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Faculty-Student News April 2010



Evening Division faculty member Julie Jordan (MM '83, piano) performed as a guest soloist under the baton of clarinet faculty member Charles Neidich at St. Malachy's Church (a.k.a. the Actor's Chapel) in New York City in January. In March, Jordan presented a program in the Chopin 200 concert series at the World Financial Center. Performers included Darynn Zimmer (MM '87, voice) and the Baroque ensemble Musica Sequenza, which features Artist Diploma bassoon student Burak Ozdemir and master's harpsichord student Irene Wong. On April 18, Jordan will perform at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall with Sarah Beaty (MM '05, clarinet) and Arthur Sato (MM '06, oboe), among others. Her concert series, Julie Jordan Presents, will feature Stephanie Matera (BM '84, MM '87, piano) playing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto at the University Parish of St. Joseph in New York City on April 27. Jordan will teach at the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Italy, June 27-July 8, at the Burgos International Music Festival in Burgos, Spain, July 8-19, and at the Musica e Arte Festival in Tolentino, Italy, on July 23. 

On March 30, Palmetto Records released Rumors, an album featuring works by Jazz piano faculty member Frank Kimbrough, who performs on the CD along with bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. Rumors also includes an adaptation of a piece by Catalan composer Federico Mompou.  

Violin faculty member Itzhak Perlman (Pre-College '63, violin) was presented with an American Classical Music Hall of Fame medallion by Hall of Fame trustee Alice Weston in March, when he performed with pianist and chamber music faculty member Rohan De Silva at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Fla. Perlman was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, but had not formally received the medallion. 

In January, Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi was a featured presenter at "Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Music," a program organized by Julie Jaffee Nagel (BM '65, MS '66, piano) as part of the American Psychoanalytic Association's national meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

Literature and Materials of Music faculty member Samuel Zyman has been appointed 2010-11 composer-in-residence for the Concert Artist Program at Kean University. Established by Anthony Scelba (DMA ’76, double bass), the Concert Artist Program sponsors an annual 12-concert chamber music series. The series has engaged composers-in-residence since 2008. Zyman follows Frank Ezra Levy (BS ’52, cello) and Liduino Pitombeira. Zyman will compose two works for the Concert Artists, a piano quintet and a string quintet, both including double bass. The pieces will receive their premieres in fall and spring in the newly built Enlow Recital Hall on the Kean campus. One of the season’s concerts will be devoted entirely to Zyman’s music.


Several Pre-College violin students of Shirley Givens distinguished themselves recently. Zeynep Alpan placed in the Feder Memorial String Competition in March, performing Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen, and also placed in the M.T.N.A. Eastern Division Competition in January, playing Saint-Saëns's Violin Concerto No. 3. In March, Elena Kawazu performed Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 in an engagement with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Loeb, in Wuhan, China. Annika Jenkins, as the first-place winner of the Richmond Symphony's 38th Annual Student Concerto Competition, performed Vieuxtemps's Concerto No. 5 in February at the Carpenter Theater at Richmond Centerstage in Richmond, Va. In March, she performed Sarasate's Jota Navarra at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va., as winner of the York River Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition. Angela Wee won the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York concerto competition in February, and will perform with the orchestra in Carnegie Hall on June 5.

On April 17, Alex Chang, a Pre-College cello student of Ann Alton, will play Popper's Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Garden State Philharmonic at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, N.J. Two of Alton's other students have also distinguished themselves. As a winner of the Skidmore College concerto competition, Sydney Weill played the Elgar Cello Concerto at the first Skidmore College Orchestra concert to be performed in the college's newly constructed Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in March. Also in March, Nichole Moody, who won the fourth annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artists Instrumental Competition, played Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra of Northern New York at the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY-Potsdam.

In February, works by D.M.A. composition students Ryan Francis and Adam Schoenberg were performed in "Love Letters to Haiti," a concert benefitting Partners in Health, an organization providing health care to citizens of Haiti. The event, produced by the chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble, took place at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and included performances by D.M.A. piano students Conor Hanick and Edvinas Minkstimas, Artist Diploma cello student Dane Johansen, and master's violin students Kristin Lee and Sean Lee. Alumni Sarah Beaty (MM '05, clarinet), Akimi Fukuhara (MM '08, piano), Bridget Kibbey (BM '01, MM '03, harp), Gregorio Robino (Graduate Diploma '09, cello), and Rachel Calin (BM '96, MM '98, double bass) also performed.

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