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

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DU Lamont Opens Fall Season with
Jazz, Symphony & Opera Scenes

A Night at the Opera, Guests Artists and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra Celebrating Bernstein Centennial with Violinist Linda Wang

September 18, 2018 - DENVER – The University of Denver's Lamont School of Music opens the Fall Concert Season with the award-winning jazz orchestra, symphony, a popular soloist, guest artists and 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 season's first major performance salutes the centennial anniversary of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The Lamont Symphony Orchestra performs Bernstein's Serenade with one of the Lamont faculty's most popular soloists, violinist Linda Wang. Music Director Lawrence Golan also conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica." The downbeat is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9 in June Swaner Gates Concert Hall. Free tickets are required, $5 reserved seating is available and parking is complimentary.

Five guest artists will grace the stage of Hamilton Recital Hall. Pianist Ashlee Mack will perform composer James Romig's "Still," a solo work inspired by the collection at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. The next evening, Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m., noted trumpet soloist and chamber musician Craig Morris will perform with pianist Rebecca Wilt, and University of Missouri Conservatory faculty pianist Robert Weirich closes the season on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all guest artist performances are $10 and parking is complimentary.

On Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m., Lamont Opera Theatre takes the Gates Concert Hall stage with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, led by Opera Colorado's Ari Pelto as guest conductor. A Night at the Opera takes singers on an operatic journey from scenes in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and Verdi's La traviata to Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Free tickets are required, $5 reserved seating is available and parking is complimentary.

Celebrating their homecoming from the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival, the Lamont Jazz Orchestra performs Miles Ahead, the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans, with Grammy-nominated guest conductor Ryan Truesdell. This free-admission concert is in Gates Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 5. Parking is complimentary.

Filling out the fall season are the Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women's Chorus and Lamont Men's Choir on Thursday, November 8 in Gates Concert Hall (free admission), Music and Dance of India and Indonesia on Friday, November 9 in Hamilton Recital Hall (free ticket required), the Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble on Monday, November 12 in Hamilton (free ticket required), and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra with assistant conductor Renee Gilliland on Thursday, November 15 in Gates. (free ticket required, $5 reserved seating). These concerts all begin at 7:30 p.m. and parking is complimentary.

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: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

DU Lamont Jazz Orchestra to Perform at
61st Monterey Jazz Festival

Winner at Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival Awarded
Invitation to Prestigious Event with World's Top Jazz Artists

August 21, 2018 - DENVER – The University of Denver's Lamont Jazz Orchestra will perform at the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival from September 21- 23, 2018 in Monterey, CA. The Lamont School of Music's premier jazz group, directed by Steve Wiest, won an invitation to perfom at Monterey with a first-place finish tie at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in March.

In its 60-year history, the Monterey Jazz Festival has become a top jazz destination. The 61st festival will present more than 500 artists performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days, and will feature performances by jazz legends Dianne Reeves, Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and many others.

The Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival invites more than 1,300 college, high school and middle school students to compete as big bands, combos, vocal ensembles and vocal soloists each spring. Winners are invited to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Lamont Jazz Orchestra (LJO), directed by Grammy-nominated artist/composer/arranger Steve Wiest, is the top large jazz ensemble at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. The LJO performs on campus in 900-seat June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the state-of-the-art Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Guest artists who have recently performed with the LJO include Frank David Greene, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio and Bob Mintzer. The orchestra will return to Gates Concert Hall with a performance on November 5 featuring guest conductor Ryan Truesdell leading the group in music from "The Gil Evans Project."

Located in one of the nation's most vibrant arts cities, the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music is rising in stature internationally. At Lamont, nearly 300 students from 37 states and 23 nations earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in performance, conducting, composition, scholarship and audio production. The Jazz Studies program has recently grown in national prominence with the addition of LJO director Steve Wiest, co-chair with Art Bouton, and a number of Downbeat awards for recording, small instrumental jazz group and vocal jazz ensemble. Faculty members and students perform in and are inspired by Denver's happening jazz scene while graduates of the Jazz Studies program are performing, touring and recording around the world.

For tickets and information on Lamont Jazz Orchestra performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, visit http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/

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: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

Keith Ward Announced as New Director of
University of Denver's Lamont School of Music

Director of the School of Music and
Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound
to Lead One of the Nation's Premiere Music Performance Schools

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - DENVER – Daniel McIntosh, dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Denver, has announced that Dr. Keith Ward will become the director of the Lamont School of Music this summer. The seventh director since Florence Lamont Hinman founded the school in 1924, Ward will follow Director Nancy Cochran, who is retiring on August 31, 2018 after serving the University of Denver for seven years.

Keith Ward is currently the director of the School of Music and distinguished professor of music at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. In the field of academic leadership, he has been active as a writer, reviewer, panelist, workshop facilitator, and accreditation evaluator. As a pianist, he has appeared in concerts on artist series, college campuses, and radio as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. In essays, reviews, critical editions, presentations and publications, his scholarship has focused on Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives, American piano music of the 18th and 19th centuries, pedagogy and teaching, and musical responses to HIV/AIDS. He has served on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music and currently is president of the College Music Society.

"It is a great honor to become the next director of the Lamont School of Music. I join a community of exceptional performers, scholars and composers, an outstanding professional staff, and a gifted, engaged student body," says Ward. "Nancy Cochran has done extraordinary work for Lamont and the music profession—I am humbled to follow her. I look forward to serving my new colleagues, students, the Lamont Society, and the University of Denver in the next exciting chapter of music at DU."

Dean Daniel McIntosh noted, "Keith's deep knowledge of the landscape of college music programs, his national leadership, and his ability to develop and implement a shared vision will continue Lamont's tradition of excellence and accelerate its contributions to the future of music education and the University's engagement with the Denver community."

The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver is widely recognized as a premier university music performance school. Lamont is committed to academic excellence, innovative musical training and the skills and experience necessary to produce outstanding performing artists, composers, conductors, scholars, and recording professionals. Curious, talented and ambitious students from across the nation and around the world experience a multi-genre curriculum, vibrant performances, creativity, scholarship, and entrepreneurial skills preparing them to join professional arts companies around the world.

Lamont students, faculty members and guest artists perform on the concert and recital hall stages of the state-of-the-art Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts. With more than 300 performances each year—including opera, musical theatre and concerts by 25 large and small ensembles—students build a diverse portfolio while at the University. At any given time, Lamont is home to fewer than 300 students, allowing all graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to perform throughout their academic careers.

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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Press Release

For Release: April 2, 2018
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

DU Lamont Spring Season Presents Major Events

Marriage of Figaro, The Spirituals Project, Award-Winning Jazz,
Gershwin: Fascinatin 'Rhythm, Mozart: Requiem

April 2, 2018 - DENVER – The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver concludes the 2017/2018 Season with opera, The Spirituals Project, award-winning jazz, musical theatre and Mozart's Requiem . Solo performances by Jerome Rose and Joseph Galema add to the excitement. Performances are in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver Campus.

Lamont Opera Theatre presents one of the greatest operas of all time, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro . Count Almaviva has a wandering eye and has targeted Susannah, Figaro's bride, as his conquest. Misbehavior, deception and ill-conceived plans, accompanied by Mozart's soaring score, keep audiences entirely entertained until Figaro finally marries his bride. Performances are April 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 at 2:30 p.m. All seats are reserved and prices range from $11 to $30. The opera is performed in Gates Concert Hall.

A highlight of any Lamont concert season is the final performance by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the Lamont Chorale and massed choirs. The symphony performs the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony as a prelude to the entire cast's performance of the passionately stirring masterpiece Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This concert is presented in Gates Concert Hall on May 31 at 7:30pm. Free tickets are required and $5 reserved seating is available.

The 20th anniversary of The Spirituals Project Choir is celebrated with Heart and Soul: Spirituals and the Blues on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Lamont Jazz Orchestra returns from winning the top prize at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, welcoming special guest saxophonist Brad Leali on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Both performances are free admission and in Gates Concert Hall.

Lamont Opera Theatre presents a cabaret performance of Gershwin: Fascinatin' Rhythm , a new musical revue created by Martha Yordy. Performances follow the songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin from Tin Pan Alley to the sparkling lights of Broadway and Hollywood. Gershwin: Fascinatin' Rhythm will be presented in Hamilton Recital Hall on May 24 and 25 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10.

Guest and faculty artists include pianist Jerome Rose, hailed as "the last Romantic of our own age" and one of America's most distinguished pianists, performing on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and organist Joseph Galema. A critically-acclaimed organ soloist and former Music Director and Organist at the United States Air Force Academy, Galema performs on May 6 at 4:30 p.m. Both concerts are staged in Hamilton Recital Hall and tickets are $10.

The Lamont Wind Ensemble presents a tour of world capitals with Postcards from the World on Wednesday, May 2 in Gates Concert Hall. Travel to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago with the Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble on Monday, May 14 in Gates Concert Hall. The Lamont Chorale, Men's Choir & Women's Chorus perform on Thursday, May 17 in Gates Concert Hall. Music & Dance of India & Indonesia are performed on Friday, June 1 in Hamilton Recital Hall. All four concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and are free admission. The Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble and Music & Dance of India & Indonesia require free tickets.

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, with a valid school ID. Groups of 10 or more contact [email protected] . 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.

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News Release
For Release: January 3, 2018
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

DU Lamont Winter Season Opens

Special Soloists, Guest Artists & Music from Disney's Fantasia

January 3, 2018 - DENVER – The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver enters 2018 by opening the Winter Concert Season spotlighting solo performances with the symphony and wind ensemble, a wide variety of guest artist and faculty performances, and the music of Disney's classic film Fantasia. Performances are in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver Campus.

Soloists Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Scott Bean, Lamont trombone faculty member; and the student winner of the DU Honors Solo Competition step on stage in noteworthy performances. Jantsch performs a world premiere with the Lamont Wind Ensemble on Wednesday, January 31. Bean performs Grøndahl's Trombone Concerto with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, February 8. The honors winner is introduced by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, March 6. Wind Ensemble concerts are free admission. Free tickets are required for symphony concerts and $5 reserved seating is available. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. in June Swaner Gates Concert Hall.

Opening the guest artist and faculty recital season on Sunday, January 7 at 4:30 p.m. is Joseph Galema, Lamont faculty member and former organist at the United States Air Force Academy, performing a program of Bach, Bruhns and Cabanilles. He is followed by Sara Davis Buechner, lauded by the New York Times for her "intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess" on Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m., and a leading proponent in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music, Sandbox Percussion, on Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Lamont faculty members pianist Steven Mayer and cellist Matthew Zalkind bring their international reputations to the stage on Friday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. and pianist Gottlieb Wallisch highlights the Viennese piano tradition on Wednesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for guest artist and faculty recitals are $10 and performances are in Hamilton Recital Hall.

The Lamont Jazz Orchestra and Lamont Jazz Ensemble swing through a performance on Monday, February 26. The Lamont Chorale, Men's Choir and Women's Chorus sing a wide-ranging program on Thursday, March 1. The Lamont Wind Ensemble presents a special family-friendly performance of music from Disney's classic animated film Fantasia on Wednesday, March 7. All three concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Concert Hall and admission is free.

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, with a valid school ID. Groups of 10 or more contact [email protected] . 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: October 3, 2017
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

DU Lamont School of Music Director Announces Retirement

Nancy Cochran Will End Seven Years of Dedication and Leadership Next Summer

October 3, 2017 – Denver – Nancy Cochran, Director of the University of Denver's nationally-recognized Lamont School of Music, announced her retirement in a recent faculty meeting. Beginning in September, 2018, Cochran will fulfill her wish to spend more time with her three grandchildren and enjoy her favorite pastime of hiking in the Colorado mountains.

Daniel McIntosh, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University, will begin a national search for a new director as soon as possible.

Cochran is highly respected nationally and by the entire University of Denver community as an innovative, enthusiastic educator and outstanding fundraiser. During her tenure, she has attracted new faculty members with international performance careers and exceptional scholastic qualifications while raising more than $4M to support Lamont students and programs. Cochran is also active within the National Association of Schools of Music, where she serves as a visiting evaluator for accreditation at universities across the nation.

Jan Friedland, President of the Lamont Society, a group of donors who support Lamont, commented, "Watching Nancy work with students and faculty while interacting with donors and audience members was a real pleasure. I can't imagine how much she will be missed by all of us."

In her remarks to the faculty, Cochran said, "It has been a joy, an honor and a privilege to serve the students, staff and faculty at Lamont and work with so many wonderful DU colleagues for these seven years. This was a difficult decision for me to make since I truly enjoy being part of Lamont and DU, and I treasure the many friendships that have blossomed since I moved to Denver."

Cochran also thanked Lamont Society Council members in a message saying, "I have deeply appreciated the support the Lamont Society has provided to our program and send my sincere thanks to each one of you."

Prior to her appointment in Denver, Cochran served as Director of the Division of Music at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University and for 28 years as Professor of Horn in the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber music artist, clinician, and orchestral player in the United States and abroad. Solo performances and master class presentations have taken her to Poland, Russia, Korea, Hungary, China, Japan, England, Estonia, Colombia, Canada and throughout the United States. She served as President of the International Horn Society and was a featured soloist and speaker at numerous International Horn Workshops.

For seven summers, she served on the faculty of the National Music Camp at Interlochen, MI and, prior to coming to UMKC, taught at the Universities of Montana and Indiana. She has performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Seoul (Korea) Philharmonic and numerous other ensembles.



News Release
For Release: September 20, 2017
Contact: Chris Wiger, Director of Public Relations
Email: [email protected]
Cell: (303) 489-2597 Phone: (303) 871-6499

DU Lamont Fall Season Opens

Faculty Recitals, Guest Artists, Bernstein Centennial and a Spotlight on Opera

September 20, 2017 - DENVER – The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver opens the 2017 Fall Season with opera scenes, a Leonard Bernstein Centennial salute, a wide variety of guest and faculty artists, and virtuoso soloists with the symphony. Performances are in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver Campus.

Opening the guest artist season on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. is Nigel North, professor of lute at Indiana University's Early Music Institute. He is followed by Anita Wardell, the British Jazz Awards' Best Jazz Vocalist, on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and one of the world's preeminent violinists, Miriam Fried, on Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.. Contemporary percussionists arx duo perform on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. while Colorado Bebop, Hard-Bop, and 1950's Cool Jazz performers Wil Swindler's Elevenet take the stage on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m.. The artist season closes on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by former Israel Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra cellist Amir Eldan.

Two Lamont faculty performances are highlights of the season. Principal oboist of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra, Ian Wisekal performs with his guest, Colorado Symphony clarinetist Jason Shafer in a special matinee at 4:30pm on Sunday, November 5. And popular virtuoso pianist Steven Mayer performs with Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk on Tuesday, November 7. Tickets for guest artist and faculty recitals are $10 and performances are in Hamilton Recital Hall.

On Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m., the Lamont Symphony Orchestra welcomes faculty guest soloists Jeremy Reynolds, clarinet and Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon performing Strauss' Duet Concertino. The orchestra also performs Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Brahms Symphony No. 2. Back by popular demand, A Night at the Opera presents singers from Lamont Opera Theatre with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra in an evening of opera classics from Don Giovanni, Tales of Hoffman, Faust, Porgy & Bess, The Magic Flute and La Bohème. A Night at the Opera will be performed on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm in Gates Concert Hall. Free tickets are required and $5 reserved seating is available.

The Lamont Wind Ensemble celebrates Leonard Bernstein's Centennial with works from West Side Story, Candide and On the Waterfront on Monday, October 16 at 7:30pm, and the Lamont Jazz Orchestra performs with guest drummer Stockton Helbing on Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm. Both concerts are in Gates Concert Hall and admission is free.

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, with a valid school ID. Groups of 10 or more contact [email protected] 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.