2017 Concerts

The Music in the West End 2017 season features both new collaborations and local, beloved favorites. Please join the musicians for a reception in Rowland-Davis Hall following each concert.

About Music in the West End

Music in the West End is a concert series presented by Christ Episcopal Church for Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. Professional musicians of varying genres present free, one hour concerts to the public. No tickets are sold for the concerts, but those who attend are invited to make a donation. Concert goers are invited to attend a reception following each event.

Music in the West End is managed by Christ Episcopal Church Music Director Molly Noel. Molly is a much sought-after collaborative pianist in the Roaring Fork Valley. After earning her Masters of Music from Boston University she has gone on to perform with various institutes and ensembles including the New England Philharmonic and Concord Orchestras and on the stage of Boston's Symphony Hall with the Boston University Orchestra. As a staff accompanist with Boston Conservatory she coached vocalists, played for private voice studios and accompanied ensembles and numerous private recitals. Molly's performances have taken her around the United States and Europe. She has studied in Salzburg, Austria and was the winner of the 2002 Leopoldskron Concert Competition. She has been a staff accompanist for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Prior to her music director post, she worked in the Aspen Music Festival and School's Student Services for five years.

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536 West North Street
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Sarah Graf, cello
Brittni Brown, violin

Friday, March 3 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert
in conjunction with Music in the West End

Friday, March 3 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert
in conjunction with Music in the West End

Sarah Graf is an active performing cellist and teacher in the Roaring Fork Valley region. She first came to Aspen in 2007 as a student of the Aspen Music Festival & School. She holds a bachelor's degree with Performer's Certificate honors from the Eastman School of Music and has also taken part in the Freiburg Ensemble Academie and the National orchestral Institute. Sarah performs solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope. She believes in sharing the joy of serious musical study and performance with the next generation of young cellists. Sarah has completed registered Suzuki teacher training and has a private studio of 15 cello students. She is also Executive Director of the nonprofit Roaring Fork Music Society, the organization that operates the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra, where Sarah also serves as a mentor to the student cellists.

Erin Gallagher studied viola with Richard Marshall of the Minnesota Orchestra before attending Northwestern University (Evanston IL). There she studied viola with Roland Vamos, and spent six months studying with Sven Arne Tepl at the Conservaterium van Amsterdam. An avid chamber musician and Early Music performer, she has played in chamber and Baroque concerts and festivals in Amsterdam, Paris and Nice, France, Boston, and Vancouver, BC. After receiving degrees in Viola Performance and English Literature from Northwestern, Erin moved to Aspen for the skiing and stayed for everything else. She will be forming a private viola studio in the valley soon!

Dr. Brittni Brown is a sought-after violin pedagogue and artist-performer in Aspen, Colorado. She maintains a full studio, with the focus of transforming students into artists, and is an avid performer of solo and chamber music in the Roaring Fork Valley. A coach for the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestras, she enjoys helping the violin sections develop their ensemble skills. During the summertime, Brittni is on the string faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp, spending six weeks mentoring some of the most advanced and dedicated young students. Dr. Brown received her undergraduate and masters degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. She went on to receive a doctorate in violin performance from the University of Texas under the tutelage of Brian Lewis. She is a certified Suzuki teacher, having received her long-term training from Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Sato Suzuki Center. Brittni frequently uses Eurhythmics, a method used to teach rhythm involving hands-on activities, during lessons. Ms. Brown enjoys concertizing with her peers in chamber music recitals, and has had the privilege of being coached by renowned chamber musicians: Anton Nel, Peter Salaff, James Dunham, and members of the Miro and Cavani Quartets. She previously taught at Clavier-Werke Music School, Mentor High School, the CIM Preparatory Department, University of Texas String Project and Aspen Music Festival’s Beginning Strings Program. She also has played with numerous orchestras, most recently, the Canton Orchestra and the Austin Symphony.

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Laura Taylor in Concert

Sunday, February 12 @ 6:00 pm

Sunday, February 12 @ 6:00 pm

A Valentine to Aspen Featuring favorite selections from some of Laura's CDs and appearances, including such songs as "My Funny Valentine", other songs from the Great American Songbook, and some originals that have been recorded by artists such as Diana Ross.

Laura Taylor
Laura Taylor

Singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger Laura Taylor is being heard on jazz stations around the world. Her latest release is a collection of Johnny Mercer songs titled “Have Mercer on MeLaura Taylor Sings Johnny Mercer”. “My Funny Valentine…Memories of Chet Baker,” was recorded with legendary jazz greats Eddie Gomez, Steve Kuhn, and Lewis Nash, and reached top 10 play-list status. “Mountain Greenery” features the guitar and string arranging skills of Joe Lano, in addition to the great talents of Jack Sheldon, Pete and Conte Condole, Red Holloway and Charlie McClain. Laura also recorded a very popular tribute to Julie London, “Cry Me A River”, and a holiday CD called “Songs of The Winter Season”.

A resident of Las Vegas, Laura has received high praise for her concert performances and will be doing her second concert at the prestigious Smith Center for the Performing Arts Cabaret Jazz on April 24, 2014. Her debut performance there on October 25, 2012 received two standing ovations, and a great review! For the last two years, Laura has been a featured artist in two Joe Williams Scholarship Concerts with Ben Vereen. In 2011, Laura also appeared three times at the legendary Feinstein’s at Loew’s Regency in New York City, and received a warm response from Michael Feinstein who was in attendance at one of her performances.

Laura appeared as The Laura Taylor Trio at the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, for six consecutive years, and did a special concert at Carnegie Recital Hall. She also opened for Don Rickles at The Golden Nugget Hotel in Atlantic City, and The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, prompting an offer to appear at “The Starlight Theater” of The Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas where she appeared for eighteen months.

Laura received a platinum album for writing the song “Think I’m In Love” for Diana Ross. This resulted in her first appearance on the Merv Griffin Show. Merv announced that Ms. Ross’s Album “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” had gone platinum, and that Laura’s song was picked by the New York Times as one of the outstanding songs on the album. Laura’s other special appearances include Midnight Special, The Dinah Shore Show, The Arthur Godfrey Radio Show and singing the National Anthem for the Miami Dolphins several times in the Orange Bowl. Studio credits include national jingles “Fly the Friendly Skies of United”, “Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have a Buick”; a top ten disco album, “Dancin’ In My Feet”; a platinum album for her background vocal work on Firefall’s “Elan”, and background vocal work for famed Beatles’ producer George Martin. Learn more at LauraTaylor.com

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Karolina Syrovatkova, piano

Friday, February 3 @ 6:00 pm

Friday, February 3 @ 6:00 pm

Karolina’s vision as a pianist and pedagogue is deeply rooted in both the pianistic lineage of European and American schools and in the principles of the Alexander Technique.

Diverse audiences on four continents (Europe, China, North and South America) have deeply connected with Karolina’s advocacy and passion for music in solo and chamber settings.

In addition to an active performing and teaching career, Karolina’s multifaceted musical vision has led her to launch classical music series both in the US and in Europe.

Her musicianship and musicological research have been broadcast by Czech and US stations, such as the Czech TV, GCTV and Austin’s KMFA Fortepiano Radio Series.

Karolina began her professional music studies at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic. Her success at home opened doors to further studies in the United States. She received her Bachelor’s (University of Maryland), Master’s and Doctorate degrees (University of Texas at Austin) summa cum laude. Her final project titled In Search of the Vanished Present in Janáček’s Cycle of Piano Miniatures “On the Overgrown Path” has been nominated to receive the best lecture recital award. In continuation of this project, Karolina is currently working on a book and a recording project of the entire piano works of Leoš Janáček.

Also an avid chamber musician, she won the Sidney M. Wright Endowed Presidential Scholarship Competition in Piano Accompanying. In 2014, Karolina and her husband David Chapman created a piano and guitar duo Musàdous which has been featured in festivals in Mexico and the US.

Karolina has frequently appeared in concerts and master-classes in Europe, the United States and China. She played for teachers such as Claude Frank, Inon Barnatan, Barry Snyder, Andre Watts, John O’Conor, Malcolm Bilson, Kenneth Merrill, Narcis Bonet, and Dominique Merlet among others.

Also interested in conducting, Karolina devoted herself fully to this discipline at the EAMA festival at the “L’école Normale Supérieure” in Paris. After this experience, she enjoyed being a musical director and organist of the Adelphi Presbyterian Church in Maryland.

During her tenure in Texas, Karolina co-founded and directed the Hallettsville Cultural Event Center’s classical series in Hallettsville, Texas. The center successfully provided the highest quality of performances for the region.

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Nikki Boxer
Jon Boxer
Molly Noel

Friday, March 24 @ 6:00 pm

Il Lirico Aspen: An evening of opera & song

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert
in conjunction with Music in the West End

Friday, March 24 @ 6:00 pm

Il Lirico Aspen: An evening of opera & song
A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert in conjunction with Music in the West End
Nikki Boxer | Mezzo-Soprano
Nikki Boxer | Vocalist

Nikki Boxer (mezzo-soprano) is a regular on Aspen stages both as an actor and recitalist. Her vocal rep ranges from opera and art song to Broadway and jazz. She was recently seen as Fräulein Kost in Theatre Aspen's Cabaret, Vanda in Venus in Fur with Aspen Fringe Festival at the Wheeler Opera House, and as Emma in Harold Pinter's Betrayal with Hudson Reed Ensemble. Other theater credits include Mme. Thenardier in Theatre Aspen's hit production of Les Misérables, Agnes in Thunder River Theatre's The Fourposter, On the 20th Century (Lily), November (Bernstein), The Music Man (Marian), The Sound of Music (Maria), Into the Woods (The Witch), She Loves Me (Amelia). Hailing from New England, Nikki studied voice with Rita Lovett at Tulane University and apprenticed with The Santa Fe Opera. She lives in Aspen and owns a technology consulting company. Learn more at www.nikkiboxer.com.

Molly Noel (piano) is a much sought-after collaborative pianist in the Roaring Fork Valley. After earning her Masters of Music from Boston University she has gone on to perform with various institutes and ensembles including the New England Philharmonic and Concord Orchestras and on the stage of Boston's Symphony Hall with the Boston University Orchestra.

As a staff accompanist with Boston Conservatory she coached vocalists, played for private voice studios and accompanied ensembles and numerous private recitals. Molly's performances have taken her around the United States and Europe. She has studied in Salzburg, Austria and was the winner of the 2002 Leopoldskron Concert Competition. She has been a staff accompanist for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Prior to her music director post, she worked in the Aspen Music Festival and School's Student Services for five years.

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Altius Quartet

Friday, January 20 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert
in conjunction with Music in the West End

Friday, January 20 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert
in conjunction with Music in the West End

Altius Quartet is an ensemble determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach. Deriving their name from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger); Altius strives to communicate their vision of conveying art to a more diverse audience and engaging directly with the community. Hailed as "rich" and "captivating" by the renowned music blog, "I Care If You Listen," the Altius Quartet is garnering an international reputation and enrapturing the hearts of audiences through their charisma and dynamism.

Altius has been awarded prizes at many internationally respected competitions including: the 2016 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, Altius currently holds the position as Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they are mentored by the Takács Quartet.

The quartet has an active performance schedule including engagements at music festivals, series, and universities throughout the United States including: Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival. During their tenure at Southern Methodist University, Altius Quartet served as Ensemble in- Residence working closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. In addition, Altius has worked with and been guided by many of the foremost artists in chamber music including the Emerson String Quartet, Miró Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Kronos Quartet.

In addition, Altius has collaborated with many celebrated artists including Håkan Rosengren, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, and Geraldine Walther. Altius Quartet is deeply committed to outreach, often performing concerts and teaching master classes in public schools and alternative performing venues including: jazz clubs, bars, and cafes. In 2014, the quartet partnered with the Aspen Music Festival and School for annual educational outreach residencies. In addition, the quartet served as the 2014 fellowship quartet at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, CO, where they had the opportunity to coach several young string quartets.

Andrew Giordano, Violinist, was awarded a position in the first violin section of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. Since then he has performed at some of the most respected music festivals including Aspen Music Festival (where he served as principal second violin), National Repertory Orchestra, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Andrew is currently pursuing an Artist Certificate in String Quartet Performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Andrew Krimm, Violist, while earning a Bachelor’s in Music at University of Colorado, served as Principal Violist for the University’s Opera, Chamber, and Symphony Orchestras, and played in the Aspen Festival Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute. In 2011, Mr. Krimm moved back to Dallas to pursue a Performer’s Diploma at Southern Methodist University. While in attendance, Andrew helped to found the Altius Quartet. In 2013, Altius Quartet was awarded a one year residency making the quartet SMU’s first Ensemble-in-Residence. During their residency Altius Quartet presented two concerts, won first prize at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and were awarded the Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Zachary Reaves, Cellist, received his Bachelor of Music and Performer Diploma degrees in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. His principal teachers include Andres Diaz, Christopher Adkins, András Fejer, David Requiro, Thomas Heinrich, Jim Shelley, and Greg Sauer. Zachary has participated in music festivals around the world, such as the Banff Centre Masterclasses, Innsbrook Institute’s Emerging Artist Program, Orvieto Musica, Colorado Music Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. From 2011-2014, he served as the founding artistic director for Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a Dallas based chamber music series aimed at building new audiences for classical music.

Joshua Ulrich, Violinist, joined the award-winning Altius Quartet in the spring of 2014. Joshua has performed internationally as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He is quickly establishing a reputation as recitalist and chamber musician having collaborated with such artists as James Tocco, Awadagin Pratt, and Sandra Rivers. He is currently a candidate for the degree of Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has been awarded fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival and was a Shouse Artist at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. As an orchestral musician, Joshua is a regular substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Associate Concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Indiana.

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Where to Find Us

Christ Episcopal Church of Aspen
536 West North Street
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-3278
www.ChristChurchAspen.org

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