Jeffrey Gettleman, Clarinet; Steven Ovitsky, horn; and Natasha Stojanovska, piano

Friday, September 28, 2018 — 5:30pm
Music of Reinecke


Trio in Bb for Clarinet, Horn and Piano, Op. 274 (1905) — Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)


Jeffrey Gettleman is a clarinetist and currently performs in the Windiana Concert Band, the Valparaiso Community University Concert Band and the Michigan City Municipal Band.  He was a clarinetist in the Army, and served with the Fifth Army Band at Ft. Sheridan IL and the 266th Army Band at Long Binh, Republic of Vietnam. Although currently his day job is being an attorney, he spent time as Executive Director of the Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra and Marketing and Public Relations Director of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra.  Jeff is active as a music arranger, and his arrangements have been performed by the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger, the Grant Park Symphony under Carlos Kalmar, and the U.S. Army Field Band, as well as The Sheffield Winds, the Auburdale (WI) High School Band and other groups.  Jeff recently composed a concert march (Mescalero) that was given its premiere performance in 2017 by the Wilmette (IL) Community Band under the direction of Dr. David Fodor, and was also performed by the Windiana Concert Band in November 2017 under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Doebler.  Jeff performed recitals in September 2017 in Chicago and at Valparaiso University, featuring works by Martinů, Schumann, Templeton and Krommer.  Jeff also is a former music educator, and was director of instrumental music at Lake Forest (IL) Country Day School.

Steven Ovitsky is Executive Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. His previous positions include President and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Vice President and General Manager of the Minnesota Orchestra and General Director of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.

Ovitsky is shofar soloist on the Naxos CD of Tekiatot by Hugo Weisgall with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Gerard Schwarz, and is music director of the Hollywood Theatre of the Ear’s award-winning recordings of “Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls”, “The Dybbuk”, and “St. Joan”.

As a horn player he has performed with New Mexico Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, New York Philomusica, Seoul Philharmonic, and Lake George Opera.

He was vice-president of Chamber Music America and has chaired and served on numerous panels for National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Chamber Music America, and the League of American Orchestras. Steve is also active as a lecturer on Jewish music.

Macedonian Pianist, Natasha Stojanovska is currently working towards completion of her Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Chicago IL in the studio of James Giles. She received her Artist Diploma and Master of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University South Bend; Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Lynn University, Conservatory of Music. Ms. Stojanovska has performed solo and chamber music recitals in France, Portugal, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania, South Korea, Haiti and the United States. She has performed in Concert Halls including: The Gusman Hall; Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami; The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center of University of Notre Dame; The Forth Presbyterian Church of Downtown Chicago; Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston, IL; Chicago Cultural Center; Indiana Landmarks Center; Morris Theater, South Bend, IN; Museum of Culture and Art, Macedonia. Her performances have been broadcast on: WUSF public Media; Macedonian Radio and Television, WFMT Chicago; WNIT Public Television. Ms. Stojanovska’s honors include: Prize Winner, The American Prize, 2017; Prize winner, Samuel Thaviu/Isaak Piano Performance Competition, 2017; 1st prize at the Southern Illinois Young Artists Competition, 2015; Martin Fellowship in Piano and Arts Excellence Award, Indiana University; 1st prize winner, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Competition. Ms. Stojanovska’s primary teachers include Alexander Toradze, Ketevan Badridze, Roberta Rust and Todor Svetiev. Most recently, Ms. Stojanovska represented the Bienen School of Music at the prestigious, Gilmore Piano Festival. In January, 2017 She was a Composition and Piano Consultant for Renee Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Star and Patricia Barber’s, Jazz celebrity, song project. She was pianist for a performance by Violinist, Rachael Barton Pine at The Union Club of Chicago, as part of the Musicians Club of Women Performance Series. In addition, Ms. Stojanovska served as a Pianist for The Sacred Music Program at the University of Notre Dame where she collaborated with prestigious musicians  such as  Shulamit Ran, Carmen Helen  Tellez, Nathan Gunn, among others. She has recently relocated to Santa Fe, NM.