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Late Autumn Moods
    and Images

Chamber Music
David S. Bernstein

Joel Belgique, viola
Joel Bluestone, percussion
David Buck, flute
Hamilton Cheifetz, cello
Alexandre Dossin, piano
Barbara Heilmair, clarinet
Nancy Ives, cello
Susan DeWitt Smith, piano
Ines Voglar, violin
Karen Wagner, oboe

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Daniel Kelp, Performing Arts Review
"Rhythm and its changeability excite the music of American composer David S. Bernstein. A mind teeming with interesting ideas and fascinating ways to structure them, Bernstein’s sound layering can be dense; in its darkest corners, lots of raw but always keenly focused power. Because he is also a master of color, imagery, and nuanced memory, episodes of transcendent beauty dot the landscape of Bernstein’s music, enriching the narrative, and igniting the imagination. Discussions take place, seasons change, there is questioning and doubt; the composer's musical world is all too human, immediate and engaging. The form and sensibility of Bernstein’s craft, his gift for clear messaging, make a first encounter immediately satisfying."
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David S. Bernstein

As a creative artist, David Bernstein is unusually versatile in his choice of musical genres -- from intimate chamber combina tions to pieces for full band and orchestra; from music for films and video productions to theater, dance, and opera. Among his distinctive works is an animated film cho sen for a top spot in the Datsun Film Com petition and screened at the Director's Guild in Hollywood. He has scored com mercials for Goodyear, American Greetings, Classic Video, Ohio Farmers' Insurance, and others.

David Bernstein
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Besides the opera trilogy entitled Poe 2, Hawthorne 1, his compositions include eight works for orchestra. His fourmove ment composition for soprano, tenor, bari tone, narrator, and a large orchestra, "As Snow Before A Summer Sun," was adapted for television and shown on PBS stations in Ohio. The libretto was derived by the composer from Dee Brown's book, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," an historical account of the nineteenthcentury subju gation of Native Americans.

David Bernstein's many chamber music compositions include his Silhouette series for solo instruments, including flute, oboe, tuba, guitar, and violin; plus duets for trom bone and percussion as well as flute and viola. His Quadralogues quartet series fea tures the piano within various instrumen tal combinations: violin, viola, cello; flute, oboe, percussion; trumpet, clarinet, cello. Other chamber music includes two piano trios, a string trio, a woodwind trio and an extensive work for piano with five multiple percussionists. There are works for piano with French horn, with clarinet and a large chamber composition entitled "Two Tan dems" -- a work featuring a trumpet with four instrumental trios.

To all of these different musical genres -- each posing its own special challenges -- he has brought technical expertise, an eclectic style appropriate to the material, an un usual awareness of music's historical sweep, continuity, crossinfluences and a flair for instant communication. Dr. Bernstein's large and varied output has re ceived hundreds of performances in pres tigious venues around the world. Distin guished musical organizations have pro grammed his work, including the Musart Series of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, the Akron Symphony Orchestra under Louis Lane and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony under Edwin London.

Bernstein has received twelve awards from ASCAP, four individual artist awards from The Ohio Arts Council, commissions and grants from The Akron Symphony Or chestra, The Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland, The Mirapaul Foundation, The Ohio Music Teachers Association, The White Oak Trio, The Jerome Foundation and a number of fellowship grants from The University of Akron. He has traveled widely and given lectures on his music in Vienna, Paris, Warsaw, Posnan, Crakow, including educational institutions: The Eastman School of Music, The University of Alberta, The University of Southern Cali fornia, New York University, The University of Kentucky and many others. His music is published by G. Schirmer, Acoma Produc tions, Ludwig Music Publications, Willis Music, Abingdon Press, LawsonGould, Dorn Productions, Music for Percussion, Inc. and Clear Note Publications.

In addition to composing, Dr. Bernstein has been active for many years conducting, narrating, teaching, lecturing, administrat ing, producing and directing. In 1972 he joined the faculty of the University of Ak ron. From 1983 he served as Professor of Music and Chairperson of the Theory and Composition Department. A native of Boston, Bernstein is a gradu ate of the Florida State University School of Music with bachelor's and master's de grees. He earned his doctorate in music in 1974, with distinction, from the Indiana University School of Music. In June of 2000, after a faculty tenure of nearly three de cades, Dr. Bernstein retired from his posi tion at the University of Akron. Before his early retirement he was awarded the Cleve land Arts Prize as a gesture of appreciation for his notable contributions to the musi cal life of Northeastern Ohio.

In 2006, Dr. Bernstein moved to the Port land, Oregon area, a move that he describes as one of the best decisions of his life. Since coming to the Pacific Northwest, he has joined CASCADIA COMPOSERS in which he is active as an organizer for new music concerts. He continues his work as a free lance composer.

Notes by Klaus G. Roy - supplemental notes by the composer more info: www.davidbernsteinmusic.com

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           Late Autumn Moods and Images     [12:23]
                 for Violin, Cello and Piano
                 Inés Voglar, vln.; Nancy Ives, vcl.; Alexandre Dossin, pno.
[ 1 ]              Movement I

[ 2 ]              Movement II LISTEN
[ 3 ]              Movement III LISTEN
           Petite Suite Chromatique     [11:49]
                 for Cello and Piano
                 Hamilton Cheifetz, vcl.; Susan DeWitt Smith, pno.
[ 4 ]              Movement I

[ 5 ]              Movement II LISTEN
[ 6 ]              Movement III LISTEN
[ 7 ]              Movement IV LISTEN
[ 8 ]              Movement V LISTEN
           Quadralogues III     [20:00]
                 for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
                 Ines Voglar, vln; Nancy Ives vcl.;
                 Joel Belgique, vla; Alexandre Dossin, pno.
[ 9 ]              Movement I

[ 10 ]            Movement II LISTEN
[ 11 ]            Movement III LISTEN
           Quadralogues II     [10:40]
                 for Flute, Oboe, Percussion and Piano
                 David Buck, fl.; Karen Wagner, ob.;
                 Joel Bluestone, perc.; Susan DeWitt Smith, pno.
[ 12 ]            Movement I

[ 13 ]            Movement II LISTEN
           Sound Sculptures     [13:28]
                 for Clarinet and Piano
                 Barbara Heilmair, cl; Susan DeWitt Smith, pno.
[ 14 ]            Movement I

[ 15 ]            Movement II LISTEN
[ 16 ]            Movement III LISTEN
[ 17 ]            Movement IV LISTEN
[ 18 ]            Movement V LISTEN
[ 19 ]            Movement VI LISTEN

About The Performing Artists

Joel Belgique, viola A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joel Belgique is a member of fEARnoMUSIC, has performed at Italy's Spoleto Festival, Alaska's CrossSound Festival, Wyoming's Grand Teton Music Festival, and Michigan's Interlochen Center for Arts and is Principal Viola of the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Symphony String Quartet. Belgique image
Joel Bluestone

Joel Bluestone is a co-founder and Percussionist with fEARnoMUSIC. His project The_Waters_Bluestone_Duel (percussion + live electronics) takes him all over the world. He is head of the Percussion department at Portland State University. Current love: performing and traveling all over the world with San-Diego-based Swarmius, where a sonic fusion of Hip-Hop and House-Lounge-Techno meets Modern-Classical.
David Buck David Buck is the newly appointed Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2012. He previously held principal positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Oregon Symphony. A graduate of The Juilliard School, where he earned a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma, he took a hiatus from his studies at Juilliard after his sophomore year to serve as Associate Principal flutist with the Honolulu Symphony. He has also had the opportunity to appear as a guest principal with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra among others.
Hamilton Cheifetz

Hamilton Cheifetz is native of Chicago. He studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and later became teaching assistant to Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at the University of Western Ontario. Winner of the Piatigorsky Prize at Tanglewood, he toured the US and Canada on the Music from Marlboro series and performed at the White House. Mr. Cheifetz has appeared as guest artist with the Toronto, Oregon, and Milwaukee Symphonies and toured nationally with the Paul Winter Consort.
Alexandre Dossin, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil is Prof. of Piano at University of Oregon School of Music. He is a graduate from University of Texas-Austin and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Russia. Awards include: 1st Prize & Special Prize, (2003) Martha Argerich International Piano Competition; Silver Medal, Maria Callas Grand Prix; 3rd Prize & Special Prize, Mozart International Piano Competition.
Barbara Heilmair

Barbara Heilmair Tanret is Assistant Professor of Clarinet & Music History at Portland State University. Her international career as performer, as educator and scholar, includes teaching at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the California State University in Long Beach (CSULB); symphonic work includes Bavarian State Theater, Salzburg Mozarteum, Tyrol International Music Festival (IOE), Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Opera Pasadena, Mozart Classical Orchestra, among others.
Nancy Ives performs with fEARnoMUSIC, is Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony and has been featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Cascade Festival Orchestra, Clark College Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony. She is a member of the Rovetti Quartet and Trio Arete and has appeared with Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle, New Music at Willamette, Music in Context, Friends of Chamber Music, the Oregon Symphony String Quartet, and the Astoria Festival. Ives
Susan DeWitt Smith

Susan DeWitt Smith performed throughout the US and New Zealand, including the Hot Springs Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, New Zealand's Nelson Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival and as soloist with Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Palomar Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Oregon Symphony.
Ines Voglars is Artistic Director and Principal Violinist of fEARnoMUSIC. A Venezuelan native, she is also a member of the Oregon Symphony violin section, has been a guest with the OSO String Quartet, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is Concertmaster for the Astoria Music Festival. She was formerly a member of the prestigious Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Free Marz String Trio. Ines Voglar

Karen Wagner Oboist Karen Wagner has been a member of the Oregon Symphony since 1999. She received her bachelor's degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and then pursued a master's degree at the University of Southern California as a student of Allan Vogel. Karen was awarded three consecutive fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival, where she studied with John de Lancie, and has also worked extensively with John Mack, Richard Killmer and Elaine Douvas.

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