Saturday, November 21, 2015, 7:00 pm (please note this earlier time!)


“Impressions of Italy”

This concert features a tour de force pairing of Brahms String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 with Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir De Florence” String  Sextet Op. 70 in D Minor. The brooding melodies of the Brahms contrast with brilliant folk song found in the Tchaikovsky. Artists include principals of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra and the PNB orchestra.

Featured artists:

Brittany Boulding and Michael Lim – violin
Joyce Ramee and Eileen Swanson – viola
Brian Wharton – cello
Olga Ruvinov – cello


Brittany Boulding, violinist, has appeared as soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto USA, National Repertory Orchestra and the Orquesta de Camara Concierto Sur (Cuba). She has also performed recitals across the United States and internationally. Her major music festival appearances include Tanglewood, Spoleto, Aspen, Vail, Banff and Bellingham. A passionate chamber musician, she is a member of the Finisterra Trio and can be seen performing at chamber festivals such as the Methow Valley, Simple Measures, Second City, Seasons, Russian Chamber Music Foundation, Guemes Island, Vashon, Bainbridge, Auburn, Cornish, Jacobsen and New Lens Series. Ms. Boulding is Concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Auburn Symphony as well as Associate Concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She also performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera. Ms. Boulding earned her Bachelor of Music from Rice University and her Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett. A Pacific Northwest native, Ms. Boulding grew up performing and recording with her family, the internationally acclaimed Magical Strings. Brittany enjoys spending her free time hiking, running and doing yoga with her dogs Wotan and Capote.

Michael Jinsoo Lim, violinist, has been praised by Gramophone for playing with “delicious abandon” and described as “bewitching” by the Seattle Times. Since 2009, Lim has been concertmaster and solo violinist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra (“surely the best ballet band in America” – New York Times). Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “conspicuously accomplished champion of contemporary music” for his work as co-founder of the renowned Corigliano Quartet, Lim is also a member of Open End, a New York City-based ensemble specializing in new works and improvisation. Recent highlights include the world premiere of Andrew Waggoner’s violin concerto, written for Lim, and live performances on Danish Public Radio. Upcoming performances include the Stravinsky violin concerto at City Center in New York City, as part of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2016 NYC tour. As a member of the Corigliano Quartet, Lim has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming, and has performed in the nation’s leading music centers, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The quartet’s Naxos label CD was honored as one of The New Yorker’s Top Ten Classical Recordings of the Year. Lim attended Indiana University, where he was a pupil of the legendary violinist and teacher Josef Gingold. He later studied chamber music at the Juilliard School and taught there as an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. He currently serves on the faculties of Cornish College of the Arts and DigiPen Institute of Technology. Lim has recorded for Naxos, DreamWorks, Albany, Bridge, CRI, Bayer Records, RIAX and New Focus, and has been heard on NPR programs such as Performance Today and All Things Considered.

Joyce A. Ramée, violist, is active throughout the Northwest as a clinician, recitalist, teacher and coach. Since 1987 she has been a faculty member at the University of Puget Sound and is a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. In addition, she is violist for the Aronoff Chamber Players, as well as for the Cathedral Trio. She has performed major concertos with area orchestras and given world premiers of chamber and solo music by northwest composers including Daniel Ott, Dell Wade and the late Lawrence Ebert. Ms. Ramée co-founded the Max Aronoff Viola Institute in 1990, and has served as its Director ever since, designing curriculum, teaching and performing. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Ms. Ramée was a student of Max Aronoff and Joseph dePasquale. Later studies were with eminent violist Sol Greitzer, and as a fellowship scholar at Tanglewood and the Waterloo Music Festival. Ms. Ramée lives in Seattle with her husband, French hornist Rodger Burnett, and their cats.

Olga Ruvinov, cellist, was born in the city of Perm in Russia. She began playing cello at the age of seven and made her first solo performance with Perm State Orchestra when she was twelve. She studied with Vladimir Tonkha at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. Her other teachers were Elisabeth Wilson (student of Mstislav Rostropovich) at Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento and Leopold Teraspulsky (student of Pablo Casals). An active freelance musician, she performs with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, 5th Avenue Theater and Auburn Symphony orchestras.

Eileen Swanson, violist, is grateful to have enjoyed a long career playing and teaching in the Seattle area. A graduate of the University of Washington with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, she is currently in her 26th season as a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. She was a member of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra for all 33 years of its existence, and has been a member of the Auburn Symphony since its founding. She also manages and performs as principal violist in the St. James Cathedral Chamber Orchestra. Her students range in age from 6 to 85 and study violin, viola and piano with her in her home studio.

Brian Wharton, cellist, comes from a musical family in Idaho where both parents play cello and piano professionally. He pursued music in college receiving performance degrees from Western Washington University and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is passionate about teaching and passing on the tradition of excellence in cello playing. His students have won the Washington State solo competition and many have been principal cello of the Tacoma Youth Symphony. He has taught at Pacific Lutheran University and currently maintains a large studio in Auburn, Washington teaching students from ages 7 to 80. He has played professionally with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and principal cello with the Auburn Symphony. His passion for chamber music has led him to create the Auburn Symphony chamber series. He produces a wide variety of chamber programs throughout the year at different venues around Auburn including “Sunsets at Mary Olsen Farm.” Brian enjoys fishing with his kids, hiking, and touring national parks. He resides in Auburn with his wife Melinda and their two children, Hailey and Connor.

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