CCM’s Promethean Saxophone Quartet Competes in Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition Finals This Weekend

Comprised of CCM graduate saxophone students, the Promethean Saxophone Quartet competes in the Coleman Chamber Music Ensemble Competition Finals on April 27, 2013.

Comprised of CCM graduate saxophone students, the Promethean Saxophone Quartet competes in the Coleman Chamber Music Ensemble Competition Finals on April 27, 2013.

We are excited to share that CCM’s own Promethean Saxophone Quartet will compete in the finals of the 67th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in Pasadena, California!

The competition will take place this Saturday, April 27, in the Ramo Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology, and winners will be presented in a public concert the following day.

The Promethean Quartet is comprised of CCM graduate saxophone students:

  • Alex Magg, soprano saxophone
  • Jeremy Castañeda, alto saxophone
  • Om Srivistava, tenor saxophone
  • Ryan Van Scoyk, baritone saxophone
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CCM Winds Present ‘The Genius of Grainger’

CCM Wind Orchestra music director and conductor Glenn D. Price.

CCM Wind Orchestra music director and conductor Glenn D. Price.

CCM’s Wind Orchestra will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the wind masterwork Lincolnshire Posy by renowned composer Percy Grainger with the concert “The Genius of Grainger” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Glenn D. Price.

Grainger was one of the most celebrated concert pianists of his day and a revolutionary composer whose contributions have been recently reassessed and featured in a major recording project of his complete works. Especially beloved by wind aficionados, he has composed light and serious works to the medium in equal measure, enriching the core repertoire for wind groups around the world. Also featured in the program are Colonial Song and Gumsucker’s March, both works by Grainger.

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CCM Presents Piano Celebration and Festival This Week

CCM's Annual Pianopalooza Extravaganza Returns April 15, 2012.

CCM's annual Pianopalooza extravaganza returns April 15, 2012.

CCM will present its annual celebration of the art of the piano with Pianopalooza VII at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, in Corbett Auditorium. This year’s event will be preceded by the third annual Bearcat Piano Festival, which will present master classes and recitals from April 12–14 in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

This year, Pianopalooza welcomes guest of honor Frank Weinstock back to the CCM stage. A dedicated member of the faculty for 30 years, Weinstock served as Professor of Piano and also held key administrative appointments during his tenure, providing leadership as Interim Dean of CCM from January 2010 through August 2011. Recently retired, Weinstock will be playing Franz Shubert’s Impromptus as part of Pianopalooza VII’s program.

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CCM Wind Symphony Concert Celebrates Achievements of Retiring Director of Wind Studies

Rodney Winther with CCM Interim Dean Frank Weinstock.

Rodney Winther with CCM Interim Dean Frank Weinstock.

CCM director of Wind Studies Rodney Winther conducts his final CCM Wind Symphony concert on June 4 at 8 p.m. in Corbett Auditoriumin CCM Village, before retiring after 14 years with CCM.

This concert is also part of the first CCM Wind Studies Alumni Weekend, in which alumni have been invited to sit in on rehearsals, attend concerts and even perform in the final Wind Symphony concert. In addition to the Wind Symphony concert, the weekend will include performances by the Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble along with a post-concert reception. You can view a full schedule for the weekend here.

Titled “CCM Alumni Concert – A New Beginning,” the June 4 Wind Symphony concert will celebrate Winther’s career and the next chapter for the Wind Studies Department.

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Chamber Players’ Conductor Rodney Winther Makes His Last Bow with the Ensemble

Rodney Winther (far right) and the CCM Chamber Players.

CCM’s Director of Wind Studies Rodney Winther makes his final appearance as conductor of the Chamber Players this weekend, in a concert featuring the music of Mozart and Schwantner. Winther’s tenure comes to a close as he retires at the end of this academic year, finishing 13 years as Director of Wind Studies and Professor of Music at CCM. He is also responsible for the Chamber Winds and CCM Wind Symphony: his final concert with this ensemble is later this month. Read more about Rodney here.

We thank Rodney Winther for his years of dedication to CCM, and invite you  to join us in celebrating him during his final concerts here!

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