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In October, jazz studies performance coordinator Cecelia Hobbs Gardner (Pre-College ’75; BM ’80, MM ’81, violin) played in the orchestra for a concert with Audra McDonald (BM ’93, voice) at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall and in December, Hobbs Gardner appeared in two concerts with the Santa Fe (N.M.) Concert Association. The following month, she performed in a Richard Brice and Friends Coat Drive Concert at the Dance Theater of Harlem with Brice (BM ’79, MM ’80, viola), Mark Shuman (BS ’73, MM ’74, cello), Joyce Hammann (BM ’81, MM ’84, violin), and flutists Karen Bogardus (Pre-College ’77) and Lisa Arkus. The program included works by Mozart and Beethoven as well as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major arranged for two flutes and violin.

In November, Bärli Nugent (BM ’76, MM ’77, flute), assistant dean and director of chamber music, ran the New York City Marathon.

As a member of the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (C.B.S.T.) Community Chorus, Ira Rosenblum (MM ’76, piano), director of publications, sang in a concert titled “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” on February 13 at Merkin Concert Hall. The program featured mezzo-soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev and C.B.S.T.’s music director, pianist Joyce Rosenzweig, and honored conductor Pierre Vallet, a member of the congregation.

In November, the Journal of Archeological Science published an article written by development assistant Nick Stagliano with some of his Hamilton College classmates and professors. The article examines the precision and accuracy of X-ray instruments used in archeology. 

STAFF NEWS

In October, jazz studies performance coordinator Cecelia Hobbs Gardner (Pre-College ’75; BM ’80, MM ’81, violin) played in the orchestra for a concert with Audra McDonald (BM ’93, voice) at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall and in December, Hobbs Gardner appeared in two concerts with the Santa Fe (N.M.) Concert Association. The following month, she performed in a Richard Brice and Friends Coat Drive Concert at the Dance Theater of Harlem with Brice (BM ’79, MM ’80, viola), Mark Shuman (BS ’73, MM ’74, cello), Joyce Hammann (BM ’81, MM ’84, violin), and flutists Karen Bogardus (Pre-College ’77) and Lisa Arkus. The program included works by Mozart and Beethoven as well as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major arranged for two flutes and violin.

In November, Bärli Nugent (BM ’76, MM ’77, flute), assistant dean and director of chamber music, ran the New York City Marathon.

As a member of the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (C.B.S.T.) Community Chorus, Ira Rosenblum (MM ’76, piano), director of publications, sang in a concert titled “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” on February 13 at Merkin Concert Hall. The program featured mezzo-soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev and C.B.S.T.’s music director, pianist Joyce Rosenzweig, and honored conductor Pierre Vallet, a member of the congregation.

In November, the Journal of Archeological Science published an article written by development assistant Nick Stagliano with some of his Hamilton College classmates and professors. The article examines the precision and accuracy of X-ray instruments used in archeology. 

STUDENT NEWS

In November, third-year cellist Khari Joyner visited the Netherlands for a week to perform and conduct workshops in schools in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The program was a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy of The Hague, the Leer Orchestra of the Netherlands, and the Sphinx organization. Joyner, who teamed with violinist Gareth Johnson for the project, performed for more than 1,000 students, many of whom had recently immigrated to the Netherlands.

Second-year violist Matthew Lipman was the first-prize and grand-prize winner of the 2012 WAMSO Annual Young Artist Competition, which was held in January in Minnesota. Lipman is only the eighth grand-prize winner in the 56-year history of the competition. As winner, he will perform in a subscription series with the Minnesota Orchestra.

In January, the Attacca Quartet, this year’s graduate resident string quartet, performed works by Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert at Merkin Concert Hall. The members of the Attacca are Amy Schroeder (BM ’06, MM ’08, violin), Keiko Tokunaga (BM ’07, MM ’08, violin), Luke Fleming (MM ’07, viola), and Andrew Yee (BM ’06, MM ’08, cello).

First year B.C.J. pianist Conrad Tao (Pre-College ’11) was the only classical musician named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list (he’s tied with Justin Bieber for youngest on the music list). In January, Tao performed Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. See also “EMI's Juilliard Sessions Debut.”

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