PostClassical Ensemble, featuring Netanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) and Jacqueline Pollauf (BM ’06, MM ’07, Harp), and Ambassador Budi Bowoleksono will present A Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., on April 24 at 8:00 pm. This concert celebrates the release of PostClassical Ensemble’s latest CD on the Naxos Label that features the music of Lou Harrison and the sounds of the Indonesian Gamelan ensemble that inspired his work.
After two liver transplants, Sungrai Sohn (BA ’75, Violin) is now an advocate for organ donation. In addition to his full time position as head of the String Department and a director of chamber music at Sarah Lawrence College, Mr. Sohn is now giving concerts to promote awareness for organ donation. Included in these concerts is a short documentary of his experience as an organ recipient titled To Have and To Give, directed and produced by David Esposito, his brother-in-law and first donor. Mr. Sohn is promoted by LiveOnNY, Donate Life, Unos, and Sarah Lawrence College. Mr. Sohn’s remarkable story is also the first chapter of the book Choosing a Good Life written by Ali Berman and published by Hazelden Publishers.
Zuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello), who received the Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014, won GRAMMY awards for Best Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his performance of Tales of Hemingway alongside the Nashville Symphony and conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. Tales of Hemingway, composed by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty, was commissioned specifically for Mr. Bailey and he premiered the work in 2015 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. An articles detailing Mr. Bailey’s GRAMMY wins can be found here. Find Tales of Hemingway for purchase and streaming on Naxos Music.
The O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor, featuring Maggie O’Connor (BM ’13, MM ’14, Violin), won the GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album for their album Coming Home. Ms. O’Connor commented on the win, “We are so proud of everybody in this band … this and marrying my husband are the greatest honors of my life, so thank you.” The O’Connor Band’s win was detailed in an article by The Boot. Coming Home is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
Ha-Young Kim (BM ’11, GPD ’12, Violin) and Gabriel Meza (BM ’13, MM ’14, GPD ’16, Violin) were winners of the January 2017 Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra violin auditions. They will be joining the orchestra’s first and second violin sections, respectively, for the remainder of the season. Senior Ryo Usami was a finalist and was offered a substitute position with the ensemble.