Symphony hits new heights with ‘Planets’

Register Guard, 10/21/2005, Concert Review [original] The Eugene Symphony, giving its second concert in four days, featured an outstanding young viola player Thursday at the Hult Center. While Monday’s program highlighted music from the 19th century, Thursday’s concert drew on the first half of the 20th century. Both evenings were conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. The opener Thursday was about as far from the typical overture as one could get: Anton von Webern’s Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30, composed in 1940. Webern was a prominent member Continue reading →

Musical Performances Celebrated Memorial Library’s 50th Anniversary

Jongleur/Mills Music Library News, Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall 2004 [original] “A perfect way to celebrate.”— Ken Frazier, Director of Libraries The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Memorial Library was host to the premiere of five original musical compositions with a theme of libraries and librarians on Monday, Sept. 27 in the Petrovich Reading Room. This original music was commissioned by the Mills Music Library to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Memorial Library. The event featured new works by graduate students Pavel Polanco-Safadit, David Dies, Scott Gendel, Continue reading →

UW Symphony

The Madison Times, April 1, 2004 [original] As part of a concert featuring the winners of the annual student-concerto competition at the School of Music, the UW Symphony will perform a new work by Jerry Hui Sunday, April 4, 4 p.m. in Mills Hall of the Mosse Humanities Building, located at the corner of Park Street and University Avenue, 455 N. Park St. Hui, a Hong Kong native and a senior at UW-Madison, will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in music composition and Continue reading →

Students win solos with symphony

UW Madison News, March 9, 2004 [original] Solos with the Symphony Orchestra have been awarded to four music students. In addition, the symphony will perform a piece by a composition student. Faculty judges selected Jeanette Jang, a sophomore violin performance major; Brenda Rae Klinkert, a senior voice major; Ilia Radoslavov, a Ph.D. candidate in piano performance; and Bernhard Scully, a master’s student in horn performance. Jang, co-concert mistress of the Chamber Orchestra, will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane.” Opera Props Award-winner Klinkert will present “Caro nome” Continue reading →

Bach to the Future

On Wisconsin, Winter 2003, Arts and Culture column [original] Three centuries ago, Johann Sebastian Bach created masterpieces of musical genius using technology no more advanced than a quill pen. Yet, as three UW-Madison undergraduates have set out to prove, the composer may have been totally PC-compatible. Jerry Hui, Eugene Chan, and Ryan Wong have spent nearly a year designing computer programs that they believe can learn, and eventually even imitate, Bach’s music. Begun as a class assignment, the project has turned into an exploration of Continue reading →