Featured Album & Giveaway: Goodyear’s Rachmaninoff

Stewart Goodyear credit Andrew Garn CAMI

(Photo credit Andrew Garn for CAMI)

Stewart Goodyear follows his first album of concertos on the Steinway & Sons label with two monumental Rachmaninov concertos, recorded with the Czech National Symphony conducted by Heiko Mathias Forster.

Listen to the album this week on Classical 90.5 and enter to win a copy for yourself!

Local Cello Sensation on From the Top

Photo by Mary Richardson

(Photo by Mary Richardson)

A former Classical 90.5 Young Artist Competition winner will appear on this week’s episode of From the Top (Sundays at 6 pm). Louisvillian Anne Richardson, cello, who has also appeared on Classical 90.5’s Lunchtime Classics program, will perform as part of the Alumni Finale Trio. Ms. Richardson was part of the trio while she attended summer classes at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Anne is finishing her time in the pre-college program at The Julliard School in New York City for music, drama and dance. She is giving her senior recital in May in Juilliard’s Morse Hall. Ms. Richardson’s future options are wide open as she has recently been accepted into Colburn, New England Conservatory, and Juilliard. Anne has appeared on From the Top previously.

Enjoy this video of Anne performing part of Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto.

Classical 90.5 Presents: Lara Downes at Decca

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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday, acclaimed pianist Lara Downes will play a show highlighting her new album A Billie Holiday Songbook, on April 15th, 9pm at Decca Restaurant.

Downes grew up listening to Holiday’s recordings with her father, who was born and raised in Harlem only blocks from the iconic jazz clubs where Lady Day was a star presence in the 1930s and ’40s. Downes acknowledges that Holiday’s singing has been a lifelong influence. “As a musician, I learned from Billie Holiday to make something completely personal when you make music,” she says. “To make something that is completely your own – maybe something unexpected, something indefinable, perhaps complicated, but beautiful. To take a chance. To quote this album’s final song: “But beautiful to take a chance, and if you fall, you fall. And I’m thinking I wouldn’t mind at all.”

Check out this preview of the concert. And also join her for Lunchtime Classics on April 15th at noon.

Nancy Zeltsman at SIUE

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Nancy Zeltsman with the SIUE Percussion Ensemble

Internationally acclaimed marimbist Nancy Zeltsman was recently a guest artist at my school, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, on March 23rd and 24th. I made the trek back to my university to be a part of the experience.

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Nancy Zeltsman performing “Sotto Voce”

Nancy provided private lessons for students, two public master classes, and performed her program Sotto Voce for solo marimba accompanied by a slide show of photographs that her mother took and recordings of her reciting poetry. Sotto Voce means ‘under voice’ or ‘under the breath.’ She explores a softer dynamic range, and performs some of the music that she holds dearest. This program was featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in 2014 and includes works from Daniel Levitan, Aaron J. Kernis, Paul Simon, and more. The master classes allowed students to perform their works for her and the audience, and Nancy openly critiqued their playing and worked with them on concepts such as phrasing, technique, and sound production. The knowledge she shared in the master classes had a deep effect on everyone involved.

You can keep up with the SIUE Percussion Ensemble on Facebook.

Thanks to Emilie Curry at Curry Creations for capturing the events, and to SIUE Percussion Instructor Daniel Smithiger, members of the SIUE Percussion Studio, and SIUE Student Government for making it all possible.

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Sean Schuchman with Nancy Zeltsman

Nancy is the artistic director of the Zeltsman Marimba Festival which is happening this June 28th to July 11th, a full two weeks in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In it’s 13th season, this festival brings together marimbists, performers and educators, from all around the world. There are 8 marimba-focused concerts, 9 master classes, 14 open lessons, composer guest talks, and much more. Participants receive two private lessons from faculty of their choice and early registration will assure teacher selection. This festival is all about people coming together to celebrate and share their love of marimba. It is a chance to work with outstanding faculty including Pius Cheung, Emmanuel Sejourne, Julie Spencer, Gordon Stout, Mike Truesdell, Jack Van Geem, and of course Nancy Zeltsman herself. May 1st is the deadline for registrations and deposits. If you cannot join in for the full two weeks, you can register for three days instead. Can’t make it this year? Make plans to attend next year!

Nanae Mimura, one of my favorite marimbists, was a guest artist at last year’s festival. Here is a video of WLUK-TV Fox 11 talking with Nancy while Nanae performs.

Campbellsville University’s Percussion Ensemble Festival

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Campbellsville University’s Percussion Ensemble

On Saturday April 18th, Campbellsville University is presenting their 4th annual Percussion Ensemble Festival in the Gosser Fine Arts Center. This is an all-day event open to everyone. It will start off with a clinic on auxiliary FUNdamentals presented by M. Jordan Williams at 10:15 am. Throughout the day there will be various clinics and master classes, several performances from high school percussion ensembles, and host performances from the Campbellsville University Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band. If you have never heard a live steel band before, here is your chance!

The featured clinician is the Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Bands at California University of Pennsylvania Dr. Marty Sharer. He previously taught at Campbellsville University where he was the assistant professor of music, director of percussion studies, director of the jazz ensemble and assistant director of the marching band. He is versatile as a performer, teacher, clinician, and conductor in percussion, jazz, and band. He will present his clinic at 3:45 pm and will be performing with the CU Percussion Ensemble at 8:00 pm.

There will be drawings for door prizes throughout the entire event. Prizes will be anything percussion related, such as sticks, mallets, method books, and practice pads.

Here is the Campbellsville University’s Percussion Ensemble performing To Brandon by Anders Astrand.

Here is the Campbellsville University’s Steel Band performing Samba el Gato by Shelly Irvine.

Admission is $5 and includes all-day access to the activities. The Campbellsville University Percussion Ensemble Festival is supported by the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.