Bakersfield Community Concert Association

2013-2014 Concert Season

Sixth Floor Trio - Monday, March 10, 2014 7:30 p.m.
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Celebrate the returnof Daylight Savings Time with an entertaining evening of music of varied musical styles by Sixth Floor Trio. Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association as we celebrate our 51st Anniversary Season. View details of their recently completed Garden Music Festival in Florida.

Pre-concert music will be performed by the East Bakersfield High School Chorus under the direction of Ms. Jenepher Lapp.

Passionate educators and stunning musicians, Sixth Floor Trio explores musical genres from across the country combining them into an enlightening, melodious concert experience. The Trio’s genre bending style is as unique as their instrumentation, collectively performing on piano, violin, clarinet and bassoon. The Trio are graduates of the Curtis School of Music.

The Sixth Floor Trio’s vision places all musical traditions from around the world on one continuum as part of the same great musical language, and their mission is to seek to make connections between these varied musical styles in their repertoire. From Bluegrass to Klezmer, Classical, to Jazz, Ancient Music to Contemporary Rock – they explore it all and bring its energy to the world. In addition, they strive to share their artistic passion and music-making with diverse audiences everywhere, from traditional concertgoers to those with acute needs or in remote places.

The Sixth Floor Trio is a chamber group dedicated to the creation and performance of music that breaks boundaries between musical genres. Formed by Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth and Johnny Teyssier, graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the Trio has opened for (and collaborated with) Marvin Hamlisch, and performed multiple times at the Kennedy Center, at the Kravis Center and The Preservation Society in Palm Beach, and performed concerts and community engagement for Astral Artists in Philadelphia. In 2011, the Trio received a substantial grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to present “Random Acts of Culture” performances across the United States in atypical concert venues, including the Charlotte International Airport, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and classrooms and common areas of Stanford University. The grant helped develop “Music of the People” a video project featuring folk music from around the world. The pilot episode, focusing on Bluegrass music in western North Carolina, is currently in post-production. In March 2012, the Trio, in partnership with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, launched GardenMusic, a festival designed to foster a dialogue between artistic disciplines, and bring world-class music to the Garden grounds. The Trio’s performances have included an appearance on the Kennedy Center’s “The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna,” and a featured concert on the FUZE! Concert Series in Akron.

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Heralded a “bold, emergent, personality” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, bassoonist HARRISON HOLLINGSWORTH is widely regarded as one of the premier wind players of his generation, and holds the principal bassoon chair of the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. Originally from Kingwood, TX , Harrison is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA where he held the Sheldon Bonovitz Fellowship and studied with both Bernard Garfield and Daniel Matsukawa, the retired and current principal bassoonists of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is also a graduate of The Mannes College for Music, where he received his Master’s in Orchestral Conducting under David Hayes. Under a grant from The Williamson Foundation for Music, Harrison has also studied orchestral conducting with Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School.

In addition to serving as principal bassoon for the New York City Ballet, Harrison formerly held the Eileen McManimen principal bassoon chair for Symphony in C (formerly Haddonfield Symphony), where he has also served as program annotator and first violinist. An advocate for new music both on the podium and in the recital hall, Harrison has premiered multiple new works for bassoon, including Teddy Abrams’ Bassoon Sonata, of which he is the dedicatee. Also an enthusiastic chamber musician, he has performed at the Kingston Music Festival and the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, and is a founding bassoonist of Reed5 ( and founding bassoonist/violinist of the Sixth Floor Trio (, which inaugurated it’s own annual chamber music festival in partnership with Fairchild Gardens in Miami in March, 2012.

As a soloist, Harrison is on the roster of Astral Artists, which sponsored his professional recital debut in 2009. He has played concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Clear Lake Symphony, and many other orchestras. He has also been featured in recital on WHYY ARTS television series - “On Stage at Curtis,” NPR’s syndicated radio show “From the Top,” and WHYY 91 FM Radio’s “Showcase,” which broadcast the radio premier of his brass choir composition “Fanfare and Contrapunctus.”

Now based in New York,Harrison pursues many activities. He is an original member of the Mimesis Ensemble (with whom he made his Kennedy Center conducting debut). He works as a freelance conductor in NYC, conducting recording sessions at Avatar Studios as well as serving as a clinician for various orchestras (most recently, the Westchester Area All-State Orchestra), and has played as principal bassoonist with the Long Island Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Phantom of the Opera Orchestra, Gotham Chamber Opera, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Also an avid fiddler, Harrison plays with the Brooklyn String Band Union Street Preservation Society, which released its debut album in July, 2011.

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TEDDY ABRAMS performs as a conductor, clarinetist, and pianist in addition to composing. The 2011-2012 season marks his first year as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. From 2008 to 2011 Abrams held the position of Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony. In this position, Abrams served as the Assistant Conductor of the NWS and lead many performances including subscription concerts (sharing the podium with visiting guest conductors), Kids Concerts, and numerous other full and chamber orchestra events. Abrams has conducted the New World Symphony inMiami Beach,Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall, and has worked with many other orchestras around the country. He recently made debuts with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, and the Marin Symphony. Engagements have included debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the MAV Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus) and the Hilton Head Symphony in addition to return engagements with the Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and the New World Symphony.

An accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has soloed with numerous orchestras and has performed chamber music with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Time for Three, and John Adams in addition to annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Abrams co-founded the Sixth Floor Trio because of his dedication to exploring engaging ways to communicate with a diverse range of audiences. The Trio has performed around the country, holding residencies in North Carolina, Philadelphia, New York, and South Florida. Abrams collaborated (as an arranger and pianist) with Cleveland Orchestra principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa for La Rosa’s debut CD available in October 2010.

Abrams studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival; he was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at both institutions. Abrams is also an award-winning composer and a passionate educator - he has taught at numerous schools nation-wide and is the conductor of all educational activities at the New World Symphony. His 2009 Education Concerts with the NWS(featuring a world premiere of one of Abrams’ orchestral works) were webcast to hundreds of schools throughout South Florida. Abrams performed as a keyboardist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest, and was the Assistant Conductor of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2009. Abrams has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival inIschia, Italy and at the American Academy in Berlin. He has served as a cover conductor for several orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Click here for additional information about the Sixth Floor Trio

French-American clarinetist JOHNNY TEYSSIER is a recent winner of the Juventus Prize, an award given by the Juventus organization to identify the most talented young soloists in Europe; he is only the third clarinetist on the Juventus roster since the organization’s inception in 1991. He was also recently awarded the Ico Ardán Award, given by the Irish Chamber Orchestra to recognize young emerging international soloists. An equally committed orchestral player, Johnny is the principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Opera orchestra. He has also played as a guest with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Malmö Symphony.

Johnny has appeared as soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra. He has performed recitals throughout theUnited States and Europe in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, La Mortella in Ischia, Italy and the American Academy in Berlin. He was a featured artist at the 2007 MBNA Shannon International Music Festival in Limerick, Ireland, and has also attended the Music from Angel Fire Festival, the Juventus Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the International Young Artist Music Festival in Hilton Head, NC. An avid chamber musician, Johnny is a founding member of the Sixth Floor Trio.

He has also performed alongside such artists as Ida Kavafian, Anthony Marwood, Christopher O'Riley, eighth blackbird, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and members of the Peabody Trio. His performances have appeared regularly on American Pubic Media’s nationally broadcast Performance Today, as well as the BBC Radio 3 and Ireland's RTÉ Lyric.

Born in 1987, Johnny was raised in a French family in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He started the clarinet at the age of ten, studying with Dwayne Van Wyhe and Burt Hara. He attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, working with Nathan Williams. At the age of 17, he was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Montanaro, Pamela Frank and Ford Lallerstedt. In 2011, he received an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with Yehuda Gilad.


Welcome to the Rabobank Theater   Sixth Floor Trio for a delightful Monday evening of  music of multiple genres.


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