BPOnDemand | Mahler & Mozart
This performance replaces Mahler’s Resurrection, originally scheduled Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6.
An eloquent contemporary memorial to an unimaginable year pairs with tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven’s interpretation of Mahler’s own song cycle of lost love and despair, while a charming concerto highlighting the clarinet’s expressive timbre heightens Mozart’s delightful, humorous symphony, composed in just four days.
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This concert is graciously supported by the Constance Shepard Walsh Memorial Endowment Fund.
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
William Amsel, clarinet
Patti DiLutis, clarinet
Kyle van Schoonhoven, tenor
AARON JAY KERNIS Elegy – For Those We Lost
KROMMER Concerto for Two Clarinets in E-flat Major
MAHLER/arr. Schönberg Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
I. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
II. Ging heut Morgen über’s Feld
III. Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer
IV. Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
MOZART Symphony No. 36, “Linz”
I. Adagio – Allegro spiritoso
II. Poco adagio
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About Kyle van Schoonhoven
American tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven, a recent graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera, made his SFO company debut as the Young Servant in Strauss’ Elektra, and has since covered such leading roles as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Aegisth in Elektra, Froh in Das Rheingold, and Siegmund in Die Walküre.
Mr. van Schoonhoven’s most recent engagements include performances of Tchekalinsky (while covering Ghermann) in The Queen of Spades with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lensky in Eugene Onegin with Livermore Valley Opera, the role of Hades in Julian Wachner’s Rev. 23 with the Prototype Festival, and the title role in Act III of Siegfried with the New York Repertory Orchestra. He was scheduled to make his Metropolitan Opera debut in Tristan und Isolde, sing his first performances of Erik in The Flying Dutchman for Opera Maine and the Lakes Area Music Festival, and return to Lyric Opera of Chicago in Samson et Dalila, but unfortunately all of these engagements were cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19. Future seasons see his debut with Opera de Rouen and a return to Livermore Valley Opera.
Additional highlights of recent seasons include Mr. van Schoonhoven’s role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Cincinnati Opera, his debut as Don Jose in Carmen with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Rodolfo in La bohème with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. With the San Francisco Opera, he has covered Cavaradossi in Tosca and Uncle Billy/Billy Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life.
Mr. van Schoonhoven is the recipient of a 2019 George London award, was a 2017 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has received the Nicolai Gedda Memorial Award, and was a finalist in the 2016 Jensen Foundation Voice Competition. Additional repertory includes the title role in Chandler Carter’s Bobby, Don José in Carmen, Alfredo in La Traviata, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Hoffmann in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oronte in Alcina, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Peter Fallow in Stefania de Kenessey’s Bonfire of the Vanities, and Genaro in the US Russian language premiere cast of Prokofiev’s Maddalena.
In the summer of 2016, Mr. van Schoonhoven participated in the Merola Opera Program. His performance of the Prayer from Wagner’s Rienzi was praised as “gleaming” and “potent” by the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to participating in numerous young artist programs, van Schoonhoven holds a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College as well as a Bachelor of Music from Fredonia School of Music.
About William Amsel
William Amsel is the principal clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, appointed by Music Director JoAnn Falletta during the 2017-2018 season. Before joining the BPO, he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and principal clarinet of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with many orchestras across the country, including as guest principal with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony. He has performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic and as a chamber musician has appeared with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Buffalo Chamber Players, Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Borromeo String Quartet, among others.
Amsel grew up in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and received a master’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. His primary teachers were Ricardo Morales, Thomas Martin, and Ilya Shterenberg. He spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize, and was also a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aspen Music Festival, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. He is currently on faculty at SUNY Buffalo State College, and in addition to teaching privately, has given masterclasses throughout western New York, the US, and internationally.
He lives in North Buffalo with his wife, bassoonist Rose Vrbsky, and their daughter.
About Patti DiLutis
Patricia DiLutis began studying the clarinet when she was 10 years old. Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, most of her musical experience was in the marching band. It was not until she auditioned for the Youth Orchestra as an oboe player that she discovered the symphony orchestra. From that moment on, her pursuit of a career in music was all-consuming. She received a scholarship to Boston University where she studied the clarinet under Harold Wright, Kalmen Opperman and Pasquale Cardillo; however, she credits all her knowledge of the instrument to the late David Weber who was principal clarinet of the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini.
DiLutis has held postions in the San Antonio Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Austin Sinfonietta, Laredo Philharmonic and currently in the Buffalo Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Austin Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Nuevo Laredo Philharmonic and Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of David Robertson. She has performed at the Round Top Festival in Texas and toured as principal clarinet of the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra. You can also hear her in old recordings of the cartoon Smurfs.
As a teacher, Patricia has served as guest faculty at many colleges and universities in the United States and Mexico, including Trinity University, the Eastman School of Music and Ithaca College. Until 2008, she conducted a clarinet ensemble at the Eastman School of Music comprised of 21 senior citizens. She has traveled throughout the United States and Mexico, giving recitals and master classes. Patti DiLutis is an artist for Buffet Crampon and plays exclusively on Buffet instruments.
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