On Wisconsin!

A retro-blog: The University of Wisconsin-Madison was celebrating the 100th birthday of its fight song “On Wisconsin!” I was invited to write an official a cappella arrangement of the tune, and UW Concert Choir gave it an exhilarating premiere on November 13, 2009, conducted by Beverly Taylor. Besides a live performance, the University has also prepared ample amount of activities and material related to this jovial celebration. For example, they’ve put together an archive; you can learn more than you want to know about the Continue reading →

Gimme, gimme that gorgeous “Modern Millie”

Capital Times, 08/16/2008 [original] Kenneth George nearly steals the show of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and he isn’t even in the cast. The third year MFA Scene Design major at UW-Madison has created a sweeping, striking set in the Wisconsin Union Theatre, inspired by art deco and meticulous in every detail. A performance on such a stage could seem like an afterthought. Delightfully, when the company appears onstage they do not disappoint for a moment, clad in Rebecca Sites’s beautiful costumes and tapping as fast as Continue reading →

2008 Robert Helps Prize Winner

Jerry (Chiwei) Hui, Composer Conductor Winning work: Of Water and Love a work for chamber chorale, piano and clarinet-in-A Jerry (Chiwei) Hui has written a wide variety of music that ranges from music for orchestra that brings the soundscape of the East into Western orchestra to light-hearted choral arrangement of pop and jazz tunes. As a late-bloomer who did not start serious music training until undergraduate, Mr. Hui has already written for numerous musicians, campus ensembles and community ensembles. His music has been performed in Continue reading →

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 →