Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
Arcadia Players Chamber Ensemble
A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Christopher Krueger was a student of James Pappoutsakis. He has performed as principal flutist with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Opera Company of Boston, among other organizations, and is a member of Collage New Music and Emmanuel Music. As a Baroque flutist, he has been a soloist on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Bach Festival, Tanglewood, Ravinia, the Berlin Bach Festival, and elsewhere throughout North America and Europe. He is a member of the Bach Ensemble and the Aulos Ensemble, and is principal flutist with the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. His recordings can be heard on Sony, DG, Decca, EMI, Nonesuch, Pro Arte, CRI, Telarc, Koch, and Centaur. Krueger is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is on the faculty of New England Conservatory, Boston University, and Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute.
Violinist Lisa Rautenberg performs and records widely as a soloist and chamber musician. She gave her New York City solo debut with Concert Royale at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Alice Tully Hall, and performed her New York City recital debut in Merkin Hall playing virtuoso masters for the baroque violin. Lisa can be heard on over 100 recordings on labels such as Champignon International, SONY Classical, Virgin Classics, Newport Classics, MCA, Decca, Nonesuch, Telarc, and Deutsche Grammophone. She has performed concertos in many major American and European concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall Chicago, Boston Symphony Hall, Hercules Hall, Concertgebouw, and BBC London. Lisa is Associate Concertmaster of the Hartford Symphony and Leader of Fanfare Consort. She has often performed with Arcadia Players. She holds a degree with distinction in violin performance from Indiana University, where she was a student of Josef Gingold, and also studied early violin techniques with Marilyn McDonald.
Kivie Cahn-Lipman holds degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard and is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he has played more than 500 solo and small ensemble world premieres and worked with many of the great living composers. Kivie has performed in Weill, Merkin and Alice Tully Halls, Symphony Space, and Miller Theater, and given live concerts on WQXR in New York and WFMT in Chicago. He has recorded for the Bridge, NAXOS, New Focus and Tzadik labels. Summer festivals include the Luzern Festival Academie (Switzerland), the Spoleto Festival (Italy), and the Aspen Music Festival. Kivie also performs on piccolo cello, viola da gamba and lirone, and first appeared with Arcadia Players in 2006. He is a Lecturer in Music at Smith College and Mount Holyoke College.
Monica Jakuc is the Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor of Music at Smith College, where she has taught since 1969. She has played on three continents and championed the music of women composers. Inspired by Malcolm Bilson, Ms. Jakuc has performed on early pianos since 1986, the year of her first appearance on the Historical Piano Concerts Series. She was an organizer and performer at the international HaydnFest 1990, co-sponsored by Smith and the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies. A member of the board, she is a frequent guest performer with Arcadia Players, Pioneer Valley’s early music ensemble, and often features her 6 1/2 –octave Paul McNulty Graf replica in Schubert concerts. Ms. Jakuc's discography includes fortepiano sonatas by Marianne von Martinez, Marianna von Auenbrugger, and Joseph Haydn on Titanic Records, and Francesca LeBrun's complete Opus 1 Sonatas for fortepiano and violin, with Dana Maiben, on Dorian Discovery. Her newest CD, “Fantasies for Fortepiano,” features works by Mozart, Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, and Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata. It is available on cdbaby.com. Married in 2006 to Robert T. Leverett, a well-known expert on old growth trees, Monica Jakuc Leverett will retire from the faculty of Smith College in June 2008, after 39 years of service.
W. Shea has sung professionally since 1972 throughout New England and
the Hudson Valley. He is a frequent tenor and baritone soloist with ensembles
such as Arcadia Players, Hampshire Choral Society, Commonwealth Opera and
the Brattleboro Community Chorus. During 2007 he was tenor soloist in Handel’s
Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Bach’s St. John Passion
(as Evangelist) and in several Bach cantatas, and as baritone soloist in
Fauré’s La bonne chanson and Haydn’s The Seasons. He also performs
regularly with Novi Cantori and the vocal ensemble Cantabile, and gives
frequent solo and chamber recitals with other area musicians. Peter studied
voice with Arthur Koret at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, librarianship
at Southern Connecticut State University, and historical musicology at
the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where he also continued vocal studies
with Ralph Griffin.
He catalogs music and foreign language materials at the DuBois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has served on the board of directors of Arcadia Players since 1998.