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A Little Lunch Music: Fall 2017

November 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 7, 2017

On Thursdays at Noon, make a lunch date with the finest musicians from our region and beyond. A Little Lunch Music is an informal, come-and-go performance presented by JCSM and coordinated by Patrick McCurry. It features national and international performers as well as professionals and students from Auburn University and the surrounding areas. You can sit in and listen to the entire performance, dine in the Museum Cafe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., browse the Museum Shop, or explore the galleries.

// September 7 // pianist MARY SLATON

On Thursday, September 7 from noon to 1:00 pm, the series will present a free concert by pianist Mary Slaton in the Grand Gallery. The program will feature her arrangements of popular music going back as far as the 1940s. Thanks to gifts from anonymous friends of the series for helping to make this performance possible.

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pianist Mary SlatonOver the years, MARY SLATON has entertained thousands with her distinctive piano arrangements, and is known throughout the southeast as one of the region’s premier soloists. She knows popular music from the 1930s to present day, and specializes in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s including songs from classic movies, radio, and the canon of great American standards. While earning her Master’s degree at Memphis State University, Mary was a regular soloist at the Hilton and the Hyatt Regency. After Memphis, she lived in the Atlanta area where she played the Omni Hotel, the Hilton, the Atlanta Country Club, the Marietta Country Club, the Atlanta Athletic Club, and the 1848 Restaurant. Through her solo piano career, she has met many famous and colorful characters.

Mary grew up with her six brothers and one sister in Lee County, Alabama, in the Beauregard community on the Lazenby family farm. Her brother remembered her playing by ear at six years old. After earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Montevallo, Mary taught choir and piano at Beauregard School, and started bands at Beauregard and at Macon Academy in Tuskegee.

Having returned to Lee County, now in the Auburn-Opelika area, she has been featured at venues such as the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Terra Cotta, the Saugahatchee Country Club, and the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National. She enjoys entering her private students in district and state competitions, and has taught at Southern Union Community College. She leads the Mary Slaton Trio, and founded the East Alabama Community Band in which she serves as coordinator and French horn player.

Mary has one son, an architect in Birmingham. She loves spending time with her two grandchildren and growing flowers in her yard whenever possible.

// September 14 // baritone singer MATTHEW HOCH with pianist JEREMY SAMOLESKY

On Thursday, September 14 from noon to 1:00 p.m., the series will present a free concert by baritone singer Matthew Hoch with pianist Jeremy Samolesky. The program will feature music by Franz Schubert, including his song cycle, “Schwanengesang.” Thanks to gifts from anonymous friends of the series for helping to make this performance possible.

Baritone Matthew Hoch

MATTHEW HOCH is Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Voice Studies at Auburn University. Prior to coming to Auburn in 2012, he spent six years as Assistant Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Voice Studies at Shorter College. Dr. Hoch’s students have gone on to successful careers in both classical and musical theatre genres and have won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (MTNA), the Music Teachers National Association (NATS), the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Vann Vocal Institute, and others.

Dr. Hoch is the 2016 winner of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, awarded jointly by the Voice Foundation and NATS. He is the author of three books, including A Dictionary for the Modern Singer (2014), Welcome to Church Music & The Hymnal 1982 (2015), and Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer (2016). His articles have appeared in Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, Opera Journal, Choral Journal, Chorister, and Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians. From 2008-2016, he served as Editor-in-Chief of VOICEPrints: Journal of the New York Singing Teachers’ Asociation.

Dr. Hoch has presented his research at national and international conferences, including the International Congress of Voice Teachers; Pan-European Voice Conference; Pan-American Vocology Association; NATS; Voice and Speech Trainers Association; MTNA; National Opera Association; College Music Society; Hawaii International Conference for the Arts and Humanities; Society for American Music; National Association for Music Education; Acoustical Society of America; International Horn Symposium; the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada; Voice Foundation Symposium in Philadelphia; and the International Symposium on Singing and Song in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds the Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, Master of Music from The Hartt School, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the New England Conservatory.

Visit www.matthewhoch.com for more.

Pianist Jeremy Samolesky

JEREMY SAMOLESKY, a native of Manitoba, Canada, currently serves as Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Piano Studies at Auburn University. Known for his passion for both solo and collaborative performances, he has appeared in concert as a soloist and chamber pianist throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, including a full recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., broadcast nationally on NPR’s Performance Today.

Dr. Samolesky achieved the rare distinction of graduating with two doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in New York: a feat permitted just once before in the school’s history. Recent appearances include lecturer and soloist at the World Piano Conference in Serbia (2013), a performance tour of music conservatories in Colombia and Ecuador (2014), Thailand and Malaysia (2015), and Artist Faculty at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy (2016, 2017).

Praised by critics as “brilliant,” “distinguished,” and “full of intensity and drama,” Dr. Samolesky’s debut solo CD was released by Centaur Records in 2015. His subsequent CD, with clarinetist David Odom, Max Reger: The Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano, was released by Albany Records in the fall of 2016. He was recently selected as the 2016-17 Winner of The American Prize Competition in Piano Performance, Professional Division.

As a teacher, Dr. Samolesky’s students are frequent competition winners and regularly receive prestigious scholarships and assistantships at renowned graduate music programs throughout the U.S. For his achievements, he was awarded the 2012 “Excellence in Teaching” award from Auburn University.

// September 21 // soprano KATHLEEN BUCCLEUGH with pianist LAURIE MIDDAUGH

On Thursday, September 21 from noon to 1:00 pm, the series will present a free concert by soprano Kathleen Buccleugh with pianist Laurie Middaugh. The program will feature music by Joaquín Rodrigo, Gabriel Fauré, Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leonard Bernstein, and selections from musical theater. Thanks to gifts from anonymous friends of the series for helping to make this performance possible.

soprano Kathleen Buccleugh

Soprano Kathleen Buccleugh

Soprano KATHLEEN FARRAR BUCCLEUGH, described as “purely lovely” and “delightfully touching” by The Tuscaloosa News and praised for her “light, pure tone” and “totally natural” comedic acting by artsBHAM.com, is an accomplished young artist with a performance history reflecting her versatility in opera, oratorio, musical theatre and recital repertoire.

Ms. Buccleugh spent summer 2017 in residence with Utah Festival Opera. There, she performed Lady Jane Seymour in Rex, which was specially revised by lyricist Sheldon Harnick for the company’s production; and Isabel (Mabel cover) in The Pirates of Penzance. She won the 9th annual Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico International Opera Competition on July 25 and was awarded a trip to Alessandria, Italy, to compete in the finals of the Concorso Internazionale di Musica “Cappucilli – Patané – Respighi,” to be held fall 2017.

In October, she makes her Mobile Opera debut as she returns to the role of Despina in Mozart’s opera, Così fan tutte, under the baton of Maestro Curtis Tucker. Last season, she made two company debuts: Ines in Il trovatore with St. Petersburg Opera, and Giannetta (Adina cover) in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Birmingham.

In 2015, Ms. Buccleugh performed Rose Lennox (Lily cover) in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s The Secret Garden and was a featured soloist in pop-up concerts with Opera Birmingham. She also performed scenes as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Lakmé with Opera Breve at OPERA America’s National Opera Center in New York City. In 2014-2015, she made a role and company debut as Frasquita in New Rochelle Opera’s Carmen, and she performed Giannetta and covered Adina in Atlanta-based Peach State Opera’s The Elixir of Love. Ms. Buccleugh additionally covered Margot in Romberg’s operetta The Desert Song with Birmingham Music Club.

Other career highlights include Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Breve; Fantine cover and featured ensemble member in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Les Misérables; and a residency with the Natchez Festival of Music, where she was Lilli Vanessi/Kate cover in Kiss Me, Kate and a featured soprano in concert performances, such as an Irving Berlin program.

Ms. Buccleugh is an impassioned oratorio soloist and recitalist. Last season, she 
was soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Canterbury Church Choir, featuring members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Through solo recitals and performances in various venues across the Southeast, she has been able to explore music by some of today’s top American composers, including Libby Larsen, Juliana Hall and John Musto.

pianist Laurie Middaugh

Pianist Laurie Middaugh

LAURIE MIDDAUGH received both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Montevallo studying piano with Ms. Joan Cowan and Dr. Anthony Pattin, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Alabama studying piano with Mrs. Amanda Penick. Dr. Middaugh’s interest in collaborative piano began as a freshman at the University of Montevallo when she began playing for lessons and recitals for fellow students as part of her scholarship. In addition to her education in piano performance, Dr. Middaugh has also received coaching in collaborative piano in master classes with Dalton Baldwin, John Steele Ritter, and Dennis Helmrich. She was a student at the American Institute of Music Study in Graz, Austria, where she coached lieder with Betty Bullock and Nico de Villiers, and piano with Charlene Harb, and participated in the Music Directors Intensive at Goodspeed Opera House.

Dr. Middaugh has served as staff accompanist at the University of Montevallo for over 20 years collaborating with student, faculty, guest artist recitals, and operas. She has collaborated with area professionals, worked with Opera Birmingham, regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, the Alabama Symphony, and Alabama Ballet. Dr. Middaugh is also organist and choir director at the Anglican Church of the Holy Comforter in Montevallo where she lives with her husband, professor emeritus of voice, Dr. Bennie Middaugh.

// September 28 // cellist LAURA USISKIN with pianist TING LI

On Thursday, September 28 from noon to 1:00 pm, the series will present a free concert by cellist Laura Usiskin with pianist Ting Li. The program will feature music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky. Thanks to gifts from anonymous friends of the series for helping to make this performance possible.

cellist Laura Usiskin

Cellist Laura Usiskin

Cellist LAURA USISKIN has performed throughout North America and Europe in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Palazzo Chigi Saracini, Barge Music, and many others. Recent performances include concertos of Dvořák and Takemitsu with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and performances of the complete Bach Suites in Los Angeles and Connecticut. She has held orchestral positions with the New Haven Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and is currently Principal Cello of the Orchestra Iowa.

From 2011-13, Usiskin served as Founder and Executive Director of the Montgomery Music Project, a program that provides intensive music instruction to underserved children in Montgomery. She currently resides in Birmingham, where she is on faculty at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, and STEP Birmingham. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music.

Visit www.laurausiskin.com for more.

pianist Ting Li

Pianist Ting Li

After earning her Bachelor’s degree, double-majoring in piano performance and vocal performance at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, in 2009, TING LI was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Master’s degree program studying piano at New Mexico State University. With the encouragement and teaching by Dr. Laura Spitzer, Ting went on to become the first Asian pianist to win the Music Teachers National Association southwest-region piano competition.

In 2012, on the recommendation of Professor Anita Pontremoli, Ting was admitted to the Collaborative Piano program of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She actively performed in concerts and recording sessions and as piano faculty in music camps hosted by William Preucil (Concertmaster, The Cleveland Orchestra) and Richard Weiss (First Assistant Principal Cello, The Cleveland Orchestra). In 2013, Ting was invited to perform at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Ting is currently the music director of “TingTing’s chamber group” from Silicon Beach Arts Council in Los Angeles.

// October 5 // pianist JEREMY SAMOLESKY

On Thursday, October 5, from noon to 1:00 pm, the series will present a free concert by pianist Jeremy Samolesky. The program will feature music by Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johann Sebastian Bach (from the Bach-Busoni editions). Thanks to a gift from Drs. T. and Soma Nagendran for helping to make this performance possible.

pianist Jeremy SamoleskyJEREMY SAMOLESKY, a native of Manitoba, Canada, currently serves as Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Piano Studies at Auburn University. Known for his passion for both solo and collaborative performances, he has appeared in concert as a soloist and chamber pianist throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, including a full recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., broadcast nationally on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Dr. Samolesky achieved the rare distinction of graduating with two doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in New York: a feat permitted just once before in the school’s history. Recent appearances include lecturer and soloist at the World Piano Conference in Serbia (2013), a performance tour of music conservatories in Colombia and Ecuador (2014), Thailand and Malaysia (2015), and Artist Faculty at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy (2016, 2017).

Praised by critics as “brilliant,” “distinguished,” and “full of intensity and drama,” Dr. Samolesky’s debut solo CD was released by Centaur Records in 2015. His subsequent CD, with clarinetist David Odom, Max Reger: The Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano, was released by Albany Records in the fall of 2016.

Dr. Samolesky was recently selected as the 2016-17 Winner of The American Prize Competition in Piano Performance, Professional Division. As a teacher, his students are frequent competition winners and regularly receive prestigious scholarships and assistantships at renowned graduate music programs throughout the U.S. For his achievements, he was awarded the 2012 “Excellence in Teaching” award from Auburn University.

// October 12 // classical guitarist DAN KYZER

On Thursday, October 12, from noon to 1:00 pm in the Grand Gallery, the series will present a free concert by classical guitarist Dan Kyzer. The program will feature music by Alexandre Tansman, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Luigi Legnani, and Francisco Tarrega.

classical guitarist Dan KyzerAs a soloist, DAN KYZER prides himself on giving audiences across the US an experience that is both introspective and uplifting. His roots are in the bluegrass and blues music he played as a teenager in Jackson, Mississippi. As a high school senior, he discovered the classical guitar and began studying under Dr. John Ingwerson at Hinds Community College. After finishing his undergraduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi with Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, Dan earned a scholarship to the New England Conservatory (NEC) where he studied with world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk. While in Boston, Dan maintained a studio at the Boston School of Guitar and performed with groups like the Boston Metro Opera and MIT Women’s Chorus. He also played concerts at venues like the Wood’s Hole Library and NEC’s Williams Hall. He interned with the Boston GuitarFest and worked with Guitar and Friends, a non-profit guitar organization.

After earning a Master of Music with Academic Honors from NEC, Dan moved to Denton, Texas, to begin doctoral studies at the University of North Texas (UNT) under the tutelage of Thomas Johnson. An important contributor to the Dallas-Ft. Worth classical guitar scene, he serves on the faculty at Mountain View College, directing the school’s guitar ensemble and the Mountain View College Guitar Festival, now in its fourth year. He has played solo recitals and events at some of the most prestigious venues in the area, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Voertman Hall, Perot Museum, and many others. His chamber music collaborations include Fort Worth Opera, Orpheus Chamber Singers, and UNT’s University Singers. He has served as an adjudicator at the Lone Star Guitar Festival, Mountain View Guitar Festival, and Collin College Guitar Competition.

Dan holds prizes from several national guitar competitions including first prizes from the New Orleans International Guitar Festival and the Southern Guitar Festival, and second prize from the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival. Upcoming performances include a tour through the midwest and southeast in February 2018, an ensemble performance with the Allegro Guitar Series, and another collaboration with the Fort Worth Opera. Dan lives in Corinth, Texas, with his wife Abigail Chaplin-Kyzer, an accomplished piano teacher, musicologist, and performer. Their latest collaboration is the Concerto in D Major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Dan plays a 2014 Aaron Ringo guitar made in Weatherford, Texas.

// October 19 // classical guitarist EDOARDO CATEMARIO, in collaboration with the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta

On Thursday, October 19, from noon to 1:00 pm, the series will present a free concert by classical guitarist Edoardo Catemario, in collaboration with the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta.

guitarist Edoardo Catemario

Guitarist Edoardo Catemario

International Guitarist and Pedagogue EDOARDO CATEMARIO was born in Naples, Italy, and started his music studies at the age of five. He has been studying guitar with Salvatore Canino, Antimo Pedata, Jose Tomas, and Maria Luisa Anido, and analysis with Titina De Fazio and the South American composers Leo Brouwer and Oscar Roberto Casares. At the age of 11 he gave his first solo recital.

His shows his versatility by passing from the Romantic repertoire (played on original instruments) through the Baroque and 20th-century music, and to contemporary music and vanguards. His repertoire includes a vast amount of solo works, almost all of the chamber repertoire, and 42 Concertos for guitar and orchestra.
He has won first prizes in national and international competitions including in 1991 the prestigious Andres Segovia guitar competition in Almunecar, Granada, and in 1992 the Alessandria International Competition.

Catemario has performed in concerts, broadcasts and major festivals in countries such as Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, the United States, South America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He has appeared at venues such as Grosser Saal of the Wiener Musikverein (Vienna), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), St John’s Smith Square and Royal Academy of Music (London), Associazione Scarlatti (Napoli), Amici della musica di Palermo, Perugia e Padova, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Cite de la musique (Parigi), Teatro Coliseo (Buenos Aires), Sidney Meir Bowl and Town Hall (Melbourne), and MusikHalle (Hamburg), and has broadcast from TVE2 (Spain), RTF3 (France), and RAI1 and RAI3 (Italy) among others.

He has premiered several compositions (some dedicated to him), including El Kalasha de Avalokitesvara by Eduardo Morales Caso, Drei lieder by Alexander Mullenbach, Cuadernos de Danzas by Mauricio Sotelo, Memorie di una maschera by Patrizio Marrone, Carpe Diem by Gerard Drozd, and I racconti di Mamma Orca by Roberto De Simone.

He accepts invitations as guest soloist by orchestras such as: Wiener Akademie, Orquesta de Andorra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra di Stato del Messico, Orchestra filarmonica Italiana, and Solisti di Fiesole, under the direction of famous conductors such as Martin Haselbok, Oleg Caetani, Michael Helmrat, Inma Shara, Marzio Conti, Enrique Batiz, Nicola Paszkowski, and Ottavio Dantone among others.

Apart from his work as a soloist, Catemario is in demand as a chamber musician and has collaborated with many of the world’s leading musicians including Kurt Wiedmer, Alain Meunier, Franco Mezzena, the Vega String Quartet, Silesian String Quartet, Massimo Quarta, Roberto Fabbriciani, Mario Ancillotti, Sylvie Gazeau, Antonello Farulli, Gabriele Cassone, Vittorio and Duccio Ceccanti, Nicoletta Curiel, Vincent Aguettant, and Gabriella Costa Maluberti.

Catemario’s CD recordings include those with DECCA records, ARTS Music, Koch Schwann and EMI which have been awarded with critics’ prizes such as Joker by Crescendo (Belgium), Choice of the Month CD Classica (Italy), and 5 Stars Musica. In January 2004 his recording of the Concerto n1 by Giuliani was attached to the BBC Music Magazine, and in January 2006 he was featured on the the cover of Guitar Magazine.

He has held Master Classes in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, USA, United Kingdom, Australia and Austria. From 2001 to 2007 he was invited to the Salzburg’s Mozarteum to give a course during its Sommer Akademie. Between 1993 and 2001 he was titular in the course of interpretation at the Conservatoire International de Paris.

Catemario owns and plays on instruments by great masters of the Spanish school dated between 1890 and 1935, namely Garcia, Simplicio, Jose Ramirez I, Pascual Viudes, Ibanez and Marin.

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Date:
November 30
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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