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Celebrated violinist Pamela Frank returns to Union

Posted on Sep 27, 2010

Internationally acclaimed for her extensive breadth of performance works, violinist Pamela Frank headlines the opening concert of Union’s 39th Chamber Concert Series. She returns to Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m., along with fellow string-instrumentalists Andrew Simionescu, Beth Guterman, Dimitri Murrath, Edward Arron and Peter Wiley.

Violinist Pamela Frank

The sextet’s program will include one of Schoenberg’s most renowned works, “Verklarte Nacht,” and a selection by Brahms.

The only child of pianists Liliam Kallir and Claude Frank, Frank began violin lessons at age five, ultimately earning her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 1989. Ten years later, she won the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

In addition to being on the faculty of the Curtis Institute and the Peabody Conservatory, Frank plays independently as a soloist and with major orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony.

Married to Frank, Andrew Simionescu is also a celebrated violinist. Performing with symphonies around the world, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The White House and Kennedy Center. A winner of the 1984 Concert Artists Guild International, Simionescu is a member of the Raphael Trio and has played over 300 concerts with the Bowdoin Trio.

Violist Beth Guterman received her musical education at the Julliard School, and in 2009, she completed her artist diploma at the New England Conservatory. A member of the International Sejong Soloists, Guterman has toured the United States and Asia and also performed live on National Public Radio. She has won the Julliard Viola Competition, the inaugural Apsen Nakamichi Lower Strings Competition, and the 1999 Eugene Lehner Chamber Music Award for Excellence from the New England Conservatory.

Cellist Edward Arron

Fellow violist and artist diploma recipient, Dimitri Murrath has performed as a soloist at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. He earned first place at the Primrose International Viola Competition, second place at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition and the Verbier Festival Academy’s Viola Prize.

Described as one of New York’s most exciting young cellists, Edward Arron has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician in the United States, Europe and Asia. A graduate of the Julliard School, he has frequently appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the 92nd Street Y. He’s currently beginning his eighth season as the artistic coordinator for the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert.

Arron’s former teacher and fellow cellist, Peter Wiley, has enjoyed a lifetime of significant accomplishments. Attending the Curtis Institute at age 13, he became the Cincinnati Symphony’s principal cellist at the young age of 20. A former member of the Grammy-nominated Beaux Arts Trio and Guarmeri String Quartet, Wiley now teaches at both the Bard Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music.

The show is open to the public and free to members of the Union community. General admission tickets are $25, though area students may attend for $10. For a complete list of this season’s concerts, click here.

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Campaign politics and the Tea Party factor

Posted on Sep 24, 2010

Assistant Professor Brad Hays of Political Science was a recent guest on "Vox Pop" on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio. Northeast Public Radio is a member of National Public Radio serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

To listen, click here.


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Do you overlook the ‘Invisible Gorilla’ in the room?

Posted on Sep 24, 2010

Assistant Psychology Professor Christopher Chabris recently appeared on NBC's "Today" show. Chabris and Daniel J. Simons, a psychology professor at the University of Illinois, discussed their new book, “The Invisible Gorilla, And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us.” 

Published by Crown, the book tackles “six everyday illusions that profoundly influence our lives,” the authors write: “the illusions of attention, memory, confidence, knowledge, cause, and potential.”

To view a clip, click here.

The pair also recently appeared on National Public Radio's "Science Friday."

To listen to the interview, click here.


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39th Chamber Concert Series schedule announced

Posted on Sep 23, 2010

Violinist Pamela Frank

The International Festival of Chamber Music kicks off its 39th season Saturday, Oct. 9, with a performance by violinist Pamela Frank and friends. This is the first in a series of 14 concerts, featuring returning favorites like cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han in their 19th Schenectady recital, and Emerson String Quartet in its 28th appearance.

New to the Series this year are several rising stars. In January, pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, winner of the 2008 Montreal International Music Competition and the youngest student admitted to Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, will be featured. Ray Chen, winner of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition and one of the most compelling young violinists today, will close out the season on April 27.

For subscriptions and ticket information, call 388-6080. A complete schedule of concerts, all held in Memorial Chapel, is available here.




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Gospel singer presents free concert Oct. 1

Posted on Sep 23, 2010

Jacqueline Hill, gospel singer

Gospel singer Jacqueline Hill will present “Gospel Old and New” on Friday, Oct. 1, 1:50-2:55 p.m. in Emerson Auditorium in the Taylor Music Center. It is the first of two fall concerts scheduled in conjunction with associate professor Tim Olsen’s “Music of Black America” course.

Hill has ministered in song since she was a child growing up in a small Presbyterian church in Duanesburg, N.Y. She has performed Negro spirituals, and traditional, contemporary and inspirational music in upstate New York and New England. An associate minister of Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in Schenectady, Hill is affiliated with Franklin Graham Ministries' “Samaritan's Purse” as a disaster relief missionary.

Jazz/pop vocalist Georgia Jones will perform “Motown and Beyond” Friday, Oct. 29, also in Emerson Auditorium. Both artists will be accompanied on piano by Olsen, and both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Olsen at ext. 6563; olsent@union.edu.

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