University of Minnesota School of Music alumnus, composer, conductor, producer, and copyist Ryan Truesdell (B.M., 2002, music education) has received three nominations in the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards for his record CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare) GIL EVANS PROJECT, including Best Large Jazz Ensemble for the album as a whole, Best Instrumental Arrangement for "How About You," and Best Arrangement Featuring a Vocalist for "Look to the Rainbow" featuring Luciana Souza.
Truesdell recently conducted a concert with University Jazz Ensembles, directed by professor Dean Sorenson, on Monday, December 3, 2012 featuring works from the CENTENNIAL album at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Truesdell is a former member of the University Jazz Ensembles and took arranging lessons with professor Sorenson.
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Laura Sindberg (music education) presented two papers at the Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in St. Louis: "Exploring Comprehensive Musicianship in the Context of a Professional Learning Community;" and "'It's Just Different'--Supports for and Constraints on CMP-Infused Student Teaching."
Sharri Van Alstine (PhD, music education) presented a research poster at the recent Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference of the National Association for Music Education in St. Louis. The title of her poster was "The Effect of Course Content and Pedagogy on Undergraduate Students International Mindedness and Preferences for World Music."
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.
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