Clarion Concerts


Baroque and Beyond with Anthony Newman and Friends!

November 5, 2022 • 3:00PM
St. James Place, Great Barrington MA
An Evening of Baroque Featuring Anthony Newman and Friends


Anthony Newman - Bach Italian Concerto

The Quartet - Mozart Hoffmeister Quartet in D Major K 499

The Quartet- Haydn Emperor Variations Opus76, number 3

The Quartet and Anthony Newman - Haydn Harpsichord Concerto in D Major-Hoboken 18:11


Anthony Newman, harpsichord

Described by Wynton Marsalis as “The High Priest of Bach,” and by Time Magazine as “The High Priest of Harpsichord”, Anthony Newman continues his fifty plus year career as America’s leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist.

His prodigious recording output includes more than 170 CD’s on such labels as CBS, Sony, Deutsche Grammaphon, and Vox Masterworks.

As a keyboardist, he has performed more than sixty times at Lincoln Center, and has collaborated with may of the greats of music…Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Eugenia Zukerman, John Nelson, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Levine, Leonard Bernstein and many others.

Also a composer, his output includes four symphonies, four concerti, three large choral works and two operas.

He is a Yamaha Artist and a proud alumnus of Young Concert Artists.

Lun Li – violin

A native of Shanghai, China, violinist Lun Li won First Prize in he 2021 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as the Paul A. Fish Memorial prize and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize. He was named Violin Chair of Young Concert Artists.

In 2017, he served as concertmaster of the Pacific Festival Orchestra under conductor Valery Gergiev.

Lun graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, and is now pursuing a master’s degree at the Julliard School.

Risa Hokamura – violin

Risa Hokamura began the violin at the age of three, and at the age of ten she began to capture top prizes in competitions in Japan. She first came to international attention upon winning the Silver Metal at the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where she performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Risa won First Prize in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of seventeen, as well as the Tannery Pond Concerts Prize, the Ruth Laredo Award, and the Ronald Asherson Award of YCA. She follows in the distinguished footsteps of her two major violin teachers who also began their careers with Young Concert Artists: Koichiro Harada(founding first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet) and Mayuko Kamio.

This season Risa will perform in the Morgan Library in New York City. She has previously performed as a soloist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Muncie Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the East Cast Chamber Orchestra.

Risa studied at the Artist Diploma Program of the Tokyo College of Music, and began her studies this year at the Manhattan School of Music.

Jonathan Swensen – cello

Jonathan Swensen first fell on love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the age of six and ultimately made his concerto debut at the age of twenty performing that very piece with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Musica.

Winner of the prestigious 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Jonathan also captured First Prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 2018 Khachaturian International Cello Competition, and 2019 Windsor International String Competition. In his native Denmark, he was the recipient of the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Leonie Sonning Talent Prize in 2017, and First Prize at the 2016 Danish String Competition.

He made his debuts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra at Windsor Castle and Sun Symphony in Vietnam, and recently performed with Denmark’s Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan also co-created a classical music festival called Festival & Friends, and was its Artistic Director in 2020.

A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jonathan Swensen is currently at the New England Conservatory.

Melissa Reardon- viola

Grammy-nominated violist Melissa is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. Melissa has recently been named the violist of the famed Borromeo String Quartet.

Melissa is the Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Portland ME, Artist in Residence at Bard College and Conservatory and a founding member and the Executive Director of the East Coast Orchestra (ECCO). As a member of the Enso String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, Melissa toured nationally and internationally. Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, the Massachusetts-born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions.

She held the post of Associate Professor of Viola at East Carolina University from 2007-2013, and earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory.

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We thank the following foundations, businesses and individuals who have supported us in 2021 and 2022.

Benefactors ($5,000+)
Saida Baxt, MD
Jason Subotky & Anne Akiko Meyers / AYCO Charitable Foundation
Sponsors ($1000–$4999)
Alice Platt
Ross A. Garon & Hong K. Suh — In honor of Dave Hall, whose leadership we respect & admire
Bronwyn Bevan
HRBT Foundation
The Feigenbaum Foundation, Inc.
The Bay & Paul Foundations, Inc
The Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation Inc.
The Wallace Foundation
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Steve & Barbara Smith
Emily Daughtry
Matthew Deming
Tricia & John Bevan
Irene & John Banning
Richard Collens
Price Chopper/ Market 32
Stewart's Shops Corp
TKG Real Estate
Robin Goldstein — in memory of Ann Kirschner
Joe Romano & Dave Hall
Supporters ($250–$499)
Alyssa & V. W. Dodson
Leslie Lassiter
Carsten Otto & DeWayne A. Powell
Matthew Naclerio
Pamela Abernathy — In honor of the Bevan Family
Richard Novik
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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundations, Inc
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The White Hart Inn
Herrington's Hardware
Lance Vermeulen Real Estate Inc.
Harney & Sons Teas
The Inn at Pine Plains
Donors: ($100–$249)
Carol Saginaw
Tambra L Dillon
Michael Hofmann
Marybeth Ketz
Monica Sinclair
Michaela Nonis
Rita Jakubowski
Nokuthula Ngwenyama
Patti Rohrlich
Ruth Seidler
Rosemary Werrett
Doris Gitzy — In honor of Matt Deming
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Bonnie Regendahl
Jay & Patricia Rohrlich
Ann & Mal Barasch
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Hylton Hundt Salon, Inc.
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Hillsdale Super Market, Inc.
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And we thank the following generous foundations, businesses and individuals who helped us bring you our concerts in 2020.

Columbia County Arts Fund, a project of the J.M. Kaplan Fund
Price Chopper
Stewarts Shops
The Wallace Fund
The Farmer’s Wife
Guido’s Supermarket
Harney & Sons
Herrington’s Hardware
The Kinderhook Group
Kinderhook Toyota
Lance Vermeulen Real Estate, Inc.
MetzWood Insurance
Prairie Whale Restaurant
Red House Design
Ann Beckley Barasch
Sherwood & Saida Baxt
Bronwyn Bevan
John & Tricia Bevan
Myron & Harriet Bussel
Edwin Chinery
Agi Clark
Richard Collens
Alfred Daiboch
Emily & Martin Daughtry
Matthew Deming
Vicki Dodson*
George Faison
Amy Goldin
Dave Hall & Joe Romano
Rita Jakubowski
Laraine Lippe*
Benjamin Lipton
Virginia Martin
Belinda Mello & Michael McDonnell*
Michael Mollenkamp
Richard Mousseau
Carol Saginaw
James Sciales & Jennifer Kim*
Monica Sinclair & Brian Hailes*
Sharon Smullen
Claudia Summers
Margareta & Edward Thaute
Eugenia Zukerman

* In memory of Josh Lipton

Members of the Clarion Concerts Board
Artistic Director Emerita: Eugenia Zukerman
President: Dave Hall
Vice Presidet: Elizabeth Davis
Treasurer: Michael Hofmann
Secretary: Alice Platt
Kamilla Arku
Richard Collens
George Faison
Amy Goldin
Dede Rothenberg
Michael Rothenberg
Website and Graphic Design
Julian Bevan