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Dr. Burton Beerman, Distinguished Professor of the Arts, emeritus, to participate in International North South East West Festival

Dr. Burton Beerman, Distinguished Professor of the Arts, emeritus, was selected to participate in the International North South East West Festival, Hawaii, July 2011. Beerman’s composition GIFTS (for you) was selected to be produced at the International North South East West Festival, held in Hawaii, sponsored by Ebb& Flow Arts, a nonprofit presenter of modern music and multi media events. These events are part of Ebb & Flow Arts’, multi-day, multi-site, Festival. This production represents the world premiere of the composition as originally conceived for interactive theatrical elements of video and narration with original poetry and text by the composer, dance ensemble, scored for piano and violin. The featured artists for the premiere of GIFTS (for you) are internationally renowned performers Winston Choi, piano, Ming-Huan Xu, violin { Duo Diorama}, Tom Van Amburgh, actor/director, Jamy Woodbury and Lisa Buell dancers {Maui Academy of Performing Arts Dance Company}, Peter Swanzy, filmmaker, and Reece Pottorf, photographer. Please click on the link below for further information and dates of performance.

( Submitted by Celesta Haraszti)

Saenz featured at 5th International Trumpet Festival of China.

Charles Saenz, Associate Professor of Trumpet and Coordinator of Brass/Percussion will be a featured clinician at the 5th International Trumpet Festival from July 19-24 in Shenyang, China. Mr. Saenz will adjudicate the National Trumpet Competition and teach master classes throughout the week. In addition, he will present a solo recital with Dr. Solungga Liu and perform in a trumpet ensemble comprised of professors from China and the United States.

Subsequently, Saenz and Liu will present recitals and teach master classes in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand.,

(Submitted by Jeffrey Showell)

Dr. Jacqueline Leclair Records with Jazz legend, Chick Corea

jackie and Chick Corea June 10 2011Dr. Jacqueline Leclair enjoyed 4 inspiring days of recording with Jazz legend, Chick Corea, his Jazz Quartet (Tim Garland, reeds; Marcus Gilmore, drums and Hans Glawischnig, bass) and chamber orchestra.  The sessions took place in New York City in June; and the group recording Chick Corea’s composition, Piano Concerto No. 2.  Here is a link to more info about the session:

(Submitted by Jacqueline Leclair)

Rosenkranz performs and teaches throughout Asia and Europe this summer

Thomas Rosenkranz (Assistant Professor of Piano) will perform and teach in five different countries this summer. On June 3rd, He will be presented in a solo recital at the Thai German Cultural Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand as well as being presented in a masterclass at Silpakorn University.

From June 20-25, He will join the faculty at the Bali International Music Camp in Indonesia to teach courses on improvisation in addition to performing a duo recital with CMA violin professor, Vasile Beluska.

From June 28 and 29th, He will be presented in a series of piano masterclasses at the Cantata School of Music in Jakarta, Indonesia

On July 3rd, he will be presented in concert at the Logos Foundation in Ghent Belgium with Tony Arnold, voice and Aiyun Huang, percussion. The program includes the premiere of a new work for I-pad and piano by the composer Peter Swendsen.

From July 6-18th, He will join the faculty at the SoundSCAPE festival in Maccagno Italy for his seventh season teaching courses on improvisation and contemporary performance practice as well as performing premieres of student and faculty works.

From August 15-29th, He will join the artist faculty at the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg to teach and perform chamber music recitals.

(Submitted by Thomas Rosenkranz)

Piano Faculty Solungga Liu to judge and perform at the International Mozart Competition in Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Solungga Liu, Assistant Professor of Piano, has been invited to adjudicate the International Mozart Competition in Bangkok between June 3-10, 2011. The international jury consists of pianists from the US and Europe. During the week-long competition contestants from all over the world will perform works by Mozart as well as a wide selection of piano repertoire.

Dr. Liu will also give a recital at the Thai German Cultural Center (Goethe Institute) on June 5.

(Submitted by Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu)