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Encore!



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By Dorothy Minchin-Comm, Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse

ISBN: 9780816329168 | 110 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2018

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This book is part of the Pacific Press Heritage line up and is printed on demand. Please allow additional time for delivery. If you need this title right away, please call your local Adventist Book Center to determine availability.

If you love music—especially music of the classical variety ?and if you love kids—especially kids of the teenage variety ?you’re in for a surprising yet delightful treat.

Encore! is the amazing, often comical, but nevertheless inspiring story of the New England Youth Ensemble and their memorable adventures playing the classics before prestigious audiences the world over.

Join Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse and the talented young protégés as they play before the famous Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger—acclaimed as the world’s greatest musician at the time—with a broken A-string on the lead viola! Arrive with the orchestra only minutes before a big concert on a dilapidated tour bus that had its radiator repaired en route with chewing gum and bars of soap.

Here Gerald Ford, while surrounded by a swarm of excited teenagers after a command performance, tell the ensemble: “You made me proud to be an American.”

From Carnegie Hall to the concert halls of the Soviet Union, these young people have left audiences standing in the aisles begging for more. And by the time you finish reading their story, you’ll be applauding too—not just for the music they play, but for the lives they live.

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This book is part of the Pacific Press Heritage line up and is printed on demand. Please allow additional time for delivery. If you need this title right away, please call your local Adventist Book Center to determine availability.

If you love music—especially music of the classical variety ?and if you love kids—especially kids of the teenage variety ?you’re in for a surprising yet delightful treat.

Encore! is the amazing, often comical, but nevertheless inspiring story of the New England Youth Ensemble and their memorable adventures playing the classics before prestigious audiences the world over.

Join Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse and the talented young protégés as they play before the famous Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger—acclaimed as the world’s greatest musician at the time—with a broken A-string on the lead viola! Arrive with the orchestra only minutes before a big concert on a dilapidated tour bus that had its radiator repaired en route with chewing gum and bars of soap.

Here Gerald Ford, while surrounded by a swarm of excited teenagers after a command performance, tell the ensemble: “You made me proud to be an American.”

From Carnegie Hall to the concert halls of the Soviet Union, these young people have left audiences standing in the aisles begging for more. And by the time you finish reading their story, you’ll be applauding too—not just for the music they play, but for the lives they live.

eBook Click here to find this
book as an eBook
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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY:

Dorothy Minchin-Comm


An author of numerous books and articles, Dorothy Minchin-Comm, Ph.D., is a professor of English and communication at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

 
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse


Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, founding director of the New England Youth Ensemble, was a
concert violinist, pianist, composer, and conductor. Born in Lacombe, Alberta Canada, Rittenhouse
spent her early years in South Africa where she wrote her first composition at the age of three. At
age six she began formal studies on both piano and violin. Soon recognized as a remarkable prodigy
she debuted performing her own piano compositions in a network radio broadcast at age ten. Three
years later Rittenhouse was accepted as a scholarship student at the University of South Africa where
her teachers championed her throughout the nation soloing with every major orchestra in South
Africa.
In 1944 Rittenhouse graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington and began
teaching at Walla Walla College, now University, the following year. In 1946 she relocated to
Atlantic Union College (now branch campus of Washington Adventist University) teaching there
until 1954, obtaining a Masters of Music from Boston University. In 1963 Rittenhouse became the
first person to be granted the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the prestigious and renown
Peabody Institute of Music, North America’s oldest music conservatory, earning it in both violin
and piano performance.
After several years in Jamaica, where her husband Harvey, a surgeon, practiced medicine they
returned to Massachusetts where, in 1969, Rittenhouse founded the world-renown New England
Youth Ensemble (NEYE). In 1994 Rittenhouse and the NEYE relocated to the campus of
Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) and took up performing residence
there. Under her direction, the NEYE has become recognized as one of the most internationally
recognized and traveled youth orchestras in America, and through the professional mentorship of
the Carnegie Scholars Program of the New England Symphonic Ensemble (NESE), the professional
branch of the NEYE, members of the Ensemble regularly appear on stage at the Kennedy Center,
Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall.
Rittenhouse has appeared as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the United States,
Canada, Europe, South Africa, and the Far East. As late as 2003 she performed as violin soloist her
own Jamaican Suite for Violin and Piano at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie with the Jamaican piano
virtuoso, Orrett Rhoden. She won countless awards, including the London Associated Board
Overseas Scholarship, the New York Concert Artists Guild Award, the International Music Guild
Award, and the New York Madrigal Society Town Hall Award.
In 2004 her long time musical associate, violinist and conductor Preston Hawes, joined her in
administrative roles with the NEYE and NESE and in April 2004, her oratorio entitled The Vision of
the Apocalypse, received its premier by the NESE and Columbia Union Collegiate Chorale on Perlman
Stage with herself narrating and Preston Hawes as concertmaster. Having begun portions of the
work when she was only twelve years of age, this critically acclaimed premier was the culmination of
a lifetime of work.
Rittenhouse’s teachers included Leon Fleisher, Louis Persinger, and famed composition pedagogue
Nadia Boulanger. She has had additional studies at the Juilliard School and L’ Ecole d’Arts Américaine
at Fontainbleau, France. She continued to serve as Artistic Director of the New England
Symphonic Ensemble while on faculty of Washington Adventist University, until her death 30th
August 2011.