ASHU Fabulous Saxophone Player
Saturday, September 22, 2018 8 pm
The young saxophone player Ashu has an uncanny ability to reach listeners of every age with his unwavering virtuosity and engaging personality. According to the Dallas Morning News, “He’s just as much fun
to watch as to listen to.”
Still in his late 20’s, the California native has won a host of national and international awards. He has performed solo recitals and concertos with orchestras in such far-flung locales as London, New Zealand, Russia and Kyrgyzstan, as well as throughout the United States.
Ashu studied at Northwestern University, where he earned bachelors and master’s degrees in music. His solo debut took place at Carnegie Hall. Now based in Chicago, he has been featured in interviews and performances on NBC, CBS, NPR, and on numerous local media. He has arranged more than 60 pieces for saxophone and piano, from Rachmaninoff to Morricone to Piazzolla.
Nikolai Medtner - Sonata-Reminiscenza Op. 38 No. 1
SCOTT HOLDEN Prize winning pianist
Saturday, November 10, 2018 8 pm
Back for a repeat appearance at Vivace, pianist Scott Holden has performed to great acclaim in over 40 states and throughout the world.
After his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996, the New York Concert Review praised his “beautiful tone, sound technique and the ability to transform notes on a page into a distinctly personal statement.” In 1997, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, where he earned a performance certificate.
Most recently, his newest CD, “Beyond Vernon Duke,” received the highest rating of five stars from Fanfare Magazine.
Dr. Holden, who holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, has adjudicated and given master classes at festivals and workshops throughout the country. Currently director of the piano area at Brigham Young University, he is also a member of the American Piano Quartet.
Scott Holden - Butterfly Etude - GoPro Camera
MERLING TRIO Piano, violin and cello
Saturday, April 6, 2019 8 pm
The Merling Trio – violinist Renata Artman Knific, cellist Bruce Uchimura, and pianist Susan Wiersma – brings together three talented musicians of Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds.
The trio made their New York debut in 1993, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Today, they present 20 to 40 concerts each year in the United States, Canada and Europe.
After a recent British tour, the London journal Musical Opinion declared that the Merling Trio “made a powerful impression, with unabashed romanticism and finesse.” Closer to home, the Grand Rapids Press said the trio “captivated the audience through the immediacy and extraordinary sensitivity of its playing.”
In residence at the Western Michigan University School of Music, the trio’s members are each noted performers and educators in their own right. Together, they have commissioned several works by contemporary composers and have recorded both modern and standard repertoire.
The Merling Trio performs Dvořák PIano Trio in E minor "Dumky" VI Lento
DRAKE AND ALTA DANTZLER A journey through lyric theater history
Saturday, May 18, 2019 8 pm
EnjoyEnjoy favorite songs from classic musical comedy, opera, and the Great American Songbook with the husband-and-wife duo of Drake and Alta Dantzler.
Back for a second exciting appearance with the Vivace Music Series, the Dantzlers are both faculty members at Oakland University. Each has earned multiple honors and degrees culminating in doctorates in musical arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
Alta Dantzler, mezzo-soprano, has performed in more than 50 productions of European and American operettas. She has been on the faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and is codirector of the Toledo Opera Summer Boot Camp. She spent six seasons with Ohio Light Opera, a singular company entirely devoted to the preservation of operetta.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer praised her “perfect comic timing,” while the Saratoga Daily Gazette raved about her “lustrous big voice…with excellent diction and plummy tones.”
Tenor Drake Dantzler was recently hailed in Opera News as “a real find: he has a voice of molten silver, immaculate musicianship and an expressive stage persona.” He has been a resident artist/teacher at the Vancouver International Song Institute and at Interlochen Arts Camp. He is Associate professor at Oakland University, where he coordinates the Opera Area.
Selections for the Vivace evening will include perennial favorites from the great Carmen, La Boheme, Oklahoma, The Desert Song, and many others.
An Meines Herzens Königen - Drake Dantzler, Tenor
"That's Him" from One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill - Alta Dantzler, Mezzo Soprano
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