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Doctoral Recital: James Waldo, cello

James Waldo is a first-year DMA student and University Graduate Fellow under the supervision of Professor Uri Vardi. In partial fulfillment of his degree requirements, Mr. Waldo will present a program of sonatas and other works for cello/piano duo with his wife and long-time collaborator, pianist Alyona Aksyonova. The program will feature the Cello Sonata FP 143 (1948) by Francis Poulenc, the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915), the Ballade for Cello and Piano Op. 15 by Sergei Prokofiev (1912) and “Pohádka” (1924) by Leoš Janáček. Mr. Waldo and Ms. Aksyonova perform professionally as the ensemble “A.W.Duo” and have concertized across the United States and in China.

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DMA Recital: Leah Kang, piano

Leah Kang is a third year DMA candidate in piano performance studying with Christopher Taylor. She will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major, K.488.

With pianist Michael Messer.

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Doctoral Recital: Anna Siampani, piano

Anna Siampani is a second year DMA student in piano performance and pedagogy, studying with Prof. Jessica Johnson. Anna will present a solo recital focusing on German music, featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms.

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Masters Recital: Sarah Kendall, voice

Sarah Kendall is a soprano second year master’s student studying voice with Professor Paul Rowe. She will perform a selection of vocal pieces from the 19th century; a new, commissioned composition; and opera repertoire.
With Sarah Williams (piano), Robert Fleitz (piano, cello).

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Student Recital: Christian Bonner, clarinet

Christian Bonner, a 2nd year BME clarinet student in his first year studying with Professor Alicia Lee will perform an undergraduate degree recital consisting of the following works: Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette by Jenni Brandon, Rhapsody for Clarinet by Wilson Osborne, Sonata Op. 120, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, and Klarinettenkonzert Op. 36 by Franz Krommer. He will be joined by DMA student Shuk-Ki Wong on the piano.

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Student Recital: Micah Cheng, cello

Micah Cheng, a student of cellist Uri Vardi, is a fourth year undergraduate pursuing a double major in cello performance and material science & engineering. On this program, he will perform Beethoven’s 7 Variations on a Theme from the Magic Flute, Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major, and Chopin’s Introduction et Polonaise brillante. His accompanist will be Thomas Kasdorf.

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Student Recital: Benjamin Bauer, cello

Benjamin Bauer is a junior pursuing a degree in cello performance, studying with Uri Vardi. He is an alumnus of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is in the cello section for the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra.

With Sarah Williams, piano.

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Master’s recital: Wade Troyer, piano

Wade Troyer is a first-year master’s piano student who studies with Christopher Taylor. In his chamber recital, he will perform Brahms’s Cello Sonata in E Minor, Schubert’s F Minor Fantasy for piano four-hands, and an assortment of songs by Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré.

With Jun-Hee, piano; Daniel Lucas, cello; Wesley Dunnagan, voice.

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Doctoral Recital: Zachary Pulse, oboe

Zachary Pulse is a first-year DMA oboist at UW-Madison studying with Aaron Hill. For the first recital of his degree, he plan to perform an all electro-acoustic solo set, making use of his experiences with the new Electro-Acoustic Research Space (EARS) on campus. In addition to premiering a new work by oboist Rachel van Amburgh, he will perform works by Jason Charney, Melinda Maxwell, and Heinz Holliger.

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Senior Recital: Alex Valois, percussion

Alex Valois is a senior music performance and computer engineering major studying with Anthony DiSanza. This recital will feature “My Lady White” by David Maslanka, “Purple Ritual” by Alin Gherman, “Symplegades” by Leander Kaiser, a self-composed concerto for frame drums and percussion ensemble, and the Sixth Cello Suite by J.S. Bach on marimba.

With percussion collaborators Rebecca Compton-Allen, Robert Rockman, and Dan Brickner.

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Student recital: Talia Engstrom, voice

Talia Engstrom is in her junior year, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance under the direction of Prof. Mimmi Fulmer. On this recital, Talia’s solo repertoire will consist of Scandinavian art song, featuring composers such as Edward Grieg and Hugo Alfvén. In collaboration with Elisheva Pront, she will sing duets by Mozart, Rossini, and Shostakovich.With Thomas Kasdorf, piano.

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Student Recital: Rachael Stein, trumpet

Rachael Stein is a music education major studying trumpet with Alex Noppe. She will perform works by Francaix, Arutunian, and more,  accompanied by Vincent Fuh on piano.

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Senior recital: Ranveer Vasdev, bassoon

Ranveer Vasdev is an undergraduate bassoonist studying music and neurobiology with plans of attending medical school in the fall of 2018. His undergraduate recital will include a collection of French and Jazz works by Saint-Saens, Coltrane, Gershwin, Rossini, and Noel-Gallon. With Eleni Katz, bassoon.

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DMA Recital: Eric Tran, piano

Pianist-composer Eric Tran, originally from Piedmont, California, is in his first year of pursuing a doctorate of music arts in piano at UW-Madison with Christopher Taylor. Eric has appeared in music festivals such as PianoTexas, Aspen, Art of the Piano, as well as festivals in Europe.

He was a winner of the 2017 Mead Witter School of Music concerto cmpetition, performing Bach’s Concerto #4 in A Major, BWV 1055 with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra on March 18th, 2018.

Works to be performed on this recital include Schubert’s Four Impromptus Op. 90, D.899 and Chopin’s complete set of Etudes Op. 25.

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Master’s Recital: Lawren Brianna Ware, piano

Lawren Brianna Ware is a 2nd year master’s student in piano performance student, studying with Prof. Jessica Johnson. This recital will be her solo masters recital. She will be performing works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Bonds, Maslanka, L. B. Ware, and Fazil Say.

With Kyle Johnson, piano.

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Duo piano recital: Adalia Hernandez Abrego and Jiawen Zhang

Adalia Hernandez Abrego is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in piano performance, studying with Martha Fischer. Jiawen Zhang is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in piano performance, studying with Jessica Johnson. They will perform a duo recital with solo works by Beethoven and Bach as well as a Poulenc piano sonata for four hands.

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Master’s recital: Megan O’Connell, flute

Megan O’Connell is a student of Timothy Hagen. She will be performing works by CPE Bach, Dutilleux, Varese, and Prokofiev. With  Sarah Williams, piano.


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Master’s Recital: Dan Brickner, percussion

Dan Brickner is a first year master’s student in percussion performance, studying with Anthony DiSanza. He will perform Toshi Ichiyanagi’s Portrait of Forest, Keiko Abe’s Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs, Nebojsa Zivkovic’s Generally Spoken It is Nothing But Rhythm, Eckhard Kopetzki’s Festival Songs, Tomer Yariv’s Gyro, and his own original composition titled Getting Graphic, for snare drum and percussion duo. Dan will be joined by fellow percussionists Cole Nasman and Rebecca Compton-Allen.

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Master’s Recital: Sarah Williams, piano

Sarah Williams is a first year masters student studying collaborative piano with Professor Martha Fischer. She will perform Copland’s Sonata for Violin and Piano with Lydia Metzger, Prokofiev’s Sonata for Flute and Piano in D major, and Dutilleux’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano with Megan O’Connell.

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Senior Recital: Aaron Gochberg, percussion

Aaron Gochberg will perform works by Ben Wahlund, David Lang, William Duckworth, Iannis Xenakis and David Lang, including Lang’s “Cheating, Lying, Stealing.”

Aaron will soon complete an undergraduate degree in music performance with Anthony Di Sanza. He will be joined by friends and collaborators, Cole Nasman (percussion), Lana Hantzsch (piano), Teddy Williams (percussion), Rosie Hess (clarinet), Kyle Price (cello).

Aaron is also a winner of the 2018 concerto competition. He will perform with the UW-Symphony on March 18. See details here.