Symphony in C

Performing at Rutgers-Camden
Center for the Arts

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8610
Collingswood, NJ  08108

Administrative and Box Office:
576 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Telephone: (856) 240-1503
Facsimile: (856) 240-1519

Stilian Kirov, Music Director
Pamela Brant, President

Guest Artist

September 17, 2016



A native of Indonesia, 18 year old pianist Janice Carissa entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013, and studies with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. She is the recipient of Curtis’ Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Fellowship.

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ms. Carissa is a Young Scholar of Lang Lang’s International Music Foundation and the runner-up winner of the 2014 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival and School; Star Performer Award Winner of 2012 American Protégé International Music Talent Competition in New York; the Top Prize Winner of the IBLA Foundation’s 2006 International Piano Competition.

Ms. Carissa has been featured on television and radio stations, including Indonesia Mencari Bakat, Inspirasi Pagi, Sang Juara, Global TV, RCTI, Trans TV, BC TV, Metro TV, TV One, Voice of America, WHYY TV, WXQR in New York’s The Greene Space, and National Public Radio’s From the Top.

In February 2016, she was invited by Louis Vuitton Foundation to perform at the concert hall of the new art museum of Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Recent career highlights include her orchestra debut in 2015 performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with St. Peters by the Sea Orchestra, under the direction of Father Alphonse Stephenson, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cristian Măcelaru at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia. She also performed with the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, directed by Dr. Allan Dennis. She debuted with Symphony in C in October, 2015 in the Virtuosi Chamber Concert Series. Ms. Carissa also performed at the United Nations Day Concert 2014 in New York, at Oxford University’s St Hilda’s College England, at Ravinia's Pavilion Hall, Jay Priztker Pavillion Milennium Park in Chicago, the Miller Theatre in Columbia University, the Innovations Studio in Kimmel Center Philadelphia, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Weill Concert Hall of Carnegie Hall, and Andrea Clearfield's Salon.

Internationally, she performed at the Frederick Chopin University of Music’s Grand Concert Hall in Warsaw, at the Theatre Hall of The Lipinski Academy of Music & Ryszard Bukowski Wroclaw in Poland, and at Rimini, Cesena, and Ragusa, Italy as an IBLA winner. She has performed for the President of Indonesia and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace Indonesia and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali. Together with her brother Ryan Ferguson, Ms. Carissa performed in a duo recital in the “Fantastic Sound of Two Pianos” held at the Sydney Opera House in November 2011.

Christopher Thomas, Artistic Director
December 10, 2016



The Greater South Jersey is a mixed-voice, auditioned ensemble embracing repertoire from a diverse range of choral genres. Established in 1992, the 90 voice GSJC is an Ensemble in Residence at the Haddonfield Center and School for the Performing Arts, housed at Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, NJ. They hold weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings form September to May. Members are auditioned and are drawn from over 40 communities throughout the Southern New Jersey and greater Philadelphia area.

The Chorus has earned widespread acclaim for its beautiful sound and thoughtful interpretations and has been described as a South Jersey treasure. Previous seasons include Carmina Burana, Benjamin Britten’s St. Nicholas, the Christmas Cantata of Daniel Pinkham and a special Spring 2010 concert, “From Earth to the Skies: ­Music of Song and Spirit”, a powerful and moving program of multi-cultural musical spiritual expression.

In addition to its regular concert season, the GSJC has performed by invitation at Carnegie Hall for the Katrina relief effort, and, in April 2008, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the rededication of the Americana Wing. The GSJC has recorded two commercial CDs. The most recent, “A Choral Odyssey,” released in 2008, is a selection of choral performances under former Artistic Director Dean Rishel.

Dr. Christopher B. Thomas is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ where he conducts the Rowan University Concert Choir, Voces XII, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. He is currently serving as president-elect of NJ-ACDA. He received the B.M. in Music Education from Millikin University and completed graduate degrees in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona.

January 28, 2017



Within months after being awarded the inaugural Warner Music Prize, Augustin Hadelich has just won a 2016 Grammy in the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” for his recording of the Dutilleux Violin Concerto, L’arbre des songes, with the Seattle Symphony, firmly establishing him as one of the great violinists of his generation. His remarkable consistency throughout the repertoire, from Paganini to Adès, is seldom encountered in a single artist.

Highlights of the 2015/2016 season include debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and the Finnish Radio Orchestra, as well as return performances with the London Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Oregon, Seattle, Utah, and Vancouver. Other projects include a return to the Wigmore Hall in London, a recording with the London Philharmonic, a residency with the Bournemouth Symphony, and recitals in Germany.

Festival appearances include Mr. Hadelich’s 2015 debuts at Ravinia and the Grand Teton Music Festival, as well as return engagements at Aspen and Bravo! Vail Valley. He has also performed at Blossom, Britt, Chautauqua, Eastern Music Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, Marlboro, and Tanglewood.

Recent and upcoming worldwide appearances include the Badische Staatskapelle/Karlsruhe, BBC Philharmonic/Manchester, BBC Symphony/London, Danish National Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, German Radio Philharmonic/Saarbrücken, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malaysia Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra/Salzburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, NHK Symphony/Tokyo, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra/Dublin, São Paulo Symphony, and the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra.

The 2006 Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Augustin Hadelich is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009), a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2011), and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award (2012).

Mr. Hadelich plays on the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

March 18, 2017



Israeli Born cellist Yoni Draiblate began his musical education at the age of 5, entering the Conservatory at the age of 7. Yoni has performed in today’s top venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Theatre, Luzern Festival, Stockholm Festival, Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, The Kimmel Center, Teatro Colon, the Philharmonie Concert Hall, Berlin, Disney Hall and many more. Solo appearances include performances with the Israel Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Soloists ensemble, Israel Kamerata, and the Buchman-Mehta Symphony.

Mr. Draiblate has collaborated with Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulèz, Kurt Mazur, Gustavo Dudamel and participated in master classes with Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser Uzi Wiesel, Alban Berg Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Guttman, Frans Helmerson, Shanghai Quartet, and several others.

A versatile musician, Yoni performs many other genres of music such as jazz, pop and rock. He has toured and played with orchestras such as the West Eastern-Divan, ‘iPalpiti” orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic and many more. He is the Principal Cellist of Symphony in C in Camden, NJ as well as associate principal of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Draiblate is the Co-founder and artistic director of “Music Transforms”, a benefit concert series featuring artists such as Branford Marsalis, Simone Dinnerstein, Prometheus Chamber Ensemble and many others. He serves on the faculty of Doylestown Conservatory and regularly teaches at Delaware Valley University.

Yoni earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Buchman- Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv and his Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. In addition to performing and teaching, he is also pursuing a Doctor of Music at Temple University.

April 29, 2017



Recent second place winner of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition of Belgium and the winner of the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from The Juilliard School, pianist Henry Kramer is establishing himself as one of the most exciting young pianists on the concert stage today. His performances have been praised by critics as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times), and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). A Maine native, Mr. Kramer has earned top prizes in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the 8th National Chopin Competition in Miami and received the 2014 Harvard Musical Association Arthur Foote Award. He is a winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions. 

In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Kramer is featured at Portland Piano International (Oregon), The Cliburn Foundation, Symphony in C, and the Portland (Maine) International Chamber Music Festival. He recently appeared as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier, and has also appeared with the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey, the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Montreal, and the Yale Philharmonia. In recent seasons, he performed Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and Toshi Shimada, as well as Beethoven’s Chorale Fantasy with Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

In the spring of 2012, Mr. Kramer made his European debut in a solo recital at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. An engaging chamber musician, he has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center, and has participated in the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival and La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest. Recently, he appeared on Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute tour, which included performances at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and New York’s Morgan Library, as well as an unprecedented appearance in Havana, Cuba, as a cultural ambassador. At the Verbier Festival Academy, he was awarded the Tabor Prize in Piano.

Mr. Kramer holds both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the most outstanding first-year pianist. He currently pursues doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music, and was recently appointed as the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith College.