Dave Gerhart and Steel Drum Program in Pan Magazine

Dave Gerhart and our Steel Drum program got a very nice mention in an interview with Andy Narrell in Pan Magazine: “I teach at a lot of universities, and there are a lot of good programs now. There are also some high school programs that are playing at a college level and are quite a shock to see. It’s amazing what you can do when you have kids an hour a day, five days a week, for four years. Cal State Long Beach is one of the good college programs; Dave Gerhart did a great job with the band, and I enjoyed playing with them, as well as with the Massive Band they put together with local programs.”

Nathan Stark in Summer Festivals

Alumnus Nathan Stark performed as soloist with Opera in the Park2014 Summer Festival and on Songs of Love & War, and performed Zuniga – in Carmen, Silvano – in La Calisto, with the Cincinnati Opera this summer. Following his time in Cincinnati, he performed with the Bard Summerscape Festival. In April, Nate will work with the music department at the University of North Dakota. He’ll sing the title role in Ellijah by Felix Mendelssohn and coach young singers.

Tyler Alessi with Cincinnati Opera

Tyler AlessiAlumnus Tyler Alessi sang with the Cincinnati Opera in their production of Kevin Puts’ opera, Silent Night. This Pultizer-Prize winning opera retells the story of Christmas Eve, 1914, when both sides laid down their arms and celebrated together. The story was told in the 2005 French film, Joyeux Noël.

 

Photo credit: Dallas Padoven

VJ Rosales in Feature Film

The Filharmonics with alumnus VJ Rosales will be appearing in the feature film, Perfect Pitch 2. Due out in 2015, the sequel to the 2012 musical comedy that follows Fat Amy and Beca through their senior year at Barden University.

 

Kyle Spraker at PARMA Festival

The main event at the second annual PARMA Music Festival featured one of Boston’s finest new chamber ensembles. The Redline Brass Quintet consists of alumnus Kyle Spraker and Andrew Moreschi on trumpet, Nick Rubenstein on Horn, Christopher Moore on Tenor Trombone, and Philip Hyman on Bass Trombone.

The Quintet’s mission is to showcase great music of all periods and styles to audiences everywhere. They have performed in numerous recitals and premiered several new works for brass quintet, most recently John Morrison’s “A Conquest of Cold.” The Quintet is also committed to community outreach, working with the Discovery Ensemble to bring the music of Leonard Bernstein and other great composers into schools throughout Boston, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain.