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Faculty-Student News November 2008



Liberal Arts faculty member Greta Berman is co-curator of the exhibition "Synesthesia: Art and the Mind," at the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada), through December 20. She co-organized a workshop and participated in a conference there (which included artists, art historians, neuroscientists, and musicians) in September. Berman also edited, and wrote an article for, the catalog for the show.

Trombone faculty member Per Brevig (BM ’68, DMA’71, trombone) conducted the East Texas Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in September at the University of Texas in Tyler.  In October, he conducted the Royal Norwegian Military Band in a program of American music at Akershus Festning in Oslo, Norway. Also in October, he conducted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

In October, dance faculty member Linda Kent (BS ’68, dance) performed with Mary Seidman and Dancers at the Ailey Studios in New York in a preview/open rehearsal of MAMA, a Modern Folk Tale. Kent will again join the company for the run of MAMA, scheduled to be presented at La MaMa ETC Annex Theater in New York from December 18 to 21.

Clarinet faculty member Charles Neidich was featured in a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and music by Israeli composers at Merkin Concert Hall in New York in October, the second concert in a three-part Israel at 60 celebration at the hall.

Jazz faculty member Ted Rosenthal, as pianist in the Jay Leonhart/Wycliff Gordon Quartet, will perform at the New-York Historical Society on November 7 on its Sounds of the City series.

Evening Division faculty member Henning Rübsam (BFA ’91, dance) presents his company Sensedance inCloudforest at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City from November 8 to 11. The program includes dances to music by Evening Division faculty member Ricardo Llorca (MM ’93, composition), Ron Mazurek, Beata Moon (BM ’90, piano), and Leslie Wildman.


In celebration of the Lar Lubovitch (’64, dance) Dance Company’s 40th anniversary season, members of Juilliard’s senior class of dancers were invited to perform Lubovitch’s North Star at Dance Theater Workshop in New York in October (see related article on Page 1). Featured dancers were Leon KupferschmidAaron LouxNathan MaddenAnila Mazhari-LandryMarla PhelanKyle RobinsonRachelle RafailedesKendra SamsonMichaeljon SlingerYara TraviesoAllison UlrichArika Yamada, and Kristina Hanna. Juilliard alumni in the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company include Jonathan E. Alsberry (BFA ’06, dance), Jay Franke (BFA ’97, dance), Katarzyna Skarpetowska (BFA ’99, dance), Brian McGinnis (BFA ’97, dance), and Christopher Vo (BFA ’08, dance).

The Maggiore Trio—featuring Pre-College students Alice Burla (piano), Anna Lee (violin), and Taeguk Munn (cello)—will be featured in a special national prime-time episode of From the Top at Carnegie Hall on PBS in January, with dates and times to be announced.

Pre-College piano student Brian Ge performed on a live taping of From the Top’s radio program at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston that will be broadcast nationally the week of December 29. First-year piano student Marika Bournaki was featured on a broadcast that aired in October.

Pre-College violin student Sirena Huang appeared on a live taping of From the Top at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., that will be broadcast nationally the week of January 12.

Doctoral student in piano Quentin Kim’s new solo album, Romantic Tales (As Told by Pianist Quentin Kim), has been released by Blue Griffin Recordings. It contains music by Liszt, Weber, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Bach, and original works by Kim.

Master’s student in voice David Krohn sang the role of Tarquinius Sextus in two performances of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in September by Project Opera of Manhattan at the Players in New York.

Fourth-year violin student Sean Lee won Third Prize at the 52nd “Premio Paganini” International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy, in October.

In August, Pre-College guitar student Kevin Sherwin participated in the Guitar Foundation of America’s Youth Solo Competition at its convention in San Francisco. Sherwin was fourth-place winner of the Youth Solo Competition, 14-and-under division.  His prizes included $100, a supply of strings, and various other gifts.

Pianist Donald Vega, an Artist Diploma student in jazz, released his first album, Tomorrows, in July. The album, which also features drummer Lewis Nash and jazz faculty member David J. Grossman (BM ’00, bass), is available from CD Baby.


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