A Tribute to Valentine’s Day
Dreams, Dances, and Romances

Music of Dvořák, Clara and Robert Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Sarasate, Sévérac, Wieniawski, Confrey, Finzi, and the premiere of “Dreaming in Yiddish” by Paul Alan Levi.

The Music

Salut d’amour by Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Romantic Era
Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, No. 1: Allegro moderato  by Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)
Romance, Op. 22, No. 2 by Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)

Pieces by Great Violinists
Romance from Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor by Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
Liebesleid and Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Romanza andaluza from Spanish Dances, Op. 22, No. 3 Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)

Twentieth Century
Romanza from Three Little Oddities by Zez Confrey (1895-1971)
L’heure bleue from Five Wishes Suite by Ralph Benatzky (1884-1957)
Adoration (arr. Elaine Fine) by Florence Price (1887-1953)


Late Romantic Era
Romance, Op. 26  by Johan Svendsen (1840-1911)
Melodie, Op. 42, No. 3 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Romance, Op. 11 by Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

Valse romantique from En vacances, No. 7 by Déodat de Séverac (1872-1921)
Sicilienne arr. by Samuel Dushkin (1891-1976), attr. Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824)
Sicilienne by Lev Zhurbin (b. 1978)

Träumerei from Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Rêverie (arranger unknown) by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Dreaming in Yiddish by Paul Alan Levi (b. 1941)

The Musicians

Ronald Mutchnik graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County summa cum laude, where he studied with Robert Gerle. While there, he won the Baltimore Music Club and Baltimore Musicians’ competitions. He earned his master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Joseph Gingold and continued post-graduate studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel. with Yair Kless. He is active as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist and has served as Concertmaster of the Columbia Pro Cantare for over 30 years and with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra for 36 years. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in Maryland, including the Columbia Orchestra and the Frederick Symphony and appeared in the film Washington Square, performing his own composition, and in concerts with Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, and was the concertmaster at Pat Sajack’s wedding in Annapolis. As a chamber musician he has appeared on many local series including Music in the Great Hall and An Die Musik.

Mr. Mutchnik has been teaching violin privately in Howard County for more than 40 years and also taught at Towson University. He was a past president of the American String Teachers Association’s (ASTA) MD/DC Chapter, produced a music education video, “Posture and Balance: The Dynamic Duo,” toured Korea coaching and performing chamber music. In 2009, he received ASTA’s MD/DC String Teacher of the Year award, and the Howard County Arts Council’s Outstanding Artist Award.

Ronald Mutchnik is a founder of the Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series and has been its artistic director since 1999. He also performs for Sundays At Three audiences nearly every year as a member of ensembles ranging from duos to quintets.

Isaiah Shim is a Korean-American conductor and pianist based in the Baltimore-Washington area. He currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Columbia Pro Cantare.
Conducting and piano engagements in the region include Annapolis Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, Montgomery Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and Young Artists of America. His performances outside the United States include Australia, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
Mr Shim received graduate degrees in conducting and collaborative piano from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Marin Alsop, Joseph Young, and Eileen Cornett. Additionally, he received Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance and music education from Wheaton College in Illinois, where he studied piano with Dr Karin Redekopp Edwards, and conducting with Drs. Daniel Sommerville and John William Trotter.