Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

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This performance of The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi's popular quartet of concerti, will feature violinist Susanna Ogata and the Connecticut Early Music Festival Ensemble.  The program will also include works by Geminiani and Durante.

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About Susanna Ogata:

Susanna Ogata enjoys an active performance schedule in greater New England and beyond.  She has been praised for “totally convincing, spontaneous and free-flowing playing” (The Berkshire Review) and her musical “sensitivity and fire” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and “playing of electrifying energy, awesome technical command and rollicking dialogue” (Arts Fuse Magazine) where her concert appearance was distinguished as “best solo performance” of 2016.

Dedicated to exploring music on historical instruments, Susanna has participated and soloed with the Handel and Haydn Society, where she serves as Assistant Concertmaster, Arcadia Players, Joshua Rifkin’s Bach Ensemble, Sarasa, Boston Early Music Festival, and Blue Hill Bach Festival.  She is a founding member of several period instrument chamber ensembles: Boston Classical Trio, Copley String Quartet, and Coriolan String Quartet.  Susanna has recorded for Nonesuch and Telarc and has been featured on WGBH radio broadcasts.

Ms. Ogata has recently embarked with fortepianist Ian Watson on “The Beethoven Project” to survey and record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Beethoven on period instruments on the CORO label.  The New York Times praised them for “elegant readings that are attentive to quicksilver changes in dynamics and articulation. Their performance of the Sonata No. 4 in A minor is darkly playful, their ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata brilliant and stormy.”   They have recently commenced a two year residency at MIT.

Ms. Ogata’s teachers have included Charles Castleman and Laura Bossert.  She studied Baroque violin with Dana Maiben.   She also worked extensively with Malcom Bilson and Paul O’Dette while completing her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music.