Joseph Satava (BM ’97, DMA ’06, Piano) was recently appointed to the faculty of Shepherd University and, in January, will serve as Distinguished Resident Artist in Piano at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, teaching applied piano and giving weekly master classes. On Nov. 17, Joseph Satava will join the New Prism Ensemble to premiere works of composer R. A. Baker and marks the official release of Sharp Edges, the compact disc recording featuring Satava and the ensemble. The concert will take place at 2640 Space.
America – Eric Beach (BM ’04, GPD ’05, Percussion); Zoe Band (BM ’12, Voice); Mia Barcia-Colombo (BM ’11, Cello); Gabriel Caballero (BM ’10, Computer Music); Ali Clendaniel (BM ’12, Voice); Julienne Gede (BM ’12, Voice); Master of Music candidate Rod Hamilton, percussion; senior Christian Hizon, bass trombone; Patrick McMinnand (BM ’12, Computer Music); Bijan Olia (BM ’11, MM ’12, Computer Music); senior Nicole Papadatos, clarinet; Rob Sirois (BM ’12, Bassoon, Music Education); senior Andrew Smith, French Horn; and Maureen Smith (BM ’12, Voice) perform on Dan Deacon’s new album, which has been reviewed in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and National Public Radio and featured on WYPR’s The Signal and Peabody’s Behind the Scenes, among others. Griffin Cohen (BM ’11, Computer Music) was the assistant engineer.
Christopher Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting) will be conducting the premiere of Douglas Cuomo’s opera Doubt, based on the play by John Patrick Shanley, at the Minnesota Opera in January and February, which stars faculty artist Denyce Graves as Mrs. Miller.
Franklin will also be conducting the Hamlet production at Minnesota Opera in March. In addition, Franklin’s upcoming season includes concerts with the Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and a European tour with tenor Juan Diego Florez.
Amy Scurria (MM ’98, Composition) had the first workshop of Pearl, an opera composed by Scurria with libretto by Carol Gilligan and Jonathan Gilligan, on Aug. 13 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass. The opera is part of Different Voice Opera Project, founded by GRAMMY-nominated conductor Sara Jobin.
Mark Lanz Weiser (BM ’91, Piano; MM ’93, Composition) recently had his Moments Musicale for Alto Saxophone and Piano featured at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress held in St. Andews, Scotland. The performance given July 14 was by saxophonist David Stambler (MM ’93, Saxophone) and pianist Hannah Creviston. Other recent performances include: Triptych for chamber ensemble, performed October, ’11 by the University of Southern California’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, Donald Crockett, music director; Kegelstatt Funk performed by the Kegekstatt Trio in February, ‘12; and Three Bollywood Dances given multiple performances throughout the US by the Helix Collective.