Strings Only

Posted in Spring 2016 Performances on February 10th, 2016 by hgregor – Comments Off

On February 4, 2016, the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh gave a strings only performance. The Chatham Choir joined the Chamber Orchestra for two songs.

Chamber Orchestra Members
Edward Leonard, Conductor
Violin I: Anne Jackovic, Concertmaster; Dawn Posey; Jennifer Madge
Violin II: Rachel White; Sandro Leal-Santiesteban; Carrie Erdely
Viola: J. J. Johnson; Ji Young Nam
Cello: Kathleen Caballero; Freya Samuels
Bass: Amanda Rice-Johnston

Chatham Choir Members
Stacey Conner, Choral Master
Soprano I: Lindsey Bost, Natalie Coyne, Francesca Fello, Mayuko Harada, Michaela Keating, Alexis McKenna, Sarah Weinschenker
Soprano II: Justine Barry, Bethany Bookout, Jodikaye Richards, Elizabeth Romano, Lauren Rosedale, Taylor Yester
Alto: Hannah Gregor, Ivy Kuhrman, Annette McHaddon, Marisa Rosner, Carina Stopenski, Seyeon Yoon

Pre-performance string quartet

Pre-performance string quartet

The Chatham Choir waits for the performance to begin

The Chatham Choir waits for the performance to begin

The Chamber Orchestra performed W. A. Mozart's Fuges K405, Nos. 1, 2, 3, & 5

The Chamber Orchestra performed W. A. Mozart’s Fuges K405, Nos. 1, 2, 3, & 5

They also performed Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite

They also performed Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite

Ryan McMasters introduces the world premier of his piece, "On Light"

Ryan McMasters introduces the world premier of his piece, “On Light”

After intermission, the Chatham Choir joined the Chamber Orchestra to perform Movement II, Psalm 23 from Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms

After intermission, the Chatham Choir joined the Chamber Orchestra to perform Movement II, Psalm 23 from Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms

The Choir also performed No. 6 i thank You God from Ronald Perera's earthsongs

The Choir also performed No. 6 i thank You God from Ronald Perera’s earthsongs with the Chamber Orchestra

The final piece performed was Antonín Dvořák's Serenade for Strings

The final piece performed was Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings

The Chamber Orchestra takes their bows to immense applause

The Chamber Orchestra takes their bows to immense applause

Post-concert reception

Post-concert reception

Listen to the Chamber Orchestra and Choir perform Movement II, Psalm 23 by Leonard Bernstein here: https://soundcloud.com/davidsykut/chamber-orchestra-of-pittsburgh-chichester-psalms-movement-ii-psalm-23

French Liaisons

Posted in Spring 2016 Performances on February 10th, 2016 by hgregor – Comments Off

On January 23, 2016, the Kassia Ensemble gave an exceptional premier performance.

The Kassia Ensemble is a newly formed chamber group in the city of Pittsburgh. Comprised exclusively of women, its members also hold positions in the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet, the West Virginia Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, and the Canton Symphony Orchestras.

The members of the Kassia Ensemble came together in an effort to supersede the gender barrier that is prevalent in classical music. The decision was made to form an all-female ensemble in efforts to create an empowering environment of mutual respect and support, which frees women to collaborate and express themselves at the highest levels of musicianship, artistry, and performance. The Kassia Ensemble promotes female entrepreneurship and leadership in the arts, while simultaneously embracing the performers’ unique experiences as women that deepen and expand their own creative output.

Kassia Ensemble offers unique programming, from the classics to contemporary music, highlighting male and female composers from the past and the present. Their flexible instrumentation allows for refreshing variety in performance. A concert experience may include everything from a harp trio to a large mixed instrumentation ensemble, all in one sitting.

As a result of their own life experiences, the members of the Kassia Ensemble feel a sense of responsibility to use their talents to promote social justice and engage in charitable projects that benefit women.

Kassia was a Byzantine abbess, poet, composer, and hymnographer, whose talent and character serve as inspiration for the ensemble.

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Pre-performance audience

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Artwork by local female Pittsburgh artists. For a comprehensive list of displayed works, visit http://issuu.com/fcflaherty/docs/french-liaisons For purchase inquiries, email fcflaherty@gmail.com

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Left to Right: Dawn Posey, violin; Nuiko Wadden, harp; Katya Janpoladyan, violincello. Katya welcomes the audience, giving a brief description of the ensemble, as well as the pieces to be performed.

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The trio performed Trio for Violin, Cello, and Harp by Jacques Ibert and the Trio for Violin, Cello, and Harp by Henriette Renie.

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The audience actively chatted and looked at the artwork during the intermission.

 

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Narrator Emily Stewart reads a summary of Le Masque de la Mort rouge by Edgar Allen Poe.

Mask of the Red Death

Circling the prey she covets, Death, a horrible and fatale specter, haunts the region…In an atmosphere of distress and terror, where death is abrupt and hideous, the appearance of the Mask of the Red Death, whose diabolic grin denounces joy, is pitiless …

To defy the plague, a young prince and his friends celebrate joyously in a fortified abbey, in which the exits have been carefully blocked.

There the Prince entertains his friends with a masked ball of strange magnificence, and his bizarre taste provides more entertainment with the party: What a decadent tableau is this!

However, each time the strange and ominous voice of the grandfather clock strikes the hours, the gaiety of the dancers seems paralyzed.

Hardly have the echoes of the strikes faded, when a nervous laughter circulates among the guests.

The festivities begin again, but this time with less spirit, affected by the memories of those bell tolls; However, little by little, the music speeds. The couples feverishly whirl, when, suddenly, the Prince gives an abrupt gesture and the musicians stop.

In the shade of the clock, which is heavily striking midnight, there appears, unmoving, a character wrapped in a shroud.

All are seized by a mortal terror.

The Red Death had come like a thief in the night!

The guests fall convulsively one after another as the rooms of this orgy are flooded in a bloody dew.

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Le Masque de la Mort rouge

 

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After a wonderful performance, the Kassia Ensemble acknowledges the audience’s applause and leaves to mingle over a reception.

For short video clips, visit our YouTube page at Chatham University Music Program.

 

Beethoven Piano Sonatas V

Posted in Spring 2016 Performances on February 9th, 2016 by hgregor – Comments Off

On Friday, January 15, 2016, Walter Morales performed his fifth installment of Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

 

Full House for Mr. Morales' performance

Full house for Mr. Morales’ performance

Listening with rapt attention

Listening with rapt attention

Walter Morales welcomes everyone to his performance

Mr. Morales welcomes the audience to his performance and briefly introduces the pieces.

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Walter no cap

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Mr. Morales poses for a photo with Chatham students Lindsey Bost and Sidony Ridge after the performance.

 

Beethoven Piano Sonatas V

Posted in Fall 2015 Performances on January 22nd, 2016 by hgregor – Comments Off

On January 15, 2016, Walter Morales, piano, performed the fifth installment of his Beethoven Piano Sonata series.

 

Mr. Morales welcomes the audience to his performance and gives some background on the pieces.

Mr. Morales welcomes the audience to his performance and gives some background on the pieces.

Wonderful turnout for Mr. Morales' performance - over 40 people in attendance!

Wonderful turnout for Mr. Morales’ performance – over 40 people in attendance!

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Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

Erin Yanacek Interview

Posted in Interviews on December 27th, 2015 by hgregor – Comments Off

 

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Photo Credit: erinyanacek.com

 

Q: Where did you go to college, and what degree(s) did you earn?

A: I attended Western Michigan University for my undergraduate studies. I received a Bachelor’s in Music and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy. I attended Carnegie Mellon Univeristy for my Master’s in Music, with a concentration in Trumpet Performance.

 

Q: Is this your first time teaching a course at Chatham?

A: Yes, this is my very first time teaching at Chatham, and I have loved it!

 

Q: What courses are you teaching at Chatham?

A: I am teaching Fundamentals of Music this semester.

 

Q: Do you hope to teach at Chatham again?

A: Most definitely! I have loved teaching here. The students are great – exceptionally creative thinkers. The campus is beautiful. This is by far my favorite campus to teach at. I am currently working with Dr. Michael Boyd to create a Pep Band course at Chatham. I am very excited about that and I look forward to this becoming a reality!

 

Q: Do you teach at any other institutions?

A: I teach at CCAC (Community College of Allegheny County), Mercyhurst University, Bethany College, and I am teaching a course this fall semester at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

 

Q: Do you participate in any bands, orchestras, choirs, etc?

A: I am the Executive Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, as well as a member of both River City Brass and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

 

Q: Have you ever taught music lessons? If so, what instrument(s) or were they vocal lessons?

A: At Bethany College, I taught all of the applied music courses, including voice, piano, string instruments, and all of the brass instruments.

 

Q: Any final comments?

A: Just to restate that I have loved teaching here. The students are great and very creative. And the campus is beautiful!

 

For more information about Ms. Yanacek, please visit her Twitter, Facebook, or WebPage – erinyanacek.com.

Interview by Hannah Gregor

Music Program Student Assistant

Student Recital – Fall 2015

Posted in Fall 2015 Performances on December 27th, 2015 by hgregor – Comments Off

On December 7, 2015, the students who receive private lessons gave an excellent showcase of their progress at the student recital. All vocal performances were accompanied by Mr. Walter Morales, piano.

Bethany Bookout, soprano, performed Fleur jetée by Gabriel Fauré. Bethany studies voice with Professor Stacey Conner.

Bethany Bookout, soprano, performed Fleur jetée by Gabriel Fauré. Bethany studies voice with Professor Stacey Conner.

Chelsea Alvarado, cello, performed Song for Sienna by Brian Crain. She was accompanied by Paula Tuttle, piano.

Chelsea Alvarado, cello, performed Song for Sienna by Brian Crain. She was accompanied by Paula Tuttle, piano.

Elizabeth Romano, soprano, performed Music For A While by Henry Purcell, Heidenröslein vy Franz Schubert, and Una donna a quindici anni, from Cosi Fan Tutte by W.A. Mozart. Elizabeth is a Minna Kaufmann Ruud scholar studying vocal performance with Dr. Kelly Lynch and Mr. Walter Morales.

Elizabeth Romano, soprano, performed Music For A While by Henry Purcell, Heidenröslein vy Franz Schubert, and Una donna a quindici anni, from Cosi Fan Tutte by W.A. Mozart. Elizabeth is a Minna Kaufmann Ruud scholar studying vocal performance with Dr. Kelly Lynch and Mr. Walter Morales.

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Francesca Fello, soprano, performed Nymphs and Shepherds by Henry Purcell, Romance from Rosamunde by Franz Schubert, and Malinconia, ninfa gentile by Vincenzo Bellini. Francesca is a Minna Kaufmann Ruud scholar studying vocal performance with Dr. Kelly Lynch and Mr. Walter Morales.

Gabrielle Ford, viola, performed Bridges, a piece she composed. Gabrielle Ford is accompanied by her instructor, Roger Zahab, violin.

Gabrielle Ford, viola, performed Bridges, a piece she composed. Gabrielle Ford is accompanied by her instructor, Roger Zahab, violin.

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Hannah Gregor, mezzo-soprano performed Bess of Bedlam by Henry Purcel, Von ewiger Liebe by Johannes Brahms, and Vivi Tiranno from Rodelinda by G.F. Handel. Hannah is a Minna Kaufmann Ruud scholar studying vocal performance with Dr. Kelly Lynch and Mr. Walter Morales. Hannah also performed Gymnopédie No. 3, by Erik Satie on piano. She studies piano under Professor Pauline Rovkah.

Justine Barry, soprano, performed O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Justine studies voice with Professor Stacey Conner.

Justine Barry, soprano, performed O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Justine studies voice with Professor Stacey Conner.

Kathryn Polaski, piano, performed Träumerei from Kinderszenen, op. 15 by Robert Schumann, Girl with the Flaxen Hair from Preludes, Book 1 by Debussy, and Andaluza from Spanish Dances, Op. 37 No. 5, by Enrique Granados. Kathryn studies piano with Professor Pauline Rovkah.

Kathryn Polaski, piano, performed Träumerei from Kinderszenen, op. 15 by Robert Schumann, Girl with the Flaxen Hair from Preludes, Book 1 by Debussy, and Andaluza from Spanish Dances, Op. 37 No. 5, by Enrique Granados. Kathryn studies piano with Professor Pauline Rovkah.

Mary Watt-Morse, piano, performed Gnossienne No. 1 by Erik Satie. She studies piano with Professor Pauline Rovkah and voice with Professor Stacey Conner.

Mary Watt-Morse, piano, performed Gnossienne No. 1 by Erik Satie. She studies piano with Professor Pauline Rovkah and voice with Professor Stacey Conner.

Sarah Weinschenker, soprano, performed Sweeter than Roses by Henry Purcell, Bedeckt mich mit Blumen by Hugo Wolf, and Let Beauty Awake by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Sarah Weinschenker, soprano, performed Sweeter than Roses by Henry Purcell, Bedeckt mich mit Blumen by Hugo Wolf, and Let Beauty Awake by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Sarah is a Minna Kaufmann Ruud scholar studying vocal performance with Dr. Kelly Lynch and Mr. Walter Morales.

Tanya Guterson-Trestman, guitar, performed Snowflight by Andrew York as a solo. Then, accompanied by her guitar instructor, John Marcinizyn, they performed Blackbird by Lennon and McCartney.

Tanya Guterson-Trestman, guitar, performed Snowflight by Andrew York as a solo. Then, accompanied by her guitar instructor, John Marcinizyn, they performed Blackbird by Lennon and McCartney.

 

Passion in Classical Proportions – November 22, 2015

Posted in Fall 2015 Performances on November 25th, 2015 by hgregor – Comments Off

On Sunday, November 22, 2015, Ms. Daria Rabotkina gave a wonderful performance entitled “Passions in Classical Proportions. The performance included works by Mozart, Medtner, Grieg, Chopin, Ravel, and de Falla. The audience was very enthusiastic and immensely enjoyed the concert.

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Audience members await Ms. Rabotkina’s performance.

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Ms. Rabotkina welcomes the audience and thanks them for attending.

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The passion shows as Ms. Rabotkina intensely focuses on her performance.

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The audience gives a standing ovation in appreciation for Ms Rabotkina’s beautiful performance.

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Ms. Rabotkina poses with Professor Pauline Rovkah, left, and student Hannah Gregor, right, after her performance.

Story Time for the Young and Young at Heart

Posted in Fall 2015 Performances on November 22nd, 2015 by hgregor – Comments Off

On November 20, 2015, Sha Wang, piano, performed Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Poulenc’s The Story of Babar, narrated by Louis Luangkesorn.

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Young and young at heart audience members await Ms. Wang’s performance.

Ms. Wang welcomes audience members and invites the children to sit in front to more easily view the pictures during the second piece.

Ms. Wang welcomes audience members and invites the children to sit in front to more easily view the pictures during the second piece.

The Story of Babar, narrated by Louis Luangkesorn.

The Story of Babar, narrated by Louis Luangkesorn.

Young audience members hug Ms. Wang to thank her for her wonderful performance.

Young audience members hug Ms. Wang to thank her for her wonderful performance.

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November 12, 2015 Performance

Posted in Fall 2015 Performances, Uncategorized on November 22nd, 2015 by hgregor – Comments Off

On November 12, 2015, the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh performed con voci with Voces Solis. The performance included “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” by J.S. Bach, Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré and arr. by Ryan McMasters, and Berliner Messe by Arvo Pärt and arr. by Julian Krishnamurti.

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Chatham students await the performance. Left to right: Emily Simmons, Justine Barry, Lizzy Romano, Megan Cooper, Kathryn Polaski, and Tanya Guterson-Trestman.

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Soloists Christiana Howell, soprano, Rich Williams, tenor, and Josh Mulkey, bass, pause for recognition after the first piece. Alongside the soloists is conductor Edward Leonard.

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After the performance, conductor Edward Leonard, left, and choral master Ryan Keeling, right, acknowledge the work of both the orchestra and the chorale.

 

 

Eco-Vocal Recital

Posted in Fall 2015 Performances on November 4th, 2015 by hgregor – Comments Off

Dr. Kelly Lynch, soprano, accompanied by Walter Morales, piano, gave a wonderful eco-friendly recital on October 25, 2015. Dr. Lynch and Mr. Morales work with the Minna Kaufman Ruud voice scholars at Chatham University. Dr. Lynch is also on faculty at Seton Hill University.

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The eco-friendly program displayed on the screen in Campbell Memorial Chapel.

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The program included works by Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninov, and others.

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The eco-friendly program displayed the translations of each song.

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Dr. Kelly Lynch, soprano, and Walter Morales, piano, work in sync to pull off this wonderful performance.

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Kelly and Walter take their bows to enthusiastic applause.