Debussy Concert Opens Kaleidoscope Chamber Series

On Oct. 28, Westminster Conservatory’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Series will open its season with a concert honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy. The free concert will take place on Rider University's lawrence Township campus.

Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by Rider University.

Westminster Conservatory’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Series will open its season with a concert honoring 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Gill Memorial Chapel on the Lawrence Township campus of Rider University.

Admission is free. For more information call (609) 921-2663 or go to www.rider.edu/arts.

The performers will be Kevin Willois, flute; Kenneth Ellison, clarinet; Daryl Yokley, saxophone; Dezheng Ping and Hyun Soo Lim, violin; Emily Muller, viola; Carol Vizzini, 'cello; Ikumi Hiraiwa and Kate Campbell, piano; and Elaine Christy, harp.

The program comprises five works of Debussy: the Première rhapsodie for clarinet and piano, the Rhapsodie for saxophone and piano, the Sonate for 'cello and piano, the Sonate for flute viola, and harp, and the Quatuor, op. 10 for strings.

Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in contemporary and late 20th-century works. She has worked with many leading composers, including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and David Lang, and has premiered many works by emerging composers. She is the pianist for the contemporary chamber ensemble REDSHIFT, and she has also performed with members of Bang on a Can All-Stars, SIGNAL, eighth blackbird, and ACME.

Elaine Christy earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in harp from the Manhattan School of Music and has taught harp at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. She is a winner of the American Harp Society National Harp Competition and the Ruth Lorraine Close Competition Award. She was invited to perform at the World Harp Congress in Seattle/Tacoma and Geneva, Switzerland. A past member of the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress and the American Harp Society, Ms. Christy has also served as a national competition judge. She is a member of the Richardson Chamber Players and teaches harp at Princeton University.

Clarinetist Kenneth Ellison has performed with many musical organizations, including the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Riverside Sinfonia, and the Greenville Symphony, under such conductors as Andrea Quinn, John Rutter, Frederick Fennell, and Rossen Milanov, and in venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Hall, NJPAC, and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a member of the Princeton Symphony woodwind trio for the BRAVO! program, the NJ Arts Collective, and trio@play. Mr. Ellison is a candidate in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Rutgers University. He has degrees in music from Arizona State University and Furman University.

Ikumi Hiraiwa earned a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She won first place at the Westminster Piano Graduate Competition in 2006 and the UCLA Benno Rubinyi Competition in 2005. Ms. Hiraiwa performs as solo and collaborative pianist both locally and in major venues such as the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Hyun Soo Lim received a Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance at Michigan Sate University and a Master of Music at Roosevelt University. She has performed at the Mozart Festival with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and as a duo performer with oriental flute for the Western and Oriental Music Festival in Korea. Formerly she was the principal violinist of the Catholic University Orchestra and a member of Romance Orchestra, New Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Pilsen Orchestra, and En-Gedi ensemble. She has appeared as solo recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout the Midwestern United States, Korea, France and the Czech Republic.

Emily Muller earned a Bachelor of Music from the New School of Music. She was a member of the violin section of the Delaware Symphony for eight years, and is currently a member of the Princeton Symphony. Ms Muller has also performed with the Philly Pops, Concerto Soloists, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Company of Delaware, Reading Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Orchestra 2001, Kennet Square Symphony, Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, and the Riverside Symphonia. She is the string teacher and string conductor at the Waldorf School of Princeton, and she has been a string coach for the Princeton Youth Orchestra.

Violinist Dezheng Ping received a Bachelor of Arts from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. He is the former concertmaster of the China National Symphony Orchestra. In the U.S. Mr. Ping received a Master of Music from Moorhead State University and an Artist Diploma from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He has been a member of the Syracuse Symphony, the assistant concertmaster of the Augusta Symphony and the concertmaster of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony. Mr. Ping was the concertmaster of the Manalapan Battleground Symphony Orchestra and currently teaches and freelances in Central New Jersey.

'Cellist Carol Redfield Vizzini has been a teacher, soloist, and performer in the New Jersey-New York area for over 30 years. She has been principal 'cellist of the New Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea. She has performed in London, England, as a member of the Delbarton Baroque Ensemble and in Amman, Jordan, and Cairo, Egypt, with the Princeton Chamber Symphony. She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium. She has soloed with the Westminster Community Orchestra and the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra. She is an active proponent of contemporary music and has premiered several works dedicated to her.

Kevin Willois, flute, received the Bachelor of Music degree in education and performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University, where he has also completed a master’s degree. At Rutgers he served as the principal flutist of the Rutgers Orchestra and SummerFest Orchestra. Mr. Willois is the principal flutist of Chelsea Opera and the Martina Arroyo festival orchestra. He is a member of trio@play. He is involved with the Westchester Philharmonic outreach program "Visiting Artist," which brings the experience of music to children in public schools, day care centers, and various therapeutic centers. For several years he performed and recorded with rhythm and blues groups. He is a regular reed player at Actor's Net and has recorded a CD of Brazilian music with Trio Vento.

Darryl Yokley is an active jazz and classical performer, composer and educator. His undergraduate education took place at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he studied saxophone with James Houlik, chamber music with Stephen Pollock of the New Century Saxophone Quartet, and jazz studies with Mike Tomaro. Mr. Yokley continued his studies at Michigan State University with saxophonist Joseph Lulloff and jazz composition with Derrick Gardner, a former member of the Count Basie Orchestra and the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band. He currently enjoys an active freelance career in New York City, Philadelphia, and the surrounding areas, performing jazz gigs as a sideman and as a leader. He has performed with notable groups such as the Four Tops, the Temptations, and the O’Jays.



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