Eugenia Zukerman, flutist – October 6, 2013

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zuckerman-webEugenia Zukerman is a true Renaissance woman. While maintaining an international concert calendar with more than thirty performances annually, her multi-faceted career also includes distinguished work as an arts administrator, author, educator, internet entrepreneur, and journalist.

In demand from New York to China as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, Eugenia Zukerman has been praised by The New York Times for her performances — “Her musicianship is consummate, her taste immaculate and her stage presence a sheer pleasure.” She has enjoyed musical collaborations with Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Shanghai String Quartet and fellow flutists Jean- Pierre Rampal and James Galway. This season, she made her heralded debut at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland, performing challenging chamber works by Hanns Eisler, Arnold Schönberg, Andreas Jakob Romberg and Behzad Ranjbaran.  She partnered with some of the world’s finest musicians, including violinist Dimitry Sitkovetsky, violist Nobuko Imai, cellist Frans Helmerson, and pianist Elena Bashkirova, among others.  This season she will perform with the Manhattan Piano Trio in Pennsylvania, with the Symphony Space All-Stars in New York City in a festive concert of Brandenburg Concerti, and with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra Op.39 conducted by Rossen Milanov, Music Director and Conductor.

As a recitalist, Eugenia Zukerman has been lauded not only for her playing, but also for her adventurous programming. As The Sunday Telegram observed, “Few major instrumentalists offer anything comparable to the intelligence and breadth of programming that she brings to her concerts, and this one was no exception.” The Capital Timesconcurred, “What made this concert so noteworthy was not only the unusual music that Zukerman played with world-class virtuosity and musicality, but also her presentation and stage presence.”  For twenty years she performed a yearly three concert series of thematic programs at the New York Public Library with harpsichordist. Organist and pianist Anthony Newman. This season she will collaborate with Mr. Newman in a flute and organ performance in Amarillo, Texas, and in over twenty recitals nationwide with pianist Milana Strezeva.

Eugenia Zukerman has performed as soloist with many of the world’s finest orchestras. Her numerous guest appearances have included engagements with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic, and the Israel, Moscow, Prague and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. The breadth of her appearances in North America is remarkable – with more than eighty orchestras nationwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony in Washington DC, the Montreal and Vancouver  Symphonies and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.  Performances and a recording of Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra Op.39 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton (Delos) led to a rewarding connection between Eugenia Zukerman and the orchestra. Last summer, the relationship continued to flourish with her performance of Mozart’s concerto for Flute and Harp (with Yolanda Kondonassis) in the opening concert of the Vail Valley Music Festival, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden.

A creative and dynamic administrator, Eugenia Zukerman has been invited to curate Dallas Symphony’s inaugural Dallas Arts Fest in 2014. The appointment follows thirteen distinguished years as Artistic Director of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.  During her tenure, the festival in Vail developed an international profile through the annual residencies of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony. Yo-Yo Ma, Lang-Lang, Yefim Bromfman and Jean-Yves Thibaudet were among the many internationally renowned artists who appeared during her directorship, further elevating the reputation of the Festival.

Recognized with an Emmy nomination as an important broadcast journalist, Eugenia Zukerman interviewed and created more than three hundred portraits as an Arts Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning.  Her interview subjects included James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Leontyne Price, Marilyn Horne, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Hirshfeld, Julie Taymor, Dame Maggie Smith, David Hyde Pierce, Mikhail Barishnikov, Savion Glover, Peter Martins, Daniel Barenboim and Isaac Stern. For more than twenty-five years she introduced viewers to the most outstanding creators in fine art, music, dance and theater.  It is through her lens that a generation of viewers came to appreciate the arts. She has also been the invited guest on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, the Charlie Rose Show and appeared in numerous specials on PBS.

An innovator, she embraced the internet early on and founded ClassicalGenie, an internet company that provides video content to music schools, artist, managers, orchestras and other institutions for use on their websites.  The video material helps promote reputation, attendance, interest and fundraising.  Recent clients include the Manhattan School of Music’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebration and The Harlem School of the Arts million dollar fundraising appeal.

She continued her role as an arts journalist this past summer, creating the first vlog (video blog) for the MusicalAmerica website.  Thousands of internet viewers tuned in to Eugenia Zukerman’s Verbier Vlog as she introduced the world to the Verbier Festival from her inside perspective as a performer. Festival participants, from Founder and Executive Director Martin Engstroem to performers Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Julian Rachlin, David Garrett, as well as local merchants and audience-members, responded to Eugenia Zukeman’s warm invitation to share their insight and experience on the Verbier Vlog.  She has the rare ability to make the foreign feel familiar.

In addition to her television appearances and on-line presence, Eugenia Zukerman’s discography is impressive.  She has over two dozen discs to her credit, including releases on the Delos, SONY Classical, Pro Arte, Vox Cum Laude and Newport Classic labels.  Her most recent recording, Flesh & Stone: The Songs of Jake Heggie was released on the Americus label with all proceeds benefitting Classical Action; Performing Arts Against AIDS.

The author of the New York Public Library’s Award-winning non-fiction book In My Mother’s Closet, and also Coping with Prednisone (which she co-authored with her sister Dr. Julie R. Ingelfinger), Eugenia Zukerman has enjoyed success in the humanities as well as the arts. The release of Coping with Prednisone resulted in an invitation to app

ear on The Discovery Health Channel. Her first two novels were well received: Deceptive Cadence was published by Viking Press and Taking The Heat was published by Simon and Schuster. Today, Miss Zukerman is a regular contributor to The Washington Post book review and continues her journalist assignment for Musical America, which was begun with the Verbier Vlog, writing a signature article for the 2012 edition of the annual directory.

Eugenia Zukerman has a generous spirit and has given benefit performances for causes close to her heart.  In summer 2011, she performed with her singer-songwriter daughter Natalia Zukerman, and percussionist Mona Tavakoli, in a benefit concert for Roundup River Ranch, an organization which was founded by Paul Newman and “provides camp experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses.” She also performed and served as host for Young Concert Artists’ 50th Anniversary musical marathon at Symphony Space in New York, showing her gratitude to the organization that launched her career with their coveted award.

Not only was Eugenia Zukerman a Young Concert Artists Award-winning flutist, but in addition, she received their Lifetime Honor Award in 2006.  In 2009, she also received Concert Artists Guild Virtuoso Award for Dedication to the Arts – one of a handful of artists to be so honored by both organizations. Other honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Open University of Israel in NYC, a Woman of Achievement Award from the National Hadassah Organization, and she is a recipient of the Exceptional Achievement Award from The Women’s Project.

Miss Zukerman studied English at Barnard College and received a B.M. from The Juilliard School where she studied with the renowned flutist Julius Baker.  She received an Honorary Doctorate from Knox College in Illinois and was elected to the New York Institute for the Humanities. Her genuine curiosity and ability to connect with others has made her a desired teacher.  She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music and a frequent guest teacher at conservatories nationwide.  Most recently she created and taught a multi-disciplinary two week residency at The Hartt School which was unprecedented in the breadth of its scope. The 2010-2011 academic program spanned the disciplines of creative writing, music, education and health sciences.

A Massachusetts native, Miss Zukerman makes her home in New York City and in upstate New York where she shares a small farm with her husband, broadcaster Richard Novik, two horses, and two dogs.

Douglas Jurs & Franklin Gross, pianists – January 12, 1014

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Chicago born pianist, Douglas Jurs was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Fall 2012, having previously served on the piano faculties at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Edgewood College. Dr. Jurs has performed solo and collaborative recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad in cities like Vienna, Nice, and Milan. He has been featured at festivals such as the Holland International Music Sessions, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Centre d’Arts Orford in Quebec, among others. Dr. Jurs’ program will feature solos by favorite Classical and Romantic composers, including Frederic Chopin. A four-hand arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue will be played with special guest, Dr. Franklin Gross, music faculty at Fort Valley State University and Georgia Military College in Warner Robins.

Calista Anne Koch, harpist – February 9, 2014

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Nationally recognized harpist Calista Anne Koch has been performing professionally

since she was a young adult, growing up in Marietta, Georgia, and has been performing

throughout the United States since the late 1980s. As a young adult, she performed in

the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cobb Youth Orchestra, and with numerous

community ensembles including the Atlanta Community Orchestra. After winning

several concerto competitions, national scholarships, as well as attending the world

premier Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Festival on full scholarship, Calista

Anne accepted a full scholarship to study harp at Florida State University. During her

time in Florida, she competed and won many scholarships, competitions, and was

highlighted in the American Harp Journal as being an exceptional young harpist and her

work as a music therapist. Calista Anne moved back to Georgia after completing her

undergraduate degree in Music Therapy in 1999 and quickly became highly sough after

as a performer for weddings, private events, as well as a teacher to students of all ages.

She moved to Covington, GA, where she was co-founder of the Covington Community

Church Orchestra. She moved to Macon, GA. in 2004, where she went on to obtain

Masters degrees in both Harp Performance and Church Music as well as certifications

in Gerontology as well as Suzuki Pedagogy. As a performer, she specializes in

weddings but often performs for receptions, engagement parties, church cantatas and

services, banquets, corporate events, grand openings, memorial services and other

events.

Calista Anne Koch has had the honor of performing for two United States Presidents,

one Vice President, Senators, Congressmen, four State Governors, many local and

state politicians, as well as the guests at Toni Braxton’s wedding, many famous athletes

and musicians, and many TV personalities. Her CDs are even used for enrichment with

the belugas at the GA. Aquarium.

As a teacher, Calista Anne Koch leads several ensembles, coaches her students that

are members of the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has more than 15 private

harp students. She is the harp professor at Mercer University. Her students have won

competitions, scholarships, and several have placed and won Miss America preliminary

competitions. Several of her students have gone on to study harp at different

universities around the country.

Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna, Celtic music – March 16, 2014

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Fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna first met at a traditional Irish music session in New York City and soon discovered a shared interest in classical, jazz, and experimental music, as well as a deep admiration for Irish music. Both are active participants in Brooklyn’s eclectic music scene as arrangers, composers, players and improvisers. Their collaborative effort, “The Hare Said a Prayer to the Rainbow and Followed the Fox Down the Hole,” reflects both their wide range of influences and the depth of their experience with traditional Irish music, and has been hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist Mick Moloney.

Lyn and Sanna have brought their music to clubs, festival stages and concert halls throughout the US and Canada. They have taught workshops at the Old Songs Festival, the Catskills Irish Arts Festival, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Wellesley College, the University of Eastern Carolina, and West Virginia’s Augusta Heritage Center. The duo has collaborated with renowned Irish musicians Kevin Burke, Cillian Vallely and Susan McKeown, as well as with actor Vincent D’Onofrio. They are currently working on a second recording to be released in the fall of 2013.

danalynkylesannaDana Lyn has performed in New York City’s Town and Carnegie Halls as well as Saturday Night Live, the National Folk-life Festival, the Milwaukee Irish Music and Celtic Connections, among others. She has worked with a wide range of artists including the Green Fields of America, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown, indie rock artists The Walkmen and Florence and the Machine, as well as noted actors Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and director Sam Mendes. She was also featured on ‘The Raw Bar’ and ‘Geanntrai’: two documentaries on traditional Irish music that aired on national television in Ireland. As a composer, Dana has received commissions from the Apple Hill String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Cherish the Ladies, cellist Marika Hughes and the National Army Strings.