Originally published in Compass, July 18, 2013
Blue Hill Bach announces Young Artist Fellow
Blue Hill Bach has selected a young cellist to receive the Marville Young Artist Fellowship for 2013. Stanley Moore, a 22-year-old student at the Bard College Conservatory, will perform as soloist and continuo cellist for this year’s Blue Hill Bach Festival on July 25-27. In addition to learning about Baroque performance practice by working with established performers, Moore will gain hands-on experience in organizing and coordinating a summer music festival, according to a news release. The fellowship is a new program of Blue Hill Bach, made possible through a generous gift from Robert and Janet Marville.
According to Blue Hill Bach Artistic Director Stephen Hammer, Moore is “a real natural in Baroque interpretation and style.” Currently pursuing a dual degree in philosophy and music performance at Bard, he was a student at Kneisel Hall for two summers. He has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Project in a masterclass series, the Midwest Young Artists youth orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, and with his two brothers, as three-fourths of the Kalmia Quartet. Honors include first place in the Rembrandt Chamber Players, Chicago National Chamber Music, Midwest Young Artists Walgreens Concerto Senior Division, Illinois Cello Competion, and a silver medal at the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition with Trio Coterie. Recently Moore and the Kalmia Quartet appeared with the folk singer Natalie Merchant in an event to raise awareness of domestic violence.
The Marville Young Artist Fellowship serves Blue Hill Bach’s mission of presenting historically informed performances, recordings, and educational programs that explore vocal and instrumental music of the Baroque. This summer, Blue Hill Bach will present a 3-day festival of programs: Vespers at St. Francis on Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church will feature works for organ, solo voices and instruments by J.S. Bach, Biber, Bruhns, Buxtehude, and J.C. Bach; on Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m. at Peninsula Metamorphic Arts and Learning, The Baroque Café will be open for listeners to enjoy Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” and secular instrumental music by Bach and Telemann in a café setting that includes German wines, beer, and other refreshments; the festival finale on Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Blue Hill’s First Congregational Church will feature the Blue Hill Bach Orchestra and Chorus with soloists under the direction of John Finney in a program that includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, the motet Jesu, meine Freude, and Cantata 78, Jesu, der du meine Seele, and Vivaldi’s Concerto for two Cellos in G minor. Young Artist Fellow Stanley Moore will join festival cellist Sarah Freiberg as soloist. For tickets and information, go to bluehillbach.org or call (540) 539-5880.