13 January 2017

Concerts, Guest Artists and Open House in School of Music

School of Music Open House
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Meet School of Music faculty, students and alumni. Tour the state-of-the-art School of Music and learn about programs in performance, music education and audio recording. For more information, please contact the School of Music at (518) 381-1231, ext. 2.


School of Music Guest Artists Festival

Monday, February 27, 2017: Demondrae Thurman, Euphonium, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free.  
Demondrae Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists. He has a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist having performed in Europe, Asia and throughout North America. During the last 10 years, Demondrae has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world’s prestigious euphonium festivals including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: Stephanie Brown, Piano, Master Class, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free.
Stephanie Brown has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Kennedy Center. She has also performed at the White House and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Her recordings appear on the Vanguard, Musical Heritage, and Dorian labels. She is an Associate Professor of Piano at Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Brown has had a distinguished career as a chamber artist. She has collaborated with such musicians as Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Robert Mann, Alexander Schneider, Peter Serkin, Seymour Lipkin, Joseph Kalichstein, and Sandor Vegh.

Thursday, March 2, 2017: Chad Eby, Saxophone, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free.
Chad Eby’s newest release, “The Sweet Shel Suite: Music Inspired by Shel Silverstein,” received a four-star rating from DownBeat magazine. A highly sought-after arranger, Chad’s professionally commissioned works have been performed or recorded by Bill Charlap with Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis with Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the L.A. All-Star Big Band, and his own group, the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra. As well, he is credited with over 50 original compositions. Chad teaches in the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at UNC-Greensboro. He is a D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist and a clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program.

Chamber Series: Evans-Lev Piano Duo
Monday, March 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Auditorium. Free.
Series director Mark Evans, Assistant Professor, and Gili Melamed-Lev, Adjunct Faculty Member, renew their partnership at the piano performing works by Debussy and Phillip Lasser, along with Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor and a piano four-hand version of Brahms’ String Sextet in B-flat major.