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BYSO Viola and Chamber Music Master Class with Mark Berger (FREE!)

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Newton South High School

140 Brandeis Rd

Newton Centre, MA 02459

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We are thrilled to have Mark Berger, chair of the music department and Associate Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University, coming to BYSO on Sunday, March 15th. He will be working with BYSO violists and chamber music groups, and all BYSO members are encouraged to attend! This event is free and open to the public.

Violist and composer Mark Berger has toured throughout the United States and internationally as a member of the Lydian String Quartet, performing the acknowledged masterpieces of the classical, romantic, and modern eras as well as premiering remarkable compositions written by today's cutting edge composers. In addition to his work with the quartet, Berger frequently performs with many of Boston’s finest orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Worcester Chamber Music Society, and Music at Eden’s Edge. He has recently appeared as a guest artist with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Boston Musica Viva, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, and Radius Ensemble, and has performed at summer music festivals including Tanglewood, the Newport Music Festival, and Kneisel Hall. Strongly devoted to the performance of new music, Berger has performed with many of Boston’s new music ensembles including Sound Icon, Dinosaur Annex, Ludovico Ensemble, and ALEA III. He has recorded solo and chamber works for Albany, Bridge and Innova records.

Also an acclaimed composer, Berger’s works have been presented by Boston Musica Viva, the New York New Music Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, ALEA III, the Worcester Chamber Music Society, Xanthos Ensemble, Music at Eden’s Edge, the Lydian, Arneis, and QX String Quartets, Third Coast Percussion Quartet, Ensemble Permutaciones (Mexico), Ensemble NODUS (Turkey), and the Hellenic Ensemble of Contemporary Music (Greece). His compositions have received awards and recognition from the League of Composers/ISCM, ASCAP, and the Rapido! Composition Competition and he has received commissioning grants from NEFA and the Brannen-Cooper Fund.

Berger is currently chair of the music department at Brandeis University, where he is also Associate Professor of the Practice. In addition to his teaching at Brandeis University, Berger is also the chamber music coordinator and a viola instructor at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA.

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