Bach - Cantata No. 180: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180
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Spotlight Series Ep. 3 | In August of 2020, thirty-one musicians from the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (past and present) recorded their parts remotely for this beautiful Bach Chorale, a piece the group has been playing since its inception. The performance aired online as part of "Heart & Soul," the second program of PCMF's 27th summer season. In addition to the performance, we gathered members of the ensemble to reflect on their experience in the group, and talk about what this particular Bach Chorale means to them.
Bach Cantata No. 180: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180
Conversation with members of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. Founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and a sought-after collaborative musician, the Massachusetts native has been lauded for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances. She performed around the world as a member of the Ensō String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, has appeared in numerous festivals nationally and internationally, and toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and with Musicians from Marlboro. First prize winner at the Washington International Competition and the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions, Melissa is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and they live in New York City with their son Linus.
Acclaimed by the New York Times as an “extraordinary violist” of “immense flair,” Dov Scheindlin is a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also been violist of the Arditti, Penderecki and Chester String Quartets. His chamber music career has brought him to 28 countries around the globe, and won him the Siemens Prize in 1999. He has regularly participated in summer festivals such as Salzburg, Luzern, and Tanglewood, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Met Chamber Ensembles.