Boston Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

Friends of Fort Point Channel Summer Concert Series

Boston Virtuosi musicians are exceptionally skilled with non-classical articulations and styles, as was evidenced by the extraordinary range of the concerts listed below. They play with many of the major organizations in Boston, including the Boston Pops, Masterworks Chorale, Boston Classical and Handel Hayden Society orchestras.

The string quartet performed in the series on June 25th. Musicians were: Rebecca Katsenes, Jane Hemenway violins, Scoot Woolweaver Viola, Cameron Sawzin Cello.

The eclectic program ranged from Mozart Divertimento #3 and Bluegrass tune “Dawg’s Bull to “Layla” by Eric Clapton with red-hot tangos, bluegrass and a taste of Cole Porter in between.

Fabulous Argentinean guitarist and composer Claudio Ragazzi, pianist Fernando Michelin, violinist Gerry Mordis and cellist Cameron Sawzin performed on the July 9th Concert. Claudio recently wrote several pieces for the film score for Francis Ford Copplola’s latest film and played all the guitar on it as well. Cameron has recorded several of his compositions for the PBS show “Nova”. This very unusual concert was a mixture of sophisticated tango, jazz/fusion and contemporary music, featuring beautiful tunes and infectious rhythmic patterns. Claudio arranged all the music for this ensemble. The Ensemble will continue to perform together at future concerts as will the Channel Cello Band the String Quartet.

Boston Virtuosi musicians are developing collaborations with other ensembles, and the rock-out electric cello concert on July 16th featuring the cello chix included wild arrangements of “Dollars and Sense” by Radio Head, “Whipping Post” by the Allman Brothers and “Kashmir” by Led Zepplin. The kinder, gentler first half included elegant acoustic and tonally rich classical music with the unique sound of a cello quartet. On the program were an arrangement of the slow movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto, and a wonderful version of the Mozart Sonata for two Pianos. Also featured were several of Susanna Porte’s very cello-friendly Beatles arrangements.

The final concert on August 20th will be The New England Brass, led by amazing Boston Virtuosi principal trumpet player Jay Daly. More information about the series is available by visiting

Paul Dulude

Paul Dalude
Paul Dulude, Music Director and Conductor of the Boston Virtuosi began his musical studies at the age of nine. He was a pupil in the Attleboro public schools and was initially a violin student, and then a viola student, of the late Louis Ruggeri. He enrolled in the Music Performance program as a student of Joseph Pietropaolo at the University of Lowell. He graduated with his B.M. in 1981. Paul entered the Graduate program at Lowell with a position as Teaching Assistant and was a student of George Neikrug.

Paul went on to accept a position as violist with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra (Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico) in 1984, where he was much in demand. There he played with two additional orchestras, working as substitute principal viola for the State of Mexico Symphony, and as principal and solo violist for a professional chamber orchestra sponsored by the University of Mexico. Paul returned to the Boston area in 1988 and completed his M.M. in Viola Performance at the University of Lowell. As a freelance violist he has played in many local orchestras such as the Boston Philharmonic, and far ranging Symphony Orchestras including Bangor, ME, Waterbury, CT., Valdosta, GA., Springfield, IL, Greenville, S.C., and the Palm Beach [FL.] Opera. He has also played for such diverse artists as Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and Marvin Hamlish.

Paul is a great enthusiast of chamber music and has been a founding member of two small chamber ensembles. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Paul has accepted many students over the years but due to other commitments, currently restricts his teaching to a small coterie of promising students. Paul’s academic background, and career-driven interest in the technical aspects of string playing, has led to a concomitant interest in instrument making. He is frequently consulted by musicians all over the United States searching for an instrument. In June of 1995 he was a Lecturer at the European Congress on Performing Arts Medicine (Frankfurt, Germany), addressing those in the medical field who treat musicians with injuries from playing, regarding some of the ways that instrument ergonomics and playing technique affect string playing, causing injuries. He has been on the faculty of the acclaimed North Bennett Street School of Violin Making, as the instructor of violin playing. All of Paul’s abilities and passions were brought to a focus several years ago when his Dover String Quartet was engaged by the Hartt School of Music to be the Quartet in Residence at the prestigious and intensive summer Conductor’s Institute.

Paul was subsequently invited to be the Institute’s principal and core violist, which he continued for eight years. In this period, the Institute’s director, Harold Faberman, observed Paul’s insight for conducting and encouraged Paul to become a student at the Institute as a Conducting Colleague, in which capacity he attended for two years. When scheduling permits, Paul continues to study the art of conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, and has recently returned from his second summer of studies at Keisler’s renowned Conductor’s Retreat in Medomak, ME.

Paul Dulude is a native of the Bay State and currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His outside interests include photography, bicycling and cooking.

Claudio Ragazzi

Resident composer |

Claudio attended Berklee College of Music where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was the recipient of the prestigious Duke Ellington Master’s Award, receiving the Boston Music Awards that same year. Claudio went on to compose music for feature films, documentaries and television commercials as well as undertaking commissioned works for plays and ballets.

In 1998 he scored Brad Anderson’s hit film Next Stop Wonderland produced by Miramax Films, and featuring Brazilian singer Bebel
Gilberto. The CD reached Billboard’s top ten chart for more than twelve consecutive weeks. Other production credits include scoring the music for the award winning film, The Blue Diner; and a unique collaboration with fellow composer Mason Daring working on the music for John Sayle’s film Casa de los Babys. Claudio’s work can also be heard in Something’s Gotta Give starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. Claudio has scored hundreds of TV productions for
the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Telemundo, Univision and PBS, including American Experience, NOVA and the children series Sesame Street, Arthur, and Postcards from Buster.

Claudio’s live performances include those at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The Blue Note Jazz Club, The Lincoln Center and in theatres around the world. He has performed with some of today’s most influential and respected musicians, including Gary Burton, Yo-Yo Ma, Randy Brecker, Danilo Perez, saxophone legends Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett and Paquito D’Rivera.

Claudio has won numerous awards including a regional Emmy and a nomination for a national Emmy, grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, and The Massachusetts Council for the Arts. His work has been commissioned by the Boston Ballet, the New England Conservatory and the Meet the Composer Grant Program among other.

Joel Cohen

Coming soon.

Consuelo Sherba

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Frank Grimes

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Scott Woolweaver

Scott Woolweaver, violist, graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music before moving to Boston for graduate work with Walter Trampler. He was a founding member of the Boston Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993 String Quartet and Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan, and with the Quartet performed across the United States and Europe. He is violist of the award-winning New England Piano Quartette, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and spends summers at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park (CO), and Adult Chamber Music Seminars at the Interlochen Arts Camp and Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill (ME).

A champion of 20th century music, Scott has premiered numerous works for the viola, many of which were written for him. He has toured Greece three times with Alea III, a contemporary music ensemble in residence at Boston University, and has been soloist or guest artist with numerous organizations across the United States, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Cape & Islands Festival, Chamber Artists of Washington DC, Collage New Music, the Bangor (ME) Symphony, Les Violons du Roy (Quebec), the Handel & Haydn Society, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1985 he was a founding member of Chamber Music East (faculty, alumni and friends of the New England Conservatory) and the First Monday Series at Jordan Hall.

Scott is a faculty member of the All Newton Music School, Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts (Boston Campus) and has recorded for Orion, Koch International, TelDec, Audiofon, Albany Records, Decca, and Northeastern Records.

In January 1999, Scott joined the Ives String Quartet, which is based in San Francisco. Last fall, he was named “Artist in Residence” at Williams College.

Shu Fang Du

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Jane Hemenway

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Gerry Mordis

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