The Rivers School Conservatory, known for its professional caliber faculty, presents four concerts each year highlighting the exceptional artistry of its faculty. These performances are free and open to the public in Rivera Recital Hall.
• Bach: Partita in B-flat Major
Soomi Lee, piano• Songs of Richard Strauss
Tom Oesterling, tenor• Joseph Jongen: Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 77
Linda Bento-Rei, flute
Vytas Baksys, piano
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Linda Bento-Rei received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, cum laude, from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. Since the completion of her studies, Ms. Bento-Rei has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Festival Ballet Orchestra of Rhode Island, the Worcester Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Symphony, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Key West Symphony Orchestra. Linda Bento-Rei has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Flute Association from 2001 to 2003 and was elected President in 2003. In 2004, Ms. Bento-Rei co-founded the Flutists’ Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the New England flute community through social and educational events to foster growth and collaboration. Ms. Bento-Rei is currently recording a CD which includes the works of Joseph Jongen for flute and mixed ensembles with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Fraser Recording Studio, WGBH, Boston.
Pianist Vytas J. Baksys is an active free-lance collaborator performing a variety of recitals, competitions, and other functions of various styles and genres throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Since 1989 he has been the faculty pianist with the Fellowship Conducting Program at Tanglewood, is a frequent keyboardist with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, and works with other area ensembles such as the Concord Chamber Music Society, The Rivers School Conservatory, Boston Musica Viva, Boston Secession, and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Of Lithuanian descent, Vytas is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and State University of New York at Stony Brook. His principal teachers include Angel Ramon Rivera, Victor Rosenbaum, and Gilbert Kalish. He has participated in recordings for RCA, CRI, Golden Crest, Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Brothers, Nonsuch, Reference Recordings, and BSO Classics labels.
Korean born Soomi Lee began piano studies at age five and by age nine had appeared as a soloist with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony. She was the youngest artist ever to be invited to perform at the Auckland Festival in New Zealand where she gave two solo recitals when she was 12. She gave her New York City debut at Carnegie Recital Hall at age 16 and holds a Masters from the New England Conservatory. She has won numerous awards and has appeared with, among others, the Boston Pops, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the symphonies of Seoul, Korea and Newton and Brookline, MA.
Tenor Thomas Oesterling is heard frequently on the opera and concert stage in the Boston area. He was recently seen as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus for Commonwealth Opera, where he was acclaimed for having “played.. Eisenstein to the height of comic foppishness, bringing to bear a voice equally at home in the most serious and demanding… repertoire.” The Boston Globe has praised him for the "sweetness, awe and clarity" of his singing of Uriel in Haydn’s Creation under the baton of Robert Shaw. He has also appeared to critical acclaim with Boston Lyric Opera and Opera New England as well as Cape Cod Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Opera North. Mr. Oesterling is committed to opera outreach and education, since 1994 serving as managing director and principal tenor soloist with Opera to Go, an outreach opera company which brings opera to thousands of children in schools each year. He has been invited by various opera companies to create outreach and classroom programs to introduce school-aged children to opera and to teach children to participate in opera performances. Mr. Oesterling is an alumnus of Washington University and holds a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory and a diploma from the Boston University Opera Institute.