Allegro ritmato e deciso
Songs with Clarinet Improvisation Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
Take the “A” Train
Mood Indigo +
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it ain’t got that Swing) +
+ arranged by Bevan Manson
Bass-baritone Robert Osborne has built an acclaimed career by advancing the unusual in both the standard and contemporary repertoire. He has sung over forty roles in operas from Bernstein to Weill which he has sung with companies in Paris, Berlin, New York, Houston, Santa Fe and Los Angeles. His concert career has taken him to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Victoria Hall in Singapore, the Gran Teatro in Havana, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow where he has sung under such distinguished conductors as Bernstein, Ozawa, Spivakov, Tilson Thomas, John Williams and Russell Davies. He has appeared with the Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Nakamichi, USArts/Berlin, Aspen and Marlboro Festivals as well as on several celebrated telecasts for the BBC, PBS, Russian and European television. In the musical theatre repertoire, he has appeared in four City Center Encore! productions, in the Bernstein at 70! Gala from Tanglewood, and in the BAM Salutes Sondheim Gala. His recordings of operas include Meredith Monk’s Atlas, Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, Hindemith’s Hin und zuruck, Harry Partch’s The Wayward, and Stewart Wallace’s Kaballah. His solo recordings are Songs of Henry Cowell, Songs of Leo Sowerby, Songs of John Alden Carpenter, all on Albany, and Orchestral Songs of Shostakovich on Arabesque. Mr. Osborne holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale University and is on the faculty of Vassar College.
Chester Brezniak,Clarinet For more than three decades clarinetist Chester Brezniak has performed extensively as an orchestral and chamber music player. Presently principal clarinetist with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Brezniak served as principal clarinet with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Sao Paulo, Brazil, was a member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared with the Czech Radio Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, the Harvard Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, to name a few.
A founding member of the critically acclaimed Cambridge Chamber Players, Atlanta Virtuosi, Blackstone Trio, Soli Espri, Trio Capriccio, and the Ariel Chamber Ensemble, Brezniak has appeared as guest artist on the Fromm Foundation Series for Contemporary Music at Sanders Theater, Harvard University; summer chamber series at St. Gaudens National Historic Site; with the Muir and Vermeer String Quartets; Alea III under Gunther Schuller and Theodore Antoniou; with the Zamir Chorale of Boston under Joshua Jacobson and with many other groups. As a guest artist on the “Entrée des Artistes” Series in Orliac, France 2008, Brezniak appeared with the Orliac Trio; and at Clark University 2011, Razzo Hall.
Recordings include recent Centaur Records release of "Clarinet Now," and Zemlinsky’s Trio in D Minor, Op.3 on Northeastern Records. Adjunct Music Faculty, UMass/Boston since 1996; Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA since 2007; Clark University, Worcester, MA since 2007.
Malcolm Halliday has performed in the United States, Mexico and Europe, both as a soloist and in collaboration with singers, instrumentalists, and orchestra. He has performed on numerous occasions with historical pianos from the E. Michael Frederick Collection, used period instruments in concerts at Jordan Hall and Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mechanics Hall in Worcester, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and other locations throughout New England. His recent recording, in which he accompanies Schubert’s Winterreise with Bass Baritone Robert Osborne, uses an original 1828 Viennese piano by the builder Conrad Graf. A champion of more recent and contemporary music, Malcolm Halliday can also be heard on two recordings of the music of the American composer Leo Sowerby, released through Albany Records, including rare Sowerby solo piano works entitled Impressions. Former resident pianist for the American Schubert Institute in Boston, Malcolm Halliday is pianist with mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato and clarinetist Chester Brezniak in the Blackstone Trio. He is also pianist with tenor Stanley Wilson in a just-released CD featuring music of English composers Bridge, Elgar, Quilter and Vaughan Williams, and a soon to be released recording of Dichterliebe and Liederkreis by Robert Schumann.
Malcolm Halliday is Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury, where he leads one of the the largest mainline church music ministries in central Massachusetts. He has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Master Singers of Worcester, a community chorus in Worcester, MA since the fall of 1998. Halliday also works with the Worcester Children’s Chorus, a new treble chorus in central Massachusetts for youth and children. He resides in Worcester, MA and serves on the music faculty at Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Halliday received degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory (B.A.) and Boston University (M.Mus). His principal piano teachers included Paul Badura-Skoda, Henrica Bordwin, Miles Mauney, and Bela Nagy. He studied vocal accompanying with Allen Rogers and received several Fellowships in Vocal Coaching to the Tanglewood and Blossom Music Festivals. In 2007 Halliday was one of two individuals nationwide to receive certification as a Fellow (FAGO) of the American Guild of Organists.