Junior Jennifer Nicole Campbell, a piano student of Brian Ganz, recently competed as a finalist in the 6th New York International Piano Competition, sponsored by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. Campbell will appear in select concerts on the East Coast this coming year.
Caryn Block (DMA ’97, Composition), had her new dramatic song cycle Long, Too Long America for soprano, baritone and piano, performed in a vocal concert by singers of the Opera Project at St. Andrew’s Church in Lambertville, N.J., in January. The song cycle was written in commemoration of the victims of 9/11 and is a new version of the third movement of Celebration and Remembrance Double Concerto for English horn, bassoon, mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra. Block’s new duo, Dionysus for marimba and cello, received a favorable review in the March issue of Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society in the mixed instrumentation category.
Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) will do his first tour of China in the fall, with recitals and master classes in Shanghai and Chengdu; a recital in Santa Barbara, Calif.; and a tour of Europe (Switzerland, Spain, Germany). He will also perform on September 22 at the New World Center on Miami Beach, presenting the “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New World Symphony and Michael Francis conducting. Barrueco will perform a solo recital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 11. He will also conduct a master class and then perform with the Brasilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, with Robert Minczuk conducting the “Concierto de Aranjuez.”
Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) will end the fall semester with a performance with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Victor Pablo Perez conducting the beautiful “Medea” by flamenco composer Manolo Sanlúcar originally for two flamenco guitars and orchestra. Barrueco will perform a 30 minute suite from the hour long ballet in a version for one guitar. Immediately following the performance, Barrueco will record “Medea” with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in the Canary Islands and Victor Pablo Perez conducting for a release later in 2013 on Tonar Music.
Graduate Performance Diploma candidate I-Wen Wang, who studies piano with Benjamin Pasternack, made her China debut in June and as a soloist performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra in Changsha, Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China. This trip was sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs of Taipei City and the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).