João Kouyoumdjian (MM ’10, guitar) and Jessica Han (Pre-College ’04; BM ’08, MM ’10, flute) performed in San Salvador in January, giving concerts at Fepade Auditorium, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and Plaza Mundo. The performances raised funds for the Hilda Rothschild Foundation, which promotes social programs in education and health in El Salvador. The concerts were featured on Esmi TV and in the newspaper La Prensa Gráfica.
Paul Appleby (MM ’08, voice; Artist Diploma ’10, opera studies), Alex Hajek (BM ’04, MM ’06, voice), and Emalie Savoy (BM ’08, MM ’10, voice) each received $10,000 as winners in the George London Foundation Awards Competition. The competition’s final round and award announcements took place at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. Susanne Mentzer (BM ’79, MM ’80, voice) was a panelist.
In a concert celebrating Black History Month in February, Patrice Jackson (BM ’07, Graduate Diploma ’08, cello) played a movement from the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor with the St. Louis Symphony at the orchestra’s Powell Hall.
Faith Sherman (Artist Diploma ’07, voice) made her German operatic debut as Concepción in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole at Oper Frankfurt in December. This month, she will premiere the mezzo-soprano lead role in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Rappahannock County with the Virginia Opera at Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Va., and cover the role of the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Houston Grand Opera at Brown Theater. In July, Sherman will sing Verdi’s Requiem accompanied by period instrumentalists at Germany’s Ludwigsburg Festival under Michael Hofstetter.
In February, Philip Edward Fisher (MM ’06, piano) gave two recitals at Bargemusic in Brooklyn. The first featured works by Chopin and Scriabin; the second consisted of music by Schubert and Liszt.
In March, Chu-Fang Huang (MM ’06, Artist Diploma ’08, piano) was named an Avery Fisher career grant recipient. The $25,000 award recognizes outstanding talent and provides career assistance. Huang and several other Career Grant recipients performed at the announcement ceremony, which was held at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. The concert was broadcast by WQXR.
In March, Ryan McAdams (MM ’06, orchestral conducting) led the New York Youth Symphony in a concert highlighting Hahn-Bin (Pre-College ’06; Diploma ’09, violin) at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. The program included Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, performed with the original orchestration; Christopher Cerrone’s Still Life for violin; and Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes.
David Garrett (Diploma ’04, violin) played classical and rock music at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in February.
Fellows in the June 2011 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival’s Catherine Filene Shouse Chamber Music Institute, which consists of two weeks of coaching and performances in Detroit, include Sami Merdinian (Pre-College ’01; BM ’04, violin) of the Sima Trio; Tanya Ell (BM ’00, cello) of Trio Terzetto; and the Attacca Quartet, comprised of Amy Schroeder (BM ’06, MM ’08, violin), Keiko Tokunaga (Pre-College ’03; BM ’07, MM ’08, violin), doctoral viola student Luke Fleming, and Andrew Yee (BM ’06, MM ’08, cello).
Inbal Segev (BM ’98, Professional Studies ’99, cello) can be heard on Fernando Otero’s World Village album Vital, which won a Latin Grammy award for best classical album in November. That same month, Segev toured China, playing works by Chopin with pianist Alon Goldstein and violinist Nitai Zori in Wenzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, and Beijing. Also in November, Segev and faculty members Glenn Dicterow (BM ’71, violin) and Karen Dreyfus (viola), who comprise the Amerigo Trio, recorded a CD for Navona Records featuring serenades by Dohnanyi and Beethoven. In January, as a guest artist with the American Chamber Players at the Society of the Four Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla., Segev played the Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major, among other works.
On Dalit Warshaw: Invocations, released by Albany Records in January, Dalit Warshaw (MM ’97, DMA ’03, composition) performed her own compositions on piano and theremin. She was joined on the recording by cellist Wendy Warner, soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, and the Momenta Quartet—violinists Owen Dalby and Erik Carlsen, Stephanie Griffin (MM ’97, DMA ’03, viola), and Joanne Lin (MM ’00, cello). Last June, Warshaw’s Night Lights was premiered by the Composers Concordance at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. It was performed by flutist Helen Richman, violinist Lynn Bechtold, tuba player Jay Rozen, and Warshaw on theremin. Last May, Warshaw’s work for orchestra Camille’s Dance was premiered by the New England Philharmonic, which was conducted by Richard Pittman at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center.
On April 17, Caryn Block’s (MM ’83, composition) Lamentation After Elektra for viola and harp and Euryalus for flute, narrator, and harp will be premiered at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts by the Encore Chamber Players, including Block (flute) and Liuh-Wen Ting (BM ’88, MM ’90, viola). Works by Arnold Bax, Debussy, Jacques Ibert, and Block’s former teacher, the late Juilliard faculty member Vincent Persichetti, will also be performed.
Sara Davis Buechner (MM ’81, piano) played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in January with the Maui Pops Orchestra at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. In February, she played Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, directed by Bramwell Tovey, at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theater. That same month, Buechner made her Sacramento Philharmonic debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, with Michael Morgan conducting. In March, she was a featured soloist at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C., and also had a performance broadcast on the Toronto classical radio station 96.3. On April 29, Buechner will perform at New York City’s Greenwich House Music School and on May 1 she will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra for the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music series at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. On July 9, she will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall.
In March, Blue Note released an album featuring Wynton Marsalis (’81, trumpet), Willie Nelson, and Norah Jones called Here We Go Again: Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson, and Norah Jones Celebrate the Genius of Ray Charles. Marsalis will also perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater April 1-2.
In February, Lynn Rice-See (MM ’79, piano) gave a solo recital in a festival celebrating the opening of the new music building and recital hall at Agder University in Kristiansand, Norway. In September, Rice-See gave a recital at Hinton Music Hall at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where she is professor of piano, and in October, she gave one in Greeley, Colo., at the University of Northern Colorado’s Milne Auditorium. Rice-See, along with other members of the Middle Tennessee State faculty, gave a chamber music concert at China’s Hangzhou Normal University in November.
In January, Victoria Bond’s (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting) Sacred Sisters was performed by harpist Cindy Hicks and Susan Eddlemon (BM ’71, MM ’72, DMA ’80, violin) at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The performance, a tribute to physicist Lise Meitner, was part of the Isotone Concert series, which was founded by Eddlemon and her husband, Scott Eddlemon (BM ’77, percussion). In February, Bond gave a master class at Chicago’s Roosevelt University and was also profiled in the Hamptons (L.I.) weekly Dan’s Papers. Bond’s Your Voice Is Gone was one of four works commissioned by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble for the group’s March concert, which commemorated the 1911 Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. Later that month, Bond’s Shenblu was performed by Sandra Church (BM ’77, MM ’78, flute) at the New York Flute Fair at New York City’s Lighthouse International. Fordham University commissioned Bond to write a piece for its “Voices Up: Songs for James Joyce and Hart Crane” concert. Her resulting work, Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming, a setting from the Ithaca section of Ulysses, was premiered by tenor Rufus Muller and pianist Chi-Hui Yen in March at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.
The Tokyo String Quartet, comprising Martin Beaver (violin), Kikuei Ikeda (’73, violin), violist Kazuhide Isomura (’71, violin), and Clive Greensmith (cello), is playing a complete Beethoven quartet cycle for a third season at the 92nd Street Y. In March, the ensemble was joined by pianist Robert Levin in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 101; Sonata for Piano and Cello in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1; and the String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132.
Richard Kogan (Pre-College ’73), a pianist and psychiatrist, opened the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Tchaikovsky Festival with a lecture/recital titled “Tchaikovsky: Music and Melancholy” at Rodef Shalom Temple’s Levy Hall.
Sarah Levine Simon (’72, voice) created Strudel Today, a classical music and cooking video for Opera in Cinema that can be viewed on YouTube.
Esther Lamneck (BM ’71, MM ’72, DMA ’80, clarinet) and oboist Matt Sullivan gave a Distinguished Faculty Concert at New York University’s Frederick Loewe Theater in February.
Max Lifchitz (BM ’70, MM ’71, composition) conducted the North/South Chamber Orchestra at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City in February. The program comprised works written for the occasion, including Sound Waves by Dinos Constantinides (Diploma ’60, violin) as well as music by Sean Hickey, David Maves, and Rain Worthington. That same month, Lifchitz began a residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa. A concert of his works was given at the university’s concert hall, in which Lifchitz was a piano soloist in a performance of his Rhythmic Soundscape No. 5.
The Zukerman Chamber Players, whose members are Pinchas Zukerman (’69, violin), violinist Jessica Linnebach, violist Jethro Marks, Amanda Forsyth (BM ’89, cello), and Angela Cheng (BM ’82, piano), played works by Mozart and Brahms at the 92nd Street Y’s Distinguished Artists in Recital series in March.
In November Christina Ascher (BS ’68, voice) and Peter Ludwig (BS ’68, voice) performed in the premiere of Dance of the Stones, a Japanese Noh-inspired chamber opera by Brian Schober, with libretto by Richard Olson, at New York City’s Theater 80.
Steve Reich’s (’61, composition) WTC 9/11 was premiered by the Kronos Quartet—violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (’01, resident quartet)—at Duke University in March. On April 30, the ensemble will perform the work at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.
In January, Naxos released a recording of Leonardo Balada’s (Diploma ’60, composition) Caprichos No. 2, 3, and 4, performed by the Pittsburgh Sinfonietta with conductor and violin soloist Andres Cardenes and Jeffrey Turner on double bass. In February, Balada’s Double Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet, and Orchestra was premiered by the Queretaro Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. Guitarist Adam Levin premiered Balada’s Caprichos No. 8, which was influenced by Albéniz’s piano works, on Chicago’s WFMT in January. In November, Balada was a guest speaker at the International Congress on Cultural Heritage and Music at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. A recording of Balada’s Caprichos No. 1, performed by Levin and the Assai String Quartet, is available at adamlevinguitar.com. Ashan Pillai (’95, viola) will premiere Balada’s Viola Concerto with the Municipal Band of Barcelona at Barcelona’s L’Auditori on May 8.
In December, Alfred Watson (BS ’54, piano) released a recording featuring his own take on the Polish national anthem. A tribute to Chopin and Poland, Alfred Watson: Classical Composer and Pianist is available on Amazon.com.
Yehudi Wyner (Diploma ’46, piano) was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters committee that selected the honor society’s 2011 music award winners.