Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA
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Join us for this concert of music by John Cage in honor of the legendary composer’s 100th birthday.
Program to include:
Three² (1991) – for percussion trio
A Book of Music (part 2)
Selections from the Song Books
Nocturne for Violin & Piano
Concert for Piano, flute, violin, and voice with Fontana Mix
About the Performers
With a repertoire of over forty operatic roles, bass-baritone Michael Delos has appeared with the New York City Opera, L’Opera de Monte Carlo, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Opera Omaha, Opera Utah and Vancouver Opera. Featured roles include Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Capulet in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette and Colline in La Boheme. Much in demand as a concert performer, Delos has sung with the Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, the Toyko Nihon Shinsei Symphony and the Osaka Symphony. He also has been a featured soloist with the Peter Britt Festival and the prestigious Carmel Bach Festival. His expansive repertoire includes Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Handel’s Saul, Judas Maccabeus and Messiah, the Bach Passions and the Beethoven 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis. Delos is also an active voice-over artist. His voice may be heard on the movie soundtracks of Shrek The Halls, Ghostrider, John Q and the Celestine Prophecy as well as the video games Age of Empire, Halo 2, Halo 3 and World of Warcraft.
Paul Hansen has been active for thirty years as one of the top percussionists in Seattle’s music and theater circles, having performed with popular talents such as Mr. Rogers, Quincy Jones, Johnny Mathis, and Burt Bacharach, to name just a very few. As a concert musician he performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and Auburn Symphony. His Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra was premiered by the Northwest Sinfonietta with Paul as soloist in 2002. He has been a mainstay in Seattle’s top pit orchestras at the Paramount and 5th Avenue theaters with over 70 musicals to his credit, and is a busy recording musician for jingles and film sound tracks. He has also composed film scores for his wife, filmmaker Janice Findley. Hansen serves as Managing Editor for Freehand Music Publishing and is co-founder of the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet.
Paris Hurley, violin, has been performing with a multitude of orchestras, chamber ensembles, and bands for the last twenty years. Her wide variety of experience extends from her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of fifteen to her mastery of new music and love of experimentation, making her one of the most sought-after violinists of the Pacific Northwest. While finishing her degree at Cornish College of the Arts, Hurley became a core member of the hyper-experimental performance group Degenerate Art Ensemble. For over two years she worked closely with the ensemble, collaboratively creating multimedia works that ranged from explosive rock club sets to large-scale dance/theater productions, notably performing at The Moore Theatre, the REDCAT in L.A., and throughout Germany. Seamlessly morphing between styles and traditions, Hurley has come to be known for her chameleonlike abilities, exquisitely manipulating her strong classical roots to accommodate a plethora of genres. Since migrating to Seattle in 2003, she has put these skills into action writing, recording, and performing with an array of local groups including Circus Contraption, Seattle Pianist Collective, Implied Violence, Reptet, The Dead Science, Aqueduct, Parenthetical Girls, The Bike Bin Project, Figeater, Led to Sea, Ribbons, The Water Tower Project, Trespassers William, Johanna Kunin, and Eric Miller. This year, she looks forward to two European tours and a record release with Balkan rock legends Kultur Shock, followed by the premiere of her first evening-length multimedia work, Bridging Wounds.
Joe Kaufman has played the double bass since age twelve, but it wasn’t until college that he began formal instruction on the instrument. Early guidance on the bass came from his father, an avid jazz guitarist, who introduced him to the music of many great jazz bassists. In college, Kaufman studied with David Yavornitzky, Principal Bass of the Utah Symphony, and later Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas. While still a student, Kaufman played part-time with the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera. After graduating from college, Kaufman joined the New World Symphony under the direction of maestro Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2004 Kaufman moved to Seattle to join the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. In 2005 he was asked to join the Seattle Symphony, and in 2008 appointed Assistant Principal Bass. Kaufman has served as Principal Bass of the Colorado Music Festival and the Verbier Chamber Orchestra, and as Assistant Principal of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Chamber music collaborations have included projects with James Buswell, Joshua Bell, and the renowned Dutch pianist and conductor Reinbert De Leeuw. Besides his interests in orchestral and contemporary chamber music, Kaufman can also be heard as the bassist with Seattle singer–songwriter Bill Patton and the Credentials.
Matthew Kocmieroski is principal percussionist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. He regularly performs with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera and is on the faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts. He is also currently the President of the International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians. He served for ten years as artistic director and percussionist of the New Performance Group, and was a founding member of Taneko, and currently, Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet. In the Northwest he regularly performs with the Seattle Chamber Players, and has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Festivals, the Icicle Creek Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, the Methow Music Festival, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle International Chamber Music Festival and the Bellingham Festival of Music. Internationally he has appeared at the Bergen, Moscow Autumn, Moscow Cold Alternativa, St. Petersburg’s Sound Waves, Kiev MusicFest and Warsaw Autumn festivals. One of the greatest satisfactions Matthew has had is his work with numerous composers on their music and the emergence of a number of new works and recordings from these collaborations. He may be heard on many recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral music as well as a wide variety of both major and independent motion picture, television, and video game soundtracks.
Soprano Natalie Lerch has performed from Alaska to New York, as well as in Italy, Canada, England and Brazil. She has sung professionally with Spotlight Dinner Theatre, Columbus Light Opera, The Reality Theatre and Opera!Columbus, as well as The Norman Luboff Touring Choir and Divalycious, a soprano quartet. In 1997, she won the Concerto/Aria Competition and performed Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber with the Ohio University Orchestra. During a trip to Brazil in 1999, Lerch performed a jazz version of Un bel di vedremo from Madama Butterfly with the Jazz Ensemble from the Federal University of Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a work she reprised at the Tacoma Jazz Festival in 2004 with The Jazz Police. In 2007, she also sang under the direction of Brian Kay in Canterbury Cathedral with the Berkshire Choral Festival. Her representative roles include Lady Ella in Patience, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Casilda in The Gondoliers, Peep Bo in The Mikado, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, Nancy in Oliver, and Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw. Ms. Lerch has performed in master classes and weeklong workshops with Renee Fleming, Julianne Baird, Dr. William McIver and Benton Hess, Dale Moore and Robert Edwin. Recent performances include a joint recital of the music of American women composers, Divalycious concerts, and concert recitals in Atlanta and Seattle. Dr. Lerch holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Alaska in Anchorage (B.M.), Ohio University (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (D.M.A.).
Roger Nelson performs frequently as a pianist and conductor. He holds a B.A. degree from Pomona College and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His early teachers were Adolph Baller and John Steele Ritter. Nelson’s previous conducting appearances have included engagements with the Minnesota Opera’s New Music Theater Ensemble, the George Coates Performance Works, and the Floating Opera on Puget Sound. Nelson also served as conductor of the Bainbridge Orchestra from 1987 to 2000 and was the pianist with the New Performance Group from 1979 until 1997. During the 1997-98 academic year Nelson was a visiting professor at Qufu Teachers University in China. As a composer, Nelson has produced a book of fiddle tunes for violin and piano in a variety of styles. He has written more than 1,200 fiddle tunes as well as choral works and ensemble pieces. He currently conducts and sings with Canzonetta, an a cappella ensemble, and conducts the Seattle Chinese Orchestra.
Jarrad Powell’s compositions have been performed and broadcast internationally and include pieces for voice, gamelan, various western and non–western instruments, electro–acoustic music, music for theater, dance and experimental film. His work also includes numerous cross-cultural collaborations, particularly with Indonesian artists, including the innovative music–theater pieces Visible Religion and Kali. He is also Music Director and composer for Scott/Powell Performance, a contemporary dance company formed in 1994 with noted choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott. Their most recent piece, Geography, was a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project, co–commissioned by the Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents in partnership with On the Boards and the National Performance Network. Recent projects also include music for three short films by artist Robert Campbell: Tilt, Eidolon, and Delta of C16H22O4. Powell’s work has been commissioned by the Walker Arts Center, Performing Arts Chicago, On the Boards, Music in Motion, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, the National Performance Network and many individual performers. He has received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Paul Allen Family Foundation, 4Culture/King County, The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs/Seattle, Artist Trust Foundation and the Creative Capital Foundation. Powell holds a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Rocky Mountain College, a B.F.A. in Music from Cornish College of the Arts, and an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, where he received the Paul M. Henry award for excellence in music composition. His most recent recordings, Natural Selection and Stonehouse Songs are available from Present Sounds Recordings.
Born in New York City, Paul Taub has been a resident of Seattle and a Cornish faculty member since 1979. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, and has studied with some of the world’s greatest flutists including Michel Debost, Samuel Baron, Marcel Moyse, and Robert Aitken. As a founding member of the Seattle Chamber Players, Taub has played an active role in the Seattle contemporary music scene and has performed and recorded American and world premieres by internationally known composers such as Robert Aitken, John Cage, George Crumb, Janice Giteck, Sofia Gubaidulina, Wayne Horvitz, Ned Rorem, Toru Takemitsu, Reza Vali, and Peteris Vasks among others. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, the Everett Symphony, the Young Composers Collective, and the Esoterics. Taub’s program of international solo flute music has been presented at numerous festivals and universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and France. He has been a featured performer at National Flute Association conventions in Los Angeles (1992), Atlanta (1999), and Las Vegas (2003). He has recently completed terms as a member of the Boards of Directors of both Chamber Music America and the National Flute Association.
Robert Tucker, percussion, performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestras. He has performed with the Bellingham Festival of Music, the Seattle Chamber Players, Seattle International Music Festival, and the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Tucker is a founding member of the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet and Quake. He has recorded for New World Records, and can be heard on more than 100 movie sound tracks. He attended the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Southern California, and currently teaches percussion at Western Washington University.
Adrienne Varner, piano, is a devoted performer of contemporary and experimental solo and chamber works. Past highlights include a solo recital of music by Lou Harrison, John Cage, Jarrad Powell, and Toru Takemitsu; performances of chamber music by Frank Oteri and improvised music by Seattle composer Gust Burns; and recordings of solo and chamber music by both Jarrad Powell and Eyvind Kang. Varner also studies and performs Javanese gamelan music as a member of Gamelan Pacifica, with whom she gave the Northwest premiere of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan in February 2008. Her love for Indonesian music led her to study gamelan in Java during the summer of 2006. A 2007 graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Varner studied piano with Dr. Peter Mack and Oksana Ezhokina and holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance.
PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA
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