A Little Night Music: Divertimentos and Serenades for Strings

October 18, 2017 | 7:30pm

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 7:30 pm, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Friends of Mozart presents a varied program of instrumental music for string ensemble.  A hallmark of the eighteenth century, the divertimento was intended as entertainment, for the diversion of performers and listeners alike, and played both outdoors or within intimate settings.  This concert features a recently discovered divertimento by Haydn as well as a related form, the serenade and one of its most celebrated examples: Mozart’s Serenade in G major, K. 525, also known as “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.”


Mayuki Fukuhara, violin
studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at Mannes College under Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Felix Galimir.  He performs with several of the metropolitan area’s most prestigious chamber orchestras and ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Brandenburg Ensemble.  Mr. Fukuhara is a participating artist at the Marlboro and Caramoor music festivals.

Karen Dekker, violin and viola
performs regularly as a soloist, orchestral player, and in chamber music with various ensembles throughout the United States and Europe.  The Dutch violinist has played with Les Arts Florissants, led by William Christie, in France; the American Classical Orchestra, in New York; and on tour in New Zealand, as soloist with the Juilliard School period ensemble Juilliard415, led by Masaaki Suzuki.

Theresa Salomon, violin and viola
a native of Germany who came to New York in 1993, performs on baroque and modern violin. She has participated in numerous international festivals, including Festival Presence, Paris; Gulbenkian Festival, Lisbon; and the Prague Spring Festival.  Ms. Salomon performs in New York with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, REBEL Baroque Orchestra, New York Collegium, American Classical Orchestra, and the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra. Theresa Salomon serves on the adjunct faculty of Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music, where she teaches performance practice and baroque violin.

Lindy Clarke, cello
is a founding member of the Claring Chamber Players, the Hudson Trio, and the New York Baroque Consort.  She has also been a guest artist with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Bargemusic, and the North Country Chamber Players.  Lindy Clarke performs with numerous period instrument ensembles and orchestras, including the Classical Band, American Classical Orchestra, Grand Tour Orchestra, and Trio Pasqualati.  Ms. Clarke coaches chamber music groups through Alaria, the DiMenna Center, and Summertrios.  

John Feeney, bass
is principal double bass of the Orchestra of St Luke’s, the American Classical Orchestra, and Opera Lafayette.  An internationally renowned chamber musician and soloist, he was the first prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild and Zimmerman-Mingus International competitions, a medalist prize winner in the Geneva and Isle of Man competitions.  He is a founding member of the DNA Quintet, the Serenade Orchestra, and Serenade Quartet.