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KENJI BUNCH, VIOLA AND MONICA OHUCHI, PIANO
May 22 , 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
STOWE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Kenji Bunch, viola, and Monica Ohuchi, piano, return to Noon Music in May with a program inspired by Song and Dance including Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, Rachmaninov/Kreisler Liebeslied for solo piano, Songs by Cole Porter arr. K Bunch for Viola and Piano… and more!
Hailed by the New York Times for her “commanding pianism” (The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini), Monica Ohuchi has active career as a piano soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue . As a concerto soloist, Monica is described by conductor/pianist Jeffrey Kahane as “…a pianist of the first rank” with a “ravishing palette of color and who dispatches the most difficult passages with effortless grace.” She has been a featured guest soloist with over a dozen orchestras, including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony Orchestra, Newport Symphony Orchestra, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Spain. Ms. Ohuchi is currently serving as the pianist and Executive Director of new music ensemble Fear No Music. She is a founding member of the piano quartet Thunder Egg Consort, and performs locally with 45th Parallel, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, Oregon Coast Chamber Music Festival, and Chamber Music Northwest. She is often heard on Portland’s All-Classical radio station, and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for Oregon and Washington State Music Teachers Association events. Her solo piano album released on Helicon records label, “Monica’s Notebook”, is a series of piano Études written expressly for her by her husband, Kenji Bunch. Ms. Ohuchi holds her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Julian Martin. She currently teaches piano at Reed College. When not working, Ms. Ohuchi enjoys spending time with Kenji and their two young children. To learn more about Ms. Ohuchi, please visit her at www.monicaohuchi.com
Kenji Bunch represents his hometown of Portland, Oregon as “one of the leading American composers of his generation, best known for amalgamating traditional American musical forms.” (Oregon ArtsWatch) While conservatory trained at The Juilliard School, Bunch infuses his music with folk and roots influences achieving an authentic and seamless blend of classical and vernacular styles which has inspired a new genre classification. “Call it neo-American: casual on the outside, complex underneath, immediate and accessible to first-time listeners… Bunch’s music is shiningly original.” (The Oregonian) Sly, irresistible grooves pepper his work, revealing a deft ability to integrate hip hop, jazz, bluegrass, and funk idioms. With rich, tonal harmonies and drawn-out, satisfying builds, Bunch’s music has wide emotive appeal that easily lends itself to dance and film.
Over sixty American orchestras have performed his music, which “reach(es) into every section of the orchestra to create an intriguing mixture of sonic colors.” (NW Reverb) Recent works include commissions and premieres from the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Lark Quartet, the Britt Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Eugene Ballet, and the Grant Park Music Festival. His extensive discography includes recordings on Sony/BMG, EMI Classics, Koch, RCA, and Naxos labels among others. Also a outstanding violist, Bunch received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola and composition from the Juilliard School and was a founding member of the highly acclaimed ensembles Flux Quartet (1996-2002) and Ne(x)tworks (2003-2011). Bunch currently serves as Artistic Director of new music ensemble Fear No Music, and teaches viola, composition, and music theory at Portland State University, Reed College, and for the Portland Youth Philharmonic.
We are pleased to continue the tradition of presenting members of The Craftsbury Chamber Players. CCP has been performing chamber music each summer in the Northeast Kingdom since 1965, adding performances in the Burlington area in 1982. For information about the 2019 summer concerts – www.craftsburychamberplayers.org.
Noon Music in May is presented by Irene Bareau, Green Mountain Inn, the Town of Stowe, The Whip Bar and Grill, Radio Vermont Group and The Stowe Reporter.