Welcome to our 2021-22
Distinguished Artist Series!
From the Director
To our dear patrons and friends of the series,
It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce the details of our 2021-22 season. Festivals and institutions around the world have anxiously waited for the return of in-person concerts. For our musical colleagues, starting up the "tourbus" to resume traveling the globe is both a joyous and great challenge.
On behalf of the series, I would like to express our thanks to Willamette University's administration and its Reopening Committee for helping to keep our campus community safe during the past year.
We wish you all a safe, healthy and rejuvenating summer, as we look forward to celebrating music together again!
Director, Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series
Anthea Kreston, violin
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
- Sonata in C-minor for violin and piano, Ludwig Beethoven.
- Three Romances for violin and piano, Clara Schumann.
- Sonata in A-major for piano and violin, Johannes Brahms.
The brilliant Corvallis-based violinist Anthea Kreston has recently returned from a multi-year stint in Germany as a member of the renowned Artemis String Quartet. As with many creative artists during the past year, Anthea continued to reach out virtually and kept our spirits elevated during the dark days of the pandemic.
Please visit the link below for a glimpse of her artistry, in a fabulous performance of the "Appalachia Waltz" by Mark O'Connor.
Caroline Shaw, composer & vocalist
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
- Works to include Shaw's "To the Hands (cantata), "Gustave Le Grey," "Valencia," and "Manus Tua."
- World premiere of new Caroline Shaw piece!
- Guest artists The Delgani String Quartet, cellist Valdine Mishkin, and The Salem String Quartet.
Our second concert brings Pulitzer Award winning composer Caroline Shaw to our campus for a small residency starting January 31, with the concluding concert on February 2, 2022.
We are both fortunate and proud to announce that in collaboration with New Music at Willamette, we will present a world premiere by the composer, commissioned for our Zeller Chair in Dramatic Vocal Arts, Katherine Skovira. The program surrounding the world premiere will involve many musicians: students, faculty, artist associates, and guest artists, from solo unaccompanied works to string quartet and Willamette choirs.
Additional details about the residency will be forthcoming. The opportunity for one of the world's great composers to work with our students, in addition to composing for our faculty and community, is reason to celebrate.
Visit the links below to hear Caroline's music, and the article from Atlantic Monthly which speaks to her place in the musical world.
- Watch: Caroline Shaw's Partita for 8 Singers: No. 1. Allemande (YouTube)
- Read: "Caroline Shaw: Can Classical Music Make a Comeback?," by Jonathan Gharraie, Atlantic Monthly
Bryan Pezzone, piano
François Houle, clarinet
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
The last concert of the season brings back one of the Distinguished Artists Series' dearest friends, pianist Bryan Pezzone, in collaboration with François Houle, a clarinetist of supremely varied talents.
These two musicians epitomize improvisational brilliance, along with genre defying creativity. Click the links below for an introduction to their work and artistry.
- Watch: Bryan Pezzone, Audience Request Improv (YouTube)
- Watch: Francois Houle, "Song J" (YouTube)
- Watch: Interview with Bryan Pezzone (YouTube)
Willamette University Music Department
Rogers Music Center