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Superstar violinist Mark O’Connor and his accomplished wife, violinist Maggie O’Connor, began an Artist Residency at Omaha Conservatory of Music in January 2020. This marked the first time the O’Connors have led trainings in the region. The O’Connor Artist Residency included a teacher training, student workshops and a delightful evening concert featuring Mark, Maggie and Conservatory students. Thank you to all that participated!
Markus Groh coached some of our top piano students in this interactive master class! Consistently cited for his “sound imagination” and astonishing power, Groh has confirmed his place among the finest pianists in the world today. Most recently, Mr. Groh has made stunning debuts with both the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. (Brahms Concerto No. 1 in D Minor) and the Cleveland Orchestra (Brahms Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat). In the words of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Groh proved exceptionally well-suited to the giant task of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2… Not for a second did Groh lose his cool. Instead, he devoured the piece with sparing gestures and the apparent ease of a complete virtuoso."
As a part of their weekend residency here at Omaha Conservatory of Music, renowned violinist Vicky Lee & pianist Mika Sasaki each held separate master classes for students presented as a part of our Inside the Mind of the Artist series.
The Concordia Trio will work with Omaha Conservatory of Music chamber music students in a Chamber Ensemble Master Class. This master class will be open to the public for observation for free. Join us!
Members of the trio are Marcia Liebenow, Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and professor of Violin, Viola, and Chamber Music at Bradley University; Leslie Perna, Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the University of Missouri-Columbia, violist of the Esterhazy Quartet, Director of the Missouri String Project, and a founding member of the Concordia String Trio; and Karen Becker, Professor of Cello in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Join Jamie Reimer, soprano and Stacie Haneline, piano in a lively interactive voice master class focusing on the subject of "perfect partnerships”. Jamie Reimer, a Nebraska-based soprano, and Stacie Haneline, versatile pianist, are a collaboration not to be missed. Haneline and Reimer performed at the African American Arts Song Alliance featuring Robert Owens’ 4 Sonnets to Duse, and most recently, the duo has developed cutting-edge research on collaborative partnerships between singers and pianists, presenting their findings at conferences in Stockholm, Sweden and in Reykjavik, Iceland. Free! Join us!
Amernet String Quartet provided technique workshops and a chamber music master class as part of their residency here in Omaha. These workshops and classes were open to all students at Omaha Conservatory of Music.
Members of the String Quartet also provided private lesson time for interested Omaha Conservatory of Music students. Private Lessons were offered by members of the quartet following the technique workshops and chamber music masterclass.
Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as one of the most vibrant, engaging and charismatic violinists of her generation. Gold Medalist of the 2014 Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of the Indianapolis, Jinjoo made her first appearance on the international music scene when she garnered the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition at age 17. Times Argus of Montreal proclaimed her performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto as possessing “an undeniable charisma and depth…with an intense lyricism and heartfelt tenderness that sent shivers up the spine.”
OCM was lucky to have this outstanding artist in an electrifying violin recital featuring the music of Britten, Sheng, Chausson, and Fauré. The next morning - six young musicians, selected through an audition process from across the community, participated as performers at the Master Class with Ms. Cho. See more photos here!
Consistently cited for his “sound imagination” and astonishing power, Markus Groh has confirmed his place among the finest pianists in the world today. Most recently, Mr. Groh has made stunning debuts with both the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. (Brahms Concerto No. 1 in D Minor) and the Cleveland Orchestra (Brahms Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat). In the words of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Groh proved exceptionally well-suited to the giant task of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2… Not for a second did Groh lose his cool. Instead, he devoured the piece with sparing gestures and the apparent ease of a complete virtuoso.“
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This Master Class is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Gordon H. Mundell in loving memory of Elvira E. García.
Soprano Shelby VanNordstrand has appeared as a soloist with a wide range of ensembles and companies; including Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Simon Estes Young Artist Program, and the Omaha Chamber Music Society.
Past operatic engagements include Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music (Castleton Festival), Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Omaha), Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Omaha), Paquette in Candide (Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), Sally in Herman the Horse(Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), and Cunegonde in Candide (Michigan State Opera Theatre).
Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator, and programmer.
In a multifaceted 2015-16 season, Roman will premiere his own Cello Concerto with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and subsequently perform it with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. In April 2016, he begins a residency with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as part of which he will perform the Mason Bates Cello Concerto. Roman premiered this work with Seattle Symphony in 2014, and will perform it with various orchestras throughout the 2015-16 season. He will pursue his artistic vision both as Artistic Director of TownMusic at Town Hall Seattle and as Artistic Advisor of Seattle’s Second Inversion. His plans for TownMusic include a presentation of his own song cycle, … we do it to one another, based on Tracy K. Smith’s book of poems “Life on Mars,” with soprano Jessica Rivera. He also continues to perform classics of the repertoire, and in February makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra playing Dvorák’s beloved Cello Concerto.
Many thanks to the Omaha Symphony for partnering on this event, which is sponsored by Margot Wickman-Bennett & Ed Bennett as part of our Inside the Mind of the Artist series, made possible by Omaha Steaks.
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