Manou Magdalena Chakravorty, 14, cello and EYSO Earl Clemens Wind Quintet

October 21, 2017, 11:00 am

On Saturday’s broadcast, we feature 14-year-old cellist Manou Magdalena Chakravorty and the Earl Clemens Wind Quintet of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Manou Magdalena Chakravorty is a freshman at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She started cello at the age of four with Karen Schulz-Harmon and now studies with Richard Hirschl and Oleksa Mycyk. Recently, Manou was a semi-finalist in the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan. She has received a Judges’ Distinction Award and won First Place in the 2017 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, first place in the Fall 2016 American Protégé International Music Talent Competition and was a winner of the 2016 Chicago Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra Concerto Competition and the 2015 Indiana Summer String Academy Concerto Competition.

As a soloist, Manou has performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, the Studebaker Theater in Chicago, the opera house in Astana, Kazakhstan and various venues in Austria (Gmunden, Zell an der Pram, Sankt Johann im Saggautal), Italy (Urbino, Brisighella) and Spain (Daroca). She is currently a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and also studies Bharatnatyam, a form of Indian classical dance, with Pranita Nayar.

We also feature the Earl Clemens Wind Quintet of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO). As a premiere honors ensemble of the EYSO, the Earl Clemens Wind Quintet is coached by clarinetist Kathy Pirtle and maintains an active performing schedule.

Established in 2016, the Earl Clemens Wind Quintet is named after Earl L. Clemens, oboist and professor of music education at Northern Illinois University for 36 years. The quintet is offered tuition free thanks to the generous sponsorship of Drs. Jeffrey and Leslie Hecht.

The members of the quintet include 18-year-old flutist Leilah Petit of Hoffman Estates, 18-year-old oboist Michael Wostmann of Arlington Heights, 17-year-old clarinetist Melanie Prakash of Naperville, 18-year-old horn player Rebekah Green of Huntley, and 16-year-old bassoonist Chloe Robbins of Elgin.

 

Music

Prelude from Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Manou Magdalena Chakravorty, cello

7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” (“In Men Who Feel Love”) from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, by Ludwig van Beethoven 
Manou Magdalena Chakravorty, cello; Jason Chen, piano

Cello Sonata in E minor, 1st movement, by Johannes Brahms
Manou Magdalena Chakravorty, cello; Jason Chen, piano

Flight of the Bumblebee,  by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Manou Magdalena Chakravorty, cello; Jason Chen, piano

Minuet for Wind Instruments, by Blas María de Colomer
Earl Clemens Wind Quintet (Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra)

On the Gravity of Crisis, by Ethan Parcell
Earl Clemens Wind Quintet (Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra)

Three Shanties, by Malcom Arnold
Earl Clemens Wind Quintet (Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra)

  • Karen Schulz-Harmon

    Super proud of you Manou! Brava!!!