Guest Artists

Guest Artists

Canadian Brass – Guest Artist, April 22, 2005

The five virtuosi of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet – now in its 34th season – consists of Joe Burgstaller, trumptet; Stuart Laughton, trumpet; Jeff Nelsen, French Horn; Gene Watts, trombone; and Chuck Daellenbach on tuba.

The group has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the brillance and musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass’ trademark. Hear them perform serious and comedic works with the UMW Orchestra.

Their more than 50 recordings to date include works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Gabrieli, Pachelbel, Beethoven, and Wagner – all in meticulously crafted transcriptions that are setting new musical traditions in brass performance. They are especially drawn to the works of J.S. Bach.

Millions of televion viewers have seen the Canadian Brass on such shows as The Tonight Show, Today, and Entertainment Tonight. They have appeared as guest artists on Evening at Pops with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sill’s Music Around the World, and numberous PBS specials. The quintet has also created eight videos that have gained an international audience and have just released a DVD that captures the group in performance over three decades entitled “Three Nights with Canadian Brass.”

Lynne Mackey – Soloist, October 22, 2004

Lynne Mackey has performed in solo and chamber music settings in the United States and the Netherlands, and she is currently on the Tour Roster of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. A graduate of The Juilliard School with a Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, she also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Winner of both the Wm. C. Byrd and the Grands Rapids competitions, she has appeared with the Gran Rapids Symphony and the Flint Symphony in Michigan. Performances this Fall included a solo appearance with the Lynchburg Symphony in September, where Ms. Mackey performed Cesar Frank’s Variations Symphoniques.

Lynne Mackey was the first performing artist to be awarded a fellowship by the Appalachian College Association. The fellowship in 1996 funded a one-year residency at the University of Virginia, for the development and performances of a concert tour designed to build new audiences for contemporary classical music.

In the field of contemporary music, Ms. Mackey has worked with several composers, including George Crumb, Samuel Adler, and Joan Tower. She has appeared at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and the Vestak Theater in Enschede, Netherlands. Her performances of new works for the piano include three New York premiers.

She also performs as a lecture-recitalist, and has presented programs for the College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association on regional and national levels. Ms. Mackey is active as an adjudicator as well as a masterclass clinician. Recent adjudications include the Bartok/Kabalevsky International Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition.

Ms. Mackey has taught on the faculty of James Madison University, Hollins University, the University of Viriginia, and Bluefield College where she served as music department chair and associate professor. Ms. Mackey currently teaches at the University of Mary Washington, and Mary Baldwin College.

Gray Snead

Gray Snead – Guest Artist, October 17, 2003

Gray Snead, born in Richmond, VA, has been performing classical guitar in the D.C. Metropolitan area for nearly a decade. He has studied with virtuosic figures of classical guitar, including Larry Snitzler, a protégé of Andres Segovia, and John Patykula, who studied extensively under the renowned Mexican guitarist Jesús Silva. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degrees from George Mason University and his Master of Music degree in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Recently, he was a guest artist with the McLean Symphony, playing Ponce’s Concierto del Sur. He has also commissioned and premiered new works for guitar, including pieces for guitar and string bass, and guitar and voice by composer Glenn Smith. He is a member of the Commonwealth Guitar Quartet that was a featured artist at last years Alexandria Guitar Festival, and that recently premiered a piece of music from composer Frank Mullen Jr. for guitar quartet and classical banjo.

He teaches guitar and string bass at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, and guitar and strings at Music Master’s in Tyson Corner, VA. Gray plays a custom guitar by Virginia luthier Thomas W. Rodriguez. He is pursuing doctoral studies at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Photo of Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch – Guest Artist, April 20, 2004

Marvin Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility. He holds the position of Principal Pops Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. (This is the first time that anyone has held such a position with the National Symphony. )

As a composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize.

Among the Broadway shows Hamlisch has composed are They’re Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl, Sweet Smell of Success and Imaginary Friends. He is the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way we were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger.

Mr. Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England as well as of the television special, “Barbra Streisand: The Concert” (for which he received two of his Emmys). He served in the same capacities for her Millennium concerts.

One of the youngest students ever admitted to The Juilliard School, Hamlisch is a graduate of both Juilliard and Queens College (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree), Hamlisch believes in the power of music to bring people together. He says: “Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can.”

Hamlisch and his wife, Terre Blair, reside in New York City.

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