Bringing the finest musicians
to the Stocker Arts Center
Jeffrey Mumford, Curator
2014-2015 Signature Concert Series
Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7:30pm
Nicholas Underhill, Piano
Pianist/Composer Nicholas Underhill holds a Masters Degree in Piano from the New England Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Konrad Wolff, Katja Andy, Edmund Battersby and Russell Sherman.
Well known in Boston, New York City and Cleveland as a champion of new music for the piano, he has performed solo recitals in Carnegie Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. He is currently the pianist for the Cleveland Chamber Collective and the No Exit Ensemble, which will begin an annual residency this year in Prague, Czeckoslavakia. He has performed concertos with The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Lakesdie Symphony and the San Jose Symphony Orchestra.
Underhill has received critical acclaim from Donald Rosenberg for his solo piano albumn, "Light and Sirius", as well as from Bernard Holland, for his Piano Trio #1. His second Piano Trio was premiered in NY in June of 2008 by the Gramercy Trio on the Bargemusic series in Brooklyn, NY. He currently teaches composition and other music courses at Cleveland State University.
Nicholas Underhill studied composition at Hampshire College, Amherst College, and the New England Conservatory of Music. His composition teachers include Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan, William Thomas McKinley, Donald Wheelock and James McElwaine, as well as consultations with Donald Erb, Margaret Brouwer, and Dennis Eberhard. He has been commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Gramercy Trio, the Ohio Music Teachers Association, The Fortnightly Musical Club, The Cleveland Flute Society, Cleveland Orchestra players Mary Kay Fink, Takako Masame, Lisa Boyko and Richard King, as well as harpist Jocelyn Chang, saxophonist Greg Banaszak, Soprano Elizabeth Stuart, and the Gramercy Trio and No Exit ensemble.
Studio Theatre - FREE
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30pm
Shelly Du, Harp
Shelly Du is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she is a student of internationally renowned artist Yolanda Kondonassis. Ms. Du has been a winner of the CIM Concerto Competition, the American Harp Society Anne Adams Awards National Competition, the Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition, and was also a finalist of the American Music Teachers Association National Solo Competition. She has performed live on NPR’s From the Top, and was a recipient of the program’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Du currently serves as principal harpist of the Firelands Symphony, and has recently performed as guest principal harpist with CityMusic Cleveland, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Her summer festival credits include the Texas Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and National Repertory Orchestra, where she was also featured as a concerto soloist.
A native of China, Shelly Du grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she started harp lessons at the age of ten. She continued her studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating as co-Valedictorian with a Young Artist Award. Ms. Du holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Studio Theatre - Free
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:30pm
Deborah Norin Kuehn, Soprano
Margarita Denenburg, piano
Since her 1994 New York debut, soprano Deborah Norin-Kuehn has dedicated her performance career to presenting contemporary vocal repertoire, premiering and interpreting works of our time, without neglecting the traditional fare. Regarding Norin-Kuehn’s UK premiere of Milton Babbitt’s Du, Phyllis Bryn Julson said, “She puts a little Schubert in her Babbitt, and vice versa.”
Norin-Kuehn has performed under the batons of Peter Bay, David Hayes, Aaron Jay Kernis, Oliver Knussen, and been featured throughout the US, Canada, England, France, Germany, and Italy with orchestras, ensembles and select artists including Ensemble 21, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers, pianists Jeffrey Jacob, Margaret Kampmeier, Marilyn Nonken, and Thomas Rosenkranz, and her duo Vox Electroacoustica. She has performed the roles of Pamina, Musetta, Mrs. Gobineau, and Anna Gomez on the opera stage, has thrice been guest artist at the Eastman School of Music and at such venues and festivals as Composers, Inc., June in Buffalo, and the BGSU New Music Festival. Her discography features recordings on the Living Artists and SEAMUS labels.
A student of the late Todd Duncan - Gershwin’s original Porgy - at the Curtis Institute of Music (Artist Diploma), Norin-Kuehn holds vocal performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A., M.M.) and has studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Britten-Pears School, the Chautauqua Institute, and the Lake Placid Institute. Currently on the voice faculty of Heidelberg University, she resides in Sylvania, Ohio with her husband and their two children.
Studio Theatre - FREE
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:30pm
Brandon George, Flute
Brandon Patrick George has appeared as a solo ﬂutist and chamber artist throughout France, Italy, North and South America. As a concerto soloist, recent appearances include the ﬂute concerti of Mozart with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Institute, Jacques Ibert with conductor Brandon Keith Brown, among others. He has also transcribed and performed the violin concerti of Le Chevalier de Saint-George.
Brandon has performed as a recitalist at the Kennedy Center (DC), Cité de la Musique (Paris), Bargemusic (NYC), and has appeared at Carnegie Hall. As a chamber collaborator, Brandon has performed with the members of Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, Eighth Blackbird, the New York Philharmonic, and has performed with the Jasper String Quartet. He has performed as guest flutist in the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and can be heard on the orchestra's recent recording of works by Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky. Known for the breadth and depth of his programming, Brandon has curated and hosted programs for WQXR, the classical music station of New York City, and WNYC. He can be heard on recordings on the Delos and Albany labels.
Brandon entered the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Michel Debost, and later studied with Kathleen Chastain, earning the Bachelor of Music degree. A Bonnie Lake Flute Scholar at Oberlin, and recipient of the Dean's Award, he studied abroad at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He also holds the Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he was winner of the Concerto Competition.
Studio Theatre - Free
Sorry you missed this great event:
Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:30pm - Jake & Sarah Sax Duo
Tuesday, November 25, 2015 at 7:30pm - Duo Parnas