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Thomas Rosenkranz to premiere new work by Paul Lansky

Associate Professor of Piano, Thomas Rosenkranz along with his contemporary piano and percussion ensemble, Hammer/Klavier will premierea new eight-movement work by composer Paul Lansky. The ensemble will give
the world premiere of the work at BGSU on Thursday, October 3rd in Bryan Recital Hall and will follow with performances at the Oberlin Conservatory and Princeton University. The group will later record the work for Bridge Records.

Detroit Symphony names BGSU music alumnus as General Manager and Artisitic Administrator

DETROIT (September 20, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is proud to announce the promotion of Erik Rönmark as General Manager and Artistic Administrator, an executive leadership position at the DSO.
Rönmark began his career at the DSO in 2005 as a Library Assistant before moving over to the Artistic department in 2006. In March 2009, he became the Artistic Manager and New Music Specialist before being named Artistic Administrator in July 2010. As Artistic Administrator, Rönmark has collaborated with DSO’s Music Director Leonard Slatkin in implementing the DSO’s artistic vision and programming across all product lines.
As General Manager and Artistic Administrator, Rönmark will be directing orchestra operations, artistic administration and concert production as well as leading all DSO operations, while managing key internal and external relationships of the organization.
“For 8 years, I have had the privilege of working alongside Erik, and I have admired and appreciated all he has accomplished,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “Erik is a highly respected musician who values innovation while respecting the great history of our art form.  I am thrilled to welcome him to this new position, and believe he will provide inspired leadership, partnership and support to Leonard, the musicians of the DSO and the broad and diverse audiences we serve.”
Erik Rönmark came to the United States in 1996 to continue his musical education. A classical saxophonist by trade, Rönmark has extensive performing experience in both chamber music and orchestral settings. He has performed in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, as a guest in Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and regularly appears in the contemporary group New Music Detroit, of which he is also co-founder and Executive Director. Recently, Rönmark was featured with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, culminating a national tour with the Pacifica String Quartet.
A native of Sweden, Rönmark is a first-prize winner of both the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He is also the recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s award for establishing valuable relationships between Sweden and America. Using his diverse talents and skills within the music field, he has collaborated and assisted artists such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Terry Riley, Matthew Barney, Shara Worden, and Branford Marsalis, and has commissioned and premiered over 30 new works for saxophone.
Rönmark has been a part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra administration since 2005. In his new role as General Manager, Rönmark combines his administrative experience with degrees in fine arts and music performance from Northern State University, SD and Bowling Green State University, OH, as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.
He lives in Birmingham, MI with his wife Adrienne Rönmark, violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and their three children.


Prof. Nelson to tour Texas and Louisiana

Dr. Susan Nelson, Assistant Professor of Bassoon, will tour Texas and Louisiana with the Silver Keys Trio from September 29-October 5.  The trio includes Nelson, Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano.  Both Guenther and Fung are faculty members at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  The trio will teach master classes and present a recital of works by American composers in the Cole Performing Art Series at Stephen F. Austin State University as well as at Baylor, University of Texas-Arlington, and Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
Among the pieces to be performed are “Kalamus” by award-winning composer Dana Wilson, Air for Bassoon and Piano by Alec Wilder, Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano by Chick Corea, “All the Words to All the Songs” by Dan Welcher and “Retrofugue” by cellist and composer Jeremy Crosmer.