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Wednesday Chamber Music Series: Stillman, Stoltzman and Reynolds to perform Beethoven and Zemlinsky Dec. 9


Judith Lynn Stillman (Photo: Richard Corman)
Pianist Judith Lynn Stillman of RIC will collaborate with Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and Muir String Quartet cellist Michael Reynolds in the Wednesday Chamber Music Series concert, “Trios for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Beethoven and Zemlinsky.”

The event will be held on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Stillman said of the music program: “Beethoven is music that sparkles and Zemlinsky catches the soul. It’s the juxtaposition which pairs them so well.”

After the concert there will be an open forum question-and-answer session. “This creates a great rapport between audience and artist,” Stillman said. “We get a wide range of questions and a wide range of questioners. It gives us all a real sense of community.”


Richard Stoltzman (Photo: John Pearson)
Stillman is artist-in-residence at Rhode Island College and director of the Wednesday Chamber Music Series. She was the youngest person ever admitted to the doctoral program at Juilliard. Upon graduation she was awarded the Dethier Prize for Outstanding Pianist.

In a review of an album Stillman recorded with double Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis, the New York Daily News said, “[She] receives equal billing with Marsalis on the cover and deserves it – her playing is crisp and confident.”

Stoltzman, a two-time Grammy award winner, was the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, in 1986. He has collaborated as a soloist with over a 100 orchestras, and performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and jazz artist. He is noted for his double lip embouchure, wide vibrato, the ability to mimic the sound of a human voice on his clarinet and his combination of traditional and contemporary classical and jazz material.


Michael Reynolds
Reynolds is a founding member of the Muir String Quartet. His musical accomplishments while with Muir include winning the Naumburg Award, two Grand Prix du Disques, the Gramophone Award, and a Grammy nomination and Grammy Award on EcoClassics. He received an honorary doctorate in 1995 from Rhode Island College, where he frequently performs as part of the Muir Quartet.

Stillman has worked extensively with both artists before. She has played several different venues with Reynolds, as well as been a guest player with the Muir string quartet, and has played concerts and recorded with Stoltzman.


General admission to the concert is free. For information on RIC performing and fine art events, visit www.ric.edu/pfa.