New Music at Kent State presents Crumb KaleidoscopePosted Feb. 6, 2014
The next concert in the Montage Guest Artist Series, presented by Kent State University New Music, will be Crumb Kaleidoscope. This unique and fascinating concert will consist of a montage of many different types of music unified by works written by the Pulitzer Prize winning American composer George Crumb. Guest performers will be flutist Kathryn Thomas Umble, pianists Caroline Oltmanns and James Wilding, and percussionists Bryan Teeters and Cameron Weichman. The concert will be held at 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 9 in the Carl F. W. Ludwig Recital Hall on the Kent State University campus. Admission to all concerts in the Montage Guest Artist Series is free.
Three motives, one concert. Imagine a piano duo playing the music of George Crumb, becoming fascinated by his melodies, and hearing in them melodies by other composers and other musical cultures. They play these other melodies too, a flute hints plaintively at the connections, and the whole is accompanied gently by percussion. We’ve extracted three motives from Crumbs creations, and used them to build an entire concert program, using pieces that on the one hand are connected together, on the other hand could barely be more contrasting. The spectrum ranges from the Baroque chorale to the music of Casablanca, from Crumb’s ethereal sounds to traditional Chinese music. And the instrumentation suggests an unconventional multidimensionality: besides the piano are timpani, bells, Chinese gongs, a thunder sheet, a gramophone, and much more. Incredible what one can make from three motives...
Kathryn Thomas Umble is Assistant Professor of flute at Youngstown State University. She has served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and Grove City College. Dr. Umble holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, and Michigan State University. She was awarded the Prix d'excellence for Outstanding Musicianship from the Fontainebleau School of Music, France, which she attended on full scholarship. In addition to performing as principal flute of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Umble holds the piccolo position with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and has performed principal flute with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She has presented recitals in Europe and throughout the United States, including venues such as Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space, New York, and the Milhaud Society at the Cleveland Institute of Music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Pianist Caroline Oltmanns has performed extensively in Germany, France, Switzerland, South Africa and the United States. Reviews rave about her “focused and heartfelt emotion” (L’Alsace, France) and her “mature creativity” (Fürther Zeitung, Germany). Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television stations in the US, South Africa and Germany. In addition to a wide variety of piano solo and concerto repertoire, she frequently performs and premieres works by contemporary composers. She is a Fulbright Scholar and International Steinway Artist. A native of Germany, she earned her Diploma at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg and her Master's and Doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her musical mentors were John Perry, Robert Levin, Vitaly Margulis and Malcolm Frager. She is Professor of Piano at Youngstown State University.
South African composer-pianist James Wilding earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Music degree from Youngstown State University, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University. Wilding’s works have been performed in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Senegal, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Britain, Canada, and the USA, and published by The American Composer’s Alliance, Clear Note Publications, the Foundation for the Creative Arts and the University of South Africa. He performs regularly as a piano soloist and chamber musician. He lectures in composition and theory at the University of Akron.
Bryan P. Teeters is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania (2010), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in percussion. In addition to being the assistant marching band director at Struthers High School, Bryan is currently a candidate for the master’s degree in percussion performance at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University of Ohio, where he teaches Percussion Methods class, and is the assistant director of the percussion ensemble.
Cameron Weichman is a junior at the University of Akron. He plays in the steel drum band and is pursuing the percussion performance degree.