The Trevor Anderies Quintet will perform in the Love Recital Hall on September 8.


2016-17 Music Season opens with guests and faculty performances

The 2016-17 Music Season will open with two exciting guest artist performances as a prelude to the annual Faculty Gala and Reception.

On Friday, August 26, Tiffany Blake, DMA, of Colorado State University will perform in the Love Recital Hall. Blake is a soprano and received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Her operatic roles have included Marguerite in “Faust,” the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah,” Despina in “Cosi fan tutti,” and Mercedes in “Carmen.” She currently serves as associate professor of voice and director of the Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center at CSU. The recital will start at 7:30 pm in the MPAC Love Recital Hall. 

Then, on Thursday, September 8, the Trevor Anderies Jazz Quintet will perform in the Love Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. The quintet is a new group formed with the goal of creating a definitive group sound. The ensemble explores the lines between composition and improvisation, folk, jazz, and West African music. As a group, they aim to showcase their personal stories through music, sound and words. 

Tickets for each guest artist recital are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $5 for students.

The annual Faculty Gala and catered reception on Friday, September 23, will feature three new faculty members along with the rest of CMU’s talented music faculty.

Visiting Professor of Upper Strings and Orchestra and Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Restesan will join the CMU faculty and will perform on violin. Restesan has taught and directed string ensembles and orchestras at all levels. He has performed as a guest conductor, soloist and recitalist in more than twenty countries and distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall.

Bill Aikens, DMA, joins the faculty as instructor of oboe. A graduate of Arizona State University, the College-Conservatory of Music and Duquesne University, Aikens has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the United States.

Finally, Graham Anduri, DMA, will take on the role of director of vocal studies. Prior to teaching at CMU, Anduri earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Colorado State University, a Master of Music from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has taught voice, choir and opera at USM, William Carey University, University of Mobile and Harrower Summer Opera Workshop in Atlanta.​

The Faculty Gala will begin at 7:30 pm in the MPAC Love Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $5 for students.

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