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NRO Welcomes Community Engagement Fellow

Nicolas Gonzalez Headshot croppedNicolas Gonzalez is a dual masters student at Indiana University – Bloomington, studying Arts Administration and Public Affairs. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University – Bloomington in Telecommunications, with a focus on Design and Production. During his time at IU, he participated in the marching, concert, and jazz bands, where he held the leadership position of Tuba Undergraduate Staff. Nicolas is also a freelance photographer and videographer. Specifically, he loves concert and performing arts photography. Prior to graduate school, Nick interned as an Assistant Producer for the local PBS station in Bloomington, IN and a Marketing Intern for Music for All in Indianapolis, IN. He currently works as a graduate assistant for the City of Bloomington’s cultural district (BEAD) and a videographer for the IU Jazz department.

Introducing the 2018 Artist Liaison Fellow

Amara Sperber croppedAmara Sperber is delighted to help facilitate connection between artists at National Repertory Orchestra this summer. In the fall, Amara will begin the teacher training program in Suzuki Method at Cleveland Institute of Music. She is interested in the integration of improvisation, body awareness and other art forms within music education. Amara was the graduate assistant to Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio at University of Nevada in Reno, where she received her Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Orchestra Career Studies. Previously she received her Bachelor degree in performance from University of Oregon as a student of Fritz Gearhart, where she also studied abroad in Vienna.

She-e Wu Performs with the NRO on June 30th

Gstudo45852 (1)She-e Wu has appeared as a solo artist at Bach Symposium/Bach Variation Festival in Lincoln Center; Jouournées de la Percussion, NancyPhony Festival, perKumania festival, and PercuPassion Festival in France; Taiwan Connection concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; International Percussion Festival and InterAmerican Music and Arts Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico; Festival Internacional de Percusion “Ritmo Vital 2001″ and National Percussion Convention in Spain; Fukui Marimba Seminar in Japan; Seoul Percussion Festival in South Korea, Giornate della Percussione in Italy; Percussion Festival in Greece; The Majaoja Percussion Competition and Festival in Finland; Groove Alentejo Festival in Portugal; Taipei International Percussion Convention, and many other festivals. She has performed with Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series in Pearlman Hall at Kimmel Center, and Percussive Arts Society International Convention.  Ms. Wu has also performed as guest recitalist and clinician at universities, colleges, conservatories throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, She-e premiered two works — “Imaginary Day”, Duo Percussion Concerto with Chris Deviney by Pat Metheny with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia and Saratoga Spring and “The Partials of Color” by Tim Ferchen with Osuma Ensemble in Finland.

Ms. Wu has commissioned and premiered works by Paul Lansky, Lee Hyla, Dafnis Prieto, Eric Ewazen, Ronald Caltabiano, Robin Engelman, Gerald Chenoweth, and many others.  

Ms. Wu’s compositions include: “Blue Identity”, written for the Paris Conservatory CNR percussion ensemble, premiered in Paris; “K-PAX”, commissioned by the Taipei International Percussion Convention, and premiered in Taiwan and Japan; “UP!”, commissioned and premiered by Spring High School Percussion Ensemble at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago; “What the sun would say to the sky”, was premiered at Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and “Monologue” premiered and commissioned by Tom Sherwood for the 10th Modern Snare Drum Competition.  Ms. Wu has served as a jury member for percussion competitions in France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Japan, Russia, Portugal, and throughout U.S.

Ms. Wu’s recordings include Marimba Concerto by Eric Ewazen with the International Sejong Soloists, solo marimba CD Snapshot, Suite for Marimba and Flute by Alec Wilder with Flautist Bart Feller, A set of Songs and Dances by Doug Hill with Gail Williams (French Horn) , and a chamber music recording with American Brass Quintet of music by David Sampson. Her new recording with Osuma Ensemble (Tampere, Finland) will be released in 2018 on Alba records.

Ms. Wu is a clinician and a recitalist for the Majestic, Mapex, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, and Remo companies. Ms. Wu plays the “Reflection” series concert marimba designed by Majestic exclusively,  and her signature mallets with Innovative Percussion are available worldwide.  Ms. Wu is Associate Professor of Music and the Head of Percussion program at Northwestern University.  Ms. Wu is also a frequent  guest artist teacher at the Royal College of Music in London, and a consultant at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Come see She-e Wu perform with the National Repertory Orchestra on Saturday, June 30th at the Riverwalk Center. Find Out More!

Orion Weiss to Perform with the NRO on June 27th

photo credit: Jacob Blickenstaff

photo credit: Jacob Blickenstaf

One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

2017-18 sees him opening the season for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and ending his season with the Colorado Symphony and Mozart’s majestic Concerto in C major, K. 467; in between Orion will play with eleven orchestras, go on a recital tour with James Ehnes, and perform recitals around the country. In 2016-17 Orion performed with the Knoxville, Wichita, and Santa Rosa Symphonies, among others, and in collaborative projects with Alessio Bax, the Pacifica Quartet, and with Cho-Liang Lin and the New Orford String Quartet in a performance of the Chausson Concerto for piano, violin, and string quartet. In 2015 Naxos released his recording of Christopher Rouse’s Seeing – a major commission Orion debuted with the Albany Symphony – and in 2012 he released a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Bartok. That same year he also spearheaded a recording project of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with his longtime collaborators the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta.

Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.

Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, the violinists James Ehnes and Arnaud Sussman, and cellist Julie Albers. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall.

Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours’ notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.

Come see Orion West perform with the National Repertory Orchestra on Wednesday, June 27th at the Riverwalk Center. Find Out More!

NRO Announces 2018 Personnel Fellow

Christine Senavsky PhotoChristine Senavsky is a first-year Master of Arts Management Student at Carnegie Mellon University. From the Bay Area California, she graduated from University of Oregon in June 2016 with her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and her Bachelor of Arts in English. Last year she worked for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and continued to the role of Schedule Coordinator at Aspen Music Festival last summer. She is inspired by the festival dynamic, of so many people from so many places coming together to make something vast and beautiful happen artistically. This summer she looks forward to developing her management skills and being a part of the collaboration between musicians, administrators, and community members at National Repertory Orchestra. She is excited to see how the experience informs her career trajectory in the music industry. She is also exhilarated at the prospect of hiking mountains on her days off.

Alumnus Returns As Production Operations & Recording Fellow

Daniel Benoit photo croppedAn NRO alumnus from 2008 and 2011, Daniel Benoit played bass for the Air Force Band in Washington, DC for four years. Before winning that position, he earned a BM from the University of North Texas and MM from Indiana University. He recently began the transition from music performance to music production and currently pursues a Master Certificate in Music Production & Technology from Berklee College of Music. Daniel is also an amateur singer and loves karaoke!

Introducing Our 2018 Recording Engineer

Jess Griggs photoJess Griggs is currently working at the classical radio station, WQXR in NYC. There she does a variety of things, including, audio production, social media management, and writing for their blog. Additionally, she is the manager for the award winning, contemporary percussion ensemble, Up/Down, and is a contributor for the contemporary music journal, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

Before her move to NYC, Jess worked as an intern with NPR at their D.C. headquarters. At HQ, she did audio production for NPR Worldwide, SiriusXM, and the American Armed Forces channels. In addition, she helped with the shows, Planet Money and How I Built This, and perhaps the most exciting – aided with audio for Tiny Desk concerts.

At age 16, Jess Griggs began studying at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) under the principal trombonist of the North Carolina Symphony, John Ilika. While there she played with a variety of ensembles. After receiving her diploma at UNCSA, Jess continued her musical studies at Schwob School of Music with trombone professor, Dr. Bradley Palmer. After a few months of playing whole notes in the back of the orchestra, sitting in the practice rooms buzzing into a metal tube, and questioning the meaning of life – Jess came to the conclusion that something was missing from her musical experience.

Through a suggestion of a friend, Jess took a basic audio class, and surprisingly she found it filled the void trombone couldn’t. The perfect marriage of art and science (and not to mention the weird electroacoustic music) audio technology hooked her. Jess formerly started her audio technology studies with Dr. Matthew McCabe soon afterwards.

Her recording career kicked off with a position at the university’s recording studio and running live sound at the local music venue. Over the past 3 years, she has had a chance to work on the CD’s of notable artists; including, Gerry Pagano (bass trombonist of St. Louis Symphony), and George Curran (bass trombonist of New York Philharmonic). Other past audio engagements include: Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab in Ojai, CA, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and Interlochen Center for the Performing Arts in Interlochen, MI.

Introducing the NRO’s 2018 CEO Assistant Fellow

Chanelle HuangChanelle Huang grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and currently lives in Rochester, NY. She is a dual-degree student, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance at the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Business at the University of Rochester. She is a teaching and performing violist and has attended several summer music festivals, including American Institute of Musical Studies, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival and School. She will be graduating in December of 2018 and hopes to teach, perform, and work in arts administration. The guidance and inspiration that she has received throughout her own education has motivated her to give back to the community and influence students. She is eager
to assist with NRO events, meet people who share the love of music, and explore the town of Breckenridge.

Marcelo Lehninger Conducts the NRO on June 20th

Marcelo_Headshot by Andy Terzes - croppedBartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 PM
Breckenridge Riverwalk Center
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Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger is in his second year as Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He previously served as Music Director of the New West Symphony in Los Angeles, for which the League of American Orchestras awarded him the Helen H. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Directors. Marcelo was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by James Levine, and, after a very successful two year tenure that included stepping in for Maestro Levine on short notice in Boston and on tour at Carnegie Hall, was later promoted to Associate Conductor.

Mr. Lehninger’s 2017-18 season includes his debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and a return to the Slovenian Philharmonic, which he leads on tour to Vienna. Closer to home, Mr. Lehninger debuts with the Charlotte and Tucson Symphonies, and returns to the North Carolina Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic. He returns to Carnegie Hall with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the orchestra’s first performance at the famed venue in thirteen years.

Highlights of the 2016-17 season included debuts with the Colorado, Hawaii, Toledo, and Portland Symphonies; Colorado Springs Philharmonic; and Symphony Nova Scotia; as well as return engagements with Minas Gerais Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He made his Japanese debut with the Kyushu Symphony, and his Australian debut with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies with his friend and mentor Nelson Freire as soloist.

As a guest conductor in the United States, Mr. Lehninger has led the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, Detroit, Baltimore, Seattle, Milwaukee, National, Jacksonville, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Omaha, Chautauqua, Hartford, and Fairfax Symphonies; the Florida and Louisville Orchestras; and the Rochester and Orlando Philharmonics. In Canada, he has appeared with the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, and the Calgary and Hamilton Philharmonics. European highlights include engagements with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Lucerne Symphony, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and a tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra assisting Mariss Jansons.

Mr. Lehninger was music advisor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas for the 2007-08 season. Plácido Domingo serves as artistic advisor for the ensemble, which is composed of 120 talented musicians from more than twenty countries throughout the Americas. In summer of 2008, Maestro Lehninger toured with YOA and pianist Nelson Freire in South America, conducting concerts in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. He has led all of the top orchestras in Brazil, and previously served as Associate Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra in Brazil.

Chosen by Kurt Masur in 2008, Mr. Lehninger was awarded the First Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship sponsored by the American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation. He was Maestro Masur’s assistant with the Orchestre National de France (during their residency at the Musikverein in Vienna), Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, and the New York Philharmonic. In 2011, he participated in the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, organized by the League of American Orchestras, conducting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center as part of the National Conducting Institute in 2007.

Before dedicating his career to conducting, Mr. Lehninger studied violin and piano. He holds a Master’s degree from the Conductors Institute at New York’s Bard College, where he studied conducting under Harold Farberman and composition with Laurence Wallach. His mentors also include Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, and Roberto Tibiriçá. A dual citizen of Brazil and Germany, Marcelo Goulart Lehninger is the son of pianist Sônia Goulart and violinist Erich Lehninger.