Identical twins Peter Anderson (BM ’09, MM ’11, jazz studies) and Will Anderson (BM ’09, MM ’11, jazz studies) are featured in The Anderson Twins Play the Fabulous Dorseys at 59E59 Theaters in New York. The show, which runs through October 7, tells the story of bandleaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, who rise to the top of their field and then split up the act over sibling rivalry.
In August, Christopher Houlihan (MM ’11, organ) performed six organ symphonies by Louis Vierne in one day at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. This summer he also gave recitals in New York, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Montreal.
In June, Mimi Yu’s (MM ’10, cello) first book, Flying Solo, which she wrote in Chinese, was published by Common Wealth Publishing Group.
Mattias Jacobsson (Graduate Diploma ’08, guitar) released his debut recording, Invocación (Avie Records), which was produced by David Frost (BM ’82, MM ’83, piano). The September issue of Gramophone magazine named the recording a Gramophone Choice.
In June, Jasmine Choi (MM ’06, flute) joined the Vienna Symphony as principal flutist.
Kati Agocs (Certificate ’00, MM ’02, DMA ’05, composition) is among seven composers who were chosen for the Minnesota Orchestra’s 12th annual Composer Institute, which will take place in January and includes a performance of her work by the Minnesota Orchestra.
Baroque Conversations, the latest recording by David Greilsammer (BM ’02, MM ’04, piano), was released in May by Sony Classical. In August, Greilsammer performed recitals at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill.
In August, Daniel S. Lee (BM ’04, violin) and Priscilla Smith (MM ’11, historical performance) soloed with New York Baroque Incorporated, a new Baroque orchestra formed by graduates of the Historical Performance department, at Le Poisson Rouge.
August’s issue of Opera News features 25 people that the editors believe are “poised to break out and become major forces in the field in the coming decade.” Among them are Nico Muhly (Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange ’02; MM ’04, composition), Evan Rogister (MM ’05, voice), Isabel Leonard (BM ’04, MM ’06, voice), and Alek Schrader (Artist Diploma ’08, voice).
In September Mason Bates (MM ’01, composition) was one of five recipients of a Heinz Award; his was in the arts and humanities category and it was given for “compositions that dissolve the boundaries of traditional classical music with a refreshing integration of electronica.”
In the movie Downtown Express, Philippe Quint (BM ’96, MM ’98, violin) plays Sasha, a Russian violinist who has landed a scholarship to Juilliard but finds himself drawn to the world of pop music to his father’s dismay. It will be at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival in November and the Denver Jewish Film Festival in February.
On October 27, Eric Whitacre (MM ’97, composition) will conduct a program of his own works with the Vancouver Chamber Choir at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In March, Eddy Malave (BM ’93, MM ’95, viola) presented the Alexander Technique at the University of Miami and the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. The following month, Malave performed an arrangement of Halvorsen’s Passacaglia in G Minor on a Theme by George Handel with Sheila Browne (BM ’93, viola) on the Mallarmé concert series in Durham, N.C. In June, Malave presented the Alexander Technique at the International Viola Congress at the Eastman School of Music.
The string quartet Ethel, whose members include Ralph Farris (BM ’93, MM ’94, viola) and Dorothy Lawson (MM ’84, DMA ’90, cello), have announced a busy fall performance schedule, which includes performances at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the University of Florida in Gainesville, and the Netherlands.
Christian McBride (’90, double bass) and his quintet, Inside Straight, will be performing at Columbia University’s Miller Theater on October 6.
In August and September, Anne Akiko Meyers (Pre-College ’87; Certificate ’90, violin) hosted a contest on Facebook for young violinists. The winner, chosen from video performance entries, received an Arcus Cadenza Gold carbon-fiber bow valued at more than $5,000.
In June, Beata Moon’s (BM ’90, piano) fourth album of original works, Saros, was released on BiBimBop Music. Performers on the CD include Arash Amini (MM ’99, Professional Studies ’00, cello), Cyrus Beroukhim (MM ’01, DMA ’07, violin), Benjamin Fingland (BM ’97, MM ’99, clarinet), and Jessica Meyer (BM ’96, MM ’98, viola).
In August, Sam Ruttenberg (MM ’86, percussion) joined the faculty of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.
This summer, Laura Kobayashi (BM ’85, violin) and pianist Susan Keith Gray (the Gray/Kobayashi Duo) completed a two-week concert and master-class tour of Thailand, where they performed works by Aaron Copland, William Bolcom, George Gershwin, Irene Regina Poldoski, and Emma Lou
Diemer, among others.
Elisenda Fábregas (BM ’82, MM ’83, piano) recently had a number of premieres of her works in South Korea, where she resides. Caminos del duende for marimba and percussion was premiered at the Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall in July by the 4Plus Ensemble with Jae-Hyun Yoon as the marimba soloist. An additional performance took place at the International Percussion Festival of Seoul. Retorn a la terra was premiered by the Virtuoso Ensemble with Unai Urrecho conducting at the Ban Sook Concert Hall in May. This summer, a recording of Fábregas’s Colores Andaluces by the Meininger Trio was released on the trio’s album Seelenvogel (NCA).
This summer, Sara Davis Buechner (BM ’80, MM ’81, piano) gave performances at the Aloha International Piano Festival in Honolulu; at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill.; and with the Edmonton (Alberta) Symphony. This month, Buechner will solo with the Florida Orchestra and the Vancouver Island Symphony.
In September, Chris Kypros (MM ’73, piano) played Caldwell B. Cladwell (the villain) in the Generic Theater Company (Norfolk, Va.) production of Urinetown. Kypros teaches music at St. Patrick’s School in Norfolk.
In September, Craig Sheppard (BM ’70, MS ’71, piano) gave a two-week residency at the Conservatorium of the University of Melbourne in Australia, including recitals of Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage and Debussy’s Préludes, Books I and II. He will also perform the Liszt at the War Memorial Museum in Auckland, New Zealand, and the Debussy at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. This month, he will repeat the Debussy recital in California and will perform and record the Debussy in Seattle.
Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery About the Maestro, by Leonard Slatkin (BM ’67, orchestral conducting), was released in July by Amadeus Press.
In June, Julie Jaffee Nagel (BM ’65, MS ’66, piano) gave a presentation titled Performance Anxiety and the Human Life Cycle at the Music Teachers National Association/Canadian Music Teachers Associations Wellness Symposium in New York. In January, Nagel chaired a discussion group at the winter meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association titled Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Music: Revealing the Inner Landscape. She was also the chair and moderator of the special symposium called Freud’s Last Session—The Process of Playwright Mark St. Germain.
Kenneth Lane (’51, voice) will perform a recital called Greatest Love Songs in Broadway at the New Life Expo at the New Yorker Hotel on October 20.