President's Notes

Winter 2013

David G. Knott and Richard Gaddes

We are delighted to announce the appointment of David G. Knott to the Manhattan School of Music Board of Trustees and Richard Gaddes, former head of the Santa Fe Opera, to the Artistic Advisory Board. David G. Knott is one of the country’s foremost healthcare leaders and Richard Gaddes is a luminary of the opera world. Both men are recognized globally for their leadership skills and love of the arts.

Cathryn Jones (BM '15) and Masamitsu Ohtake (MM '15) were the winners of the Show Off Our Neighborhood! video contest. Both videos will be displayed on the screens in the School lobbies.

David Leisner and Rufus Müller performed Benjamin Britten’s complete oeuvre for tenor and guitar at Symphony Space. Their concert was reviewed by the New York Times. Read the review.

Harvie S and jazz pianist Kenny Barron recorded Witchcraft, “a sublime collection of duets,” reviewed by Jazz Weekly. Read the review.

Maria Radicheva was selected as a member of the jury for the 2013 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artists Awards Strings Competition, held under the auspices of the Musicians Club of New York. In June, during the Sofia Music Week International Festival in Bulgaria, she marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Parashkev Hadjiev with a recital that included all four of his violin and piano sonatas, the third and fourth of which are dedicated to her.  

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway (MM '06) sang Georg Friederich Haas’s Atthis in a Composer Portrait concert at Columbia’s Miller Theater in October. The performance was reviewed by the New York Times. Read the review.

Jenny Q Chai (BM ’06 / MM ’07 / DMA ’13) has recorded a solo piano album of music by former composition faculty member Nils Vigeland which will be released on Naxos.

Kate Davis (BM '13) was selected as the 2013 Rising 
Star in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 10.

Frank Daykin (BM ’83) has seen his 750-page book, The Encyclopedia of French Art Song: Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, published by Pendragon Press.

Josh Freilich (BM '09) is orchestrating American Musical Theater Ensemble's spring revue, Moving Right Along: The World of Jeff Blumenkrantz, in May 2014. He recently did two orchestral arrangements for Brian Stokes Mitchell conducted by Paul Gemignani for the Lake Geneva Summer Music Festival.

Alicia Hall Moran (BM ’00) appeared with The Motown Project as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival in June. She is currently starring as Bess in the national tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess.

Laura Hamilton (BM ’81 / MM ’82 / DMA ’84) has been appointed Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, resident ensemble at the Sydney Opera House. Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1999, she led Met Live in HD performances of Parsifal and Giulio Cesare last season.

Shuler Hensley (BM ’90) is currently appearing on Broadway at the Cort Theatre with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and Billy Crudup in a double bill of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

Nathaniel Hepler (MM ’07) has won the position of Second Trumpet in the Baltimore Symphony.

Clay Hilley (PS ’09) returned to Carnegie Hall last December to sing Schweiker von Gundelfingen in Strauss’s rarely performed Feuersnot with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Soprano Maeve Höglund (MM '07) sang two of the lead roles in Gotham Chamber Opera's “Baden-Baden 1927,” a reconstruction of four modernist one-act operas. Her performance was praised by the New York Times. Read the review.

Aleck Karis and Curtis Macomber

>Pianist Aleck Karis (BM '76) presented a concert celebrating Morton Feldman's late works on December 8 at Merkin Concert Hall. Accompanying Karis were MSM faculty member Curtis Macomber (violin), Danielle Farina (viola), and Chris Finckel (cello). Karis's latest CD, Wolpe, Feldman & Webern, is being released by Bridge Records in December.

Dan Kempson (MM ’09) is on the Metropolitan Opera artist roster this season for its production of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.

Hugh Masekela (BM '64) recently reunited with his colleague pianist Larry Willis (BM ’64) for a world tour, promoting their 4-CD collection of jazz standards on the new House of Masekela label.

Anthony Mazzocchi (BM ’95 / MM ’97) is one of 25 semifinalists for the first-ever Music Educator Award, to be presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation this February. He is Associate Director of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and Executive Director of Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.

Christian Sands (BM '11, MM '13) performed as part of the Christian McBride Trio at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. The performance was reviewed by the New York Times. Read the review.

Patrick Soluri (BM ’99) saw the world premiere of his opera Figaro & The Zombie Apocalypse given by Fort Worth Opera in October.

Maria Christina Spiessberger (MM ’11) recorded her debut album, The Timeless in You, which was co-produced by Theo Bleckmann. Featuring vocalist/pianist Peter Eldridge as well as several fellow MSM alumni, it was released on the Cracked An Egg label.

Paige Stockley (MM '86) recorded August Ruins, a solo cello CD featuring original music by Seattle composer Peter Vukmirovic Stevens.

Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner (MM '05) starred in Arabella at the Minnesota Opera in a performance that the Minneapolis Star Tribune called "luminous." Read the review.

Maren Weinberger (MM ’13) gave her New York concert debut at Symphony Space this fall. Entitled Kurt Weill on Broadway, it featured guest performers Ron Raines, Judy Blazer, Melissa Errico, and Brent Bennet, with Richard Jay-Alexander directing and James Holmes conducting.