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FSU Summer Music Academy to Feature Daily Concerts by Guest Artists

Jonathan Carney
Jonathan Carney
Daniel Getz
Daniel Getz
Steven Honigberg
Steven Honigberg
Joe Burgstaller
Joe Burgstaller

Daily concerts by world-class classical musicians are a highlight of the Frostburg State University Department of Music’s Summer Music Academy. The concerts, presented each day from Sunday, July 10, through Friday, July 15, will be capped off by a gala concert featuring academy students. All concerts are open to the public and will be held in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m., Jonathan Carney (violin) (Carney is replacing the originally scheduled violinist Daniel Froschauer who had an emergency cancellation.)
  • Monday, July 11, 7:30 p.m., Daniel Getz (viola)
  • Tuesday, July 12, 7:30 p.m., Chamber Concert (Shu-Ting Yao, Getz, Dr. Mark Gallagher, Steven Honigberg and Joseph Yungen)
  • Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m., Honigberg (cello)
  • Thursday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., Joe Burgstaller (trumpet)
  • Friday, July 15, 7:30 p.m., Gala Concert With Academy Students

Concertmaster Carney is in his 15th season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, after 12 seasons in the same position with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent solo performances have included concertos by Bruch, Korngold, Khatchaturian, Sibelius, Nielsen, the Brahms Double Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending,” which was featured as a live BBC broadcast from London’s Barbican Hall. He has made a number of recordings, including concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi and Nielsen; sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven and Franck; and a disc of virtuoso works of by Sarasate and Kreisler. New releases include Beethoven’s Archduke and Ghost trios, the cello quintet of Schubert and a Dvorak disc with the Terzetto and four Romantic pieces for violin. Carney currently serves as artistic director for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras.

Getz was a prizewinner on the viola in the 2011 Primrose Competition, a finalist in the National Symphony Young Soloists' Competition and a recipient of the Steven Brewster Scholarship from the Youth Fellowship program of the National Symphony Orchestra. He has performed the Walton and Stamitz viola concertos as a soloist with the National Philharmonic and the Landon Symphonette, and has frequently served as principal viola of the Juilliard Orchestra. Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2013, Getz performed as a substitute with the orchestra as well as with the New York Philharmonic. His festival appearances have included the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Kneisel Hall and the Perlman Music Program.

Yao, a solo and chamber violinist, has performed in Carnegie Hall as well as many major concert venues in Europe and Asia. Notable performances of recent seasons were the inauguration of Caroline Kennedy at the Japanese Embassy, the U.S. Secretary John Kerry’s lecture in Washington, D.C., and the National Dinner of Taiwan in Twin Oaks Estate. Currently assistant principal second violin at the National String Symphonia, Yao has also performed with the Charleston Symphony, Manhattan Symphonie, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, The Symphony of the Potomac, Baltimore Philharmonic, Bel Cantanti Opera Orchestra, Toscanini New Orchestra, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of D.C. and the Celebrated String Quartet. Yao won the first prize of the NTUE concerto competition in 2001 and the Baltimore Music Club Competition in 2009.

Clarinetist Gallagher made his New York recital debut performing with violinist Sylvia Rosenberg at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and is also a winner of the Artist International Competition in New York City. An active chamber musician and co-founder of I Venti Semplice, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China, with recent concert tours of the Netherlands and performances in Beijing and Changsha, China. He has also had solo and chamber appearances in Germany and the Czech Republic. Other performances include appearances in Washington, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as a concert tour of Sweden. Gallagher has recorded with the Albany Records label and can be heard on the Eastman “American Music” Series. In addition, he is an active teacher and clinician, lecturing on occupational health issues for musicians and the Alexander Technique. He is an associate professor and instructor of clarinet and music theory at FSU.

Cellist Honigberg joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1984. That same year he presented his New York debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall and performed Strauss’ “Don Quixote” with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall. He is a member of Gerard Schwarz's All-Star Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Society, the Phillips Camerata and VERGE ensemble. Honigberg is also the author of a book, “Leonard Rose: America’s Golden Age and Its First Cellist,” published in 2010.

Yungen, a pianist, is a solo performer, collaborative artist, new music advocate and teacher whose eclectic musical specialties and interests encompass a broad spectrum of repertoire and styles. Past achievements include winning the Ann Fehn pianist’s First Prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition and winning First Prize in the 88th Annual Schubert Club Competition in Minneapolis. In 2008, Yungen competed as a finalist in the First Seattle International Piano Competition, where he received prizes for “Audience Favorite” and “Best Performance of a Piece by Karol Szymanowski.”

Burgstaller tours worldwide as a trumpet soloist as well as a clinician – his groundbreaking masterclasses for all instruments is called “Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing.” He is Distinguished Faculty at The Peabody Institute (The Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, where he teaches trumpet and chamber music. Formerly with Canadian Brass and the avant-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble, he was also one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts, performing 60 solo concerts every year. His extensive discography includes solo CDs and three Top-10 Billboard hits. Burgstaller has performed in front of more than 40 orchestras as a member of Canadian Brass and as a soloist and in more than 50 music festivals.

Tickets for these concerts are available at the door, cash only, and are $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors, and FSU faculty and staff; admission is free for children 12 and younger. The Gala Concert is free; no tickets are required.

FSU’s Summer Music Academy was created to promote classical music education and the goal is to develop individual musicianship for string, woodwind, brass and piano instrumentalists in a supportive environment. During the one-week workshop, attendees experience instruction from FSU music department faculty members and world-renowned guest artists.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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