Congrats and bravo to Chatham’s talented Voice Ruud Scholars, Francesca Fello, Justine Barry, Kaitlyn Salmon, and Sarah Krastman, and vocal students, Nick Graef and Dek Ingraham, who gave an impeccable performance this weekend! Also, thank you to faculty adjunct, Walter Morales, who provided flawless piano accompaniment!
The Chatham community gathered last night to hear the legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble perform and host a Q&A session, followed by a small reception. The event was truly a spiritual experience. Bravo to Kahil El’Zabar, Corey Wilkes, and Alex Harding!
Bravo and many thanks to mezzo-soprano, Katherine Soroka, and pianist, Nathan Carterette, as well as violinist, Jennifer Orchard, and cellist, Kellen Degnan, for a moving and truly heart-warming performance this past Friday! Each song, exquisitely sung by Katherine Soroka, was equally matched with pianistic expressivity and technique by Nathan Carterette. No words can describe the communal sentiments of pain and love these musicians created as they carried the audience through an emotional journey beginning with Mozart’s Ch’io mi scordi di te, through Ravel’s Kaddisch in memory of the Tree of Life tragedy, to the tender, tear-welling climax of the performance, Lee Kesselman’s setting of e.e. cummings’s poem, “i carry your heart,” which received a standing ovation. There was no better way than to end on the lighthearted note of the encore, Gershwin’s By Strauss. Thank you to all those who attended!
The renowned Clarion Quartet gave the first performance of the Spring semester at Chatham with talented pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou on Saturday, February 9, 2019, performing works by Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Bohuslav Martinu. Many gathered to support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank with donations. The event was so well-attended, in fact, that extra chairs had to be brought out. After the program was finished, the Clarion Quartet received a standing ovation that demanded three re-entrances for bows. Bravo to Clarion and Dimitri!
November 10, 2018, Henry Spinelli, former Chatham Professor of 35 years graced us with a performance including works by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ives. The recital was nothing short of fantastical. Spinelli also celebrated his 85th birthday at the reception immediately following the performance. It was all smiles for Spinelli, friends, family, students, and alumni alike.
Many gathered to hear James Laughlin Music hall fill with the sounds of the cello, piano, and violin. Artists Yeeha Chiu (piano), Katya Janopladyan (cello), and Roy Sonne (violin) came to perform works by Brahms and Debussy, which was the quintessential way to uplift the community that November 3rd. To quote Leonard Bernstein, “this will be our reply to violence to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
All donations went to the The Tree of Life and its congregations.
On September 30, 2018 7pm many a person gathered for a concert to raise awareness for Suicide Prevention. This concert was a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The concert featured guests artist from the Pittsburgh symphony Orchestra, poets Sheryl St. Germain and Phillip Terman, and pianist Pauline Rovkah.
Wow! What an afternoon of avant-garde music and all composed by women! James W. Iman graced us with his talents that friday afternoon with entrancing music. Featuring works by Bunita Marcus, Jonghee Kang and Betsy Jolas. His ability to emote through piano the waves of the ocean, still and violent; the triumphs of a interpersonal battles, and the pure talent of these female composers was top notch. Thank you to all who attended and thank you James! There are always more events to attend if you missed this one, just visit https://www.pulse.chatham.edu/blog-announcements/2018/9/4/chatham-university-fall-2018-music-events-announced and come to the next!
The many that attended the recital ‘ Music For Food’ not only found joy in donating to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, but also the art, music and refreshments. The sounds of Violin & Piano featuring works by Paul Juon and Aram Khachaturian, performed by none other than Jennifer Orchard (violin) and Igor Kraevsky (piano), were amazing. If you missed it, don’t fret! There is always time to donate and make your mark in the Greater Pittsburgh Community by donating to The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank! Thanks for all those donating and attending. The art was a sight for sore eyes, and the music a symphony to the ears.
Chatham held their very own opera. Via works of Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Maria Piave. There was music, there was acting, and all encompassing passion. The talent speaks for itself!
Bravo to all ;
Ray Blackwell, Simon
Kenneth Shaw, Fiesco
Kelly Lynch, Amelia
Robert Chafin, Gabriele
Franklin Mosely, Paolo
Amdrew Potter, Pietro
Walter Morales, Piano