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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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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A Chat with Simon Carrington

By Janet Reynolds If you want a musical sampler of choral music, you won’t want to miss the Norfolk  Choral Festival, a concert of music from the Renaissance to the 21st century performed Saturday, August 20. Conducted in part by the acclaimed choral director  Simon Carrington, who leads the Festival’s week-long choral workshop, the concert will […]

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New Music Workshop:
A Chat With Martin Bresnick

By Janet Reynolds Composer/conductor Martin Bresnick is a master of the new. As the longtime director of the festival’s New Music Workshop, Bresnick loves helping burgeoning composers and young musicians bring to life the notes on their pages. And Norfolk, a festival steeped in history but forward-looking in its commitment to contemporary music, is the […]

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Claude Frank, Pianist
Admired for Performing Beethoven, Dies at 89

New York Times  By Anthony Tommasini The American pianist Claude Frank, widely admired for his insightful, sensitive performances of the solo and chamber works of the Germanic masters, and an influential teacher to generations of pianists, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan, three days after turning 89. The cause was complications of dementia, […]

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Jasper Quartet Receives
2014 Chamber Music America Grant

The Jasper Spring Quartet (Nofolk ’07-’09) was awarded a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America. The Quartet, together with The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Northwest, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Classic Chamber Concerts and Wigmore Hall is commissioning Aaron Jay Kernis’ Third String Quartet.

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Alexander String Quartet Joins the
Norfolk Faculty During Summer 2015

The Alexander String Quartet will join the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival faculty during the 2015 summer season. Now is it’s 33rd year, the Quartet (Zakarias Grafilo, violin – Frederick Lifsitz, violin – Paul Yarbrough, viola – Sandy Wilson, cello) has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s […]

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