Candlelight Concerts closes season with Beethoven

The final concert of Wilton Candlelight Concerts’ 69th season will take place Sunday, April 9, featuring a program of music for winds by Beethoven. Members of the Yale University Music Faculty — David Shifrin, clarinet; William Purvis, horn; Frank Morelli, bassoon; and Steven Taylor, oboe — will be joined by their students and alumni. The concert will take place at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Congregational Church on Ridgefield Road.
David Shifrin has appeared frequently for the Candlelight Concerts. A sought-after chamber musician, he has collaborated with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Tokyo and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony.
William Purvis performs in the U.S. and abroad as horn soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator. A passionate advocate of new music, he has participated in numerous premieres including horn concerti by Peter Lieberson, Bayan Northcott, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Paul Lansky. He is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Yale Brass Trio, and the Triton Horn Trio, and is an emeritus member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Frank Morelli became the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by the Juilliard School. He has made numerous appearances as soloist at Carnegie Hall and is a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape, which is in residence at the Manhattan School of Music and with whom he has recorded two recent CDs.
Stephen Taylor holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III solo oboe chair with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is also solo oboe with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble (where he is co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra, the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, and plays as co-principal oboe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, SUNY Stony Brook and the Manhattan School of Music.
Concert tickets may be obtained at the door for $30; $25 for seniors; students are admitted free.
Information: To be added to the mailing list for the 2017/2018 season, call 203-762-3401. Candlelight Concerts benefits the Wilton Library Association.