Music: Student Honors, Awards, Publications, and Other Activities

Joseph Alpar (Music) and his ensemble, David’s Harp, presented “A Thousand Golden Branches: Music from the Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish Communities” on February 4 at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall, hosted by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. (posted 7-2010)

Whitney George (Music) presented, along with two others, an evening of original film scores set to classic horror films at the Tank, a nonprofit arts venue in Manhattan. Among her most recent projects is an interdisciplinary thesis titled "The Yellow Wallpaper," an operatic project for which she received the Lehman Engel Award. She is also the conductor of the Curiosity Cabinet, a chamber orchestra, and will dedicate her next piece to her fellow collaborators. At the GC, she will be leading the Contemporary Music Ensemble, and at the Brooklyn College Conservatory, she is conducting Ursula Oppens' ConTempo ensemble. She was named a Composer Fellow by the John Duffy Composers Institute. (posted 12-2010)

Angélica Negrón (Music) had one of her works, “Quimbombó,” premiered by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble in their performance “History as Storytelling” at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church March 14. DMA student Roberta Michel plays flute in the ensemble. (posted 7-2010) Negrón, a member of the group Circles & Lines, performed her pieces “They Swim Under My Bed” and “I Can Still Hear You” on September 1, 2009, at Le Poisson Rouge. Her performance was reviewed by the New York Times, which noted her “capacity to surprise.” (posted 1-2010)

Xheni Rroji (Music) is executive director of the Ossia Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players (OSO Chamber Players), a classical music orchestra. The OSO help educate high school youth about classical music, in addition to providing income opportunities for student musicians who are members of the orchestra. Their Christmas concert was held at Hunter College at the Kaye Playhouse on December 18. (posted 12-2010) Rroji, in collaboration with the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Music, founded the Ossia Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players  (OSO Chamber Players), a classical music orchestra consisting of some of the finest young musicians selected from New York City’s music conservatories and schools. The orchestra’s mission is to assist members with the financial burden of formal education by providing them with scholarships designed to alleviate the financial burden of many students. As part of the scholarship program the OSO will perform four concerts a year in prominent venues around the city, where the musicians will have the opportunity to collaborate with renowned soloists from the classical world who will donate their time to coach and perform with the orchestra. Ms. Rroji, a well-known concert pianist, also performed this fall at Engelman Recital Hall in Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center for the Chopin Vodka Concert Meister Series, a new series that brings leading instrumentalists and concertmasters from the world’s most prestigious orchestras to the intimate stage. On December 12, 2009, she played with Micha Haran, principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Schumann, Sancan, Freidlin, Schubert, and a new work by Ronn Yedidia. On December 18, 2009, she played with Roman Spitzer, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Bach, Brahms, Schumann, and another new work by Ronn Yedidia. (posted 1-2010)

Submitted on: DEC 31, 2010

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