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The Latest on Faculty, Staff and Students April 2014



In February, Liberal Arts faculty member Greta Berman presented a paper about Odilon Redon, the French symbolist artist, at the College Art Association meeting in Chicago.

Panorama Argentina (Steinway & Sons), a new album by Evening Division faculty member Mirian Conti (Pre-College ’80; BM ’84, MM ’85, piano) is out.

In December, a video of a dress rehearsal of Evening Division faculty member Henning Rübsam’s (BFA ’91, dance) Half-Life Reloaded was published on YouTube. The performance also featured Juan Rodriguez (BFA ’01, dance)

In December, music history faculty member Jonathan Yaeger successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Indiana University, Bloomington. Titled The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in East Germany, 1970–1990, it examines the political relationship between the Communist Party and the Gewandhaus and its effects on the orchestra’s programming, touring, and music-making.


Second-year master’s pianist David Aladashvili (Pre-College ’08; BM ’12) has a released a CD, Opus 13 (LP Classics 1013). The theme is 13—it includes Scriabin’s Opus 13 Preludes, Schumann’s Opus 13 Symphonic Études, and 13 other works by 13 composers.

Pre-College student Michael Jon Bennett performed Buxtehude’s Praeludium in G Minor for organ on NPR’s From the Top radio show at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, Calif. The show aired in February.

Doctoral candidate Michelle Gott (BM ’07, MM ’09, harp) and Andrew Henderson (DMA ’07, organ) performed two concerts of 20th-century works for harp and organ at the Canadian International Organ Competition Festival, which took place in Montreal in October, and in November for the Pro Organo series in Ottawa, Ontario.

In February, third-year dancer Ruth Howard and third-year composition student Zachary Green presented Lut Ave Dontralus at the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn. Also performed were works by composition faculty member Samuel Adler and Kati Agócs (MM ’02, DMA ’05, composition).

Appropriate by Playwrighting student Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is at the Signature Theater through April 14; one of the stars of the ensemble piece is Patch Darragh (Group 28).

Playwrighting student Max Posner’s Judy was presented in February at the Roundabout Theater’s Underground Playreading Series; it was directed by Lila Neugebauer.

Grantham & Rose, which fourth-year actor Ryan Spahn wrote, produced, and stars in, competed in the Cleveland International Film Festival in March. The story of a kid in juvenile detention and his unlikely friendship with an elderly volunteer, it was directed by Kristin Hanggi; Michael Urie (Group 32) is the executive producer. The film will also be the opening-night feature at the inaugural St. Simons Island Film Festival in Georgia in November.

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