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…
Mezzo-soprano Laura Virella (BM ’03, Voice), a native of Puerto Rico, will make her company debut with Long Beach Opera in the title role of Frida, an opera based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Performances of the opera’s Southern California premiere will take place June 17-18 and June 23-25. Virella is featured in a video made during the rehearsal process.
Soprano Charity Tilleman-Dick (’06, Voice) has written a memoir entitled The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts coming out this fall from Simon & Schuster. The memoir details her remarkable journey from receiving two double lung transplants, struggling to draw a single breath to singing at the most prestigious venues in the world. Ms. Tilleman-Dick will be making her debut at Boston Symphony Hall for the Terezín Music Foundation Gala shortly after the book is released.
Michael Maliakel (BM ’13 Voice) and Sorab Wadia, (BM ’93 Piano, MM ’95 Piano) are both in the world-premiere of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding – a musical based on her 2001 hit film of the same name. Mr. Maliakel has a lead role as Hemant and Mr. Wadia has a supporting role as CL Chawla. The performances are held at Berkeley Repertory Theater through July 9, 2017.
Outcalls – a band with Britt Olsen-Ecker (BM ’09, Voice), Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Music), and Nathan Royer (MM ’07, Euphonium) – will perform with special guests Beauty Slap – Gabriel Colby (BM ’10, GPD ’12, Trombone), Hakeem Bilal (BM ’10, Bass Trombone), Scott Nadelson (BM ’11, Trumpet), and Kyle Anderson (MM ’11, Trumpet) – tonight, Friday, June 2, at 8:30 pm, at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery.