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Student & Faculty News
Fall 2017

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017


Lucy Moses School student news

Valerie Holmes’s flute students Sasha Blackman (age 10) and William Garrity (age 10) performed chamber music in July at SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) and at Luzerne Music Center.

Tristan Hu (age 11, piano student of Irina Nuzova) recently won the Second Prize and a silver medal at the SinoVision Chinese TV Competition for Music.

Micha Hughes (age 12, violin student of Olga Popova) performed Monti’s “Chardash” at the American Fine Art Festival International Competition Winners’ Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on October 7.

Several of Andrea Redman’s LMS dance students have been chosen to perform in the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker on December 9 at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn: Jessica Berger (age 7), Lauren Brumer (age 9), Chloe De La Torre (age 8), Ana Garcia (age 12), Olivia Gianettino (age 8), Insuh Kim (age 9), Abbey Kwon (age 7), Alice Liao (age 8), Amber Liao (age 5), Taylor Moy (age 7) and Anna Vogelbaum (age 8). Andrea will be the Children's Rehearsal Director for this show. Get info & tickets.

Special Music School Student News (K-8)

SMS elementary and middle school students ranked #1 in New York State based on state math and English tests! Big congratulations to SMS's students, parents, faculty, staff and supporters! See the results on Schooldigger.com for elementary schools and middle schools.

Eliot Flowers (4th grade, cello student of Yari Bond) was cast in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera for five shows beginning in September. He sings the role of spirit boy, and has his name in the program as part of the cast.

Jesse Schopflocher (6th grade, viola student of Yi-Fang Huang) was cast in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera for five shows beginning in September. He sings the role of spirit boy, and has his name in the program as part of the cast.

Tiffany Tsui (6th grade, violin student of Viktor Basis) was cast as Little Mouse and Polichinelle in her 4th year of The Nutcracker with the New York City Ballet. She will also perform in the new production of Tosca at the Metropolital Opera.

The SMS Vox Nova Girls Choir, directed by Emily John, will perform as part of the Canterbury Choral Society’s performance of Mahler 8 at Carnegie Hall in November.

Kevin Zephyrin (8th grade, bassoon, student of Nanci Belmont) has won First Prize in Young Artists Group II of the 2017 Concert Artist International Virtuoso Competition II. He will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on November 7.

Special Music School High School News

The New York Post named Special Music School High School one of NYC's best high schools! Congrats to the students, parents, faculty and staff.

On October 13, seven bands competed for a prize of $100 in SMS High School’s annual Fall Battle of the Bands competition. The style of the music is the musician’s choice, and each band may play for a maximum of 10 minutes. Judges from the SMS faculty named Pop in a Bluray the winner of this Fall’s competition. Congratulations to Kabir Adhiya Kumar, Alejandro Vilarrasa-Corriero and Rafail Khalilov (all class of 2018)!

Below: Theo Charlesworth, Anthony Domnitser, Ana Marie Griffin Morimoto, Jordi Husemann-Roviro, Kabir Adhiya Kumar and Alejandro Vilarrasa-Corriero


In August Lucy Moses School’s Assistant Director/Adult Division Manager Alicia Andrews and her husband Brian welcomed Calder, who weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.5” tall. He can’t wait to start studying music at LMS!

Avner Arad (Piano) was on the jury of the 2017 Janacek International Piano Competition, held in the Czech Republic in September. While there, he also gave master classes at the Janacek Academy and the Prague Conservatory.

Re'ut Ben Ze’ev (Voice) rediscovered the music of film, opera and song composer Henkh Kon in a lecture concert with with Zalmen Mlotek and Dr. Diana Matut at the Center for Jewish History in October.

David Bloom’s (Face the Music conductor) ensemble Contemporaneous opens their season on Oct 28 at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They will be joined by vocalist Iarla Ó Lionaírd for pieces inspired by traditional Irish music. The program includes the premiere of a new version of Dan Trueman and Donnacha Dennehy's powerful Grá agus Bás. Get tickets and info.  Watch a preview video:

Rafael Cortes (Piano) will give four lectures as part of a new Adult Division course at LMS this fall: Music and History in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. In October he spent six days at the Abbey of Our Lady of Clear Creek in Oklahoma (below) studying monastic life and Gregorian Chant. Rafael is also preparing for his class by talking with Medieval Jewish History professors at Yeshiva University and visiting the university’s current exhibition on the Arch of Titus, which includes Roman representations of the Menorah and Shofar being brought to Rome after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Rafael saw the arch in person while in Rome this summer doing research for his new course.

Hadassah Guttmann (Piano) performed at a Shirathon - a Cantorial Concert, with trained voices – on Oct 22 at the Flushing, Fresh Meadows Jewish Center. She also played solo selections from the new CD Intervals, with music by the composer Julie Mandel. The CD contains 24 pieces, after the 24 possible intervals; the style is a synthesis of classical and jazz.

Tardo Hammer’s (Jazz, Trio) latest trio CD, “Swinging on a Star,” has moved rapidly toward the top of the national airplay charts. He performed with his trio at Small’s Jazz Club on Sep 29. Click here to hear music from Tardo’s album.

Ken Kubota (Cello) creates pop covers with classical musicians twice a week on social media. Watch his Daft Punk Medley below or on Instagram.

Ana Milosavljevic (Violin, Suzuki) had her song for voice and guitar premiered by The Bowers-Fader Voice and Guitar Duo (Jessica Bowers, mezzo-soprano and Oren Fader, guitar), at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City on October 13, as part of the duo’s Second Annual New American Art Song Concert. Also, Ana’s new composition for toy piano and tape was premiered by pianist Danica Borisavljevic on September 27 at the New Jersey City University. Visit Ana’s web site.

Irina Nuzova (Piano) recently performed Brahms’s Piano Trio, Op.8 and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet at the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concert series in Providence with the Attacca String Quartet.

Nurit Pacht (Violin) was featured on a CD, recently released by Toccata Classics, playing music by the Russian Jewish composer Joel Engel with musicians from the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival. On another CD released by Toccata this year, Nurit perfored a concerto for violin and piano by Ernst Krenek with the English Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of her upcoming season include performances with the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia and the Newburyport Festival Orchestra in Massachusetts, with whom she will be leading and performing as a soloist.

Matthew Reichert (Suzuki Chair) lectured and coached individuals and ensembles at Bergen kulturskole Viola workshop (Bergen, Norway) from September 1-3. Also in September, he gave three recitals in Tochigi, Japan.

Clay Zambo (Theater) has just finished music-directing the New England premiere of the Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz Hunchback of Notre Dame and is currently in rehearsal for the Maury Yeston/Arthur Kopit Phantom (Nov 22-Dec 10), both in Bridgeport, CT.

Jude Ziliak (Violin, Chamber Music) was named the 2018 recipient of the Jeffrey Thomas Award from the American Bach Soloists (ABS) in September. This annual award recognizes "extraordinary promise and accomplishment" in the field of early music. Shortly after the announcement, he performed as a soloist with ABS in Vivaldi's Concerto in D major for Violin and Two Orchestras. He will also serve as concertmaster for the forthcoming ABS recording of Bach's Orchestral Suites.

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