Prelude to the First Fridays in the Castle

Friday, July 23, 2021

Arcadia University is pleased to offer a virtual concert as we gear up to bring back our First Fridays in the Castle this fall.  We look forward to seeing you in person soon!  If you would like to receive information about future concerts via email, please complete this form.

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Prelude from Suite #1 in G major for Cello solo BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  

Performed by George Atanasiu (cello)

Allegro con brio from Piano Trio Op. 1 #3 in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 -1827)  

Performed by: Lenuta Ciulei (violin), George Atanasiu (cello), Samuel Heifetz (piano)

Duet for Violin and Cello Op. 19 #1 in F major by Jean-Baptiste Breval (1753 – 1823)  

Allegro, Adagio, Gavotte Rondo

Performed by Lenuta Ciulei (violin) and George Atanasiu (cello)

Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice op.6 for violin solo by Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1862)  

Performed by Lenuta Ciulei (violin)

“El Nuevo Tango” by Saul Cosentino (1935) and Osvaldo Tarantino (1927-1991)  

Performed by Lenuta Ciulei (violin), George Atanasiu (cello), Samuel Heifetz (piano)

“Remembrance Waltz” (1914) by Archibald Joyce (1873-1963)  

Performed by Lenuta Ciulei (violin), George Atanasiu (cello), Samuel Heifetz (piano)

“I Walk Alone” (2020) for Double bass Solo (World Premiere) by Chris Clark (1967) 

Performed by Chris Clark (double bass)

“Impromptu”, “Cantilena”, and “Rondo a ’la Brubeck” from Trio for Piano, Cello, and Double Bass by Samuel Heifetz (1954)  

Performed by George Atanasiu (cello), Chris Clark (double bass), Samuel Heifetz (piano) 


Bios and Notes...

Cellist, conductor, and educator of international acclaim, Dr. George Atanasiu received numerous prizes, medals, and his public performances were broadcasted throughout Europe, United States, Asia, and South America. In1988 he became the cellist and a founding member of the George Enescu piano trio (1987), which he toured in 11 countries throughout Europe, North and South America. One of the most important appearances was the premiere of George Enescu’s piano trio in US at Lincoln Center in N.Y.  He is also Philly Pops Orchestra member and collaborates regularly with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. George Atanasiu is founding member and currently Principal Conductor of 3 orchestras:  the Pennsylvania Young Performers Orchestra, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Orvieto Festival of Strings in Orvieto, Italy, and was also invited as guest conductor of a tour for Erato Chamber Orchestra (S. Korea).  Maestro Atanasiu is currently permanent member of the jury in Rome Anemos International Competition. Dr. Atanasiu is giving Master Classes in US, Italy, Venezuela, Romania, Spain, Germany, S. Korea and teaching students in Haverford College, Eastern Nazarene College, Arcadia University, University of the Arts (Philadelphia).

Grammy-nominated bassist (2012) Chris Clark also garnered a nomination for his bass work for Best Music Video at the Winter Film Awards in New York in 2017. In addition to teaching at Arcadia, The College of New Jersey, and the Lawrenceville School, he performs and records in musical theater, symphony orchestra, and jazz settings at Arcadia University, New York City, Philadelphia, and his local Princeton area music scene. Chris has given American premieres of classical double bass works by English composer David Heyes at Arcadia University and elsewhere. He holds degrees in double bass performance from the University of North Texas and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Composer, arranger/orchestrator, pianist Samuel Heifetz was born in Latvia and holds his degrees from Latvian National Conservatory. He worked at the Latvian Philharmonic Society, recorded many shows on television and radio, performed extensively throughout the former Soviet Union and Europe, and wrote music for theater and films. Sam moved to the United States in 1990 and in 1991 he made a successful debut at Carnegie Hall. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States, including Jewish Music Festival in Berlin, the International Music Festival in Algarve, Portugal, and the Library of the United Nations. His discography includes 6 albums with major labels. He also worked intensively in regional musical theatres including Prince Music Theatre and Media Theatre for Performing Arts where he served as the resident music director for the 2008-2009 season. Samuel compositions include 3 musicals, compositions and arrangements for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, big band, combos, and songs. For past 19 years he serves as a music professor at Arcadia University.


Lenuta Ciulei is an internationally-acclaimed violinist and has appeared as soloist with major orchestras in 35 countries across 5 continents. She has been a featured artist at numerous international festivals, including George Enescu, Marlboro, Santander, Carmel Bach Festival, Bayreuth, South American Contemporary Music Festival, and has presented gala concerts for the presidents of Korea, Venezuela, Italy, China, Romania, Brazil, the Philippines, the English and Spanish Royal families. Ms. Ciulei has been praised as “one of the greatest European violinists” (El Pais-Madrid) , “a poet of the violin… an angel singing” (La Libre Belgique, Belgium), playing “brilliantly with an especially beautiful sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer”), “passionately, with complete technical mastership” (“La Stampa” – Genova),  with “sparkling, exceptional technique, astounding, amazing” (“Uusi Suomi Helsinki), and as “especially colorful, with great authenticity” (“Beijing Ribao”, China).  Ms. Ciulei studied solo and chamber music throughout Europe and United States with Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, Andre Gertler, Szimon Goldberg, Rafael Druian among other performers, the Tel Aviv and Tokyo String Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, as trained in United States in Baroque performance and conducting. She remains the youngest first prize winner of the “Premio Paganini”, and has also claimed first prizes in the “M. Abbado” (Milan) and  “T. Varga” (Switzerland) International Violin Competitions, the title Grão-Mestre (Grandmaster) da Ordem de Rio Branco, conferred by the President of Federal Republic of Brazil, and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts’ Solo Recitalist Award.

A passionate teacher, Ms. Ciulei has been invited to give solo, orchestral and chamber music master classes for string instruments in Universities across 5 continents. .

Ms. Ciulei is Artistic Director of Orvieto Festival of Strings, attracting exceptional young artists and faculty from 17 countries on 4 continents, and Associate Director of the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra.  Ms. Ciulei served as Artistic Director for Virtuosi de Caracas Chamber Orchestra as conductor and soloist and took the orchestra on their tours in Italy and Spain. She has been a juror in many international competitions, including the “Premio Paganini”, “Michelangelo Abbado”, and “Anemos” International Violin Competitions, as well as numerous young artists’ competitions in the United States.


Composers notes.

I compose by recording myself improvising on the bass, and then I transcribe the notes I played. For this, my first published piece, in three sections, the introduction comes from a warmup I've used for many years, which ascends to the upper register and settles on a long high note. The tune I Walk Alone came about as a possible song for a baritone singer, and then I decided to play it on bowed double bass. For the final section, I decided to make a plucked jazz bassline out of the tune I had written. - Chris Clark


TRIO for cello, double bass, and piano (2019) was written and first time performed specially for the HIAS Pennsylvania Annual Golden Door awards ceremony. It is a crossover composition and doesn’t border self in frames one particular genre, fusing classics, world, jazz, improvisation together. Trio contains 5 short episodes performed “attacca” (no interruptions) from which we will perform 3:  Impromptu, Cantilena, and Rondo a ’la Brubeck. - Samuel Heifetz