Media Mentions - March 2014

Rice student Moras advances to finals of Met opera contest
Shepherd School of Music graduate student Rafael Moras will compete in the final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in New York.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1dvieDR

Apollo delves into compositions and cultures
Alumnus Matthew Detrick ’03 mentions the encouragement he received while attending Rice’s Shepherd School of Music for his musical pursuits.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1ix5nzw

Mezzo-Soprano De Vita 'surprised, shocked' after YTA win
Alumna Allegra De Vita '13 won the gold medal in the voice division and the 2014 YTA grand prize at the Young Texas Artists Music Competition.
Montgomery Courier
http://bit.ly/ORsqdV

The clock is ticking
Musiqa will play works by Rice student composers on the clock tower at Market Square.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1iUT7JZ

Rice chooses architects for opera theater
Clarinetist Lin Ma will compete in the Houston Symphony's Ima Hogg Competition in May. The semifinal round will be held May 29 in Rice's Alice Pratt Brown Hall. The article also mentions Rice's Shepherd School of Music's announcement that Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been selected as architect of the school's new opera theater. Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music, and alumnus Charles Renfro '87 are quoted.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1gRu31n

Rice picks DS+R for opera theater
Archinect
http://bit.ly/Q7uJLn

Rice selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design opera house
ArchDaily
http://bit.ly/1fb7XaP

Hogg Competition semifinalists include Houston teen
Clarinetist Lin Ma will compete in the Houston Symphony's Ima Hogg Competition in May.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1lWtZm5

Rice University moves forward on 'transformative' opera theater project
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music announced that Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been selected as architect of the school’s new opera theater, scheduled to open in 2018. In addition, Fisher Dachs Associates will lead the theater design, and Threshold Acoustics will provide acoustical direction for the project. Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal
http://bit.ly/1lKJq0w

Drama in the house: Rice hires New York firm with Texas ties to design new opera theater
CultureMap
http://bit.ly/1fF80Lg

Shepherd School Opera, Chamber Orchestra to present 'Albert Herring'
The Shepherd School of Music’s Opera Department and Chamber Orchestra will present its spring opera, Benjamin Britten’s "Albert Herring," March 28 and 30 and April 1. The production will be directed by Richard Bado, director of Rice’s Opera Studies Program, and staged by guest director Brad Dalton.
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in Fort Bend Sun and Memorial Examiner.)
http://bit.ly/1dlm4cS

Musiqa to bring 'Time in Motion' to the Hobby Center March 22
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, works featured at Musiqa's spring concert at the Hobby Center March 22. Among the performers are faculty artists Leone Buyse, flute; and Michael Webster, clarinet.
Broadway World
http://bit.ly/1dV6doO

Media Mentions - February 2014

Violinist Paul Kantor joins former student on stage with Peoria Symphony Orchestra
Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins professor of violin, performed with conductor George Stelluto during the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.
PJ Star
http://bit.ly/1i4DKy8

One with his violin: Geneva native excited about his chance to play at Carnegie Hall
Geoffrey Herd, a graduate student in music, is featured.
Finger Lakes Times
http://bit.ly/1cORIzl

Da Camera presents 'Scenes of Childhood' with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke
Rice alumna Sasha Cooke will perform at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts March 8.
CultureMap
http://bit.ly/1dvzHJI

Former Young Texas Artists winners, where are they now?
Baker College senior Coleman Itzkoff is featured.
The Courier
http://bit.ly/1g2So8D

Rice Owls Play Carnegie Hall
When Rice University's Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra played their first-ever East Coast tour earlier this month, their Top Ten quality was on full display.
Huffington Post Arts and Culture
http://huff.to/1mITJGQ

The global search for education: Shepherd sound
Rice's Shepherd School Symphony played its first East Coast tour, including a stop at Carnegie Hall. Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting at Rice's Shepherd School of Music; Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin; and Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, are interviewed. Graduate students Madeleine Doyon-Robitaille, Anastasia Sukhopara, Titus Underwood and Niccolo Muti are also interviewed.
Huffington Post Arts and Culture
http://huff.to/1hWq6Q8

Fostering a love of music in the Woodlands
Alumni Jonathan Godfrey '00 and Ana Trevino-Godfrey '00 have embarked on a mission to teach melody and rhythm to the youngest students possible through the program they founded, Prelude Music Classes for Children.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1fDoibx

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker to celebrate centenary of ‘The Rite of Spring'
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is featured.
The Saratogian (This article also appeared in Troy Record.)
http://bit.ly/1mF0UzE

Rhode Island Philharmonic announces lineup for its 70th season
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, was commissioned by the Rhode Island Philharmonic to compose a piece celebrating its 70th season.
Providence Journal
http://bit.ly/1gN2Lgf

International Piano Series continues with Jon Kimura Parker
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform and conduct a master class at College of Charleston.
The Post and Courier
http://bit.ly/1e0PT1j

Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra fine tunes their notes for Saturday
Rice student and soprano soloist Katherine Smith performed with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra.
KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.) (This article also appeared on KSLA-TV and WAFB-TV.)
http://bit.ly/1hpXs9T

Longtime musical friendship leads to 'fairy tale' for couple
Alumni Jonathan Godfrey '00 and Ana Trevino-Godfrey '00 are featured.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1lxCnbR

Bach Festival starts with organist Ken Cowan
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, will perform at the 79th Bach Festival Feb. 14 in Orlando, Fla.
Orlando Sentinel
http://bit.ly/1djZg0E

Kremer's chamber orchestra adds Weinberg symphony

The chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica performed in Rice's Alice Pratt Brown Hall Feb. 4.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/MsZUhJ

Apollo Chamber Players CD release party: 'European Folkscapes'
Apollo Chamber Players, a Houston-based group formed at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, was selected as a Houston Press 2014 Master Minds award winner.
Culture Map
http://bit.ly/1fErtiK

A songbird finding strength in her nest
Mezzo-soprano and alumna Sasha Cook '04 is profiled in a Q-and-A.
New York Times
http://nyti.ms/1gyIRse

Media Mentions - January 2014

Time flies: Jon Kimura Parker marks 30 years as concert pianist
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is featured.
Times Colonist
http://bit.ly/MEFrXK

Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble in concert Jan. 31 to benefit 'Family Promise'
Alumnus Brian Viliunas '06 will perform with his trio, the Seventh Roadrunner Ensemble, at Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ Jan. 31.
Examiner
http://exm.nr/Lk1D8M

Walla Walla Symphony to present local vocalist
The Walla Walla Symphony will present a small, intimate concert featuring alumna Monica Griffin Hunter (MM '02) at 7:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Auditorium, 500 Tausick Way.
Union-Bulletin.com
http://ow.ly/sT4Ln

Symphony's new concertmaster says classical music is 'sort of like sushi'
Rice graduate student Eric Gratz is interviewed.
Texas Public Radio
http://bit.ly/1dykQtl

The Master Minds 2014 winners revealed
Rice's art programs are noted as a Houston attraction for fans and students. Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and the Apollo Chamber Players are featured.
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/1mx3e6t

Media Mentions - December 2013

Making case for putting cellos in spotlight
Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, is featured in an article about performing Beethoven's cello sonatas. Also mentioned is Jeanne Kierman, artist teacher of piano.
The Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1iq6OCP

Pacific Symphony presents ‘Judas Maccabaeus’ today
Rice alumna Lauren Snouffer '09 is featured in an article that recaps her career.
ClassicalWorld.com
http://bit.ly/1bBeVbY

2 musical events spotlight Viennese treasures
On Saturday the Shepherd School of Music hosted a chamber music festival called “Spotlight on Music From Vienna.” Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey professor of cello, and Lachezar Kostov, a graduate student, are quoted. Graduate student Viktor Valkov is also mentioned.
The Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1aN6PGF