Guest Artist Series

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2018-2019 Season

Craig Morris, trumpet and Rebecca Wilt, piano

Friday, October 5 | 7:30pm 

Susan Ellinger, piano

Saturday, November 10 | 7:30pm
Love Recital Hall

Praised for her “refined, poised and singular” vision, pianist Susan Ellinger has performed extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician, presenting recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Caramoor Music Center, Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, Tanglewood Music Festival, the Taos School of Music and many more. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Peabody Conservatory Orchestra, in regular concerts with The Chelsea Chamber Players in New York City, and as a featured soloist in a series of concerts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra with conductor Marin Alsop. Susan Ellinger has won top prizes both as a soloist and chamber musician at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music and  at age 13 was awarded the National Baldwin Junior Keyboard Achievement Award presenting solo recitals in Washington DC for the Music Teachers Association of America.

Project Trio

Thursday, December 6 | 7:30pm
Love Recital Hall

SPONSORED BY KAREN COMBS

Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, Project Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, Project Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment.

Gramophone Magazine singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,” while The Wall Street Journal hailed the Trio for their “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.”

The Trio was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has over 85 million views and 100,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the internet.

Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio is breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as “packed with musicianship, joy and surprise” and “exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.”

Kevin Brunkhorst, guitar

with Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Chords / Final Concert for CMU Jazz Festival

Monday, May 6 | 7:30pm
Robinson Theatre

Kevin Brunkhorst is an American-born guitarist who splits his time between the Midwest and his job as Chair of the Music Department at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. His first memories of music included seeing the Beatles play ‘Hey Jude', which was aired on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1968. He received his first guitar for his tenth Christmas. Later, his musical diet expanded to include jazz. He attended the University of North Texas (and took two degrees). In between those, he spent several years in the “music industry”. There have been many other physical, mental, and spiritual adventures as well.