March e-Notes

A longtime favorite of Civic Music audiences, the Empire Brass Quintet returns to the stage of the Ralph Holter Auditorium on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 pm. The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America’s finest brass ensemble, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the diversity of its repertoire, which ranges from Bach to Broadway. They are equally at home with the majestically antiphonal works of Gabrieli and the show-stopping tunes of Richard Rodgers and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling the Civic Music Office at 338-1801, or in the lobby of Green Bay West High School the evening of the concert. Auditorium doors open at 7pm.

International Chamber Soloists Program

Season Listing | Program | Biography

International Chamber Soloists
Dmitri Berlinsky- Music Director and Violin soloist

Brown County Civic Music Association
West High School, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Saturday November 2, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041

Allegro moderato
Allegro assai

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
“Winter” from “The Four Seasons,” Op. 8

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
“Summer” from “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”


Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Suite in the Old Style


Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and String Orchestra

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
La Campanella

International Chamber Soloists Biography

Season Listing | Program | Biography

International Chamber Soloists is a unique group of extraordinary young string players from all over the world. Founded in 2004 by violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, the group has received high praise for its performances at home and abroad.  This season, the Toronto Globe & Mail wrote: “In the best of today’s chamber orchestras, there’s no room for wimpy playing: These ensembles are muscular, agile, flexible and out to make an impression. That’s a pretty good description of the International Chamber Soloists — These musicians approach everything they play with an infectious alacrity…”

Such praise is born of the dedicated leadership of the multi-award-winning Berlinsky, who has hand-picked the group’s members for their talents as soloists as well as for their gifts as ensemble musicians. International Chamber Soloists has performed widely throughout the United States, including appearances for major series in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Among other engagements, the group gave a ten-concert tour in the mid-western United States and made its Canadian debut tour this season. In addition to its participation in international festivals in Costa Rica and Mexico, the International Chamber Soloists was orchestra-in-residence at the 2010 Southampton Arts Festival on New York’s Long Island.

International Chamber Soloists members also perform with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony, and the best of the young artists from the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute, and Yale University have also toured with the group.

Dmitri Berlinsky arrived on the International scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini’s own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition, the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition, led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America.

Mr. Berlinsky has performed literally the world over, and has appeared in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Since arriving in the U.S. as the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Dmitri Berlinsky has performed in nearly every state, and he has enjoyed acclaim for his appearances at festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Prague Spring, Aspen, Newport and many, many others.

A frequent guest soloist, he appeared with the Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, New York Chamber Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, I Musici de Montréal and the Prague Chamber Orchestra among many others. In addition to his busy performance schedule as leader and violin soloist with the International Chamber Soloists, recent engagements include concerto performances with the St. Petersburg Symphony, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic, and a European tour with the Chamber Philharmonic of St. Petersburg.

Born in St. Petersburg, Dmitri Berlinsky appeared at a very early age as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Moscow Philharmonic. He studied at the Music School for Gifted Children and later attended the Moscow Conservatory. After graduation he was invited to work with famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School.

Mr. Berlinsky’s CDs “Live at Waterloo” (Pavane) and “Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher” (Helicon) have won critical acclaim, and his performances are featured in the Emmy-Award documentary “Life on Jupiter” and in “New York Canvas”.

Dmitri Berlinsky is Artist Teacher and Professor at the College of Music of the Michigan State University.