Dylan Rieck (MM ’09) has won the Principal Cello position in the Portland Opera Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 2015. Founded in 1964, Portland Opera is based at The Hampton Opera Center in Portland, Oregon. Its performances take place in the Keller Auditorium and Newmark Theatre, both part of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

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Seth Russell (DMA ’20) has won the top prize in the 2019 New York International Artists Cello Competition. New York International Artists Association will present Seth, as well as winners from other instruments, in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in October.

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Austin Camerata’s season finale will take place on Saturday, May 18, at 7:30pm, in the ImagineArt Gallery. The program will explore Romani music’s wide ranging influence on European musical traditions, including classical music, flamenco, and klezmer. As the program centerpiece, Cory Blais (MM ’19) will collaborate with local flamenco dancers for Gaspar Cassado’s Suite for Solo Cello. The show will also feature selections from classical composers who were heavily influenced by Romani musical traditions.

Enjoy complimentary Spanish wine and desserts as you are dazzled with a showcase of dance, storytelling, and chamber music!

For ticket, venue, parking and more information, visit www.eventbrite.com.

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On Friday, May 3, at 2pm, Francesco Mastromatteo (DMA ’12) appears at Texas State University to present a special lecture-recital with Dr. Nico Schüler on relationships and interactions between music and mathematics.

For venue, ticket and more information, visit math.txstate.edu.

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Francesco Mastromatteo (DMA ’12) returns to Austin this weekend to perform in two events. On Saturday, April 27, at 7:30pm, Francesco appears with conductor Robert Radmer and the Central Texas Medical Orchestra in a benefit concert for the Capital Area Dental Foundation. Then, on Sunday, April 28, at 4:00pm, Francesco performs a solo recital for Classical Music for the World’s spring festival Embracing Freedom.

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

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Jun Seo (MM ’11, DMA ’14) has been appointed to the Adjunct Faculty of the Music Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. In addition to teaching individual applied cello lessons, Jun will lead the UIS Cello Choir as well as teach at the UIS Community Music School. Jun begins teaching Fall 2019.

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Earlier today, Hyugrai “Ray” Kim (DMA ’19) advanced to the Final Round of auditions for the position of Principal Cello in the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero, the 83-member Nashville Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually and is one of the most active recording orchestras in the US, with 29 releases on Naxos, earning a total of 13 GRAMMY® Awards and 24 nominations.

Congratulations, Ray!

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Congratulations to Eunhye Lim (AD ’18) and Cory Blais (MM ’19) for winning the First and Second Prizes of the 6th Annual Coltman Chamber Music Competition with their respective groups, the Fidelis Piano Trio and Wundertrio. Competing in the Collegiate Division in the category of Strings and Piano, the Fidelis Piano Trio performed works by Arensky and Beethoven, while Wundertrio performed trios of Mendelssohn and Shostakovich. The Fidelis Piano Trio also won the Grand Prize, which includes a 2019-20 engagement with Austin Chamber Music Center.

For more information, visit austinchambermusic.org.

This weekend, on Friday and Saturday, March 29 & 30, Daniel Kopp (MM ’18) appears with Ventana Ballet in their production DISRUPT at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

DISRUPT will break the mold of traditional concert performance… aiming for aggressive, yet poised… daring, yet crisp… short, but high-energy performances featuring local professional artists in dance, choreography, music, and composition.

The show will premiere brand new dance choreography by AJ Garcia-Rameau, Dorothy O’Shea Overbey, and Erica Gionfriddo, accompanied by live musicians of cello, violin, and piano who will play works by Bach, Sollima, Fauré, and Vitali.

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