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Flute and percussion duo Due East to perform at BGSU

Due East, a flute and percussion duo, will perform two concerts of new works on Tuesday, November 29 at the Clazel Theatre (127 N Main St., downtown Bowling Green; suggested donation $2-5) and Wednesday, November 30 (Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center; free and open to the public). Both concerts, part of the Music at the Forefront concert series sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, begin at 8 p.m. Their programs include compositions by Michel Galante, Jeff Herriott, Bernhard Lang, David Lang, Alexandre Lunsqui, Alejandro Vinao, Chester Udell and others, including multimedia works with video by John Supko and Greg Beyer. Many of the works performed will feature the berimbau, a stringed Brazilian percussion instrument rarely found in contemporary classical music.
Due East (Erin Lesser, flutes and Greg Beyer, percussion) actively promotes new music and seeks to expand the flute and percussion duo genre through frequent commissions and premieres. The duo has performed in China, Brazil, Europe, Canada and the USA at venues such as the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Warsaw Crossdrumming Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the SEAMUS conference. Due East has given multiple performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and has won first prize in the 2008 National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition. Their first recording, Simultaneous Worlds, is available on Albany Records and, in November 2011, New Amsterdam Records will release drawn only once, a multi-media CD/DVD.
Due East has performed Alex Mincek’s Double Concerto with The Knights (Bargemusic, New York City), as well as with the Northern Illinois University New Music Ensemble. The duo has on multiple occasions been ensemble-in-residence at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music School and Festival. For more information, please visit
Music at the Forefront is an annual concert series featuring performances by accomplished and innovative performers of contemporary music. For more information contact the center at 419-372-2685 or email

Nicole Biggs performs in Israel

Nicole Biggs, assistant professor of class piano, performed in Israel Oct. 21- Oct. 31.  Her performances included two solo piano recitals and a collaborative recital with string players from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.


Works by by Philip Glass, Howard Ferguson, and Franz Liszt were featured in the solo recitals. The collaborative recital featured the Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor and the Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in B Minor, and was performed with Saida Bar Lev, Zvi Carmel, and Hillel Zori. Nicole performed at the Tiberias Conservatory (in Tiberias), the Felicja Blumenthal Music Center in Tel Aviv, and the Mormon University in Jerusalem. The Tiberias and Jerusalem concerts were sold out.


The Jewish Agency for Israel, Partnership2gether, and the Oklahoma Israel Exchange sponsored the concert tour.

Oboist Jacqueline Leclair to perform with Ensemble Signal

Jacqueline Leclair, Assistant Professor of Oboe, will perform with the chamber orchestra Ensemble Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman, on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 6:30pm.  The concert is a memorial for the recently deceased great Polish composer, Henryk Gorecki.  The concert is at le Poisson Rouge in New York, NY.  Please see for more information.


Andy and Jerry Gonzalez are arguably the most important siblings in Latin jazz. Between the Fort Apache Band and Conjunto Libre, the Gonzalez brothers have been at the forefront of music that has shaped the lives of countless musicians and listeners. In this tribute, GRAMMY winners Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, joined by Andy and Jerry on stage, will cast the brothers in a retrospective of their greatest moments. New pieces for Andy and Jerry will be premiered, including Arturo O’Farrill’s Ft. Apache Concerto.

8PM – Oct 14 & 15th
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway @95th St
New York, NY 10025
Tickets: http://www.symphonyspace….