2017-18 School of Music News

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Over the summer Geoffrey Block, Distinguished Professor of Music History, had three publication appear: 1) The essay, "Disney as Broadway Auteur: The Disney Versions of Broadway Musicals for Television in the late 1990s and early 2000s, " was published in The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen, ed. by George Rodosthenous (Bloomsbury, 2017). 2) Jacket Notes for Charles Ives's Violin Sonata No. 4 and Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Concord") on BIS Records (BIS-2249 [2017]). 3) Review of Ryan Raul Bañagale’s Arranging Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Blue” and the Creation of an American Icon in Journal of the Society for American Music 11/2 (May 2017). This fall Dr. Block will be giving the pre-concert lectures for the Seattle Symphony conducted by Ludovic Morlot on October 12 and 14. The concert will feature violin soloist Gidon Kremer and works by Mendelssohn and Schumann. On September 23 Dr. Block will be taking his entire freshman seminar class, "Why Beethoven?" to hear the Seattle Symphony perform Mahler's Second Symphony.

J. Edmund Hughes, conductor of chorale, had both settings of "Lullaby for a King", based on the lullaby he wrote for his grandson and morphed into a Christmas song, released in early June. Next summer of 2018, he has accepted an invitation to direct in Vienna. This is through the same company he worked with at Carnegie Hall - MidAmerica Productions this past spring. The choir will be singing the Rutter "Requiem."

Dawn Padula, Director of Vocal Studies, released her debut classical album, Gracious Moonlight, in late August. On the album, she collaborated with School of Music faculty members Tanya Stambuk, piano, Catherine Case, harp and Music Education major, Aidan Glaze ’18, recording engineer. The album features From the Diary of Virginia Woolf by Dominick Argento, and two song cycles by School of Music’s Robert Hutchinson: The House of Life and Two Poems from the Poetry of H.D. It is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, and CD Baby. On campus this fall, Dr. Padula will perform in the September 22 Centennial Celebration of Jazz concert, the September 29 Collage 2017 Faculty/Student Showcase, and in a solo faculty recital on November 19. Off-campus this fall, Dr. Padula will perform with Symphony Tacoma in their performance of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story Concert Suite No. 2 on October 21, a program of Russian arias and ensembles with the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle’s Opera Ensemble on November 9 and 13, and a solo recital at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle on December 2.

Maria Sampen, Chair, Dept. of Strings and Professor of Violin will be traveling to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. On September 20 Maria will have a lecture and master class and then in the evening she will be performing, in a guest recital, the music of Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Schnittke, and Mead. Then in October guest performers and professors from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu, China will be here at the University of Puget Sound. On September 29, Dr. Sampen will be performing with students and faculty in the University of Puget Sound Collage Concert. In November the Puget Sound Piano Trio consisting of Dr. Sampen, violin, Dr. Stambuk, piano and Professor MacRae, cello, will be performing at the University of Denver Distinguished Artist Series in Denver, Colorado. The 10th of November Dr. Sampen will be performing at the American Romanian Cultural Society of the US in collaboration with Earshot Jaz Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival at the Seattle Art Museum. December Dr. Sampen will be performing with the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, TN in the Germantown Performing Arts Center.

The Pacific Coast Brass (Ryan Schultz, Rodger Burnett, Judson Scott, and David Krosschell) were featured on the summer Auburn Symphony chamber series at Mary Olsen Farm. In August, Ryan launched the Yamaha Intensive Brass Workshop at Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle. Allen Vizzutti was the featured guest artist and Ryan was also joined by Judson Scott.