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November 24, 2010

Piano Professor Lydia Artymiw and Her Former Student Andrew Staupe to Perform Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos with the Minnesota Orchestra

School of Music piano professor Lydia Artymiw, along with her former pupil, St. Paul's own Andrew Staupe, will appear with the Minnesota Orchestra in a program titled Mid-Winter Mozart: Jupiter, The Final Symphony and will perform Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos on Friday, January 14 at 8 pm at Orchestra Hall. The School of Music's oboe professor John Snow will also be featured on the program and will perform Mozart's Oboe Concerto.

SOM Professor James Dillon's Orchestral Epic "Nine Rivers" Receives Five Star Reviews

James Dillon's (composition) orchestral epic Nine Rivers was performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow City Halls and Fruit Market on Sunday, November 14 and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 next year. The performance received five star reviews in The Herald Scotland, The Scotsman, The Guardian, and The Classical Source.

November 19, 2010

University Opera Theatre Students and "Elmer Gantry" Composer and Librettist featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

Listen to University Opera Theatre featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, with University Opera Theatre students performing selections from the current run of the new American opera "Elmer Gantry" and Classical MPR host Alison Young in conversation with "Elmer Gantry" composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein. "Elmer Gantry" is running at the School of Music's Ted Mann Concert Hall through Sunday, November 21.

November 18, 2010

SOM D.M.A. Piano Student Denis Evstuhin Competing in the International Paderewski Piano Competition, Poland

Denis Evstuhin (D.M.A. candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) was one of five finalists at the Paderewski International Piano Competition and finished the competition in 4th place. As part of the prize, he received invitations to festivals in France and Poland. He performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 on Friday, November 19. The two week long competition, held in Bydgozcz, Poland, began on November 9 with 40 participants selected from applicants from around the world. Evstuhin is currently featured on Minnesota Public Radio's website. Evstuhin was also invited to make his New York debut playing a recital at the International Keyboard Festival at Mannes College

November 12, 2010

SOM Composition Professor James Dillon's "Nine Rivers" to Receive World Premiere

School of Music professor of composition, James Dillon, was featured in Ivan Hewitt's article "James Dillon: Many rivers to cross..." in The Telegrap. Dillon's orchestral epic Nine Rivers will receive its world premiere by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow City Halls and Fruit Market on Sunday, November 14 and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 next year. Dillon's premiere was also featured in The Guardian, where he was called "Scotland's greatest living composer."

November 11, 2010

"Elmer Gantry" takes the stage at Ted Mann, U of M Opera Theatre brings Sinclair Lewis's charismatic preacher to life

SOM University Opera Theatre is featured on University of Minnesota homepage in the story "'Elmer Gantry' takes the stage at Ted Mann" by Deane Morrison.

The story features a video, which combines rehearsal photos with a duet between Elmer Gantry (Will Bryan) and Sharon Falconer (Bergen Baker) with pianist Joseph Welch. Also in this story, a Q &A with "Elmer Gantry" librettist Herschel Garfein.

Also, hear singers from the production, along with composer Robert Aldridge, librettist Herschel Garfein, and director David Walsh, at noon Friday, Nov. 19, on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities.

November 3, 2010

Composer Robert Aldridge and Librettist Herschel Garfein will Visit the Twin Cities for the Minnesota Premiere of University Opera Theatre's production of Elmer Gantry

Composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein will visit the Twin Cities for the Minnesota premiere of University Opera Theatre's production of Elmer Gantry. Pre-show lobby discussions with Aldridge and Garfein will take place November 18-20 at 6:45 pm in the Ted Mann Concert Hall Lobby. University Opera Theatre's production of Elmer Gantry will also feature J.D. Steele of The Steeles as the Revival Singer. Get your Elmer Gantry tickets today!

Join us for an Elmer Gantry Open Forum Discussion featuring Aldridge and Garfein with guests from U of M Creative Writing, the American Composers Forum, and the U of M School of Music will take place in the School of Music's Ferguson Hall, Room 99 (2106 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Friday, November 19 from 3-5 p.m. This Open Forum is free and open to the public.

November 1, 2010

Listen to Professor Scott Lipscomb on MPR's Midmorning with Kerri Miller

Professor Scott Lipscomb (music education) appeared on Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning with host Kerri Miller on Tuesday, November 2 for an Election Day discussion related to Professor Lipscomb's research on the role of music in multimedia contexts. Archive audio of the discussion is available on the MPR website.