David Myers (music education and creative studies & media) will serve two important Twin Cities arts organizations in 2015-16 as chair of their engagement and education committees. He will head these committees for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and VocalEssence, continuing his commitment to universal access to music learning for diverse populations. He will also continue on the boards of the MacPhail Center for Music and the American Composers Forum, where he serves on committees to provide innovative learning and professional development for diverse constituencies.
Tanya Remenikova (cello) and her colleagues, members of the Hill House Chamber Players Cathy Schubilske, Tom Turner, Julie Ayer (MN Orchestra), former guitar faculty Jeffrey Van, and alumna Mary Jo Gothmann, collaborative piano, will perform two recitals titled "Fandango," Music from Spain on April 27 and May 4 at 7:30 pm. More info.
Angela Wyatt's (saxophone) group, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, will perform a program of contemporary music on Sunday, May 10 at 4 pm at the Weisman Art Museum. The program features music entirely by contemporary American composers, including Torke’s July (1995), Ricker's Three Jazz Settings for Saxophone Quartet, and a work by Rutkowski. The program will also include Elliott Carter's Canonic Suite and Justin Rito's Atomus (based on Pablo Neruda’s poem, “Ode to an Atom”). This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. The concert is free and open to the public.
Adriana Zabala (voice) was soloist in Montclair State University's (MSU) performance of James Whitbourn's Annelies, an Anne Frank Oratorio. The performance took place on Saturday, April 25 at the Alexander Kasser Theater with MSU Chorale, conductor Heather Buchanan.
Osip Nikiforov (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was awarded first prize of $1,500 and Josue Gonzalez (BM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was awarded second prize at the Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award competition.
Alejandro Cremaschi (DMA, 1997, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) received the University of Colorado-Boulder's Faculty Equity and Excellence Award on April 22, 2015. Cremaschi is associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy.
Garret Ross (MM, 2012, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) returned to New York City from Seattle where he played an all Beethoven concert with his duo partner Ruth Marshall and Beethoven Op. 70 trios with members of the Seattle Symphony. Last week he took part in a concert at New York University of complete Scriabin poems paired with paintings by Mikhail Vrubel. Next month, Ross will give a solo recital at the Young Masters Recital Series in Valley Cottage, NY (Beethoven Op. 2/2, Chopin Nocturnes Op. 48, Chopin Polonaise Fantasy Op. 61, Haydn Sonata Hob 48, and Prokofiev Sonata No. 4). In January, Ross performed a recital for Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago. The performance received a rave review in Russian language newspaper Zemlyaki.
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