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Community News for October 2015

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Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, presented the world premiere of music theory and analysis and drama faculty member Michelle DiBucci’s (MM ’87, composition) ballet-opera, Charlotte Salomon: Der Tod und die Malerin in February.

David Enlow

Faculty member David Enlow

(Photo by Lorraine Enlow)


*In July, keyboard skills faculty member David Enlow (BM ’03, MM ’05, organ) released an album, Piano à l’Orgue (Pro Organo), which features his transcriptions of Debussy’s Petite Suite, Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and music by Robert Schumann. Enlow performed repertoire from the album on his nine-concert solo tour of Austria, Germany, France, and Switzerland this summer, during which he played several historic and modern pipe organs, including the organs at the Stiftskirche (Stuttgart) and the Salzburg Cathedral.

*This summer, Pre-College and Evening Division faculty member Evan Fein’s (MM ’09, DMA ’14, composition) new chamber opera City of Ashes was produced by the company Opéra de Poche at the Festivals of Moulins and Carnac in France. It will be performed again in Paris on November 18 at the Théâtre Adyar.

In April, music theory and analysis and graduate studies faculty member Behzad Ranjbaran’s (MM ’88, DMA ’92, composition) biblically inspired Esther for orchestra was premiered by the Binghamton (N.Y.) Philharmonic, which commissioned the work; José-Luis Novo conducted. In March, Ranjbaran’s Seven Passages was performed by the Spokane (Wash.) Symphony, conducted by Eckart Preu.

*The week of October 19, music history and graduate studies faculty member Joel Sachs will appear as a guest commentator on five episodes of BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week series to discuss late American composer Henry Cowell, whose life Sachs chronicled in the book Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music (Oxford University Press, 2012). In July, Sachs recorded five pieces by Cowell at BBC Manchester.


This summer, Phil Gutierrez, associate production manager in the Production Department, provided stage management and other production services for the Governors Ball Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, River to River Festival, Rooftop Films, and corporate events and marketing activations by American Express, Brookfield Place New York, and Production Glue. Also this summer, he began distance-learning coursework through the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business toward a certificate in professional project management.


First-year master’s mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey (BM ’15, voice) took home first prize in the College/University Art Song category of the fifth annual Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, it was announced in August.

*Kill Floor, which was written by playwriting fellow Abe Koogler and directed by Lila Neugebauer, begins previews on October 3 at Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3.

*On October 17 and 18 at the Joyce Theater, Juilliard fourth-year dancers Cleo Person, Taylor Johnson, and Mark Sampson will dance late faculty member José Limón’s Concerto Grosso as part of the Limón Company’s 70th-anniversary season.

Les Deux—master’s students Chelsea Starbuck Smith (Pre-College ’10; BM ’14, violin) and Claire Elena Semes (BM ’14, violin)—played “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a New York Mets-Philadelphia Phillies game on September 2.

Doctoral candidate Jiayan Sun (Pre-College ’08; BM ’12, MM ’14, piano) competed in the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition, which was held in Moscow in June.

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