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¡OLÉ! in Georgetown

May 29,


June 1, 2014


Georgetown Festival
of the Arts

P.O. Box 846
Georgetown, TX 78627

Tel 512.639.0433

E-mail info@gtownfestival.org

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Welcome to the 2014 Festival of the Arts

¡OLÉ! in Georgetown

May 29 - June 1, 2014

The Music of Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Enríque Granados

Performers and Lecturers

Virginia Dupuy

Virginia Dupuy, mezzo soprano, is an alumna of Southwestern University. Her career in vocal performance and recording has included a Grammy nomination for a recent CD. A respected scholar regarding settings of Emily Dickinson texts, she has recorded a CD, Dwell in Possibility: Emily Dickinson in Song. She is professor of music at Southern Methodist University. She has been a performer in and supporter of the Georgetown Festival of the Arts from its inception in 2005.

Dale Dietert

Dale Dietert is a pianist, voice teacher and coach who has served on the faculties of the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England), the International Institute of Vocal Arts (Tel Aviv, Israel) and the Sommerakademie Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria). Mr. Dietert holds a BM degree in music literature and a MM in piano performance from the University of Texas. He has been on the vocal faculties of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Texas State University, and is currently on the faculty of Southern Methodist University.


SoloDuo, guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli , have performed throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and Latin America and have been acclaimed as one of the best ensembles ever heard. They are well represented on CDs, their most recent "Metamorphoses" featuring transcriptions for guitar some of which will be heard during the Festival.

Matteo Mela studied musicology at the University of Cremona where he worked with GiovanniPuddu, Angelo Gilardino and David Russell. Between 1991 and 1998 as a member of the Mela-Bandini Duo, he won first prizes in several prestigious chamber music competitions. A teacher at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland, he records regularly for the labes Naxos Mel Bay and Stradivarius.

Lorenzo Micheli, theorboist and guitarist, has played in more than 500 concerts in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. As a researcher and scholar, he has written articles and contributions for a number of music journals, including Il Fronimo and Guitar Forum. With many CD recordings to his credit, he is professor of guitar at tne Conservatory of Aosta, Italy and the CSI in Lugano, Switzerland.

Matteo Mela

Carol A. Hess has published books and articles on the music of Spain and the Americas. Her work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spanish ministry of Culture and the New York Public Library. She is the author of Manuel de Falla and Modernism in Spain, Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla and Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan. She is presently on the faculty of the University of California at Davis.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts, piano, is known internationally as an interpreter of French piano music. He has made frequent appearances at London's Wigmore Hall and has recorded for the BBC. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music, where he is a professor of piano. He also teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music and is director of Music at Ambialet, the international piano summer school in France

Rebecca Ansel

Rebecca Ansel, violin, earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University and her Master and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. She has held teaching positions at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Ithaca college and the University of Oklahoma. She is currently adjunct Artit in Residence at Temple University.

Toby Blumenthal

Toby Blumenthal, pianio, has appeared as soloist with many ensembles, including the Chicago and Houston Symphony Orchestras. She is director of CHAMPS (Chamber Music for Public Schools) for Salon Concerts in Austin and Artistic Director and pianist for the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series. She has studied with Leonard Shure at the University of Texas and with Rudolph Serkin at the Marlboro Chamber Music Institute in Vermont.

Hai Zheng

Hai Zheng, cello, is Artist in Residence at Southwestern University. She has appeared in recital at the Shanghai Conservatory and New York City's Steinway Hall, in master classes and recitals at GuangZhou and Macau Conservatories, and at a special invitation concert for the Hong Kong Asia Society, among many others.

Eduard Laurel

Eduard Laurel, piano, studied at the University of Texas at Austin with the noted pianist David Garvey and was a protégé of Gerard Souzay. He also studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Solomon Mikowsky and Fiorella Canin. He has concertized extensively with artists such as Boris Belkin, Christine Walevska, and especially with the renowned Canadian violinist, James Ehnes. Mr. Laurel is currently on staff at New York University.

Lynn Parr Mock

Lynn Parr Mock, soprano, holds the BME degree from Southwestern University, where she studied with Virginia Dupuy, and the MM degree from the Univerity of Texas at Austin. She balances performing commitments with service on the boards of many fine arts organizations and is a co-founder of Lone Spring Arts.

Bruce Cain

Bruce Cain, baritone, is Associate Professor of Music and director of the Opera Theatre at Southwestern University. He earned his BM degree from McMurry University, his MM from Indiana University, and his doctorate from Northwestern University. He has performed in operas and concerts throughout the United States and Europe. He is conductor of the San Gabriel Chorale.

A'lante Flamenco Dance Ensemble

A'lante Flamenco Dance Ensemble is a flamenco company based out of Austin, Texas. Directed and choreographed by Olivia Chacón, A'lante Dance was formed in 2011 with the object of presenting flamenco to Texas and regional audiences. A'lante (which means "forward" or "ahead") presents both traditional flamenco work and dance with a more modern aesthetic. Artistic director, choreographer and dancer Olivia Chacón has studied flamenco performance in Seville and Madrid and has toured throughout Spain and Mexico with the Cristóbal Reyes Compañia de Flamenco.

Stefan Sanders

Stefan Sanders, conductor, is the Music Director and Conductor for the Round Rock Symphony. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School and a Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Kenneth Sheppard

Kenneth Sheppard, conductor, is a professor in the Department of Music at Southwestern University and conductor of the University Chorale. Since 1988 he has trained active choral conductors through the Conductor's Institute, providing instruction and experience in conducting a chorus with orchestra. He has led the Festival Chorus and Orchestra for all of the previous nine Georgetown Festivals of the Arts..

Kenneth Sheppard

Don McManus, organ, is Music Director of Georgetown's Grace Episcopal Church. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Baylor University and a PhD degree from the University of Texas. Don is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists and he has also been much involved with the Texas Society for Music Theory and the Diocesan Music Commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

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