The Chatham community was gifted with an afternoon of Chamber Music by Brahms and Dvořák, featuring Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25. Guest artists featured Yeeha Chiu, piano, with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Carolyn Edwards, violin, Si Yu, viola, and Alexandra Thompson, cello.
Yeeha Chiu, (Major Artist, 1977) Hong-Kong-born pianist, studied with Ilona Kabos, Nadia Reisenberg, and Sheila Paige. A graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Juilliard School, she has taught at Juilliard and Duquesne University. Ms. Chiu has performed twice with the London Philharmonic, with Anatole Fistoulari and Sir Malcolm Sargent, and the Vienna Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach. She has appeared as concerto soloist and in recitals throughout Asia and the United States, and is the pianist of the violin-piano Duo Grishman-Chiu and the New England Piano Trio. Ms. Chiu is on the celebrated roster of Steinway Artists.
Pianist, conductor, and Chatham faculty member, Walter Morales, continued his presentation of Beethoven’s Complete Piano Sonatas cycle. This performance featured Op. 2, No. 2 in A major and Op. 31, No. 1 in G major.
A native of Costa Rica, Walter Morales is the Music Director of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. His previous positions include Music Director of Undercroft Opera, Music Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble, Head of Music of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Assistant Director of Orchestral Studies at Carnegie Mellon University and Assistant Conductor of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.
Nanette Kaplan Solomon took guests on a musical trip to Vienna, featuring works by Haydn, Schubert, and Schumann. Nanette Kaplan Solomon, pianist and Professor Emerita of Music at Slippery Rock University, performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician. Dr. Solomon’s numerous awards include winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society auditions, winner of the French Embassy award from the French Piano Institute, a fellowship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, semi-finalist in the University of Maryland International competition, and finalist in “Search for a Star” sponsored by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Marvin Hamlisch. She is a founding member of the Slippery Rock Piano Trio, as well as the Kaplan Duo, with her sister , pianist Iris Kaplan Rosenthal. With those groups, she has performed throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and at numerous venues in New York State. For more info, visit http://
Chatham University Music Program and Alia Musica Pittsburgh were pleased to welcome guitarist Kenneth Meyer, who performed works for solo guitar from his new album “Draw the strings tight.” He was joined in performance by Pittsburgh-based composer Federico Garcia-De Castro.
Chatham University Music Program presented ‘Music on the Edge’, featuring soprano Christine Brandes and composer-pianist Eric Moe. Brandes and Moe join forces to perform Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis, Schönberg’s Book of the Hanging Garden, Barbara White’s I hear a clear stream singing, beneath these frozen tears, and some of Moe’s own vocal compositions.
More information about Christine Brandes can be found at http://etudearts.com/
James Laughlin Music Hall was treated to an afternoon of chamber music featuring works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Fauré, Phillips, and Schultz. The performance featured Catherine Cho, violin (The Juilliard School faculty) and Tina Faigen, piano (University of Pittsburgh faculty).
We are pleased to announce that the concert raised almost 2,000 dollars for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Music for Food is a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief. Our concerts raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger, empowering all musicians who wish to use their artistry to further social justice. For more information, visit https://musicforfood.net/
Students enrolled in vocal and instrumental lessons performed in the Student Recital. Works by classical and contemporary composers were showcased as well as student compositions. Performers included Justine Barry, Bethany Bookout, Cymone Butler, Sabrina Cheuvront, Francesca Fello, Kacey Gardner, Nayu Hattori, Kathrine Hetz, Jessica Keller, Erion Morton, Brynna Neal, , London Pipkins, Elizabeth Romano, Kaitlyn Salmon, Noriko Sasaki, and Amy Winter
Chatham University celebrated their yearly tradition of Candlelight on December 1st. The annual ceremony included readings by members of the Chatham community as well as carols performed by the Chatham University Choir. The evening ended with candle lighting and a poem read by Sue Finegold.
Chatham Choir is directed by Stacey Brett Conner and was joined by accompanist Amy Kapp.
Pianist, conductor, and Chatham faculty member, Walter Morales, continued his presentation of Beethoven’s Complete Piano Sonatas on Friday at the James Laughlin Music Center. Mr. Morales presented Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2 and Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 “Pastoral”.
Chatham Music Program was joined by ethnomusicologist and Indonesian music specialist Dr. Meghan Hynson and the University of Pittsburgh Gamelan Ensemble in an afternoon of exploration into the West Javanese musical ensemble gamelan degung. Participants were introduced to Indonesian music and its cultural contexts for performance.