David B. Stambler (MM ’93, Saxophone) will perform a recital at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 17, in Eisenhower Chapel on Penn State’s campus in State College, Pa. His recital program includes the world premiere of Night Set for soprano saxophone and piano by New York-based composer Gregory Wanamaker, as well as a composition by Sergei Prokofiev, and a set of jazz selections. The recital is free and will be available on live stream at the Penn State School of Music.
Preparatory faculty and Conservatory alumnus Blake Meister (BM ’08, Jazz Double Bass) will be performing at An Die Musik with the Craig Alston Quintet on Saturday, February 17, at 8:00 and 9:30 pm.
Jacomo Bairos (GPD ’11, Conducting) has been the 17th music director for the Amarillo Symphony since 2013 and is currently in the running for the music directorship of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He is co-founder and artistic director for Nu Deco Ensemble – a 21st-century, genre-bending chamber orchestra based in Miami, Fla., his hometown. Their recent performances include the opening concert for their third season that featured singer/songwriter Emily King as a guest artist and classical-crossover trio, Time for Three, in December. They are also orchestra-in-residence at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
Preparatory student Henry Bushnell, cello, won the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition in the Concert Orchestra division. He played the first movement of Joseph Haydn, Concerto in C Major.
Faculty artist Amit Peled, cello, is featured in the February 2018 issue of The Strad. In the article, written by Peled for the magazine, he lays out a system of emoticons and words that can help to lay a groundwork for cello playing and to help remind students of important technical ideas.