Romantic Treasures

Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 1pm


Poulenc Flute Sonata with Piano
Debussy Prelude to An Afternoon of a Faun for Flute & Harp
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor
Concert information

The beauty of the Harp combined with Flute and Viola is traditional and in French music of Debussy is spectacular. We end our Mendelssohn journey with one of his best known works, his Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor.

Concert sponsored in part by the Northern Trust Bank.


Adult - $20
Senior - $16
Student - $8

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Eugenia Moliner, flute | Marguerite Lynn Williams, harp
Rose Armbrust Griffin, viola | Michele Lekas, violin | Mark Lekas, cello
Carol Honigberg, piano

Eugenia Moliner, flute

Eugenia Moliner has been acclaimed by Flute (The British Flute Society Magazine) as “an artist of the highest caliber.” “Ms. Moliner is an excellent, exciting and imaginative flute player, totally in control of the sometimes ferocious technical demands of the scores.”

Her many recordings as well as her live performances have also received rave reviews in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Gramophone, The New Yorker, and other magazines.

As a member of the Cavatina Duo with her husband, guitarist Denis Azabagic, she has performed in concert halls and festivals in more than 30 countries across Europe, the USA, South America and Asia, in venues such as the Ravinia Festival, The Harris Theater, Symphony Center (Chicago), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Mainly Mozart (San Diego), the opening Gala at the National Flute Association Conference USA, the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai (China), the National Flute Association (AFE) in Madrid, Palau de les Arts Valencia (Spain), the Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival (France), Campos do Jordão Festival (Brazil), Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, The Doelen (Netherlands), the National Concert Hall in Taipei (Taiwan), Daejeon Philharmonic Concert Hall, (Korea), ICCR Music Center in Kolkata (India), and many others.

As a soloist with orchestra she has appeared with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Daejeon Philharmonic, Camerata Serbica, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Monterrey Youth Symphony (Mexico) and Traverse Symphony.

Ms. Moliner has also performed chamber music with Mathieu Dufour and other musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Civitas Ensemble. She has appeared in recital with pianist Rob Broek, the New Opus Trio, the Aspen Trio, the Avalon String Quartet, and with the sopranos Patrice Michaels and Michelle Areizaga. While living in Holland she collaborated with numerous ensembles including the Rotterdam Baroque Ensemble and the National Philharmonic of the Netherlands.

Her live performances have been broadcast on classical radio stations in US and abroad, including WFMT, NPR and Radio Nacional de Espana. She has also appeared on TV programs in Spain, Bosnia, the Netherlands and Taiwan.

Moliner’s discography includes 9 CDs on international record labels such as Cedille, Bridge (USA), Orobroy and Opera Tres (Spain) and Neos (Germany).

Composers from around the world have written for and dedicated new works to her Cavatina duo. She has premiered more than 30 works by composers including Sérgio Assad and Clarice Assad (Brazil); Carlos Rivera, Michael Karmon, Alan Thomas (UK-US), David Leisner (US) Alejandro Yagüe (Spain); Atanas Ourkouzounov (Bulgaria/France), Boris Gaquere (Belgium) and V. Ivanovic (Bosnia/Greece), and many others.

Eugenia Moliner has given masterclasses throughout the United States, in universities and flute clubs, as well as in music festivals and conservatories in Spain, Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico, Bosnia, Serbia, India, Holland, Portugal and Denmark.

While studying in the Netherlands, Ms. Moliner won the Young Musicians of De Doelen Prize, and was twice awarded the highest scholarship given by the culture ministry of Spain.

Mrs. Moliner is an Artist-Faculty member at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she has been teaching flute and chamber music since 2009.

Eugenia plays a Brannen-Cooper 14K flute with a 18K Lafin head joint as well as a Muramatsu silver alto flute. She lives in River Forest, IL with her husband and their son Alex. She is fluent in five languages and her hobbies include learning about cosmology and watercolor painting.

Marguerite Lynn Williams, harp

Marguerite Lynn Williams is the Principal Harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her performances have been described as “ravishing harp artistry” (Charleston Today), “seamless technical polish and lyric sensitivity” (Chicago Classical Review), and “a bravura tour de force” (Miami Herald). An avid chamber musician, Ms. Williams is a founding member of the Chicago Harp Quartet, International Chamber Artists, and La Folia (Harp & Flute). Along with performing at music festivals around the world with these ensembles, she often collaborates with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A distinguished pedagogue, Marguerite is a member of the faculty at both the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. With a deep passion for teaching, she is the founder of the Chicago Harp Ensemble and has been the Director of this student ensemble since 2010.

Ms. Williams has performed in a range of distinguished venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall (New York), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Albert Hall (London), Symphony Center (Chicago), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. She has also had the pleasure to work with some of the world’s most famous conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has appeared with some of the finest orchestras in North America including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony.

Ms. Williams was a prizewinner at the American Harp Society, American Opera Society, Anne Adams Award, National Federation of Music Clubs, Sigma Alpha Iota and Young Arts competitions. She has appeared as a featured performer and lecturer at American Harp Society conventions and the World Harp Congress in Vancouver as well as served as judge for both the American Harp Society and Young Artist’s Harp Competitions.

Born in Dayton, OH, Ms. Williams began her music studies at five on the piano and at fourteen on the harp. A student of Kathleen Bride, she received her B.M. and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She continued her graduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she received her M.M. studying with Sarah Bullen. Following her studies, she served as Principal Harpist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony (Miami, FL).

Rose Armbrust Griffin, viola

Violist Rose Armbrust Griffin received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music and Masters of Music from Indiana University. During her time at The Curtis Institute of Music she held the James and Betty Materese Annual Fellowship. Most notably, Rose was awarded a Performers Certificate at the conclusion of her Masters for “recognition of her outstanding musical performance”. Her teachers include Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yung Huang, Roberto Diaz, Michael Tree and Atar Arad.

Rose has performed as soloist with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock’s Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Midwest Young Artists and the Indiana University’s Chamber Orchestra. Composer Johnathan Graybill’s “Viola Concerto”, was written for and premiered by Rose along side the Ball State University Orchestra. Rose was awarded first prize in the Chicago Viola Society and Rembrandt Chamber Players Competitions and was a prizewinner at The Fichoff Chamber Music Competition.

As an active chamber musician, Rose has collaborated with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, Peter Wiley and the Amernet String Quartet. Her chamber music performances include concerts at The Kennedy Center, Avery Fischer Hall, Music from Angelfire, Zankel Hall, Ravinia’s Steans Institute and The Musica Bella Concert Series. Rose also served as the violist of The Kuttner Quartet, the quartet in residence at Indiana University. She has been a guest artist at The North Shore Music and the Kingston Chamber Music Festivals. Currently, she is an active member of the International Chamber Artists and The Jupiter Chamber Players.

Rose’s passion is music education. During her time at Indiana University, she was awarded the merit-based Viola Associate Instructorship. She has been a guest lecturer at Fort Hays University (KS) , Northern Illinois University and Washington and Lee University (VA). She is currently the viola professor at Wheaton College where she serves as the Chamber Music Coordinator and teaches an Introduction to Music History Course. Because of her love of teaching and chamber music, Rose fills her weekends with coaching chamber music at Midwest Young Artists.

Rose has recorded for Albany Records. She plays on a 1989 Marten Cornelissen that was borrowed during her time at Curtis and subsequently purchased after she realized she couldn’t live without it.

Michele Lekas, violin

Michele Lekas received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Quebec Conservatory of Music in her native Canada and later studied in the United States with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone and Sally Thomas.  She has performed with Canadian ensembles such as the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and Les Violons du Roy, and in Switzerland with the Camerata Lysy Gstaad.  She also performed with the New American Chamber Orchestra on a year-long tour of Europe.  Michele is currently concertmaster of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, the New Philharmonic Orchestra and the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, and is a substitute musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed on WFMT Live from Studio One with both the North Park Chamber Musicians and the Pilgrim Chamber Players, and she has also appeared in recital over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Mark Lekas, cello

Mark Lekas was a full scholarship student at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Paul Katz of the Cleveland String Quartet.  Other teachers have included Zara Nelsova, Steven Kates, Michael Haber and Leonard Chausow.  Mr. Lekas was a member of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, the New American Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Salem String Quartet.  He currently enjoys an active musical life in Chicago as Principal Cello with the Indiana Symphony, as a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, and the Grammy-nominated Nashville Chamber Orchestra.  In addition, he is a regular substitute cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  Mark frequently performs chamber music with the North Park Chamber Players, the Brass String Chamber Ensemble, the Pilgrim Chamber Players, and the Lekas Trio.  He has performed many times on WFMT’s Live from Studio One series.  He is also an active studio cellist, recording for television and radio jingles, and has just received a gold album certification for his work on Michael W. Smith’s CD Healing Rain. He also plays musicals for Broadway in Chicago, most recently as cellist for the show Wicked.  He is currently on the faculty of North Park University.

Carol Honigberg, piano
artistic director of the Pilgrim Chamber Players

Carol Honigberg has appeared as soloist and as chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Recent performances with orchestra include Haydn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Strings, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, and the Two-Piano Concerto by Poulenc. She gave her New York recital debut in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center. She has appeared as soloist with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago and appears regularly on programs live on radio WFMT. She has recently participated in summer festivals in Ceret, France, and Sun Valley, Idaho, has performed on the Chopin Festival in Washington, DC, and participated in the Chamber Music series from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She recently gave a duo recital with violinist Judith Aller at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art which was broadcast live on radio.

Carol Honigberg has recorded the Barber Piano Concerto and Piano Sonata for Musical Heritage Society, the Rhapsody in Blue in the solo piano version for Pavane Records in Belgium, the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for cello and piano, and Chopin’s music for cello and piano with cellist Steven Honigberg on the Albany label. She also performs on the series “Darkness & Light,” music from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. She recently recorded for Albany Records a selection of chamber music by Donald Draganski for winds and piano, performed by the Pilgrim Chamber Players, of which she is Artistic Director.

She is a former faculty member of Roosevelt University in Chicago and presently teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest Campus. She received her Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University. Her teachers have included Rudolph Ganz and Gui Mombeaerts. She also studied with Marguerite Long in France.

Carol Honigberg received the 2009 City of Highland Park Mayor's Award for the Arts for her role as Artistic Director of the Pilgrim Chamber Players.