Pianist/composer and actor Bob Dawson ’75 is the founder of an innovative performing arts program, Breaking the Rules, which strives to inspire interest in music and theatre and spur a revolution in music comprehension for adults. In this solo piano show hosted and performed by Bob Dawson himself, he invites the listener to the delights and integrity of classical music with vivid imagery, amusing stories, and a profound universal connection. Breaking the Rules is presented nationally on stage at performing arts centers, colleges, and universities. 2013-10-03
Pianist Aleyson Scopel ’04 will make his NYC debut at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 23rd at 2 pm, Weill Hall. 2013-09-25
In late 2012 in New York City, Jonathan Howard Katz ’05 M.M., ’06 G.D. co-founded Periapsis Music and Dance, a non-profit performing arts organization that creates and produces dance works with live music, fostering collaborations between emerging composers and choreographers. In the first season, Katz presented three of his own compositions on programs, while also programming music by eight other living composers. Additionally, the organization created new dance works with its resident company while also producing pieces by eight guest choreographers. The second season will continue to expand, giving opportunities to even more emerging artists and reaching an even larger audience. A recent promotional video outlines Periapsis’s activities and how it plans to grow. 2013-08-13
After his triumphant debut conducting Elektra, followed by two seasons as a frequent guest conductor, Christian Knapp '95 has been offered an initial three year contract as Conductor at the renown Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg Russia. This invitation was offered by the theater's Music Director Valery Gergiev. 2013-07-08
Since August 2010, Fusao Kajima '86 has been a permanent conductor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Last season, he collaborated with Emmanuelle Pahud, a principal flute player of the Berlin Philharmonic, and premiered and recorded a new ballet, "Snake King," by Chang-Fa Yu, based on Taiwanese aboriginal story. This season, he begins with the "Beethoven Symphony" series in which he includes a Trinidad steel pan phenom, Liam Teague. In October, he will be guest conducting an ensemble from the Taipei National University of Arts in performance of multimedia works by Kurt Stallman, a professor of composition at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He will continue his busy schedule during the NTSO International Music Festival by collaborating with Sarah Chang on the Sibeilus Violin Concerto, and then the world premier of "Prayer-hommage to R.O.C Centennial" by Chieh Shih. That is followed by the 29th Asian Composers League concert. Fusao is also Visiting Associate Professor at the National Taichung University of Education. 2013-05-09
A new CD of chamber music by Bernhard Sekles performed by Phillip Silver '77 '79 M.M. has been released on the Toccata Classics label in London. Information about Sekles and about the recording in general can be found here. Performing on the CD is cellist Noreen Silver '80 M.M. and violinist Solomia Soroka. 2013-03-28
Since 2010 Laurie Rogers '87 M.M.has been the Director of Young Artist Programs for Opera Saratoga, formerly the Lake George Opera, in Saratoga Springs, NY. This past summer she made her mainstage conducting debut with the company in Jacques Offenbach's little-known opera, Le 66.
This fall she joins the music staff of the San Francisco Opera to prepare Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick; She prepared the premiere in 2010 at the Dallas Opera, where she is an assistant conductor, and worked extensively with Jake on edits for the published piano-vocal score.
This past winter she prepared Porgy & Bess for NY Harlem Productions, at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy, and last summer she was asked to prepare Porgy for the BSO's production at Tanglewood; the previous season she assisted Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart for the Atlanta Opera's production of Porgy.
Upcoming productions in Dallas this season include Aida, Turandot, and The Aspern Papers. 2012-09-12
Native to Uruguary, Florencia Di Concilio '03 M.M. moved to Paris after graduation where she currently works composing film soundtracks and concert music. A few months ago Uruguay's national orchestra, the Montevideo Philharmonic, commissioned her to writea piano concerto which was premiered by Enrique Graf. The concerto will have its U.S. premiere with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in March 2013. Concerning film scoring, she has been working on various European productions as well as River Phoenix' last film which was finally completed nearly 20 years after his death. She was hired to write the original music score. 2012-08-15