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September 28, 2012

Clarinet Professor Alexander Fiterstein to Perform with the SPCO

Clarinet Professor Alexander Fiterstein will perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Danish Conductor Thomas Dausgaard on Friday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Fiterstein will perform Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto.

September 27, 2012

Alumni News: Julie Bamberger (Roubik) appointment and John Gilbert's recording

Julie Bamberger (Roubik) (B.M., 1995, viola, summa cum laude, student of Korey Konkol) was appointed Suzuki violin & viola teacher at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, WI. Her viola students have been awarded prizes in the Ruggiero Ricci & Conservatory scholarship competitions. In addition to her teaching position, she performs with Festival City, Kenosha, and Racine symphonies.

WeillIbertBerge.pngJohn Gilbert's (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) recording as part of the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players of the K. Weill Violin Concerto, Op. 12, J. Ibert Cello Concerto, and A. Berg Chamber Concerto is scheduled for release this week on the Naxos/Sonoluminus label.

Faculty member Timothy Lovelace featured in "Pioneer Press"

Lovelace_Tim.jpgTimothy Lovelace (collaborative piano/coaching) was featured in the Pioneer Press article "Orchestra review: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra thinks small - and that's a very big thing" for his performance in a Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Neighborhood Series event. Read the article.

September 17, 2012

Alumnus John Gilbert worked with cellist and composer Yo Yo Ma

GilbertJohnWithYoYoMab8467c.jpgJohn Gilbert (violin, student of Sally O'Reilly) professor of violin at Texas Tech University and concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, recently worked with cellist and composer Yo-Yo Ma who performed with the LSO on September 10.

Talea Ensemble will give U.S. premiere of faculty member James Dillon's "New York Triptych"

DillonJames.jpgTalea Ensemble of New York will give the U.S. premiere of James Dillon's (composition) "New York Triptych" conducted by James Baker on September 21 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd St. New York. Talea Ensemble, who commissioned the work, gave the world premiere in July in Damstadt, Germany. More info.

September 14, 2012

School of Music Voice Professor Adriana Zabala featured in New York Times Article 'A New Opera Center, for Practicing as Well as Performing'

adriana_zabala1c4cc7.jpgU of M School of Music voice professor Adriana Zabala is featured in the New York Times article "A New Opera Center, for Practicing as Well as Performing." Photo: Zabala rehearsing Minnesota Opera's upcoming production of Douglas J. Cuomo and John Patrick Shanley's Doubt in Opera America's new National Opera Center in Manhattan.

September 10, 2012

Faculty member Barbara Kierig asked to serve as Met audition judge

KierigBarbara.jpgBarbara Kierig (voice) has been asked to serve as judge for the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Buffalo on January 12, 2013. This comprises Buffalo, Toronto, Syracuse, and Rochester, and includes singers from Eastman School of Music. Kierig will also judge for District Met Auditions in San Diego on October 13.

Audio Engineer John Marks's collaboration on "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" film

MarksJohnSQ.jpgJohn Marks (audio engineer) collaborated with the local experimental rock trio, Brute Heart on an original score to the German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The score was commissioned by the Walker Art Center, and the ensemble performed it live to the film on August 20, 2012 in the finale presentation of the WAC's 2012 Movies and Music Series. The Star Tribune reported this feature on the composition in their article, "Local music: Brute Heart's somnambulist blues." Read the article.

Alumna Lauren McNee featured in "Flute Talk" Magazine

McNeeLauren.jpgLauren McNee (B.M., 2011, flute, student of Julia Bogorad-Kogan) is published in the September issue of Flute Talk magazine. Her article features excerpts from her larger work, "The Evolution of Rubato," written as an honors thesis to fulfill summa cum laude graduation requirements. McNee is currently a M.M. student at Northwestern University as a student of John Thorne.

Band Alumni News

A group from the Band Alumni Society appeared at the U of M stage at the State Fair August 23, 26, 28, and 30. While there, they also performed for WCCO, Fox9, and Kare11 TV, and KFAN and WCCO radio. Another group played for alumni and tailgate events at the first football game in Las Vegas. They will have bands playing for tailgaters at all home football games; all interested alumni are welcomed to join them (contact info@skiumah.org for details).

September 6, 2012

SOM Professor Alexander Fiterstein featured on Performance Today, September 7

Listen to School of Music clarinet professor Alexander Fiterstein's recording of "Nocturne" by Ronn Yedidia from his recent CD Impromptu, Nocturne and World Dance tomorrow, Friday September 7 at 1:20 p.m., on "Performance Today" on Classical MPR (99.5 FM).

SOM Alumnus Andrew Staupe Interviewed on Performance Today

Listen to U of M School of Music alumnus Andrew Staupe (piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) in conversation with host Fred Child on the September 6, 2012 edition of Performance Today. Listen to the interview.

September 4, 2012

Alumni News: Janalyn Bump featured soloist in Orff's "Carmina Burana"

Soprano Janalyn Bump (M.M., 2012, voice, student of John DeHaan) was a featured soloist in the Mississippi Valley Orchestra and Chorus Polaris presentation of Karl Orff's Carmina Burana on June 10, 2012.

Student News: Colleen Bertsch performed with Laurels String Quartet

Violinist Colleen Bertsch (Ph.D. candidate, ethnomusicology) performed with the Laurels String Quartet for MN Music On-a-Stick, a Grandstand concert sponsored by 89.3 the Current at the Minnesota State Fair. The quartet collaborated with local singer and songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, as well as the internationally acclaimed headliner Semisonic (fronted by Grammy Award winning Dan Wilson) for the event.

SOM and Folwell School Collaboration

RibbonCutting.jpgAs supervisor of the School of Music's Learning Through Music (LTM) internships, Scott Lipscomb (music education) attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at Folwell School in south Minneapolis, the new location of the arts magnet (K-8) that formerly existed at Ramsey School. On hand for the occasion were over a dozen University of Minnesota instrumentalists, performing and adding greatly to the festive atmosphere. At Folwell, LTM interns will continue to work with classroom teachers and students every year to develop a 4th grade opera and continue the 2nd grade Music Circle program that focuses on social literacy development. In addition, in collaboration with instrumental teacher Corey Needleman (B.M., 1999, percussion, student of Fernando Meza), Laura Sindberg (music education) has established the Band Project, providing instrumental music education students real-world experiences with 5th grade students as they learn to play their instruments, compose, and improvise. This vibrant set of community engagement projects continues to benefit all involved at Folwell and those from the U of M.