Julia Bogorad-Kogan (flute) performed Edgard Varese's Density 21.5 for solo flute on The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Ordway and Ted Mann Concert Hall series on May 25 through 27. Of this performance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Larry Fuchsberg wrote in his review titled "Juxtaposing Mozart with modernist by SPCO": "Julia Bogorad-Kogan, the SPCO's exceptional principal, offered both high drama and a remarkable range of timbres. Written for a platinum flute, the music seemed to deepen in color by being played on Bogorad-Kogan's gold-copper-silver instrument." The St. Paul Pioneer Press's Rob Hubbard called the performance "a tour de force" in his review "Mozart and modernist match up in SPCO concert."
Alex Lubet's (creative studies & media) album Spectral Blues will be released on the Parma label and distributed by Naxos. The album contains two suites for acoustic guitar, performed by the composer. His article "Listening to Bob Dylan" will appear in the next issue of Cognitive Critique. His essay "Losing...My Religion: Music, Disability, Gender and Jewish and Islamic Law" will appear in the forthcoming Music and Identity Politics, Ian Biddle, editor (Ashgate).
Jeffrey Van (retired guitar faculty) performed with violin and harpsichord in works by Corelli and Ponce with the Hill House Chamber Players in February, played Astor Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango for flute and guitar on the South Dakota Symphony's Chamber Series in March, and performed in a concert with the Macalester College choir (Matthew Mehaffey, conductor) in April which featured Van's compositions Night Sings to Morning for choir and guitar, and the Minnesota premiere of his setting of The Garden by Moonlight for choir, flute, clarinet, violin and cello(commissioned by Macalester College).