Motifs: November/December 2018

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Dr. Carl Ellenberger (IAC/NMC 54-57, IAC St 60-62, 73-75) published a book, “Theme and Variations: Musical Notes by a Neurologist.”

James Stephenson (IAC/NMC 79-84, 86, IAA 83-86, IAC Fac 04, 08) premiered his low brass concerto, “Pillars,” with the Minnesota Orchestra in June of 2018. His bass trombone concerto will be premiered by Charlie Vernon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in June of 2019. Stephenson is also writing his third symphony. Two of his works are featured on “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s Midwest tour. Stephenson will also premiere works with the Quad City Symphony and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in 2019.

Shawn Keith (IAA 80-82), his wife Jen, and their children, Charis and Josiah, were all cast in The Nutcracker at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan. Charis was one of the children who performed in Interlochen Arts Academy’s production of The Nutcracker in 2017.

The Amelie musical, which features music written by Daniel Messe (IAC/NMC 82-84), will make its United Kingdom debut in 2019.

Angie Kim (IAA 84-87) will release her debut novel, “Miracle Creek,” on April 16, 2019. The novel tells the tale of a rural Virginia community that is upended by the mysterious explosion of an experimental medical device and the resulting murder investigation.

Ranardo-Domeico Grays (AS 88, IAC/NMC 89, IAA 89-90), a four-year brain cancer survivor who's creatively flourishing, is proud to bring VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, his New York City-based, ethnically diverse company home for its Detroit premiere. The company will share four spiritually uplifting contemporary ballets, Healing Works II, on Dec. 19 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Featured in the evening’s program is “Queen of Soul,” dedicated to Aretha Franklin.

Eric Schneider (IAC 93-94, IAA 93-95) and his wife, Therese, just welcomed their fourth child. Schneider continues working as a physician in Fairbanks, Alaska, and plays trombone in the Fairbanks Symphony.

Kristin Haverty (IAA 95-98) currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the producer at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Laura Escude (IAC 96) released a new single, “Awaken.” Escude, a live show designer, is also a musician whose work is a blend of classical music and electronica that she calls “future classical.”

Anne Marie Oomen (IAA Fac 97-13) is the editor of a new collection of creative nonfiction, “Elemental,” from Wayne State University Press. The collection features works by Holly Wren Spaulding (IAC/NMC 83, IAA 91-92), Jamien Delp (IAC 93-97, IAA 97-01), and Teresa Scollon (AS 77, IAA 78-80).

Ashley Fure's (IAA 98-00) work, "Filament," was named one of Vulture's "10 best classical music performances of 2018." "Filament" made its world premiere in the New York Philharmonic's season opener.

Kevin Emrick (IAA 00-03) founded a theatre division at the film and television production company Annapurna, and will produce the New York debut of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman play Fleabag.

Jacqueline Pollauf (IAC 01) has just released an intimate new solo recording, “Songs and Dreams,” featuring Pollauf’s own arrangements and transcriptions.

Brittany Cavallaro’s (IAA 02-04) latest poetry collection, “Unhistorical,” is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The book will be released on April 22, 2019.

Gina Izzo (IAA 03-05) co-founded bespoken, a mentorship program that offers support to women in classical, contemporary, and jazz music.

Chris Largent (IAA 07-09, IAC St 09-10) became the Assistant Technical Director at the San Francisco Opera in February of 2018. He has already been through Wagner’s Ring Cycle and is always looking forward to the problem solving that comes with the job!

Ansel Norris (IAC 08-09) was appointed Assistant Principal/Second Trumpet of the Naples Philharmonic.

Claud Mintz (IAC 16-17) released a new single and music video, “Never Meant to Call,” which were featured in Fader.