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Concert 1
September 9, 2017 • 7:00 P.M.
September 10, 2017 • 4:00 P.M.
Big Rapids High School Auditorium

Going for Baroque

Violins, violas, celli, bass and harpsichord, featuring members of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony.

This concert is made possible through the generous support of

Guest artists appearing with Edward Mallett:

Associate Conductor JOHN VARINEAU is in his fourth decade on the podium for the Grand Rapids Symphony, where he conducts concerts on nearly all of its series, including the Fox Motors Pops, the Gerber SymphonicBoom, the DTE Energy Foundation Family and PNC Lollipops as well as for a variety of educational and outreach concerts throughout the area.
The 2016-17 season marks his 32nd season with the Grand Rapids Symphony and 29th year as conductor of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra. Since the debut of the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops series in 1995, Varineau has conducted every summer at Cannonsburg for the past 22 seasons. Additionally, he conducts the Grand Rapids Symphony in performances with the Grand Rapids Ballet including in 2014 for the world premiere of a new version of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” a production co-designed by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg, author and illustrator of “The Polar Express” and other books.

Earlier this season, Maestro Varineau conducted the Phoenix Symphony in two separate programs. Other orchestras he’s conducted previously include Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Traverse City Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He formerly served as music director of the Holland Chamber Orchestra, now the Holland Symphony Orchestra.

A clarinetist, John Varineau presents solo recitals and plays in the contemporary music group, Ensemble Montage, and the woodwind trio, “ma non troppo.” He teaches clarinet at Calvin College where he also serves as director of orchestras.
Committed to nurturing the next generation of classical music lovers, Varineau is a frequent visitor to area schools and shares an infectious enthusiasm with students throughout West Michigan.
A native of Laramie, Wyoming, Varineau attended Michigan State University and the University of Wyoming for his clarinet training and earned his master’s degree at Yale School of Music.

He has made three recordings with the Grand Rapids Symphony and three with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He married his wife, Gwen, in the same year that he joined the Grand Rapids Symphony. They have a daughter, Jade, and a son, Justin.

KARL SCHROCK, international organ recitalist, has the distinction of being a recipient of the American Guild of Organists award on the nationally competitive Associateship Examination for performers. A member since 1994 of the faculty of the Western Michigan University School of Music, he is titular University organist and has developed a new generation of university-educated organists. Schrock holds a doctorate in organ performance and three master's degrees (choral conducting, music theory, and organ performance) earned from the University of Michigan, where he was recognized for his distinguished scholarship by the university through the award of a prestigious Rackham Fellowship.

Cited as a performer of outstanding technical prowess and musicality, he is also an advocate of the construction of new pipe organs. Expert in standard organ performance literature, he is a supporter of new music for the organ and has collaborated with composers committed to writing substantive works for the organ. He has been engaged to perform world and European premieres, most recently at the invitation of the composer, in 2004 when he premiered Emmanuel Dubois' first major organ composition, Suite for Organ, in France. Recordings of Schrock's live organ performances have been heard frequently on public broadcasting and cable access television in Michigan, and recently on the nationally distributed radio program, Pipedreams. His recent recording at the composer's invitation of the Organ Sonata by Theodore Morrison on the famous Hill Auditorium organ in Ann Arbor, Mich., is available commercially on the Equilibrium label, CD EQ54. As a State of Michigan resident, Schrock also has completed five terms as dean of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and his professional work in Michigan was featured in the April 2003 issue of Encore magazine.

Ordained as a minister in the Church of the Brethren in 1978, Schrock has served as organist and music director of churches in various denominations in four states. During his 16 years on staff at First Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Mich., he helped design and inaugurate one of the largest and finest mechanical-action instruments in Michigan: the 54-stop Létourneau Opus 55 featured in the December 1998 issue of The American Organist. During his more than three years as Music Minister at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., he inaugurated a new five-manual, 179-stop organ that was the cover feature of The American Organist for November 2004. Recently he was appointed Interim Music Director at historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, where a fine new four-manual instrument built by J.W. Walker & Sons Ltd. of Suffolk, England, was dedicated in spring 2005.

A Michigan native, MEGAN REITER-CRAWFORD gave her first public recital, at the age of six, in Detroit. Her concerto debut, at the age of 12, was in her hometown of Dearborn as part of a concert series in Henry Ford’s Fairlane Estate. She has since concertized throughout the United States, appearing with orchestras in Ann Arbor, Aspen, Basalt, Dearborn, Detroit, Ft. Collins, and New York. She has performed extensively in recitals with Ann Arbor pianist Michele Cooker, and since marrying Grand Rapids Symphony Concertmaster James Crawford, the family duo has appeared on the scene here in West Michigan.

In addition to her recital appearances, Megan has been an active chamber musician and performed recitals with a Manhattan-based trio, Quest, when coaching with Isidore Cohen at the Manhattan School of Music. Most notably, Megan appeared with Vienna Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Peter Schmidl in the trio version of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale while touring Japan with the Pacific Music Festival.

Ms. Crawford has been the recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival, which she attended for five summers; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Bradlin Award; an Upton Foundation Grant for the Meadowmount School of Music; the Francis B. Furlong Scholarship for the University of Michigan; and a Governor’s Award nominee in the Emerging Artist category. Ms. Crawford won the concerto competitions at both the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music, has been a prizewinner in the Florida ASTA Competition, the Ft. Collins Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Corpus Christi International Young Artist Competition, and has participated in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York City. She has been a featured artist on Detroit’s classical music station, WQRS, and many of her orchestral performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio.

Ms. Crawford received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Paul Kantor. She then went on to graduate from the Manhattan School of Music with her Master of Music degree, where she worked with Michael Gilbert and Patinka Kopec.

In addition to her full time job with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Ms. Crawford is a dedicated violin teacher. She has been teaching privately for the past 10 years and before moving to West Michigan, worked with many talented youngsters in the Preparatory Divisions of the Manhattan School of Music as well as the Mannes College of Music as a substitute teacher. In the past, Ms. Crawford had the honor of temporarily joining the faculty of the School of Music at Western Michigan University, filling in for Professor Renata Knific while Knific was on sabbatical.

A native of Moscow, Russia, OLGA ZIABRIKOVA joined the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2001. She began her music studies at age 6 on violin and piano. Her father, Yuri, was a singer who cultivated the love of music and art in his children. After hearing one of her father’s musician friends play viola, she fell in love with the sound and switched to viola at the age of 14.

Olga got her first professional job as principal violist of the “Vivaldi-Orchestra” of Moscow at the age of 18 shortly after graduating from the Academic Music College at the Moscow Conservatory. She performed and traveled extensively with that orchestral group for five years, including two lengthy tours of the United States.

In 1996, Olga immigrated to the United States where she received a master’s degree in music performance from Western Michigan University.

Olga is married to the Charley Lea, principal trumpet of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

JENNA ANDERSON became a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2016.  She earned her Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, majoring in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music.  Her principal teachers include David Updegraff, Zvi Zeitlin, Lynn Blakeslee, and David Russell.  She serves as Principal Second Violinist of the Baroque on Beaver music festival, and is also a member of the West Michigan Symphony.  Prior to moving to Michigan in 2014, Jenna was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Akron Symphony in Ohio.

Jenna received Suzuki Pedagogy training at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Kimberly Meier-Sims.  She maintains a private studio in Grand Rapids, teaching private and group violin lessons.  During the summer she is a string coach at the Chautauqua Music Camp in New York, leading sectionals and coaching chamber groups.

MARK BUCHNER is a double bassist specializing in new chamber music and orchestral music. He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and maintains a small private teaching studio. Devoted to accurate and engaging interpretations, his performance season is almost equally split between world premieres of living composers and fresh looks at classic pieces by composers that haven’t taken a breath in hundreds of years.

Mark grew up in Orange County, California, where he attended Chapman University, shelved books at a public library, and spent way too much money on bass guitars and amplifiers. He moved to Chicago in 2009 to attend Northwestern University. There he studied bass with Peter Lloyd while learning how to cook and fix flat tires in the snow, as well as playing with groups including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He joined the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2014, moving there later that year.

In addition to his symphony position, Mark is a member of Dal Niente, a Chicago-based chamber music ensemble specializing in new music. Falling in love with new music at Chapman and Northwestern made it easy to accept the first gig that Dal Niente offered him in 2009, and he officially joined the ensemble in 2011. Since then he has given many performances with the ensemble in Chicago, around the country, and in Europe, including concerts at the 2012 Darmstadt Courses for New Music where the ensemble took home the coveted Kranichstein Music Prize. His solo debut was in early 2015 in Chicago with a program that included rarely-heard works by Berio and Xenakis.

Recordings of Mark’s playing can be heard on numerous albums including Dal Niente’s "Balter/Saunier" on New Amsterdam Records, "Without Words" on Carrier Records, and Ryan Muncy’s "Hot" on New Focus records. Some videos from his 2015 solo concert can be found on YouTube.

Violist KRISTEN SHOUP has been a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1992.
The daughter of music educators, Kristen grew up in Flint, beginning with Suzuki violin at the age of 5. By age 8, she was playing in a junior high youth orchestra. After many years of lessons and youth symphony, plus six summers at Interlochen Fine Arts Camp, Kristen decided that pursuing a music degree was the next step.

Kristen earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Western Michigan University and then went on to earn a master's degree in viola performance and literature from The Eastman School of Music, where she had the honor of studying with George Taylor and being his graduate assistant.
In 1992, Kristen moved back to Michigan to marry her wonderful husband, Ted Lausman. She began playing with the Grand Rapids Symphony as a substitute violist as well as performing with the symphonies of Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Flint, Windsor and several other local orchestras. Two years later, Kristen won her first contract with the Grand Rapids Symphony in 1994 and continued to win higher contracts, finally becoming a full-time player with the orchestra in 2002.

Along with performing, Kristen has always been a proponent of music education. She taught orchestra for grades 5-8 in Grand Rapids Christian Schools and grades 5-12 for Calvin Christian Schools. Currently she teaches two orchestras for West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Association and is the assistant conductor of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony's Classical Orchestra. Kristen also teaches violin and viola lessons and string methods classes at Cornerstone University.

Kristen, her husband, Ted, their daughters, Anna and Elizabeth, and their two crazy dogs, Jasmine and Steve, all live in Grand Rapids.