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Silver Lake College announces 2014-15 Artist Music Series

Posted On April 30, 2014

A variety of world-class musical artists, including several featuring international accolades, will be coming to the Lakeshore as part of Silver Lake College’s 2014-15 Artist Music Series.

The five concerts will be held in Endries Hall at the new Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, located on campus at 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Season tickets are $80. Individual concert ticket prices are: $18 adults, $12 seniors (65 and older), $5 children ages 13-18, $2.50 children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger. Tickets will be available starting May 29 by visiting the Capitol Civic Centre box office at 913 S. Eighth St., Manitowoc, or by calling (920) 683-2184 or visiting www.cccshows.org.

Silver Lake College’s Artist Music Series also is offering special package deals in collaboration with the Capitol Civic Centre’s Baileigh Industrial Marquee Series (a six-show series that is scheduled to be announced to Capitol members on May 28). Those packages will be available to Capitol members starting the evening of May 28 and to non-members starting June 23. For more information about the package deals, call (920) 683-2184.

Here’s a closer look at Silver Lake College’s 2014-15 Artist Music Series:

Petar Jankovic Ensemble

UNDERGRAD_resizedimage300196-Petar-Jankovic-EnsembleThe concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, 1014.

Led by classical guitarist Petar Jankovic, the ensemble also features the string quartet of violinists Maria Storm and Azusa Tashiro, violist Amanda Grimm and cellist Kyra Saltman.

Their repertoire ranges from traditional Spanish works by Albeniz and De Falla to classical jewels by Shostakovich and Debussy to passionate Piazzola tangos and rich Brazilian music forms of Gnatalli and Bellinati.

Jankovic, who began studying guitar at the age of 8 in his native Yugoslavia, is a visiting lecturer of music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. After many years of touring the world largely as a solo performer, he initiated the ensemble, combining his Spanish and Latin American influences with the string quartet’s European musical traditions.

Storm, a concertmaster of Composers Orchestra of Chicago, made her solo debut at age 14 with the Odessa Symphony Orchestra in Ukraine. While living in Europe, she established herself as an active soloist and chamber musician, performing with the Torun Chamber Orchestra and Rubinstein Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Tashiro, a native of Japan, began playing violin at the age of 4. She is the principal second violinist of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and has performed with various ensembles, such as the New Millennium Orchestra Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago (for which she was appointed as a concertmaster).

Grimm, the associate principal viola of Orchestra Iowa, has performed as a soloist, recitalist and concertmaster in the United States and abroad. Making her concerto debut at age 15 with the Parma Symphony Orchestra, Grimm also has soloed with the Baldwin Wallace Youth Orchestra, the Blue Lake European Orchestra, the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.

Saltman, the principal cellist of the Chicago Composers Orchestra, has performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Opera Theater Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic and the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, as well as numerous festivals.

George Vatchnadze

UNDERGRAD_resizedimage250375-George-VatchnadzeThe concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2014.

Taking center stage will be Vatchnadze, who joined DePaul University as an associate professor of piano in 2011.

The renowned musician has performed with orchestras and in recital throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Israel, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Chile and Guatemala.

In 1997, Vatchnadze made his recital debut at the prestigious Edinburgh International Music Festival and received the Herald Angel Award, presented by the Scottish Herald newspaper. Two years later, he made his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

“Vatchnadze is a consummate artist, now at the height of his musical and intellectual powers,” music critic Faubion Bowers has written in American Record Guide. “He can do absolutely anything he wants at the piano. He commands delicate pianissimi, massive diapasons and everything in between”

In addition to his numerous concerts around the world, Vatchnadze recorded two CDs with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and served on the jury of the 2008 World Piano Competition.

Mark Calkins and Cynthia Lawrence

UNDERGRAD_resizedimage250337-Mark-Calkins-and-Cynthia-LawrenceThe concert, featuring the husband-and-wife singing duo of Calkins, a tenor, and Lawrence, a soprano, is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2015.

Calkins, a native of Cottage Grove, Minn., is the director of music at Berea College in Kentucky. He has appeared in leading roles with opera companies throughout North America and Europe.

Calkins also was featured as Cassio in “Otello” on an A&E nationwide production of “Spotlight Colorado” and starred in a National Public Broadcasting System television production and world premiere of Robert Greenleaf’s “Under the Arbor.” In addition, he has performed throughout the United States in Broadway touring productions of “Phantom of the Opera.”

In 2009, Calkins and Lawrence appeared in recital at the fourth International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing at the University of Texas-San Antonio. In April of this year, they performed at a gala fundraising concert for the new Cancer Center at Georgia Regents University.

Lawrence, the Endowed Chair of Voice at the University of Kentucky, also is a leading artist with opera companies worldwide, ranging from operas in Chicago and New York City to Paris and London.

Lawrence appeared in more than 70 concerts with the late Luciano Pavarotti, touring throughout the United States and abroad in Qatar, Italy, Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, Germany, Norway, Japan, China, Malaysia, England, Canada and South Africa. She was one of 20 guests asked to speak at Pavarotti’s memorial, which was held in Petra, Jordan.

The evening after the memorial, she sang at a benefit concert broadcast worldwide from Little Petra, helping raise millions of dollars for Afghan children and for refugees and the disabled in Jordan.

Isthmus Brass Quintet with Percussion

UNDERGRAD_resizedimage250172-Mark-Hetzler-of-Isthmus-Brass-QuintetThe concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2015.

The Wisconsin-based performers, who are part of the larger Isthmus Brass group, include trumpet players Dave Cooper and Don Sipe, trombonist Mark Hetzler, horn player Ricardo Almeida, tuba player Mike Forbes and drummer Keith Lienert.

Cooper and Lienert are professors at UW-Platteville, while Sipe teaches at Carroll College and Hetzler instructs at UW-Madison. Almeida performs with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, as does Cooper. Forbes is the principal tuba of the La Crosse Symphony and also performs with Sotto Voce Quartet.

The concert will be divided into halves. The first half will feature light classical music, some by composers like Bach, as well as a few original works by Forbes, who composes about 90 percent of the group’s arrangements.

The second half of the concert will be a world tour of popular styles, ranging from Latin tangos to Dixieland jazz to a South African-style tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.

Wingra Woodwind Quintet

UNDERGRAD_resizedimage250134-Wingra-Woodwind-QuintetThe concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. on March 15, 2015.

The Wingra Woodwind Quintet, an ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, formed in 1965 and has established a tradition of artistic and teaching excellence.

Quintet members include Stephanie Jutt (flute), Kostas Tiliakos (oboe), Linda Bartley (clarinet), Marc Vallon (bassoon) and Linda Kimball (horn).

Jutt, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, has performed in recital throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She has served as a board member and program chair for the National Flute Association, and her all-Brahms recording, “Stolen Moments,” with pianist Jeffrey Sykes, was released in 2005.

Tiliakos, a native of Greece, has been principal oboist for the Greek National Opera Orchestra in Athens since 1997. An avid lover of contemporary music, he has been a member of the Hellenic Ensemble for Contemporary Music since 1990 and has premiered and recorded works by contemporary composers. Tiliakos also has appeared as a soloist around the world.

Bartley is the principal clarinetist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra, in addition to serving since 1988 as clarinetist for the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyo. Recital tours have taken Bartley throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Switzerland. Her performances have been heard on PBS, NPR and CBC radio broadcasts.

Vallon, a native of France, did his musical studies at the Paris Conservatoire. He was a founding member of the Nielsen Quintet in 1975, with which he played hundreds of concerts until its last concert in 2002. Vallon has taught modern and baroque bassoon at the highest level in the Paris Conservatoire and in the Lyon Conservatoire.

Kimball, a native of Appleton and graduate of Lawrence University, is principal horn for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has performed orchestral and chamber music in various European countries.