FANFARE MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST S A N TA B A R B A R A , C A L I F O R N I A • F E B RU A RY 2 0 1 1 2011 Season Packed with Marquee Names T H E M U S I C AC A D E M Y O F T H E W E S T ’ S 64th annual Mosher Guest Artists Take Up F e s t i va l P r e v i e w ! Summer Festival will include a production of Rossini’s comic opera classic The Barber of Seville as well as appearances by a host of classical music luminaries. The Academy’s 2011 Summer School and Festival will take place Music Academy Residencies THE MUSIC ACADEMY will host New York from June 20 to August 13 and include four orchestra concerts at The Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and Granada, including a season-ending performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite acclaimed soprano Christine of Spring on August 13 under the baton of internationally renowned Brewer this summer under conductor Leonard Slatkin. Also returning to conduct the Academy a new initiative funded by the Orchestras this season are Larry Samuel B. and Margaret C. David Bazemore Rachleff, Peter Oundjian, Daniel Hege, Mosher Foundation. and Nicholas McGegan. Longtime The new Mosher Guest Academy faculty member Warren Jones will Artist Residency Program, conduct the Music Academy’s production supported by a Mosher of The Barber of Seville, which will be Glenn Dicterow Foundation grant, will ultim- presented August 5 and 7 at The Granada. ately bring four guest artists to the Academy for part of Mr. Rachleff, making his fourth consecutive the 2011 Summer Festival, including two musicians yet Summer Festival appearance, will conduct to be named. the opening orchestral performance of the Ranging in duration from three days to two weeks, season on June 25. To mark the centennial Mosher Guest Artist residencies will include public of Gustav Mahler’s death, Mr. Oundjian will masterclasses and performances, as well as private conduct a performance of the composer’s Leonard Slatkin instruction with Academy Fellows. Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor on July 16. “We are proud to have the Additional highlights this season will include performances by the Takács Mosher Foundation as our Quartet, and a new guest artist residency program involving New York partner on this exciting new Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and soprano great Christine initiative,” said Academy Brewer (see nearby article). President Scott Reed. For a complete list of key Festival dates, go to www.musicacademy.org/festival. Mr. Dicterow, who joined the New York Philharmonic as concertmaster in 1980, made Christine Brewer Music Academy Mission Statement his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 11 before establishing The Music Academy of the West makes a unique and enduring himself worldwide as one of the most prominent contribution to the world of classical music by: American concert artists of his generation. Recently named among the top 20 sopranos of the 20th century ➤ Advancing the development of the next generation of great classical musicians by the BBC, Ms. Brewer is due to perform at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel ➤ Cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences just prior to her Academy residency. The year is quite young yet, but already Ticketing Changes in Store A Letter From The President there is an unmistakable electricity in the air at the Music Academy. The proximate cause is unquestionably the hum of T campus activity associated with the he Music Academy has acquired a new or less, and a $2 facility fee will be added to construction of the Luria Education Center. ticketing system that will substantially tickets priced $21 or more for Summer I am proud of our rapid progress on this enhance the Academy’s box office service Festival events in Hahn Hall, Lehmann Hall, vitally important project, which promises capabilities. Among other things, the and Weinman Hall (which will be located in to enhance the Summer Festival experi- Patron Edge ticketing management system the Luria Education Center). The same fees ence for Academy Fellows and add immea- will enable the Academy to sell Festival tickets will apply to tickets purchased for Met: Live surably to our programmatic capabilities online beginning this summer. in HD screenings in Hahn Hall next season. for decades to come. Bringing the new system online and The encouraging adapting it to campus operations and proce- news hardly ends dures could result in slight delays in filling there, however. An abundance of series orders, cautioned Susan Gwynne, vice president for marketing and communications Record Application Haul exciting program- T at the Music Academy. She hastened to add, he Music Academy has received a Phillip Channing ming initiatives however, that overall the system will greatly record number of applications for the has brought fresh inspiration to prepa- improve patron convenience. coming season. At press time, 1,630 rations for the 2011 Summer School and Subscription brochures will be mailed in singers, pianists, and instrumentalists Festival as well. Topping the list is the March; single-ticket brochures will be mailed had applied for admission to the 2011 new Mosher Guest Artist Residency in May. Summer School and Festival, compared Program, which will bring the likes of In a related development, the Music to 1,473 – the Academy’s previous record New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Academy will introduce modest facility fees to – last year. Late applications may push Glenn Dicterow and celebrated soprano help defray expenses associated with ongoing the tally even higher. This is the fourth Christine Brewer to campus this year. campus renovations. consecutive year the Academy has We are grateful to the Samuel B. and Beginning this summer, a $1 Miraflores received a record number of applications. Margaret C. Mosher Foundation for facility fee will be added to tickets priced $20 funding this extraordinary initiative. Elsewhere, the Academy is just wrapping up live auditions for strings, brass, and woodwinds applicants – another first. In a significant feat of logis- tical planning, Academy staff organized Sheridan Named Planned Giving Chair live auditions in Los Angeles, New York, EILEEN SHERIDAN HAS been named chair of the Music Academy’s Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and Boca planned giving committee. A partner at the local accounting firm Bartlett, Raton. The end result is sure to be an Pringle & Wolf, Ms. Sheridan specializes in estate and trust planning. She is especially accomplished group of incom- ing instrumental Fellows. a longtime Academy supporter and Council member, and helped launch the And I am particularly pleased about Academy’s first planned giving committee in 1998. “We are delighted to have our impending implementation of the such a highly respected professional with vast experience in estate and trust Patron Edge ticketing system, which will planning leading our planned giving committee,” said Jonathan Bishop, vice enable us to serve our audience members with even greater efficiency, including president for institutional advancement at the Music Academy. through online sales. In closing, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the many talented musicians who will be joining us this Music Academy to groups to receive NEA support during the cur- rent grant-making cycle, the Music Academy is summer, including first-time and return- ing faculty and Fellows. All are part of an Receive NEA Grant among 1,057 not-for-profit organizations rec- ommended for funding as part of the endow- important tradition that lends the Music The Music Academy will receive a $15,000 ment’s first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. Academy its distinctive character. The grant from the National Endowment for the An independent federal agency, the NEA summer just can’t come soon enough. Arts (NEA) to help fund guest conductor resi- advances artistic excellence, creativity, and I look forward to seeing you soon. dencies during the 2011 Summer Festival. The innovation for the benefit of individuals and grant, the first the Academy has received from communities. “I continue to be impressed the NEA since 1995, re-affirms the institution’s with the creative, innovative, and excellent stature as a premier classical music training projects brought forward by arts organiza- facility, according to President Scott Reed. tions across the country,” NEA Chairman Scott Reed, President One of only three Santa Barbara-area Rocco Landesman said. A Letter from the Chair Nell Campbell T hough our institutional focus is however. In point of fact, Auxiliary members offer critical squarely on the future, where it assistance as volunteers at The Rack and Treasure House, serve should be, perhaps a brief look as ushers for Summer Festival masterclasses, and represent the back at the eventful year just con- Academy as advocates and ambassadors in the broader community. cluded is in order. In addition to pre- In 2010, Auxiliary members generated more than $223,000 in senting yet another memorable Summer support of our full-scholarship program. I am very grateful for the Festival, the Music Academy named a Auxiliary’s significant efforts on behalf of the Music Academy. new president, broke ground on the Speaking of decisively important Academy devotees, I am Luria Education Center, and spearhead- pleased to announce that the 2011 Summer School and Festival ed a recording-setting annual fund drive while simultaneously will be dedicated to Sarah Jane Lind, whose generosity and conducting an ongoing capital campaign. The Academy also commitment to our program and alumni seem to know no bounds. welcomed 32 new Council members. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of such an honor. Through it all, one group has consistently distinguished itself Here’s to another satisfying year of music and camaraderie! as a valued part of the Academy team, as it has since its founding. Thank you for supporting the Music Academy. I’m referring to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy of the West. To those with only a cursory understanding of the Academy, the Women’s Auxiliary has become synonymous with May Madness. Sharon Westby The group’s contributions extend well beyond that annual event, Chair, Board of Directors May Madness Donations Sought Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from March 22 through April 21; Monie Photography and Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29. Clothing donations should be brought directly to The Rack during regular business hours. The Rack is open 12 to 3, Tuesdays through Saturdays. To arrange the pick-up of large items, call 805.695.7912. Serving as May Madness chairs this year are Women’s Auxiliary members Konnie Gault, Patty Jacquemin, and Charlene Nagel. Have an unwanted car and would like to donate it in support of the Academy’s full-scholarship program? Cars 4 Causes makes donating your vehicle easy. The organization handles the pick-up and sale of your From left are Charlene Nagel, Konnie Gault, Women’s Auxiliary President car, plus all the associated paperwork. Even non-running vehicles will Meg DiNapoli, and Patty Jacquemin. be accepted! You receive a maximum tax deduction for your donation and the Music Academy receives a check for 70 onations are being accepted for this year’s May Madness sale, D percent of the sale price. For more information, which will take place at the Music Academy from 9 am to 3 pm contact Shawn Rodriguez at 805.695.7916 or on Saturday, May 7. Sale proceeds benefit the Academy’s firstname.lastname@example.org. full-scholarship program. Sale items will include furniture, small appliances, kitchenware, fine linens, antiques, silver, crystal, china, rugs, art, hardcover books, board games, electronics, luggage, jewelry, men’s and women’s clothing, sports Compeer Signups in March equipment, and cars and other vehicles. Signups for the 14th season of the Academy’s Compeer Program will Donations should be brought to the lower parking area (follow the begin in March. Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of this signage upon entering the Music Academy campus) between 9 am rare opportunity to nurture the next generation of classical music and 3 pm on these days: Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 17; stars. Details are available via email at email@example.com. couple. The Lehrers previously helped fund Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Sacharski MAW Board Update the creation of Lehrer Studios at the Music Academy. Completed in 2006, that campus facility features 16 acoustically designed earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Cleveland State University before enjoying success in contemporary Sharon Westby has been re-elected chair practice studios, remodeled restrooms, and furniture product of the Board of Directors for the Music shower rooms for use by Academy Fellows. development and Academy. Also re-elected to the Board’s Born in New York City, Ms. Roney marketing. Over the executive committee for 2011 were Robert studied business at Berkeley College in New course of a career Toledo (first vice chair), Georgia Lynn Jersey and interior design at Cañada College spanning 36 years (second vice chair), Michele Brustin, in the Bay Area before heading up her own he has principally (secretary), and Robert Nourse design firm in the worked with Italian (treasurer). The Academy Board election region for 10 years. manufacturers, and took place December 8. She also directed he previously served In related developments, Steve Halsted, San Mateo County’s as managing director Bernard Sacharski Hugh Vos, and Patty Weber were re- conflict resolution for North American operations at Industrie elected to three-year terms on the Music program for five Natuzzi, since renamed Natuzzi S.p.A., Academy Board. Newly elected to three-year years. Ms. Roney which is based in Santeramo, Italy. terms were Seymour Lehrer, Regina Roney, spent a decade as a Mr. Sacharski currently represents the and Bernard Sacharski. John Burgee retired full-time volunteer brands Calligaris Furniture, Calia Italia, from the Board effective December 31. Regina Roney for the Beyond War and Nicoletti Home. A board director for Mr. Lehrer, who served on the Academy Foundation and actively supports the Santa the Korean American Art Foundation, Board from 2000 to 2009, was a tool and Barbara Museum of Art and the Women’s he is also a member of the Modern and die maker before founding a metal goods Fund of Santa Barbara, serving on the steer- Contemporary Art Council at the manufacturing company with his wife, ing committee of the latter organization. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Shirley, in their native Los Angeles. The cou- ple also later enjoyed success in industrial real estate. Today their Lehrer Family Foundation supports more than 20 local groups, some of which have honored the Lehrers for their philanthropic and Seymour Lehrer volunteer efforts. Two years ago the couple made a signifi- cant donation in support of ongoing programmatic and facility upgrades at the Music Academy. In recognition, the Music Luria Education Center Taking Shape Academy named the elegant entrance area Despite the recent heavy rains, construction of the Luria Education Center remains on schedule. The $11 million project, which will provide improved facilities for Academy in Hahn Hall “Lehrer Lobby,” and dedicated Fellows and the many community organizations that utilize the Miraflores campus the 2009 Summer School and Festival to the year-round, is due to be completed this summer. Staff News Cal State Fullerton. He previously served Sheri Broedlow has rejoined the Music as a marketing representative and account Academy staff as director of principal gifts and Jonathan Bishop has succeeded Scott executive at Goleta-based Market Place special projects. Having served as director of Reed as vice president for institutional Media for four years before joining the annual giving at the Academy from 2003 to advancement. He had been serving as Music Academy institutional advancement 2008, Sheri went on to hold fundraising director of principal gifts at the Music team as a prospect researcher and project positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Academy since 2005. Born in San Diego, manager for the Renaissance Campaign, and most recently the Ojai Music Festival. Jonathan grew up in Goleta and earned a a campus capital improvement initiative, She previously worked in public relations at bachelor’s degree in communication at in March 2002. the Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta. The Met Headed West By Robert W. Weinman The Metropolitan Opera Guild Travel Program is coming to the Music Alumni NewsVocalists: Soprano Simone Osborne (’08 and ’09) will per- Academy of the West this summer! Guild members will attend select form in Canadian Opera Company productions of Rigoletto Summer Festival events and participate in community activities (Gilda) and Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta) next season. She between July 20 and 25, including a cocktail party at the home of most recently sang the role of Pamina in the company’s Academy President Scott Reed. Participants will stay at the Four production of The Magic Flute. … Soprano Elaine Alvarez Season’s Biltmore. Additional activities will include a VIP tour of (’04 and ’05) has recently performed the roles of the Lotusland and dinning at the Wine Cask and Canary Hotel. More Countess at Châtelet, Micaëla in Chicago and Miami, Mimi information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org. in Frankfurt, and Donna Anna in Leipzig. ... Mezzo-soprano Keri Alkema (’01) recently performed as Fiordiligi in Atlanta, Freia in Seville, and Donna Anna with New York City Opera. (’03) has produced a successful series of instructional DVDs for oboe. … … Tenor Leonardo Capalbo (’00, ’01, and ’04) recently per- Zachary Bond (trombone ’04 and ’05) is on tour with the Canadian formed as Nemorino in Berlin, Rinuccio in Lisbon, the Duke Brass. … Lucas Wong (vocal piano ’08) will join such luminaries as in Liege, and Rodolfo in Cologne. … Conductors: Kuokman Lio (vocal Martin Katz, Margot Garrett, and Graham Johnson on the faculty of piano ’09) recently served as guest conductor in Philadelphia, with Pepperdine University’s SongFest and will partner with singers Yang Pinchas Zukerman’s orchestra in Canada, and with the Hong Kong Guang and Zhou Zheng for Das Knaben Wunderhorn in Shanghai. … Philharmonic. He is now principal conductor of the Hong Kong Julie Thayer, nee Fagan (horn ’03 and ’04), is a member of the Houston Sinfonietta. … Kazem Abdullah (clarinet ’00) has recently conducted Symphony. … Violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama (’92) has been named a the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Orquestra de São Paulo, the Dayton “2011 Face to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed. Cincinnati Philharmonic, the Huntsville Symphony, and the Chicago Sinfonietta Mayor Mark Mallory decreed November 11, 2010, “Nokuthula among others. … Instrumentalists: Shachar Israel (trombone ’07) Ngwenyama Day” in recognition of her performances and community has been named assistant principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. ... Todd outreach as the Taft Museum’s 2010 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. … Cope (clarinet ’06) has joined the Vancouver Symphony. ... Yang Xu Andrew Cuneo (’01, ’04, and ’05) has won the principal bassoon posi- (violin ’99) has joined the Met Opera Orchestra. ... Andrew Lowy (’08 tion with the St. Louis Symphony. … Mercedes Smith (’02) has been and ’10) has won the position of principal clarinet of the North Carolina appointed principal flute of the Pacific Symphony. … Aaron Hill (’06) is a Symphony. … Carson McTeer (tuba ’99) is now serving as acting faculty member at the University of Virginia and serves as principal oboist principal with the Cincinnati Symphony. … Jonathan Troy (clarinet ’04, in the Charlottesville Symphony. … Jing Wang (’05) has been awarded a ’05, and ’07) is now principal with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. … Hong- one-year concertmaster position with the Dallas Opera. ... Frank Huang yi Mo (violin ’02) is a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. ... (’99) was recently named concertmaster of the Houston Symphony. Kyle Covington (’04) has won the principal trombone position with the Additional alumni updates are available online at San Diego Symphony. … Margot Schwartz (violin ’04) has joined the www.musicacademy.org/school/alumni/alumni-news and on Facebook. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. … Nicole Cash (horn ’00) serves as Robert W. Weinman is a member of the Music Academy Board of Directors. associate principal with the San Francisco Symphony. … Shin-young He chairs the Board’s Compeer Program and Alumni Research Committee. Kwon (violin ’00) is a member of the Oregon Symphony. … Pianist Orion Weiss (’00) has been named Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist of the Year. … New York Philharmonic principal Liang Wang In Memoriam We are saddened to report that Marshall Williamson, who taught vocal interpretation and accompanying at the Music Academy from 1982 to 2001, has passed away. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Marshall had been a member of the vocal arts, collaborative piano, and graduate faculties at Julliard since 1978. Among his many contributions at the Music Academy, he initiated the inaugural presentation of Cabaret as a masterclass and was instrumental to its early development as a fundraising event. Gold Anniversary C A R N E G I E H A L L C E L E B R AT E D the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Horne’s debut in that storied venue with a gala recital featuring Academy alumni Eugene Chan (’06 and ’07) and Susanna Phillips (’02 and ’03) as well as faculty members John Churchwell and Carrie-Ann Matheson (also an Academy alumna, ’97-’99). Presented January 23 in Zankel Hall to conclude this year’s “The Song Continues” festival of recitals and masterclasses, the event also included an appearance by Christine Brewer, who will be a Mosher Guest Artist at the Academy this summer. 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Having recently purchased a second home in Montecito, the Los Angeles-based couple Luminary Recital – May 2011 were at loose ends come Fourth of July weekend when a neighbor happened to mention An intimate salon performance and wine reception that evening’s picnic concert at Hahn Hall. featuring recent Music Academy alumni. (Reserved “We were lucky to get two of the last available seats, for Council of Contributors members who contribute and that’s how it all started,” recalled Connie, a former at or above the $5,000 Luminary level.) teacher and real estate agent turned winery co-owner. Hahn Hall Orchestra Rehearsal – 11 am, June 23 “We were smitten from the start. I wouldn’t say we With guest conductor Larry Rachleff. (Reserved for jumped in feet first; it was more like we jumped in donors who contribute $250 or more.) head first!” Indeed, the couple has since joined the Council An Evening with Warren Jones – 5:30 pm, July 13 Featuring a discussion and private cocktail reception of Contributors as full-scholarship donors, financially in Kuehn Courtyard. (Reserved for donors who con- supported the MERIT program, and recently made an tribute $500 or more.) additional capital gift in honor of their trumpet-playing grandson, Lewis, enabling the Music Academy to pur- Granada Orchestra Rehearsal – 10:30 am, July 15 chase two specialized Schagerl rotary valve trumpets With Rick Feit and guest conductor Peter Oundjian. for use by Academy Fellows. (Reserved for donors who contribute $500 or more.) Philanthropy is important to Connie and Evan, who Encore Society Garden Supper – 5:30 pm, July 21 were married in 2008. Both were on hand last year Featuring a performance by 2011 Academy Fellows in Connie Frank and Evan Thompson with when UC San Francisco officially opened the Connie their dog, Kingston the Frances Holden Encore Society Garden. (Reserved Frank Transplant Center, a kidney and pancreas clinic for donors who have disclosed estate gifts on behalf that Connie had championed for several years. They also encourage her children and grand- of the Music Academy or have contributed to the children to embrace charitable giving through the Connie Frank Foundation. Academy’s endowment.) “I am very pleased that my charitable programs have enabled me to be a patient advocate,” said Connie, a native of Illinois whose Frank Family Vineyards is located in the Napa Valley. Zuill Bailey in Private Recital – 6 pm, July 25 “We instantly embraced everything we saw at the Music Academy and enjoy supporting This special evening of music will begin with a wine the talented musicians who study there,” said Evan, a Los Angeles native and former televi- and hors d’oeuvres reception on Fé Bland Plaza. sion industry executive who served on the L.A. Philharmonic Board of Directors for 10 years. (Reserved for Council of Contributors members who “We really like all kinds of music and are grateful to have such a wonderful musical contribute $2,500 or more.) education resource in the Academy,” he said. Added Connie: “My musical tastes tend more toward Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, and For more information on donor activities, contact Brooke Jacobs at 805.695.7917 or Garth Brooks. But I’m learning!” email@example.com. Personal For Council membership information, call Jonathan Bishop at 805.695.7915. invitations will be sent prior to each event.
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