Listen to School of Music voice professor Adriana Zabala in conversation with Classical Minnesota Public Radio host Alison Young in "Mezzo Adriana Zabala has all the right stuff." Professor Zabala talks about performing in University Opera Theatre's production of Robert Aldridge's Parables, running April 19 through April 22. She also chats with Alison Young about her desert island playlist.
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Alexander Braginsky (piano) was recently a jury member at 60th Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, Spain (March 26-April 4). This summer he will be the jury chair for the Alaska International Piano e-Competition (June 28-July 12) and he will be on the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College, in New York City (July 20-27). He will give a special event presentation, "Russian Composers of XX Century," at the Summit Music Festival in New York on July 29. From August 2-14, he will be the artistic director of the International MusikFest at Shattuck-St Mary.
Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) recently received a 2014 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from Thursday Musical. On April 13 he premiered a new work by renowned composer George Tsontakis with the Chamber Music Society of Boston.
Guerino Mazzola (creative studies) was invited to be a part of ART2, an International Platform on Contemporary Art held in New York during April, and one of its multifaceted projects, Composing Differences. Glass Bead invited philosopher Reza Negarestani and musician and mathematician Mazzola for a series of public talks at e-flux. The talks will also be broadcast live on Glass Bead's website. Mazzola's talk "Melting Glass Beads--The Multiverse Game of Strings and Gestures" will take place on Friday, April 25 from 7-9 pm.
ANCIA Saxophone Quartet, featuring Angela Wyatt (saxophone), will perform a program of contemporary music with percussionist David Schmalenberger at Studio Z on May 3 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be repeated at the Weisman Art Museum on May 4 at 4 pm. The program will include Arvo Pärt's Summa, Revolutionary Etudes by David Lang, Perry Goldstein's Fault Lines, John Mackey's Strange Humors and a cover of Radiohead's Paranoid Android. The Weisman concert is free and open to the public. Tickets to the Studio Z concert are available on their website. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Preston Duncan (DMA, saxophone, student of Eugene Rousseau) performed the premiere of Broken Obelisk by Joseph Dangerfield at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference in Urbana, Il on March 24. Duncan performed and presented at the College Music Society Great Lakes Conference on March 29. He performed at Schubert Club Courtroom Concert on March 22 and was selected as finalist for this year's McKnight Fellowship.
Peter John's (DMA, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky and James Dillon) work From the Zodiac was performed by cellist Cicely Parnas at the Kennedy Center on April 7. Read the Washington Post review of the piece and performance.
Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) has been accepted to attend Austrian chamber music festival AlpenKammerMusik as the only clarinetist this summer. Schultz has also received a grant from the International Festival Society in Santa Monica, CA, fully covering tuition and housing.
Tyler Tracy (music and political science double major) is a Talle Family Scholarship recipient. This college-wide scholarship program is intended to inspire, reward, and support academic excellence in the College of Liberal Arts. The college is hosting a reception on Thursday, April 24 to recognize the outstanding work and achievement of Talle Family Scholars.
Osmo Vänskä joined Lydia Artymiw (piano) and violinist Erin Keefe (concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra) as the clarinetist in a trio recital at Ted Mann Concert Hall for a performance of Bartóks "Contrasts" on March 30. The program also included piano trios of Dvořák and Brahms with cellist Wilhelmina Smith. Their performance was mentioned in New York Times music critic James Oestreich's "Critic's Notebook" on April 1.
The research/creative collaborative project "Improvised Ecosystems" has been selected for funding by the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2014/15 academic year. This project is the result of collaborative efforts of Scott Currie (musicology/ ethnomusicology) and Maja Radovanlija (guitar) with Diane Willow (Experimental and Media Arts, Department of Art) and Matt Tucker (Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design).
Guerino Mazzola (creative studies) has been invited to give seven jazz concerts in Japan in July 2014. He will perform at the Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo (July 13); Last Waltz, Shibuya, Tokyo (July 14); Nanahari, Tokyo (July 15 and 16); Airegin, Yokohama (July 18); and Knuttel House, Tokyo (July 19 and 20). Mazzola will perform with Swiss drummer Heinz Geisser and Japanese drummer Shrio Onuma. The concerts will be recorded for live CD production.
This coming weekend, the School of Music will host the bi-annual conference of the American Musicological Society-Midwest Chapter. Professors David Grayson (musicology) and Gabriela Currie (musicology) are serving as local arrangement co-chairs. Nine scholars will present their research at the conference.
Mark Russell Smith (orchestral conducting) conducted the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 on April 1. Adriana Zabala (voice) was the soloist. This was the first time this piece was performed by the orchestra in its 100 year history.
Ingrid Martin (conducting) was accepted to present at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December. Her clinic will be "Secrets from Down Under - the best Australian band repertoire you've never heard."
Emily Rolke (violin, student of Mark Bjork) will present at the Suzuki Association of the Americas International Conference this May. The title of her presentation is "Metamorphosis From Student Into Artist Teacher." Rolke will present along with Carrie Beisler (U of M alumna), Lucy Lewis, Colleen Ferguson, and Samantha Hiller.
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