Saturday, November 11, 2006

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The Killer B’s: Violinist Cindy Moyer performs a program of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Benjamin Britten, with Yumi Watanabe on piano and Greg Granoff on harpsichord, on Saturday, November 11 at 8 PM, in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. $8 general, $3 students/seniors, from HSU ticket office (826-3928) or at the door. An HSU Music Dept. Faculty Artist Series concert: 826-3531.

Cindy Moyer Brings the “Killer B’s” to HSU

B there or B square? “The theme for this concert is ‘B’ composers,” said Cindy Moyer, violinist and HSU Professor of Music. “We have music of the classic triumvirate of great masters: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, plus the 20th century English composer, Benjamin Britten.”

Moyer will perform in the HSU Department of Music Faculty Artist series on Saturday, November 11 at 8 PM in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Also appearing will be Yumi Watanabe on piano and Greg Granoff on harpsichord.

The evening’s program includes Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata (a “violin sonata written in the style of a concerto” and an acknowledged masterpiece), Bach’s Sonata in E major (for violin and harpsichord), and Brahms’ Sonatensatz, which is the most performed part of a multi-authored sonata.

Alongside the classic “killer B’s,” the Three Pieces by Britten are less well known, but “are delightful little gems,” Moyer said. Britten takes three traditional forms out for a modern spin: a march, a lullaby and a “somewhat demonic” waltz.

As a player, Cindy Moyer has performed as a solo artist, in various chamber music projects, and with the Rochester Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, as well as locally with the Eureka and Humboldt symphonies and the Symphony of the Redwoods. She has served as president of the California Orchestra Director’s Association.

As a music educator, Moyer teaches violin, viola, chamber music, music theory and ear training at HSU. She is one of the authors of the American String Teachers Association String Syllabus, and is a frequent presenter at the California Music Educators Conference. She serves as a clinician and adjudicator for pre-college students, and in summer she has taught at the Sequoia and Humboldt Chamber Music Workshops, and at music camps in Maine and New Jersey.

Greg Granoff is beginning his 18th year as HSU's full time staff piano/keyboard technician. He is also familiar to local audiences as an accompanist, having studied piano, organ and harpsichord at University of the Pacific prior to taking up piano technology as a full time occupation.

Yumi Watanabe has a Bachelor's and Master's of the Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Northern Illinois University. She has performed extensively as an accompanist and chamber music player. She is currently teaching privately in Arcata.

Tickets for this Faculty Artist Series concert are $8 general, $3 students/seniors, from HSU ticket office (826-3928) or at the door. HSU Music Department: 826-3531.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

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Ryan MacEvoy McCullough

Prior to his Carnegie Hall debut, pianist and Eureka native Ryan MacEvoy McCullough will perform in the HSU Department of Music Guest Artist series on Saturday, November 4 at 8 PM at the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. The program includes selections by Beethoven and Schubert. The concert is a fundraiser for a master piano class taught by Menahem Pressler, a leading chamber pianist. Tickets are $10 general, $5 students/seniors, from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Produced by HSU Music Department: 826-3531.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Besides practicing, pianist and Eureka native Ryan MacEvoy McCullough will warm up with a performance on Saturday, November 7 at Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata.

Before his debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in the spring, McCullough returns to the campus where he graduated last year, summa cum laude with a B.A. in music from the studio of Dr. Deborah Clasquin, at the age of 18.

McCullough will play Beethoven’s Sonata (Opus 101), Franz Schubert’s Impromtus (Opus 142), and Sonata #1 by modern Polish composer, Milosz Magin. The concert, part of the HSU Department of Music Guest Artist series, will begin at 8 PM.

Since leaving HSU, McCullough has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other orchestras, and has won many top prizes, including the Silver Medal at the World Piano Competition. He has played for European audiences, and has been heard on National Public Radio. He currently studies under the tutelage of John Perry at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

He has been praised in the CAPMT Communique, the official publication of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, for "...thrilling playing that dazzled the audience...displaying technical and musical prowess."

Tickets for this November 7 performance are $10 general, $5 students/seniors. They may be purchased from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door.


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Friday, November 03, 2006

Guinevere Johnston, Emily Skold and Mindy Willens
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Opera Workshop

From the sublime to the ridiculous, Mozart to Sondheim and Gilbert & Sullivan: HSU Opera Workshop Singers present staged selections from opera, operetta and musical theatre on Friday, November 3 at 8 PM, and again on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 8 PM, in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. $6 general, $2 student/senior, HSU students free with ID, from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Produced by HSU Music Department: 826-3531. Elisabeth Harrington, stage director.

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From Sondheim’s The Frogs to Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and from Gilbert and Sullivan to a contemporary spoof on dreams of stardom, the HSU Opera Workshop student singers present an eclectic program of selections from musical theatre, opera and operetta, on Friday, November 3 and again on Sunday, November 5 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Both shows start at 8 PM.

“ Some of the selections are irreverent, some are sublime, and some have elements of the ridiculous,” according to Elisabeth Harrington, HSU Assistant Professor of Voice and stage director for the evening. The scenes are staged as well as sung, beginning with the rousing “Invocation and Introduction to the Audience” from Stephen Sondheim’s contemporary musical version of The Frogs by Aristophanes.

There are four selections from the opera repertoire, beginning with very near the beginning: from opera’s first century, the second act finale of L’Egisto by Italian Baroque composer Francesco Cavalli (sung in English for these performances.)

A scene from Mozart’s The Magic Flute is followed by excerpts from two modern works, A Childhood Miracle by Ned Rorem and A Game of Chance, by Seymour Barab, a witty examination of luck and success featuring singers Mindy Willens, Guinevere Johnston and Emily Skold. A Game of Chance will be performed in its entirety on Dec. 7th, at 5pm in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

The operetta form is represented by spirited selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Singers will be accompanied by John Chernoff on piano throughout the performance.

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In the HSU Opera Workshop, students “study basic stagecraft, collaboration, and musical accuracy,” according to Elisabeth Harrington, who teaches it. “They learn challenging and diverse music, and then practice uniting their singing and acting, both as soloists and as ensemble members. For this program, they were each assigned roles that they could accomplish, vocally and dramatically. Some are more experienced, but for many of them this is a first public performance.”

“The Opera Workshop offers Humboldt voice students an opportunity to hone their performing skills,” Harrington said. “For them, this performance is about presenting the results of their hard work in a public way.”

Admission for both shows is $6 general, $2 student/senior, and HSU students free with ID. Tickets can be purchased from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. This concert is produced by HSU Department of Music. For more information: 826-3531.


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Selections and Singers

The Frogs, by Stephen Sondheim
“Invocation and Introduction to the Audience”

L’Egisto, by Francesco Cavalli
Act II finale: “Now for vengeance…”
Semele: Rosa Corona
Fedra: Sarah Benzinger
Hero: Caitlin Corker
Didone: Margaret Noe
Amor (aka Cupid): Erin Wessel
Apollo: Tyler Rich

The Magic Flute, by W. A. Mozart
Act I, scene 5: Quintet “Hm! hm! hm!”
Tamino: Cailan Halliday
Papageno: Jamie Obeso
1st Lady: Cindy Uhrhammer
2nd Lady: Danielle Van de Wetering
3rd Lady: Miah Lodes

A Childhood Miracle, by Ned Rorem
Act I, nos. 2-4
Peony: Jaclyn Catino
Violet: Jamie Banister
Mother: Margaret Noe
Emma: Anjoli Taratusky

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Pirates of Penzance, by Arthur Sullivan
Act I, nos. 5-8
Edith: Cindy Urhammer
Kate: Anjoli Taratusky
Frederic: Cody Libolt
Mabel: Carmen King
Ensemble: Margaret, Rosa, Miah, Jamie, Jackie, Sarah, Erin, Caitlin, Danielle

Scenes from A Game of Chance, by Seymour Barab
Knitter #1: Guinevere Johnston
Knitter #2: Mindy Willens
Knitter #3: Emily Skold

HSU Voice Students
John Chernoff, piano
Elisabeth Harrington, stage director