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Glass – Sextet for Strings (Symphony No.3, arr. Riesman)(1995/2009)
Prokofiev – Sonata for Two Violins in C, Op.56 (1932)
Glass – Violin Concerto No.2 “The American Four Seasons” (2009)
Robert McDuffie, violin and conductor
MCS Ensemble
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin
Lawrence Dutton, viola
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in a performance of Philip Glass' - Violin Concerto No. 2 "The American Four Seasons"
Robert McDuffie & McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble

Grammy nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Symphonies, the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Hamburg Symphony, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, and all of the major orchestras of Australia.
His recent appearances abroad have been at the Royal Festival Hall in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and at the Musikhalle in Hamburg.
He gave the World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons” a work written for Robert McDuffie with the Toronto Symphony. During the 2010–2011 season, McDuffie completed a 30-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He has also played the Glass with the National Symphony of Mexico, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Hamburg Ballet, the Nashville, Louisiana, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, and Colorado Symphonies, the Poznan Philharmonic of Poland, the Prague Philharmonia at the Prague Spring Festival, with the Scottish Ensemble in Glasgow, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Holland and Belgium, at the Belgrade Music Festival, and, paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra at the Zürich Tonhalle.
Robert McDuffie recorded “The American Four Seasons” with the London Philharmonic and Marin Alsop on Philip Glass’ Orange Mountain Music label. His acclaimed Telarc and EMI recordings include the violin concertos of Mendelssohn, Bruch, Adams, Glass, Barber, Rozsa, Bernstein, William Schuman, and Viennese violin favorites. His future recording project is the chamber version of “The American Four Seasons,” paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, on Philip Glass’ Orange Mountain Music label. He has been profiled on NBC’s “Today,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” PBS’s “Charlie Rose,” A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts,” and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Future plans include performances of “The American Four Seasons” with with the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge, and, paired with the Vivaldi Four Seasons, with the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and on a tour of Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He will tour with the McDuffie , Dutton, Kirshbaum Trio and will perform the Barber Concerto with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz in Austria.
Robert McDuffie is the founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. He was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the Mayor of Rome, in recognition of his contribution to the city’s cultural life. He served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City where he was chairman of the artistic and education committee. Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Robert McDuffie lives in New York with his wife and two children. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “Ladenburg.”

MCS Ensemble
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin

Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti performs extensively as a chamber musician and soloist. Her dedication to collaboration and performance inspires her teaching. She is Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music where she holds the Caroline Paul King Chair in Violin. She coordinates the Fabian Concert Series, bringing internationally acclaimed musicians to campus for masterclasses and performances, as well as the Young Artist component of the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, where Center students have study abroad opportunities.
Ms. Moretti previously served as Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and of the Florida Orchestra. In addition, she has made concertmaster appearances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland and the New York Pops, as well as the festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado and Grand Teton, where she currently serves as a concertmaster for music director Donald Runnicles. Throughout her career she has been an advocate for chamber music. She was instrumental in the development of intensive summer workshops for young musicians in both Florida and Oregon.
Ms. Moretti is a member of the newly formed Ehnes String Quartet with James Ehnes, Richard O’Neill and Robert deMaine, that has made critically acclaimed performances in Seattle, Miami, Macon and Montréal during the 2011-12 season leading to numerous upcoming engagements including a European tour with appearances in London’s Wigmore Hall and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. She has also made numerous recent guest appearances at the Seattle, Amelia Island, ChamberFest Cleveland, Fayetteville and Rome, Italy, chamber music festivals.
With her Mercer colleagues Julie Albers and Elizabeth Pridgen, she is a member of the Cortona Piano Trio that will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in their debut with the Macon Symphony, September 2012. She is also a member of the Georgian Chamber Players in Atlanta, the Moretti Duo with her husband, jazz drummer and percussionist Steve Moretti, and she frequently performs with international artist Robert McDuffie and the Distinguished Artists of the McDuffie Center for Strings.
As soloist, Ms Moretti has been featured with the Asheville, Corvallis, Florida, Omaha, Oregon, Portland-Columbia, Salem and Valdosta symphony orchestras, among others. She has appeared as guest soloist in summer concerts at the Astoria and Brevard music festivals.
Many of her live performances have been streamed online and broadcast on classical FM including “Performance Today.” Ms. Moretti has recorded for Sono Luminus and CBC Records/Les disques SRC. She performs on a Jean Baptise Vuillaume violin made in 1874. Her solo CD released 2011 is Kaleidoscope, including works by Gershwin-Heifetz, Tchaikovsky, Novacek, Martinon, Kreisler, Massenet, and Moszkowski.
Born in Wisconsin, raised in North Carolina and California, Ms. Moretti and her husband now live in Macon with their two young sons. Her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees are from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she graduated valedictorian, studied with Donald Weilerstein, and was coached in the Intensive Quartet Seminars led by Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. Her New York solo concerto debut was in Carnegie Hall. She made her international recital debut at the San Miguel de Allende Music Festival as violin winner of the 1997 Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Ms. Moretti was awarded fellowships from the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies directed by Earl Carlyss and was mentored by Isaac Stern at his Chamber Music Workshop in Carnegie Hall. Preparatory studies were at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Zaven Melikian. Earlier studies were with Joanne Bath in North Carolina and Margaret Pardee during summers at Meadowmount. The Cleveland Institute has recognized her with an Alumni Achievement Award.

Lawrence Dutton, viola

Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson String Quartet, has collaborated with many of the world’s great performing artists, including Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Oscar Shumsky, Leon Fleisher, Paul McCartney, Sir James Galway, Andre Previn, Walter Trampler, Menahem Pressler, Rudolf Firkusny, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Misha Dichter, Jan DeGaetani, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax and Elmar Oliveira, among others. He has also performed as guest artist with numerous chamber music ensembles such as the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Since 2001, Mr. Dutton has been the Artistic Advisor of the Hoch Chamber Music Series at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. He has been featured on three albums with the Grammy winning jazz bassist John Patitucci and tours regularly with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum and violinist Robert McDuffie. With the Beaux Arts Trio he recorded the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57, and the Fauré G minor Piano Quartet, Op. 45, on the Philips label. His Aspen Music Festival recording with Jan DeGaetani for Bridge records was nominated for a Grammy award. For BRAVO television he recorded works by Stravinsky and Hindemith. Mr. Dutton has appeared as soloist with many American and European orchestras including those of Germany, Belgium, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Virginia, among others. He has also appeared as guest artist at the music festivals of Aspen, Santa Fe, Ravinia, La Jolla and Chamber Music Northwest, and has collaborated with the late Isaac Stern in the International Chamber Music Encounters both at Carnegie Hall and in Jerusalem. From 2008-2010 he performed at the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. Currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Stony Brook University, the Manhattan School of Music, and Mercer University in Georgia, Mr. Dutton began violin studies with Margaret Pardee and on viola with Francis Tursi at the Eastman School. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and has received Honorary Doctorates from Middlebury College in Vermont, The College of Wooster in Ohio, Bard College in New York and The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. He resides in Bronxville, NY with his wife violinist Elizabeth Lim-Dutton and their three sons Luke, Jesse and Samuel.
Mr. Dutton exclusively uses Thomastik Spirocore strings
Viola: Samuel Zygmuntowicz (NY, NY 2003).

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