May 14, 2016      Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra

    7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center


April 18, 2016      Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra

    7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center


March 18, 2016  Piano Trios

    7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall


March 10, 2016  Kafka Fragments

    7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall


March 8, 2016  Lia Uribe Bassoon recital

    7pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall


February 29, 2016    University Symphony Orchestra

    7:30pm Faulkner Performing Arts Center - UA

    Brahms Double Concerto


February 11, 2016  Piano Trios

    7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall


February 9, 2016  New Music Ensemble: Appalachian Springs

    7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall


January 23, 2016      Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra

    7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center


January 20, 2016      Morton Feldman String Quartet

    7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall - UA


December 2, 2015      An Evening of Piano Trios

    7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall - UA


November 18, 2015      Violin Recital

       7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall - UA


November 6, 2015      Vietnam War Memorial Concert

     7:30pm St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall


October 30, 2015      Nosferatu film screening with new score

    7:30pm Giffels Auditorium, Old Main - University of Arkansas


October 26, 2015      Glauzunov Celebration

    7:00pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall - UA


October 24, 2015      Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra

    7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center


October 6, 2015      Honors College House Concert

 7:00pm Honors College - University of Arkansas


October 3, 2015      Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center


September 3, 2015      An Evening of Piano Trios

      7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall - University of Arkansas 


August 28, 2015     Labor Day Extravaganza

 7:00pm  Nightbird Books


July 12-31, 2015      Montecito International Music Festival 

 http://www.montecitomusicfestival.com/faculty/ 


June 19, 2015      Artosphere Festival Orchestra

 7:30pm Walton Arts Center


May 21-June 5, 2015      KUAF/Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival

Thursdays, 7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall


May 16, 2015      Fort Smith Symphony 

 7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performance Arts Center


April 25, 2015      North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Link Centre


April 20, 2015      Fort Smith Symphony, Earquake!

 9am, 10am and 12:30pm -- Arkansas Best Corporation Performance Arts Center


April 18, 2015      Fort Smith Symphony 

 7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performance Arts Center


April 11, 2015      Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

 7:30pm Arend Arts Center


April 3, 2015      Seven Last Words of Christ

 7:30pm First United Methodist Church, Rogers


March 22, 2015      North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Link Centre


February 21, 2015      North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Link Centre


February 14, 2015      Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

 7:30pm Arend Arts Center


January 24, 2015      Fort Smith Symphony 

 7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performance Arts Center


January 18, 2015      Tula Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Tulsa Performing Arts Center


January 11, 2015      North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Link Centre


December 20, 2014      Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

 7:30pm Arend Arts Center

Vivaldi's Winter from Four Seasons


December 13, 2014      North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Link Centre

Vivaldi's Winter from Four Seasons


December 5, 2014      Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performance Arts Center


December 4, 2014      UA New Music Ensemble

 7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall


November 18-21, 2014      Alfred Schnittke Retrospective

 


November 1, 2014      Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

 7:30pm Arend Arts Center


October 25, 2014      North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

 7:30pm Link Centre


October 16, 2014      UA New Music Ensemble

 7:30pm Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

About Ladder To the Moon:

Ladder to the Moon is inspired by the urban landscapes of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1968), who lived and painted in Manhattan before moving to New Mexico in 1934. From 1925-30, O’Keeffe created over twenty New York paintings of newly constructed skyscrapers, such as the Radiator Building and the Shelton Hotel. Like experimental photographers of the era, such as Alfred Stieglitz, O’Keeffe discovered a different reality in the form of skyscrapers, simultaneously realistic and abstract. Although Stieglitz (her husband at the time) claimed it was an impossible idea for a woman to paint New York, O’Keeffe went on to create some of her finest work during this time, motivated by her own conviction that one can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt. Ladder to the Moon is a musical tribute to the art of O’Keeffe, recreating the feeling of skyscrapers and cityscapes in Manhattan of the 1930’s.

 I. Night, New York is my musical perspective on skyscrapers as seen by O’Keeffe from an elevated height in New York at night: she often painted from her high-rise apartment on the thirtieth floor of the Shelton Hotel. Like her paintings, which featured only one or two buildings in the calm of the night, the music of this movement is intimate. Soulful woodwind melodies rise in dark soaring spirals to evoke a nocturnal view. A violin plays repeated pizzicato (plucked) and arco (bowed) patterns, providing a counterpoint like the visual rhythm of hundreds of brightly-lit windows on a skyscraper seen from afar.

 II. Looking Up offers another musical perspective on skyscrapers, as seen from below. In 1927 O’Keeffe painted the Radiator Building, looking from the ground up and leading the eye upward on a ladder of vision. In this movement I have composed a ladder of sound, featuring virtuosic and expressive music for the violin in ascending vertical lines. Meanwhile the ensemble is structured in complex light and dark patterns, like the moon reflecting off the side of a building. A reflective slow section features tremolo violin, double bass harmonics, bowed vibraphone, and musical flights of fancy heard in the clarinet and horn. All instruments combine to suggest the rising spirit of the American skyscraper: an inspiring flight heavenward.

 


October 14, 2014      UA Schola Cantorum Concert

 7:30pm Walton Arts Center


October 6, 2014      UA Wind Symphony Concert

 7:30pm Walton Arts Center

Max Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor, II. Adagio


October 4, 2014      Fort Smith Symphony

 7:30pm Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center


September 10, 2014      guest on Moon Park's vocal recital 


September 10, 2014      New Music Ensemble 

The University of Arkansas Music Department cordially invites you to a faculty chamber ensemble performance of L'histoire du Soldat (1918) by Igor Stravinsky and The Devil's Tale (2013) by James Stephenson. Igor Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat is based on a Russian folk tale of the soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for unlimited economic gain. It is considered one of the greatest chamber works of all time. Jim Stephenson's work is a sequel to Stravinsky's composition.  Produced with generous support of the UA Department of Music and it's chair Ronda Mains. Trumpet Professor Richard Rulli is a consortium commissioner of the work. The September 10 performance in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall will be the regional premier. Chicago Pro Musica (Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians) and their staged premier occurred at the Ravinia Festival on August 5. The concert version was premiered May 17, 2013, at Western Illinois University. In Stephenson's composition, Stravinsky's soldier, Joe, awakes to discover that Stravinsky's folk tale was all a dream! He and his girlfriend, Hannah, are in Las Vegas! Joe a pit musician, and Hannah a showgirl. The story that follows is a wild romp in which the couple tries to leave Vegas and move to a simpler life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The only thing in their way is the sinister casino dealer Sam.  For both compositions, performing the roles of the characters will be music department faculty Chris Knighten, Stephen Caldwell, Tim Thompson, and Lisa Margulis. The faculty musical ensemble is Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Nophachai Cholthitchanta, clarinet; Richard Rulli, trumpet; Cory Mixdorf, trombone; Chalon Ragsdale, percussion and UA music student Garrett Jones, bass. The production is under the direction of Jamal Duncan, Assistant Director of Bands. The performance on September 10 will begin at 7:30 PM in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on campus. Admission is free. 

The University of Arkansas Music Department cordially invites you to a faculty chamber ensemble performance of L'histoire du Soldat (1918) by Igor Stravinsky and The Devil's Tale (2013) by James Stephenson.

Igor Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat is based on a Russian folk tale of the soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for unlimited economic gain. It is considered one of the greatest chamber works of all time.

Jim Stephenson's work is a sequel to Stravinsky's composition.  Produced with generous support of the UA Department of Music and it's chair Ronda Mains. Trumpet Professor Richard Rulli is a consortium commissioner of the work. The September 10 performance in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall will be the regional premier. Chicago Pro Musica (Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians) and their staged premier occurred at the Ravinia Festival on August 5. The concert version was premiered May 17, 2013, at Western Illinois University.

In Stephenson's composition, Stravinsky's soldier, Joe, awakes to discover that Stravinsky's folk tale was all a dream! He and his girlfriend, Hannah, are in Las Vegas! Joe a pit musician, and Hannah a showgirl. The story that follows is a wild romp in which the couple tries to leave Vegas and move to a simpler life in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The only thing in their way is the sinister casino dealer Sam.

 For both compositions, performing the roles of the characters will be music department faculty Chris Knighten, Stephen Caldwell, Tim Thompson, and Lisa Margulis. The faculty musical ensemble is Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Nophachai Cholthitchanta, clarinet; Richard Rulli, trumpet; Cory Mixdorf, trombone; Chalon Ragsdale, percussion and UA music student Garrett Jones, bass. The production is under the direction of Jamal Duncan, Assistant Director of Bands.

The performance on September 10 will begin at 7:30 PM in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on campus. Admission is free. 


September 7, 2014         Fundraiser concert for Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra



June 13-August 10, 2014

Bay View Music Festival // Petoskey, Michigan
bayviewfestival.org


 June 6, 2014

KUAF/Fulbright Chamber Music Festival
7:30 PM // Crystal Bridges Great Hall 
fulbrightsummermusic.uark.edu


May 29, 2014

KUAF/Fulbright Chamber Music Festival
7:30 PM // Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
fulbrightsummermusic.uark.edu


May 22, 2014

KUAF/Fulbright Chamber Music Festival
7:30 PM // Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
fulbrightsummermusic.uark.edu


May 17, 2014

Fort Smith Symphony
7:30pm // Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center
fortsmithsymphony.org


May 16, 2014

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra
11am & 1pm // Arend Arts Center, Bentonville, AR
arkansassymphony.org

 

May 15, 2014

KUAF/Fulbright Chamber Music Festival
7:30 PM // Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
fulbrightsummermusic.uark.edu


May 4, 2014

"Extemporaneous Explorations" featuring music by Nono, Mueller, Cockerham, Reich
1:00pm // Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
music.uark.edu


April 26, 2014

North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
7:30PM // Link Centre Concert Hall
nmsymphony.com


April 12, 2014 

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra
7:30PM // Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center
tulsasymphony.org


April 5, 2014

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra
7:30pm // Arend Arts Center, Bentonville, AR
arkansassymphony.org


March 22-23, 2014

North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
7:30PM // Link Centre Concert Hall, Tupelo, MS
nmsymphony.com


March 20, 2014

Violin-Cellos Duos featuring music by Schulhoff, Griebling, Martinu, Kodaly
7:30PM // Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
music.uark.edu


February 22-23, 2014

North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
7:30PM // Link Centre Concert Hall, Tupelo, MS
nmsymphony.com


February 17, 2014 

"Kreuzter" Sonata  -- Beethoven
Gustavus Adolphus College / Lecture-Recital 7:30PM
gustavus.edu


February 16, 2014 

Northbrook Public Library Recital featuring works of Kodaly, Schulhoff, Handel-Halvorsen, Martinu
Sundays at 2PM
northbrook.info


February 8, 2014

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra
7:30pm // Arend Arts Center, Bentonville, AR
arkansassymphony.org


February 3, 2014

Earquake! Educational Concert Series
Fort Smith Symphony
10am and 12:30pm // Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center
fortsmithsymphony.org


January 31, 2014

Black Music Symposium
Suite for Violin and Piano by William Grant Still
6:30pm // Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville


January 25, 2014

North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
7:30PM // Link Centre Concert Hall, Tupelo, MS
nmsymphony.com


January 10 and 12, 2014

Opera Fayetteville 
7:30pm & 3:00pm // Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
www.operafayetteville.org


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