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Faculty-Student News November 2011



Carl Allen, artistic director of jazz studies, will perform at New York City’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola with the Eric Reed Trio and Mary Stallings, November 15-20. He will perform with Christian McBride & Inside Straight at New York City’s Village Vanguard, November 29-December 4. 

Dance faculty member Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey presented Tool Is Loot at the Kitchen in New York City, September 22-October 1. Tool Is Loot follows a year of Cardona and Lacey working independently on tandem projects with nondance experts, including a medical supply salesman, an art critic, and a social activist. 

Organ faculty member Paul Jacobs will be performing a program that features the works of Jeanne Demessieux, Elgar, and Nadia Boulanger at New York City’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on November 16. 

In October, jazz faculty member Rodney Jones performed with the James Carter organ trio at Birdland in New York City. 

In September, Evening Division faculty member Julie Jordan (MM ’83, piano) performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta at the Church of St. Joseph in New York City as part of her concert series, Julie Jordan Presents. The concert was conducted by Paul Hostetter (MM ’89, percussion), and featured Benjamin Capps (MM ’10, cello) accompanied by an ensemble that included Emily Brausa (BM ’06, MM ’08, cello), Christine Kim (BM ’98, cello), Diane Barere (Pre-College; MM ’78, cello), Dorothy Lawson (MM ’84, DMA ’90, cello), and Caitlin Sullivan (MM ’05, cello). Also in September, Jordan performed a private recital in Basel, Switzerland. 

During the last week of November, jazz faculty member Frank Kimbrough will perform with the Maria Schneider Orchestra at New York City’s Jazz Standard.

In September, the Juilliard String Quartet, whose members are violinists Joseph Lin (Pre-College ’96) and Ronald Copes, violist Samuel Rhodes, and cellist Joel Krosnick, were interviewed by publicist Nancy Shear at New York City’s Steinway Hall as part of the Music for All Seasons “Conversations” series. For more news about Rhodes, see below.

Chamber music coach Curtis Macomber is the newest member of the Manhattan String Quartet, which also comprises John Dexter (Diploma ’73, violin), Chris Finckel (DMA ’73, cello), and violist Calvin Wiersma. On October 10,Macomber performed British music with the Da Capo Chamber Players at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall. 

In July, graduate studies faculty member Michael Musgrave presented his paper The Publishing History of Brahms’ Requiem at the annual Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing conference at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. 

July’s issue of The Strad magazine featured an article in the Masterclass section by double bass faculty member Orin O’Brien (Diploma ’57, double bass) with advice on playing the double bass solo in Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones

In October, viola faculty and Juilliard String Quartet member Samuel Rhodes gave a recital and master class at the International Viola Congress at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, Germany.

November 5-7, Evening Division faculty member Henning Rübsam (BFA ’91) will be presenting his nine-member dance company, Sensedance, at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. The performance will mark the 20th anniversary of the ensemble and include collaborations with Evening Division faculty member Ricardo Llorca-Casanueva (MM ’93, composition) and Beata Moon (BM ’90, piano). For more information, visit 

Graduate studies faculty member Kent Tritle (BM ’85, MM ’88, organ; MM ’88, choral conducting) performed a program of contemporary American organ music in September at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford, Conn. The recital, a benefit for Musica Sacra of New York, included works by George Crumb, Larry King, Ned Rorem, and Julius Reubke. Also in September, Tritle conducted the Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola in the U.S. premiere of Juraj Filas’s Requiem Oratio Spei in honor of the victims of 9/11. 

Jazz faculty member Steve Wilson’s busy fall included performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington and with the Maria Schneider Orchestra on a tour of Europe. He’ll be at New York City’s Jazz Standard with the Maria Schneider Orchestra in November and at the Village Vanguard with Christian McBride and Inside Straight in late November and early December. 


Master’s composition student Gity Razaz is a new radio host for WQXR’s Q2 Internet radio shows Cued Up and Hammered! In February, her cello concerto, which was commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, will receive its premiere at the Troy (N.Y.) Savings Bank Music Hall.

In September, master’s violinist Charles Yang performed at the David Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center as part of the Target Free Thursdays series. The multigenre program included original compositions, his arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody, and works by Rachmaninoff, Sarasate, and Ravel. 

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