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  • Mary Bonhag

  • Owen Dalby

Violin, Soprano Voice, Double Bass at Pacem in Terris

On Sunday, August 17th at 5 pm violinist Owen Dalby returns to Pacem in Terris

to perform with Duo Borealis: Mary Bonhag, soprano voice and Evan Premo, double bass.

Program to include Penderecki’s “Duo Concertante” for violin and bass and

Premo’s “Seasonal Song Cycle” for voice and bass, among others.

Violinist Owen Dalby praised as "dazzling" (The New York Times), "expert and versatile" (The New Yorker), "a fearless and inquisitive violinist" (San Francisco Classical Voice), and is hailed for his gripping interpretations of music from across the stylistic spectrum. A specialist in both new and early music, and both violin and viola, Owen brings daring and sophisticated artistry to audiences worldwide. He is a co-founder of Decoda, New York City's trailblazing society of virtuoso chamber musicians, arts advocates, and educators. Owen made his Lincoln Center debut in 2010 with Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and that same year gave the world premiere of Look Around You, a one-man double concerto by Timo Andres for solo violin and viola, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He is the concertmaster of Novus NY, the contemporary music group of Trinity Wall Street, is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and frequent concertmaster for the Westminster Choir College ensembles. Owen appears frequently with leading groups in and around New York City such as Ensemble ACJW, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, and the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble. Owen loves early music and can be heard on baroque violin with Four Nations Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Choir. In 2010 he completed a three-year tenure in The Academy, a fellowship of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that seeks to link a performer's life with advanced training in education and community engagement. He has taught music to students of the Choir Academy of Harlem, PS 14Q in Queens, and PS 112 in Brooklyn, and in masterclasses in Mexico, Iceland, at Princeton University, Skidmore College, and the University of South Carolina. Owen is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals from Hamburg to Honolulu, and from Iceland to Mumbai. His chamber music partners have included Daniel Hope, Dawn Upshaw, the Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, and Simon Rattle. He received early training with Anne Crowden at the Crowden School in Berkeley, California and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, where he studied with Syoko Aki.

Mary Bonhag, soprano made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009 singing scenes from David T. Little’s new chamber opera Dog Days. She is an avid supporter of new music and has worked closely with numerous composers to premiere new works, most recently and frequently with NYC-based composer Lembit Beecher. She has performed as part of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 21st Century Consort, and participated in two residencies at Yellow Barn on György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments and a multi-media production of George Crumb’s Books of Madrigals. Ms. Bonhag has premiered works by C. Curtis-Smith, Lembit Beecher, Evan Chambers, Shawn Jaeger, and Evan Premo, including his chamber opera The Diaries of Adam and Eve, premiered at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in 2007 and reprised in 2010.

Ms. Bonhag has a deep-rooted love of chamber music and has performed as part of the Fontana Chamber Arts Festival of Kalamazoo, MI, the Maui Classical Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains, Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Lancaster Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and SongFest as a full-scholarship Stern Fellow, among others. She has soloed with the American Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Bach Society, and the Lehigh University Orchestra.

Ms. Bonhag has been presented in recital at Smith, Goucher, and Dartmouth Colleges, as well as St. Gauden’s National Historical Site. After studying at the University of Michigan, she earned her Master’s degree at Dawn Upshaw’s graduate vocal program at Bard College, winning concerto competitions at both institutions. She currently lives in Vermont where she is the artistic director of Scrag Mountain Music, an innovative chamber music series with her husband double bassist/composer Evan Premo.

Double bassist and composer Evan Premo is a member of New York City based chamber music collective, DeCoda with whom we performs in residencies around the world including two he led in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As a member of Ensemble ACJW Evan has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany.

Along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Evan premiered his own double concerto for violin and bass, “Simple Mysteries” inspired by the nature poetry of Mary Oliver. As a soloist, Evan also premiered “Concerto for Bass and Orchestra” by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. His chamber opera, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” (text by Mark Twain) was commissioned by the Pine Mountain Music and has been staged several times most recently featuring the Bergonzi String Quartet. Evan has performed at summer chamber music festivals throughout the country and has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Evan lives in Warren, Vermont with his wife, soprano Mary Bonhag. Together they are the founders and artistic directors of Scrag Mountain Music, dedicated to presenting innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of chamber music. When he’s not performing and composing, Evan enjoys woodworking, hiking, skiing, fishing and simply being with Nature.

Pacem in Terris is a not-for-profit organization under the Education Laws of the State of New York, located at 96 Covered Bridge Road, Warwick, NY. No Reservations possible. Tickets on sale at 4 pm, on site…Rain or Shine! Suggested donation of $15. For further information:

(845) 986-4329 or

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