Alumni News, March 2010

Dance | Drama | Music



Esme Boyce (BFA ’09), who has been apprenticing with the Stephen Petronio Company since November, performed a self-choreographed solo, titled Veered Wildly, in the Fertile Grounds series at the Green Space dance studio in Queens in January.

Nathan Madden (BFA ’09), a member of Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, is dancing with the company on tour in France and Italy. The tour began on January 28 in Besançon, France.

Rachelle Rafailedes (BFA ’09) joined Kyle Abraham and a cast of six other performers in the premiere of The Radio Show. Created by Abraham and presented in February at Danspace Project in New York City, The Radio Show is an abstract narrative focusing on themes related to the loss of communication. The production tells the story of an abrupt discontinuation of a radio station and the ways it changes a community, and the lingering effects Alzheimer’s and aphasia has on a family.

Adam Weinert (BFA ’08) participated as a dancer and choreographer in Moving Target, a multimedia collaboration featuring original work by film, dance, music, and design artists. Moving Target was presented in February at the John Ryan Theater in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Troy Ogilvie (BFA ’07) and Bennyroyce Royon (BFA ’06) were among a cast of nine dancers who performed excepts of Sidra Bell’s House Unrest in January at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and at City Center Studios, both in New York City.

Laura Mead (BFA ’06) and Cody Green (’01) are among the cast of dancers in the new Broadway musical Come Fly Away, which opens on March 25 at the Marquis Theater. The production was conceived, choreographed, and directed by Twyla Tharp, and is set to the music of Frank Sinatra.

University of Minnesota’s Northrop Dance presented Pilobolus, with company member Annika Sheaff (BFA ’06), in performances February 12-13. The ensemble danced two programs that included old and new works: a Friday evening performance of five pieces and a family-friendly matinee on Saturday.

Justin Leaf (BFA ’01) participated in “Dance Extravaganza,” presented by the St. Paul (Minn.) Conservatory for the Performing Arts in January. Leaf was one of six choreographers whose work—a piece titled Speak, Memory—was performed by the students of the conservatory at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul. In Minneapolis, Leaf is teaching an ongoing teen/adult open ballet class at the Fixx Workout Studio, where one can learn the fundamentals of ballet technique and dance to a mix of classical and contemporary music. 


Battleworks Dance Company, founded and directed by Robert Battle (BFA ’94), presented work in January at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Company members include Erika Pujic (BFA ’95), Samuel Roberts (’98), and Kate Skarpetowska (BFA ’99). 


As part of a community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Kansas Wesleyan University had Kevin Iega Jeff (’79) and Joshua L. Ishmon from Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in residence from January 14 to 18. During the residency, Jeff and Ishmon offered a dance workshop/master class at the Salina Community Theater in Salina, Kan. 


In December, Gerri Houlihan (’64) served as guest choreographer for the Bolles Repertory Dance Theater to set a piece titled Mercy, which is scheduled to be performed by the Bolles Dance Company in its upcoming spring concert, April 15 and 16, in the McGehee Auditorium on the San Jose Campus of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.



In January, Katori Hall (Playwrights ’09) was selected as the recipient of the 2010 William Inge Theater Festival’s Otis Guernsey New Voices in the American Theater Award. Hall will be presented with the award during the 29th annual Inge Festival in Independence, Kan., in April. The award recognizes contemporary playwrights whose voices are helping shape the American theater of today.

In January, Beau Willimon’s (Playwrights ’08) play Farragut North was presented at GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla. The production was directed by Joseph Adler.

Nicole Beharie (Group 36) appeared in Sins of the Mother, a Lifetime Pictures film that premiered in February on the Lifetime Movie Network.

Michael Arden (Group 34) can be seen in the Roundabout Theater Company’s Sondheim on Sondheim, a retrospective of work by Stephen Sondheim at Studio 54 in New York City. The production, directed by James Lapine, runs through June 13.

In February, Rebecca Brooksher (Group 34) and Jeffrey Carlson (Group 30) appeared in the new Terrence McNally play Golden Age, directed by Austin Pendleton, at the Philadelphia Theater Center.

Rutina Wesley (Group 34), Nelsan Ellis (Group 33), and Carrie Preston (Group 23) were nominated as part of the cast of HBO’s True Blood for a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

Julia Cho’s (Playwrights ’03) play The Language Archive can be seen at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif., March 26-April 25. The production is directed by Mark Brokaw. 

In February, Tanya Barfield’s (Playwrights ’02 and Drama Division literary manager) play Blue Door was directed by Scott Plate at the Dobama Theater in Cleveland and by Andrea J. Dymond at Victory Gardens in Chicago. Another production of the work, directed by Walter Dallas, is running through March 21 at the Arden Theater in Philadelphia.

Jennifer Carpenter (Group 31) was nominated as part of the cast of Showtime’s Dexter for a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

Anthony Mackie (Group 30) is appearing in the premiere of A Behanding in Spokane, written by Martin McDonagh and directed by John Crowley. The production runs on Broadway at the Schoenfeld Theater through June 6. In addition, Mackie was nominated with fellow cast mates in the film The Hurt Locker for a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Wes Bentley (Group 29) can be seen in David Ives’s play Venus in Fur, directed by Walter Bobbie, at the Classic Stage Company in New York City through March 7.

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s (Playwrights ’00) play Sirens, directed by Casey Stangl, can be seen as part of the Humana Festival at the Actors Theater of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., through March 28. In February, her play End Days, directed by Bruce Wheaton, was produced at the Riverside Theater in Iowa City.


Patch Darragh (Group 28) can be seen in Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein, at the Roundabout Theater Company in New York City through May 30.

Damon Gupton (Group 28) can be seen in the premiere of Clybourne Park, a play by Bruce Norris, at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. The production, directed by Pam MacKinnon, runs through March 7. In December, Gupton appeared in the Production Company’s performance of Blair Singer’s Meg’s New Friend. Directed by Mark Armstrong, the play ran at Manhattan Theater Source in New York City.

Christian Camargo (Group 25) can be seen in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and As You Like It at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City through March 13. The productions, both directed by Sam Mendes, are part of the Bridge Project, a three-year transatlantic partnership uniting BAM, the Old Vic, and Neal Street. In addition, Camargo was nominated with fellow cast mates of the film The Hurt Locker for a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Michael Stuhlbarg (Group 21) received a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actor in a motion picture—comedy or musical for his role in the film A Serious Man.

Jon Tenney (Group 19) was nominated as part of the cast of TNT’s The Closer for a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.


Jane Adams (Group 18) received a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television for her role in the HBO television series Hung.


Christine Baranski (Group 3) was nominated as part of the cast of CBS’s The Good Wife for a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

Kevin Kline (Group 1) received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries for his role in Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac on PBS.


Grammy Winners

A number of alumni received Grammy Awards at the 52nd annual awards ceremony on January 31. Renée Fleming (’86, voice) received the award for best classical vocal performance for her album Verismo Arias, released by Decca. The Emerson String Quartet, comprised of Eugene Drucker (Diploma ’72, Professional Studies ’73, violin), Philip Setzer (BM ’73, MM ’74, violin), Lawrence Dutton (BM ’77, MM ’78, viola), and cellist David Finckel, won in the best chamber music performance category for their Deutsche Grammophon album Intimate Letters. Yo-Yo Ma (Professional Studies ’72, cello) received a Grammy for best classical crossover album for Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace on Sony Classical. James Levine (Diploma ’63, orchestral conducting) won for best orchestral performance, conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a recording of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, released by BSO Classics. Chick Corea (’61, piano), along with John McLaughlin and the Five Peace Band, received the award for best jazz instrumental album for Five Peace Band—Live, released by Concord Records.


Gregory DeTurck (MM ’06, piano) was announced as the winner of the 2010 Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award in January. His recital will take place on May 6 in Alice Tully Hall.

In January, Cem Duruoz (Graduate Diploma ’03, guitar) gave a concert of tango music with Raul Jaurena, a renowned bandoneón player, at the Milford (Conn.) Center for the Arts.

Michael Maniaci (Artist Diploma ’03, voice) performed with Opera Boston in the premiere of Madame White Snake, by composer Zhou Long and librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs, at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, February 26-March 2. Maniaci’s album Mozart: Arias for Male Soprano was released in January by Telarc.

David Greilsammer (BM ’02, MM ’04, piano) made his Lincoln Center recital debut in a Sunday Morning Coffee Concert on February 21 at the Walter Reade Theater. The program included short pieces by Scarlatti, Rameau, Mozart, Janacek, and John Adams, as well as a piano arrangement of arias from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo


Lera Auerbach’s (BM ’96, piano, MM ’99, composition) ballet Watch Her was premiered by the Canadian National Ballet at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto in November. That same month, Hamburger Camerata performed Auerbach’s Suite Concertante at Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Germany; the Nathan Quartett performed her Epilog for String Quartet at Hans-Huber Saal in Basel, Switzerland; violinist Julian Rachlin performed the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 at Vienna’s Musikverein; and the Charlemagne Orchestra for Europe performed her Sogno di Stabat Mater at Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels. In January, the Utrecht String Quartet performed Auerbach’s String Quartet No. 1 at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Auerbach held a residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, N.M., in January and February. This month, she begins a residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada.

Simone Dinnerstein (BM ’96, piano) recently signed an exclusive recording agreement with Sony Classical; her first CD on that label is scheduled for release in the spring. Dinnerstein debuted with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in July.

Hai-Ye Ni (MM ’95, cello) made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in January, performing Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1. In October, she played Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor with pianist Lang Lang and violin faculty member David Chan (MM ’97, violin). On July 26, she will perform Bach’s Cello Suite in C Major, BWV 1009, in a live TV broadcast of the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France.

John David Smith (MM ’94, DMA ’99, French horn) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Delaware in September. His horn studio will host the 2010 Northeast Horn Workshop from March 12 through 14, where Jennifer Montone (BM ’99, French horn), Philadelphia Orchestra horn section principal and Juilliard faculty member, will be a featured guest. As the principal horn player of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Smith will perform in Verdi’s La Traviata in May, and in Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice in June. Both performances will take place at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Smith is also principal horn of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, which gave a concert featuring pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky (’93, piano) on January 31 and February 1. 

Kristin Wolfe Jensen (MM ’91, bassoon) was featured, along with Michelle Schumann (piano) and Rebecca Henderson (oboe), in a CD of Virko Baley’s chamber music. The album, titled Parables and Reflections, was released by TNC Recordings on February 15. On February 6, the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City hosted a preview performance of the CD.


Amy Porter (BM ’86, MM ’87, flute) will perform the premiere of Michael Daugherty’s concerto The Trail of Tears on March 26 at Kiewit Concert Hall in Omaha with the Omaha Symphony. On April 12, Porter will perform with the Michigan Chamber Players at the University of Michigan’s Stamps Auditorium in Ann Arbor. In addition, she will perform the premiere of Sonata No. 7, The Ghost Sonata, a piece written for her by Christopher Caliendo, May 21-23 at the Texas Flute Festival at the University of North Texas in Denton. In February, her DVD The ABCs of Flute Playing for the Absolute Beginner was released by Carl Fischer. In January, Theodore Presser began distributing Porter’s study guide DVDs, titled 12 Fantasias for Flute Without Bass and 30 Caprices for Flute.

In December, Juilliard staff member Timothy Goplerud’s (MM ’84, double bass) piece Fantasia on Three French Carols was premiered on Minnesota Public Radio’s Holiday Sampler program.

In December, members of the Kean University faculty brass quintet, including Lisa Pike (BM ’82, MM ’83, French horn), Andrew Bove (MM ’01, tuba), and James Musto (MM ’85, percussion), played in a holiday brass concert at Enlow Hall in Union, N.J., dedicated to trumpet player Fred Mills.

Lisa Hansen (BM ’81, flute) performed the Concerto for Flute and Strings by Johann Helmich Roman with the New York Scandia Symphony at the Scandinavia House in New York City in February. Later that month, she played in the Debussy Trio for flute, harp, and viola in Kean University’s Concert Artist series at Enlow Hall in Union, N.J. Also in February, her recording of Stephen Yip’s Shun for Flute and String Orchestra with the North/South Chamber Orchestra was released by North/South Recordings.

Sara Davis Buechner (BM ’80, MM ’81, piano) performed in January with the Tokyo Sinfonia, playing an all-Mozart program at the Tokyo Masonic Center’s Golden Hall. In May, she will play with the Toronto Symphony, performing Constance Lambert’s choral piano concerto The Rio Grande and Henry Charles Litolff’s Concerto Symphonique at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Buechner will perform Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the Springfield Symphony in Springfield, Mass., on March 13, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Monterey Symphony at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, Calif., March 26-27, and at the Sunset Theater in Carmel, Calif., March 28-29. In addition, Buechner will play in the Aloha International Piano Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu June 12-19, and on June 12 she will be heard on Hawaii Public Radio when she plays at Atherton Studio in Honolulu. She debuts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra on July 24, playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.


In a February concert focusing on works banned by the Nazis, Ann Roggen (MM ’79, viola) performed pieces by Ervin Schulhoff, Laszlo Weiner, Paul Hindemith, and Gottfried Rudinger with Steven Beck (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano) and Tim Rudeman, saxophone, at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y. On March 7, Roggen and Beck will play works by Brahms, Kodaly, Weiner, and Liszt in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Shinji Eshima (MM ’79, double bass) composed Krapp’s Endgame for Steven Dibner (BM ’77, MM ’78, bassoon), who premiered the work with Ariel String Quartet members William Barbini (Diploma ’69, violin), Kineko Barbini (Diploma ’72, violin), Paul Ehrlich (viola), and Victoria Ehrlich (cello) on November 22. The performance, which took place at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco, was dedicated to Dibner’s stepfather, Stan Ovshinsky, and benefitted the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Based on the writings of Samuel Beckett and Allen Ginsberg, Krapp’s Endgame includes an optional chanting part for a Buddhist monk. It was published by TrevCo Music.

Douglas Montgomery (MM ’78, piano) played a concert that included pieces by Mozart, Massenet, Mahler, Bizet, and Rodgers and Hammerstein with vocalist Susan Graham, as well as a selection of solo piano works from operas, movies, and Broadway shows, at Lee High School in Midland, Tex., in December. The concert also included some of Montgomery’s own arrangements.  

Anthony Scelba (DMA ’76, double bass) gave a series of four master classes at the Vorarlberg Music Conservatory in Feldkirch, Austria, in February.

In February, the North/South Chamber Orchestra gave the premiere of Victoria Bond’s (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting) Coqui at Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in New York City, and the Queens Symphony premiered Bond’s Dreams of Flying at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Also in February, violinist Michael Braudy performed Bond’s Country Fiddle at the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata, India. Her work Bridges was featured on Canadian radio station CKWR’s show Women in Music in February, and she will conduct Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: The New Musical, by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago March 6-7.

Michael Boriskin (BS ’73, piano) played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in February with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City.

Paul Alan Levi (MM ’72, DMA ’78, composition) completed a score for Years in the Making, a documentary about late-life creativity featuring interviews with 50 visual artists age 70 and older, in May 2009. In September, the film won the first place feature documentary award at the SkyFest II Film and Script Festival in Asheville, N.C. Levi appeared in the November 23 issue of Fortune magazine with his composition student Murray Hidary as part of a series on young entrepreneurs and their mentors.


Deniz Arman Gelenbe (BM ’67, MS ’69, piano), as a member of the Arman Trio, premiered Benjamin Lees’s Piano Trio No. 3 at the Dartington International Summer School in South Devon, England, in August. In October, Gelenbe performed with Charles Webb at the Musical Arts Series in Attica, Ind.

Donald J. Aibel (BS ’62, violin) will visit Juilliard on April 20 to talk about income taxes and negotiation of contracts for performers in the Business of Music class. On April 22, he will speak at the Manhattan School of Music. In February, Aibel was a speaker at a Lunch and Learn event at Juilliard. 

In June 2009, Richard San Filippo (BS ’60, trumpet) played J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 2 with the Senior Concert Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. 


Angus Godwin (Diploma ’59, voice) gave master classes at M.I.T. in January.

The work of Jack Behrens (BS ’58, MS ’59, composition) was recorded on an album titled Jack Behrens: Homages for Piano Solo. The CD, released by Centaur Records in July, features pianist Bianca Baciu.  

Kenneth Bennett Lane (’51, voice) will perform and analyze Wagner’s landscape of heroes in the context of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Rienzi, Tannhäuser, and Tristan und Isolde at the New Life Expo on March 27 at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City.

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