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March 27, 2009

Internationally Renowned Duo Gelland to perform James Dillon's Work at the Weisman Museum

Duo Gelland1.jpg The School of Music and the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota present The Duo Gelland, internationally renowned Swedish violin duo, performing the music of James Dillon and Luigi Nono. The concert will take place on Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Weisman Art Museum (333 East River Road on the University's East Bank Campus in Minneapolis). The concert is free and open to the public, and no advance tickets are required.


The Duo Gelland, featuring Cecilia and Martin Gelland, tackle new music with an overwhelming empathy and a virtually feverish intensity, capturing their audience in a bubble of absolute presence. The Duo Gelland’s awards include the internationally prestigious Annual German Record Critics’ Award Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2008 for James Dillon’s Traumwerk on DVD and the Interpreter’s Prize of the Society of Swedish Composers. For further information visit the Duo Gelland website.

March 12, 2009

SOM Alumni/Composer Featured on MPR Discussing Professor Mark Russell Smith

Listen to School of Music alumni/composer David Evan Thomas discuss professor/conductor Mark Russell Smith's monumental task of conducting two Mahler symphonies in one week on Minnesota Public Radio's website. Mark Russell Smith will lead the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 9, Thursday, March 12, at Ted Mann Concert Hall. On March 13 and 14, he'll conduct the Minnesota Orchestra as it performs Mahler's Symphony No. 4 at Orchestra Hall. David Even Thomas is a freelance composer in Minneapolis

March 9, 2009

Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey featured in New York Times Article

Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey (choral) was featured in a New York Times review of her Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus concert with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The concert was a performance of Haydn’s oratorio “Die Schöpfung” (“The Creation”) at Carnegie Hall. To read the full review, visit the New York Times website.

School of Music Professor Peter Mercer-Taylor in The New Yorker

School of Music professor Peter Mercer-Taylor (Musicology) was mentioned in Alex Ross's article "The Youngest Master, Mendelssohn at two hundred" in The New Yorker magazine. To read the article, visit The New Yorker website.

Piano Student Denis Evstuhin Wins First Prize at Iowa Piano Competition

Denis Evstuhin (DMA candidate, Piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) won the First Prize at Iowa Piano Competition, a three day contest, hosted by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in Iowa. The program included two complete Piano Quintets and Concerti for Piano and Orchestra in addition to the solo round. Twelve contestants were selected, representing wide spectrum of universities and conservatories. Six proceeded to the second round and three performed in the finals with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. Evstuhin performed Haydn's Sonata and Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody in the first round; in the second round, he performed the third and fifth movements of Shostakovich's Quintet and the first movement from Dvorak's Quintet; and for the third round, he performed Grieg's Concerto. Second, third, and fourth prizes went to graduate students from Yale, Ann Arbor, and Juilliard.