Monday, September 15, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Pius Cheung, marimba
The Chinese-Canadian marimbist and composer, Pius Cheung, started to learn piano at age 5 and marimba at age 9 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. At age 10, he made his solo debut as a marimbist in Hong Kong in 1993. At the age of 12 he moved to Vancouver, Canada with his family. In his teenage years, Pius was a member of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra. He appeared as marimba soloist with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra at the World Music Forum in 1999 and on its tours to Holland (1999), Australia (1997) and Canada (1996). In 1998, he made his European solo debut in the Great Hall of Moscow, performing the Marimba Concerto by Paul Creston.
As an orchestra musician, Pius Cheung has worked with world-renowned conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit,
Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Temirkanov, and David Zinman. In 2003, he was awarded 1st prize at the senior division of the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. He then made his USA concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Kimmel Centre, and was invited to perform with them again in June 2004.
As a composer, Pius Cheung won First Prize in the Classical Marimba League’s 2007 Composition Competition for his Three Etudes, part of a cycle of Twenty-Four Etudes which he is currently working on. He has written numerous other works for the marimba including a Marimba Concerto with String Orchestra, a set of Five Musical Moments (Lust, Storm, Solitude, Dance of the Golden Mean, and Romance) for solo marimba, Sonata No. 1 "Vitanata", Symphonic Poem for solo marimba, two Ballades (including Ballade for Eriko Daimo) and a collection of smaller pieces including Etudes (including Etude in E minor), Nocturnes, and Preludes. His music is published by the Connecticut Hill Music Publishing Company.
Pius Cheung is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vic Firth endorser.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 – 3:00 PM
Nancy Zeltsman, marimba
Nancy Zeltsman is a leading marimba performer, recording artist, teacher, author and festival director. She has premiered over 125 solo/chamber marimba works including compositions by Paul Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gunther Schuller, Carla Bley, and Louis Andriessen. Zeltsman has presented recitals and marimba master classes across the U.S. and Europe and in Japan and Mexico. From 1985-1996, she was a member of the duo Marimolin with violinist Sharan Leventhal.
Since 1993, she has taught marimba in positions that were created for her at Berklee College of Music and at The Boston Conservatory where she is Chair of the Percussion Department. Since 2001, she has been Artistic Director of Zeltsman Marimba Festival: an annual two-week seminar held in a different location each summer (www.ZMF.us).
Her contributions to marimba pedagogy and repertoire are evident within three books: Zeltsman's method, "Four Mallet Marimba Playing: A Musical Approach for All Levels" (Hal Leonard Corporation); and "Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba": 24 marimba solos presented in two volumes, commissioned through ZMF with support from over 200 contributors (C.F. Peters Corporation; Edited by Zeltsman).
Recordings include three solo CDs; three CDs with Marimolin; William Thomas McKinley's marimba concerto recorded with Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and a duo marimba CD with Jack Van Geem.
Nancy graduated from New England Conservatory with a degree in percussion performance (BM, 1982) where she studied with Vic Firth. Other teachers included Ian Finkel, Robert Ayers, Donald Marrs and Dave Samuels. She endorses Marimba One marimbas, and her signature line of Encore Mallets. Nancy resides in Boston, Massachusetts. For more, visit: www.nancyzeltsman.com.
Monday, October 28, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid, songwriting duo (Moore Hall Annex Choir Room)
Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid are the Grammy-nominated songwriters of “Throw That Girl Around” from the Broadway musical, Swing!
Their musical Bingo (the winning musical)www.bingothemusical.com written with David Holcenberg, had a successful Off-Broadway run and continues to have numerous productions nationally and internationally. It was honored with the 2007 Bay Area Critics Association Award for Best Musical.
Their critically acclaimed musical, Vices: A Love Story, written with collaborators Susan Draus and Everett Bradley, was produced at the Caldwell Theatre where it was nominated for eight 2010 Carbonell Awards including Best New Work and Best Musical.
Vices, which Variety called “a minor miracle…a sensual celebration”, ended a successful run at Theatre Aspen and continues its developmental journey with plans for a New York City run.
In addition to having several TV and film scripts in development, they wrote for the NBC series Just Deal and their sitcom Scott Free, developed with Barbra Streisand’s production company Barwood Films and Kelsey Grammer’s production company Grammnet, was purchased by Paramount Pictures. They are both proud members of The Dramatists Guild, BMI and the Writer’s Guild of America, East.
2009 Dramatists Guild Fellows, they recently completed a two year residency with Indiana University Premier Musicals where they developed their new musical, Solana.
Monday, November 4, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Brooks de Wetter-Smith, flute; Elizabeth Tomlin, piano (Moore Hall Annex Choir Room)
Brooks de Wetter-Smith (James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor) is in great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and masterclass teacher, having performed in 20 nations (Eastern- and Western Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America) and nearly all 50 states. His recordings are available on the Albany, Aurophon, Centaur, Christophorus, Crystal, and Paulinas labels, spanning baroque, romantic, and twentieth-centuries, and jazz-inspired repertoire.
Recently, he has been actively engaged in exploring traditional Arabic improvisation techniques, an outgrowth of his long-standing interest in jazz. This search has led him to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, and Israel. Dr. de Wetter-Smith has combined his work in the Middle East with the study of Brazilian jazz/folk elements, suggesting a close connection between both Arabic music and western jazz traditions via West Africa. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Professorship to teach at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and Cologne as well as the Escola Superior in Lisbon, Portugal, and he is former President of the National Flute Association.
Brooks de Wetter-Smith's editions of 19th-century repertoire are published by International Music Company and Southern Music Company. His principal teachers include James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Karlheinz Zöller, Walfrid Kujala and James Pappoutsakis. He holds a DMA degree from the Eastman School of Music and is the James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Tomlin holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A sought-after collaborative pianist with over 200 works in her repertoire, she has performed throughout the United States with such artists and ensembles as British clarinetist Janet Hilton, former NY Philharmonic principal oboist Joseph Robinson, Martin Kuuskmann, Laura Gilbert, Shigeru Ishikawa, the Mallarme Chamber Players, Blue Mountain Ensemble, Ciompi Quartet, and the Carolina Wind Quintet. Most recently she toured through Saint Petersburg, Russia with flutist Brooks DeWetter Smith, presenting master classes and concerts.
A recent performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto received high praise, John Lambert of Classical Voice of North Carolina declaring it “so good, indeed, that I’d urge anyone to go out of the way to hear Tomlin again.” Elizabeth often premieres works by established and emerging composers such as T.J. Anderson, Derek Bermel, Thomas Dempster, and George Lam. Her passion for teaching aspiring young musicians has also put her in demand as a master class clinician, lecturer and adjudicator.
Monday, January 27, 2014 – 7:30 PM
Kathryn Findlen, mezzo soprano; Richard Masters, piano
Mezzo Soprano Kathryn Findlen “has a rich, lush vocal quality and an incredible stage presence” (Austin Post) which have gained her a nomination for Best Classical Vocalist of the Year in Austin by the Austin Critics Table Awards. This season she sang Kenneth Frazelle’s autobiographical work “Songs in the Rearview Mirror” for its’ New York Premiere in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and appeared as mezzo soloist for the Verdi Requiem with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
As recitalist, the mezzo’s collaborations place her at the forefront of new American concert repertoire. She has worked with Pulitzer Prize winning composers John Harbison, Robert Ward, and most recently with George Crumb, bringing their works to life on the concert stage. She has appeared with Austin Lyric Opera, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, Texas Choral Consort, Austin Civic Chorus, and been presented in concert at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Southwestern University, Texas Lutheran University and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Encouraging a love of classical music in younger generations, Findlen is a vocal instructor and also serves as artistic director for the community chamber series Kaleidescope in Austin, Texas. She began her training in the Brevard Music Center Opera Program, holds a Bachelor of Music from University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she also attended High School, a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed her opera apprenticeship at Austin Lyric Opera.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 – All Day (GPAC)
Wayne Bergeron, trumpet Guest Artist and Clinician for the UNCP Honor Jazz Festival
Wayne Bergeron is now enjoying a career as one of the most active players on the Los Angeles scene. With studio dates, International touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics he has no intention of slowing down. In 1986 Wayne landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on such MF recordings as "Body & Soul", "Big Bop Nouveau" & "Brass Attitude." Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview: "Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I've ever had on my band." Bergeron's first solo Big Band CD entitled "You Call This A Living?" earned him a recent Grammy nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and features some of the greatest jazz musicians in the business including Pete Christlieb, Peter Erskine, Andy Martin, Eric Marienthal, Bill Reichenbach and Alan Pasqua to name a few.
As a sideman Wayne has been involved with hundreds of CD projects that include Beyonce, Chicago, Bette Midler, Ray Charles, Diane Reeves, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Arturo Sandoval, Robbie Williams, Keeley Smith, Ronnie Milsap, Lee Ann Womack, Lou Rawls. Green Day, The Offspring, Bobby Caldwell, Rosemary Cloony, Diane Schuur, Brain Setzer, Joe Cocker, Eric Marienthal, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Warren Hill, Tito Puente and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
A partial list of film credits include Starsky and Hutch, Pirates of the Carribean, Home on the Range, Paycheck, Welcolme to Mooseport, Hollywood Homicide, Legally Blonde 2, Drumline, Along Came Polly, Sweet Home Alabama, Catch Me if You Can, Eight Crazy Nights, Big Fat Liar, Queen of the Damned, Undercover Brother, Pluto Nash, John Q, Master of Disguise, Evolution, American Pie 2, Big Trouble, Analyze This, Scream 3, The Kid, South Park, Flubber, Deep Blue Sea, Ace Ventura, The Hunchback of Notre Dame & Primary Colors. His trumpet solos can be heard on High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold, The Mask, Drowning Mona, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Norma Jean and Marilyn, Aladdin King of Thieves, Return of Jafar, Foolproof and Two Days in the Valley.
Numerous TV credits include shows such as Dragnet, Emmy Awards, Latin Grammy's, Frank Sinatra's 80th B-Day TV Special, Tony Bennet TV Special, Tribute to Liz Tailor, Jeopardy, America's Funniest Home Videos, Futurama, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Lloyd in Space, Hey Arnold, Promised Land and The Newlywed Game. In addition, his trumpet solos have been heard on music from King of the Hill, The Division, The Agency, Mouseworks, House of Mouse, Arrested Development and Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Wayne's passion for big bands finds himself seated in some of LA's most well respected bands. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Pat Williams, Gordon Goodwin, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Frank Capp, Matt Cattingub, Bill Liston, Kim Richmond, Ray Anthony, Roger Neumann, Bill Perkins, Bill Elliott, Chris Walden, Gary Irwin, Bill Watrous and Bob Curnow.
Wayne is currently on staff at California State University Northridge where he manages to find time to teach privately. His skills have taken him to different parts of the globe as a clinician/soloist. Wayne annually performs in Switzerland at the Aarau Jazz Festival and has toured Japan as a guest soloist. In 1999, to celebrate Duke Ellington's birthday, Wayne had the honor of performing as the lead trumpeter and soloist for the Ellington Legacy Orchestra tour in Switzerland.
Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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