Nate Stark gets Rave Reviews

Alumnus Nathan Stark received rave reviews for his performances in three roles,  Pope Urban VIII, Cardinal Barberini, and Simplicio in Philip Glass’s opera Galileo Galilei with the Cincinnati Opera in July.

Reviewer Mary Ellyn Hutton wrote that Nate, “with great conviction and credibility.”

Jay Harvey wrote, “Nathan Stark managed especially well the difficult balance the prelate had to maintain as both Galileo’s friend and an ambitious Vatican careerist.  The intellectual argument between the two on whether faith is better upheld by learning more about God’s world or using His Word absolutely as a template for human thought was compellingly staged and well sung by Stark and, as the younger Galileo, Andrew Garland.”

A reviewer on Opera Lively wrote, “As Pope Urban VIII, a.k.a. Cardinal Barberini, as well as the philosopher Simplicio in Scene 5, Nathan Stark made a strong impression with his rich, authoritative bass and his portrayal of the fundamentally selfish man beneath the genial intellectual”

You can see a behind-the-scenes video on Youtube.

Alexandra Schenck Performs in Italy

Alumna Alexandra Schenck performed with “Oberlin in Italy,” singing in Mozart’s Cosi fan tuttein Arezzo this summer. More than 60 young artists from top conservatories and schools of music in the United States and abroad are chosen to study in the heart of Tuscany for an intensive five-week program that combines language and musical study with Italian cultural immersion. The program ran from June 5 to July 10.

Linda Rose in Oregon

Linda Rose performed and gave a Master class at the Siletz Bay Festival in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Two of her high school students recently won competitions. Christine Park won First Prize in the L.A. Area ASTA Finals Competition in the Pre-college Division and will move on to the State finals in 2015. She also won the Valley Symphony Concerto Competition and will play with the orchestra in the fall. Irene Sun won the Colorado Lamont Summer Music Academy Concerto Competition and performed with the orchestra on June 30. She also served as Concertmaster.

Luke Hannington Publishes Paper

Alumnus Luke Hannington’s paper, “Melodrama Made Good: Ennoblement by Deletion in Edgar Stillman Kelley’s  Score to Ben-Hur” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Film Music.

Laptop Ensemble in Italy

The BCCM Laptop Ensemble, Martin Herman, Director, is preparing for their concerts rehearsal at LaMaMa, Umbria, as part of the Spoleto Fringe Festival.

La MaMa Umbria International is a nonprofit cultural center and artists’ residence dedicated to the creation of activities which foster cultural exchange and international understanding, In the past eleven years, the Center’s activities have included the presentation of over thirty theatre productions as well as workshops, art exhibitions, and conferences. – See more here.

Rob Frear Debuts make WDCH Solo Debut

Rob Frear made his Walt Disney Concert Hall soloist debut with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony under the direction of Scott Stewart on June 28. He performed Bruce Broughton’s Excursions. Bruce was in the audience to hear him play.

Chris Shultz Catches on with Blue Man Group

Chris Shultz, an alumnus percussion major who studied with David Gerhart, has landed a position with Blue Man Group. He will initially take part in a four-month cruise that will take him to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean Seas.

Alumni Cain German and Casey Martin compose for Video Game

Alumni Cain German and Casey Martin are collaborating to write the music to Victory Point Games’ next title, Kaiju Crisis.

According to its website, Victory Point Games ”sees itself as the ‘Farm League’ for new game designers whom we want to work with and help them to establish a corpus of published titles and valuable experience that will allow them to break into the ‘Big Leagues’ of game publishing and a clearing house for established game designer to get their ‘small format’ game ideas published.”