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This month, Seulki Lee (DMA ’19) participates in the 2018 Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she will have the opportunity to collaborate with Sir Simon Rattle, Duncan Ward and Peter Eötvös, the world premiere of whose new composition commissioned by the Roche Commissions will be performed by the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy. She will work with such artists as the percussionist and composer-in-residence Fritz Hauser and the pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich. And in addition to key works of Modernism by György Kurtág, Luigi Nono, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann, she will focus intensively on the creative legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday in 2018, through performances of such important scores as Gruppen and Inori. At the end of the program, with the Academy Orchestra, Seulki will travel beyond Lucerne to tour Hamburg, Berlin, and Paris.

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Jonathan Dexter (MM ’05) has been appointed as Interim Professor of Cello at the School of Music at Pennsylvania State University. He fills in for Kim Cook, who is on sabbatical for the 2018-19 school year.

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This summer, Jun Seo (MM ’11, DMA ’14) joins the faculty of the Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Music Institute (OCMI). OCMI is the Conservatory’s week-long summer intensive camp, where world-class guest-artist musicians are brought in from around the world to create a vibrant and fun experience for students ages 5–college.

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Austin Camerata splendidly fuses music and dance

by Michael Barnes

From where I sit, “Austin Camerata” translates into “unadulterated beauty.”

At least it did last night when the Austin chamber orchestra played the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

But first, an historical note: Debra and Kevin Rollins, whose gift made the gray box theater possible, adored chamber music. And yet, during the first 10 years of the Long Center, not much of the genre has been heard in their Studio Theatre.

For a concert called “Reinventions,” the room sounded great! And there was enough space onstage to accommodate Dorothy O’Shea Overbey‘s dancers, who performed with the musicians during the final number.

Back to the music: Like other chamber orchestras, the University of Texas-associated string group — led offstage but not onstage by cellist Daniel Kopp — expands on the collaborative dynamics of a string quartet. Their measured romp through Edvard Grieg‘s “Holberg Suite” was precise, proportional and over way too soon.

All else melted away when guest violinist Chee-Yun arrived downstage, her red gown gown splashed against the orchestra’s workaday blacks, her performance lighted to their near darkness. And for good reason, because she could pull all those wild sounds from her instrument for Astor Piazzolla‘s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” These four tangos, composed independently but rearranged to match Vivaldi‘s “Four Seasons,” kept the near-full house on the edge of their seats.

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On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Ying Zhang (DMA ’16) performs the Schumann Cello Concerto with conductor Robert Radmer and the Balcones Community Orchestra in their final concert of the 2017-18 season. The concert begins at 4:00 PM at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in downtown Austin. For venue, ticket and more information, visit

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Austin Camerata presents its second annual festival beginning Wednesday, May 16, at the 4th Tap Brewery and running through to Thursday, May 24, ending in the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Director Daniel Kopp (MM ’18) will join others including special guest, internationally renowned violinist Chee-Yun Kim and choreographer Dorothy O’Shea Overbey to present Reinventions.

Founded in 2017, Austin Camerata is a festival that reimagines chamber music and reaches new audiences through unconventional concerts, artistic collaborations, and community engagements.

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On Sunday, April 22, Nora Karakousoglou (DMA ’16) gives a cello master class for the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Adult Academy. The master class begins at 5:00 PM at the Armstrong Community Music School and is free to the public to enjoy. For more information, visit

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This weekend, on Sunday, March 25, at 2:00pm, at The North Door, Golden Hornet’s 3rd Annual Young Composer Concert presents nine new works from Austin-area youth ranging between ages 9 and 18. Writing the new works under the guidance of professional mentors, each piece will be performed by Tetractys, with Matthew Armbruster (MM ’16) and James Burch (DMA ’16), in between brief interviews with the composers. It will include works inspired by the musical legacy of Leonard Bernstein, in collaboration with Bernstein100Austin.

In memory of young composer Draylen Mason, the concert will be dedicated in his honor. It will include vocal dedications from peers and mentors as well as a performance of his work “Hell Fire,” which was composed for the concert last year, to create a space for reverence amidst the musical community in remembrance of his vibrant demeanor, undeniable talent, and endless potential.

Nine New Works by:
Ayden Machajewski
Fiona Gehrke
Helen Lundy
Melody Richards
Ian Shaw
Sel Hoxie
Katelyn Rodrigues
Cassidy Peña
Reese Niemitz

Golden Hornet is an Austin-based presenting and commissioning organization founded by composer/musician/bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski. Since 1999 GHP has premiered over 60 new alt-classical works by more than 50 composers rooted in wildly different musical backgrounds. In 1999 the alt-classical movement barely existed. In 2014 it is thriving in cities around the world. Golden Hornet Project continues to be a vital member and leader of that global community and their commissions and productions strive to synchronize the rock club and the concert hall.

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On March 25 at 7:30pm, Seulki Lee (DMA ’19) appears with the Austin Civic Orchestra, performing the Haydn Concerto No. 2 in D Major for cello and orchestra, Hob. VIIb/2, Op. 101, in Bates Recital Hall. The performance is part of the ACO’s sixth annual “Texas Rising Stars” concert.

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