Music Institute of Chicago Student Musicians Triumph at 2011 Walgreens National Concerto Competition and 2012 DePaul Concerto Festival
Overall winners in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition will perform with the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra February 25 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston, Illinois, and receive a cash award of $500. The Senior Level Early Music winner, at the discretion of the director, will record with Ars Antigua, which performs music from the Renaissance through Classical eras on period instruments, and will be podcast from its website. Category winners, at the discretion of the director, will be selected to perform in the Winners Recital March 4 in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. Music Institute students include:
MYA Junior Division
Strings Honorable Mentions:
Rowena Bakke, 10, cello, Buffalo Grove
Anastasia Dalianis, 12, cello, Park Ridge
Open Junior Division
Strings Winner/Overall Winner:
Hannah White, 12, violin, Germantown, Wisconsin
Strings Honorable Mentions:
Serena Harnack, 13, violin, Glen Ellyn
Nathan Mo, 13, cello, Palatine
Open Senior Division
String Division Winner/Overall Open Senior Division Winner:
Gallia Kastner, 14, violin, Arlington Heights
String Division Honorable Mentions:
Claire Bourg, 16, violin, Aurora
Joshua Burca, 17, violin, Round Lake
Kiyoshi Hayashi, 18, violin, Oak Park
Tabitha Oh, 15, violin, Chicago
Michaela Wellems, 17, violin, Lincolnshire
Ye Young Yoo, 18, cello, Kildeer
Piano Division Winner:
Kyle Jannak-Huang, 14, Palatine
Early Music Division Winner:
Hansuh Rhee, 14, violin, Glenview
Early Music Division Honorable Mention:
Mitchell Green, 17, guitar, Northbrook
Elisa Germond, 16, Delphi, Indiana
Voice Honorable Mention:
Joo Young (Kate) Lee, 12, Glenview
Each year, traditional and Suzuki students in piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, and clarinet may audition for the DePaul Concerto Festival. Winners of the 2012 Festival will perform a movement of a concerto with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mina Zikri, Sunday, January 22 at the DePaul Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden, Chicago. Music Institute students include:
Garret Chou, 16, Northbrook
Nathan Walhout, 14, Wheaton
Sean Choi, 11, Wilmette
Honorable Mention: George Dalianis, 11, Park Ridge
Caitlin Adamson, 16, Evanston
Honorable Mention: Gloria Burca (with Distinction), 15, Round Lake
Serena Harnack, 13, Glen Ellyn
Jisun Lee, 17, Mount Prospect
Hanway Wang, 15, Naperville
Hansuh Rhee, 14, Glenview
Julian Rhee, 11, Brookfield, Wisconsin
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications
The Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot Announce 2012-2013 Season
Innovation, premieres, world-class artists and classic repertoire come together in Morlot's hallmark second season. Alexander Velinzon appointed new Seattle Symphony concertmaster
Ludovic Morlot to conduct ten Wyckoff masterworks season programs, including the first Seattle Symphony performance of Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony and Britten's War Requiem.
Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell to join Morlot for opening night concert and gala with all-American program of Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland.
Seattle Symphony and Morlot to give world premiere of John Luther Adams' Become Ocean in June, 2013 and perform it again at Carnegie Hall in May, 2014.
Additional world premieres by Dai Fujikura, Alexandra Gardner, Ken Hesketh and Arlene Sierra.
U.S. premiere by Pascal Zavaro.
Four award-winning young pianists to perform the Rachmaninov Concertos with Ludovic Morlot
"Sonic Evolution" to include appearance by star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, plus world premieres inspired by Alice in Chains, Blue Scholars, and Yes.
"Late-Night Series" [untitled] features informal contemporary music performances in the Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby
Friday Night Rush Hour Series recast as Symphony Untuxed:
Shorter performances with pre- and post-concert events welcome new audiences.
Morlot to conduct "Celebrate Asia" in January 2013.
Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz to lead four "Russian Spectacular" concerts featuring Vladimir Feltsman and Ignat Solzhenitsyn and music by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
A magnificent array of guest conductors and guest artists, with debuts including David Afkham, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Andrey Boreyko, Matthew Halls and Thomas Søndergård; returning conductors are John Adams, Douglas Boyd, Michael Francis, HK Gruber, Jakub Hruša, Neeme Järvi, Christian Knapp, Jun Märkl, Steven Reineke, Stephen Stubbs, Jeff Tyzik, and Xian Zhang.
Soloists include violinists Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Gluzman, Alina Ibragimova, Sergey Khachatryan and Arabella Steinbacher; pianists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, András Schiff, Vladimir Feltsman, Louis Lortie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Cédric Tiberghien; violist Maxim Rysanov; cellists Gautier Capuçon and Julian Schwarz; harpsichordist Rinaldo Alessandrini; and sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian and Christine Brewer.
Seattle Symphony musicians featured in solo appearance with the orchestra include Emma McGrath, Elisa Barston, Efe Balticigil, Demarre McGill, David Gordon, and Michael A. Werner.
--Kirshbaum Demler & Associates
Seattle Symphony Will Perform at Carnegie Hall in May, 2014
Performance part of New York's Annual Spring Music Festival
The Seattle Symphony will perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the 2014 Spring for Music festival. Spring for Music is an annual festival at Carnegie Hall designed to showcase the quality and creativity of North American orchestras. The Seattle Symphony was one of six ensembles selected from a pool of more than 60 orchestras who submitted programs for consideration. The other participating orchestras in 2014 are the New York Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
"This is a wonderful validation of the great partnership between the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot," said Seattle Symphony Executive Director Simon Woods. "Nothing in the music world is more prized than an appearance at Carnegie Hall, and we are absolutely thrilled to be appearing there in 2014 with a fascinating program including a major new commission from Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, that will be premiered in Seattle in June 2013."
About Spring for Music:
"Spring For Music" is a festival of six concerts in Carnegie Hall by North American orchestras performing creative, stimulating, and adventurous programs. In its inaugural season, Spring for Music was categorized by the press as "bold," "gripping," "vibrant," "inspired," "virtuosic," and "brilliant." The New Yorker hailed it as "fresh at every turn," while The New York Times stated that Spring For Music gives "power to the listener." The festival is designed to reach broad music-loving audiences at affordable prices, sold through a unique marketing structure and with an artistic profile built around innovative and creative programs. The festival is designed to allow participating orchestras to showcase their artistic philosophies through distinctive programming in one of the world's most competitive musical environments. In pre-concert talks, each participating orchestra will describe how that night's program relates to its artistic philosophy. The festival becomes a musical laboratory with lively and attentive audiences that can foster greater innovation in each orchestra's home market.
About the Seattle Symphony:
The Seattle Symphony, now presenting its 109th season, has gained international prominence with more than 140 recordings, twelve GRAMMY nominations and two Emmys. The 2011–2012 season is the inaugural year for Music Director Ludovic Morlot, who was appointed to the position in 2010. The Seattle Symphony performs in one of the world's finest concert venues — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle — and is recognized for its innovative programming, devotion to the classics, and extensive recording catalog. From September through July, the Symphony is heard live by more than 315,000 people. For more information on the Seattle Symphony, visit www.seattlesymphony.org.
--Patrick Gullo, Kirshbaum Demler & Associates
Music Institute of Chicago Presents Violinist Cyrus Forough February 18
The Music Institute of Chicago presents acclaimed violinist Cyrus Forough in concert Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.
Forough, joined by pianist Tatyana Stepanova, will perform Bach's Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D Minor for solo violin; Beethoven's Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1; and Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major.
About Cyrus Forough:
Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition and Music Institute artist faculty member Cyrus Forough has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout four continents including command performances for international dignitaries. A prominent representative of the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing, he is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.
Cyrus Forough performs Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Institute of Chicago's Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, available at musicinst.org or 847.905.1500 ext. 108.
--Jill Chukerman, JAC Communications