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For Release: May 28, 2014    Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations    Email: chris.wiger@du.edu    Cell: (303) 489-2597   Phone: (303) 871-6499

Aaron Paige

Aaron Paige to join Lamont Faculty as post-doctoral teaching fellow in Ethnomusicology

Aaron Paige will join the Lamont faculty next fall as a post-doctoral teaching fellow. Aaron comes to Lamont from Wesleyan University where he is
currently finishing up a dissertation in ethnomusicology. His research interests include popular and classical musics of South and Southeast Asia,
Tamil language and literature, film music, transnational and diaspora studies, and critical race theory.


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For Release: April 30, 2014    Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations    Email: chris.wiger@du.edu    Cell: (303) 489-2597   Phone: (303) 871-6499

Steve Wiest

Grammy-Nominated Jazz Artist Steve Wiest to Join University of Denver's Lamont School of Music Faculty

Performed with Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen and directed the One O'Clock Lab Band at University of North Texas

DENVER – Lamont Director Nancy Cochran and Chair of the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Department, Malcolm Lynn Baker, have announced that Grammy-nominated jazz
artist and educator Steve Wiest, a cutting edge composer and trombonist, has accepted a faculty position at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. The announcement,
considered to be a probable "game changer" for jazz studies at Lamont, was cheered by members of the Lamont Jazz Orchestra at the start of a recent rehearsal.

Wiest will join the Lamont faculty this fall as an Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Department. One of his first projects at Lamont will be to create an entirely
new 21st Century ensemble combining a jazz rhythm section with performers from the school's classical and vocal divisions.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Lamont family," said Wiest. "The Newman Center is simply one of the best facilities for creative endeavor anywhere in the world, and I can't wait to be a part
of all the exciting things happening there. With the wonderful students and state-of-the-art faculty at Lamont I am so fortunate to be starting this new adventure in my life. My family and
I look forward to seeing everyone soon!"

"We are very excited to welcome Steve to our jazz family.  His creativity, energy, and passionate interest in 'jazz advocacy' promise to transform Lamont and the musical landscape
through his exciting initiatives," said Malcolm Lynn Baker.

Wiest has toured with Maynard Ferguson's band as trombonist and composer for four years and performed on the albums Storm and Live from San Francisco, a video The Playboy Jazz
Festival, and composed "South 21st Shuffle" along with other works.  In 2006, Ferguson put together an all-star version of his group that included Wiest for a triumphant sold out series
of shows at The Blue Note in New York. Wiest earned a Master of Jazz Studies Degree at the University of North Texas, traveled the nation as a clinician and guest artist, and performed
as a regular with The Doc Severinsen Big Band. In 2007, he received a Grammy nomination for his arrangement of "Besame Mucho" on Maynard Ferguson's final CD The One and Only.

After joining the faculty at the University of North Texas College of Music as professor of jazz composition and later as director of the legendary One O'Clock Lab Band, Wiest became an
important national voice in jazz education. During his first year as director of the One O'Clock, their recording Lab 2009 was Grammy-nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and Wiest's
original "Ice-Nine" garnered a nomination for Best Instrumental Composition.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information
call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412. Check out LYRICS – Words and Media about the Lamont School of Music at http://lamontlyrics.com

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Scott Bean

Scott Bean joins Lamont as a Lecturer in Trombone

April 17, 2014

Trombonist Scott Bean will join the Lamont faculty next fall as a Lecturer in Trombone, a new faculty position.  Scott comes to Lamont from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
where he is Assistant Professor of Low Brass, Music History and Jazz Studies.  Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Scott was on faculty at The Hartt School and Central Connecticut State
University. He will earn his DMA in Trombone Performance from New England Conservatory this May.  Scott received his MM and BA in Trombone Performance from the Hartt School
at the University of Hartford.

Scott Bean has performed in venues around the world, performing with the Goodspeed Opera House, Orchestra New England, Hartford, Springfield, La Crosse Symphonies, The
Connecticut Opera and The Coast Guard Academy Band and in numerous Broadway shows to name a few. Nationally and internationally, he has toured with The New Sousa Band
for over fourteen years. Scott has premiered new works at festivals and concerts nationwide, recently performing a U.S. premier at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

In addition, Mr. Bean is on faculty at the Yale School of Music, Norfolk Chamber Festival as a teacher and artist.

Scott Bean has recorded on the Mode, Ashmont Records, Redeye, Innova and Novisse labels.




 

For Release: March 24, 2014    Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations    Email: chris.wiger@du.edu    Cell: (303) 489-2597   Phone: (303) 871-6499

Lamont School of Music Spring Season includes Mozart's Don Giovanni, Guest Artists & Sesquicentennial Concert

DENVER – The Lamont School of Music Spring Season is highlighted by performances of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni – a charismatic blend of comedy, drama and unforgettable music –
and the University of Denver Sesquicentennial Concert climaxed by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Choirs performing the Gabriel Fauré: Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48.

The season opens with two Guest Artists. The Russian folk trio, Zolotoy Plios, performing Russian folk songs and instrumental music on Tuesday, April 15, and critically-acclaimed young
Australian classical guitarist, Rupert Boyd, performing on April 16. Both recitals are in Hamilton Recital Hall at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.

The Lamont Opera Theatre and Lamont Symphony Orchestra performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni take the Gates Concert Hall stage with student baritones Michael Hewitt and

Thomas Kittle alternating in the title role. Don Giovanni is considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written. Mozart tells the story of Don Juan, a charming, deceitful nobleman
and the women he romances. Lawrence Golan conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, while director Kenneth Cox promises "a traditional, beautiful rendering of this classic opera."

Don Giovanni runs Thursday, April 17 at 7:30pm; Friday, April 18 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 19 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 20 at 2:30pm. Reserved seat tickets range from $11 to $30.

Two Faculty Recitals are presented next on the Hamilton Recital Hall stage. Joseph Galema performs an all-French program on the magnificent William K. Coors organ on Sunday, May 4 at
4:30pm, and the DU Jazz Faculty Combo performs a cool evening of jazz on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for each performance.

The season ends in a celebration of the University of Denver's 150th anniversary with the Sesquicentennial Concert. This special concert event includes performances of the Richard
Strauss: Don Quixote with retiring cello faculty member Richard Slavich, and the Gabriel Fauré: Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48 conducted by Catherine Sailer and performed by the Lamont
Symphony Orchestra
and the combined voices of the Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women's Chorus and Lamont Men's Choir. The Sesquicentennial Concert is free but tickets are required.
Reserved seating in the parterre and mezzanine sections is available for $5.

Purchase and reserve tickets for all ticketed events through the Newman Center Box Office online at www.NewmanTix.com/lamont, call 303.871.7720, or visit the box office in the
Newman Center, open 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday, and noon to 4:00pm on Saturday. Parking for these performances is complimentary in the Newman Center garage one hour
prior to the concert.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information
call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412. Check out LYRICS – Words and Media about the Lamont School of Music at http://lamontlyrics.com

 

 


 

For Release: February 21, 2014    Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations    Email: chris.wiger@du.edu    Cell: (303) 489-2597   Phone: (303) 871-6499

Lamont School of Music Winter Concert Season concludes with concerts by Symphony, Choirs and Wind Ensemble

DENVER – The Winter Concert Season concludes with major performances by the Lamont Chorale, Lamont Wind Ensemble and Lamont Symphony Orchestra.

The Lamont Chorale, conducted by Catherine Sailer will be joined by the Lamont Women's Chorus and Lamont Men's Choir for a performance on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30pm in
Gates Concert Hall. The concert will feature works by Dan Forrest (with the Lamont Percussion Ensemble), Paul Ayres, Eric Whitacre and William Byrd. The concert is free.

Director Joseph Martin has programmed an imaginative Fantasy and Fairytales program for the Lamont Wind Ensemble concerton Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall.
The concert includes Percy Grainger's Children's March, Jess Langston Turner's new epic work Rumpelstilzchen and Johann De Meij's Wind in the Willows. Admission is free.

Lawrence Golan conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra in Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 and the world premiere of a new work commissioned by the orchestra – Brahms 3.1 by Shafer Mahoney. The program on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall also includes Assistant Conductor, Jason Ethridge and the winner of the Lamont Solo Honors Competition, clarinetist Julian Bohorquez. The concert is free but tickets are required. Reserved seating in the parterre is available for $5.

Purchase and reserve tickets through the Newman Center Box Office online at www.NewmanTix.com/lamont, call 303.871.7720, or visit the box office in the Newman Center, open 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday, and noon to 4:00pm on Saturday. Parking for these performances is complimentary in the Newman Center garage one hour prior to the concert.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412. Check out LYRICS – Words and Media about the Lamont School of Music at http://lamontlyrics.com

 

 


 

For Release:November 25, 2013    Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations      Email: chris.wiger@du.edu      Cell: (303) 489-2597   Phone: (303) 871-6499

Opening of Lamont Winter Concert Season launches Year-Long DU Sesquicentennial Celebration
Featuring Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, Richard Slavich farewell recital, world premiere and Ansel Adams tribute

DENVER – As the year-long celebration of the University of Denver's 150th Anniversary begins, the Lamont School of Music announces its first Sesquicentennial events. The Winter Concert Season features world-renown guest artists, world premieres, and a special tribute to one of America's most beloved and acclaimed nature photographers.

Longtime faculty member and virtuoso cellist, Richard Slavich, will perform his farewell recital at 7:30pm on Thursday, January 30 in Hamilton Recital Hall. In honor of his retirement this spring, Richard will be joined on stage by colleagues Ted Lichtmann, Linda Wang, Mark Rush, Basil Vendryes, Margaret Miller and Kitty Knight. Tickets are $10.

Joseph Martin conducts the Lamont Wind Ensemble at 7:30pm on Wednesday, January 29 in Gates Concert Hall. The Wind Ensemble will be joined by The Lamont Chorale performing Anton Bruckner's Mass No.2 in E Minor and by the Lamont Women's Chorus in a performance of Equus by Eric Whitacre. Tickets are free.

Guest Artist Jerome Rose has been hailed as "the last romantic of our own age" and one of America's most distinguished pianists. He has performed in major concert halls across five continents. He will perform in Hamilton Recital Hall on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.

Lamont Opera Theatre will present Lamont Comic Opera Scenes, including excerpts from comic operas by Moore, Menotti, Rossini and Mozart. This popular event will be performed in Hamilton Recital Hall on Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm and again on Sunday, February 9 at 1:30pm. Free tickets are required.

The first LAMONT MAJOR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENT will be Remembering Ansel Adams. Lawrence Golan conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman in performances of Witold Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes and the Colorado premiere of Remembering Ansel Adams by Ernst Bacon.   The Thursday, February 13, 7:30pm concert in Gates Concert Hall will be preceded by a 6:00pm lecture & slideshow of Ansel Adams' stunning photographs presented by his son, Michael Adams.   The concert and slideshow are free, however tickets are required. $5 reserved seats are available in the parterre. The same ticket admits patrons to both the concert and slideshow. This event is sponsored by David Bacon, son of composer Ernst Bacon.

Chris Malloy & Friends will combine friends from the Lamont faculty and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra performing the world premiere of an important work by composer and faculty member, Chris Malloy. A Higher Place is a tribute to Colorado in three movements – a mountain creek, a starry night on the plains and a busy evening in Lower Downtown. This special Faculty Recital will be performed in Hamilton Recital Hall on Sunday, February 16 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.

Guest Artists, The Playground, perform the work that changed chamber music forever – Arnold Schoenberg's masterpiece for voice and chamber ensemble – Pierrot Lunaire in Hamilton Recital Hall on Thursday, February 20 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.

A Lamont audience favorite, violinist Linda Wang, reunites with her longtime touring collaborator, pianist David Allen Wehr, in a Faculty Recital at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 22 in Hamilton Recital Hall. Tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets through the Newman Center Box Office online at www.NewmanTix.com, call 303.871.7720, or visit the box office in the Newman Center, open 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday, and noon to 4:00pm on Saturday. Parking for these performances is complimentary in the Newman Center garage.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412. Check out LYRICS – Words and Media about the Lamont School of Music at http://lamontlyrics.com

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For Release:November 25, 2013    Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations      Email: chris.wiger@du.edu      Cell: (303) 489-2597   Phone: (303) 871-6499

15th Annual Holiday Carillon Recital is DU gift to the community

DENVER - One of Denver's most cherished holiday traditions is an annual gift from the University of Denver. Performed on the Williams Carillon by University of Denver Carillonneur Carol Jickling Lens, the Holiday Carillon Recital will be presented for the 15th holiday season on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00pm on the grounds of the Ritchie Center.

A live video feed from the playing cabin will allow members of the audience to see how the bells in the tower are played. Hot chocolate will be served following the performance. A favorite of University Park and surrounding neighborhoods, the concert attracts families and children bundled for the weather. The highlight of the concert is the traditional performance of the "Carol of the Bells."

Part of the Lamont School of Music's 250 Concerts on Us series, this performance is free and open to the public. The concert will be performed in snow or sunshine, and concertgoers are encouraged to sit on their blankets or lawn chairs near the gold Williams Bell Tower at the Ritchie Center just south of the University Boulevard exit off I-25 on Buchtel.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412.



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For Release: October 28, 2013    Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations      Email: chris.wiger@du.edu      Cell: (303) 489-2597   Phone: (303) 871-6499

Lamont School of Music completes Fall Concert Season with a flourish of concerts

Lamont Wind Ensemble, Collegiate Choral Festival, Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Faculty Soloists

DENVER - The Lamont School of Music has a flourish of concerts scheduled to close the Fall Concert Season in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus. Clarinetist Jeremy W. Reynolds, the Lamont Wind Ensemble, two major choral events and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra with oboe soloist Sarah Mellander Bierhaus mark the end of Fall Quarter.

The Guest Artist/Faculty Recital Season continues with two performances by Lamont clarinet faculty member Jeremy W. Reynolds. His first performance on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30pm will feature chamber works for clarinet, cello and piano by Nino Rota, Carl Frühling, Pavle Merkù, and Robert Muczynski. The second performance on Sunday, November 10 at 1:30pm features solo works for clarinet and piano by Missoula, Montana composer David Maslanka. The David Maslanka Projectwill eventually become a CD collection. Both performances are in Hamilton Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 with complimentary parking in the Newman Center Garage.

Joseph Martin directs the Lamont Wind Ensemble on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30pm in June Swaner Gates Concert Hall. The Latin-themed program of 20th and 21st Century composers includes Habanera for Kyrie by Lamont faculty member Dave Hanson with Lamont trumpet faculty member Al Hood as soloist, and Clifton Williams' Symphonic Dances No. 3. Admission is free with complimentary parking in the Newman Center Garage.

June Swaner Gates Concert Hall will resound with choral music in two special evening performances.  On Thursday, November 7 at 7:30pm the Lamont Chorale and Lamont Women's Chorus, conducted by Catherine Sailer, will be joined by the Lamont Men's Choir, conducted by Kyle Fleming in a program of secular and sacred works. On Friday, November 8 at 7:00pm the University of Denver's Lamont Chorale will host the 2013 Collegiate Choral Festival with performances by the Lamont Chorale, the Adams State University Chamber Choir, Colorado Christian University's University Choir, the Colorado State University-Pueblo Chamber Choir, the Metropolitan State University of Denver Chorale, the Western State Colorado University Chamber Singers and the University of Northern Colorado Concert Choir.

The Lamont Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Associate Conductor, Kornel Thomas, spotlights Lamont oboe faculty member Sarah Mellander Bierhaus performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314. The program for this Thursday, November 14 performance at 7:30pm in June Swaner Gates Concert Hall also includes Revueltas: Sensemayá, Rameau: Zaïs Overture and Kodaly: Peacock Variations.  The concert is free but tickets are required.  This season, $5 reserved seats are available in the parterre section for all Lamont Symphony Orchestra concerts.

Purchase tickets or reserve free tickets through the Newman Center Box Office online at www.NewmanTix.com, call 303.871.7720, or visit the box office in the Newman Center, open 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday, and 12noon to 4:00pm on Saturday. Parking for these performances is complimentary in the Newman Center garage.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412.

 

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For Release: September 18, 2013      Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations      Email: chris.wiger@du.edu      Cell: (303) 489-2597   Phone: (303) 871-6499

 

Lamont School of Music opens Fall Concert Season

OKLAHOMA!, Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Faculty Soloists

DENVER - The Lamont School of Music has announced opening performances for the Fall Concert Season in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus. The Fall Concert Season spotlights the first classic American musical produced by Lamont Opera Theatre, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and a special Benefit Faculty Recital.

The season's most anticipated event is the Lamont Opera Theatre Program's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! in Gates Concert Hall – performed Thursday, October 31 through Saturday, November 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 3 at 2:30pm. Kenneth Cox directs Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's first collaboration – the classic love story of Curly, the handsome cowboy, and Laurey, the winsome farm girl, who meet in the Oklahoma territory just after the turn of the 20th Century. Kornel Thomas conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. Reserved seats range from $11 to $30.

The Guest Artist Season opens on Friday, September 27 at 7:30pm in Hamilton Recital Hall with a performance by The Playground. The popular Denver new music ensemble will perform Luciano Berio's Sequenzas, each for a different solo instrument; Mario Davidovsky's Synchronisms showcasing electronic sounds in combination with live instruments; and Sound Painting, where the performers create chamber music on the spot. Tickets are $10.

The Lamont Symphony Orchestra performs an opening night concert spotlighting faculty pianist Steven Mayer. The concert on Monday, October 7 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall introduces guest conductor Stefano Vignati conducting Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Steven Mayer, the world premiere of Doerrfeld: Incredible, and Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony No. 4. Also making his LSO debut, Jason Ethridge an Artist Diploma student will conduct Overture to La forza del destino by Verdi, in celebration of the composer's 200th birthday. The concert is free but tickets are required. This season, $5 reserved seats are available in the parterre section for all Lamont Symphony Orchestra concerts.

Virtuoso guitarist and faculty member, Ricardo Iznaola, performs a special recital benefiting the Lamont Guitar Program and the Ricardo Iznaola Endowed Scholarship Fund on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30pm in Hamilton Recital Hall. He will present a program of his own works, including a new arrangement of his well-known Vocalise, written for this occasion and for his distinguished colleague, cellist Richard Slavich. Benefit tickets are $25, and $20 for students and seniors.

Purchase tickets through the Newman Center Box Office online at www.NewmanTix.com, call 303.871.7720, or visit the box office in the Newman Center, open 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday – Friday, and 12noon to 4:00pm on Saturday. Parking for these performances is complimentary in the Newman Center garage.

For more information and a complete list of concerts, master classes and events, please visit the Lamont School of Music website at www.du.edu/lamont. For updated weekly information call the Concert Line at 303.871.6412.

 

 


For more, updated information please visit our web calendar.

Call our Concert Line at 303.871.6412 for a weekly list of events.

For ticket information visit the Newman Center Box Office online or call 303.871.7720

The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts is located on the University of Denver campus at 2344 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80208