Admission is free and, unless otherwise indicated, will be held in Moore Hall Auditorium. Performances are sponsored by the University Music Society. For further information contact Dr. Tracy Wiggins, series coordinator, at 910-522-5705.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 7:30 PM
Senza Misura: Catherine LeGrand, flute; Kenneth Grigg, piano
Catherine LeGrand and Kenneth Grigg have been performing together since 1991; their concerts have been described as “buoyant”, “scintillating” and “transcendent”.
The name Senza Misura, means “without measure,” representing the high level of musical expression and freedom they enjoy in their ensemble.
Senza Misura has performed in concert series and at colleges and universities across the South and Midwest. Appearances include Kerville Performing Arts Society and the Foundation for Modern Music in Houston. Senza Misura has also been recorded and broadcast by KUHF Radio in Houston.
Catherine LeGrand serves as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Campbell University and joyfully tends a large private studio comprised of students of all ages and levels in North Carolina and on the Internet. She was a pioneer of interactive Internet flute lessons, accepting her first students in 2000. She has three albums in current release including Inspirations: Music for Solo Flute. Her websites and blogs have provided resources on breathing, music-making, and creative pedagogy since 2001.
Her teachers include Keith Underwood, Paige Brook, Loren Lind, Kyril Magg, Jack Wellbaum, Robert Cavally, and June Warhoftig; she received her B. M. and M.M. from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music with additional studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. Catherine served as Principal Flute of the Houston Grand Opera’s Texas Opera Theater Orchestra, Piccolo of the Lexington Philharmonic (KY), and has performed frequently with Houston Symphony. She has also performed with Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, and Houston Ballet Orchestra.
Among her previous teaching contributions, she was Flute Instructor and Flute Choir Director at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Flute Consultant at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and Instructor of Flute at San Jacinto College.
Catherine enjoys combining her passions for teaching, performing and traveling as a frequent guest artist and clinician. Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Area Flute Association, Catherine is a former Board Member and Co-President of the Houston Flute Club.
For more information about Catherine and her teaching please visit www.catherinelegrand.com and www.myflutorials.com.
Kenneth Grigg has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, and Italy; he attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, was a National Merit Scholar at Oberlin College from which he received bachelor's degrees in piano and English, and holds a master's degree in piano from the University of Texas.
Mr. Grigg is active as recitalist, coach, teacher, chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and clinician; he has toured with the Oberlin Choir, the Arius Chamber Players, the Virginia Opera, and Eurythmy, and has prepared projects ranging from Peter Brook's Marat/Sade (the Governor's School of North Carolina) to Arnold Schoenberg's Moses und Aron (Opera de Lyon). Some recent engagements include Indiana University (Bloomington); the Eastman School of Music (Rochester); the University of Washington (Seattle); the Art and Culture Center (Hollywood); the Texas Flute Festival; the Superior Music Festival; the Fort Bend Symphony (Houston); the University of Iowa; The Academy (Boulder); North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem); Ripon College (Wisconsin); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver); Campbell University (North Carolina); Alverno College (Milwaukee); Kirkwood (Birmingham); the Governor’s Schools of Alabama and Pennsylvania; the New School for Folk Music (Chicago), and the annual conventions of the National Flute Association and the International Society of Bassists. His professional travels have taken him to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. Mr Grigg has just finished coaching, preparing, and performing multiple times with thirty-five high school instrumentalists on wind instruments ranging from piccolo to tuba; the repertoire for their competition included pieces such as the Ibert Flute Concerto, the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto, the Weber Grand Duo Concertant, the Stekke Variations for Trombone, the Brahms Horn Trio, the Babin Hillandale Waltzes, the Dutilleux Sonatine, the Francaix 'Lhorloge des fleurs', the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto, the Tansman Sonatine for bassoon, the Hindemith Trumpet Sonata, and many other large works. Mr Grigg's most recent international trip was to Australia and New Zealand, where he stayed for fourteen weeks coaching and concertizing.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – 7:30 PM
Gwen Burgett, percussion
Gwendolyn Burgett is associate professor of percussion and area chair of brass and percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music. Passionate about educating the next generation of young musicians, she regularly gives master classes at universities throughout the United Statesand has been an instructor at the Interlochen Arts Camp since 2005.
Burgett began her musical career at the age of two, studying piano and violin. As a percussionist, Burgett maintains a full career as an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, having performed recitals throughout the U.S., Asia and South America. She is an advocate for new music and has participated in groups to commission new works from composers such as Alejandro Vinao, Peter Klatzow, Paul Lansky, Martin Bresnick, John Serry and Roshanne Etezady. She currently serves as principal percussionist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and hasperformed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Solisti New York Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
The winner of the Keiko Abe Prize at the Second World Marimba Competition in Okaya, Japan, Burgett was also the top prize winner at the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ ARTS competition. Additionally, she was awarded the performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and has also been the recipient of the Outstanding Young Musician award from the Peabody Conservatory and the Yale Alumni Award.
Burgett released her first CD in October of 2007 entitled “Marimba Suites: Gwendolyn Burgett Thrasher plays her transcriptions of the six Bach Cello Suites” on the Blue Griffin Label and is anticipating the release of her second CD “New Works for Marimba” in the summer of 2011.
She studied with world-renowned professors Robert van Sice, Keiko Abe, and John Beck. She holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music.
October 21, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Lawrence Quinnett, piano
Winner of Florida State University’s 2013 Doctoral Concerto Competition, Lawrence Quinnett recently performed Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra in September 2013. He also has several other competition successes to his credit, including first prize in the 2011 FSU Chapman Competition, the 2008 South Carolina Music Teachers’ Association Young Artist Piano Competition, and the 2006 Southeastern College Piano Competition. While an undergraduate student at Methodist University, he received the Willis C. Gates Music Award for Excellence two years in a row.
Quinnett is an active concert pianist who has played solo and chamber music in the US and abroad. In 2010 he gave a master class and a successful benefit concert for breast cancer survivors in St. Kitts. In 2007 he performed solo and chamber music in London and various other cities in the UK as part of the Harlaxton Music Festival. He has also given performances in New York, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, and Florida. Having grown up in North Carolina, Quinnett often visits his hometown, where he gives concerts periodically. There he has judged competitions and given master classes as part of the 2011 and 2012 Fayetteville Piano Festival and 2012 Chopin Festival. He has been a featured performer at the Music at Mains Series at the Jacksonville Public Library and a lecturer for the FSU Piano Camp for two summers.
An inquisitive musician, Quinnett’s interests include chamber music, harpsichord, new music, and music theory. In October 2013 he was one of the three featured pianists in Charleston’s Colour of Music Festival, which celebrates composers of African descent. Quinnett was a participant in the 2012 New Music Festival and John Cage Festival at FSU and both performer and lecture at the 2013 Ligeti Symposium and Festival. The topic of his doctoral treatise is harmony in the first book of Ligeti Etudes. Quinnett also maintains a small private studio and attends to the duties of a church music ministry.
Lawrence Quinnett’s formative teachers have included Carolyn Cloud-Absher, Jane Gardiner, Dr. Jon Maisonpierre, and Dr. Douglas Weeks. He has been privileged to be selected for master classes and coaching sessions with Jeremy Denk, Karen Shaw, Anton Kuerti, Simone Dinnerstein, Elizabeth Pridinoff, Miles Hoffman, the Cavani String Quartet, Frederick Moyer, and Shai Wosner, among others. He holds the Doctor of Music (D.M.) degree from Florida State University, where he studied with Dr. Read Gainsford.
February 12, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Frederic Macarez, percussion
No doubt Frédéric Macarez is one of the most active musician of his generation.
Through his different musical and pedagogical activities, he always shows his concern for growth of Arts of Percussion, for excellence of musical performance and for establishment of strong links between the different actors involved in all the percussion fields.
Currently Principal Timpanist of the Orchestre de Paris (Christoph Eschenbach, musical director), Frédéric Macarez is also famous as a soloist and a chamber music player. He travels all around Europe, Asia, North and South America, where he performs solo recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts with the best musicians (Christoph Eschenbach, Tzimon Barto, Martha Argerich, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Jesse Levine, Sandrine François …) and Paris-Percu, the chamber music ensemble he founded. Teaching since 25 years, he is actually Director of the percussion studies at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris.
His very popular master classes and clinics take him through all European countries, America and Asia, visiting some of the most famous schools. He has also taught in the main European Summer Courses. Moreover, Frédéric Macarez is the founder and Director of the International Percussion Festival "perKumania", and he is also the Director of the “PAS International Instrument Competition” in Paris and the Director of the competition “perKu en Herbe”, for children.
Composer of works for percussion published by A. Leduc and Alfonce Production, he is also an Editor for the percussion music by the French publisher Gérard Billaudot. His works are now very popular and performed all over the world by students and professional performers.
Friday, March 13, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Lalo Davila, percussion
Lalo Davila is currently Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Lalo received his Bachelor of Music degree from Corpus Christi State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas.
Originally from Corpus Christi, Lalo has extensive experience both as an educator and performer. Lalo was named Nashville¹s Top Five 1998 Percussionist of the Year Award. Lalo spent three years (1984-1986) performing and instructing with University of North Texas Percussive Arts Society Championship Drum Line and has served as an instructor for the Phantom Regiment and the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. Lalo has toured with many artists including the "Take 6" Summer 1996 tour of Japan. Other performances include; the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, Six Pence and None The Richer, Clay Walker, Vickie Carr, Sherry Lewis, The Panhandlers Steel Band and Max Carl and the Big Dance. Mr. Davila has recently performed percussion and lead vocals for the American Bible Society CD project and can also be heard on Kirk Whalum's Grammy-nominated CD. Currently, Lalo performs with several Latin groups including "Orkesta Eme Pe"
Known as an outstanding clinician and adjudicator, Lalo has conducted clinics throughout the United States, Mexico, Cuba, and Japan. Lalo is the author of Contemporary Rudimental Studies and Solos. Lalo is an active clinician/performer for the Pearl Corporation, Row-Loff Productions, Avedis Zildjian Co., Innovative Percussion, and EVANS Drumheads.