“Will The Time Ever Come? Art Songs and Chamber Music Inspired by Nature” is a fresh and compelling take on how music can honor our connection to nature. Pristine art songs set to poetry by Toni Lester and iconic writers Langston Hughes and Katherine Mansfield, share the stage with string quartets and ambient sound design married to acoustic chamber music. Performer bios are below and a video on behind the scenes recording sessions (“Will The Time Sessions”) is here. [*The album’s title comes from the last line of the song, “Bear Trail”.]
Dashon Burton (baritone) is a member of the Grammy award winning vocal ensemble, Room Full Of Teeth. A Bronx, NY native, he brings passion to vocal music ranging from Mediaeval to modern day compositions. Dashon is a sought after performer of early music (especially J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and B Minor Mass), and was a top prizewinner at the ARD Competition in Munich, Germany. He has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors and collaborators, including Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, and Masaaki Suzuki.
James Dargan (baritone) has received praise for his “conversational flair” (Boston Globe), “creamy, rich quality”, and “clear, distinguished, and powerful” singing. He began as a violinist, studying with members of the Borromeo and Juilliard Quartets. As a vocalist, James has soloed with the Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, and is a member of Church of The Advent professional choir, Cappella Clausura, and Boston Baroque. James is also a founding member of Xerces Blue Ensemble, Tramontana, and Hydra.
Tera Gorsett (violin), a native of Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Boston University, where she studied under Bayla Keyes. She has attended Tanglewood Music Center and The Banff Center in Canada. Ms. Gorsett enjoys an active freelance career throughout the New England area, currently holding positions with the Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She also performs regularly with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Symphony, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Tera has performed in the US, Canada, and Mexico, and is on the faculty of the Dana Hall School of Music.
Lilit Hartunian (violin) is an active member of the Boston music scene, equally at home in classical and contemporary genres. She enjoys a varied freelance career as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist. Lilit is also a core violinist with Boston New Music Initiative, and a frequent soloist with Equilibrium Ensemble and Sound Icon, performing repertoire for violin and electronics. She has been praised for her “captivating and luxurious tone” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and playing that is “brilliantly rhapsodic” (Harvard Crimson). Lilit is currently on the faculty at The Rivers School Conservatory.
Emily Marvosh (contralto) has been hailed for her “flexible technique and ripe color,” and for having a voice that has the “velvety soulfulness of a cello.” A frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society, she recently soloed for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (Mahler’s 3rd Symphony), the Charlotte Symphony (Messiah), L’academie (Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus), the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, the White Mountain Bach Festival (Vivaldi’s Salve Regina), Opera Boston (La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein), and Boston Lyric Opera (Rusalka). A recipient of the prestigious Adams Master Class Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival and the American Prize in the Oratorio and Art Song divisions, she can be heard on Seraphic Fire’s Grammy-nominated recording of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem. Emily holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University.
Clare Iannotta Nielsen (flute) performs throughout New England and is a member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the Ariel Wind Quintet and the Grassmere Trio. Her recordings include Daniel Pinkham’s Advent Cantata, Peter Child’s Wind Quintet, and Gardner Read’s The Art of Song. She received her Bachelor of Music in Flute performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Master of Arts in Music History from Tufts University and an Artist’s Diploma in Chamber Music from the Longy School of Music.
Jessica Petrus (soprano) has been praised for her “impressive clarity and color” (New York Times) and for being a “brilliant, agile soprano” (San Diego Story). Passionate about chamber music (ranging from the medieval era to contemporary), she regularly performs with the Handel and Haydn Society, Oratorio Chorale of Maine, Yale Choral Artists, the Staunton Music Festival, Cantata Profana, and Skylark Vocal Ensemble. Jessica has worked with iconic composer, Steve Reich, and most recently performed Unsuk Chin’s whimsical “Akrostischon-Wortspiel” with Kettle Corn New Music and Cantata Profana in NYC, where she “sang beautifully, with strict control and expressive musicality, telling each phantom story with charming resolve” (I Care If You Listen). In 2015, she made her Spoleto USA solo début in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, with a “crystal clear soprano” (Post And Courier). She is a core member of the Etherea ensemble and is a graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Oratorio, Art Song, and Chamber Ensemble program.
Stephen Porter (piano) is an acclaimed international soloist. His playing has been called “a powerful revelation” (New York Arts), “masterful … everything is graceful and appropriate” (Boston Musical Intelligencer on his Debussy interpretation), “pure magic…disturbingly beautiful” (Early Music America on his Shubert interpretation), and “transcendent” (New York Arts on his Beethoven interpretation). Writing for Slate Magazine, Jan Swafford (author of Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph) says “that may be the most exciting and appropriate version of the Appassionata.” Stephen’s groundbreaking interpretation of Debussy’s work for piano has been featured on National Public Radio. Recent solo appearances include Cité des Arts in Paris, the Sala Villa-Lobos at the University of Rio de Janeiro, Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, LSO St. Luke’s with the Amadeus Orchestra of London, the Rockefeller Foundation at Lake Como, and the 8th Bosnia International Music Festival in Sarajevo. He is a graduate of Oberlin College (magna cum laude) and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Aristides Rivas (cello), a native of Venezuela, is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. He launched his solo debut at age 14, with the Los Llanos Chamber Orchestra in Guanare, Venezuela, part of the world acclaimed El Sistema project. Aristides has a B.S. from Baylor University, and has studied with Roberto Zambrano, Nicolae Sarpe, and Gary Hardie. He was the principle cellist with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and an active collaborator with multi-Grammy winner and living jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera. He is now a member of the Grammy-nominated jazz band, the Julian Lage Group, and a founding member of Voci Angelica Trio, which specializes in performing folk songs from around the globe.
Reinmar Seidler (cello) has been called “a player of flamboyant technique and substantial personality” (The Boston Globe ). He has served as principal cellist and soloist with the Handel & Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, as well as with such European groups as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Devon Baroque and the Akademie für Alte Musik (Saarland). Reinmar has recorded a wide variety of early and contemporary repertoire for Sony/Elektra, Erato, KOCH, and ECLECTRA labels. Also an accomplished conductor, Reinmar has directed the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Case Western University Baroque Orchestra, Pennsylvania State College Baroque Orchestra, leading repertoire ranging from Monteverdi and Bach, to Beethoven and Schubert. His acclaimed production of Mozart’s early opera La Finta Giardiniera recently opened the newly-renovated Panama City Opera House. In addition to his active musical career, Reinmar researches the impacts of climate change on high mountain environments. He holds a doctorate in conservation biology.
Russell Wilson (viola) is an accomplished violist who performs widely in New England. He holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from Longy School of Music, a Master of Music from the Hartt School (University of Hartford) and an Undergraduate Diploma from Longy School of Music.
Special Thanks to John Weston of Futura Productions; and Katie Sundstrom for her enthusiastic and supportive assistance.