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Hamilton College Music Faculty to Present Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

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Posted October 28, 1997
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The Hamilton College Music faculty will present a free concert on Tuesday, October 28th at 8:30 pm. Faculty members Vladimir Pritsker, Gregory Wood, Steven Heyman, E. Michael Richards and Kazuko Tanosaki are among the musicians performing on the concert which includes Quartet for the End of Time, or Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992).

In addition to the Messiaen piece, the program includes Xipi (Themes from Peking Opera) by Ping Jim and performed by Vladimir Pritsker (violin), Gregory Wood (cello) and Steven Heyman (piano) and My Language by P.Q. Phan performed by E. Michael Richards (clarinet) and Kazuko Tanosaki (piano). My Language was written for and dedicated to the Tanosaki-Richards Due. The work was premiered at Lincoln Center, New York in September, 1997.

The performers:Vladimir Pritsker (violin) is a member of the Syracuse Society for New Music, and the Syracuse Symphony. He has previously performed in the Skaneateles Festival, the Glimmerglass Opera, the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra and as Associate Concert Master of the Kharkov State Opera Orchestra. He is currently a lecturer in Music at Hamilton College.

Gregory Wood (cello) is a member of the Syracuse Society for New Music and the Syracuse Symphony. He is a Lecturer in Music at Hamilton College.

Steven M. Heyman (piano) received his bachelor's and master's degree from the Juilliard School of a scholarship student of Adele Marcus. Mr. Heyman appeared in solo, chamber, and concerto performances through the U.S., Canada and Europe. In 1994, he was the top American and fourth Laureate in the prestigious Palm Beach International Piano Competition. He was a solo recitalist at Carnegie Hall last year and is a Lecturer in Music at Hamilton College and Syracuse University.

Kazuko Tanasake was born in Japan and educated at the Kuniachi College of Music. She received a M.A. in piano from the University of California, San Diego. A Lecturer in Music at Hamilton College, she is working towards a DMA in Music and literature from the Eastman School of Music. She has performed solo recitals through Japan, the United States and Europe.

E. Michael Richards has premiered over 125 clarinet works through the US, Japan, Australia and Western Europe. Trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music and the University of California, San Diego, Mr. Richards has been recognized for his work with a 1990 U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship and a grant from the Camargo Foundation.

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