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The Latest from Faculty, Staff, and Students February 2017


Dance faculty member Jeff Edwards was invited to speak about Art as Practice at the Moving Media Conference in October at his alma mater, Brown University. He was also the rehearsal director for the Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC, which took place at New York City Center in November and included performances by Yo-Yo Ma (Pre-College '71; Professional Studies '72, cello), Robbie Fairchild, Lil Buck, and Sara Mearns.


In November, organ department chair Paul Jacobs joined the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia to play the world premiere of composition faculty member Christopher Rouse's Organ Concerto, which he dedicated to Jacobs. The concerto was co-commissioned by the Philadelphia as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony orchestras. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted.

In December, The Jungle (Symphony No. 4), by Wynton Marsalis ('81, trumpet), director of Juilliard Jazz, was given its world premiere by the New York Philharmonic, which commissioned it, led by Alan Gilbert (Pre-College '85; MM '94, orchestral conducting), director of conducting and orchestral studies. The program also included William Bolcom's Trombone Concerto played by faculty member Joseph Alessi, for whom it was written. Vocal Arts faculty member David Paul had a screening of Dichterliebe: Poetlove, his short film adaptation of Schumann's Dichterliebe song cycle. It took place in November at the new Steinway Hall in New York.

In November, Historical Performance faculty member and Baroque violinist Cynthia Roberts led Mozart's “Jupiter” Symphony and was the soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Grand Harmonie orchestra as part of the Mount Sinai Concerts for Patients series, which was founded by oboist Kristin Olson (MM '12, historical performance).

Edgardo Salinas, adjunct Music History faculty member, had an article, “The Form of Paradox as the Paradox of Form: Beethoven's ‘Tempest,' Schlegel's Critique, and the Production of Absence,” published in the November issue of The Journal of Musicology.

Throughout 2016, Historical Performance faculty member David Schulenberg observed the 400th birthday of German composer Johann Jacob Froberger by playing harpsichord recitals and giving talks for the 17th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music in Canterbury, U.K.; at the International Conference on Creativity and Performance at Hong Kong Baptist University; at chapter meetings of the American Musicological Society (Boston and New York); and at Wellesley College and the State University of New York at Albany.

Faculty member Laurie Smukler (BM '77, violin) has been appointed artistic director of Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Me. She has been on the faculty there since 1996.

College and Evening Division faculty member Samuel Zyman (MM '84, DMA '87, composition) taught a composition master class at Boston University in October following a recital at the school of some of his chamber pieces.


Doctoral candidate Colin MacKnight (BM '15, MM '16, organ) played the first in the season's series of organ recitals in November at St. Stephen's Church in Milburn, N.J. His program included music by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Mozart.

In October, third-year percussionist David Yoon and Joshua Vonderheide (BM '14; MM '16, percussion) made it to the semifinals in the auditions for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra's percussion/timpani opening.

In September, master's pianist Drew Petersen (Diploma '13, piano) performed a solo recital at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as the winner of the Irving and Mollie Sanders Memorial Juilliard/Tel Aviv Museum of Art Prize.

In September, master's violinist Mariella Haubs (Pre-College '11; BM '15, violin) played for the second annual Music for a Sustainable Planet concert at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. The program, which was conducted by Ruth Reinhardt (MM '15, orchestral conducting), included the world premiere of Yuri Boguinia's (BM '14, composition) Path to Kailas. Also this fall, Haubs participated in Das Vivaldi Experiment, a Four Seasons-rap fusion program designed to bring classical music to German youth (you can see it on YouTube).

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