Yael Weiss (BM ’94, Piano) is debuting her new commissioning project at the Strathmore Mansion on January 24. The project, called “32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World,” pairs the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas with 32 newly-commissioned short piano compositions from 32 composers from different countries around the globe. On the January 24 concert, Weiss will present the first performance and feature five world premiere commissions.
Patricia Melcher Bissell (TC ’59, BM ’60, Piano; BM ’64, Composition) has recently had her book “Classroom Keyboard: Play and Create Melodies with Chords” published by the National Association for Music Education through Rowman & Littlefield.
Sidney Yin (DMA ’12, Piano) has been appointed general manager at Mainly Mozart in San Diego, Calif. He will have a number of responsibilities in this role, including work with Music Director Michael Francis and Executive Director Nancy Laturno.
John Wilson (BM ‘10, MM ‘12, GPD ‘14, Piano) appeared with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on their Carnegie Hall tour, as pianist, on Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947). The concert was on October 3-5, 2018.
Pianist Jenny Lin (KSAS BA ’94, German; AD ’98, Piano) was joined by soprano Marlissa Hudson (MM ’01, Voice) and violinist Cornelius Dufallo in an homage to pianist/composer Artur Schnabel. Best known as a pianist who recorded and edited Beethoven’s music, Schnabel was also a composer whose music ranges from the high-Romantic to the uncompromisingly modern. Examples of each were performed, along with music by Beethoven and Brahms. The concert was on Friday, November 30, at 8:00 pm at the Library of Congress: Thomas Jefferson Building, in Washington, D.C., and was a part of the Library of Congress Concert Series.