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The press & medial contact for the Lamont School of Music is Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations.

chris.wiger@du.edu
office - 303-871-6499
cell - 303-489-2597

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Current Press Releases

News Release
For Release: March 27, 2017
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: chris.wiger@du.edu
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

DU Lamont Season Climaxes with Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Artist Recitals, Sondheim and Mendelssohn

March 27, 2017 - DENVER – The Lamont School of Music 2016/2017 Concert Season will climax with opera, musical theatre cabaret performances, an array of artist recitals, and a performance by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Lamont Chorale and choirs of Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht . Performances are in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus.

Lamont Opera Theatre and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra invite you to Prince Orlofsky's masked ball where Viennese waltzes and champagne flow, plots are uncorked and romance somehow flourishes even as party revelers find themselves in jail. Lamont faculty member and Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk makes his Denver directorial debut with Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus . Performances in Gates Concert Hall are Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. All seats are reserved and range in price from $11 to $30.

Faculty and Guest Artist Recitals kick off with international pianist Victor Rosenbaum on Wednesday, April 5. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra trombonist James Nova performs on Thursday, April 13 while Basil Vendryes, principal violist with the Colorado Symphony, takes the stage on Friday, April 14. They are joined by international prize-winning classical guitarist Raphaella Smits on Monday, April 17; jazz trumpet and former touring member of the Phil Collins Big Band Alan Hood on Tuesday, April 18; Sarah Morelli performing traditional Kathak solo dance with musicians from India on Friday, April 21; violist with the Medici String Quartet, Ivo-Jan van der Werff on Friday, April 28; and critically acclaimed American cellist Matthew Zalkind with pianist Stephanie Cheng on Monday, May 1. All faculty and guest artist performances are at 7:30pm in Hamilton Recital Hall. Tickets are $10.

Lamont Opera Theatre presents two cabaret performances of a new review by Martha Yordy. In the "Company" of Stephen Sondheim presents a Broadway evening of music by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim with performances from Company and A Little Night Music. Free tickets are required for performances on Thursday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 at 7:30pm.

The season comes to a climax on Thursday, June 1 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall as the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women's Chorus and Lamont Men's Choir perform Felix Mendelssohn's profound and evocative secular cantata Die erste Walpurgisnacht . Free tickets are required and $5 reserved seating is available in the parterre and mezzanine.

Purchase 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 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Tickets for students and teachers are free for all performances, except opera, with a valid school ID. Groups of ten or more contact chris.wiger@du.edu . Parking for these performances is complimentary one hour before curtain 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.

 


 

News Release

For Release: January 9, 2017
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: chris.wiger@du.edu
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

DU Lamont Winter Season Spotlights Faculty Artists and a New Home for The Spirituals Project

January 12, 2017 - DENVER – The Lamont School of Music has announced performances for the 2017 Winter Season featuring distinguished members of the faculty and the inaugural Lamont concert by Denver's award-winning Spirituals Project Choir. Performances are in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus.

The Lamont Symphony Orchestra features student and faculty soloists on each of three winter concerts. In a Sunday, January 15, 3:00 p.m. matinee, the orchestra presents Lamont piano faculty member Stephanie Cheng performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. Violinist Lawrence Golan and cellist Matthew Zalkind perform the Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m., and the student winner of the DU Honors Competition takes center stage with the orchestra on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.. Free tickets are required and $5 reserved seating is available for all symphony performances in Gates Concert Hall.

Winner of the Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, The Spirituals Project and founder Arthur Jones have joined the Lamont School of Music. The choir's inaugural Lamont performance is on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.. This concert is also the debut of The Spirituals Project's new award-winning director, M. Roger Holland II. The Hamilton Recital Hall concert is $10.

High Arts Asia: Music and Dance of Bali features guest gamelan orchestra Tunas Mekar, along with six of the finest Balinese artists living in the U.S., musicians I Made Lasmawan, I Ketut Gede Asnawa, and I Putu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena, and dancers Ni Made Nias Yunirika, Ni Nyoman Nias Yonitika, and Ni Ketut Marni. This special performance is in Gates Concert Hall on Thursday, February 2 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.

Faculty and Guest Artist recitals open with faculty member and concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony, violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams on Tuesday, January 31. Pianist Ann Schein, a guest artist who has performed in in more than 50 countries around the world, performs on Thursday, February 2. The Lamont Trio – pianist Heidi Leathwood, bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann and clarinetist Jeremy W. Reynolds – debut on Saturday, February 4. A celebrated Lamont audience favorite, violinist Linda Wang takes the stage on Friday, February 17. Composers Chris Malloy, Lamont Faculty member, and guest artist Noriyasu Tanaka from Japan's Nagoya University of Arts present their recent works on Sunday, February 26. After touring the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, jazz trumpeter Alan Hood performs on Monday, February 27. All Faculty and Guest Artist performances are at 7:30pm in Hamilton Recital Hall. Tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets through the Newman Center Box Office online at http://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=LSM&linkID=denver-newman&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=, call 303.871.7720, or visit the box office in the Newman Center, open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Tickets for students and teachers are free for all performances, except opera, with a valid school ID. Groups of ten or more contact chris.wiger@du.edu. Parking for these performances is complimentary one hour before curtain 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.

 


 

News Release
For Release: September 19, 2016
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: chris.wiger@du.edu
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

Lamont Fall Season Opens

World Premiere, Guest Artists and a Spotlight on Opera

September 20, 2016 - DENVER – The Lamont School of Music opens the 2016 Fall Season with the world premiere of Ode to Nature , a dance oratorio composed by Beijing's Zhou Jiaojiao, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, saxophonist Dan Goble, classical violinist Andrés Cárdenes, trumpeter Frank Greene performing with the Lamont Jazz Orchestra and Lamont Opera Theatre singers with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra in A Night at the Opera . Performances are in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver Campus.

The Lamont Symphony Orchestra – joining with Chinese and American instrumental soloists, operatic voices and dance artists – performs Ode to Nature , a history-making world premiere dance oratorio composed by Beijing's Zhou Jiaojiao. Presented with dramatic costumes and digital theatrical art direction, Ode to Nature will be performed on Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall. Reserved seating is $15 and $25. Special VIP tickets include reserved seating, a pre-show reception at 6:00pm, and a post show-reception at 8:45pm.

The international Guy Mendilow Ensemble leads an exciting list of faculty and guest artists. The ensemble performs Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom , a sonic adventure brought to life by the award-winning sextet of world-class musicians from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan, the UK and the US. The performance is Friday, September 23 at 7:30pm in Hamilton Recital Hall and tickets are $10. This performance is co-sponsored by the Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies.

Director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University and a performer with the New York Philharmonic for more than 16 years, saxophonist Dan Goble performs on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30pm in Hamilton Recital Hall. Grammy-nominated and Cuban-born classical violinist Andrés Cárdenes, an intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, opens the CATS Series (Celebrated Artist-Teacher String Series) on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm. Tickets for guest artist recitals are $10 and performances are in Hamilton Recital Hall.

Lamont Jazz features a special guest and a faculty duo. The Lamont Jazz Orchestra will perform with former Maynard Ferguson Band trumpeter and member of the Late Show with David Letterman orchestra Frank Greene on Monday, November 7 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall. Lamont Jazz faculty members Eric Gunnison on piano and Mike Abbott on guitar mix it up with an evening of cool jazz and tracks from their new recordings on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30pm in Hamilton Recital Hall. Both performances are free.

A Night at the Opera presents singers from Lamont Opera Theatre with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra in an evening of opera classics from Bizet's Carmen, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance, Strauss' Salome, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Verdi's Rigoletto. A Night at the Opera will be performed on Thursday, November 3 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall. Free tickets are required and $5 reserved seating is available.

Purchase 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 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Tickets students and teachers are free for all performances, except Ode to Nature, with a valid school ID. Groups of ten or more contact chris.wiger@du.edu. Parking for these performances is complimentary one hour before curtain 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.


 

News Release
For Release: August 25, 2016
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: chris.wiger@du.edu
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

World Premiere of Ode to Nature to Open Lamont Season

Chinese Dance Oratorio by Beijing's Zhou Jiaojiao

August 26, 2016 - DENVER – The Lamont Symphony Orchestra – joining with Chinese and American instrumental soloists, operatic voices and dance artists – will open the Lamont School of Music Fall Season with Ode to Nature , a history-making world premiere dance oratorio composed by Beijing's Zhou Jiaojiao. Presented with dramatic costumes and digital theatrical art direction, Ode to Nature will be performed in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30pm.

Lawrence Golan, Music Director and Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra conducts Ode to Nature and the producer and director is long-time Denver arts supporter Dennis Law, MD, producer of last summer's acclaimed North American premiere of Terracotta Warriors 3D at the Newman Center.

The music composition by Zhou Jiaojiao, commissioned by Dr. Law's production company, Sight, Sound & Action, received the first place recognition in 2015 in a nationwide competition for composers by the China National Art Fund. Ode to Nature is a unique combination of concert and theater that tells the story of the transformation of a handicapped girl as she learns the lesson of combining the five Confucian virtues and the five Taoist forces of nature. Law says, "It is a musical lesson of forces of nature and humanity leading the heroine to find light amidst darkness and gain victory from defeat...Ode to Nature fits perfectly with China President Xi's legacy initiative of his China Dream by promoting Chinese art and culture to be disseminated worldwide for appreciation by international audiences."

Dr. Law continues, "It is rare to find an opportunity for Americans and Chinese to share the arts in a manner that is historically important and truly worthy. It shall deliver a message of hope for the world by both entertaining the audience and by showcasing the cross-cultural display of excellence by Chinese and American performing artists."

Purchase 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 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Reserved seating is $15 and $25. Special VIP tickets include reserved seating, a pre-show reception at 6:00pm, and a post show-reception at 8:45pm. Parking for these performances is complimentary in the Newman Center garage.

Both performances will be recorded for an upcoming DVD and CD.

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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News Release
For Release: July 12, 2016
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: chris.wiger@du.edu
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

The Spirituals Project Has a New Home and New LeadershipAward-Winning

Organization Joins the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music

July 11, 2016 - DENVER – Lamont School of Music director Nancy Cochran and The Spirituals Project founder and Chair Emeritus Arthur C. Jones have announced that The Spirituals Project will be moving to the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts where the award-winning organization will become part of the University of Denver's nationally known music performance school.

In making the announcement, Director Cochran commented, "We are delighted to have the Spirituals Project become a part of the Lamont School of Music. It will serve to increase our outreach into the community and enhance our ongoing initiatives to expand the horizons of our students and faculty."

This September, Arthur C. Jones will join the Lamont School of Music faculty after serving as chair of the Spirituals Project board, as a clinical professor in the university's Psychology Department for 18 years, and subsequently as a clinical professor and associate dean at DU's Colorado Women's College for seven years. "I am thrilled by this development which advances substantially the University of Denver's commitment to diversity, inclusion and community engagement," Jones said. "This also ensures the long-term sustainability of The Spirituals Project, which is one of Denver's treasured cultural resources," Dr. Jones has presented solo concerts, lectures and workshops on spirituals throughout the United States, and he is the author of the award-winning book, Wade in the Water: The Wisdom of the Spirituals, now in its third edition.

Current Spirituals Project director Daryl J. Walker will turn over leadership of the Project to M. Roger Holland, II who was recently selected after a nationwide search and will also join the Lamont faculty.

Holland is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received the master of divinity degree and served as Artist-in-Residence and director of the seminary Gospel Choir for more than 13 years. He received a master's degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and completed his undergraduate work at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he majored in music education with a concentration in piano and voice. While at Westminster he founded and conducted a student group called The Collegiate Ensemble with a repertoire that included gospel music and spirituals. He has toured nationally and internationally with The Boys Choir of Harlem and has worked with them as a conductor, pianist, instructor, arranger, and as former Director of Artistic Education for their school.

In 1998, The Spirituals Project was founded by Jones to preserve and revitalize the music and teachings of the sacred folk songs called "spirituals," created and first sung by African Americans in slavery. The Spirituals Project is a past recipient of the Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Project has presented a wide variety of high profile musical and educational programs over the years, including a national conference on spirituals in 2013 featuring poet Nikki Giovanni as keynote speaker, and a historic concert in 2009 at Denver's Ellie Caulkins Opera House in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 80th birthday featuring the renowned mezzo soprano Denyce Graves as guest artist.

With the official transition of The Spirituals Project to the University of Denver, the 30-voice, multi-ethnic Spirituals Project Choir will present concerts in the Newman Center's June Swaner Gates Concert Hall, in a variety of community venues, and will continue to present educational programs regionally and nationally.

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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