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Chamber Orchestra’s periodic
September 2003, Issue No. 1
Board of Directors
Pamela Ajango French
its third successful season with a chamber orchestra concert presented
by Music at Holy Trinity at 316 East 88th
Street in New York City. An extremely enthusiastic and supportive audience
of approximately 300 people came to experience SONOS first hand. The
concert was a perfect example of SONOS’ style: performing a world
premiere commission by Brooklyn composer Brian Grundstrom, and collaborating
with the such esteemed artists as the New York Guitar Quartet, soprano
Sherry Zannoth and organist Stephen Hamilton.
Our first fundraising campaign was met with a positive response of
over $12,000! Ticket sales for the concert brought in a little over $2,000
which allowed us to keep the 2002-2003 season operating in the black!
The latest list of Donors can be found on the back of this newsletter.
performed Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Blair Academy Concert
Choir (NJ) on May 4th, 2003. We plan to continue this collaborative relationship
you can’t make it to a SONOS event, won’t you please
consider showing your support by donating the price of a ticket or two?
We always need your support.
A staple of SONOS concert life is the after concert reception, where
artists and audience members alike can meet and greet each other. Make
sure to plan and stay for the next post concert reception.
Erik and the New York Guitar Quartet after the
February 25 concert.
(L to R) J. Scott Matejicka, Leon Bernardyn, SONOS Music Director Erik Ochsner,
J. Andrew Dickenson and Paul Martin Wu
SONOS Scores with
SONOS Chamber Orchestra and
Music Director Erik E. Ochsner were recipients of the American Scandinavian
Society’s 2003 Scandinavian Advocate
Award. This was to honor SONOS’ commitment to introduce, perform
and promote interesting and important Scandinavian works for chamber
orchestra. The award was presented to SONOS by Ilkka Kalliomaa, Cultural
Attaché to the Finnish Consulate in New York City.
its tradition of programming Scandinavian repertoire in both concerts
This Upcoming Season Sparkles
Our 2003-2004 season will be our most ambitious yet!
Friday October 17th, 2003, 8pm, five musicians
from SONOS will present an evening of all Finnish string chamber
music at Scandinavia House on Park Avenue (see reverse side). We
are excited not only to honor the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
and their composer in residence on their New York tour, but also
to help celebrate Einojuhani Rautavaara’s 75th birthday and
perform a masterpiece of Sibelius, his string quartet in d minor!
Join us for a pre-concert lecture at 7:15pm, and a post concert reception,
Sunday October 19th, 2003, for the
fifth consecutive year, SONOS musicians will provide musical
entertainment for the AIDS Center of Queens County annual fundraiser
luncheon auction. SONOS is honored to be able to support such
a worthy cause.
Thursday February 19th, 2004, 8pm, SONOS
presents our 3rd annual orchestra concert at the Church of the
Holy Trinity on East 88th Street in New York City. A varied and
exciting program that you’ve come to expect from SONOS
will be featured. Don’t miss it! Unknown beauties from
Handel, Arthur Butterworth, Nørgård, Sibelius, Nordgren,
Piston, Walton, Arnold and Paul Moravec! We’re honored,
once again, to have organist Stephen Hamilton on our program.
Tentatively: Saturday February 21st, 2004, 3pm, we
will repeat our orchestra concert at the Good Shepherd Church
in Inwood/ Upper Manhattan (207th St./ Broadway). More details
to come. Very Exciting!!
· In the works: kick-off our education
program, an outdoor concert next summer in Inwood, Poetry in
Music at the Mercantile Library Reading Room, Healthcare Music
Series at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital… plus more!· Send
us your ideas and suggestions!
SONOS is proud to announce the appointment of our first Development officer.
Richard Larter comes to us from a long line of success stories at BAM,
Brooklyn Philharmonic, and currently the American Symphony Orchestra,
and the New York Collegium. He will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset
Please make sure to welcome him at the next event!
Who we are
SONOS Chamber Orchestra
is a flexible and versatile group of artists devoted to the performance
of mostly classical music in the New York City area.
SONOS aims to explore
repertoire that is not often heard, to program concerts that
spark interest and thought, and to provide a space for interaction
performers and audiences.
SONOS is also dedicated
to the exploration of innovative educational strategies though
the performance of music in the schools, and to the development
of artistic potential in selected communities.
of our SONOS’ mission
is to promote Scandinavian and Finnish Music.
(one must, when the
Music Director is 50% Finnish!)
We are co-marketing a Fall Events Calendar: The Finns are
Coming to New York City! The Finns are coming!
|Monday October 13, 2003, 7:30pm
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
109 East 50th Street, New York, NY
Prime reserved seats $30; General $25
($20 for student/senior)
|The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, under the
direction of Juha Kangas, will make its American
Debut in a Special Concert of Finnish Music at St.
Bartholomew's Church in celebration of the 50th
Anniversary of the Finlandia Foundation in the United States. The concert,
produced by Finlandia Foundation New York Metropolitan Chapter in association
with the Sibelius Society U.S.A., will feature music by four of Finland's
greatest composers: Jean Sibelius, Einojuhani
Rautavaara, Aulis Sallinen and Pehr
Henrik Nordgren, including two North American premieres. The Ostrobothnians
will also perform the Chamber Symphony of Dmitri
|Friday October 17, 2003, 8:00pm
SONOS Chamber Orchestra presents all Finnish String Music
58 Park Avenue, New York, NY
General admission $15
FREE Pre-concert lecture at 7:15pm
|As homage to the Ostrobothnians, SONOS, Erik
E. Ochsner, Music Director, will present an evening of All-Finnish
String Chamber Music: “From Unknown Heavens to Intimate Voices” at Scandinavia House (Park Avenue at 38th Street, NYC). The concert, supported
by the Finnish Consulate, will feature music by three of Finland's greatest
composers: Celebrating his 75th birthday, Einojuhani Rautavaara (b.
1928): String Quintet “Unknown Heavens” (1997), the Ostrobothnian’s
Composer-in-Residence Pehr Henrik Nordgren (b. 1944): String Quintet Op.
110 (2000), and finally the beloved Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): String Quartet
in d minor Voces Intimae (1909). Jorge Avila, Shih-Hung Young, violin;
James Hogg, viola; and Katherine Cherbas, Peter Sachon, cello.
|Monday October 20, 2003, 7:30pm
Soprano Helena Juntunen
Weill Recital Hall
at Carnegie Hall
58 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Reserved Seats $25 ($20 student/senior)
Finlandia Foundation’s New York Metropolitan
Chapter's Artists Debut Series, now in its twenty-sixth year, presents soprano Helena Juntunen, Finland's newest operatic rising star, in her New York recital premiere. Ms. Juntunen will be accompanied by pianist
Eveliina Kytömaki. Their program will feature music of Robert
Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Jean Sibelius, Hugo Wolf, Thomas Adès and
|Tickets for the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
can be ordered by mail: Finlandia Foundation, 152 Stone Oaks Drive, Hartsdale
by e-mail: email@example.com or
beginning Aug 11 from the St. Bart’s
Box Office with a $2 surcharge.
Tickets for Helena Juntunen can be ordered by mail: Finlandia Foundation,
online at Carnegiehall.org, or by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800.
Tickets for the SONOS Chamber Orchestra can be
reserved by calling 212.740.0432, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or purchased
at the door. All tickets are general admission.
Orchestra needs your support.
Your generous contribution allows SONOS to continue exploring and nurturing
exciting performance projects,
as well as initiate innovative educational programming.
SONOS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization — Your donation to SONOS
is fully deductible.
renewing your gift or making a new contribution. SONOS salutes the
following individuals for their kindness and generosity.
American Scandinavian Society
David T. Wang
Mary & Steve DeVoe
Soili & Ted Ochsner
Harold C. Ochsner
Frank J. Puleo Jr.
Douglas G. & Kathleen D. Alexander
James and Nancy Lipscomb
Nancy and Vaino Ajango
Jaana Rehnstrom Blane
Victoria T. & Thomas A.Broadie, M.D.
Elizabeth B. Clendenning
Pam and Zack French
Allan W. & Ann E. Grundstrom
Kathryn Kair PhD. & Carl Grundstrom
Angela Fung & Adam Klipple
Alan & Lisa Krissoff
Stuart Morton & Amy Tubergen-Morton
Mary Linton B. & Stephen L. Peters
Drs.Christopher W. Ng & David R. Warren
Michiel C. Plomp
David R. Rubenstein
Gerald Young M.D. & Associates
Nancy S. Billmann
DCM Telemarketing & Fundraising for the Arts
Susan A. & Daniel Fisher-Owens
Alexander Grant & Associates
Hikari Hathaway & Douglas Cohen
William G. Himmelbauer
Leland J. Hoch
Karen Brooks Hopkins
Sue P. & Kenneth R. Hovland
Kathryn & John Miranda
Edith M. Steinau
Cathleen & Keith Stock
John W. Wolf, D.D.S.
Nori Nke Aka
Michele and John Campo
Jack S. Gottlieb
William M. Hoffman
Susan Kander and Warren Ashworth
Rhoda & George Keller
Lisa R. Portmess & Harry Stokes
Rapaport Brothers, P.C.
Gary N. Reese
Alyson Spencer and Rachel Reed
For contributions dated from
Sept 1, 2002 through Sept 1, 2003