, including healthcare settings, correctional facilities, and senior-service organizations. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble Connect fellows participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school work.

Moving on to the next stage of their careers, Ensemble Connect's 101 alumni are now making an impact on the national and international musical landscape in a wide variety of artistic and educational arenas. Continuing the strong bonds formed through the program, in 2011 the alumni formed the chamber music collective Decoda, which has been named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble Connect are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Visit ensembleconnect.org to learn more.

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Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician. She is the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, which she was awarded for her enigmatic composition Partita ...

Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician. She is the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, which she was awarded for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices. Her career defies categorization; not only does she perform as a violin soloist and chamber musician, but she is also a vocalist in the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Recent commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with pianist Jonathan Biss, and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. She also frequently collaborates with Kanye West. Currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, Caroline also studied at Rice and Yale universities. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven's Op. 74, Mozart opera, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.

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