Classical Tangent is a lively group of musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berklee College of Music faculty and other professional organizations who put their talents together to explore Folk music from around the world. While we feature several classical works on our programs, we base our performances on adapting these distinctly different folk styles to our group, resulting in a delightful mixture of sounds and expressions. We place great emphasis on connecting and interacting with our audiences, and from the Berkshires to Boston, we are hailed as a hit with audiences both young and old.
Bonnie Bewick Brown (core)
A member of the Boston Symphony since 1987, Bonnie Bewick attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and received her bachelor’s degree in music in 1986 from the Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bonnie won a position with the Columbus Symphony and participated in summer music festivals at Interlochen, Spoleto, the Colorado Philharmonic, and the Grand Tetons. She has made solo appearances with a number of west coast orchestras, and with the Boston Pops under John Williams and Keith Lockhart as well as the New England Philharmonic and the Cape Ann Symphony here in New England. While trained as a classical violinist, bringing the many forms of traditional and folk music to classical audiences has become her passion. Read more >>>
Ken Bewick (core)
Ken Bewick is a guitarist, recording artist, and songwriter based in California. He has been writing, playing and performing for more than 25 years. Along with guitar and voice, Ken also plays trumpet, bass, drums and percussion. He has played and performed on his own, and as support for many artists, including T-Bone Burnett, Cowboy Junkies, Seals and Crofts, Sam Phillips, Hot Tuna, and Leon Russell.
Ken firmly believes that creating good food is nearly as much fun as making good music, so he can often be found in his kitchen, tossing ingredients around with merry abandon. He sings while he does this, greatly annoying the cats. “I might be a starving musician, but at least I won’t go hungry”, he says. Read more >>>
John McGann (core)
John McGann is a National Championship mandolinist, guitarist and composer; a Professor of strings at Berklee College of Music, fluent in traditional Irish and American roots music styles, jazz and swing, and knows every Beatles tune (try and stump him!). He has performed and/or recorded with zillions of great musicians, including Seamus Connolly, Joe Derrane, Celtic Fiddle Festival, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Andy Statman, Tim O’Brien, Karan Casy, Herbie Hancock, Claude Williams and many others. Read more >>>
Benjamin Levy (core)
Boston Symphony Orchestra double-bassist Benjamin Levy was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1980 and grew up in Pennsylvania and Colorado. While in high school he studied with David Potter, and spent two summers studying with Stuart Sankey at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Levy has had chamber music collaborations with soprano Dawn Upshaw, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Hawthorne String Quartet, New England Conservatory’s First Monday Series, Boston Musica Viva, and Collage New Music. Read more >>>
Born and raised in Greenville, RI, Sheila Falls began as an Irish step-dancer at the age of five and violin lessons at age eight. As quickly as her skills developed, fiddle tunes emerged naturally from her playing. By age ten, under the tutelage of Seamus Connolly, Sheila became a North American Fiddle Champion and went on to capture the All-Ireland Fiddle Championship at the age of fifteen. She was the first from New England to win this title.
Sheila continued to hone her skills in both the Irish and classical genres. While in high-school, she studied music at Brown University. As a student of Masuko Ushioda, she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory. While at the Conservatory, Sheila was awarded a fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music Center. Read more >>>
A member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Julianne Lee is quickly carving a distinctive career as both a violinist and violist with the additional versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She is a recipient of the Presser Award, and recently she has toured with the Marlboro Music Festival as well as the Australian Chamber Orchestra as Guest Principal Violist. In the past summers she has been invited to perform at numerous music festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Marlboro Music Festival. Read more >>>
Born and raised in New York, Tatiana Dimitriades attended the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as an artist diploma, from the Indiana University School of Music, where she was awarded the performer’s certificate in recognition of outstanding musical performance. A recipient of the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, Ms. Dimitriades has also won the Guido Chigi Saracini Prize, presented by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena, Italy, on the occasion of the Paganini Centenary, and the Mischa Pelz Prize of the National Young Musicians Foundation Debut Competition in Los Angeles. Read more >>>
Mickey Katz joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2004. A native of Israel, he has distinguished himself as a solo performer, chamber musician, and contemporary music specialist. He received the Presser Music Award in Boston, the Karl Zeise Prize as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, and won first prizes at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Competition and the Rubin Academy Competition in Tel Aviv. He has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural foundation scholarships since 1988. Read more >>>
Daniel Bauch comes to the Boston Symphony from Detroit, where for three seasons he held the position of assistant principal timpanist and percussionist with the Detroit Symphony. He began playing percussion at the age of seven and during high school studied with Timothy Genis and Will Hudgins of the BSO. Mr. Bauch earned a Baccalaureate degree from the Juilliard School in 2002 under the tutelage of Daniel Druckman. Read more >>>