Category Archives: Musicians

Vardi Recital, April 24

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On Sunday, I will be presenting a recital featuring pieces written by or for the multi-talented violist Emanuel Vardi, with a slideshow featuring a sample of his recording studio output and his colorful and iconic artwork. I am delighted to … Continue reading

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Emanuel Vardi’s Copyrights

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As a working musician, Emanuel Vardi paid careful attention to securing his intellectual property rights.  At the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, I searched the entire collection to find records spanning roughly 5 decades of his active and … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Morton Gould

As a string player, my knowledge of Morton Gould was limited to his America Salute, a rousing patriotic pastiche of the anthems of the branches of the US military, a popular selection at Independence Day orchestra pops concerts.  While researching … Continue reading

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Roelof Weertman’s 1972 Viola

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In December, my viola developed several open seams, causing it to buzz loudly.  Two hours from any luthier, and deep into the end-of-the-semester crush of performances and juries, one of my good friends generously loaned me her viola. She mentioned … Continue reading

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Compositions and Arrangements by Manny Vardi

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Emanuel Vardi, primarily recognized for his virtuosic viola playing, was also a skilled arranger and composer.  For my doctoral project, I am currently in the process of tracking down his compositions.  If you know of other compositions and especially if … Continue reading

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Emanuel Vardi

For my doctoral project, I am in the process of researching about the life and legacy of the versatile violist, Emanuel (“Manny”) Vardi.  Combining both my training as a violist and archivist, I have been amazed my journey to understand … Continue reading

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Exciting performances in July

July has been a busy month! Last night, I performed with the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus as part of the Sister Singers Network festival at Krannert.  I soloed on viola with them for two pieces: a beautiful and haunting piece … Continue reading

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A Week at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies

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I just recently completed an Alternative Spring Break at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies.  As a musician and also as an archivist, I am always seeking experiences which combine both of my fields.  The Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies is … Continue reading

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Upcoming DMA Recital, April 13th, 2014

UPDATE 4/1/14: Due to unfortunate circumstances, I won’t be able to perform with Christopher at this time.  Instead, I will be joined by Jasmin Arakawa.  An incredible and accomplished pianist, I am looking forward to playing with her! This recital … Continue reading

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Illiac Suite for String Quartet

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For the 30th anniversary celebration of the Computer Music Project at the University of Illinois, I have been asked to perform the “Illiac Suite” for String Quartet by Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson.  I am thrilled to finally play this … Continue reading

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My teacher, Angela Svendsen

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As the seventh anniversary is approaching of my mentor’s death, I wanted to reflect on my first violin teacher, Angela Schuster Svendsen. I started studying with Angela when she first arrived to in Vancouver, newly married and newly minted with … Continue reading

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The Music of Margaret M. O’Brien

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I feel very fortunate to have met Margaret O’Brien by mere chance, when she moved to the apartment upstairs from mine.  I knew that she was a musician who enjoyed performing at the Farmer’s Market, but I had no idea … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a friendship with Peter Michalove, composer

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I was recently interviewed for a News Gazette article on the composer, Peter Michalove. Second career as composer brings acclaim, satisfaction Peter passed away earlier this week, and I just wanted to reflect on our friendship: I met Peter three … Continue reading

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