Hello friends! I wanted to give you a few quick updates as well as let you know about a few concerts I have coming up.
May 5th: I'll be playing with the Berkeley Symphony on the West Coast Premiere of Mark Grey's Frankenstein Symphony based on, yes, you guessed, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein!
The concert is at 8:00pm at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus.
May 6th: I'll be performing a solo snare drum with electronics piece called fzzl by Dan VanHassel at Stanford for a lunchtime concert with Wild Rumpus:
Stanford New Ensemble: Monologues and Metamorphoses12:30PM | FOYER, JEN-HSUN HUANG ENGINEERING CENTER, MAP
The program Monologues and Metamorphoses will include contemporary pieces for "small forces" featuring Bethanne Walker, flute; Vanessa Langer, soprano; Joanne De Mars, cello; and Mckenzie Camp, percussion – all members of Wild Rumpus, a San Francisco-based new music ensemble.
Bernhard Lang: Monadologie XVI for solo flute
Robert Honstein: We Chose to go to the Moon, for cello and soprano
Dan VanHassel: Fzzl for snare drum and live electronics
Ursula Kwong-Brown: Sonnet XX for solo cello
Toru Takemitsu: Voice for solo flute
John Tavener: Akhmatova for cello and soprano
The performance will be below the Forbes Family Cafe. Please bring your lunch and sit on the stairs.
May 14th: we are doing a reprise of Eun Young Lee's piece Chiaroscuro for violin, percussion, and voice at the amazing Mia Nardi-Huffman's graduate violin recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at 8:00pm. If you missed our last performance, don't want to miss this one! And Eun Young Lee, the composer, will be there to talk about her piece!
A few weekends ago, I got my cajon and djembe on performing at the first ever Treble Choir Festival. I played on two of Jim Papoulis' pieces, and he came out as the guest conductor and did workshops with the groups. It was fun working with him, and I always love playing with the fantastic Young Women's Chorus and Susan!
This past weekend I attended a conference in Boston focused on teaching music to students on the autistic spectrum, along with MFAI's Jill Bradford. We had a blast and learned a lot!
Also this week, I made a fun piano board game for my students, which is great incentive and is getting rid of the end-of-school-year lull. We will be having a recital at the end of the year, and I know they will be great!