Cost: $20 regular, $10 students (including graduate students)
Tickets: Available at the Bank of Woods Hole, Eight Cousins, the Woods Hole Public Library and at the door.
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
On Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm, the Woods Hole Public Library will host the Aujourd’hui Ensemble as part of its Listening at the Library fundraising concert series. Their classical music program will include selections from J. S. Bach, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Enrique Granados, Giovanni Pergolesi, and Roger Quilter. As the Ensemble features a soprano and mezzo-soprano, piano, continuo, an oboe, a bassoon and a flute, the concert promises to be rich and varied, with musical offerings composed from the Baroque period to the mid-twentieth century.
Aujourd’hui Ensemble was founded in September 2002 as part of the “Herring Run Arts Festival” in Middleboro. Writes oboist, Carl Schlaikjer, “A friend who was in charge of the festival asked if I would be interested in providing music as part of the festival, which included art, plays, and films. I asked my niece Carol Cybulska (soprano.) She in turn asked her friend Dawn MacGarvey (keyboard) about playing a concert. It occurred to me that I might ask Michael Tabak (flute,) who then lived in Scarsdale, New York, if he would like to join us. He and I had played in orchestras and chamber music years ago when we were in college, and we had kept corresponding over the years. Michael agreed. I assumed that Michael would only be able to play this one concert, because of the distance between Scarsdale and Middleboro and the demands of our jobs. I had asked the person in charge of the festival to suggest a name for us.
“Well, if it’s only one concert, why not ‘Aujourd’hui Encore’?” She thought it meant “only for today”. It does not…. Not long afterwards, Michael took a job in Boston, and we have been playing ever since. We added Shu Satoh (bassoon,) then Anne Smith (mezzo)…. We renamed ourselves ‘Aujourd’hui Ensemble.’”
The following profiles of the artists who will be performing on October 25th give a taste of the treat music lovers have in store for them at the concert.
Carol Cybulska, soprano, received her vocal training at the Music Conservatory in Cologne, Germany and the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. She has performed throughout Europe, Australia and the U.S. as a concert and recording artist, both as a soloist and as a member of numerous early music ensembles. Carol is co-director of the Orpheus Vocal Performance Laboratory summer workshops for young singers on the South Shore.
Dawn MacGarvey, keyboard, has developed a reputation as a versatile collaborator for singers and instrumentalists as well as a highly sought piano teacher and adjudicator. Dawn graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in piano performance. She greatly enjoys the role of accompanist and has performed on the South Shore with the Fine Arts Chorale and the Unicorn Singers.
Shu Satoh, bassoon, is a self-taught bassoonist, though lucky enough to get extensive chamber music training from late Seizo Suzuki, the principle oboist under Seiji Ozawa in the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo. He is principal of the Newton Symphony, Waltham Symphony and Melrose Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Satoh is a chief scientist at Axcelis Technology in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Carl Schlaikjer, oboe and oboe d’amore, studied with Louis Speyer (Boston Symphony) while in high school, Ray Still (Chicago symphony) at the Aspen summer music festival, and Ralph Gomberg (Boston Symphony). Mr. Schlaikjer was principal oboe with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the MIT symphony, the Newton Symphony Orchestra, and the New Symphony of Newton. He is currently principal oboe of the Melrose and of the Quincy Symphony Orchestras. He was Chief Scientist with Electrochem Industries, formerly Battery Engineering, Inc., in Canton, Massachusetts, now retired.
Anne Katherine Smith, mezzo soprano, has appeared as a featured soloist with the Pilgrim Festival Chorus in Plymouth , the Unicorn Singers in Hingham and Opera by the Bay in Duxbury. She is a section leader and soloist for the Church of the Pilgrimage and a member of the acapella ensemble, Friends in Song. Anne works for South Shore Conservatory as the Duxbury Campus Manager. She lives in Duxbury with her three children.
Michael Tabak, flute, studied with Ruth Freeman and for ten years at the Juilliard School of Music Preparatory Division. He was principal flute and soloist with the orchestra and was rated “exceptional” by the woodwind faculty jury. He was principal flute with the National High School Symphony at Interlochen, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester, the Fine Arts Symphony, and other orchestras. He is a founding member of the Aujourd’hui Ensemble, the Weston Wind Quintet, and the Atrium Winds. He graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Tickets for Aujourd’hui Ensemble’s concert on October 25 are $20 and may be purchased at the Bank of Woods Hole, Eight Cousins, the Woods Hole Public Library and at the door. The student ticket price (including graduate students) is $10. The door opens at 7 pm for the 7:30 concert, which will be held upstairs in the Library. Please call the Library during regular business hours at 508 548 8961 with questions regarding this fundraiser event.