Dave Coyne, a signed language instructor and a doctoral student studying Urban Education Leadership at UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) was approached by one of his former sign language students with an idea to share his love of the arts. A friend of the student wanted to invite her family, including her hard of hearing brother, to campus to see CCM’s production of RENT. Coyne wanted to help and set the idea into motion.
Congratulations to Josh Halpern, who won top honors at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior String Competition.
Halpern, 17, is a junior at Oakwood High School. He is principal cellist of the Starling Chamber Orchestra, part of CCM’s pre-college program for advanced strings students. At Starling, Halpern is also a member of The Polaris String Quartet, which performed in Salzburg, Austria last month and will compete in the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana this month.
Earlier this month, a string quartet of teenagers from Cincinnati’s Starling Program (Jenny Lee and Billy Fang, violins; Demi Fang, viola; Josh Halpern, cello; and 13-year old violin virtuoso Isabella Geis) traveled to Salzburg, Austria. They played a concert at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg on April 10 with young pianists from Salzburg: 11 year old Marie Decker, and adjunct faculty member Johannes Wilhelm. The program included a piano concerto by Haydn, virtuoso works for violin and for piano, Dvorak’s American String Quartet, as well as Dvorak’s entire piano quintet. The identical program had been performed on March 7 in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.
CCM’s Starling Program and the Leopold Mozart Academy of the University Mozarteum plan to continue this transatlantic collaboration of their young artists.
Doctoral candidate in piano performance Albert Mühlböck continues CCM’s 2010-11 Steinway Hall Series of Concerts on Thursday, April 21. His program will include Mozart’s Fantasy in C Minor K. 475 and Liszt’s Réminiscences de Don Juan de Mozart, among others. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th Street in New York City. The CCM Steinway Hall Series is open to the general public, but seating is limited. Learn more about Mühlböck and the program for this concert after the jump.