Next Sunday, January 29, at 3pm EST, Jonathan Dexter (MM ’05) gives the US premiere performance of Fazil Say’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra “Never Give Up” with conductor Yanniv Attar and the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. Jonathan has been featured in recordings and performances with multiple grammy award winning artists and producers in classical, rock, pop, and country music. Performance highlights include appearances on the Jimmy Fallon Show, The View, VH1, Billboard Music Online, Fox and Friends, and Rachel Ray.  In 2022, Jonathan was a featured cellist with the Lorelei Ensemble, the Boston-based chamber-choir, in their recording Antigone, available from New Focus Recordings. Gramophone Magazine reviewed the recording, “Stunning precision of harmony, intonation, and… spectacular virtuosity.” In 2015, Jonathan was the cellist in the recording Irving Berlin: This is the Life with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, produced by three-time Grammy award winner for Best Classical Music Producer Judith Sherman. Working from his home studio, Jon records strings for projects around the world. Customers have ranged from SONY Masterworks, Columbia Records, Castlerock Entertainment and multiple classical labels. Jon contributed strings produced in his home-studio for the 2011-2013 seasons of Steven Spielberg’s TV series Smash on NBC. Jon also composed, performed, and recorded the original score to short film Recess, an official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Recently and more locally, Jon has been engineering audio recordings for PennState faculty. Jonathan joined the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra in 2012 as its Principal Cellist; the same year he moved to State College with his wife, flutist, Naomi Seidman. As the Jano Duo, Jon and Naomi have performed around the country for over a decade and are headed to Bangkok in April to perform at the Thailand Flute Festival 2023.

For ticket, venue and more information, or to watch a livestream of the performance, visit pachamberorchestra.org.


Next weekend, on Saturday, January 21st, at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm, Austin Camerata and The Cathedral present the 2nd Annual CelloFest, an evening of classical music, local art & an open bar. Experience the breathtaking sonority of a cello ensemble while enjoying an intimate evening in one of Austin’s premier galleries celebrating local women artists. The performance features eight cellists from Austin Camerata, including current Longhorns Hyugrai Kim (AD ’24), Tsz To Wong (DMA ’23) and Yeyoung Yoo (DMA ’24) in a genre-defying program spanning from classical to rock. This program has something for everyone, as they will be performing everything from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture and Barber’s Adagio to bossa nova, Aretha Franklin, and Harry Styles.

For ticket and more information visit www.eventbrite.com.

Hyugrai “Ray” Kim (DMA ’19, AD ’24), having advanced to the Final Round in the Section Cello auditions of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has been offered a trial week next June 2023. The ASO, currently in its 77th season, is led by Music Director Nathalie Stutzmann and continues to affirm its position as one of America’s leading orchestras with excellent live performances, renowned guest artists and engaging education initiatives. The ASO performs more than 150 concerts each year from the Delta Classical Series, Movies in Concert, Family Concert Series, Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE and the Coca-Cola Holiday Series, as well as community and education concerts.

Congratulations, Ray!

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Kelvin Ka Long Lee (MM ’19, AD ’22) has been invited to perform with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as substitute cellist prior to a final audition for Section Cello in early February 2023. Established in 1947 and currently led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, the HK Phil is recognised as Asia’s foremost classical orchestra, presenting more than 150 concerts per season over a 44-week season, the HK Phil attracts more than 200,000 music lovers annually. In 2019 the HK Phil received the prestigious Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award—the first orchestra in Asia to receive this distinction.

Congratulations, Kelvin!

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This week, the Parrish Cello Trio makes its debut in Greenville, SC, on October 6-8, with a master class, concert and live-stream. Comprised of cellists Jamie Clark, Kenny Lee and Seth Russell (DMA ’19), the trio first met and played together during their undergraduate degree at Eastman School of Music, and then continued their education together at New England Conservatory. Now, while based in three different states, they are getting together in South Carolina to perform for online and local communities.

Program
Abendgebet (Lassus)
Dotzauer, 6 Pieces for Three Cellos: No. 3 (Dotzauer)
The Rose (Gjeilo, arr. Seth)
White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes, arr. Seth)
Dvorak Miniatures: No. 1 & No. 2 (Dvorak, arr. Opus Cello)
Sure on This Shining Night (Barber, arr. Seth)
Dotzauer, 6 Pieces for Three Cellos: No. 6 (Dotzauer)
Appalachia Waltz (Mark O’Connor, arr. Seth + Jamie)
Justa fue mi perdición (Francisco de la Torre)
Por una cabeza (Carlos Gardel, arr. James Barralet)
Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap, arr. Seth)
Starlight (Muse, arr. Seth)

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Hear Bobae Lee (AD ’23) with her Risus Quartet at the Semifinal round of the 2022 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany.

This weekend, on Sunday, August 14, Classical Music For the World presents incoming freshman Daniel Hur Meglino (BA ’26) in concert at Covenant United Methodist Church. Daniel is joined by pianist Joseph Choi. The recital program contains three works that reflect the pain and joy of life: aspects of love are found in Schumann’s “Fantasiestüke”; suffering and confusion in Hindemith’s cello sonata; and pure joy and contentedness in Bach’s Solo Cello Suite in C major.

CMFW passionately believes in the life-enhancing power of classical music—that its timeless beauty can brighten the darkest lives; its symmetry can bring order to chaos; its delicate ability to touch the soul can restore one’s faith; and its universal appeal to the senses can unite people of disparate cultures.

For more ticket, venue and more information, visit www.classicalmusicfortheworld.org.

Earlier today, Michelle Ferry Williams (BM ’09) and Clint Williams welcomed their latest opus, Scarlett Michelle, to the family, joining sister Adeline and brothers Frederick and Ezra. Scarlet was born at 3:46pm, 8 lbs. 13 oz. and 21 inches long.

Scarlet already has Hook ‘em mastered.

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Ventana Ballet and Austin Camerata (with Daniel Kopp, MM ’18) team up this weekend to bring another world premiere to the Draylen Mason Music Studio at KMFA. Beautiful World is a celebration of music, dance, and visual art—including the premiere of an original work entitled, A Million Alien Gospels, composed by Michael Alec Rose and choreographed by AJ Garcia-Rameau and Dorothy O’Shea Overbey.

Guests are invited to gather in the grand foyer at KMFA for Earth-themed refreshments and visual art exhibits before the show. On exhibit will be the winning entries of the Nature Photography Contest hosted by Capital Area Master Naturalists, a collaborative effort to highlight local photographers’ renderings of the four elements and native Texas flowers.

Ventana Ballet and Austin Camerata will then take the stage with the new ballet featuring an original score by Rose, filled with beautifully haunting music for string quintet. The ballet is the story of Alice, a girl who is given the gift of a Flower by the Four Elements—Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. The work is loosely inspired by a poem by Alice Meynell.

For more ticket, venue and more information, visit www.ventanaballet.com.

CANCELED… Due to an illness, the residency has to be rescheduled for October 2022 with exact dates to be confirmed shortly.

The Parrish Cello Trio makes its debut in Greenville, SC, next week on May 23-38, with a master class, concert and live-stream. Comprised of cellists Jamie Clark, Kenny Lee and Seth Russell (DMA ’19), the trio first met and played together during their undergraduate degree at Eastman School of Music, and then continued their education together at New England Conservatory. Now, while based in three different states, they are getting together in South Carolina to perform for online and local communities.

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