Congratulations to Vocal Performance student Katie Henry on placing first in her category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Competition! Katie traveled to Boston to compete in two rounds of the NATS competition in the Upper College Women category, which included women from across the country, and was named first place winner last Monday. We are honored to have Katie representing the Peck School and UW-Milwaukee! Learn more.
In their third summer concert, the Fine Arts Quartet (violinists Ralph Evansand Efim Boico, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and cellist Robert Cohen) introduced new listening experiences from the most established of classical composers. The concert at the UW-Milwaukee Zelazo Center on Sunday evening opened with a fragment of Haydn’s last quartet – the incomplete String Quartet No 68. With the help of two guests, pianist Alon Goldsteinand string bass player Rachel Calin, the quartet offered a rarely played chamber transcription of Mozart’s popular 21st Piano Concerto. The concert closed with an ambitious quartet by a composer who rarely wrote chamber music – Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No 2.
Haydn lived to age 77. Just six years before he died, his creative energies nearly spent, he wrote his String Quartet No 68 in D minor, Op 103. It has been suggested that he set aside writing first and last movements because of the challenge to create a wholly integrated work. But he did complete two short inner movements – a pleasant andante and a cheerful minuet. Although lacking the complexity and often clever surprises of other quartets, each stand as single ideas with substantial interest. The lovely andante theme was introduced on Evan’s violin and played with little variation other than changes of pace. The minuet featured a catchy off-beat theme. Strong accents marked the rhythm but would have interrupted a dance. The quartet performed these attractive movements with tightly coordinated ensemble playing.
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The String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM is pleased to announce the hiring of Stefan Kartman as its newest cello faculty. Stefan Kartman is currently Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In addition to solo performance, he has performed to critical acclaim as cellist of the Kneisel Trio and the Florestan Duo. He has given performances and masterclasses in conservatories and schools of music worldwide including the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA), the Xiamen Conservatory of Music (China), and the D’Albaco Conservatory of Music (Italy), among many others.
An avid chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Kartman has served on the faculties of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the Mid America Chamber Music Festival, the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and was artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival. His early training in chamber music was with his father, Myron Kartman, of the Antioch String Quartet and during his formal training as a chamber musician, he studied with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets and the Beaux Arts Trio. Stefan Kartman received degrees from Northwestern University, The Juilliard School of Music, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. He has been teaching assistant to Harvey Shapiro and Zara Nelsova of the Juilliard School and proudly acknowledges the pedagogical heritage of his teachers Shapiro, Nelsova, Bernard Greenhouse, Alan Harris, and Anthony Cooke.
Learn more at The String Academy of Wisconsin.
By Tom Strini
June 9, 2014
Tom Strini Writes
Even the most avid fans of classical music might not know that Anton Bruckner wrote a string quartet. He did it in 1862, as a composition exercise with no thought of public performance.
The composer's intention did not stop the Fine Arts Quartet from playing it Sunday, on the second of four Summer Evenings of Music at UWM. The music proved to be of more than historical interest.
The Quartet in C minor is more conventional than Bruckner's epic, mystical symphonies. He was practicing traditional ways of structure, theme and development. The result sounds a rather like higher-calorie Mendelssohn, a comparison we could make directly given the presence of the latter's Quartet in D, Opus 44 No. 1, on this program.
Bruckner opened with busy themes densely harmonized. Violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boico, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and cellist Robert Cohen somehow made the music transparent, so we could hear the ingenious interaction of the lines. In the second movement, Evans played a sprawling Brucknerian theme most eloquently as he parsed out complex phrases that don't readily jump up and sing.
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Guitars have been around in one form or another for millennia, and there are as many styles as there are countries way they are played makes them unique. Spanish guitar music crossed the Atlantic ocean with the Conquistadors, and that influence can be heard in the guitar music throughout Latin America, including Puerto Rico.
Hector Torres Gonzalez and John Ruiz traveled from Puerto Rico to study guitar at the Peck School of the Arts’ classical guitar program. They came from opposite sides of the island and met each other for the first time when they began their program here. And although they study classical guitar at UWM, they took it upon themselves to learn Puerto Rican guitar music on their own.
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By Eleanor Peterson and Bonnie North
May 15, 2014
Two giants of the guitar world, Peter Lang of Minnesota, and Lucas Michailidis from Australia, gave a free concert at the Zelazo Center as part of the MKE Unplugged series. Michailidis is in residency at UWM for the fingerstyle program.
The two men are both guitarists, but they have very different styles. Lang plays country blues, cakewalks and rags, while Michailidis is more lyrical and atmospheric.
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By Michael Barndt
May 6, 2014
Review: Joys of the Classical Guitar
Guitarist Rene Izquierdo joins the Philomusica Quartet, with lovely results.
In its six years of existence, the Philomusica Quartet has come to be known for its members’ ability to effectively capture the ambience of period works, but the quartet exceeded expectations Monday night in their final season concert at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. They presented Beethoven’s last quartet in a new light and introduced three works that most in the near-capacity audience were hearing for the first time in a performance that captured the spirit of each work – each a highlight in its own way. Philomusica members violinists Jeanyi Kim and Alexander Mandl, violist Nathan Hackett and cellist Adrien Zitoun were joined by classical guitarist, Rene Izquierdo for the second half of the concert. Izquierdo, a professor of classical guitar at UW-Milwaukee, has been an active solo performer and chamber musician, but is heard far too infrequently in Milwaukee.