Miró String Quartet in Residence at Kent State
Kent State University (KSU) has named members of the Miró Quartet
full-time faculty artists-in-residence at its Hugh A. Glauser School
of Music. KSU President Dr. Carol Cartwright compared the import of
the ensemble's residency in the April issue of Northern Ohio
Live magazine to that of "a major scientist joining our faculty."
As part of the residency, the quartet will spend part of its summers
in residence at an annual summer chamber music festival presented
by KSU at Blossom Music Center in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra.
The Miró, made up of violinists Daniel Ching '95 and Sandy
Yamamoto, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele '97,
presented their Naumburg concert in March at Alice Tully Hall. Also
on the program was the world premiere of a commissioned work by David
Schober '97, his String Quartet.
and Upward with eighth blackbird
In Chicago, as ensemble-in-residence at Northwestern University and
the University of Chicago, eighth blackbird members Molly Alicia
Barth '97, Michael J. Maccaferri '95, Matthew Albert 96,
Nicholas Photinos '96, Matthew L. Duvall '95, and Lisa Kaplan
'96 have feathered their new nest with another ASCAP/CMA
Award for Adventurous Programming. The ensemble that The New Yorker
calls "fiendishly good" is represented by ICM Artists, Ltd.
and offered two world premieres: Paul Moravec's The Time Gallery
and Frederic Rzewski's Pocket Symphony in April at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
After a 20-year hiatus during which his children grew up, Aldo
Mancinelli '52 resumed his career as a pianist last year,
playing festivals in the Czech Republic and France. Besides scheduled
repeat performances in those countries in July 2001, he expects to
appear in Italy this season. He will also offer performances in Illinois,
Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and California. His recently
released all-Beethoven CD contains the 4th piano concerto, recorded
in Prague with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, as well as Sonata
in E-flat Major, op. 31, no. 3. He was appointed distinguished visiting
artist at McMurry University in Texas for the coming school year.
He is, he reports, "Enjoying his retirement!'"
In January, Jeremy Rosen performed four piano compositions
three waltzes and a ballade by Robert Kreis '58
at New York City's Third Street Music School Settlement. Robert's
Quintet for Brass was performed last November at a benefit
concert for the 13th Street Repertory Company, also in New York. Robert
directed a musical, Eating Raoul, which ran this spring at the Comedy
Club of New York.
Browning Cramer '65 has played in the first violin section
of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the past 21 years and is an
Artist Member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble, with whom he performed a
Brahms clarinet quintet last October. He found time to moonlight this
past year, performing with the Chamber Soloists of Austin, Texas,
in a February program that included the Dvorák Terzetto
and a flute quintet by the 19th-century German composer Bernhard Molique.
Browning's wife, Alicia Edelberg, who is associate concertmaster
of the New York City Opera, also performed.
New Yorker Joseph Stoddart '67 reports that he
would be happy to say hello to any Obie dropping in for performances
at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall he is an habitué
of both. He is also available to help out-of-towners secure tickets
to sold-out events at either venue. "I know my way around the
box offices pretty well," he says, "and I can point you
to a restaurant where you won't get fleeced before the opera!"
Savvy travelers can call him at 212-875-8528 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last fall, Edna Breinig Chun '68 was appointed
vice president for human resources at Kent State University (KSU),
where she oversees operations at the school's eight campuses.
She holds a master of arts degree in Chinese literature from Columbia
University and master and doctoral degrees in music from Indiana University;
at Oberlin she majored in music with a piano performance emphasis.
Before joining KSU she was associate vice president for human resources
at Portland State University in Oregon. She also served as director
of human resources at California Polytechnic State University and
was chair of the California State University Human Resources Directors
tornado warning issued for Alliance, Ohio on September 20 did
not dissuade people from attending a concert by Jody Wise '68
at Mount Union College Presser Recital Hall was filled nearly
to capacity. The concert, one of 21 Jody presented on a three-month
tour, "Millennium Mosaic: A Celebration of American Piano Music,"
showcased American composers from the 1890s through the 1990s, among
them Samuel Barber, Amy Cheney Beach, Paul Bowles, Derwin Holder,
and Andras Szentkiralyi '64. "Andras and I had the luxury
of working a full day together on his Sonata no. 2 for Piano, sharing
ideas and insights," Wise reports. "His is a significant
and substantive work, and it was very gratifying that it was so well
received." Highlights from the program will be presented on public
radio stations in Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Wisconsin. The
tour gave Jody the opportunity to meet with several Oberlin grads
and friends along the way.
Obies celebrated the true millennium at the annual Winter Sun
Music Festival at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, December
31, 2000 through January 4, 2001. After chamber music and solo performances
by guest artists, the festival culminated in an orchestra concert
featuring William Thomas '72 as conductor and violinist
Paul Goldsberry '72 as concertmaster. The Afro-American
Symphony by William Grant Still, who attended the Conservatory
from 1916 until 1919 and received an honorary doctorate in music in
1947, was featured. Others at the festival were violinist Eric
Nordstrom '96, pianist Dragana Bajalovic '71,
and violist Anthony Gilbert, a senior.
Christa Rakich '74 has been appointed music director of the
Church of the Immaculate Conception at Boston's Jesuit Urban
Center. Besides her liturgical responsibilities, she directs the center's
concert series, which features the center's renowned 1863 Elias
and George Greenleaf Hook pipe organ. At the American Guild of Organists
2000 National Convention Rakich performed Franck's A-major Fantaisie,
Hindemith's First Sonata, Bach's Clavierübung III,
and Pamela Decker's Rio abajo rio on the 1965 D. A. Flentrop
organ at Seattle's St. Mark's Cathedral. Christa has also
been appointed adjunct associate professor of organ and harpsichord
at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
EMA record-label president Jeremiah Murphy '79
released his second CD, Another Perspective, last July. Co-produced
on the EMA label by Murphy and Terrence Richburg, it features vocal
and piano performances of Murphy's gospel-music compositions.
The CD is available at amazon.com. Daryl Davis '79 was
among those in attendance at the release concert.
second solo CD by Carolyn Hove '80, Ascending to
Superlatives, released in October 2000 by Crystal Records, is
a collection of chamber works for English horn in combination with
various instruments. It features music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,
Paul Turok, Gerhard Samuel, Alan Hovhaness, and William Kraft. Kraft's
Encounters XI: The Demise of Suriyodhay was commissioned by
the Los Angeles Philharmonic and written expressly for and premiered
by Carolyn (the orchestra's solo English horn player since 1988)
and Raynor Carroll, its principal percussionist. Samuel's Lyric
Scene (for English horn, two violins, and cello), was also written
for Carolyn, who is joined in the work by her colleagues in the orchestra.
A faculty member at California State University at Long Beach, Carolyn
has been a champion of new music since her days with Ralph Shapey
and the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago.
Frederick Haas '83, is living in Philadelphia with his
partner of five years, Daniel Meyer, a physician, in a renovated Victorian
rowhouse that was featured in the March 2000 issue of Architectural
Digest. One of Frederick's favorite activities is playing
four-hand, two-piano repertoire in the music room where sopranos Claudia
Gunnar Carlsson '77 and Lisa Snyder '81 are often
featured. Frederick is chair of the organ committee for the Kimmel
Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia's newest arts complex.
Linfield '87 married Michael Rice in August 2000 on a flower
farm in Stillwater, Minnesota. Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Simkin
'88 and Jennifer Ries '87. Katja's piano
trio, the Bakken Trio, received a McKnight Foundation grant in 2000,
and, in conjunction with Minneapolis composer Anthony Gatto, received
a Meet the Composer commissioning grant for a new piano trio to premiere
in 2001. For more information, please visit www.bakkentrio.org.
In February Ariane Sletner '88 performed Tchaikovsky's
Violin Concerto, op. 35, with the Upper Arlington Symphony (Ohio).
She also presented the Tchaikovsky as soloist with the Orchestra Society
of Philadelphia in 2000 where she will again be featured soloist in
2001 performing the Brahms Violin Concerto, op. 77.
Double-bassist Anders Dahlberg '89 is the interim
executive director of the Fontana Music Society, a Kalamazoo, Michigan
not-for-profit that organizes and presents chamber and jazz concerts.
He also manages the Bullock Performance Institute at Western Michigan
University, plays in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and is finishing
his doctoral studies at Michigan State University.
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