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Lisa Vroman

September 22 • 7:30 pm • Snell Theatre

September 23 • 3 pm • Snell Theatre

Regular: $50 • Senior/Faculty/Staff: $ 47 • Student: $21

From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She has been regarded as a “musical and theatrical marvel” by The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as “one of American Musical Theater’s most beautiful voices” by acclaimed Broadway producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Among her extensive repertoire, Ms. Vroman starred on Broadway, in San Francisco, and Los Angeles as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Her many  roles include: Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus; both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables;  Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera) as Marion Paroo in The Music Man  (with Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy); Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate Glimmerglass Opera /St. Louis MUNY; Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Virginia).   For PBS she played Johanna in Sweeney Todd in Concert (Patti Lupone, George Hearn)  and was Christine (Phantom of the Opera) in  Hey, Mr. Producer!  (London Royal Gala) Ms. Vroman is a regular guest artist with symphonies including San Francisco, Cleveland, Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, as well as Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart), Philly Pops (Peter Nero), and New York Pops (Carnegie Hall).

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Jonathan Ryan

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October 14 • 3 pm • Hosmer Hall

Organ Encounter

October 13 • 3 pm • Hosmer Hall

Regular: $10 • Senior/Faculty/Staff: $6 • Student: Free

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for his strong communicative skills in numerous styles, depth of musicianship, and passion, Jonathan Ryan is hailed as one of the premiere young concert organists of our time.  His command of an exceptionally large breadth of repertoire, spanning from the Renaissance to numerous solo and collaborative premieres, coupled with striking virtuosity enables the bold, imaginative programming and exceptional use of each organ’s unique capability for which he is noted.

Mr. Ryan has the rare distinction of holding six First Prize awards from major international and national organ competitions.  He most notably entered the international spotlight when awarded First Prize in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition, one of the most substantial First Prize awards of any organ competition at the time.  He was additionally awarded the only auxiliary prize at the Jordan Competition, the LeTourneau Concerto Prize, given for the best performance of a newly commissioned work for organ and percussion ensemble.  Additional First Prize awards include the 2006 Arthur Poister National Organ Competition, the 2006 John Rodland Scholarship Competition, the 2004 Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition (Young Professional Division), and the 2003 Augustana Arts-Reuter National Organ Competition.

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Dalí Quartet

November 3 • 7:30 pm • Hosmer Hall

Regular: $25/$22/$19 • Sen/Fac/Staff: $22/$19/$16 • Student $12/$9/$6

The Dalí Quartet brings its signature mix of Latin American, Classical and Romantic repertoire to stages and audiences of all kinds. The quartet’s passionate energy is poured into everything they do, generating critical and audience acclaim for their Classical Roots, Latin Soul. Its tours include appearances for distinguished chamber music and cultural center series in the U.S., Canada and South America. Recent engagements include concerts in New York and Philadelphia, on to Portland, Park City, San Jose, and from Tulsa to Toronto and beyond. The Dalí Quartet’s engaging style reaches across the footlights for an experience which “leaves the audience almost dancing in the aisles." (Peninsula Reviews)

Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the US, and have studied at esteemed institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University, Indiana University Bloomington and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. The quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA.

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A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet

February 19 • 7:30 pm • Hosmer Hall

Regular: $30/$27/$24 • Sen/Fac/Staff: $27/$24/$21 • Student: $17/$14/$11

Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinetists excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as guest lecturer and creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.

A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet

Gracing the stages of Ronnie Scott’s legendary jazz club to the Wigmore Hall in London, Bermuda Jazz Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Julian Bliss Septet has shared their uplifting, classy, humorous shows and exceptional musicianship around the world since their formation in 2010.

Handpicked by one of the finest clarinetists of our day, Julian Bliss, the Septet perform shows that combine over 200 years of musical heritage with and incredible command of Western classical and jazz. The band started out exploring the inspirational music of Benny Goodman – a passion of Julian’s since the age of 7 – and has gone from strength to strength with packed audiences and standing ovations around the world. The live show, and consequently their first album, showcased some of the best tunes of this era inspiring authenticity with a modern twist.

 

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Jason Vieaux & Yolanda Kondonassis

April 7 • 3 pm • Hosmer Hall

Regular: $35/$32/$29 • Sen/Fac/Staff • $32/$29/$26 • Student: $21/$19/$16

The Kondonassis/Vieaux duo released their debut album, Together, in January 2015 on Azica Records; Gramophone Magazine praised their “almost rapturous sense of cohesion.” The  duo’s  next recording will feature several world premieres and is slated for release in 2019.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and earned a place on NPR’s “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)” for Vieaux’s recording of “Zapateado.”

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico.

Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. With “a range of colour that’s breathtaking” (Gramophone Magazine), she has been hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), with “a dazzling technique unfailingly governed by impeccable musical judgment” (Detroit News). She has appeared around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. Also a published author, speaker, professor of harp, and environmental activist, her many passions are woven into a vibrant and multi-­faceted career.

The first harpist to receive the Darius Milhaud Prize, Kondonassis is committed to the advancement of contemporary music through both the performance and commissioning of new works for the harp. She has premiered works by composers such as Bright Sheng, Donald Erb, Hannah Lash, Keith Fitch, Lauren Keiser, and Gary Schocker, among others. Current projects include a Harp Concerto commission with Jennifer Higdon.