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February 18, 2013

Preview 'Rite of Spring' with Mark Russell Smith and the Joffrey Ballet

USO Rite of Spring.pngMark Russell Smith (orchestras) conducts the University Symphony Orchestra as they perform Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with the Joffrey Ballet. Learn more about the performance by listening to Mark Russell Smith's talk (given on February 14) or by watching the preview video.

Faculty News: Mark Bjork is guest clinician, Alexander Fiterstein and Craig Kirchhoff on MPR, and Alex Lubet album review

BjorkMark.pngMark Bjork (violin and pedagogy) served as guest clinician for a workshop for students in the Suzuki program associated with Centenary College in Shreveport, LA on February 8 and 9 and presented master classes on February 10.

FitersteinAlexanderSQ.jpgListen to Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet) on Thursday, February 21 at noon on Classical Minnesota Public Radio (99.5 FM) in conversation with host Allison Young about his upcoming Midwest concert tour that includes performances in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, and Montana.

kirchhoffCraig_mobilea647a2.pngListen to Craig Kirchhoff (bands) lead the University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance of Jeffrey Brooks's "Dreadnought" (recorded in 1997) on the February 15, 2013 edition of American Public Media's Composer's Datebook. Brooks's "Dreadnought" was written for the University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Listen here.

LubetAlexSQ.jpgA review of Alex Lubet's new album Spectral Blues can be found at babysue.com. The album received 5 stars as a Top Pick for February. The reviewer called it "Wonderfully resonant and compelling from start to finish..."