The Lorin Maazel Castleton Institute

I am quite pleased to serve as the faculty coach and pianist for the Lorin Maazel Castleton Institute, which will be holding two master class sessions at the National Opera Center beginning May 1. The first session will be devoted to Italian opera, and the second, Wagner and Strauss. Both sessions will be led by Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs, Mo. Michael Recchiuti, and the wonderful Dietlinde Turban Maazel.

Now, I’ve been around a while, and I am satisfied there is no more extraordinary trio of master teachers in the world than Elizabeth, Michael and Dietlinde. And anyone who was present for the classes we all did at Lauren Flanigan’s Music and Mentoring House last year knows that I am not exaggerating.

In addition, the participants will receive invaluable advice from the legendary music publicist Mary Lou Falcone. And Jeremy Gerard of Gurari Studios – at this point, a bona fide New York institution – will offer a seminar on how to get the most out of a professional recording session, and will engineer “before and after” videos of the class performances

I am thrilled to be taking part in a program of such outstanding quality, and with such peerless colleagues.

The Spirit of “La Convivencia”

On Thursday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m., I will be performing with violinists Andrés Cárdenes and David Russell in Coral Gables, Florida at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Boulevard. The program includes Spanish and Spain-inspired music, and is sponsored by the Coral Gables Music Club. The proceeds will benefit the Master Class Al-Andalus, a wonderful program, of which I am a faculty member, that takes place in Alcalá la Real (Andalucia), Spain.

There will be music, cocktails, and tapas. and tickets can be obtained here.

Annette Michelson memorial

On Saturday, November 17, I have the tremendous honor of contributing the musical portion of a program honoring Annette Michelson (1922-2018), which will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY.  Annette Michelson was a pioneer in film studies and the avant-garde, and a longtime N.Y.U. faculty member. I feel very fortunate to be part of this tribute to a great thinker that influenced so many creative minds.

I have been asked to perform works by two of her favorite composers: Une page d’éphéméride (2005) by Pierre Boulez and, with flutist Alex Sopp, Le merle noir (1952) by Olivier Messiaen.

Beethoven Triple Concerto in Olympia, Washington

On Sunday, July 1, I will be performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Olympia, Washington, with violinist Dillon Welch, cellist Casey Felt, and the SOGO Festival Orchestra under the baton of Maestro John Welsh.

The concert will take place at 5:00 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts, 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia, Washington 98512.  Admission is free.

Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic holds their string competition every year on the campus of Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York. This year, I will serve as one of the official accompanists.  The competition will take place on March 17 and March 18, and all rounds are free and open to the public. The level of artistry is usually very high, and many of its past winners have gone on to major international careers.

Master class with Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs and Michael Recchiuti

This evening at 7:00 p.m., I will be accompanying a vocal master class given by soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs and Maestro Michael Recchiuti at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave. NY, NY 10001. These are two of the most knowledgeable professionals in the opera business, not to mention great people with great senses of humor. It promises to be a good time for everybody. I know I’m looking forward to it!

You can watch it streamed live here.

Edited to add: now that the class is over, you can watch it on YouTube:

Part I – “Entweihte Götter!” from Wagner’s Lohengrin.

Part II – “Deh vieni, non tardar” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

Part III – “Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse!” from Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila

International Masters Academy of Opera

I am pleased to be joining the faculty of this intensive opera program in NYC, taking place in the coming two weeks.

International Masters Academy of Opera in New York

There will be a public performance of opera scenes by the participants on Thursday evening, January 18, at 8:00 p.m. at Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street (between Columbus Avenue & Broadway), New York, New York 10023. Pianists Violetta Zabbi and I will share accompanimental duties.