The Alumni News column appears regularly in The Juilliard Journal. It consists of news submitted by alumni of the School’s Music, Dance, and Drama Divisions. Enjoy reading about recent activities of Juilliard graduates. The following items are from the February 2003 issue.
Clyde Archer (BFA '01) has been dancing with Compania Nacional de Danza (Nacho Duato, artistic director) in Spain since September 2001.
Natrea Blake (BFA '01) has joined the Avodah Dance Ensemble, a New York-based modern dance company that tours nationally to present concerts and workshops in unusual venues. Scheduled for this season are activities integrating dance into religious services; working in corporate training programs and business schools to enhance team building, diversity training, and thinking outside the box using movement and percussion as tools; and a five-day residency in a women's correctional institution. Avodah's artistic director is JoAnne Tucker ('63).
Nicholas Villeneuve ('00) has been Swing and Dance Captain with The Lion King in Toronto for a year and a half, working with dance supervisor Charmaine Hunter, a former principal dancer and ballet mistress/rehearsal director with Dance Theater of Harlem.
A preview of the coming season of the Thang Dao Dance Company was presented in December in New York. Thang Dao ('98) is artistic director of the company.
Christina May (BFA '98), created Dance Exposures: An Afternoon of Dance, Fun, and Photos in conjunction with the Y.M.C.A.'s after-school program and P.S. 20 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in October. Jason Reed (BFA '00) taught the dance class for this event. May performed a work by Valerie Norman's VANDanceCo at the Mulberry Street Theater's Newsteps Series in November and gave the premiere of Norman's evening-length work Feathered at the Joyce SoHo in January. In February she will be performing in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Les Troyens, choreographed by Doug Varone.
Christina Paolucci (BFA '95) staged Lila York's Strays on Ballet Memphis last March. She also performed with Dance as Ever, a ballet company, in its yearly season at John Jay College. Paolucci is in her seventh year at New York Theater Ballet dancing principal roles. This May, N.Y.T.B. will perform an evening of works by Antony Tudor staged by Sallie Wilson, including Lilac Garden, at Florence Gould Hall. In September, Paolucci married fellow N.Y.T.B. principal dancer Terence Duncan in New York.
The Nocca Institute and Chevron Texaco presented Battleworks Dance Company (Robert Battle [BFA '94], artistic director) in November in New Orleans. Members of the company include Elisa Clark (BFA '01), Jason McDole (BFA '97), Erica Pujic (BFA '95) and Michael Snipe Jr. (BFA '00).
Henning Rübsam (BFA '91) taught at Hunter College and Ballet Arts at City Center this past semester. He was a visiting guest artist at the University of Idaho in Moscow, choreographing a new work to music by Beata Moon (BM '90, piano), and he gave master classes at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. Rübsam and Moon presented excerpts of their works for Ricardo Llorca's Juilliard Evening Division class, Music and Dance of Today, in December. His article on Eva Evdokimova, now ballet mistress of the Boston Ballet, will be published by Pointe magazine this spring. Rübsam, who studied with Evdokimova, choreographed a solo for her, which she performed as part of his company's 10th-anniversary season in 2002.
In December and January the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performed at City Center. Dancers included Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (BFA '89), Abdur-Rahim Jackson (BFA '00), Briana Reed (DIP '96), Juan-Antonio Rodriguez (BFA '01), Rosalyn Sanders (BFA '99), Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines (BFA '95), Glenn Sims ('97), Asha Thomas (BFA '99), and Dudley Williams ('60).
The Buglisi/Foreman Dance company (faculty member Jacqulyn Buglisi, co-director), Rebecca Stenn (BFA '86)/Perks Dance Music Theater, Sensedance (Henning RÃ¼bsam [BFA '91], director) including alum Erika Pujic (BFA '95), Battleworks (Robert Battle [BFA '94], director), and current student Luke Wiley performed in the Remember Project 2002, a 12-hour dance celebration benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, which took place in December at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery.
In November, Dance Theater of Harlem appeared at the Sadler's Wells Theater in London in performances that included works by Robert Garland (BFA '83). Monica Mason, artistic director of England's Royal Ballet, invited him to create two new works for the company. Garland also created a new work for Columbia University's Barnard College Department of Dance, which received its premiere in November at the Miller Theater. Chair of the department is Janet Soares (BS '61), Garland's former composition instructor at Juilliard.
Nan Friedman (BFA '80) wrote two episodes for the current season of Rugrats on Nickelodeon. She continues to teach actors at the U.C.L.A. theater department as a visiting assistant professor and to teach movement for actors at the Laura Henry Acting Studio in Santa Monica. She was the movement coach for The Glass Menagerie, directed by Andrew Robinson, at the Pasadena Playhouse.
(Hsueh-Tung) H.T. Chen (DIP '76) and Dian Dong (BFA '75) received the New York State Governor's Arts Award in November at the Metropolitan Museum. They are co-founders and directors of H.T. Dance Companythe umbrella for H.T. Chen & Dancers, Arts Gate Center (where many Juilliard faculty members teach), and the Mulberry Street Theater in New York.
The New York International Ballet Competition, founded and directed by Ilona Copen ('58), announced its 20th anniversary event, which will be held from June 9-29 at Alice Tully Hall. Natalia Makarova is to serve as president of the jury.Group 30
Jeffrey Carlson (Group 30) is currently appearing on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater Company's production of Molière's Tartuffe, directed by Joe Dowling and starring Brian Bedford and J. Smith-Cameron.
Anthony Mackie (Group 30) appears opposite Eminem and Kim Basinger in the Universal Pictures film 8 Mile, directed by Curtis Hanson.
Lee Pace (Group 30) appears in A Soldier's Girl, a new Showtime film directed by Frank Pierson that also premiered at Sundance in January.Return to top of Drama section
Candace Edwards-Holub (Group 27) appeared last month in an episode of the CBS television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.Return to top of Drama section
Emma Bowers (Group 26) appeared at Yale Repertory Theater in the U.S. premiere of a new play called Fighting Words, written by Sunil Thomas Kuruvilla and directed by Liz Diamond.Return to top of Drama section
Matthew Keeslar (Group 24) is in the HBO film Live From Baghdad, directed by Mick Jackson and featuring Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter.
Christopher Moore (Group 24) and Sean McNall (Group 29) are appearing together now in the Pearl Theater's new production of Shakespeare's The Tempest in New York City.Return to top of Drama section
Carrie Preston (Group 23) is currently appearing at Center Stage in Baltimore in a new play by Warren Leight called No Foreigners Beyond This Point, directed by Tim Vasen.
Stephen Barker Turner (Group 23) can be seen this month in Sophocles' Electra, directed by Jonathan Wilson, at Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT.Return to top of Drama section
Viola Davis (Group 22) was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her supporting performance in the new Denzel Washington film Antwone Fisher. Davis can also be seen in the Steven Soderbergh film Solaris opposite George Clooney and Natascha McElhone.Return to top of Drama section
Laura Linney (Group 19) was nominated for a DVD Premiere Award for her lead performance in the film Lush, released last year by Studio/Lions Gate Films.
Tim Blake Nelson (Group 19) is in the independent film A Foreign Affair, directed by Helmut Schleppi and featuring David Arquette, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month.
Jeff Weatherford (Group 19) is in a new production of Donald Margulies' play Dinner With Friends, directed by Rob Ruggiero, at TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT.
Jake Weber (Group 19) is in the independent film 100 Mile Run, directed by Brent Huff, recently screened at both the Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood Film Festivals.Return to top of Drama section
David Adkins (Group 18) appeared last month in Steven Drukman's new play Going Native, directed by Greg Leaming, at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT.Return to top of Drama section
Robert Duncan McNeil (Group 17) is in the independent film Infested, written and directed by Josh Olson and recently screened at the Hamptons Film Festival.
Ken Sawyer (Group 17) directed the Los Angeles premiere of the long-running London hit The Woman in Black, currently playing at the Road Theater in Hollywood. In March, Sawyer will direct One Red Flower, a new musical by Paris Barclay, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.Return to top of Drama section
Kevin Spacey (Group 12) stars in The United States of Leland, a new film that he also helped to produce. The film, directed by Matthew Ryan Hoge, premiered at the Sundance Theater Festival in January.Return to top of Drama section
Val Kilmer (Group 10) stars with Bob Dylan and Jessica Lange in Masked and Anonymous, a debut feature film by Larry Charles, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.Return to top of Drama section
Jim Bergwall (Group 8) can be seen this month in The Drawer Boy, a new play at the Act II Playhouse in Philadelphia.Return to top of Drama section
Casey Biggs (Group 6) guest starred last month on the television dramas State of Grace and Crossing Jordan. Biggs also recently directed the Los Angeles premiere of Stand Up Shakespeare and a new production of Thérèse Raquin for Pacific Resident Theater.
Frances Conroy (Group 6) can be seen opposite Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes in the Sony Pictures film Maid in Manhattan, directed by Wayne Wang. Conroy also appears in Die Mommy Die, a screen version of Charles Busch's popular play, directed by Mark Rucker, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.Return to top of Drama section
William Hurt (Group 5) appeared with Mary-Louise Parker and David Strathairn last month in the CBS television film Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, written by Norman Mailer and directed by Lawrence Schiller.Return to top of Drama section
Edward Edwards (Group 4) appeared last month on the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Edwards has also recently directed student productions of Babes in Arms and Sweeney Todd.Return to top of Drama section
Todd Davis (Group 3) appeared in December at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York in a new play called Geneva by Nicholas von Hoffman.Return to top of Drama section
In February, John M. Michalski (Group 2) will appear at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA, in the premiere of The French Lieutenant's Woman, adapted from the John Fowles novel by Mark Healy.Return to top of Drama section
Mary Lou Rosato (Group 1) appeared last month at CalArts, where she is a member of the acting faculty, in Friedrich Durrenmatt's The Visit of the Old Lady, directed by Karin Coonrod.
In December, Sam Tsoutsouvas (Group 1) appeared in a production of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan at Center Stage in Baltimore.Return to top of Drama section
Ian Belton (Directing '97) recently directed Euripides' The Trojan Women at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.
In December, Roger Benington (Directing '97) directed The Santaland Diaries, adapted by Joe Mantello from the short story by David Sedaris, at the Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City.Return to top of Drama section
Jacqueline Harris Stone (MM '02, trombone) won the bass trombone position of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Monterrey (Mexico) beginning in December. In September, she was married to Michael Stone (now Michael Harris Stone) at All Angel's Episcopal Church in Manhattan.
Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin's (BM '01, viola) composition Island Soliloquy for string orchestra was commissioned and performed by the Staten Island Symphony, conducted by Jonathan Strasser, at the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island. In addition to Zhurbin (who performed as principal violist), Juilliard alumna Elaine Sutin (MM '48, violin) played in the orchestra.
Leah Yoon (BM '00, piano) received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in May. She joined the Bloomberg administration as a lobbyist in Washington for federal legislative affairs on behalf of the City of New York, and will become the deputy chief of staff at the New York City Department of Employment this month. Prior to her work with the city, she appeared on Fox News cable channel as a commentator.Return to top of Music section
The Damocles Trio (Adam Kent [DMA '99, piano], Airi Yoshioka [MM '95, DMA '02, violin], and Sibylle Johner [DMA '99, cello]) performed with Shih-Hung Young (BM '95, MM '97, violin) and the Third Street Music School Settlement Chamber Orchestra in New York in November. In April, the trio is scheduled to perform in Texas on the Amarillo Chamber Music Society Presenting Series.
Jennifer Montone (BM '99, horn) won the position of principal horn with the St. Louis Symphony, beginning September 2003.
As winner of the 2002 N.Y.U. Piano Concerto Competition, I-Chen Chen (BM '98, MM '00, piano) performed Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the N.Y.U. Steinhardt Orchestra, led by Jonathan Strasser, in December at Frederick Loewe Theater in New York.
Ji-Eun Kang (BM '96, MM '98, piano) recently played Chopin's First Piano Concerto with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra in Sejong Grand Cultural Center in Seoul, Korea. Another soloist for the evening was Hyuna Kim (MM '95, violin) who performed Bruch's First Violin Concerto.
Brian McWhorter gave a faculty recital at the Greenwich House Music School in December with the Open Aspect Ensemble, which includes Kenji Bunch (BM '95, viola; MM '97, composition). The concert featured a performance of Earle Brown's December, 1952. Bunch's work Three American Folk Hymn Settings for Two Violins was performed by Stefan Milenkovich ('98, violin) and Viviane Hagner at Merkin Hall in January. Also at that concert Mason Bates's (MM '01, composition) piece Mercury Soul for Clarinet and Piano was performed by Alexander Fiterstein (BM '00, GD '02, clarinet).
Dan Coleman (MM '95, composition) is serving as the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, where his work Focoso received its premiere performances in November. His Chamber Symphony was performed by the Knoxville Symphony in October. Coleman's Sonata lamentosa was given its premiere by a trio of musicians, including Kristina Cooper (BM '92, MM '94, DMA '02, cello), at the International Double Reed Society convention in Banff, Canada. An article on his recent activities appeared in the October issue of Strings magazine.
The Duo Zappa.Mainolfi (Mattia Zappa [ACT '95, cello] and Massimiliano Mainolfi) was a prizewinner in the Vittorio Gui competition in Florence and the Trio di Trieste. In February the duo will perform in several cities in Scandinavia. Next April, Zappa and Mainolfi will give their debut at the Berlin Philarmonie in a concert to be broadcast live nationwide.
Michelle Carr (ACT '94, voice) has just released her debut CD, Change. Her Web site, www.michellecarr.com, contains video clips and additional biographical information.
Louise Dubin ('92, cello) will play Haydn's D-Major Cello Concerto with the South Orange Symphony Orchestra on February 16 as the winner of its Young Artists' Competition. She has recently moved back to New York after completing doctoral studies with Janos Starker in Indiana.
Lucia Ahn (BM '91, MM '93, piano), Angella Ahn (BM '93, MM '95, violin), and Maria Ahn (BM '91, MM '93, cello)the Ahn Triohad a new CD, Groovebox, released in October. The ensemble performed a concert in celebration of the release at Joe's Pub in New York in November.
Anne Akiko Myers (CRT '90, violin) was a guest artist with the Cincinnati, Florida, and Rochester Symphony Orchestras and played at the Kennedy Center in January with the National Symphony, conducted by Roberto Abbado.Return to top of Music section
Pedja Muzijevic (MM '89, piano) recently performed Beethoven's Second Concerto with the Richmond Symphony and Gabriel Chmura, Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with Santa Fe Pro Musica and Kenneth Slowik, Dohnányi's Variations on a Nursery Song with the Napa Valley Symphony and Asher Raboy, the complete Goyescas of Granados in Tucson, and works of Bach's sons in Detroit. He also played Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin in Lincoln Center's What Makes It Great? series.
Chamber Music America celebrated its 25th anniversary in January with a marathon concert at Symphony Space in Manhattan. The concert featured a number of Juilliard alums: Jon Nelson (BM '89, trumpet); Benjamin Herrington (MM '97, trombone); Karen Lindquist (BM '73, MM '74, harp); Elisabeth Small (BM '77, MM '79, violin); Mary Rowell (BM '80, MM '81, violin); Ralph Farris (BM '93, MM '94, viola); Dorothy Lawson (MM '84, DMA '90, cello); John Mackey (MM '97, composition); Xiao-Dong Wang (BM '92, MM '94, violin); Ara Gregorian (BM '95, MM '97, viola); and Edward Arron (BM '98, cello).
Ruth Ann Cunningham (MM '88, voice) sang the role of the Evangelist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Choral Symphony Society, conducted by David Labovitz (DIP '50, PGD '52, piano) in December at Christ and St. Stephen's Church in New York.
Robert J. Endicott (MM '88, trumpet) became a partner at the international law firm of Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis in January. He practices in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.
The music publisher Carl Fischer celebrated the 40th birthday of composer Daron Aric Hagen (MM '87, composition) by issuing a new collection of his songs, the Daron Aric Hagen Songbook.
Roberto Minczuk (BM '87, French horn), co-artistic director of the São Paulo State Symphony of Brazil, was named to a two-year term in the new position of associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic. He will lead the orchestra in three Concerts in the Boroughs in April and, among other summer activities, two concerts at the Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado in July. He will make his subscription debut in the 2003-2004 season. Minczuk will also serve as cover conductor for 12 weeks during the season.
Richard Fleischman (BM '84, MM '85, viola) was soloist for the premiere of Jose Raul Bernardo's Concierto Cubano Barrocco with the Miami Symphony in October. Fleischman is principal violist of the Santa Fe Opera and the Florida Grand Opera, and is professor of viola and director of strings and chamber music at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. He also directs a concert series of chamber music at the Bass Museum of Art in South Beach, FL.
Margaret Leslie Blackburn-Harlow (MM '83, viola), pianist Gail Niwa (BM '81, MM '82, piano), and clarinetist Russell Harlow performed the opening concert of the 19th season of the Park City (UT) International Music Festival in December. The recently completed 18th summer season of the festival (founded and directed by Blackburn-Harlow) featured violinists Arturo Delmoni (BM '67, MS '69, violin), Philippe Djokic (MM '74, violin), and Rebekah Johnson (BM '78, MM '79, violin); cellists Mark Kosower (who is a current student) and Scott Ballantyne (BM '81, MM '82, cello); and pianist Steven Masi (BM '75, MM '77, piano).
David Bernard (Pre-College, '82) is in his third season as music director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. In October the ensemble made its Merkin Hall debut in a benefit concert for the Lucy Moses School, raising $25,000 for its scholarship fund. This performance was broadcast on WQXR, 96.3 FM in January. Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony were featured in the Wall Street Journal in December. In January he led the symphony in a performance honoring Andrew Thomas, director of Juilliard's Pre-College Division. Bernard is in his second season as music director of the Lawyers' Orchestra. In December, he led the that ensemble in Brahms' Violin Concerto featuring violinist Alex Schulmeister (Pre-College, '83), and Dvorák's Seventh Symphony. The Lawyers' Orchestra roster includes Juilliard graduate Alan Futerfas (BM '84, bass trombone).
Sonia Rubinsky (MM '82, DMA '86, piano) gave a recital on the Jewish Music of the Americas series at the Americas Society in New York in October. The concert featured music by Alexandre Levy, Darius Milhaud, Leonard Bernstein, Felix Mendelssohn, Leo Ornstein, Mario Davidovsky, and Samuel Zyman.
Label Bleu released David Krakauer's (MM '80, clarinet) fourth album, The Twelve Tribes, in September in the U.S. The recording, which blends klezmer, jazz, hip-hop, and rock music styles, received the Album of the Year award in the jazz category from Germany's Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.Return to top of Music section
Susanne Mentzer (BM '79, MM '80, voice) has been named a New Horizons faculty member for the Aspen Music School beginning in 2003. She will serve a three-year term and will have the opportunity to choose three students to study with her in Aspen.
The Musica Viva concert series featured Robert Taub (MM '78, DMA '81, piano), Jeffrey Milarsky (BM '88, MM '90, percussion), and faculty member Bruce Brubaker in a concert at the Lawrenceville (NJ) School in January.
Larry Bell's (MM '77, DMA '82, composition) Hansel and Gretel was commissioned and premiered by New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in November, Benjamin Zander conducting and Ray Brown narrating. The orchestra also performed Bell's Songs of Innocence and Experience for children's chorus and orchestra. Both works were recorded for release on CD. Symphony Pro Musica, conducted by Mark Churchill, also recently performed the Songs of Innocence and Experience.
Elizabeth Brown (MM '77, flute) is scheduled to perform on February 13 at the Renee Weiler Concert Hall in New York. The concert will include the premiere of Vox Inhumanae, composed by Brown.
Joel Feigin's (MM '77, DMA '82, composition) Mosaic for string quartet was the music used in a work choreographed by Christopher Pilafian and produced by Santa Barbara Dance Theater. Four Elegies for piano was performed by Hayg Melikian and presented by Music for Intellectuals at the Aram Khatchaturian Chamber Concert Hall in Terevan, Armenia. Feigin's Tapestry for horn, violin, and piano was performed at Third Street Music Settlement School in New York City, as well as the 23rd Annual New Music and Art Festival at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Veränderungen, Feigin's award-winning work for violin and piano, was chosen for inclusion in the SCI Journal of Music Scores and CD Series.
In November the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Kirk Trevor, gave the premiere of Ancient Keys, Victoria Bond's (MM '75, DMA '77, orchestral conducting) second piano concerto, which was commissioned by the orchestra and soloist Paul Barnes.
Tod Machover's (BM '75, MM '77, composition) Toy Symphony project, which uses specially designed music toys and a computer program called Hyperscore to involve children in the compositional process, has been performed in Berlin, Dublin, and Glasgow.
Eriko Sato ('74, violin), Veronica Salas (BM '74, MM '75, DMA '78, viola), and Helene D. Jeanney ('93, piano), as members of Elysium, are scheduled to perform at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall on February 2.
Ida Bieler (DIP '73, violin) has been full professor of violin since 1993 at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik Düsseldorf in Germany. Together with Nina Tichman (BS '71, piano), who is full professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, she has recorded the Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Bartók on the Deutsche Grammophon label. With cellist Maria Kliegel, they have formed a new piano trio. The trio has performed at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, European Chamber Music Festival Ruhr, Mittelrheinische Musikmomente, and the Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival. Its debut concert was broadcast by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
Yo-Yo Ma ('72, cello) and his Silk Road Project were the subject of the cover story in the December 2002/January 2003 issue of Canadian music magazine La Scena Musicale.
Adolovni Acosta (MS '71, piano) gave master classes and recitals in December at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music in Saigon and at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in Manila, Raul Sunico (MM '76, piano), dean.
Karen Faust Baer (BM '71, MS '72, piano), listed in 2001 Who's Who of American Women, was recently the soloist in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, under the direction of Dr. Ray Wheeler at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.
Garrick Ohlsson (BM '71, piano) is performing a three-concert series, Busoni at the Keyboard, at Alice Tully Hall. The first concert was in January; the remaining concerts are Feburary 26 and March 23.
Karen Rockwell-Kock (Pre-College, '71) has recorded and continues to perform jazz stardards with pianist Mike Van Allen.
Craig Sheppard (BM '70, MM '71, piano), who will be a faculty member at the Heifetz International Music Festival this summer, gave the first part of a recital series featuring the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven in January at the University of Washington, where he is on the faculty.Return to top of Music section
Sahan Arzruni (DIP '65, BM '67, MS '68, piano) recorded a new CD on New World Records, Childhood Memories, featuring the first recorded performances of works by Amy Beach, Ned Rorem, Bill Mayer, George Perle, and Roger Sessions. He and Ani Kavafian (BM '70, MS '71, violin) recently toured the West Coast, performing sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy, and Babadjanyan. The duo also inaugurated the Louis K. Thaler Concert Violinist Series at the Ithaca College in New York.
Sharon Davis (MS '62, piano) has had 23 publications released this past year, totalling 250 compositions as composer, arranger, and/or editor, published by Western International Music Inc. A majority of the works are on required music lists for contests and auditions throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia. She also appears as collaborative pianist on the recently released CD The Art of the Tenor Saxophone: Music of William Schmidt by WIM Records, featuring Roger Greenberg (BM '70, saxophone).
Peter Schickele (MS '60, composition) will serve as the master of ceremonies for the tribute to cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostopovich at the Recording Academy's Seventh Annual Salute to Classical Music on Feburary 20 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.Return to top of Music section
Louise Cheadle (DIP '59, piano) presented a solo recital at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in August. She and Ana Maria Bottazzi (DMA '81, piano) played a duo piano recital in June on the Rossmoor Music Association series in Monroe Township, NJ.
Stanley Hoffman (DIP '51, BS '59, violin) performed on the violin at the Donnell Library in Manhattan in September and on the viola at the New York Society for Ethical Culture's fourth annual benefit concert in November.Return to top of Music section
Hugh Aitken's (BS '49, MS '50, composition) work Laura Goes to India is scheduled to receive its premiere performances by the Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker [DIP '72, violin], Philip Setzer [BM '73, MM '74, violin], Lawrence Dutton (BM '77, MM '78, viola), and David Finckel), for whom it was composed, in early 2003. The concerts will take place in Scottsdale, AZ; Durham, NC; Washington, DC; and Houston, TX.
Edwin R. Benachowski (DIP '49, clarinet) has been conductor of the Desert Symphony, a.k.a. the Indian Wells Desert Symphony, since 1989. He also inaugurated the Children's Music Discovery Series (Hooked on Classics) 10 years ago as a free concert series for the children of Coachella Valley. This past Halloween, the Symphony gave its free concert for 1,000 children at the McCallum Performing Arts Center. In 1996 Benachowski received a California Legislature Assembly Resolution commending him for his musical achievements in the Coachella Valley.
Alice Parker (MS '49, choral conducting) conducted the Musicians of Melodious Accord in a concert of spirituals in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. in January at the Middle Collegiate Church in New York. Parker's work Listen, Lord was performed at the concert.
Ned Rorem's (BS '46, MS '48, composition) song cycle Aftermath, a reaction to the September 11 attacks, was premiered at the Ravinia Festival in July, performed by baritone Kevin Greenlaw. In May baritone Kurt Ollmann and pianist Scott Dunn gave the premiere of Another Sleep, a song cycle that is a memorial for Rorem's long-time companion James Holmes, who died in 1999.
Catherine Johnk Gotthoffer (DIP '45, harp) received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Harp Society. The society was founded in 1961 by Marcel Grandjany, a member of the Juilliard faculty for many years. Gotthoffer taught in the Prepatory Division and the Summer School. In addition to her leadership in the A.H.S., her career included seven years with the Dallas Symphony and 35 years of recordings, including a contract at M.G.M. Studios.Return to top of Music section