6pm doors • 7pm show
KHORIKOS, Vanguard Reed Quintet, and Jeff Siegfried
perform Gala Flagello, Nina Shekhar, Daniel Zlatkin, and Douglas Hertz
Extraordinary artists from NYC and Michigan collaborate in a night of new music from exciting composers. University of Michigan composers Gala Flagello, Nina Shekhar, and Daniel Zlatkin present a wide range of vocal and instrumental music, including 8-part choir, reed quintet (oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and bass clarinet), and solo saxophone.
Featured performers include New York‘s premier vocal ensemble, KHORIKOS, Michigan’s own Vanguard Reed Quintet, and the “beautiful and delicate playing” (Michael Tilson Thomas) of saxophonist Jeff Siegfried.
Daniel Zlatkin’s compositions have been played by the Da Capo Chamber Players, Calidore Quartet, The Brass Project, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and The Orchestra Now. His music has been featured at National Sawdust (Brooklyn), Music From Angel Fire (New Mexico), and the Fisher Center for Performing Arts (Hudson Valley). Zlatkin is influenced by Mahler, Bartók, Schoenberg, Schenker, Dante, Thoreau, and Galina Ustvolskaya. With his music, he aspires to tell a story and stretch reality. Listeners often describe it as visceral, clear, austere, and humorous. As a cellist he has extensive orchestral and chamber music experience, and frequently performs his own music. He has been mentored by Joan Tower, George Tsontakis, Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Walter Russell Mead, and Peter Wiley. He is a recipient of a 2015 Davis Projects for Peace grant, and was a finalist in the 2015 ASCAP Young Composer Awards. He holds a B.M. in composition and cello and a B.A. in political studies from Bard College. Currently he is working towards an M.M. in composition at the University of Michigan, where he is the recipient of the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship. www.danielzlatkin.com
Nina Shekhar (b. 1995) is an emerging composer currently based in Michigan. Her works have been performed by ETHEL, soprano Tony Arnold, Third Angle New Music, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and saxophonist Jan Berry Baker and have been featured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Flute Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, I Care if You Listen, and WQXR radio. Upcoming events include a new work for members of Eighth Blackbird as part of their Creative Lab and a feature in a forthcoming PBS documentary chronicling the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Nina is a recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Award and a finalist in the 2017 Morton Gould Awards. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan receiving degrees in music composition and chemical engineering, and will begin pursuing composition graduate studies in the fall. Aside from composing, Nina is a versatile performing artist, studying flute with Amy Porter and performing as a piano soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic. Nina’s mentors include Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Erik Santos, and James Hartway. www.ninashekhar.com
Gala Flagello is a composer, horn player, and the co-founder and Festival Director of Connecticut Summerfest (www.ctsummerfest.org). She was the 2017 Composer in Residence for the Nonnewaug High School Music Festival in Woodbury, CT and the 2016 Composer in Residence at the Unitarian Society of Hartford. She recently scored the short film Break a Leg, sponsored by the University of Michigan. Gala holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree from The Hartt School, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Composition degree at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Michael Daugherty. More information may be found at www.galaflagello.com.
The Vanguard Reed Quintet (VRQ), is committed to breaking new musical ground, increasing the depth and diversity of the reed quintet’s core repertoire, and engaging audiences with innovative, adventurous, and inspiring musical experiences. VRQ was awarded Silver Medal in the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Ensemble members include: Sagar Anupindi (oboe), Mickayla Chapman (clarinet), Sean Meyers (saxophone), Nico Chona (bass clarinet), and Joseph Swift (bassoon). Visit our website: vanguardrq.com!
Jeff Siegfried combines a commanding musical presence with “beautiful and delicate playing” (Michael Tilson Thomas) to deliver “very entertaining” (American Record Guide) “showstopper performances” (Peninsula Reviews). Siegfried has been honored at numerous national and international competitions. He has received first prize at the Luminarts Fellowship Competition and the Frances Walton Competition and was runner up in the Carmel Music Society Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition. He is the recipient of the Hans Schaueble Award. Siegfried has appeared as a soloist with the University of Portland Wind Ensemble, the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, and the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Siegfried is also a prolific lecturer. He has presented his research in musical performance studies at numerous international conferences.
KHORIKOS is one of New York City’s most distinguished vocal ensembles. KHORIKOS presents unique programming that puts invigorating interpretations of early vocal music in conversation with works by today’s most dynamic composers. We seek to weave together musical languages and themes that span centuries, and to deliver an unprecedented level of artistry and expressive focus. KHORIKOS offers a fresh take on an age-old art form. KHORIKOS is a project of Dorian Artists Corporation (DAC) a 501(c)(3) organization. Find us at www.khorikos.com and on Facebook @khorikosmusic.
Douglas Hertz (b. 1993) is a composer and percussionist based in Brooklyn, NY.
Hertz uses sound as a medium to investigate experiences ranging from the personal to universal and from the physical to the spiritual. Through his work, he seeks to connect with audiences in a way that helps them better understand themselves, one another, and the world they inhabit.
His work has appeared on programs presented by the Aries Composers Festival, Midwest Composers Symposium, PASIC, Nief Norf Summer Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, the Dynamic Music Festival, Bard College’s Music Alive series and the Deer Valley Music Festival. His music has been either performed or recorded by the University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, Wet Ink Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Calidore String Quartet, Vanguard Reed Quintet, Up/Down Percussion Quartet, and BrassTaps Duo. He is also an avid collaborator, having worked recently with choreographer Al Evangelista, visual artist Lizzy Chiappini, and performance group, Call Your Mom.
Hertz holds a B.A. in music from Bard College and recently earned an M.M. from the University of Michigan. His past teachers have include Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Kristin Kuster, George Tsontakis, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, and Janet Weir.