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.
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.
December 2, 2014
Aaron Butler, percussion
Aaron Michael Butler is a percussionist currently based in Athens, OH. Having a particular interest in new music, Aaron has not only presented concerts of solo and chamber music of some of the most respected composers of our time, but has also been active in the creation of new works through commissioning composers of his generation. Recent performance highlights include the 2013 Athens International Film Festival, 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Millennium Park, and the 2014 Ohio University World Music and Dance Festival with marimbist Pei-Ching Wu. In 2010 Aaron founded the NOBROW.collective to present music in alternative venues throughout the midwest. In conjunction with the Athens International Film Festival NOBROW has commissioned Deep Earth, a large-scale, multimedia work from composer Matthew Burtner which was premiered in April 2014.
In Aaron's own creative work he frequently collaborates with artists from other disciplines; he has been commissioned by choreographer Travis Gatling, filmmaker Chris Lange, and Bristol-based potter Steve Carter. In 2011 Aaron presented a live performance of his score for 'Nosferatu' during a special Halloween viewing at the Athena Cinema.
Aaron holds degrees in percussion performance from Ohio University and Centenary College of Louisiana where he studied with Roger Braun, Guy Remonko and Chan Teague.
March 13, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Roger Braun, percussion
Roger Braun is Professor of Percussion at Ohio University. He has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, Japan, and Korea, including collaborations with many notable performers and conductors. Braun can be heard on more than a dozen CD recordings and currently performs world percussion with the Biakuye Percussion Group, latin jazz with Los Viejos Blanquitos, and contemporary music with Galaxy Percussion. An active clinician, he endorses Encore Mallets and Pro-Mark Sticks. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.