Classical Hodgepodge
3pm Sunday, December 5


A free special video performance recorded exclusively for
Unity Hall

Rachel Ferris currently holds the position of Principal Harp with the San Antonio Symphony. She enjoys a varied career as an orchestral harpist, soloist, and chamber musician. Originally from the Barneveld area, she attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied with Joan Raeburn-Holland and graduated with honors.


Ms. Ferris received a Bachelor’s Degrees in Religion and Harp Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory, studying harp with renowned harpist and pedagogue, Alice Chalifoux. Ms. Ferris has participated in several music festivals including Aspen, Chautauqua, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, and the New Hampshire Music Festival.

She has recorded a CD on the Centaur label, featuring French works for cello and harp with former Chicago Symphony cellist Donald Moline. Ms. Ferris has also held the position of principal harp with the Florida West Coast Symphony and Tulsa Philharmonic. She has performed with several orchestras, including the Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. She has appeared as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony.

As principal flute of the San Antonio Symphony, Mark Teplitsky has been hailed as a beacon “shining in the storm” by the San Antonio Express-News. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Colburn School where he studied with Jim Walker and earned a Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he was a student of Leone Buyse. The winner of several solo competitions, Mark's orchestral appearances include concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Columbus ProMusica Orchestra and the Mercury Baroque Ensemble.


American violist Matthew Cohen is a dynamic and versatile artist whose captivating performances have made him one of the most sought-after violists of his generation.  A recipient of numerous accolades and prizes, he has been awarded the 2018 Center for Musical Excellence International Performing Arts Grant, top prizes at the 2018 Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, the 2016 “Citta di Cremona” International Viola Competition in Cremona, Italy, the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition and 2015 Vivo International Music Competition and the “Best Performance of Commissioned Work” prize at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition.


He has concertized as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe in venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Ford Amphitheater and Broad Stage in California, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Oregon, Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland and the Casa della Musica in Cosenza, Italy.  His first performance in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium was at the age of 15 as a soloist in the New York premiere of Tomas Svoboda’s Sonata No. 2 for orchestra and solo string quartet, a work performed and commissioned by the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  He returned to Carnegie Hall in January, 2016 to perform York Bowen’s Phantasy for viola and piano in Weill Recital Hall. 


A passionate chamber musician, he has performed alongside many distinguished artists including members of the Borromeo, Guarneri, Orion, Tokyo, and Vermeer string quartets and the Beaux Arts and Tempest piano trios, and has been featured by numerous concert series and chamber music societies.

Matthew is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School's Master of Music program where he was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship; he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music and received an Artist Diploma from Colburn Conservatory where he studied with Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman, Paul Coletti, Jeffrey Irvine, and Cynthia Phelps.



Carl Nielsen - The Fog is Lifting for flute and harp


Jacques Ibert - Two Interludes for Flute, Viola, and Harp (arr. Andrew Lipke) 

     I. Andante Espressivo 

     II. Allegro vivo 


Maurice Ravel - Sonatine for Flute, Viola and Harp (arr. Kanga) 

     I. Modéré 

     II. Mouvement de menuet 

     III. Animé 


François Devienne - Duo for Flute and Viola in C minor, Op. 5 

     I. Allegro Molto con Espressione 

     II. Rondo-Majeur 


George Gershwin - St. Louis Blues Rhapsody for flute and viola


Arnold Bax - Elegiac Trio for flute, viola and harp


 Claude Debussy - Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp 

     I. Pastorale 

     II. Interlude 

     III. Finale