Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, 3:30 p.m. @ The Ware Center - Steinman Hall
Melva S. McIlwaine Guest Artist Master Class: Angel Romero, guitar
Free and open to the public
Hailed for his superior artistry as the Spanish maestro of the guitar, Angel Romero's eminence in the music world as soloist and conductor is heralded by audiences and critics alike. One of the most sought-after musicians of his generation, Angel Romero has appeared in the major cultural centers throughout the world including those of London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Munich, Zurich, Chicago, Los Angles and New York among others. He has appeared as soloist with such leading orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As conductor, he has led numerous orchestras worldwide including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic, Germany's NDR Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Symphoniker, the Beijing Philharmonic, the Euro-Asia Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Bogotá Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Orquesta de Baja California, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra among others. Regardless of his role on stage, his driving intensity and flawless control mark him as a true master of the arts.
Angel Romero's extensive discography includes highly acclaimed recordings for Delos International, RCA Victor Red Seal and RCA Victor Worldwide, Telarc and Angel/EMI. In 2001, Delos released "Bella," which includes monumental pieces such as Bach's Air on the G String to Romero's own father's Tango Angelita - a composition dedicated to his late mother. In 1999, "Romero Plays Rodrigo" was released featuring works written for and dedicated to Angel Romero through his long and close relationship with the Spanish composer. In 1998, he was featured as soloist and conductor in an acclaimed recording of Vivaldi's guitar concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In 1995, RCA released a crossover recording of flamenco and pop music, featuring Angel Romero playing a diverse repertoire spanning works from Pachelbel to Bill Conti. This particular recording features Mr. Romero's world-premiere transcriptions for one guitar.
In February 2000 he was presented with the highest honor that the country of Spain has to offer, the Grand Cross of Isabel la Catolica and was knighted Sir Angel Romero in reverence of his astounding musical accomplishments. In 2007, Angel Romero was honored by the Recording Academy, producer of the Grammy Awards, with the Recording Academy President's Merit Award for his significant contributions to the music world and for his professional career achievements.
Angel Romero is noted for his activities in the film industry. In 1989, he performed the entire score for "The Milagro Bean Field War" directed by Robert Redford. In 1994, he composed and directed the musical score for the Gabriele Retes film "Bienvenido-Welcome," which opened at the Muestra del Cine film festival in Guadalajara. For his work on this film, Mr. Romero won the 1995 ARIEL (the "Academy Award" of Mexico) in the category of music written originally for film. He also performed and recorded the entire score for the film "By The Sword" composed by Bill Conti, and played a cameo role in the major motion picture "Bound by Honor," a Taylor Hackford film.
Born in Malaga, Spain, Angel Romero made his professional debut at the age of six and his United States debut at the Hollywood Bowl when he was 16 giving the West Coast premiere of the famed Rodrigo's "Aranjuez Concerto." This occasion also marked the first time a guitarist was featured as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1991, he gave the world premiere of Joaquin Rodrigo's "Rincones de España" at New York's Lincoln Center. Mr. Romero studied conducting privately with Eugene Ormandy, the legendary conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Angel Romero has played for numerous world leaders including his globally telecast 1992 appearance in the United Nations General Assembly Hall with the National Orchestra of Spain under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. The performance was by invitation of then Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to promote world peace and to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.
Thursday, November 8th, 2012, 7:00 p.m. @ The Winter Center - Biemesderfer Concert Hall
Recital featuring Guest Artist, Matthew Herren & the Millersville University Cello Ensemble
$10 General Admissions; students free with ID
Cellist Matthew Herren has appeared as chamber musician, recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Now dividing his time between New York City and Lawrence, Kansas, Mr. Herren is active in the musical life of both regions, performing regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and locally with The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Music Society, and The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Herren is a much sought-after chamber musician. As a member of Trio Fedele and The New York Chamber Soloists, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, with performances at major venues including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The National Gallery in Washington, Coleman Concerts in Pasadena, Feldman Chamber Music Concerts in Norfolk, VA, Chamber Music Tulsa, and Philadelphia's Mozart on the Square, Free Library, and Ethical Culture Society series. In 2004, Trio Fedele premiered and recorded Lowell Liebermann's Trio, Op. 87 to critical praise. The group has recently appeared in an invited performance at The National Flute Association Convention in New York City and gave the world premiere performance of Charles Hoag's A Celebration for Three at the dedication of The Hall Center for the Humanities, at The University of Kansas. In addition, Mr. Herren has performed chamber music with Jennifer Frautschi, Colin Jacobsen, Menahem Pressler, Arnold Steinhardt, Dawn Upshaw, Albert Fuller, Robert White, Makoto Nakura, The American String Quartet, The Ying Quartet, and Concertante Chamber Players. As recipient of the First Prize in the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers Competition, Mr. Herren's live performance of Schoenberg's String Trio, Op. 45, from The Ravinia Festival, was released on disc worldwide. He has also recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Atlantic, Artek, Helicon, and London Decca Labels, and frequently is heard on NPR's Performance Today.
Mr. Herren spent five seasons as Principal Cellist of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, and has played, often as principal cello, under many of today's most distinguished conductors, including James DePriest, James Levine, Roger Norrington, Andre Previn, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Gerard Schwarz, and Michael Stern. In New York City, he is a regular performer with The Orchestra of St. Luke's, with whom he has been featured as continuo cellist. His numerous festival appearances include Caramoor, Norfolk, Ravinia, Red Lodge, Sarasota, and Summerfest at Rutgers University. He has been heard with prominent chamber orchestras of his generation, including MetamorphosenChamber Ensemble, and The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the New York New Music Ensemble, and NewEar Contemporary Ensemble.
Special projects of recent seasons include national and international tours as Principal Cellist of Star Wars: In Concert, collaborations with Regina Resnik at The 92nd Street Y, period-instrument chamber music with The Helicon Ensemble in New York City, and the premiere of Bright Sheng's chamber opera The Silver River in Singapore. In the world of popular music, Mr. Herren has appeared with Metallica at Madison Square Garden, with Sting, Billy Joel, and James Taylor, at Carnegie Hall, with Vanessa Williams and Luciano Pavarotti on Saturday Night Live, with Peter Gabriel at Radio City Music Hall, with Antony and The Johnsons at Lincoln Center, and with Iranian singing legend, Shahram Nazeri throughout Los Angeles.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Herren is Lecturer in Cello at Pittsburg State University, and has served on the faculty of The Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College, Vermont. He maintains a flourishing studio of private students at The Kansas City Strings Conservatory, and has taught at The International Institute for Young Musicians at The University of Kansas, and The Vivace! International Festival, at The Pennsylvania Academy of Music.
Mr. Herren is a member of The Advisory Board of The Helicon Foundation.
Friday, November 16th, 2012, 7:30 p.m. @The Ware Center - Steinman Hall
Faculty Chamber Music Recital, "Strings Attached!"
featuring the MU String Faculty - Dr. Madeleine Darmiento, viola; Marcia Englar, guitar; Donald Grabowski, double bass; Sara Male, cello & Dr. Vera Volchansky, violin - joined by pianist Dr. Anita Renfroe for an evening of quintets.
Works performed will include the Boccherini Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D Major and Schubert's beloved "Trout Quintet"
$10 General Admissions, students free with ID
Sunday, February 17th, 2013, 7:30 p.m. @ The Winter Center, Mulvey Recital Hall
Guest Artist Recital: Emilio Colon, cello assisted by MU Faculty
$10 General Admissions, students free with ID
Virtuoso cellist Emilio Colon returns this season for another exciting concert collaborating with MU faculty in performances of sonatas by Bach & Kodaly plus Schubert's monumental Cello Quintet in C Major - one of the greatest chamber music works ever written. Assisting performers include Dr. Anita Renfroe, piano; Dr. Vera Volchansky, violin; Dr. Madeleine Darmiento, viola and friends Cara Miller Colon, cello and Micheal Jamanis, violin.
Praised for his performances as, "his playing is full of life and warmth," (American Record Guide) and "Emilio Colón is obviously a virtuoso with taste," (Fanfare Magazine), Emilio is acclaimed as a passionate and virtuosic performer, highly sought after as a solo cellist, chamber musician, conductor, composer and pedagogue. An extensive international career has taken him to throughout the United States, Canada, Latin and South Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Most recent engagements include guest conductor and soloist with the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Guatemala, The Texas Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquesta de Camara Concerto in Puerto Rico, recitalist at Barge Music in New York City, guest soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, concerts at the Casals Festival of Prades and guest chamber recitalist at La Musica International Chamber Festival in Sarasota, Florida. His recordings are featured on the Enharmonic, Centaur, Zephyr, and Lyras labels. Colón currently records for Klavier as solo cellist, chamber musician, conductor, and composer under the label.
At the age of 26, Emilio was appointed to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as the second youngest in the history of the school. Colón has since established himself as one of the leading pedagogues in the world. He has offered courses at the Paris Conservatoire, the Geneva Conservatoire, the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Toho Gakuen in Tokyo and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is also on faculty at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in Texas, Chamber Music Unbound at the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival in California and resident cellist for the Fundación Musical de Ponce "Serie de Grandes Interpretes" in Puerto Rico.
Colón's debut as a recorded composer took place with his ta"N"go for piano trio as featured on Trio Amadé's recording "Obseción." Recent performance highlights of his compositions include the premiere of Recuerdos de Tata for cello & orchestra with Colón as soloist as well as the premieres of Colón's 2007 commissions, Dana la Colorá' for Double bass & Piano (recently heard on NPR in New York City), Los Niños y las Minarets for Piano Trio, and Los Jolgoriosos for Violin & Piano. Colón's arrangements, editions and original compositions are published by Masters Music Publications and H.P. Music Publications.
An active chamber musician, Colón won a grant for two consecutive residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts and a sponsorship from Chamber Music America while with the Emile Beaux Jeux Piano Trio. Colón was also a member of the faculty at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he performed throughout Florida as a member of the string trio, Trio Vizcaya. He also performed and recorded with the piano trio, Trio Amadé, the resident ensemble at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
A native of Puerto Rico, Colón received a bachelor's degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music as a student of Joaquín Vidaechea, where he won the Pablo Casals Medal upon graduation. As a student and teaching assistant to the distinguished cellist and pedagogue Janos Starker, Colón earned a master's degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Colón plays on a J.B. Vuillaume Cello from 1844 and a Dominique Peccatte bow.
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 2:30 p.m. @ The Ware Center - Steinman Hall
Faculty Recital, Marcia Englar, guitar
Free and open to the public
This recital features works for solo guitar, and pieces for voice and guitar with fellow faculty member Kristin Sims, soprano.
Marcia L. Englar, a member of the Millersville University music faculty since 1983, is chair of the Guitar Studio - teaching guitar lessons, guitar master class, and directing the MU Guitar Ensemble. A native of York, PA, she received Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), and a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD). Her musical training includes mentoring with guitar pedagogues Aaron Shearer and Ray Chester, and performing in master classes with classical guitarists Manuel Barrueco and Christopher Parkening. Ms. Englar has performed in ensembles and as a soloist in concerts throughout the United States and Europe. She enjoys many styles of music, also enjoys playing electric guitar, and has performed with Spring Garden Concert Band, Spring Garden Stage Band, The York Symphony, the Cres Ottemiller Orchestra, Classified, The Citations, and with famous entertainers including Regis Philbin, Engelbert Humperdinck, the Mills Brothers, Bob Hope, Bobby Vinton, The Fifth Dimension, and the Lettermen. She completed additional studies in Music Technology and Production at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA).
In addition to her activities at MU, Ms. Englar received an Associate of Science degree in computer science from the Pennsylvania State University (York, PA campus), and is an Applications Developer Administrator in the Bureau of Information Systems for the PA Department of Revenue.
Kristin Sims, a member of the Millersville University music faculty since 2005, is chair of the Voice Studio - teaching voice lessons, voice master class, and a course in Foreign Language Diction. A native of Missouri, she received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, OH). Ms. Sims has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States. Regionally, she has sung leading operatic roles with the Harrisburg Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Lancaster Opera, Bel Canto Lyric Opera and Trinity Opera Theatre. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to perform with the New Jersey Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra Society, the Muniere Mandolin Orchestra in various venues around the Philadelphia area performing Mimi in La Boheme, Liu in Turandot, Gilda in Rigoletto, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Nedda in Pagliacci. Recently, Ms. Sims was seen in the role of Mimi in Opera Lancaster's production of La Boheme, appeared as soprano soloist with Allegro Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and with the Lancaster Symphony as the soprano soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. In November 2011, she directed the MU Opera production of Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. She was a guest artist performing with the MU Guitar Ensemble in 2010 and 201
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ms. Englar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-872-3357.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 3:30 p.m. @ The Ware Center - Steinman Hall
Melva S. McIlwane Guest Artist Master Class: Jonathan Carney, violin
Free and open to the public
Jonathan Carney is well known to Baltimore audiences as concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a post that he has held since 2002. Hailed as one of the great concertmasters of his generation, he comes from a unique musical background: All six members of his family graduated from The Juilliard School in New York.
After completing his Juilliard studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, Mr. Carney was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue his studies at the Royal College of Music in London. He made successful tours of the Americas, Europe, and the Far East as both concertmaster and soloist with numerous international ensembles, including the orchestras of Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Helsinki. Then Vladimir Ashkenazy invited him to become concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a post that he held from 1991 until 2002. He also directed the Royal Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble.
From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Carney was also concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, performing the Bruch, Mozart, Brahms, Janacek, and Nielsen concertos; the Bottesini Grand Duo; and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, broadcast live by the BBC from London's Barbican Hall.
Mr. Carney has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe, working with such conductors as Daniele Gatti, Yakov Kreizberg, and Yuri Temirkanov, and making an extensive South American tour with Yehudi Menuhin. Other recent engagements include the BBC Philharmonic, the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, and a U.S. and U.K. tour with pianist Kathron Sturrock, culminating in a critically acclaimed London recital. This season includes European tours with violinist sister Laurie, performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Basque National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony, and the continental premiere of the Britten Double Concerto with Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic. An avid exponent of 20th Century music, Mr. Carney plays solo works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Janacek, Hindemith, Glass, Cage, Takemitsu, Maxwell Davies, Britten, William Bolcom, and John Corigliano.
Mr. Carney has recorded for CBS Masterworks, Decca, ASV, Naxos, and Tring International. Among his recordings are Brahms, Beethoven, and Franck sonatas; Beethoven trios; Mozart Concerti Nos. 3 and 5 and the Sinfonia Concertante; Vivaldi's The Four Seasons; The Lark Ascending; virtuoso works of Sarasate and Kreisler; solo works by John Cage and Bruno Moderna; music of Ned Rorem and John McCabe with the Fibonacci Sequence and Kathron Sturrock; an award-winning recording of the Nielsen Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; and Mr. Carney conducting Michael Nyman's The Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic. A chamber music review in The Strad stated that "their playing is...refreshingly imaginative....Their reading of the Kreutzer Sonata is so perceptive, detailed and of such natural musicality that criticism is almost disarmed."
Mr. Carney plays a 1687 Stradivarius, the Mercur-Avery.
Sunday, April 28th, 2013, 2:30 p.m. 2 The Winter Center, Mulvey Recital Hall
Guitar Ensemble and Flute Choir Concert
Free and open to the public
Millersville University's Guitar Ensemble (directed by Marcia L. Englar) and Flute Choir (directed by Joel P. Behrens) will perform a program of traditional classical and contemporary music. The Millersville University Guitar Ensemble was established in 1983. Members include students majoring in music (performance, education, and music business & technology), with guitar as their performance emphasis. The ensemble's repertoire consists of classical, pop, jazz, and world music. Members in this group have performed in Master Classes conducted by internationally-known classical guitarists, including Angel, Celino, and Lito Romero. They have also provided music for recitals and events at various venues along the east coast of the United States.