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.

Karla Flygare, affiliate artist, flute and Piccolo, and many more of our affiliate artist's will be performing in the Pacific Northwest Ballet beginning Friday, November 24th and then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 22nd.

Robert Hutchinson’s Concerto for Amplified Violin and Wind Ensemble will be performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on November 19, 2017. The University of Wisconsin-Madison  Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. Scott Teeple and will feature Dr. Soh-Hyun Park Altino as the violin soloist.

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."

Jeffery Lund, affiliate artist, percussion, will be conducting a youth orchestra on November 4th at 4:00 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, WA. On December 16th and 17th, Jeff will be conducting the Rainier Symphony's Holiday concerts at the Foster Performing Arts Center in Tukwila, WA.

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. Dr. Padula will be presenting two concerts of Russian Arias and Ensembles with the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle’s Opera Ensemble on November 9 (Crossroads Community Center) and 13 (University House Wallingford). Also, she and Professor Tanya Stambuk, piano, will present an Afternoon of Vocal Works on November 19 as part of the Jacobsen Series in Schneebeck Concert Hall. On December 2 at 2PM, she will present a solo recital at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle with pianist, Joan Lundquist.

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.

Tanya Stambuk, Professor of Piano, will be performing on King FM Radio for the new Grand Piano Hour at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, before a live audience. November 3rd the Puget Sound Piano Trio, Tanya Stambuk, piano, Maria Sampen, violin, and Alistair MacRae, cello, will be performing on King FM.