A NEW YEAR’S DAY BAROQUE CELEBRATION
Monday, January 1 at 4 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church, 148 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Ronald Mutchnik, violin
Sandra Lisicky, oboe
Gretchen Gettes, cello
Bozena Brown, harpsichord
T. Herbert Dimmock, organ
Ring in the New Year with our annual New Year’s Day Baroque Celebration featuring the beloved first-chair instrumentalists of the Bach in Baltimore Orchestra playing their favorite Baroque works by Bach, Telemann, Handel, and Vivaldi.
Admission: $20 in advance, $22 at the door
Ronald Mutchnik, concert-master of the Bach Concert Series Orchestra, is also the founder and conductor of the Howard County Concert Orchestra, the concertmaster of the Columbia Pro Cantare Festival Orchestra, and the assistant concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He is also the founder of the chamber music series Sundays at Three in Columbia, MD. Mr. Mutchnik has been teaching violin for over 40 years and received his master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music studying with the eminent Joseph Gingold. He recently received the Howie Award for Outstanding Artist of the Year and was twice the recipient of the MD/DC Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association Teacher of the Year Award.
Sandra (Gerster) Lisicky, principal oboist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, performs regularly with the Baltimore and Annapolis Symphonies. Formerly principal oboist of the Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Opera, Berkshire Opera, New Sousa Band, and Opera New England, Ms. Lisicky was also a member of the Virginia (Norfolk) and Richmond Symphonies, Virginia Opera, and Williamsburg Symphonia. She has collaborated with the New World, Franciscan and Cavani String Quartets and was a founding member of Soni Fidelis Quintet, a resident ensemble of the Hartt School of Music. Ms. Lisicky is a faculty member of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Peabody Institute. She is the music coordinator for BSA’s TWIGS program.
Cellist Gretchen Gettes earned an undergraduate degree from Duke and a M.M. degree in cello performance from USC where she studied with Lynn Harrell. She was a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra for six years, and in addition to performing The Nutcracker over 150 times, she has played on numerous film soundtracks and commercials. Ms. Gettes is a member of the Gliss ensemble and the band, Maycat. She teaches privately and is on the faculty at Goucher College, Peabody Preparatory, and Baltimore School for the Arts.
Bozena Jedrzejczak Brown holds a master’s degree from The Peabody Institute and earned an individualized master’s degree at Northern Illinois University. She received a bachelor’s in music theory from The Frederic Chopin Music University in Poland. She teaches harpsichord and rudiments of figured bass at The Baltimore School for the Arts and is a faculty member at Garrison Forest School. Ms. Brown freelances as a continuo player on harpsichord and chamber organ and has performed with many groups in the Mid-Atlantic region including Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Washington’s Camerata among others.
Herbert Dimmock is considered one of the foremost Baroque experts in the country, and his conducting credits include nearly all the oratorios and anthems of Handel, all the major Bach works, and 160 Bach Cantatas. He has conducted the music of Bach in the U.S., Germany, Canada, and England, working with many of the world’s most accomplished singers and instrumentalists. Maestro Dimmock is also an accomplished organist, having played recitals at many of the world’s most prestigious sites. In addition to his work as founder and music director of the Bach Concert Series, Dimmock has served as music director of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for the past five years. He is also the choir director at Chizuk Amuno Synagogue. Past church posts include The Cathedral of the Incarnation (Episcopal) and First English Lutheran Church—both in Baltimore—and The Handel Choir of Baltimore where he was music director for 25 years and is now honored with the title of Music Director Emeritus.
Maestro Dimmock has a B.A. from Davidson College, a M.M. from Peabody Conservatory, and extensive continuing education credits at universities in the U.S. and Germany. He has served as part-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University and the College of Notre Dame. Honors include commendations from the State of Maryland, a Baltimore’s Best” award, and serving on task forces in the arts for the Governor of Maryland and the Pew Trust in Philadelphia.
Dimmock states that “Even as a child, I felt a calling to be a musician. I began singing in the choir at church and studying piano at age six. By the time I was in high school, I was subbing for our church organist in worship services and accompanying choirs in both school and church. For me, the hymn writer got it exactly right when he said, “How oft in making music have we found a new dimension in the world of sound, as music brings us to a more profound ‘alleluia.’ In a nutshell, that sums up how I feel. I have been blessed with many superb opportunities to study music, perform music, and work with others in the making of music. Those opportunities deepen my understanding of humanity, our understanding of God, build bridges between people, and bring me closer to those around me.”