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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Music Program at Bard College presents its annual spring gala concert on Monday, May 15, at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. The concert, featuring the Hudson Valley Gamelan, vocal, electric jazz guitar, and jazz ensembles, is free and open to the public.

The concert begins with vocal ensemble one, under the direction of Arthur Burrows, performing "When David Heard" by Thomas Weelkes (1575–1623) and "Vezzosi Augelli" by Giaches de Wert (1535–1596). The Hudson Valley Gamelan, under the direction of Fulbright scholar-in-residence Ni Ketut Suryatini, will perform traditional Balinese pieces "Tabuh Teluh" and "Gambang Suling." Two pieces written by Ni Ketut will also be performed—"Ginanda" and "Dolanan." A welcoming dance "Puspa Wresti" will feature both Balinese dances and music. The vocal ensemble two, under the direction of Joan Fuerstman, will perform Pegolesi's "Stabat Mater." The electric jazz guitar ensemble, under the direction of Peter Einhorn, will perform "Filthy McNasty" by Horace Silver and "Blue & Green" by Bill Evans (arranged by Einhorn). The evening closes with the performance of the jazz ensemble under the direction of Thurman Barker. They will perform Miles Davis's "Four," Charles Mingus's "Nostalgia in Times Square" and "Moaning," David Foster's "After the love has gone," Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments," and Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train."

For further information about the concert, call the Music Program at 914-758-7250.

Thurman Barker, assistant professor of music at Bard College, began his professional career at the age of sixteen, playing for blues singer Mighty Joe Young. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music, he saw his reputation as a drummer grow quickly. He is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a jazz cooperative formed in 1965 in Chicago to teach music to inner-city youths. He has performed worldwide and has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Claudine Meyers, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Threadgill. The World Music Institute commissioned two of his works; Dialogue was premiered at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City in 1994. The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra premiered Expansions last May. He has developed the jazz program at Bard College since joining the faculty in 1993.

Arthur Burrows is associate professor of theater and music at Bard College. He is a member of the Riverside Chamber Singers, Abbey Singers, New York Pro Musica, and has been a guest artist with the Waverly Consort. Burrows has been a guest performer with the New York Philharmonic, Joffrey Balley, New York Renaissance Band, Robert Shaw Chorale, and Chautauqua Opera Company, among others. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Juilliard School of Music. He has been an artist-in-residence at City College of New York; assistant professor at Trenton State University and SUNY at Purchase; instructor at Stanford University; and assistant professor of voice at Boston University.

Peter Einhorn, a member of the Bard College Music Program faculty, is an award winning composer of film scores and other works that can be heard on radio, national television, and multimedia formats. A regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Einhorn has performed and/or recorded with Jim Hall, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Swallow, Ira Sullivan, David Amram, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Ray Mantilla, Roland Hanna, Walter Booker, Jerry Coker, and many others. His latest recording, Bouganvillea, of original music, is available on Unicorn Records. Einhorn is a graduate of the University of Miami jazz program and holds a Masters degree in composition.

Joan Fuerstman has been a member of the Bard College Music Program faculty since 1996 as voice teacher and opera coach. She has performed widely throughout the United States, Canada, and South America. Her credits include solo orchestral appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Pepsico Summer Festival Orchestra, New York Choral Symphony, Musica Aeterna, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Fuerstman's opera appearances include the New York City Opera, the National Opera Company, and the Turnau Opera. She also toured for three years as soloist with New York Pro Musica. She received a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Richard Cox, Rose Bampton, Anna Hamlin, Arthur Burrows, and Leland Wade.

Ni Ketut Suryatini, Fulbright scholar-in-residence at Bard College for the 1999-2000 academic year, is on the faculty of the College of the Performing Arts (STSI), the preeminent musical institution in Bali. She comes from a family of specialists in the gender wayang. Her brother, I Wayan Suweca, considered one of the finest Balinese musicians, was the musical director of the first professional gamelan ensemble in the United States. Suryatini, one of the first female graduates of the STSI, is a composer, playwright, singer, and dancer who has participated in five international performing arts tours to Japan, Europe, and Canada.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001