Philip Morehead to conduct Mikado performances at Chicago Lyric

December 30th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 11, 2011toJanuary 21, 2011

Maestro Philip Morehead will conduct performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at Lyric Opera of Chicago, January 11-21, 2011.

A veteran of almost thirty years as pianist and conductor at the renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, Philip Morehead has extensive experience in the operatic repertory, as well as concert works, and contemporary chamber music. Morehead recently launched his new web site, designed by PerformSites (Peter McDowell and Ari Salomon).

Lyric’s new production of the Mikado stars James Morris and Stephanie Blythe and is directed by Chicago director Gary Griffin.

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Buckley to make Carnegie Hall début

December 29th, 2010 by Peter McDowell 1 comment »
January 23, 2011
1:30 pm

Congratulations to mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Buckley, who has been selected as a first place winner in the 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. She will perform at the Winners’ Recital, which will be held Sunday January 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are available at

The Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition (BAIVC) has been designed as an entrée into the world of vocal performance for those seriously interested in pursuing a professional operatic career. BAIVC is open to students from age fifteen to adults, and divided into four categories.

Elizabeth Buckley, mezzo-soprano, has been praised by critics for possessing a voice of unique warmth and clarity. She is the recipient of the Presser Foundation Award for Outstanding Musician and the Grace Wilson Excellence in Singing Award. Elizabeth is also the winner of the Gunsalus Singing Competition, the 21st Century Piano Commission Competition, and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. Recently she was selected as a semi-finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, and a finalist in the Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artist Competition. Elizabeth was also selected as a Regional Finalist in the New York Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and a finalist in the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed the roles of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Nancy in Albert Herring, Mrs. Splinters in Tender Land, Dafne in L’Euridice, Third Lady and Third Spirit in Die Zauberflöte, Iolanthe in Iolanthe, Phoebe Meryll in Yeomen of the Guard, Nettie and Julie Jordan in Carousel, Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, and Sandy in Grease. In addition, she has an extensive background in recital and oratorio repertoire with an emphasis in Baroque performance practice.

Peter McDowell Arts Consulting @ Chamber Music America National Conference

December 26th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 13, 2011toJanuary 16, 2011

“The Next Generation: Traditions and Trends,” Chamber Music America‘s 33rd Conference, takes place January 13-16 at the Westin New York in Times Square. Focusing on innovation, heritage, synergy, and change, this year’s conference “celebrates the dialogue between chamber music’s seasoned professionals and the newest generation–bringing fresh perspectives to our community while sustaining our greatest traditions.”

Conceived and moderated by Peter McDowell, the panel discussion “A New Generation of Genre-busting Ensembles” will take place on Saturday January 15th at 9am. This session is focused on classically trained musicians who break out of standard molds to create new types of genre-busting ensembles. Attendees will hear the stories of Geremy Schulick and Brett Parnell, two young classical guitarists who together form the unique and energetic Threefifty Duo (who will also perform) and also hear from Katie Scheele of Threeds, a New York City based oboe trio that has been featured at several downtown NYC music venues including Joe’s Pub, the Living Room, the Rockwood Music Hall and Pete’s Candy Store. Steven Swartz, founder of dotdotdotmusic, and Charles Letourneau (manager of Time for Three) of IMG Artists will round out the panel.

Questions will be asked such as: how do young classical musicians draw on their classical training to create something new, hip, and ultimately marketable to the “indie” crowd while staying true to their roots and integrity? What are some further examples of these new ensembles and how are audiences reacting? Can these artists present advantages to presenters by bringing audiences into classical music in a new an different way? What kind of venues work most ideally for these groups?

Later that day, Steve Hudson will present his own genre-busting Chamber Ensemble as part of the official CMA Showcases. Hudson recently released his CD Galactic Diamonds, drawing praise such as “venturesome yet affable jazz at its best” (Aural States).

Cellist Julia Maclaine and other distinguished musicians featured at Salon Series

December 26th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 6, 2011
7:00 pm

Cellist Julia MacLaine appears along with pianist Ilya Kazantsev and other distinguished musicians as part of the The Golden Key Salon Series, on Thursday January 6, 2011, Thursday at 7 pm at Faust Harrison Pianos, 207 West 58th Street, in New York City.

The series, under the artistic direction of Madeline Bruser, features new and distinguished performers as well as premiere performances and wine receptions. Concerts are held on the first Thursday of the month, October through May.

Program and players are as follows:

Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano – Aron Zelkowicz, cello, and Vanessa Fadial, piano

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz – Akimi Fukuhara, piano

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano – Julia MacLaine, cello, and Ilya Kazantsev, piano

Schubert/Liszt: Soiree de Vienne #6 – Pavel Gintov, piano

Rachmaninoff: Etude Tableau in D major – Pavel Gintov

Moskowski/Horowitz: Etincelles – Pavel Gintov

$20 general admission; $10 for students with ID

Seating is limited; reservations are required – call 646-265-7851

A Celebration of composer Patricia Morehead on WFMT

December 20th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 24, 2011
8:00 pm

Peter McDowell Arts Consulting wishes a very happy 70th birthyear to Chicago-based Canadian composer Patricia Morehead (check out her new web site, designed and developed by PerformSites – Peter McDowell and Ari Salomon). In honor of the Pat’s 2010 birthday, in Chicago will feature Pat’s music, performed by the CUBE ensemble, on January 24, 2011 at 8PM  (You can stream the broadcast online).

In other news for Ms. Morehead, her  newest composition –”Un giorno nuovo” — is a song written for soprano Natalie Mann, who will premiere it in Chicago and New York City in February, 2011 (further details to be announced shortly). The work is based on a poem written in Italian by Cathy Ann Elias, who teaches at DePaul University and who has been a finalist in several poetry competitions in Italy. “Un giorno nuovo” is a rather dark poem and Pat reflects this mood in her setting.