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News from your classmates
Sean O'Loughlin '97 M.M. from June 22 through July 8, will be on tour with Grammy Winning Singer Sarah McLachlan as she performs with symphony orchestras. He will serve as conductor for the tour which will also feature his arrangements and orchestrations of Ms. McLachlan's songs. There are a couple of performances in the New England area including the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston and the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. More info here. In January of 2013, he will return to the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia, Canada to lead a Pops Concert featuring the music of James Bond and other spies. He previously conducted performances with the Victoria Symphony in September of 2011 featuring the music of the silver screen. 2012-04-27
On April 27, Eyran Katsenelenbogen ’97, ’00 G.D. will perform a special solo concert to commence his international summer tour at M. Steinert & Sons in Boston. Click here for tickets. On Saturday, July 28, 2012, as part of the town of Katzenelnbogen 700th anniversary celebration, Eyran Katsenelenbogen will perform a concert honoring this town and his great ancestor Rabbi Meir ben Isaac Katzenellenbogen who was born there in 1482. Eyran resides in Boston, Mass. 2012-04-27
Malgorzata (Maggie) Sleziak '97 M.M. is a violinist in the Boulder/Denver area. Maggie has performed with several local orchestras, and is a member of the Amelie Trio and the Avalon Duo, and was recently highlighted in several concerts showcasing French and Argentine tangos, Bluegrass, and Irish fiddle. 2012-04-25
Mark Sallee '97 M.M. resides in the Boulder/Denver area, working in the computer field, but enjoys music part-time. Mark has performed on multiple instruments in recent years, including piano, oboe, jazz keyboard, hammond organ, accordion, and saxophone. He is a member of a local rock/jazz/blues band, the Mixers, playing keyboard and tenor saxophone. Mark has built upon his classical training to learn improvisation and playing by ear, which have been extremely rewarding for him. 2012-04-25
In 2011, Composer Koji Nakano '97, '99 M.M. was a Visiting Professor of Composition at Taipei National University of the Arts and has guest lectured at the University of California at Davis, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Taiwan Normal University, National Chiao Tung University and Taipei Municipal University of Education. As the 2008 S&R Washington Award Grand Prize Winner, his portrait concert Innovation and Tradition: A Confluence of Cultures in the Music of Koji Nakano was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2011. The Del Sol String Quartet gave the US premiere of Time Song III: Reincarnation “The Birth of a Spirit” at the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. His Scattered Clouds/Dramatic Sky for Audio Visual work with filmmaker Tiffany Doesken has been officially selected for the New Filmmakers New York and the Athens International Film and Video Festival in 2011. In addition to being the recipient of the 2011-2012 ASCAPus Award, he has also received composition awards, grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship (Finalist Award), National Science Council (Taiwan), and California State University at San Bernardino. His upcoming projects include Time Song IV: Diverse Voices commissioned by the Taipei Chinese Orchestra for the 2012 Traditional Arts Festival, and Time Song V: Mandala commissioned by the Jebediah Foundation New Music Commissions for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players In partnership with TenFourteen LLC, an arm of the Jebediah Foundation, SFCMP will launch the TenFourteen project, which will finance the composition of ten chamber works for the 2014–2015 season. The participating composers include Koji and Lei Liang '96, '98 M.M. selected composers have distinguished international reputations, whose work covers both the twentieth and current centuries. Five concerts are planned for the 2014–2015 season, over the course of which all ten new works will be performed. Each will be between 18 and 25 minutes in duration. In keeping with SFCMP resources, each will be composed for an ensemble of between five and nine players. 2012-01-24
James Clark ’97 M.M. recently released the book “Connecticut’s Fife & Drum Tradition.” This book details the extensive and active community of fife and drum groups in Connecticut, their origins, the history of the music, the instruments, note-worthy events, and notable musicians of the genre. Jim is a founding member of the Connecticut Valley Field Music, a fife and drum band based in Middletown, CT where he currently resides. 2011-12-13
Blanka Bednarz '97 M.M. '07 D.M.A., and Cheung Chau '06 D.M.A. report that orchestra Sinfonietta Polonia, which they established in 2004, and Atma Trio presented a Szymanowski Festival in Beijing in August 2011 as a result of a very significant and competitively awarded grant by the Polish Ministry of Culture. The project has also merited the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture himself. The festival is an Event of the International Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council. Performances took place in the Beijing Concert Hall, the Forbidden City Hall and the National Centre for the Performing Arts. In addition, SP also performed in Tianjin, Hunan, Huhhot and a few other places, with Chau as director and conductor and Bednarz as soloist and concertmaster. Bednarz is currently Associate Professor of Music and chair of the music department at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She can be heard on Capstone Records, Musica Omnia (2010), Acte Prealable (2007, 2008). 2011-11-09
Help find your lost classmates
Unfortunately, NEC has lost touch with some of your classmates. If you have e-mail or other contact information for any of the people listed below, please let us know so that we can keep them informed of reunions and other NEC activities.
Erin Kimberly Amendola, Catherine Joan Bowan, Jung-Eun Byun, Cory Michael Cali, Asayuch Chamroon, Ya-Ching Chang, Hsin-I Chen, Shu-Feng Chen, Yu-Li Chen, Kiyeon Cho, Yu Rie Choi, Sohyun Chon, Leonor de Recondo, Christopher Paul Foster, Aviram Freiberg, Yau-Lai Fu, Ofer Ganor, Leanne Marie Gonzalez, Akili Jamal Mshauri Haynes, Ya-Wen Hsieh, Hai-Jung Huang, Chia-Sui Hung, Jennifer Carey Hunter, Dong-Ok Hwang, Il-Hee Hwang, Elizabeth Keveney Kennedy, Na Young Kim, Soyon Heidi Kim, Hyun-Ji Kim, Shin Kim, Stephen King, Esther Yoon-Young Lee, Ji-Young Lee, Jae-Hyouk Lee, Chang-Hyung Lee, Jung Eun Lee, Dong-Youn Lee, Noritake Matsumoto, Hatsumi Miura, Jung-Hwa Moon, Yumiko Morita, Chun-Joo Na, Sara Okamoto, Chun-Kit Pang, Soo Yeon Park, Lary James Prince, Aaron Robert Redner, Anne Eunjung Rhee, Nicholas Sarantakis, Saskia Marieke Schatborn, JungYoun Suh, Jung-Won Suh, Kyung-Ha Sung, Te-Chun Wang, Shu-Fen Wang, Mei-Lin Wang, Troy Wayne, Robin William Wilson, Eun-Hwa Yum.