UW News

December 4, 2008

School of Music presents student works, women’s vocal jazz, organ music and guest cellist Julian Schwarz

Student compositions, a holiday organ recital, women’s vocal jazz and cellist Julian Schwarz are among performances offered by the School of Music in coming days.

Music students Michelle McKenzie, Joseph Schultz, Richard Johnson and Doug Niemela will present original compositions in the Composers Workshop at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Brechemin Auditorium. Selections include songs for piano and violin, mixed choir and even a work for “viola and live computer,” press notes state. Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door.

The UW Women’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dave Cross, will perform works by well-known composers in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Brechemin Auditorium. All tickets are $5.

Julian Schwarz, talented son of Seattle Symphony Orchestra Music Conductor Gerard Schwarz, will perform on cello with doctoral student Rie Ando on piano in the next installment of Barry Lieberman and Friends, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $10, cash or check at the door.

Schwarz made his debut as soloist with the Seattle Symphony at age 11 and has won many competitions and awards since then. This autumn marked his appointment as assistant conductor of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra. Julian attends the Lakeside School and the Academy of Music Northwest, and was a semi-finalist in the recent prestigious Naumberg competition.

The Littlefield Organ Series will continue with Dana Robinson, assistant professor of organ at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Robinson will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Kane Hall’s Walker-Ames Room. Tickets are $10.

A native of Boston, Robinson has performed on some of the most significant modern and historic organs in the United States, and has presented recitals, master classes, and lectures for several societies and musical organizations. His performances are frequently featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams.

An active church musician, Robinson has served as organist and choir master of Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, and as organist and director of music for the Center of Faith and Life at Luther College. He is presently the organist of Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign.

The Littlefield Organ Series is organized by School of Music Professor Carole Terry and features notable visiting artists, faculty and students performing on the UW’s Littlefield Organ.

For more information on these events, call 206-685-8384 or visit online at www.music.washington.edu