Motifs: March/April 2017

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John Hildebrand (IAC/NMC 59-60, IAC St 61) is currently the Foreign Secretary of the US National Academy of Sciences and Regents Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Although long retired from working as a low-brass freelancer, his passion for classical music is undiminished: he serves on the Community Advisory Board of Arizona Public Media, especially supporting the KUAT-FM classical-music station.

James R. Smith (IAC/NMC 62) received the Marvin Rabin Youth Arts Award for his lifetime work with Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras as their director for over 30 years.

Nancy J. (Heller) Cohen (IAC/NMC 63-64) has released Facials Can Be Fatal (Bad Hair Day Mystery #13) from Five Star Publishing. Salon sleuth Marla Vail is determined to peel back the truth about a deadly facial at her new day spa. “A fun cozy read with mystery, family drama, and some romance.” This title is available from most online booksellers in hardcover and digital editions.

Jeffrey Levenson (IAC/NMC 67) is currently Director of Development at the Maritime Museum of San Diego where he runs a 10-concert chamber music series aboard the 1898 ferryboat Berkeley.

Jesse Green (IAC/NMC 67-74) was named the Co-Chief Theater Critic of The New York Times.

Dr. John Marshall (IAC/NMC 82, IAA 83-86, IAC St 85, IAC Fac 94-95, 07-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-16) performed the Brahms Double Concerto with Lawrence Golan (IAC/NMC 80-82) and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in February. Golan is the Music Director of the YSO.

Nancy Dahn (IAC/NMC 83-84, IAA 83-86), who performs in the award-winning Duo Concertante, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) which recognizes exceptional contributions in the fields of arts, humanities and science.

Dmitri Matheny (IAA 84) was nominated for a Golden Ear award from Earshot Jazz as NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year.

Trumpeter/Composer Mark Tipton (IAC/NMC 92-93, 96-97, IAA 96-97, IAC St 98) and his group, Les Sorciers Perdus, will release their new CD, "Alchemist's Dream," on March 31st in Portland, Maine. It features original jazz compositions, and was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Mark teaches trumpet and ensembles at Bowdoin College, and will join the Faculty of the University of Maine in Orono in Fall 2017.

Alexis Cregger (IAA 95-96, IAC 94-95) is a member of New York City’s Opera Collective. Alexis was recently featured in a Great Big Story video about the Collective’s work in the New York City subways.

Samantha Woll (IAC/NMC 95-99) was named one of Detroit Jewish News’ “36 Under 36” for her work in the founding of the Muslim-Jewish Forum of Detroit.

Brendan Wynn (IAC 98, IAA 99-01, IAC St 02) presented at a TEDx event in Dayton, Ohio. Wynn spoke about how to be an informed consumer in the healthcare industry.

Karina Cochran (IAC 01-02, IAA 05-06, IAC St 07) had an original play, Where All Good Rabbits Go, produced and staged at the FaultLine Theater in Oakland, California Feb. 10 through March 4.

Brody Gusar’s (IAC 02, IAA 02-03, IAC St 03-06) debut feature film The Next Big Thing had its Los Angeles Premiere Feb. 10 as part of the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. It will soon be playing at the Annapolis Film Festival, the Alhambra Theatre Film Festival and the Fort Myers Film Festival.

Charlie Carver (IAA 04-07) appeared on an episode of the ABC miniseries When We Rise on Feb. 27.

Aidan Kahn (IAC 05, 07-08) will appear on the upcoming third season of the CW series iZombie.

May Ye (IAC 10-11, IAA 10-12, IAC St 13-14) will begin her studies to become a rabbi at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in the fall. In March, she was the keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Peace Service hosted by the Kalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice.