News

Jul-7-2016 •

The Metropolitan Opera announced that Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi has been named the company’s new concertmaster. Mr. Chooi, 27, will serve a one-year term beginning next month and continuing through the end of the company’s 2016-17 season. He joins current Met concertmaster David Chan, who will continue in the position, which he has held since 2000.

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Apr-13-2016 •

 

The Jasper String Quartet has been selected as winner of the 2016 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both chamber music performance and outreach education.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Jasper String Quartet will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region October 24-27, 2016 as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency.

 

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Mar-10-2016 •

Nir Kabaretti celebrates 10 years with the Santa Barbara Symphony this weekend, March 12-13, by conducting the piece that won him his conductorship: Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2. 

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Michael Dean
Bass-Baritone
American bass-baritone Michael Dean has appeared with leading opera houses and orchestras of the U.S. and Europe. The New York Times lauded his “strong appealing bass-baritone,” while the San Jose Mercury News considered him “the standout, his voice a penetrating wake-up call." During 2014-15 season his appearances included debuts with the Utah Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Boulder Bach Festival performing Bach’s Mass in B-minor, and a return to the Winter Park Bach Festival for performances and a new recording of Mozart’s Requiem. His 2015-16 season engagements include the Messiah with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.