On May 17, Michael Brown (BM ’09, piano; MM ’11, piano and composition) will hold a CD release and recital party for his recording of piano music by George Perle (Bridge Records) at the DiMenna Center in New York City.
On April 7, Grigory Smirnov (MM ’11, composition) will present a concert of new works in Merkin Concert Hall. Performers will include Adrian Daurov (BM ’07, MM ’09, cello), David Kaplan (ACJW ’12, piano), Anna Shelest (MM ’10, piano), Martin Bakari (MM ’13, voice), Julius Abrahams (Graduate Diploma ’12, collaborative piano), and the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York.
In January, Brian Hsu (Pre-College ’00; BM ’04, MM ’06, piano) was hired as an assistant professor of piano at Loyola University New Orleans.
In August, Soyeon Kate Lee (BM ’01, MM ’03, Artist Diploma ’05, piano; photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco), will join the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as an assistant professor of music.
Spencer Myer (MM ’02, piano) gave several concerts of music by Ravel and Rachmaninoff, in September with the Boise (Idaho) Philharmonic and October with the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony. In December, he gave his second solo recital at Wigmore Hall in London. In March he gave a master class at the Music Teachers National Association conference. This spring Myer’s schedule includes performances of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto on April 26 with Duluth-Superior Symphony (Minn.); Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto on May 3 and 4 with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony at All Saints Church in New York City; and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto on May 15 and 16 with the Knoxville (Tenn.) Symphony.
Nicholas Britell (Pre-College ’99) composed and arranged the on-camera music for the Best Picture Oscar-winning film Twelve Years a Slave.
Mark Mulligan (MM ’98, voice) is the C.E.O. of VM Development Group in Easton, Pa., which specializes in converting historic buildings.
Pablo Rieppi (MM ’94, percussion) is the New York City Ballet Orchestra’s acting principal timpanist and was granted tenure with the orchestra last summer.
In January, Danish television station TV-2 aired a segment on silent film programs that the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra under conductor Rick Benjamin (’87, tuba) performed with the Aalborg Symfoniorkester in Denmark.
In March, Joseph Lovinsky (Diploma ’87, French horn), currently teaching at Shenandoah Conservatory (Va.), completed a 100-mile run to raise scholarship money for his students.
David Charles Abell (MM, ’85, orchestral conducting) conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on soprano Diana Damrau’s record Forever, which was released in October by Erato/Warner Music. From April 1 through 12, Abell and his partner, Seann Alderking (BM ’84, MM ’85, piano), will be performing Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Châtelet in Paris.
Judith Lynn Stillman (Pre-College ’69; BM ’77, MM ’77, DMA ’82, piano), Richard Stoltzman (’67, clarinet), and Michael Reynolds are featured on Viennese Gems, a new CD of piano-clarinet-cello trios on the Kids Classics label that will benefit the Classics for Kids Foundation.
Musical Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae (Naxos), an album by Bruce Lazarus (Pre-College ’74; BM ’78, MM ’79, composition), was featured in the online astronomy magazine The Galactic Inquirer. The album is a series of piano pieces inspired by the work of French astronomer Charles Messier.
In December, students of Sophia Agranovich (Pre-College ’73; BM ’77, MM ’78, piano) won first place in their age categories at the New Jersey Music Teachers Association’s Young Musicians Competition.
Doug Montgomery (MM ’78, piano) performed several benefit concerts in the past year: In June, for the Steinway Fund at the Whitefish (Mont.) Performing Arts Center; in September, for the Music Guild of New Mexico in Albuquerque to benefit the Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Competition; and in November, for the Student Scholarship Fund at the Oakton (Ill.) Educational Foundation.
In February, James Jeter (MM ’73, bassoon) joined the chamber music coaching faculty at the 92nd Street Y. He continues to perform as principal bassoon with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and various orchestras in New York and New Jersey.
In September, Frank Scafuri (Diploma ’73, voice) created a series of YouTube videos in which he breaks into song and dance to surprise and entertain patients in the waiting rooms of doctors’ offices. Scafuri intends to complete about a dozen ‘Frank’s Waiting!’ videos by the end of 2014. He has remained active in music and acting while living for the last 38 years with his wife in Rockville Centre, N.Y.
In January, Richard Kogan (Pre-College ’69) gave a lecture and recital called Schumann: Music, Mood Swings and Madness at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
In February, Steve Reich (’61, composition) was named as one of the winners of the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge awards; his citation was for contemporary composition. The awards ceremony takes place in June.
In November, Symphony No. 6 by Leonardo Balada (Diploma ’60, composition), a professor of composition at Carnegie Mellon University’s music school, was premiered by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Balada’s Ballet City for chamber ensemble was premiered by Ensemble Col Legno in Valencia, Spain, in August. His album Sinfonía en Negro: Homage to Martin Luther King, which includes, in addition to the title piece, his Double Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet and Orchestra, and Columbus: Images, was released in December on Naxos. The King piece was performed in October by the Spanish RTV orchestra in Madrid and broadcast throughout Europe. Also in October, the Festival of Contemporary Music of Tres Cantos in Madrid performed several works by Balada to celebrate his 80th birthday. Adam Levin recently recorded Balada’s Caprichos No.8 for Naxos