Western Maryland College Welcomes Artists Of Note

World-class Pianists, Singers Take Part In Series In Alumni Hall

September 12, 1990|By Staff report

WESTMINSTER - Western Maryland College will present the Yale Gordon Artist Series "Sundays of Note" concerts between Sept. 16 and April 7, 1991, on the main stage of Alumni Hall.

All performances begin at 2 p.m.

Pianist David Buechner opens the 1990-1991 season Sunday. One of America's most acclaimed young pianists, has an impressive list of credentials, dating from his student days at The Julliard School, where he received an unprecedented six major awards and scholarships.

In 1986, he was the highest-ranked American at Moscow's International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, placing in the grand finals from an international field of 108 musicians. He was the only American prize-winner at the 1984 Leeds Competition.

As a professional artist he continues to garner numerous pianistic prizes. In recognition of his great success in recital on both coasts, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in New York and at Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium, he has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts' Solo Recitalist Grant.

Buechner marked his recording debut this year with the release of an album of works by Busoni and Stravinsky, reviewed in "Fanfare" magazine as a "landmark release, exhilarating and indispensable."

On Nov. 18, a program of arias and duets from the operas of "La Traviata," "The Barber of Seville," "La Boheme," "Cosi Fan Tutte" and "La Cenerentola" will be led by artistic director and pianist Mark Markham.

Markham will be joined by soloists Daisy Jackson, Theodora Hanslowe, Jeffrey Fahnestock and Thomas Zielinski.

Winner of the 1988 Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York, Markham is an admired collaborating pianist and vocal coach.

His solo recitals include performances at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and in the Lincoln Center Library. He is a member of the Contemporary Forum music ensemble in Washington and a vocal coach faculty member at Peabody Conservatory.

Soprano Daisy Jackson has appeared as a soloist with the finest ensembles in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. As a member of the U.S. Air Force's Singing Sergeants, she has appeared throughout the nation as the featured soprano soloist with the Air Force Symphony Orchestra and Air Force Concert Band.

Mezzo-soprano Theodora Hanslowe returns to this area following her national tour as Stephano in "Romeo and Juliet" with the Texas Opera Theatre. She has performed with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Washington Summer Opera and in solo recital at the national Gallery.

Following a recent performance as Ferrando in Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte", Jeffrey Fahnestock was described in the Washington Post as "an excellent light tenor." A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he has sung a dozen roles with such companies as Opera Theatre of Rochester, Harrisburg Civic Opera and Aspen Opera Theatre.

Proficient in both serious and light roles, baritone Thomas Zielinski has portrayed those from the dramatic "William Tell" to the comical Malatesta in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," Danilo in "the Merry Widow" and many of the Gilbert and Sullivan characters in performances with numerous regional opera companies. He also was recently featured in an album of the works of composer Max Janowski.

Eva Anderson's Baltimore Dance Theatre comes to WMC on Feb. 10. Founded in 1975, the theater is recognized for its unique stylistic blend of ballet, modern and African dance.

"Agility, creativity, energy and sheer talent" are one critic's words used to describe the troupe's program, which has been performed in Germany, Italy and Austria, as well as the East Coast.

In 1985, the BDT became the first Maryland dance company to perform at the prestigious Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.

Eva Anderson, the company's artistic director and choreographer, has been awarded the Maryland State Arts Council's Choreography Fellowship for creative excellence twice.

Two works, "Winter of Our Days" and the BDT's signature piece commissioned by the Friends of the National Zoo, "The Elephant," have been cited for their inventiveness and displaying a sense of humor.

Last season's program was highlighted by two world premieres, the critically acclaimed "A Dance for Sonata No. 1," for which Anderson won the first Maryland State Arts Council Work-in-Progress grant for dance; and the hilarious audience favorite, "Br'er Rabbit," commissioned by and premiered at the Atlanta Arts Festival.

On April 7, it's the Capitol Saxophone Quartet, with its unique blend of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Formed in 1984, the quartet was a winner of the 1989 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards.

Quartet members Christopher Ford, Robert E. Beeson, Walter Todenhoft and Evan Olcott have been noted for their "soulful intensity" by The New York Times and "their exciting performance and the audience's widely enthusiastic response" by the Washington Post.

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