From Hawaii to Boston... Summer Festivals in the US! - Part VI

HELLO STAGErs have been involved in a lot of contemporary music! The Sō Percussion Ensemble held their annual summer institute for student percussionists and composers in July. This year they focused on their biggest commissions from the past 15 years including works by Dan Trueman, Steve Mackey and Paul Lansky!

You can find Violinist Maximillian Haft, Oboist Brian Greene and Pianist Michael Sheppard at The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music this summer! Located in Santa Cruz CA, the festival focuses on New Music for the Orchestra. The festival just started so if you’re in the Bay Area then head down to beautiful Santa Cruz for a day!

Back to the Classical side of things! Thierry Fischer just had his Mostly Mozart Debut conducting Haydn and Mozart this month. Flutist Jasmine Choi is also at Mostly Mozart playing in the orchestra!

Aloha to Violinist Eric Silberger who co-founded the Hawaii International Music Festival! He will be performing on the Big Island, Oahu and Maui! Please have a tiki drink for each of us!

This is a very exciting weekend for Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Moritz Gnann. Gnann makes his BSO debut at Tanglewood conducting Mozart and Mahler on August 7! On August 13 you can catch Simone Dinnerstein playing Rapsody In Blue with the BUTI Young Artist’s Orchestra.

Last month many HELLO STAGE members played at Tanglewood! The Emerson String Quartet performed the complete Haydn Op.76 quartets and played a concert wit Renée Fleming. Pinchas Zukerman was the soloist and the conductor at Tanglewood’s all Mozart Program with the BSO on July 15! Kim Kashkashian performed in a chamber music concert with Emmanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Lisa Batiashvili and François Leleux.

Los-Angeles native Anna Heflin is a classical violist who is passionate about contemporary music. Anna holds a Bachelor of Music and a minor in art history from UCSB, where she studied with Helen Callus and graduated with honors. She is currently studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she is pursuing her Masters of Music. At SFCM she is studying with Jodi Levitz while working with MaryClare Brzytwa and David Garner.

Anna has a passion for contemporary music and composes works for herself in addition to premiering works. She enjoys incorporating electronics into her compositions and has experience working with Max/MSP and Ableton Live. This summer she is attending New Music On The Point and interning for HELLO STAGE in Vienna! When she’s not playing music you can find her drinking coffee, doing yoga or exploring.
Author: Anna Heflin
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