Dr. Svetlana Belsky is scheduled to play Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 1st at 8:00 pm. We are honored to host the pianist who has been described as “a passionate pianist and scholar.” Dr. Belsky was born in the Soviet Union but was trained primarily in the United States with teachers such as Chicago’s Emilio Del Rosario. She received both her Bachelor of Music and Master Degrees from the Peabody conservatory of Music and her Doctorate in Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Belsky is currently the Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago.
Please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see this pianist extraordinaire.
Dr. Martin Nedbal to receive The William Holmes/Frank D’Accone Endowment Award
Dr. Martin Nedbal
Eligible applicants submitted a statement of up to 1,000 words describing the research topic, a research plan, projected itinerary, and institutions where research would occur. Dr. Nedbal will be taking a archival-research trip to Vienna this June to study the manuscript sources associated with early nineteenth-century German-language productions of Mozart’s Da Ponte operas at the Viennese Court-Theater.
The endowment is named for two music historians of the early modern period from the University of California. William Holmes, a scholar of 17th-century music, edited and wrote about operas by Cesti and Scarlatti before turning to the works of Verdi. Frank A. D’Accone served as chair of the Departments of Music and Musicology at UCLA. He has published extensively on Renaissance music in Tuscany and had edited and written about Scarlatti’s first opera. The endowment was established by Frank D’Accone in memory of Bill Holmes. For more information about this award, you may visit http://www.ams-net.org/grants/holmes-daccone.php.
Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Julian Steckel, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Lilya Zilberstein, Paul Badura-Skoda and Polina Leschenko.
She further appeared at Festivals as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, Lockenhaus, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, in Davos, Tours, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier or the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, among others. Every year since 2005 Alissa Margulis has been invited to perform at Martha Argerich’s “Progetto” in Lugano.
During the 2012/2013 season Alissa Margulis will play concerts at the Philharmonie Essen, in Tokyo or in Guebwiller, appear with the World Youth Orchestra in Rome, Orchestre Philharmonique de Lorraine, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa. Further Alissa Margulis will be touring in Japan with her brother Jury Margulis and in Sweden with the Camerata Nordica in February 2013 as well as give her debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest in September. She will perform chambermusic at Lars Vogt’s “Spannungen” Festival in Heimbach as well as appear with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Lugano performing the Violin Concert of Alexander Glazunov under the baton of Alexander Verdernikov, which will be recorded as well for CD (Avanti Classics).
Alissa Margulis will be performing this evening with her brother, our very own, Jura Margulis. The concert will be held in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at 8:00 pm.
The University of Arkansas Department of Music is proud to host Ms. Amy Porter, March 4th, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.
Flutist Amy Porter captivates audiences with her stunning virtuosity combined with heartfelt lyricism and interpretive sensitivity. Acclaimed by the New York Times as “a particularly strong performer, technically robust and musically forceful”, and echoed by American Record Guide as “a charismatic and highly skilled performer”, she has established herself as one of the leading artists of today through her innovative solo concerts and notable collaborations with the world’s top composers.
Popular among flutists around the world, Ms. Porter has appeared with orchestras across the U.S. and abroad, and has been acclaimed for her compelling and energetic performances. Currently, reviewers rave about her moving interpretation of Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears Concerto writing,” as played by the charismatic soloist Amy Porter (with whom Daugherty collaborated in writing ‘Trail of Tears’), no instrument could conceivably sound more lively or richly expressive.” (Mississippi News). Regarding her Carnegie Hall performance, Allan Kozinn of the NY Times wrote, “Amy Porter played with graceful poise.”Ms. Porter has appeared notably at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Taipei’s National Theater Concert Hall, Muramatsu Hall in Osaka, Japan and in recital on National Public Radio. She was highlighted on PBS Live From Lincoln Center and featured on the magazine covers of Flute Talk Magazine in the USA, The Flute Magazine in Japan and Muramatsu Flute Magazine in Japan.
It’s time to take a peek into the life of one of our own.
Today we are proud to highlight Patrick Moore. Since his graduation in 2009, Mr. Moore has accomplished a great deal. After receiving his undergraduate in music at the U of A, Mr. Moore went on to Texas Tech University to complete his Masters in Percussion Performance. He has gained endorsements with several percussion companies including, Vic Firth Artist and Vic Firth Educational Team, Marching Percussion Specialist Team (MPS), Majestic Marimba Artist, and Mapex Drums. Mr. Moore is now the Director of Bands and Instrumental Ensembles as well as Department Chair at Eastern Oklahoma State College.
Mr. Moore has also published 4 pieces for percussion with Alfred Publishing Co. :
Dreaming with a Broken Heart – Steel Band
Separate Ways – Percussion Ensemble
Any Way You Want It – Steel Drum
Europa – Steel Drum
We are so excited to see our graduates succeed in such exemplary ways! Let’s all give a big Woo Pig Sooie for Patrick Moore!
The University of Arkansas Department of Music is always proud of it’s graduates. We would like to introduce you to a young women we greatly admire and from whom we expect great things to come; Gretchen Renshaw.
University of Arkansas music professor James Greeson, a nationally respected jazz guitarist and composer, was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame last month.
Greeson was honored along with fellow musician and University of Arkansas graduate Joe Cripps at a special ceremony held at The Afterthought in Little Rock Dec. 17, hosted by the Arkansas Jazz Federation to honor outstanding contributions to the world of jazz by those with Arkansas connections.
Greeson teaches music composition and theory, directs the UA Jazz Ensemble, and teaches lessons in guitar and bass. He was born and raised in St. Louis, earned bachelor and master’s degrees in music from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and a doctorate in music composition from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the University of Arkansas faculty in 1980.
Greeson’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall. He has performed as a guitarist or bassist with many important current jazz musicians, including Nnenna Freelon, Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Bruce Barth, Mulgrew Miller and Bob Dorrough. Many of his jazz band scores have been played throughout the region, some of which are published by the University of Colorado Jazz Press.
He has also scored more than 15 documentary films broadcast nationwide on PBS. Four of his soundtracks have been nominated for Emmy Awards, and in 2009 his score for The Buffalo Flows received a mid-America regional Emmy Award.
The University of Arkansas, Department of Music is very proud and excited for Dr. Greeson and all of his many accomplishments.
Did you know that tuba music could be impressive and beautiful at the same time? Well, maybe you did. But I didn’t. Dr. Benjamin Pierce, a friend of mine at the University of Arkansas Department of Music, recently gave me a copy of his newest album, Notes from the Underground. I found myself listening to the CD last weekend in my kitchen while I was in the middle of a therapeutic cooking session. The minute I found myself “conducting” the imaginary performers sitting in my dining room, I knew this was a great piece of work!
In the words of my friend and colleague, I think Rachel Collins describes the album best: “This eclectic collection of new and old favorites featuring an engaging combination of instruments is a wonderful addition to any classical collection. While lively selections such as Peter Christoskov’s Moto Perpetuo, op. 2, arranged by Dr. Pierce, and Elena Lebedeva’s Insects, Grasshopper keep us aptly entertained, the more somber pieces like the title track Notes from the Underground by Rober Mueller show the emotional depths the tuba and euphonium are able to travel.”
Dr. Pierce is no novice to recording wonderful music, and neither is Kristy Mezines, the very talented pianist featured on this album. Notes from the Underground, Dr. Pierce’s fourth album release, is now available for purchase. You can find this album on his website: http://www.benpierce.com/. Now that I’ve heard this album, I may just have to see about getting my hands on his other projects. And you should, too!
Chalon Ragsdale, professor of percussion in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, has been invited back to the University of Melbourne in Australia as an authority on composer Percy Grainger. Ragsdale’s presentation, “Percy Grainger: Australian Genius of the American Wind Band,” will be on Wednesday, Nov. 14, as part of an ongoing program of events.
In the address, Ragsdale explores the progress of Grainger’s manipulation and mastery of the wind band medium and examines Grainger’s general thoughts and philosophy regarding orchestration techniques in a broad context.
Ragsdale is an experienced wind band conductor who has rehearsed and conducted much of Percy Grainger’s music for the instrumentation of the American wind band. He has spent the past twenty years arranging the piano and choral music of Grainger to the American wind band. His arrangements of Grainger’s music have been featured at concerts around the world and are published by Southern Music Co. and Aux Arcs Music. read more
The Music Department’s Matthew Mihalka has been invited to present a paper on the use of music at sporting events at the American Musicological Society’s annual conference. His paper, “From Town Hall to Play Ball!: The Origins of the Baseball Organist,” focuses on how music has been used during sporting events. Read more.