Pianist Ilya Poletaev On The Art Of Listening

By Janet Reynolds Pianist Ilya Poletaev is a musical triple threat, as at home on the piano keyboard as he is on that of the organ or harpsichord. He’s also a master of many musical tasks and styles. While many musicians focus on orchestral careers or perhaps that of a soloist, Poletaev literally has his […]

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Tara Helen O’Connor On Why the Flute and Why She Loves Norfolk

By Janet Reynolds For flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, her upcoming performance on Friday, July 14, at the Norfolk Festival is a homecoming.  She was a Fellow in 1989, at the beginning of her career, an experience she calls “life changing.” “The faculty was incredibly generous with their time and expertise,” she says. “We worked really […]

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Jeffrey Douma on Conducting the Human Voice

Conductor Jeffrey Douma may have grown up playing the cello, but when he was a junior in high school, he heard a really good choir and that, as they say, was that. “The first time I really heard a good choir, I realized how remarkable the sound of an a cappella choir could be,” he […]

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Martin Bresnick on The Passions of Bloom

By Janet Reynolds Editor’s note: Composer Martin Bresnick has a long history with Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. We did a profile of him last year that you can read. This year, however, marks a very special event: the premiere on June 21 of Bresnick’s Whitman, Melville and Dickinson—Passions of Bloom with the Yale Choral Artists. The oratorio, which is […]

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Meet the Director:
Melvin Chen’s Vision for the Festival

By Janet Reynolds Editor’s note: As you know, Melvin Chen is the Norfolk Festival’s new Director. As all new Directors do, Chen is mixing things up a bit and he wants to share some of the exciting things that are coming, beginning with this season’s thematic structure and additional musical opportunities. We started our “Meet […]

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Argus Quartet Named
The Juilliard School’s Graduate Quartet

The Argus Quartet (Norfolk ’16) has been named The Juilliard School’s Graduate Quartet in Residence. The Quartet will coach with the Juilliard String Quartet and teach During Juilliard’s 2017-18 academic year.

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Norfolk Composition Alumni Awarded Prizes By American Academy of Arts and Letters

On March 1st, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May.  Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy. Composer Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) is the recipient of a 2017 […]

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