Leonard Bernstein – 100th Anniversary

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3pm


Leonard Bernstein Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  Three Meditations from Mass for Cello and Piano
  Music from West Side Story, arranged for String Quartet
  Selected songs performed by
          Michelle Areyzaga and Welz Kauffman
Concert information

This program contains a wide variety of Bernstein’s works which illustrate his exceptional musical talents. An American genius.

Dessert Reception gift of Sunset Foods of Highland Park.


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

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Dileep Gangolli, clarinet | Steven Honigberg, cello | Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Michele Lekas, violin | Renée-Paule Gauthier, violin | Rose Armbrust Griffin, viola
and Carol Honigberg, piano
with special guest and Ravinia CEO Welz Kauffman, piano

Dileep Gangolli, clarinet

Dileep Gangolli, founder and director of the Illinois Woodwind Academy, is member a of the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, and the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra.. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and the Ars Viva Orchestra. A member of the music faculty at Midwest Young Artists, he previously taught at VanderCook College of Music and North Park University. Prior to establishing his career in Chicago, he was a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Puget Sound.

The founder and artistic director of the Greenleaf Ensemble, Mr. Gangolli’s other chamber music appearances include participation in the Washington Island Music Festival, the Token Creek Music Festival under the direction of John Harbison, and tours of Florida and New Brunswick as a member of the Atlantic Arts Trio. He is a frequent guest on WFMT’s Live from Studio One broadcasts and has appeared with leading Chicago chamber music groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the New Center for Black Music Research Ensemble, and the Pilgrim Chamber Players. Mr. Gangolli has also performed at the BVI Music Festival (British Virgin Islands), the Bay Chamber Concerts, and the Da Camera Society Concerts and has been a repeat performer on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess recital series.

An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, he has participated in several national and international tours and residencies including the Interlink Festival of Contemporary Music and the Istanbul Contemporary Music Festival. In 2006 and in 2010, Mr. Gangolli was invited to appear in recital at the annual convention of the International Clarinet Association.

Mr. Gangolli has recorded for the Albany, Crystal, Decca, Delos, Naxos and Erato labels. For Crystal Records, he was part of an ongoing project of the Westwood Wind Quintet to record all twenty-four woodwind quintets of Anton Reicha. As a member of Present Music, he can be heard on recordings that feature the music of Michael Torke and Kamran Ince. These recordings were done under the supervision of the composers.

Mr. Gangolli has earned music degrees from Northwestern University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Washington. His private clarinet instructors include Robert Marcellus, Anthony Gigliotti, and Ronald Phillips. In 1986 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for advanced study in the United Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to The Clarinet, the quarterly journal of the International Clarinet Association.

He is the owner of a boutique winery and lives on a vineyard in Evanston, IL.

Steven Honigberg, cello

Steven Honigberg is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music where he studied with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins. Other important cello teachers were Pierre Fournier and Karl Fruh. He is currently a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and is also founder and member of the Potomac String Quartet. He has given recent cello recitals in Washington, DC on the Dumbarton Concert Series, at the Phillips Collection Series, at the National Gallery of Art, and recitals in New York and throughout the United States. In Chicago he has appeared on radio WFMT, at the Ravinia Festival, and as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ars Viva Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony and New Philharmonic Orchestra among others. He has appeared most recently as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in a performance at the Kennedy Center of Eric Wolfgang Korngold's Cello Concerto and he won rave reviews for the 1988 world premiere of David Ott's Concerto for Two Cellos conducted by Mistislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony Orchestra with many repeat performances on two NSO United States tours.

Steven was the Director of the Chamber Music Series at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for ten years where he premiered a number of new works by such composers as Lukas Foss, Benjamin Lees, Robert Starer and David Diamond.

He participated in extensive recordings of concerts held at the museum, including four recordings of music from the music series and CDs of music by Erick Wolfgang Korngold and Ernst Toch. He has recorded extensively with the Potomac String Quartet, including the nine String Quartets of Quincy Porter and the eleven String Quartets of David Diamond which John von Rhein, music critic for the Chicago Tribune, chose as one of his top 20 CD choices for 2003. Steven Honigberg has also recorded the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano, and the complete works of Chopin for cello and piano with his mother, pianist Carol Honigberg. From 1990-2009 Honigberg was chamber music director of the Edgar M. Bronfman series in Sun Valley, Idaho and principal cellist of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony where he was featured as soloist in more than 15 cello concerti. He has collaborated in chamber music with such musicians as violinist Hilary Hahn, and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jon Nakamatsu, James Tocco and Shai Wosner. Steven Honigberg is a member of the new All Star Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwartz, in concerts running on PBS stations throughout the United States.

Steven lives in Washington, DC with his wife Jessica and two daughters Lily and Clara. Also an author, Beckham Books in 2010 published his book Leonard Rose: America's Golden Age and Its First Cellist. During the 2014-2015 season he performed the Polish composer Panufnik’s Cello Concerto with orchestra in Warsaw, Poland. In April 2015 he performed the Penderecki Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Three Celli with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

Steven is an Adjunct Professor of cello at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Michelle Areyzaga, soprano

As a coveted performer with a diverse repertoire, American soprano Michelle Areyzaga is held in high regard by orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed operatic roles with New York City Opera in Telemann’s Orpheus as well as in their VOX series, and has appeared in leading roles with Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s In the Neighborhoods programs, Opera Birmingham, Ravinia Festival, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.

As an orchestral soloist, she has appeared with Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Richmond Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Rochester Symphony, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and North Carolina Symphony, among others. She sang the first Bach B minor Mass in the country of Costa Rica, under the baton of Maestro John Nelson.

Ms. Areyzaga’s operatic roles have included Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro; title role, Madama Butterfly; Cunegonde, Candide; Adina, L’elisir d’amore; Despina, Così fan tutte; Zerlina, Don Giovanni; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte; Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi; both Musetta and Mimì, La bohème and Casilda in The Gondoliers.

Known as a foremost interpreter of vocal art song and chamber music, Ms. Areyzaga has been a repeat guest of the New York Festival of Song under the direction of Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Chicago Ensemble, as well as Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and the Tucson Desert Song Festival. She has collaborated with the Avalon String Quartet, the Cavatina Duo, and the Lincoln Trio, and has been selected to perform world premieres of many new works by American composers.

As a recorded artist, she has performed song cycles by Gwyneth Walker on The Sun Is Love (Proteus). Other recordings include Songs from Spoon River (Cedille) by Lita Grier and The Small Hours, songs by William Ferris. She has sung numerous times in both live and programmed broadcasts on Chicago’s classical music radio station WFMT.

Ms. Areyzaga made her European concert debut as soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor at England’s York Minster Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, and St. Mary’s Church in Oxford. In Paris, she received standing ovations as soloist in the Lord Nelson Mass with the orchestra of London’s Royal Academy of Music and the St. Charles Singers.

Michelle Areyzaga has been named “Artist of the Year” by Pioneer Press and has been an award recipient from the Julian Autrey Song Foundation, Wm. C. Byrd International Young Artist, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year, Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition (Ft. Worth Opera), NATSAA—National Finalist ”Outstanding Artist”chosen by Teresa Stratas, Metropolitan Opera National Council (Central Region), Viñas Concurs International and the Concert Artist Guild.

She received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University with honors and was a member of Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists. In addition she has been a member of the OperaWorks Summer intensive Program in L.A. and a member of Chicago Opera Theater’s Debut Artist Series.

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).

Renée-Paule Gauthier, violin

An accomplished chamber musician, solo artist, teacher, and orchestra leader, the Canadian violinist Renée-Paule Gauthier was mentioned as one of the "best upcoming violinist of the new generation" in Violin Virtuosos, from Paganini to the 21st Century, a book written by the American author Henry Roth.

Ms Gauthier currently resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two children.  She joined the faculties of North Park University and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2013 as Violin Instructor and Chamber Music Coach.  She is a member of the Illinois Philharmonic and Chicago Philharmonic orchestras, is Principal Second Violin with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and is an active member of the Chicago area chamber music scene. 

Following her preparatory studies at the Quebec Conservatory in Chicoutimi, Ms Gauthier obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Montreal where she studied with Jean-François Rivest, and a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Zvi Zeitlin.  She then pursued her studies at the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, studying privately with Eugene Drucker, Brian Lewis, and Philip Setzer, and completing an exclusive two-year residency under the guidance of the prestigious Emerson String Quartet as violinist with the Diabelli String Quartet.  Finalist at the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2001, the Diabelli Quartet recorded on the Zephyr and Ongaku labels and was the resident string quartet at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and at the International Clarinet Connection in Boston, MA, from 2000 to 2003.

Ms Gauthier had the opportunity to study with masters such as Victor Pikaisen, Pierre Amoyal, Sally Thomas, William Preucil, Jaime Laredo, and Christian Tetzlaff during the summer sessions of the Domaine Forget, Meadowmount School of Music, Music Academy of the West, and at the reputed New York String Seminar.  She also studied chamber music performance with members of the renowned Cleveland, Orion, Ying, and Orford Quartets.

Following her studies, Ms Gauthier moved to Miami, FL, in 2002 and joined the New World Symphony where she played Concertmaster and performed frequently as chamber musician.  She also held the position of Concertmaster of the Orchestre de la Francophonie during the summers of 2002 and 2003.  She performed in the first violin section of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, from 2004 to 2009 and joined the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as Acting Assistant Concertmaster in September 2009.

She has won awards in several competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition, the Canadian Music Festival, and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and she has performed as a soloist with several orchestras throughout her native Québec.  In September 2009 she was awarded the exclusive three-year loan of the Taft Stradivari violin through the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank Competition.

A sought-after chamber player, she has collaborated with Marc-André Hamelin, Jeffrey Kahane, Ursula Oppens, David Jalbert, Denise Djokic, Yuval Gotlibovich, Jethro Marks, John Bruce Yeh, Ricardo Morales, Luis Rossi, and Philippe Cuper, among others, and has performed extensively for premiere chamber music series and festivals around Canada and the United States. 

Throughout the years Ms Gauthier developed a real interest and passion for arts management. In addition to being on the artistic programming team for the 2007 edition of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (featuring 120 concerts that took place over 2 weeks) she was really involved in the creation and planning of different musical activities for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society.  She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière, a chamber music festival in the province of Québec which she managed from 2007 to 2015.

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 alongside 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 Fischoff 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 has served as principal violist of The Haddonfield Symphony and as guest principal/assistant principal of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestral performances include Firebird Chamber Orchestra, Woodstock Mozart Festival and the Lyrique-en-Mer Festival in Le Palais, France. Rose is currently a member of The Ars Viva Orchestra and The Lake Forest Symphony.

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 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”.

Welz Kauffman, piano

As President and CEO of Ravinia Festival, Welz Kauffman has been responsible for both the artistic and financial integrity of North America’s oldest music festival since his appointment in 2000. In addition to programming more than 140 public attractions—ranging from the annual summer residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to concerts by the likes of Sting, John Legend, Los Tigres del Norte, and Ms. Lauryn Hill—for 600,000 visitors each season, Kauffman has quadrupled the number of donors to the not-for- profit while at the same time breaking ticket revenue records nearly each year of his tenure, taking Ravinia from a $17 million to a $38 million company. He oversees a year-round staff of 50 and a seasonal staff of more than 600.

Kauffman has also expanded Ravinia’s REACH*TEACH*PLAY education programs to provide equitable access to music at the festival and throughout Chicagoland. Both his parents were teachers, so education became a major pillar of Kauffman’s tenure, and most recently he installed “El Sistema” training and created student orchestras for local elementary schools without music programs of their own.

Building on four decades of artistic leadership from coast to coast—the New York Philharmonic to the Los Angeles Philharmonic—Kauffman is dedicated to preserving and building audiences for classical music through innovative programming that runs the gamut from beloved chestnuts to films accompanied by live performances, as well as major works commissioned expressly for Ravinia. He has expanded programming in Ravinia’s two indoor venues, the 850-seat Martin Theatre and the 450-seat Bennett Gordon Hall, to host one of the most extensive chamber music series in the world. He has mainstreamed the festival’s on-campus summer conservatory, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, by incorporating its alumni and the 60 annual participants, who study with such artists as Kiri Te Kanawa and Christoph Eschenbach, into main-stage concerts. He has also ensured accessibility by controlling ticket prices with the mantra “$25/$10/FREE,” making the majority of tickets to CSO concerts in Ravinia’s 3,400-seat Pavilion only $25 and general admission to the lawn for all classical concerts only $10. Reserved seats to chamber concerts in Bennett Gordon Hall are also only $10 each. Kauffman completely waived the cost for all children and students through college, admitting them free to the lawn for all classical concerts. His audience development projects include special events such as “Beer, Brats & Beethoven” and “One Score, One Chicago.”

Over the past decade, Kauffman has reinvested $30 million into Ravinia’s infrastructure, including the construction of a world-class dining pavilion and flanking the Pavilion stage with video screens, as well as the new Ravinia Music Box “experience center” that is in the works.

Previous to Ravinia, Kauffman also worked for the Los Angeles Philharmonic/Olympic Arts Festival; the J. Paul Getty Trust; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Atlanta Symphony, where he collaborated with the legendary vocal conductor Robert Shaw and former president Jimmy Carter; and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he developed community programs with Hugh Wolff and Bobby McFerrin.

In addition to his work at Ravinia, Kauffman serves as president of the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation and a trustee of the Kurth Weill Foundation. He is a founding board member of Ingenuity Inc., which works closely with the Chicago Public Schools to ensure efficient collaborations with arts agencies and other not-for- profits.

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.