Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Brentano String Quartet on Goudy Artists Series Courtesy of the Brentano String Quartet

For those who enjoy chamber music, the internationally-renowned Brentano String Quartet will perform two visionary works -- perhaps the greatest in the string quartet literature, says the music department -- on campus Sunday, April 11. The ensemble is renowned for the depth with which they approach the music they perform, in this case striving to reveal Beethoven and Schubert's ultimate and contrasting vision of the human experience.

Please note the free evening master class that will feature 2 student string quartets. Tickets for the Brentano String Quartet concert are available in advance or at the door.

For more information and to listen to recordings, visit the original program news release.


Willamette hosts concert by renowned flute, guitar duo

Aisling Agnew and Matthew McAllister, one of Europe's premiere flute and guitar duos, will perform tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall.

The program will include works by Astor Piazzolla, Francis Poulenc, Pietro Locatelli and many more. Admission is free and open to the public.

Flautist Aisling Agnew and classical guitarist Matthew McAllister met in Glasgow while studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Their joint passion for chamber music, interacting with composers and performing new music immediately brought them together.

Since giving their debut recital in the "Harty Room" of Queen's University, Belfast in 2001, they have grown in popularity and performed extensively around the United Kingdom and Ireland, North and South America and Europe. The duo is now recognized as one of Europe's premiere exponents of the genre. Their debut album, Recital, affirms this reputation, featuring a wide range of virtuosic music from around the globe.

Paul O'Reilly at the Belfast Telegraph wrote, "Matthew McAllister's personality filtered through to his witty, yet tender and considered playing throughout. Joined by Aisling Agnew, who is already recognized as one of the top young flautists operating throughout Great Britain and Ireland, the duo gave a sensitive and rhythmically striking account of a work which has already received its premier in London and Dublin by the same duo."

For more information, call the Willamette Music Department at 503-370-6255 or visit the Agnew McAllister website.


Alumnus presents recital of song literature by women composers

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Washington state's enactment of women's suffrage, Willamette University alumnus and pianist Nikolas Caoile '00 and Canadian mezzo-soprano Melissa Schiel presented a recital of song literature by women composers Tuesday, March 30.

The event included works by Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler, Pauline Garcia Viardot, Carrie Jacob Bonds, Cecile Chaminade, Rebecca Clarke and Libby Larsen. This recital was part of a tour throughout the Northwest, from Ellensburg, Seattle and Tacoma to Portland and Eugene. The duo also performed in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Vancouver, B.C.

Caoile is director of orchestras at Central Washington University, where he has developed one of the preeminent collegiate orchestra programs in the Northwest. A passionate believer in music education for all ages, Caoile has conducted numerous educational and community engagement concerts and is a popular guest conductor and clinician with youth orchestras, collegiate ensembles and high school honor orchestras.

Also an accomplished pianist and frequent recitalist, Caoile performs throughout Washington state and the Northwest. In October 2009, Caoile made his New York City debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in collaboration with the Morphoses Dance Company.

Schiel has been hailed as a "velvety mezzo-soprano who displays bona fide acting smarts as well" (Victoria Times Colonist). Schiel has appeared with numerous companies and orchestras, including Opera Ontario, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Tanglewood Music Center, the Boris Brott Festival and the Mountain View International Festival of Song. Schiel performs frequently throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.