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Cornish Music Series: Peggy Dees and Friends, September 22

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Contemporary chamber music stalwarts Peggy Dees (clarinets), Peter Mack (piano), Anne Cady (violin), and Rowena Hammill (cello) perform works by composer David Maslanka and others in this concert, part of the Cornish Music Series on Sunday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy St., Seattle.

Tickets for this event are $20 general admission, $15 seniors (62+), $10 students and Cornish alumni, and $5 Teen Tix (members only). Tickets are available online at or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets 800.838.3006.

This concert marks the Seattle premiere of the revised edition of David Maslanka’s Trio No. 1 for violin, clarinet, and piano. Originally composed in 1971 the piece was revised by the composer in 2012. Maslanka’s Eternal Garden was commissioned by clarinetist Peggy Dees and premiered in July 2010. The four deeply meditative “songs” of Eternal Garden are, says the composer, “about the transformation of suffering. I have no illusion that a single piece of mine will end world suffering, but it opens the possibility of real peace in me as an individual. There is not a path to world peace; peace is the path, and it begins inside each person.” One movement is an Elegy to August 6, 1945: the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

Composer David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1943. He attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied composition with Joseph Wood. He spent a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did masters and doctoral study in composition at Michigan State University where his principal teacher was H. Owen Reed. Maslanka’s long list of compositions include more than forty works for wind ensemble and band, twelve concertos, a Mass, many concert pieces and various works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces. Maslanka’s compositions are published by Carl Fischer, Inc., David Maslanka Publications, Kjos Music Company, Marimba Productions, Inc., the North American Saxophone Alliance, OU Percussion Press, and TrevCo Music, and have been recorded on Albany, Reference Recordings, BIS (Sweden), Naxos, Cambria, CRI, Mark, Novisse, AUR, Cafua (Japan), Brain Music (Japan), Barking Dog, and Klavier labels. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and since 1990 has been a freelance composer. David Maslanka is a member of ASCAP.

Peggy Dees-Moseley has taught at universities across the United States. At the age of 21 she won a position as clarinetist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. She currently teaches clarinet and chamber music at Cornish College of the Arts. Teaching and learning styles are of particular interest to Dees-Moseley, and her articles on university instruction appear in The Clarinet, the journal of the International Clarinet Association. In addition to teaching and performing, she enjoys commissioning new music. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she holds a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University and a Doctorate of Music in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University. Her teachers include Frank Kowalsky, Richard MacDowell, John Weigland, Robert Marcellus, and Russell Dagon. In the summers, Dees-Moseley teaches and performs at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.

Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he received his early training from Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music. He subsequently studied at Trinity College, Dublin; at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with Bela Siki; and at the University of Washington, where he earned his doctorate in piano performance. Mack has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize for winning the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-five concertos with orchestras. He is currently Professor of Piano at Cornish College of the Arts. He is equally in demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, and teacher, and his pupils are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.

Violinist Anne Cady is a tenured member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra as well as the Northwest Sinfonietta. She recently retired from the Yakima Symphony after 24 years as Concertmaster. She played many shows at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, backed up singers such as Natalie Cole, Dianna Ross, and performed on the acclaimed television show Northern Exposure. Cady holds a Bachelor of Arts, Music, from the University of Washington.

A native of Australia, Rowena Hammill came to the United States to study with Raya Garbousova at Northern Illinois University, and then was assistant to Janos Starker at Indiana University while studying for her master’s degree. While at IU she won the concerto competition and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. For the next four years she served as Professor of Cello at the University of Northern Iowa before moving to Los Angeles in 1989 to take up the same position at California State University, Northridge. In 1990 she joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble with which she performed for ten years, eventually as Associate Principal. She was concurrently the Associate Principal Cello of Los Angeles Opera, a position she still holds. In 2008, she moved with her family to Vashon Island in Puget Sound and is now actively performing in the Pacific Northwest, dividing her time between Los Angeles and Seattle. She has toured with I Solisti Veneti, appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Iowa, and won prizes in the Washington International Competition, the Minnesota Young Artist Competition, and the Carmel Music Competition. She has performed at many summer music festivals, including the Bach Aria Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the New Hampshire Music Festival. Hammill has recorded for the Erato, Dorian, and Centaur labels and has also played on hundreds of film and television soundtracks. She is a member of the Odeon Quartet and Trio Pardalote.


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