The final weeks of the 2014 winter term bring a range of celebrated musical artists to Ann Arbor, from across the country and around the world, to perform free recitals and/or teach SMTD master classes. All of the events, which are free and open to the public, offer students and the entire community the rare opportunity to experience intimate performances and classes with some of the finest musicians at work today.
The array of guest appearances begins with a residency by Flutronix (March 17-18), a flute duo from New York City who will share their unique blend of urban pop flute music, expert skills as teachers, and savvy approach to achieving success in the music industry. Comprising flutists/composers Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, Flutronix will perform a guest recital (Sunday, March 16 at 5 p.m., Britton Recital Hall), teach a master class (March 17 at 5 p.m., Stamps Auditorium), and present a lecture entitled "Your Are Your Own Business" (March 17 at 7 p.m., Stamps Auditorium.)
Also on March 17, New York-based drummer and Grammy Award nominee Matt Wilson, one of today's most celebrated jazz artists, will coach jazz combos at the Moore Building Rehearsal Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Wilson is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. His positive energy, sense of humor, and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant demand.
The cutting-edge new music ensemble Clocks in Motion will perform a guest recital on March 21 at 8 p.m. at the McIntosh Theatre in Moore. The expansive program will include music from the heart of the established percussion ensemble literature and at the forefront of modern percussion composition, and will featuring a mixture of standard percussion instruments and unique instruments built by members of Clocks in Motion.
On Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m., one of France's leading organ virtuosos, Daniel Roth, will perform a free recital at First Presbyterian Church in Ypsilanti. Roth has held several prestigious positions as an artist and teacher, and has won many competitions including the Grand Prix de Chartres. He is renowned for his brilliant interpretations of organ literature and for his thrilling improvisations, which are regularly included in his concert programs. The performance is part of his guest artist residency in the Department of Organ, which will also include a master class at Hill Auditorium on Wednesday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m.
Pianist Changxin Guan, chair of piano at the China Conservatory of Music, performs a recital on March 25 at 8 p.m. at Britton Recital Hall. Guan was one of the laureates of the 1992 National Piano Competition of China, and was invited to give performances representing China in the 1993 Tokyo International Young Artist Festival, launching an impressive international career.
Hailing from a slightly closer shores, the Western Brass Quintet, comprising acclaimed brass faculty brass from Western Michigan University, performs a recital On March 26 at 5 p.m. at Britton Recital. One of the oldest and most distinguished brass chamber music ensembles still active in the U.S. today, the Quintet's performance will feature retiring trumpet professor Stephen Jones.
Pianist Axel Bauni will present a master class focusing on "The Art of German Romantic Lieder and the 2nd Viennese School," to take place in Room 2043 of the Moore Builiding. Bauni specializes in the interpretation of contemporary lieder, and has conducted master classes around the world. This is last of this semester's Jessye Norman Master Class Series.
And finally, the semester's final master class will be led by one of the most sought- after pianists and pedagogues in the world, Leon Fleisher, on April 4 at 3 p.m. at Britton Recital Hall. Having earned a reputation among students as the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" of the piano, Fleisher holds a position at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and at the Peabody Institute, which he has held since 1959.
Guest Recitals and Master Classes: March 16 - April 30
All events are free and open to the public; no tickets required
Guest Artist Residency: Flutronix
Sunday, March 16 at 5 p.m.: Guest Recital, Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Monday, March 17 at 5 p.m.: Master Class, Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m.: Career Development Lecture, Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
All events are sponsored by the Sally Fleming Master Class Fund.
Matt Wilson Quartet Residency
Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m., Jazz combo coachings, Moore Building, Rehearsal Hall
Guest Recital: Clocks in Motion
Friday, March 21 at 8 p.m., Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Guest Artist Residency: Daniel Roth, organ
Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m., Recital (off-campus location), First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti
Wednesday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m.: Master Class, Hill Auditorium
Guest Recital: Changxin Guan, piano
Tuesday, March 25 at 8 p.m., Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan.
Guest Recital: Western Brass Quintet
Wednesday, March 26 at 5 p.m., Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Master Class: Axel Bauni
Thursday, April 3 at 4:30 pm, Moore Building, Room 2043
Part of the Jessye Norman Master Class Series
Master Class: Leon Fleisher, piano
Friday, April 4 at 3 p.m., Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Sponsored by the Sally Fleming Guest Master Class Fund.