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2021-22 Season

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Outcalls

October 12 • 7:30pm

Vocal pop duo Outcalls has been dubbed the “electronic opera queens” of Baltimore. Led by Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish, both classically-trained musicians, Outcalls creates genre-defying pop music that counters the tired narratives pervading much of today’s popular songs. Outcalls has toured throughout the United States and internationally. They have opened for national acts such as Wolf Parade, Chicano Batman, Khruangbin, Robyn Hitchcock, Y La Bamba, San Fermin, Bent Knee, and paris_monster. Their forthcoming album is due in the fall of 2021.

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Boston Public Quartet

October 24 • 3pm

The Boston Public Quartet was created to connect, inspire and innovate as an ensemble-in-residence in Boston’s diverse neighborhoods. The BPQ is dedicated to normalizing the amplification of historically excluded voices. In addition to performing on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, The Boston Public Quartet has collaborated with Sidra Bell Dance New York, and was the inaugural ensemble in residence for the Celebrity Series of Boston’s Neighborhood Arts initiative from 2012 - 2016. Collectively they have performed with the Boston Ballet, Emmanuel Music, the Back Bay Chorale, Castle of our Skins, the Sphinx Symphony, and the Catalyst Quartet. Also, members have collaborated with musicians of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 2007 by violinist Betsy Hinkle, the Boston Public Quartet served until 2018 as a Resident Ensemble of musiConnects. The Boston Public Quartet is excited to take on new adventures in programming and performances in 2021, and is pleased to be supported by Chamber Music America in these efforts. Hinkle is joined by Pianist Joy Cline Phinney, Violist Jason Amos, and Cellist Lev Mamuya who make up the core membership of the quartet.

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Jane Boxall, percussion

November 12 • 7:30pm

Jane Boxall is an adventurous percussionist, working across diverse musical genres. Jane is actively and consistently working as a soloist, collaborator and session player. She has performed in concert halls, art galleries, cafes, castles, kindergartens, hospitals, universities, forests and festivals from Cyprus to San Francisco, India to Quebec, and Manhattan to France. She is dedicated to new music, specializing in contemporary art music on marimba and vibes, and rock and hiphop drumkit for original artists. Born in England and raised in Scotland, Jane completed her BA and MA in Contemporary Music at the University of York (UK), and her Doctorate in Percussion Performance at the University of Illinois.

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Best of the West Guest Artist: Robert Harrover, trombone

December 9 • 7:30pm

Robert Harrover received his early musical training at Stetson University and The University of North Florida and holds an undergraduate degree in trombone performance from the Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton. He has been a trombonist at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and adjunct instructor of trombone at Southeastern University. He is a frequent performer at The Walt Disney Resort as part of the Main Street Philharmonic. He performs as a freelance musician, orchestral performer, and for music theatre performances. He is also an educator and soloist teaching clinics and individual instruction throughout the US.

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Priscilla Hallberg, violin
with CMU professor emeritus Arthur Houle, piano

April 28 • 7:30pm

Priscilla Hallberg is a concert violinist and a 27-year veteran of the Boston Pops-Esplanade Orchestra. The recipient of a doctorate in violin performance from Rutgers University, Hallberg holds additional degrees from Boston University and the University of Iowa, and has studied at Juilliard and Indiana University. Dr. Hallberg has a longstanding and well-traveled teaching, performing and administrative career. Some of the schools at which she has taught include the University of Northern Iowa, Holy Cross College (MA), Murray State University (KY) and Washington State University. She has also served as Director of the Central College Community Orchestra in Pella, Iowa, the Garden City (KS) College-Community String Orchestra, and the Academy Orchestra at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory in Alberta, Canada. Hallberg is the Executive Director and Lead Teacher of the String Academy of the Southwest, which she founded in 2008 in Kansas and, in 2017, moved to the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently resides and teaches. She is now writing a memoir about her eclectic life as a musician.

Arthur Houle was Director of Keyboard Studies at Colorado Mesa University from 2006 to 2020 and is now professor emeritus. He is founder/artistic director of the International Festival for Creative Pianists, a critically acclaimed performer, and a published writer, composer, arranger, and editor. Houle was Abundant Silence’s 2015-16 Featured Composing Educator and recipient of five CMU Exemplary Faculty Awards, a 2011 Music Teachers National Association Fellow Award, and, most recently, a 2018 Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award.

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Matt Harris, piano
Western Colorado Jazz Festival

May 9 • 7:30pm

Matt Harris graduated with a B.M. from the University of Miami and a M.M. from the Eastman School of Music. He moved to Los Angeles after touring, writing, and recording with jazz legends, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. Matt is co-director of Jazz Studies at California State University Northridge, and is a current faculty member at Yellowstone and Idyllwild Arts summer jazz camps. He is currently the VP for California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ) and is a National Panelist for Young Arts based in Miami.