Djoré Nance (BM ’07, voice) has been appointed a member of the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s resident artist program.
Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (MM ’06, voice) presented the gala opening concert on the Young Concert Artists series in October at Zankel Hall in New York, with pianist Pei-Yao Wang.
Baritone Christopher DeVage (Artist Diploma ’06, voice) joined music director, organist, and Juilliard faculty member Kent Tritle (BM ’85, MM ’88, organ; MM ’88, choral conducting) to open the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in September. The program featured works by Mendelssohn, Reger, Liszt, and Franck.
The iO Quartet—whose members include Wayne Lee (BM ’05, MM ’07, violin) and Chris Gross (MM ’06, cello), along with violinist Christina McGann and violist Elizabeth Weisser—perform with guitarist David Leisner and soprano Emily Albrink on the opening concert of the North River Music series at Greenwich House Music School’s Renee Weiler Concert Hall in New York on November 1.
In August, Brian Lee (DMA ’04, piano) released his first CD, titled Restoration, featuring works by Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, and an arrangement of Albert Hay Malotte’s The Lord’s Prayer by Paul Kim. He also collaborated with assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, David Taylor (BM ’73, MM ’74, violin), in March in a performance of the Brahms Horn Trio for a faculty recital at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where Lee is currently associate professor of music.
Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (BM ’04, MM ’06, voice) made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in September.
Molly Kiser (DMA ’03, piano), Maxim Anikushin (BM ’96, MM ’98, piano), and Victor Goldberg (MM ’03, piano) were among the soloists featured on the second concert of the Evenings of Piano Concerti series at the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York in September. Richard Auldon Clark conducted the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. The series is directed by pianist Klara Min.
Vassily Primakov (BM ’03, piano) received the 2007 Young Artist of the Year Award from the Classical Recording Foundation, presented at Weill Recital Hall in October. Also in October, he returned to play at Arium in New York.
Richmond Punch (BM ’03, viola) is founder and artistic director of the Dallas Uptown Youth Orchestra, formed in August with a mission of educating young musicians by providing an opportunity to develop and showcase their talents and move towards a professional level. The orchestra, which is especially targeting students without access to adequate resources and is still recruiting, has a goal of training a minimum of 70 students per year.
Becca Schack’s (BM ’02, composition) newly commissioned work, In My End Is My Beginning (based on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets), will be performed by the Melodia Women’s Choir on November 17 and 18 at St. Peter’s Church in New York. Also on the program will be two works by Eric Whitacre (MM ’97, composition), Five Hebrew Love Songs (based on a poem by Hila Plitmann [BM ’95, MM ’97, voice]) and She Weeps Over Rahoon (based on a poem by James Joyce).
Soprano Anja Strauss (Graduate Diploma ’02, voice) sang the premiere of excerpts of Kirke Mechem’s new opera Pride and Prejudice at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco in August. In October she appeared with Oakland Opera as the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and she will be singing Adele in San Francisco Lyric Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus in December. Last spring she joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory’s Preparatory Division and Adult Extension Division.
Marc Rovetti (BM ’01, MM ’03, violin) joined the Philadelphia Orchestra’s violin section in June, after having been a member of the New World Symphony and the International Contemporary Ensemble.
Nicole Piccolomini (BM ’00, voice) and Ricardo Herrera (J.O.C. ’00, voice) were featured in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of Astor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires in September, staged by David Parsons and conducted by Neal Goren, at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Jens Georg Bachmann (Advanced certificate ’99, orchestral conducting) conducted Die Zauberflöte at the Stuttgart State Opera in Germany in June. In July, he conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival, with soloists Marc-André Hamelin, piano, and Daniel Hope, violin.
Kirsten Johnson (’99, viola) joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as associate principal viola in September.
John Kilkenny (BM ’99, percussion) will perform Michael Daugherty’s percussion concerto UFO at the 2007 Western International Band Conference in Seattle in November. In addition, he will present clinics at the University of Puget Sound and the 2007 W.I.B.C. convention. He is currently associate professor of music at George Mason University and artistic liaison and percussion ensemble director for the Indiana University Summer Percussion Academy/Workshop.
In September Irina Nuzova (MM ’99, piano) performed a recital with cellist Wendy Warner at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Concert Series in Cold Spring Harbor, L.I. In October she appeared with the Aviv String Quartet at the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concert Series performing Brahms’s Piano Quintet.
Justine Fang Chen’s (BM ’98, MM ’00. DMA ’05) Scenes From Jeanne, a chamber opera based on the life of Joan of Arc, was presented at the Cornelia Street Café in New York in August. Performers included soprano Jennifer Zetlan (MM ’06, voice), mezzo-soprano Alison Tupay (MM ’02, voice; Artist Diploma ’04, opera studies), baritone Douglas McCormick Jr. (BM ’04, voice), baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, bass Matt Boehler (Artist Diploma ’06, opera studies), and pianist Steven Beck (BM’01, MM’03, piano).
Benjamin Loeb (DMA ’98, collaborative piano) and violinist Evalon Ingolf performed music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Szymanowski, and Ysaÿe in October at Weill Recital Hall.
Zuill Bailey (MM ’96, cello) and Simone Dinnerstein (BM ’96, piano) received the 2007 Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation, presented at Weill Recital Hall in October.
Darren Motise (MM ’96, collaborative piano) performed an organ recital at the historic Old Dutch Reformed Church in Kingston, N.Y., this past July. The program included major works by Duruflé and Messiaen. He is currently an adjunct instructor of solfège skills and keyboard harmony at Vassar College.
Paul Stetsenko, (MM ’96, DMA ’00, organ) conducted a choir with orchestra in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in September at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Va., where Paul is music director. On the concert, he also played harpsichord in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, for which the soloist was Letitia Nyirjesy (Pre-College ’00).
The ensemble ne(x)tworks—whose members include Kenji Bunch (BM ’95, MM ’97, viola; MM ’97, composition), Yves Dharamraj (Graduate Diploma ’05, cello), Cornelius Dufallo (BM ’95, MM ’97, DMA ’02, violin), Stephen Gosling (BM ’93, MM ’94, DMA ’00, piano), and Ariana Kim (MM ’05, violin)—performed at the Kitchen in New York in October. A work by Michael Schumacher (MM ’85, DMA ’88, composition) was included on the program. Ne(x)tworks performs at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn on November 28.
Kevin Gallagher’s (MM ’95, guitar) Electric Kompany, whose members include Jim Johnston (BM ’97, piano), performed as part of the opening concert of the 2007-08 Wordless Music series in September at the Society for Ethical Culture in New York.
Yueh Chou (BM ’94, bassoon) made her concert debut in Amsterdam Muziekbow, the Netherlands, in May on a period bassoon. She also gave a concert on a Baroque bassoon in October at MusicSources in Berkeley, Calif.
Taka Kigawa (MM ’94, piano) performed works by Liszt, Scriabin, and Stockhausen in October at the Renee Weiler Concert Hall in New York.
In September, mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera (’91, voice) toured China with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, performing arias from Carmen and De Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos. In October she performed the Verdi Requiem at the Teatre La Faràndula in Sabadell, and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. Herrera will sing in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera and at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in February.
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra launches its third season in Houston on Nov. 10, with Kristen Wolfe Jensen (MM ’91, bassoon) as bassoon soloist in works by Vivaldi. Alecia Lawyer (MM ’92, oboe) is founder, executive director, and principal oboist of the group; other Juilliard alumni performing in ROCO’s 40-member ensemble of musicians from around the nation include Brian Lewis (MM ’92, violin) as concertmaster and Christina Jennings (BM ’93 flute) as principal flute.
Gregg August (MM ’89, double bass) performed with the J.D. Allen Trio (also including Allen and Rudy Royston) in October at the Jazz Improv Live! 2007 Convention and Festival in New York. They will perform at the Blue Note on November 19.
Angela Chun (BM ’86, violin) and Jennifer Chun (BM ’87, violin) have been invited as visiting professors/string mentors to the Royal Academy of Music in London, performing and giving master classes along with violinists Maxim Vengerov and Anne Sophie Mutter. This summer they also worked with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria.
Joshua Gordon (BM ’86, MM ’87, cello) and pianist Randall Hodgkinson can be heard on a new CD from New World Records, Leo Ornstein: Complete Works for Cello and Piano. The disc features Ornstein’s Six Preludes (1929-30), Sonata No. 1, Op. 52 (1915), and premiere recordings of Composition 1 (date unknown), Two Pieces, Op. 33 (date unknown), and Sonata No. 2 (c. 1920).
In June, David Bernard (Pre-College ’82, conducting) conducted a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Riverside Church featuring the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and a 100-voice chorus made up of members of the New York City Master Chorale, the Brearley Singers, and the Central City Chorus. The concert also included a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”), featuring Alan Moverman (MM ’82, piano).
Rondi Charleston (BM ’82, MM ’83, voice) performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in September, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival. Her latest album, In My Life, was released in September by Virgin Megastores.
Jeffrey Lang (BM ’82, French horn), formerly acting associate principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, joined the orchestra as associate principal horn.
David Krakauer (MM ’80, clarinet) presented a program titled Beyond Crossover, with Marija Stroke, Will Holshouser, and Nikki Parrott, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., in October.
The Queen’s Chamber Band—whose members include countertenor Marshall Coid (BM ’79, violin), Joseph Bongiorno (BM ’75, double bass), and Veronica Salas (BM ’74, MM ’75, DMA ’78, viola)—performed in September at Weill Recital Hall.
Joel Hoffman’s (DMA ’78, composition) work passo passo was premiered by members of the Berlin Philharmonic at the orchestra’s Kammermusiksaal in September. The evening before, a concert devoted to Hoffman’s chamber music was presented at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. On March 6-8, another new work, The Forty Steps for oud, cello, and orchestra, will be presented by the Madison (Wis.) Symphony Orchestra.
In September, Daniel Paul Horn (BM ’78, MM ’79, DMA ’87, piano) joined pianist Alexander Djordjevic in a 20th-century program consisting of William Bolcom’s Through Eden’s Gates, Hallelujah Junction by John Adams, and Olivier Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, presented at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the University of Louisville and Middle Tennessee State University.
William Wolfram’s (BM ’78, piano) recent performances include the Corigliano Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony in May, conducted by Carlos Prieto; the Grieg Concerto with the Kentucky Symphony in Louisville, also in May, conducted by Edwin Outwater; and Liszt’s Totentanz at the Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in July, conducted by Scott Yoo.
Justin Dello Joio (BM ’77, MM ’78, DMA ’87, composition) received the 2007 Composer of the Year Award from the Classical Recording Foundation, presented at Weill Recital Hall in October.
Joel Feigin’s (MM ’77, DMA ’82, composition) Lament for solo viola was premiered by Helen Callus in June at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in an Ensemble for Contemporary Music concert. Feigin gave a lecture-demonstration on Arnold Schoenberg in May at the Beijing Conservatory.
Violinists Daniel Phillips (BM ’76, violin) and Todd Phillips (’80, violin), violist and Juilliard faculty member Steven Tenenbom, and faculty member cellist Timothy Eddy, who make up the Orion String Quartet, presented the world premiere of David Del Tredici’s Magyar Madness, with David Krakauer (MM ’80, clarinet), at the University of Iowa in October. Also in October, the quartet recreated their original New York debut program at the 92nd Street Y.
Lee Bracegirdle’s (BM ’75, MM ’76, French horn) Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra will be premiered in February by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, where he has been associate principal horn since 1980. The soloist will be Scott Kinmont, the orchestra’s associate principal trombonist.
Joseph M. Russo’s (BM ’75, bass) Concerto for Three Flutes and Strings was performed in October by the La Mirada (Calif.) Symphony, with its principal bass, Andree Baumler (BM ’73, MM ’74, bass).
The Artemis Chamber Ensemble, with pianist Michael Shapiro (MM ’75, composition), performed Shapiro’s String Quartet (“Yiddish”) and Clarinet Sonata, along with works by Copland and Bernstein, at the Bendheim Performing Arts Center in Scarsdale, N.Y., in October.
Andreas Klein (Postgraduate Diploma ’74, piano) was director of audio recording at the Brevard Summer Music Festival 2007, where he recorded 13 orchestral concerts conducted by David Effron with soloists such as Midori (Pre-College), Lynn Harrell (Pre-College), André Watts, and Joshua Bell. The recordings, mastered in high-definition sound (DSD), will be broadcast on NPR affiliate stations. More can be found on his web site: www.ultimoproductions.com.
James Jeter (MM ’73, bassoon) taught and performed at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Manistee National Forest, Mich., in July and August; he was featured in the faculty showcases, performing Francisco Mignone’s Waltzes for solo bassoon. He also performed Weber’s Andante and Hungarian Rondo with pianist Susan Sobolewski at Double Entendre Music Ensemble’s concert at the Goethe Institute in New York in September.
Jeffrey Swann (BM ’73, MM ’73, DMA ’80, piano) presented two programs at Bargemusic in October. The first, titled “National Identity in the 20th Century,” featured works by Ives, Busoni, Bartok, and Shostakovich; the second, titled “Impressionism and Expressionism,” included works by Messiaen, Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, Scriabin, and Bartok.
The Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker [Diploma ’72, Professional Studies ’73, violin], Philip Setzer [BM ’73, MM ’74, violin], Lawrence Dutton [BM ’77, MM ’78, viola], and David Finckel) premiered Bright Sheng’s String Quartet No. 5 (“The Miraculous”) at Stony Brook University in October. The work was commissioned by Stony Brook for the university’s 50th-anniversary celebration.
The Tokyo String Quartet, including Kazuhide Isomura (Diploma ’71, violin) and Kikuei Ikeda (’73, violin), performed in October at the 92nd Street Y; the program included the New York premiere of Lera Auerbach’s (BM ’96, piano; MM ’99, composition) Primera Luz for String Quartet.
The Cathedral Choral Society, directed by J. Reilly Lewis (MS ’69, DMA ’77, organ), presented the Washington premiere Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum at the Washington National Cathedral in October.
Pinchas Zukerman (Professional Studies ’69, violin) and Ashan Pillai (’95, viola), as members of the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, were joined by the Escher String Quartet (which includes Adam Barnett-Hart [BM ’04, violin]) for a concert titled “Music From the House of Mendelssohn” at the 92nd Street Y in October. The Zukerman ChamberPlayers will also perform at the Y on December 16 and March 16.
Misha Dichter (BS ’68, piano) and Cipa Dichter (BM ’68, piano) present a program of two- and four-hand piano masterworks at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York on November 7. The new concert series on which they appear celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary.
Miriam Brickman (MS ’67, piano) performed at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, U.K., in July as part of an international conference on Ernest Bloch. In August, she appeared at the Grand Hotel in Nice, France. In September, she gave a concert-lecture at the Riverdale Y, and performed at the Mid-Island Y in Plainview, L.I., and at the Suffern (N.Y.) Library. She performed at the Pearl River (N.Y.) Library in October.
The Topanga (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce honored Jerome Kessler (Preparatory Department ’58, cello) as Citizen of the Year for presenting 25 years of Topanga Symphony concerts. In August, the first concert of the season included a performance of Pour un Petit Chien Clown by H. Maurice Jacquet, featuring solo flutist Gretel Shanley (Preparatory Department ’41, ’43, and ’46, piano and flute), arranged for orchestra by Edith Sagul (Diploma ’43, Postgraduate Diploma ’45, flute).
Henry Grimes (’54, double bass) toured Japan and Korea in September and October with pianist Yoriyuki Harada, saxophonist/clarinetist Tobias Delius, cellist Tristan Honsinger, and percussionist Louis Moholo. In October he also performed at Le Grand Dakar Senegalese restaurant in Brooklyn, and at the Festival Internacional de Jazz de Ponta Delgada in Portugal.
Paul Turok’s (’53, composition) Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty was performed by Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony in June, and subsequently recorded for Naxos.
Wagnerian heldentenor Kenneth Lane (’51, voice) sang and analyzed music from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables at the New Life Expo at the New Yorker Hotel in October. Lane is the director of the Festspielhaus of Boonton, N.J., where he trains artists in the Wagner repertoire.
Russell Oberlin (Diploma ’51, voice) was interviewed in London on the BBC Third Program in June on the occasion of Deutsche Grammophon’s CD reissue of his 1960 LP recording of Handel arias.
Joan Rothman Brill (’50, piano) hosted a musicale for the benefit of Hadassah at her home in East Hampton, L.I., in September. The Keys Chamber Ensemble, based in Cudjoe Key, Fla., performed works by Loeillet, Chopin, Handel, Sammartini, Schubert, Pachelbel, and Scott Joplin, with Brill at the piano and harpsichord.
Calabrese Brothers Music has just published Clarinetudes by Hugh Aitken (BS ’49, MS ’50, composition). The collection, for advanced students, is for one to four clarinetists (mostly unaccompanied, some with piano). Available from the same publisher are Aitken’s For the Viola, Flute Music, Oboe Music, and Partita II for solo violin. Partita I for violin is published by Oxford University Press, and is performed on a CD from New World Music by Robert Davidovici (Postgraduate Diploma ’73, violin).