Young-Ah Tak, a Doctor of Musicial Arts candidate studying with Leon Fleisher, was invited to perform a solo recital at the inaugural Steinway Spotlight Performance series at Immaculata University in Immaculata, Penn., on Feb. 2, where she also gave a master class.
Elizabeth Merrill (MM ’11, Voice) sang the role of Oronta in the North American premiere of Francesco Cavalli’s Artemisia with Helios Early Opera in Boston on Jan. 18 and 19 at the Somerville Armory. The Boston Classical Review, published, “Elizabeth Merrill, whose character Oronta toggles between two identities, succeeded marvelously in shaping her two identities with vocal means alone.”
Keyboard3 – The second CD on Navona Records features six works for piano, harpsichord and organ by Sergio Cervetti (BM ’67, Composition), who also performs his work Seven Farewells to Paradise on piano.
Founded by Julian Gargiulo (MM ’97, Piano), the 8th Water Island Music Festival was held Feb. 8-10 in the Virgin Islands. The festival featured ten other musicians, including faculty artists Boris Slutsky, piano, and Joe Burgstaller, trumpet.
Lane Harder (MM ’07 Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy) is currently an adjunct professor of composition and music theory at Southern Methodist University. His marimba quartet, Africa Hocket, was commissioned by the Troy State University Percussion Ensemble for its premiere at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Austin in November 2012. His transcription of Eugène Ysaÿe’s Poème Élégiaque, Op. 12 for chamber orchestra was premiered by the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in November. He also served as a delegate from Texas Performing Arts to the 2012 International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress in Seoul, South Korea.