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Sumaya Jackson (BFA ’08) performed in the premiere of Kyle Abraham’s The Dripping Kind, an ensemble piece for seven dancers, at Dance Theater Workshop in the Bessie Schönberg Theater in New York in December. The program also featured other premieres by Abraham and Layard Thompson.

Christopher Vo (BFA ’08) and Andrea Miller (BFA ’04) were featured in “25 to Watch in 2009,” in the January issue of Dance Magazine. Vo, a member of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, is performing with the company in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon during January and February. Miller’s Gallim Dance premiered a new work, Blush, in a program with her I Can See Myself in Your Pupil at the Joyce SoHo Theater in New York in January.

Adam Weinert (BFA ’08) performed in Stacks, a multidisciplinary, collaborative piece choreographed by Jonah Bokaer with poet Anne Carson and sculptor Peter Cole. The performance was in December at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at N.Y.U.

Michelle Mola (BFA ’07) presented work in November as part of a two-day event featuring dances by 20 choreographers for the Fourth Annual Reverb Festival, which took place at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York. Mola has been selected to participate in the upcoming Yard Company Residency for 2009 in Chilmark, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard.

Austin McCormick (BFA ’06), founder and artistic director of Company XIV, presented a revival of The Judgment of Paris at the Duo Theater in New York in January. Company XIV is a mixed-media dance/theater company based in Brooklyn.

Shannon Gillen (BFA ’03), co-director of Doorknob Company with Elisabeth Motley (BFA '03), presented the premiere of her work Vacationland as part of the winter 2009 season of Dance New Amsterdam Presents, in D.N.A.’s theater in New York. Gillen shared the program with fellow artist in residence, Ursula Eagly.

Nancy Bannon’s (BFA ’90) work Puncture was presented at the Chocolate Factory in New York in November. Faculty member Risa Steinberg (BFA ’71) was featured among the performers.


Lorin Latarro (BFA ’97) finished performing in A Chorus Line—which marked her 10th Broadway show—in August. In October and November she appeared on Broadway in The Addams Family, and will be in the cast of Guys and Dolls, which opens March 1 at the Nederlander Theater and is in previews this month. Latarro taught a two-week musical theater workshop at North Carolina School of the Arts in December.

Trey Gillen (BFA '96) is currently on the first national tour of the Broadway musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Gillen can be seen as a member of the ensemble in various cities across the U.S. through August.

Ranardo-Domeico Grays (BFA ’93), director of Visions Contemporary Ballet, presented a new work titled Peace Be Still in September as part of the Fall Fielday Performances at Abrons Arts Center in New York City. The event was presented by the Field and Abrons Arts Center.

Rebecca Lazier’s (BFA ’90) company, Terrain, performed its first full evening of work since 2004 at the Joyce SoHo in January. In November, the company presented showcases as part of Dance Conversations at the Flea, and Movement Research at Judson Church, both in New York, as well as at Princeton University’s Hagan Studio. In April, Terrain will be included on a program of works by 12 choreographers to be presented at Symphony Space in New York.


Sari Eckler Cooper (BFA ’83) presented Healthy Body, Happy Kid as part of the Parent Education Network at Ackerman Institute for the Family, in New York in December. The talk centered on strategies parents can use to help their children navigate the many negative and mixed body-image messages directed toward them in the media. Cooper will be presenting Tweens: Could This Be Love? Crushes, Kisses and Cultural Expectations on February 10 at the Parents League in New York.

Mark DeGarmo (BFA ’82) and Dancers celebrated its 21st season in November with a performance and party at Thor, a hotel on New York’s Lower East Side.


Batsheva Dance Company performed Ohad Naharin’s (’77) Deca Dance in January at Jones Hall in Houston, Tex. The Houston debut of Batsheva was presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel and the Jewish Community Center Dance Month at the Kaplan Theater.


Otis Sallid (’69) choreographed and directed dance numbers for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, in October.

Carole Schweid (BFA ’69) played the role of Grandma Gellman in the musical Caroline, or Change, with book and lyrics by Tony Kushner and music by Jeanine Tesori, at Center Stage in Baltimore from mid-December through mid-January.

The José Limón Dance Institute and Foundation, with Carla Maxwell (BS ’67) as artistic director, was one of nine recipients of the 2008 National Medal of Arts, presented by President and Mrs. Bush in an East Room ceremony at the White House in November.

Martha Clarke (BFA ’65) is the 2009 guest choreographer at Jeanne Ruddy Dance. In January, Martha Clarke and Jeanne Ruddy conducted an open showing of their choreographic process at the Performance Garage in Philadelphia, including film clips of Clarke’s work and a demonstration of their technique class.

Libby Nye (BS ’64), a former dancer with the José Limón Company, has retired from the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, after teaching Limón technique and repertory for 13 years. She also taught company class for many of the major dance theater companies in Germany and Italy. Nye is now teaching Limón technique at the Boston Conservatory and at Eastern Connecticut Ballet in East Lyme, Conn.

Pina Bausch (’60) presented her latest work, Bamboo Blues, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December. Inspired by the incisive and delicate gestures of Indian dance, the piece was presented as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival.



In November, Stephen James King (Group 37) guest-starred on an episode of the new ABC show Life on Mars.

Nick Westrate (Group 35) can be seen in the New York premiere of Edmund White’s Terre Haute. The production, directed by George Perrin, is a recent transfer from London’s West End to 59 East 59th Theaters and runs through February 15.

In December, Steven Boyer (Group 30) appeared in a production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet, directed by Alex Lippard, at the 14th Street Theater in New York.


In December, Damon Gupton (Group 28) made several conducting appearances around New York, with the New York University Repertory Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The performances included works by Wagner, Mozart, Copland, Dvorak, and Gershwin.

In November and December, Gregory Woodell (Group 27) appeared in a revival of Peter Whelan’s play The School of Night, directed by Bill Alexander, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Kate Jennings Grant (Group 25) has joined the cast of the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, directed by Des McAnuff, opening in New York on March 1 at the Nederlander Theater after previews this month.

In November, Gretchen Egolf (Group 24) appeared in the Lifetime television movie The Two Mr. Kissels, directed by Ed Bianchi.

Stephen B. Turner (Group 23) just finished shooting a film version of The Scene, directed by Amy Glazer. The film is based on the play by Theresa Rebeck, which Turner premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2006.

In December, Jeff Weatherford (Group 19) directed a production of Lauren Weedman’s new play No You Shut Up at the Boise Contemporary Theater. Last summer, Weatherford directed Jamie M. Fox in her solo show Mazeltov Cocktail at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Laura Linney (Group 19) appeared last month as the featured guest on Inside the Actors Studio, hosted by James Lipton. Also in January, she premiered as the host of the PBS series Masterpiece Classic.


The Rising Phoenix Repertory Theater’s production of Too Much Memory, a play by Keith Reddin and Meg Gibson (Group 11) and directed by Gibson, moved to the Fourth Street Theater for a limited Off-Broadway run in December.


Kelsey Grammer (Group 6) and Bebe Neuwirth (’77, dance) have been tapped to appear in Lakeshore Entertainment/MGM’s upcoming remake of the film Fame, directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

Richard Levine (Group 6) recently completed directing his first feature film (which he also wrote), starring Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, and Eddie Izzard. In addition, he and Lyn Greene (Group 5) continue as executive producers of the FX Network TV series Nip/Tuck, now in its sixth season.

Henry Stram (Group 6) is currently on tour with the first national company of Spring Awakening. Next fall he will play John Singer in the Acting Company Alumni/ New York Theater Workshop co-production of Rebecca Gilman’s adaptation of Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, directed by Doug Hughes.

In November, Robin Williams (Group 6) made a surprise appearance at the Chuckle Club, the long-running comedy night at the London School of Economics, prior to performing for sold-out crowds at the Gielgud Theater in London, to benefit the Prince’s Trust.

The 2008 Broadway cast album of Gypsy, featuring Patti LuPone (Group 1) and others, received a Grammy nomination in December for best musical show album.



Nicholas Stovall (MM ’08, oboe) is now principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestra.

String Poetic, an album on Cedille by violinist Jennifer Koh and Reiko Uchida (Artist Diploma ’08, piano), received Grammy nominations in December for best chamber music performance and for classical producer of the year (Judith Sherman).

The iO Quartet—whose members are Wayne Lee (BM ’05, MM ’07, violin), current violin master’s student Christina McGann, violist Elizabeth Weisser, and Chris Gross (MM ’06, cello)—will perform on the Tuesday Matinees series at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on February 10. The ensemble is currently the Billy Joel Graduate String Quartet in Residence at SUNY, Purchase.

Greg Anderson (BM ’04, MM ’06, piano) and Elizabeth Joy Roe (BM ’04, MM ’06, piano), as the Anderson-Roe Duo, were presenters at the Entertainment Gathering’s EG ’08 Conference in Monterey, Calif., in December. In January, they performed at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Wales, Fla. A new music video, Jump for Joy!, featuring Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos, has been posted on their Web site.

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway (BM ’04, voice) will perform with pianist Vlada Yaneva at the Bulgarian Consulate General in New York on February 18, presented by the American Foundation for Bulgaria. Works by Liszt-Schumann, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Van Wyk will be on the program.

Cameron Carpenter’s (BM ’04, MM ’06, organ) Telarc album Revolutionary, featuring works of Chopin, Bach, Ellington, Dupre, Horowitz, and Carpenter played on the organ, received Grammy nominations in December for best instrumental soloist performance without orchestra and classical producer of the year (Robert Woods).

Aya Hamada (MM ’04, harpsichord) performed Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 4, BWV 1055, in October with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra at Izumi Hall, and gave a solo recital at the Imperial Hotel in Japan.

Hye-Won Cho (BM ’02, MM ’04, piano) won first prize at the 2008 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition in November. In addition to receiving a cash award, Hye-Won was invited to give a solo recital at the Liszt Ferenc Museum and Research Center in Budapest, Hungary. She will also give a solo recital in Los Angeles at the invitation of the American Institute of Fine Arts.

Jeremy Denk (DMA ’01, piano) and violinist Joshua Bell joined cellist Steven Isserlis last month for a program titled “Prodigy of Nature: The Life and Music of Mozart” at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

Terry Riley’s The Cusp of Magic, recorded by the Kronos Quartet—whose members include violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (’01, resident quartet)—and pipa player Wu Man on Nonesuch, received a Grammy nomination in December for classical producer of the year (Judith Sherman).

Maria Millar (BM ’00, MS ’01, violin) and Shawn Wyckoff (BM ’02, flute) performed at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden’s annual holiday concert in Manhattan in December.

Life Between the Keys: The (Mis)Adventures of the 5 Browns will be published by Phoenix Books in March. Ryan Brown (Pre-College ’03, piano), Melody Brown (BM ’04, MS ’06, piano), Gregory Brown (BM ’04, MM ’06, piano), Deondra Brown (BM ’01, MM ’03 piano), and Desirae Brown (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano) reveal their personal journeys and experiences.


The Pacifica Quartet, which includes Masumi Per Rostad (BM ’99, viola), received Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year Award in December. Also in December, the quartet’s recording on Naxos of Elliott Carter’s String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5 received a Grammy nomination for best chamber music performance.

John Marcus (BM ’98, MM ’03, violin), as a member of the Enso String Quartet, was among the artists who joined guitarist Eliot Fisk for a champagne New Year’s Eve concert at the 92nd Street Y.

Soprano Hila Plitmann (BM ’95, MM ’97, voice) received a Grammy nomination in December for best classical vocal performance in faculty member John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, recorded on Naxos by JoAnn Falletta (MM ’83, DMA ’89, orchestral conducting) and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The quartet Ethel—whose members are Cornelius Dufallo (BM ’95, MM ’97, DMA ’02, violin), Ralph Farris (BM ’93, MM ’94, viola), Dorothy Lawson (MM ’84, DMA ’90, cello), and Mary Rowell (BM ’80, MM ’81, violin)—performed at the World Financial Center in New York in December, offering the premiere of Wait for Green, a work commissioned by arts>World Financial Center for its 20th anniversary that was the first collaboration between Ethel and post-modern choreographer Annie-B Parson. In January, Ethel performed with jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, saxophonist Ernie Watts, and the Laurence Hobgood Trio at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room. Other January dates included appearances in Naperville, Ill., and Iowa City.

The rock quartet Electric Kompany—including members Kevin Gallagher (MM ’95, guitar) and James Johnston (BM ’97, piano)—offered the premiere of Gallagher’s Concerto for Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Set, and Orchestra in December at Cleveland State University, with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, conducted by Liza Grossman.

Michelle Carr (Advanced Certificate ’94, voice) performed with her band at the Blue Note in New York in January. Opening for Carr was Alison Stuart, her 16-year-old vocal student.

Two tracks on the album titled Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago (on CSO Resound) netted Grammy nominations for Juilliard alumni. Alan Gilbert (MM ’94, orchestral conducting) conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite, which was nominated for best orchestral performance; Miguel Harth-Bedoya (MM ’93, orchestral conducting) conducts the orchestra in Lou Harrison’s Pipa Concerto, with soloist Wu Man, which was nominated for best instrumental soloist with orchestra. The album, which partners the C.S.O. with Yo-Yo Ma’s (Professional Studies ’72, cello) Silk Road Ensemble, was also nominated for best engineered classical album, as well as for best classical producer of the year (David Frost).

Min Kwon’s (MM ’92, DMA ’00, piano) recording of Schubert’s Sonata in D Major, D. 850, Liszt’s Don Juan Fantasy and Gnomenreigen, and the Liszt-Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade, on MSR Classics, received a Grammy nomination in December for classical producer of the year (David Frost).

Paul Groves (’91, voice/opera) is one of the singers featured on the EMI Classics DVD of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor (with the composer conducting the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra) that received a Grammy nomination in December for best opera recording.

Trent Johnson (Advanced Certificate ’91, organ) had his viola and trumpet concertos premiered last spring as part of the Contemporary Music Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, by the Kiev Camarata, conducted by Valery Matiukhin. He was also invited to participate in the Chernobyl Memorial Concert at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Kiev, where he premiered his Elegy for organ and string orchestra.

David Amado (BM ’90, piano; Advanced Certificate ’95, Professional Studies ’96, orchestral conducting), now in his sixth season as music director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington, was profiled in the December issue of Mid-Atlantic Living: People and Places, a special section of Southern Living magazine.

Day Trip, Pat Metheny’s album with Christian McBride (’90, double bass) and Antonio Sanchez on Nonesuch Records, was nominated for a Grammy Award in December, for best jazz instrumental album, individual or group. Also receiving a nomination in the same category was The New Crystal Silence, an album by pianist Chick Corea (’61, piano) and Gary Burton on Concord Records. A track from that album, Corea’s “Alegria,” was nominated for best instrumental composition.

Anne Akiko Meyers (Certificate ’90, violin) launched her new album on Koch International Records in January. Titled Smile, it features selections by Arlen, Chaplin, Part, Piazzolla, Messiaen, Miyagi, Schubert, and Taki. A special concert celebrating the launch takes place on February 3 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, with Meyers joined by Akira Eguchi (MM ’90, piano).

Alexander Miller’s (BM ’90, MM ’92, oboe) Fireworks was performed by the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Lockington, in November at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, Calif., with the addition of dancers from the Central West Ballet.

Gil Shaham (’90, violin) was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, presented after a surprise announcement made from the audience by Gustavo Dudamel at the end of Shaham’s nationally televised Live From Lincoln Center concert at the Kaplan Penthouse with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in November. The $75,000 prize was established in 1974 and is awarded annually to an artist who has reached the pinnacle of his or her career.


Gregg August (MM ’89, double bass) performed with the J.D. Allen Trio (which also includes Allen and Rudy Royston) in January at St. Albans (N.Y.) Congregational Church in its jazz communion vespers. In December, the trio played at Fat Cat in Manhattan and at Puppets in Brooklyn. The trio’s most recent album, I Am I Am on Sunnyside Records, was included in the British publication Jazzwise Magazine’s December list of the top 10 albums of the year. Also in December, the trio gave a master class on jazz improvisation at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus.

Percussion People, led by music director Michael Sgouros (BM ’89, percussion), performed in December at the Players Theater in New York, joined by the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Percussion Ensemble as special guests. An instrument-building workshop preceded the concert.

Conductor Rick Benjamin’s (’87, tuba) world-premiere recording of the original orchestrations of George M. Cohan’s theater music was released in November by New World Records. Produced by 2007 Grammy-winning “Classical Producer of the Year” Judith Sherman, the disc was the subject of a feature article in The Wall Street Journal. In January, Benjamin conducted his own reconstruction of Scott Joplin’s 1911 opera Treemonisha in a production by Opera Memphis. Benjamin’s work as a conductor and musicologist is scheduled to be the cover story of the May/June issue of Fanfare magazine.

Angela Chun (BM ’86, violin) and Jennifer Chun (BM ’87, violin) performed as guest artists with Hungarian singer Beata Palya in January at Zankel Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s two-week festival “Celebrating Hungary.” The Chun sisters were on an Eastern European tour of Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia prior to the concert. Their new CD on Harmonia Mundi, Homage to Bartok, including 44 violin duos by the composer, will be released in 2009.

Renée Fleming (’86, voice) is featured—along with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ramón Vargas, and conductor Valery Gergiev with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus—in the Decca DVD of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin that received a Grammy nomination in December for best opera recording.

The second CD by the Kobayashi/Gray Duo—Laura Kobayashi (BM ’85, violin) and pianist Susan Keith Gray—titled Feminissimo! Women Playing Music by Women, was released by Albany Records in December. The CD includes premiere recordings of works by Elisenda Fabregas (BM ’82, MM ’83, piano) Emma Lou Diemer, Anna Priscilla Risher, and Signe Lund, as well as previously recorded works by Grazyna Bacewicz, Florence Price, Meira Warshauer, and Pauline Viardot Garcia.

Centaur Records released a CD in November by the Vecchione/Erdahl Duo featuring several pieces by Timothy Goplerud (MM ’84, double bass) for oboe/English horn and bass, including the title track, It Takes Two …. Also included were Rhumboid and Vignettes from The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, inspired by the children’s story by Kate DiCamillo. The CD is available through iTunes and Amazon.

JoAnn Falletta’s (MM ’83, DMA ’89, orchestral conducting) recording of Respighi’s Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions, and Rossiniana on Naxos with the Buffalo Philharmonic was nominated in December for a Grammy Award in the category of best-engineered classical album. The engineer is John Newton.

Stephen Hough (MM ’83, piano) and the Takacs Quartet received a Grammy nomination in December for best chamber music performance for their Hyperion recording of Brahms’s String Quartet, Op. 52, No. 2, and Piano Quintet, Op. 34.

Kenneth Fuchs’s (MM ’83, DMA ’88, composition) United Artists (Fanfare-Overture for Winds, Brass, and Percussion) has been recorded by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, under the baton of Lieutenant Colonel Larry H. Lang, who commissioned the work, transcribed from the orchestral original, for inclusion on the new disc, United We Stand, which will be released later this year. Fuchs was interviewed by Wayne Norman, host of the morning show on WILI-AM in Willimantic, Conn., in December, and he joined violinist and composer Mark O’Connor in a panel discussion titled American Made (What is American Music?), at Chamber Music America’s annual conference in January, held in the Westin New York at Times Square.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s (Diploma ’80, Professional Studies ’82, violin) performs with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Incorporated, conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama, in Japan in February. Also this month, she will play the Mendelssohn E-Minor Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen.


Frederick Schipizky’s (MM ’78) new work Fantasy on a Chinese Folksong for violin and orchestra was premiered by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, in October at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver. The violin soloist was Benjamin Bowman.

Marin Alsop (BM ’77, MM ’78, violin) received Musical America’s 2009 Conductor of the Year Award in December.

Unchanging Love: Brass and Organ Music, a new CD of music by Larry Thomas Bell (MM ’77, DMA ’82, composition), was released on Albany Records in November. Performers on this recording include Bell, trumpeter Chris Gekker, organist Richard Bunbury, the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble, and organist Harrylyn Huff.

Nigel Kennedy’s (’77, violin) album Polish Spirit on EMI Classics, with the Polish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, received a Grammy nomination in December for best classical producer of the year (David Groves).

Maureen Volk’s (MM ’77, piano) solo piano CD titled Schubert and Debussy was released by Centaur Records in September. The disc features Schubert’s Moments musicaux, and Debussy’s Children’s Corner; Images, Book II; and Clair de lune.

The Orion String Quartet—whose members include Daniel Phillips (BM ’76, violin) and Todd Phillips (’80, violin), violist and Juilliard faculty member Steven Tenenbom, and faculty member cellist Timothy Eddy—performs on February 20 at the Mannes College of Music, where it is the ensemble in residence. The Orion will also perform there on May 1.

George Tsontakis (MM ’76, DMA ’86, composition) received a Grammy nomination in December for his Violin Concerto No. 2 on Koch International Classics, in the category of best classical contemporary composition. The recording features Steven Copes (MM ’96, violin) with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya (MM ’93, orchestral conducting). Tsontakis’s most recent recording, which includes his Mirologhia, October, and Violin Concerto No. 1, was released in October. It features faculty member Cho-Liang Lin (Diploma ’87, violin), performing with the Albany Symphony under the direction of David Alan Miller (MM ’83, orchestral conducting).

Michael Shapiro (MM ’75, composition) conducted the Chappaqua Orchestra and Westchester Concert Singers in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Pleasantville (N.Y.) High School Auditorium in November.

The album of Beethoven String Quartets, Op. 18, Nos. 1-6, recorded by the Tokyo String Quartet—whose members are violinists Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (’73, violin), violist Kazuhide Isomura (Diploma ’71, violin), and cellist Clive Greensmith—on Harmonia Mundi received a Grammy nomination in December for classical producer of the year (Robina G. Young).

The Euroarts recording of Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, featuring James Conlon (BM ’72, orchestral conducting) conducting the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and Orchestra, with Anthony Dean Griffey (Advanced Certificate ’95, voice), Patti LuPone (Drama, Group 1), and Audra McDonald (BM ’93, voice), received Grammy nominations in December for best classical album and best opera recording.

Richard Henrickson (BS ’72, MM ’73, violin) and Andrew Jennings (BM ’70, viola) are featured in four violin-duet albums that were originally released on LP in 1970 by Music Minus One and have just been reissued as four CD/sheet-music packages by MMO Music Group. Beautiful Music for Two Violins, Vols. I-IV—arranged by Samuel Applebaum (Diploma ’27, violin), who died in 1986— was originally recorded while the two were at Juilliard; the 100-plus violin duets in the series have been used by violin teachers the world over as teaching supplements for almost four decades.

Yo-Yo Ma (Professional Studies ’72, cello) was named 2009 Musician of the Year by Musical America in December.

The Shoe Bird, with Gerard Schwarz (BS ’72, MM ’90, trumpet) conducting the Seattle Symphony on the Brilliance Audio label, received a Grammy nomination in December for best musical album for children.

The N.Y.U. New Music Ensemble, directed by Esther Lamneck (BM ’71, MM ’72, DMA ’80, clarinet), presented a concert of electronic music and videos, with choreography by Douglas Dunn, at the N.Y.U. Steinhardt School’s Loewe Theater in December.

Diane Walsh (BM ’71, piano) is the onstage pianist in the Broadway production of Moisés Kaufman’s new play, 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda. The play tells the story of Beethoven’s fascination with a trivial waltz, which led to the composition of his 33 Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli, and a modern-day musicologist who sets out to discover the root of his obsession. Previews begin on February 9; the play opens March 9 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater. 33 Variations played pre-Broadway tryouts at Arena Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse; Walsh was the pianist in both earlier productions.


The Cathedral Choral Society, conducted by music director J. Reilly Lewis (MS ’69, DMA ’77, organ), presented three concerts in December at Washington National Cathedral, joined  by the Madrigal Singers of St. Albans and National Cathedral Schools, organist Scott Dettra, carillonist Edward Nassor, and the Washington Symphonic Brass.

Pinchas Zukerman (Professional Studies ’69, violin) has been appointed principal guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning with the 2008-10 season. This month he is touring Spain with that orchestra and in March, he will conduct and play with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In April, he will conduct and play with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The Zukerman Chamber Players—whose members include Pinchas Zukerman, Ashan Pillai (’95, viola), and Amanda Forsyth (BM ’89, cello)—presented concerts at the 92nd Street Y in December and January. For their program at the Y on March 22, they will be joined by Yefim Bronfman (’81, piano).

Miriam Brickman (MS ’67, piano) and Thomas Schmidt presented a holiday concert of works for piano four-hands and piano solo in November at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York. The program featured music by Douglas Townsend, as well as works by Ronald Senator, Schumann, Chopin, and Liszt.

Members of the concert artist faculty of Kean University will perform with Juilliard faculty member Joseph Kalichstein (BS ’67, MS ’69, piano) at Merkin Concert Hall on February 19 in New York, as part of a three-concert miniseries titled Kean at Merkin. Performers include Sharon Roffman, (Graduate Diploma ’03, violin), violist Brett Deubner, cellist Susannah Chapman, and Anthony Scelba (DMA ’76, double bass), director of the concert artist program.

Elizabeth Wolff (MS ’67, piano) performed as part of the Green Salon at Klavierhaus in New York in November.

Susan Alexander-Max (BS ’65, MM ’66, piano) performed music by Bach, Zipoli, and Haydn at La Maison de Navarre in Sauveterre, France, in December.

Psychoanalyst Julie Jaffee Nagel (BM ’65, MS ’66, piano) gave two presentations at the American Psychoanalytic Association’s annual meetings at the Waldorf Hotel in New York in January. She was joined by Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jaime Bernstein, for her first talk, titled “Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Music: The Tritone in West Side Story: How Three Notes Can Drive a Narrative.” Two days later, Nagel spoke on “The Bacio Theme in Verdi’s Otello.” Both presentations explored the importance of music in emotional life, and were organized around the idea that the analysis of the formal properties of music reveals specific, symbolic, and multiple meanings which share elements with psychoanalytic principles.

Two songs from Enchanted written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz (Pre-College ’64, piano), “Ever Ever After” and “That’s How You Know,” received Grammy nominations for best song written for motion picture, television, or other visual media.


Harold Jones (Diploma ’59, flute) led the Antara Ensemble in a concert at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New York that included music by Mozart, Hindemith, Bach, and Britten. William Foster McDaniel was guest conductor for David Amram’s Theme and Variations on Red River Valley for flute and strings, for which Jones was the soloist. Other featured performers included Mioi Takeda (MM ’90, violin) and violinist Orlando Wells in Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by John Williams (’55, composition), released on Concord Records, received a Grammy nomination for best score soundtrack album for motion picture, television, or other visual medium in December. “The Adventures of Mutt,” composed for Indiana Jones and included on the soundtrack, also received a nomination for best instrumental composition.

A concert of music composed by Aaron Blumenfeld (’54, composition) was performed in November at the Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley, Calif. Blumenfeld was recently awarded a grant from Ascaplus Awards.

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