Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice), clarinetist Gregory Oakes, percussionist Adam Groh, and composer and electronic musician Erik Spangler performed a site-specific program of contemporary classical and electronic music in the Devonian fossil gorge at Coralville Lake on Friday, June 16, 2017. The outdoor musical experience culminated with the premiere of a new piece by Spangler, Devonian Geometry, composed for the occasion and incorporating texts written by local students at Iowa Montessori School along with video projections by Jaeho Lee. More…
Leela Breithaupt (BM ’93, MM ’96, Flute) has been awarded a 2017-18 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, sponsored by the Indianapolis Arts Council and Lilly Foundation, Inc. The $10,000 fellowship will support Ms. Breithaupt’s historical manuscript research in Paris and the production of a CD for her ensemble, Les Ordinaires, under the Naxos Records label. Les Ordinaires’ debut CD, Inner Chambers – Royal Court Music of Louis XIV will be released on the Naxos Label in January 2018 and will feature Allison Edberg Nyquist (BM ’84, Violin) and Jory Vinikour (’83, Piano).
Katherine Okesson (née Gail) (’99 BM, Violin) has graduated from the University of Kansas with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance. Dr. Okesson’s dissertation, Selected Violin Works of Alan Scott ‘Vaness’ Chakmakjian Hovhaness: Two New Performance Editions with Historical Discussion, Compositional Style Overviews, and Pedagogical Considerations, is available through ProQuest.
Sarah Kim, high school senior member of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program studying violin with Rebecca Henry, will play Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto in G Major with the Frederick Orchestra this Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 pm, as their 2017 Young Artist Competition Grand Prize winner. In connection to the performance, Ms. Kim was featured in an interview by the Frederick News Post regarding her musical inspirations and goals for the future. In addition, Ms. Kim has recently won the Jack Weaver Memorial Competition and Landsdowne Symphony Competition.
The Aspen Institute hosted Trio ex Animo, a Peabody Honors ensemble comprised of Helen Wong, a sophomore studying violin with Keng-Yuen Tseng; Ethan Sandman, a sophomore studying cello with Amit Peled; and Timothy Jones, a sophomore studying piano with Marian Hahn in a concert on Sunday, April 23 at the Inn at River House on the Institute’s Wye River campus in Queenstown, Md. The concert program concluded Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 32 and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97. The concert was sponsored by the Aspen Wye Fellows and the Friends of Wye, support groups of the Institute and its Wye River campus.