Today we completed the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class at the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest. It was a rewarding and intense five days with about 25 flutists. At the closing concert, I conducted the flute ensemble of the entire group in works by Grieg and Khachaturian, five participants chosen by their peers performed solos, and flutists performed in quartets and a quintet.
With Jeffrey Khaner, my former teacher at Curtis and wonderful friend.
Leading class on breathing techniques
Performing with Jeremy Gill at my presentation/performance on Debussy
At the end of a full and fun day of teaching at the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class at Curtis Summerfest, I gave a private lesson to flutist Lindsey Wong from Cincinnati. She is a very talented 13 year-old who is auditing the class. Afterwards, she told me she really likes the Debussy, so I asked her to join me for today’s Syrinx. Lindsey was looking at the score while I played, and joined in for some of it, her first reading of the piece.
This evening I gave a talk with performance on Debussy at the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class at Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest. I discussed the contexts for Debussy’s revolutionary music – historical, literary, and in the visual arts.
Jeremy Gill joined me on piano for samples by Debussy and contemporaries including Chaminade, along with today’s composers reflecting on Debussy: Kai-Young Chan and Viet Cuong. As an encore, we played a movement of Jeremy’s flute and piano work, Parabasis, which he wrote for me. Jeremy also analyzed Wagner’s “Tristan Chord” and linked it with Debussy’s music.
Today, I filmed Syrinx in a practice room at Lenfest Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest, where I am teaching at the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class. Looking at it, I thought of Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau from Images for piano. I will call this one Reflets dans le piano!
Delighted to be teaching at Curtis Summerfest. It is a great pleasure playing in Gould Rehearsal Hall’s lovely acoustics. I played Syrinx between activities when nobody was in the hall. I am excited to teach at the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Class, which starts tomorrow. It is an honor to work with my former teacher, and good friend, Jeff Khaner.
Violinist Eileen Kosasih from Calgary, who participated in Curtis Summerfest’s Chamber Music for Adult Musicians, and violist Ren Martin-Doike, a Curtis student who was a Curtis Artist Teacher at the program, brought their talents and imagination to Syrinx. We continued into a fun free improvisation.
I am having the most exciting and rewarding time as program director and faculty of the Chamber Music for Adult Musicians program at Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest. Participants from as far away as Taiwan, Calgary, and throughout the United States have come to Philadelphia for four days of intensive chamber music coachings, masterclasses, and other sessions. I am inspired by their talent, dedication, and passion for music and thrilled to be coaching alongside fellow program director Marc Johnson, cellist, and faculty Amy Yang, piano and a group of terrific Curtis Artist Teachers.
This evening we enjoyed a reception on the rooftop terrace at Curtis’s Lenfest Hall after a day filled with music. I played Syrinx for a group of faculty, staff, and participants – old friends and new.
With Curtis Artist Teacher violist Ren Martin-Doike, flutist Stella Chang, and violinist Eileen Kosasih
My friend Barbara Cohen joined me for Syrinx during a quiet moment during Curtis Summerfest’s Chamber Music for Adult Musicians program, in which she is participating. I am having a marvelous time coaching and getting to know the wonderful people enrolled in the program. The participants have come for four days of intensive chamber music coachings, masterclasses, and other sessions from as far away as Taiwan, Calgary, and throughout the United States. I am inspired to be working with my fellow program director Marc Johnson, cellist, Amy Yang, pianist, the talented Curtis Artist Teachers, and all the passionate and thoughtful musicians in the program.