Boston Chamber Music Society with Ann Hobson Pilot, Harp
March 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm$25.00 – $50.00
Boston Chamber Music Society
Max Levinson, piano
Markus Placci, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Marcus Thompson, violist and BCMS Artistic Director
Jennifer Grim, flute
The Boston Chamber Music Society, BCMS, is an ensemble of superb musicians who come together in different combinations to prepare and perform chamber music. Since its founding in 1982, BCMS has built a reputation for impassioned performances, ripened over time by the long personal and professional histories of its member musicians. BCMS invites guest artists, chosen for their particular affinity for the works they will play, to join its members, expanding the artistic possibilities to virtually all works in the chamber music repertoire.
BCMS’s mission is to provide the public with exceptional performances of chamber music repertoire from the Baroque era to the present day while fostering understanding and appreciation of the art form, making it more accessible to all.
BCMS presents the longest-running chamber music series and is distinguished for its enduring performance standards in Boston’s musically fertile region. In addition to its monthly concerts at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, BCMS has performed in multiple neighborhood venues in the greater Boston area, toured nationally and internationally, and issued critically acclaimed recordings under its own label.
Beyond the concert stage, BCMS musicians offer open rehearsals and masterclasses to students from educational institutions at various levels, and coach participants of all ages in its annual chamber music workshop to deepen their enthusiasm for the genre. Its hybrid fellowship program in cooperation with the New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship department engages young musicians to serve as interns in the office to learn the basic inner workings of running an ensemble or concert series and to perform with the ensemble in concerts and community events. The BCMS Teaching Artist Program at the Somerville High School (Somerville, MA) provides the SHS String Orchestra students weekly coaching as well as free access to its concerts.
Ann Hobson Pilot
Ann Hobson Pilot was principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to the end of Tanglewood 2009 season, having joined the BSO in 1969 as assistant principal harp and principal with the Boston Pops. Before that she was substitute second harp with the Pittsburgh Symphony and principal harp of the Washington National Symphony.
Ms. Pilot has performed as soloist with many orchestras in the US and all around the world. After her official retirement as principal harpist, she returned to the stage as soloist with the BSO opening its 2009-2010 season and the Carnegie Hall season with the premiere of “On Willows and Birches,” a concerto for harp and orchestra written for her by John Williams. As a chamber musician, she has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and the Ritz Chamber Players.
Her recent season highlights include a performance at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; the Ginastera Concerto with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at Teatro Colon and with the Boston Civic Symphony at Jordan Hall in Boston; a concert with Maestro Thomas Wilkins and the Omaha Symphony, and her debut with La Musica International Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota, FL. In July 2019, she will perform the Ginastera Concerto with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Orchestra at Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA.
Ms. Pilot has recorded for the Boston Records, Koch International and Denouement labels. In September 1999 she recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra the Harp Concerto by the young American composer Kevin Kaska, a work that she commissioned. The 2013 season brought the release of her new CD—music of the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla for harp, violin and bandoneon. She was featured in two documentaries that have been aired by PBS stations nationwide: In 1997 she traveled to South Africa to record “A Musical Journey”, sponsored by the Museum of Afro-American History and WGBH; and more recently, “A Harpist’s Legacy, Ann Hobson Pilot and the Sound of Change” that tells the story of Ms. Pilot’s life in music.
Ms. Pilot is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music under Alice Chalifoux. She received the Distinguished Alumni Awards from her alma mater in 1993 and again in 2010. Other awards she has received include the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Boston Musicians Association and from the Talent Development League of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bridgewater State College in 1988, and an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Tufts University in 2010. Ms. Pilot retired from the faculties of the New England Conservatory and Boston University. She is now affiliated with the State College of Florida, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
She and her husband, Prentice Pilot, are currently residents of Osprey, Florida.
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