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  |   November 9, 2013  |  Comment


An 1800s Style Chamber Concert
with Rufus Müller, Audrey Axinn and Nanae Iwata

Enter the Boscobel mansion November 16 for a recital of songs, solo fortepiano and violin music that promises to transport all guests back to the early 1800s, when Boscobel itself was an example of high culture and sophistication…

Renowned tenor Rufus Müller, fortepianist Audrey Axinn and violinist Nanae Iwata have thrilled audiences around the world with their sensitive and dramatic performances of late 18th-century and early 19th-century repertoire. The talented trio will perform songs from Vienna and England including works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Pinto and Linley which will help re-create the 1800s salon experience –all inside the exquisite setting of Boscobel’s grand entry hall.

Rufus Müller has a distinguished career in opera, oratorio, and recital worldwide. He was hailed by The New York Times as “easily the best tenor I have ever heard in a live Messiah” and as giving “the strongest theatrical performance of a Bach Evangelist that I have encountered.” Rufus sings numerous recitals with celebrated pianist Maria João Pires and with fortepianist Christoph Hammer. His 2012-13 performances include numerous Bach “Passions,” Britten’s “Serenade” and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Toronto, Zender’s “Winterreise” in Montréal, Mendelssohn’s “St. Paul” in Madrid, Holst’s “Savitri” with Little Opera Theater New York, Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” with Andrew Parrott in Germany, Haydn’s “Creation” in Norway and DC and recitals in New York, Germany and Japan. Rufus studied with the late Thomas LoMonaco and is head of vocal studies at Bard College NY.

Pianist and fortepianist, Audrey Axinn, has made a specialty of repertoire from the Viennese classical era. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Bargemusic and The Edinburgh Festival and has worked with artists including Daniel Heifetz, Eugene Fodor, Matt Haimovitz and Monica Huggett. Critics have written, “Her touch is magical and the fluidity of her playing exceptional. Her musical sensibility reminds one of Landowska.” Ms. Axinn teaches chamber music with fortepiano at The Juilliard School and she is Assistant Dean at Mannes College where she is also on the faculty. Ms. Axinn is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, and received her Masters and Doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School.

Known for her “lovely playing” and “expansive lyricism” (The New York Times), violinist Nanae Iwata has quickly established herself in versatile roles as a soloist, period performer, chamber musician and orchestral musician.  As a winner of the Artist International Competition in 2008 she was awarded a debut recital at Carnegie Hall which was praised by critic Anthony Aibel as “riveting” and “exquisitely done” (New York Concert Review).  She performs regularly in the United States, Europe and Asia and is a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra, The Knights, New York Baroque Incorporated and the Concert Royal. As an educator, Ms. Iwata is the President and Artistic Director of the New Amsterdam Conservatory.  She has previously held positions at the Sherwood Conservatory (Chicago), Lucy Moses School (NYC) and the Mozart Music Academy (Nagoya, Japan).  She earned her Bachelor of Music and two Masters Degrees from The Juilliard School where she was a full-scholarship student.  She studied under Masao Kawasaki, Ronald Copes, Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts.

Music in the Mansion at Boscobel will take place on Saturday, November 16 from 6-7:30pm. Admission is $25/person. Members receive a 10% discount. General Seating is on stairs and chairs. This recital is recommended for audience members 12 years and older. Please note: the mansion is not handicap accessible. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 at Boscobel.org or during business hours in person or by calling 845.265.3638.

Boscobel is located on scenic Route 9D in Garrison New York just one mile south of Cold Spring and directly across the river from West Point. From April through October, hours are 9:30am to 5pm (first tour at 10am; last at 4pm); November & December 9:30am to 4pm (last tour at 3pm).  Boscobel is open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit Boscobel.org or call 845.265.3638.

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