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Aria Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert

Aria Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert

Friday May 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for a free classical concert in the Music Room of Wistariahurst.

Each piece is roughly 30 minutes in length.

FIRST HALF: String Trio in g minor, Op. 6, by Leó Weiner (1862-1939): Hillary, Rylan, Becky

SECOND HALF: String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, no. 1 by Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827): Sarah, Rylan, Becky


three musicians with their instruments

Hillary Dumond, Violin

Hillary Dumond is an avid violin performer and teacher in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.  She began violin study at the age of ten and soon after joined the Midwest Young Artists orchestra and chamber program in Chicago, performing throughout the Midwest and competing in Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.  She continued her musical studies at both Mount Holyoke College and University of Massachusetts-Amherst, studying under Linda Lladerach, Marsha Harbison and Elizabeth Chang.  A lover of chamber and orchestral music, she has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire including the acclaimed Amherst String Quartet, Bach Consort of Worcester, Illuminati Ensemble, Hugh Keelan Ensemble and the Worcester Chorus & Orchestra.  She is the founder and violinist of the Aria Chamber Ensemble which performs throughout New England.

Hillary has been teaching privately for the past twelve years and has received formal Suzuki teacher training through the Hartt School of Music and New York’s School for Strings.  She furthers her study over the summers at the Hartt School Teacher Training Institute and various Teacher Training Institutes across the country.  She developed and led the Suzuki violin program at the Enfield Montessori School and now focuses on her private studio.

Rylan Gajek-Leonard, Cello

Canadian cellist Rylan Gajek has performed concerti with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, and the Orchestra Now (U.S. premiere of Weinberg’s Cello Concerto). Rylan holds bachelor’s degrees in music and mathematics from Bard College, where he was a student of Peter Wiley. He recently completed his master’s degree in mathematics at Cambridge University, where he performed as associate principal with the Cambridge Philharmonic. Rylan has played in Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), recorded with children’s entertainer Raffi, and performed in masterclasses for cellists including Lynn Harrell, Miklòs Pérenyi, Laurence Lesser, and Colin Carr. He is currently pursuing a PhD in mathematics at the University of Massachusetts.

Becky Kalish, Viola

Becky Kalish completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music in May, 2018 of the double degree program at Oberlin College and Conservatory. At Oberlin Becky studied Viola Performance in the Conservatory and Environmental Studies in the College, and deeply enjoyed having an enriching music and academic experience simultaneously. She previously was a preparatory student at the New England Conservatory where she studied for five years with Roger Tapping, now the violist of the Juilliard String Quartet. Becky has participated in pre-professional summer music programs, including the Taos School of Music and Kneisel Hall. Becky is currently involved in communications and marketing work at an environmental nonprofit organization called the Center for EcoTechnology in Northampton, MA. Becky loves keeping music in her life, from chamber music to teaching to orchestral gigs, while pursuing other outside interests.

Sarah Hadley-Yakir, Violin

Sarah-Hadley Yakir is a Canadian/American violinist and educator. She began violin studies at age 4 in New York City and became very seriously invested by the age of 12, when Sarah moved to Cologne Germany to be part of the studio of renowned pedagogue Zakhar Bron. Sarah then moved back to the US to continue her studies at New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and is currently pursuing a graduate degree. Sarah is on faculty at John Payne Music Center in Brookline and has taught at New England Conservatory preparatory school as well as many public schools in the Boston area.

As a soloist, Sarah keeps up a busy recital career. A frequent performer of new music, Sarah is perpetually inspired by collaborations with new composers. Sarah has premiered works by Steve Mackey, Bright Sheng, John Luther Adams, Pascal Le Boeuf, Arturo O’Farrill, Steve Snowden, Paul Dooley, James Bassi, and Nicky Sohn. Sarah works extensively in her community to building a better environment through music. She has partnered frequently with the Community Performance Program at New England Conservatory, to bring music and music education to various settings throughout her community. Sarah has started the Local Farms concert series that benefits farms and farmers throughout the Northeastern US.  As an environmental activist, Sarah frequently performs benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for various organizations. This season, Sarah will perform in Melbourne Australia to raise awareness and funds for the Tarkine wilderness being destroyed in Tasmania.


Leó Weiner was born in Budapest and began by studying the piano as a youngster. In 1901 he entered the Budapest Academy of Music and studied composition with Hans Koessler. His rise was meteoric and he was widely regarded as a “wunderkind”, winning virtually all of the important Hungarian and Austrian competitions between 1903 and 1908. Critics dubbed him the “Hungarian Mendelssohn.” Weiner was essentially a Romantic composer and his compositions, though certainly featuring modern touches, never ventured into either polytonalism or atonalism. As these trends pioneered by Stravinsky, Bartok and Schonberg began to come into vogue, Weiner’s reputation and that of his music slowly receded, as did the music of other contemporary composers who remained faithful to traditional tonality. The String Trio dates from 1908 and was almost immediately regarded as a masterpiece. (

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s three string trios were composed in 1979-98. He published them in Vienna in 1799, with a dedication to his patron Count Johann Georg von Browne. Although this opus does not contain the most played works by Beethoven, it was a significant milestone in his development as a composer. At the time of publication, the 28-year-old Beethoven regarded the trios as his best compositions. The trios can be seen as a part of the preparation for the upcoming string quartets, which became the leading genre among his chamber music. The G Major trio is known as the most rigorous of the three trios, with the fast movements’ thematic richness and almost symphonic elaborations especially in the first Allegro. The Adagio in E major resembles in its beauty and melancholic atmosphere other slow movements written by Beethoven at that time. The trio ends with a brilliant and virtuoso Presto. (Taken mostly from Wikipedia)



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