Filipino trombonist Ricson Poonin (MM ’16, GPD ’17, Trombone) will be a featured soloist on Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concertino in E-flat with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, January 19, at 8:00 pm, at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The orchestra will also perform Manuel P. Maramba OSB’s Symphony Ode “La Naval” and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor “Pathetique,” led by Herminigildo Ranera.
The Aspen String Trio, comprised of faculty artist Victoria Chiang, viola, Michael Mermagen (BM ’84, Cello), cello, and David Perry, violin, will be touring South Carolina in January. They will be featured in Converse College’s Guest Artist Series, presenting a concert on Friday, January 19, at 7:30 pm. They will play works by Beethoven, Strauss, Klein, and Dohnányi. The trio will then travel to Furman University and perform as a part of their Sound Quality Concert Series on Tuesday, January 23, at 8:00 pm. This concert will feature guest artists Thomas Joiner, violin, and Anna Joiner, viola, playing Mozart’s Viola Quintet in C minor, K. 406. Finally, on Thursday, January 25, at 7:30 pm, they will perform at South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts & Humanities as a part of their Pathways Recital Series.
Music director Michael Repper, a current conducting DMA candidate, will conduct the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra in their 55th season McCrindle Concert at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 18, at 2:00 pm. Flutist Demarre McGill will perform the New York premiere of composition faculty artist Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto. The program will also include Dvovák’s Symphony No. 8, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, and feature the world premiere of go and by Thomas Kotcheff (BM ’10, Piano), the First Music commission winner.
danah bella, chair of the Conservatory dance program, will be performing new music, improv, and dance featuring master’s candidate Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin), master’s composition student Jamie Leidwinger, and master’s computer music and composition student Sam Torres on January 19 at Baltimore’s Blank Space.
Inna Faliks (BM ’99, MM ’01, GPD ’03, Piano) performed Mahler 6 with Daniel Schlosberg (BM ’00, MM ’01, Piano; KSAS BA ’00, History) at the National Gallery in December. The Washington Post called this a “Herculean performance.” In November, Faliks performed and gave master classes in the nation’s top conservatories for her second tour in China. She also presented master classes and recitals at Mondo Musica Cremona, Italy, and served on the International Symposium on Conservatory and University Music Education in September. In August, she gave her Ravinia debut with Schlosberg in the four-hand transcription of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 by Alexander von Zemlinsky and Schlosberg. She performed Beethoven Third Concerto at Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, and gave solo and chamber music performances at Newport Festival, including the premiere of the one-woman show “Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist” in July. She also released a recording on Delos Label, titled Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist – a recital-monologue based on autobiographical essays, interspersed with a wide range of pieces from Bach, Mozart, and Chopin to Gershwin, Carter, and Birtwistle. Finally in June, she created, directed and performed in UCLA’s Dialogues and Reimaginings Festival, a three-day festival exploring connections between music old and new.