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Faculty-Student News November 2009



Liberal Arts faculty member Greta Berman gave a talk in Dublin on October 27 for the International Art Critics Association. Her talk was titled “Biologically Attuned Art Today: Critical Paths to Its Public Emergence.”

Dance faculty member Terese Capucilli taught at DanzFest in Cattolica, Italy, in July.

In June, collaborative piano faculty member Margo Garrett joined the faculty of SongFest, a workshop at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

Guitar faculty member Sharon Isbin was featured in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s concert “Isbin Plays Rodrigo,” in September. She performed Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un Gentilhombre.

Organ department chair Paul Jacobs will play works by Schumann, Mozart, Leo Sowerby, and Liszt on November 8 at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska. With this concert, he will have performed in all 50 U.S. states. In addition, he will be the only judge from the United States at the first International Organ Braudo-Competition and Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 1-4. In January, Naxos will digitally release Jacobs’s recording of Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement. The CD will be released in fall 2010. 

Last month, piano faculty member Joseph Kalichstein (BS ’67, MS ’69, piano) performed the two piano trios of Schubert with Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, fellow members of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. The concert was part of the 92nd Street Y’s chamber music series.

Evening Division faculty member Henning Rübsam and his company, Sensedance, will perform Impending Visit at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School in New York City on November 7 and 8. Rübsam will also perform the solo Litanei & Frühlingsglaube, which he created for his mentor, the late Eva Evdokimova. Sensedance premiered Impending Visit in October at the Teatro Tapia in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as part of the Fiesta Iberoamericana de las Artes.  


Voice master’s students Javier Bernardo and David Krohn, voice bachelor’s student Lilla Heinrich, and doctoral piano student Liza Stepanova received Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship awards at the SongFest June workshop at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., where they performed the SongFest-commissioned premiere of Tom Capullo’s Insomnia.

Doctoral composition student Wei-Chih Lin (BM ’05, MM ’07, composition) was one of five finalists in the third annual Iron Composer competition in October at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

In September, bachelor’s piano student Alvin Zhu performed at the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit’s media reception in the Regional Enterprise Tower.

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