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'Impressionism' exhibit is one hot ticket
Brian Connelly, artist teacher of piano and director of piano chamber music and accompanying program at the Shepherd School of Music, will deliver a lecture and recital Nov. 21 and a recital Nov. 24.
The Houston Chronicle
Review: Atrium String Quartet gives spirited Fort Worth performance
Brinton Averil Smith, associate professor of cello, performed with the Atrium String Quartet at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Anderson Symphony Orchestra celebrates English music
Rice alumna Aryn Sweeney '02 will be performing Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra Nov. 9.
The Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.)
'The Yellow Ticket' screening Thursday features live, original score
Richard Lavenda, professor of composition and theory at the Shepherd School of Music, will moderate a discussion tonight at the Jewish Book & Arts Fair. The article also mentions the Houston Cinema Arts Society will present a scoring to film workshop at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music as part of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
Examiner (Bellaire/River Oaks/West University)
Hamilton Book Awards Winners at UT Austin Announced
Lecturer in Music Cornelia Watkinscollaborated with Laurie Scott that won an award at the 2013 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards
University of Texas
Voices of Change opens season with tribute to a late founder
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned in this review of the opening concert by Voices of Change, a modern music ensemble based in Dallas.
Rice team honors departed with chamber piece
The death of a parent can be a devastating experience. But Houston composer Richard Lavenda has found a way to turn grief and loss into art.
Familiar face Alastair Willis returns to SSO Oct. 24, 25, 27
The former associate conductor with Seattle Symphony, now music director for the Illinois Symphony, will lead a program of Elgar, Tchaikovsky and a piece that Mozart started and Michael Haydn finished.
The Seattle Times
Piano, sculptural collaboration featured at Ripon College
A Nov. 1 concert by Shepherd School alumna Beth Winterfeldt '97 is previewed.
The Oshkosh Northwestern (Wisconsin)
Composers of the week: Chaminade and Holmès
Marcia Citron, the Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology, explores the contrasting experiences of Cécile Chaminade and Augusta Holmès in their family backgrounds and training.
Radio Times (A link to the broadcast was not available.)
New York Philharmonic to celebrate the year of the horse with Chinese new year concert and gala
Professor of Violin Cho-Liang Lin will be one of the featured soloists with third annual Chinese New Year Concert and Gala.
New York Philhamonic
Dover String Quartet makes everything sound new
An article previews a concert by the Dover String Quartet at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre Oct. 5. Until last spring, the quartet was the quartet in residence at the Shepherd School of Music.
Emily Carr string quartet joined by cellist Brian Yoon
Rice alumnus Brian Yoon '12 is performing this week in Victoria, B.C.
TimesColonist.com (Victoria, B.C.)
100 Creatives 2013: Composer Karim Al-Zand
A new composition by Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, will be performed by the Apollo Chamber Players at Carnegie Hall Oct. 11. Al-Zand participates in a Q-and-A about his inspiration.
Houston Press (blog)
Shepherd School doctoral student Viktor Valkov is profiled for his Gold Medal win at last year’s New Orleans International Piano Competition. Valkov performed as soloist with the Acadiana Symphony on Sept. 21.
Philadelphia Orchestra recruits associate concertmaster
Rice alumnus Ying Fu '09 has joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as associate concertmaster. The late Sergiu Luca, formerly professor of violin at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at the Shepherd School, are mentioned.
The Strad (United Kingdom)
Musiqa presents "Time Travel"
In collaboration with Houston Downtown Management District, Musiqa celebrates the installation of the public art piece What Time Is It?, created by Jo Ann Fleischhauer, with original music composed by Chapman Welch and Musiqa's Anthony Brandt.
2Cellos, Forbidden Broadway, Alvin Ailey American Dance and more set for SPA's 2013-14 season
Timothy Pitts, professor of double bass at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, will perform at Rice's Stude Concert Hall Oct. 24 with the Grammy award-winning Takacs Quartet.
Cultural arts preview: Classical music
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, will conduct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Oct. 24 and 26.
Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)
'Returning Souls' was reviewed in the October issue of Wire Magazine
Associate Professor of Composition and Theory Shih-Hui Chen's 'Returning Souls' was reviewed by the Wire Magazine.
The Wire.co.uk (subscription required)
Rachmaninoff concerto to be featured in LC Symphony concert
Lovett College senior Erik Lawrence will perform with the Lake Charles Symphony Sept. 28. Lawrence is quoted.
AmericanPress.com (Lake Charles, La.)
Percussion creations draw from nature
Graduate student Brandon Bell of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music organized a 40-member percussion brigade that performed Sept. 21 at Rice’s West Academic Quadrange. Bell is quoted.
Here's a preview of the coming Treasure Valley arts season
Will Rice College senior Renaud Boucher-Browning will perform with the Boise Baroque Orchestra March 7 and 9.
Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho)
An afternoon of 'Beautiful Strings'
Rice alumnus Tomasz Golka '97 will conduct the Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra Sept. 22.
Mountain News (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.)
Composer Assad to hear ASO premiere her new work
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, will perform with the Albany Symphony Orchestra Sept. 21.
Daily Gazette (Schenectady, N.Y.)
Limbered up and ready for Rachmaninoff
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, will perform with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra tomorrow.
The Hamilton Spectator (Hamilton, Ontario)
RI Phil., kicking off 69th season, finds success with music director Larry Rachleff
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, kicks off the Rhode Island Philharmonic's 69th season Sept. 21.
Providence Journal (R.I.)
Culture scene: Sept. 19-25
The Apollo Chamber Players will perform this Sunday at Rice's Alice Pratt Brown Hall a new work by Karim Al-Zand, associate professor compositon and theory at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
Cypress Symphony debuts at Centrum
The Cypress Symphony will debut its first season Sept. 21 in Spring, Texas. The symphony was founded by graduate student Caroline Ewan as a project last year for her professional development class. Ewan is quoted.
A paperwork error nearly derailed his dream to be a professional musician
Former student of Benjamin Kamins, Wenmin Zhang, 2nd bassoonist in the Omaha Symphony is profiled for his career in music.
From head usher to headliner: A violinist's amazing journey from the back of the house to center stage
Violinist and Rice alumnus William Fedkenheuer '98 is featured. He will perform as part of the Miro Quartet at Rice's Stude Concert Hall today. Kathleen Winkler, the Dorothy Richard Starling Professor of Classical Violin at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Voice students get lessons from 1 of the best: Renée Fleming
Soprano Renée Fleming conducted a master class Sept. 5 with Rice University's Shepherd School of Music graduate students Allegra De Vita, Rafael Moras, Mark Diamond and Chabrelle Williams at Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Star section in the print edition.)
Biotech’s First Musical Instrument Plays Proteins Like Piano Keys
Shepherd alum and composer Francisco Castillo Trigueros ‘06 is profiled in Scientific American for his collaborative work with a molecular biochemist.
Fleming offers master class at the Shepherd School
Internationally acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming worked with soprano Chabrelle Williams, a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music, and three other students Sept. 5 at the school’s annual Aleko Endowed Master Class in Voice.
The Dover Quartet wins first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition
The 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) at The Banff Centre awarded the Dover Quartet the first prize. Following six days of juried concerts focused on classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoire, the winner was chosen from a group of the world’s most accomplished young string quartets.
Houston preforming arts
The Miro Quartet chamber group will perform at the Stude Concert Hall at Rice's Shepherd School of Music Sept. 17.
The Woodlands Salon Series commences Sept. 27
Brinton Averil Smith, associate professor of cello, will preform in The Woodlands, Texas, Sept. 27.
Chorus master says Fleming makes lasting impression
Richard Bado, director and professor of opera studies, is quoted on accompanying Fleming during her early training.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Superstar soprano stays in spotlight on and off stage
A feature on soprano Renee Fleming notes she will hold a master class with students from Rice's Shepherd School of Music at Alice Pratt Brown Hall Sept. 5.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw gears up for a musical future inspired by the past
Rice alumna Caroline Shaw '04, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for musical composition, is quoted in this feature.
Stringed instruments, including the hear
Musicians and Rice alumni Megan Ruth Levin '05 and Shawn Christopher Conley '05 married Aug. 17 in New York. The couple met in 2001 on their first day as Rice freshmen and are quoted in this feature.
New York Times
Former Peninsula Youth Orchestra member returns as featured artist
Rice alumna Alexandra Bryant '10 returns to Gig Harbor, Wash., as the featured guest artist at the Peninsula Youth Orchestra's annual string camp Aug. 19-23.
Statesmen chorus bringing another great time show
Thomas Jaber, professor of music and director of choral ensembles, will accompany Barbara Johnson Tucker at the Gospel Extravaganza 16 at Conroe's First United Methodist Church Aug. 18.
New concertmaster Jing Wang eager to strike a chord with Phil
Rice alumnus Jing Wang '10, the new concertmaster for the Hong Kong Philharmonic, is quoted in this feature article.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Rambling about Tanglewood: Getting fair play for violinists
Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, and Jeanne Kierman, artist teacher of piano, have recorded as the Fischer Duo the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano. Fischer is quoted.
The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.)
Sept. 8 at Boston's Jordan Hall: Pappoutsakis 33rd annual winner's recital to honor Fenwick Smith
Leone Buyse, the Joseph and Ida Kirland Mullen professor of flute, will help pay tribute to Boston Symphony Orchestra flutist Fenwick Smith Sept. 8 in Boston.
Classical notes: "Latin fire" date night
Richard Brown, professor of percussion and chair of percussion and harp, will lead his orchestra in a performance of classic Broadway and TV pop show tunes in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Aug. 7.
Planet Jackson Hole (Wyo.)
Aspen Music Festival concert stars 3 former students
Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton performed Aug. 9 at the Aspen Music Festival's Benedict Music Tent. Barton's vocal coach, Stephen King, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Voice and chair of voice, is mentioned.
Examiner.com (Aspen, Colo.)
OICMF music lovers’ seminars
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will teach a seminar at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
Summer festival of sacred music to continue with Dvorak's mass in D at St. Bart's, 8/4
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at the Shepherd School of Music, will be a guest organist at a performance of Antonín Dvorák's Mass in D, Op. 86 for SATB choir, SATB soloists and organ.
Dover Quartet at the Mainstay in Rock Hall
The former Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music plays at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Md.
Delmarva Town Crier (Worton, Md.)
Kingwood Summer Opera performs ‘La Bohème’
Rice alumna Annamarie Zmolek '10 performs the role of “Mimi” in a local production of "La Boheme."
The Tribune (Kingwood, Texas)
Romantics rejoice with local music festival opening
Desmond Hoebig, professor of cello, will perform in the Music in the Mountains festival.
Durango Herald (Colo.)
Cypress Symphony prepares for inaugural performance
Caroline Ewan, a graduate student in music, is featured for founding the Cypress Symphony.
Young string quartets shine at Mimir Chamber Music Festival
Axiom, a string quartet formed at Rice, performed in the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Studio visit: Ian Gindes
Alumnus Kris Becker '07 is mentioned in an interview with pianist Ian Gindes.
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette (Ill.)
Cypress Symphony to feature pianist Richard Dowling in inaugural concert
Gregory Barnett, associate professor of musicology, will offer a preconcert lecture for a Cypress Symphony performance.
Cypress Creek Mirror
2 Kansas City musicians move onward to Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Alumnus Miles Maner '09 has joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Cannon thunder will kick off the Deer Valley Music Festival
Thomas Hong, a lecturer at the Shepherd School of Music, will conduct the Utah Symphony.
Park Record (Utah)
Meet Sasha Cooke
Alumna Sasha Cooke '04 is profiled for her career in music.
Chamber Music Northwest: 15 must-see concerts, from Bach to Gabriel Kahane
A string quartet from Rice will perform at the Chamber Music Northwest classical music festival.
Worldwide students perform for music festival
Stephanie Mientka, a graduate student in music, is quoted in an article about the Texas Music Festival.
Young couple brings opera to Savannah
Alumna Lauren Snouffer '09 will perform in Savannah, Ga.
Savannah Morning News (Ga.)
Pasadena, Clute musicians participate in Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
Kelly Mozeik, a graduate student in music, is quoted in an article about the Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival.
Exceptional student musicians add spice to Friday Festival concert
Professor of Cello Desmond Hoebig and students Rebecca Reale, Nina DeCesare and Jarita Ng are mentioned in a concert review from the Sarasota Music Festival. The student ensemble was coached by Paul Ellison, Professor of Double Bass and Chair of Strings at the Shepherd School.
Students continue to dazzle at Sarasota Music Festival
Double bass student Nina DeCesare is mentioned in a concert review from the Sarasota Music Festival.
Places to find music
An article about music festivals and competitions this summer notes that Yuri McCoy, a graduate student in music, has been selected to compete in Longwood Gardens' inaugural International Organ Competition.
Springfield News-Leader (Mo.)
The 'young masters' of the 2013–14 San Francisco Performances season
An article about concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music mentions that a piece by Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory, will be performed.
Cypress Falls High School freshman Nguyen earns Music Doing Good scholarship
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Cypress Falls High School student.
Students of Shepherd School's Paul Kantor among winners in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand
Master’s student Boson Mo won Third Place, and incoming D.M.A. student Natalie Lin won Sixth Place as well as the Michael Hill Audience Prize.
Michael Hill International Violin Competition
OK Mozart International Festival keeps pianist Jon Kimura Parker busy with four performances
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform as part of the OK Mozart International Festival in Bartlesville, Okla.
Tulsa World (Okla.)
Houston Symphony veterans end careers on high notes
An article about two retiring Houston Symphony performers notes that one of them, David Peck, has taught at Rice.
Yale and Juilliard take on Bach
Alum Jude Ziliak (MM '11) principal second violin of the Juilliard ensemble performs in a collaboration with the Yale University chamber Choir of Bach's Mass in B Minor on June 9.
The Straits Times
Celebratory opening of the Texas Music Festival
Students of the Shepherd School will be among the performers at this weekend's celebratory opening of the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival on Saturday, June 8.
Texas Music Festival
Geneva Music Festival mixes old, new and experimental music
Geoffrey Herd, a graduate student in music, is quoted in an article about the Geneva Music Festival.
Ithaca Times (N.Y.)
Marly music series comes to MFA
The Jasper String Quartet will perform in Tampa Bay, Fla. The members include alumni Sam Quintal ’08, John Freivogel ’08 and Rachel Henderson Freivogel ’08.
Texas Music Festival serves as a learning experience
Wiess College senior John Turman is quoted in an article about the Texas Music Festival.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
2013 summer arts preview
Yuri McCoy, a graduate student in music, has been selected to compete in Longwood Gardens’ inaugural International Organ Competition.
Doctor gives voice to opera's stars
Adjunct Professor Of Performing Arts Medicine Dr. C. Richard Stasney, director of The Methodist Hospital's Texas Voice Center and doctor to the Houston Grand Opera, came to love the world of musical drama as a boy in West Central Texas.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
HGO Studio takes in 5 young artists
Alumna Emily Senturia ’04 was picked by the Houston Grand Opera to join its HGO Studio training program.
SMF starts summer on a high note
Rice is mentioned in an article about the 2013 Sarasota Music Festival.
Violinist Ben Odhner to play for first time with great aunt, viola player with Met Orchestra, at Glencairn Museum
Ben Odhner, a graduate student in music, will perform at Glencairn Museum June 2. Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Music at the Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Two from Houston among Hogg contestants
Wiess College senior John Turman is among the semifinalists of the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition this week.
Song of Houston operas redefine the art form
Rice is mentioned in a front-page article about the Houston Grand Opera’s Song of Houston program.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Goodbye toasts for the Symphony’s maestro
Leaders of the Houston Symphony offered a last flurry of goodbye toasts to Maestro Hans Graf, artist in residence at the Shepherd School of Music, at the Maestro’s Wine Dinner and Collector’s Auction on Sunday night. The article notes that the final round of the annual Ima Hogg Competition will take place at Rice’s Shepherd School.
Convention 2013 - Auditions Plus Vocal Competition
Two Shepherd alums were big winners at last weekend’s Classical Singer Auditions Plus Vocal Competition in Boston. Congratulations to Joseph Eletto (B Mus 13) – 1st Place in the Classical Competition, University division; and to Paul Wilt (B Mus 12) – 2nd Place in the Music Theater Competition, University/Young Artist division!
Cowan’s back to heat up the pipes
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ, will perform in Hamilton, Ontario.
Hamilton Spectator (Ontario)
Rachleff reflects before swan song at Philharmonic
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting, will be named music director emeritus at a May 24 Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra concert.
Windy City Times
An article reviews "Rite," a new album by Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano.
Former Miss America runner-up to host Van Cliburn webcast
Alumna Jade Simmons ’03 will host the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition webcast.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)
For early music performers, it’s like ‘going through a wormhole’
Alumnus Jonathan Godfrey ’00 is featured in an article about performing early music.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival comes to Lopez, May 19
The Lopez community welcomes violist/violinist Aloysia Friedmann and pianist Jon Kimura Parker to Lopez Center on May 19 at 1 p.m., in a rousing preview of the 16th season of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
Mohawk native to attend Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Rebecca Reale, a student of Dorothy Richard Starling Professor of Classical Violin Kathleen Winkler, will perform with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.
Little Falls Times
Mahlerfest to honor departing CU professor Julie Simson
Julie Simson, a faculty member at the University of Colorado’s College of Music, will teach at Rice.
Boulder Daily Camera (Colo.)
Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra to name Larry Rachleff Music Director Emeritus
On Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m., Larry Rachleff, Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonic, will raise his baton one last time when he conducts Bernstein and Schubert, the final symphonic concert of the 2012-2013 season at Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston.
Duo combines Japanese, Western musical traditions
Alumnus Hikaru Tamaki ’98 will perform at the Krasl Art Center.
St. Joseph Herald-Palladium (Mich.)
Princeton Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2012-13 season
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin, performed with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
New Jersey Star-Ledger
El Paso Symphony Orchestra names new conductor
Czech native and alumnus Bohuslav "Bo" Rattay (MM '07) has been chosen as the seventh conductor and music director in the 82-year history of El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
El Paso Times
Maestro from Mexico City leads Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: Nuestro Pueblo
Alumna Eva Liebhaber ’08 will perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Young musician: Church organ thriving
Daryl Robinson, a graduate student in music, is profiled for his career in music.
Associated Baptist Press
Singing her way to the top
An article features alumna Lauren Snouffer ’09 for her career in music.
Disruptive installation introduces new issue of PLAT
A little disruption went a long way toward bringing Rice architecture and music students together during a weekend in April. To launch the latest issue of PLAT, the student-run architectural journal now in its third year, members of the Rice School of Architecture (RSA) put together a “disruptive installation.” An ethereal film created by Shepherd School of Music student Kenya Gillespie as a master’s thesis and music by Shepherd School graduate student Mark Hirsch were combined in what RSA Dean Sarah Whiting called “a spatialization by our students of the work of music students.”
One last Seattle Symphony Orchestra concert for composer Samuel Jones
Founding Dean of the Shepherd School, Dr. Samuel Jones ends his long and fruitful association with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra with a free concert Tuesday, April 30, at Benaroya Hall of new work by participants in the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop.