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Inside the Music: Outside the Music - Spotlight 1945
This presentation features classical music, visual art, references to cinema, popular music and poetry all created in the year 1945.
Jesse Yukimura is a second-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. He is a recent graduate of the Lynn Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Professor Ralph Fielding, earning both a master’s and a professional performance certificate. A double-degree student in his undergraduate studies, Mr. Yukimura received a bachelor’s of arts degree in chemistry from Oberlin College and a bachelor’s of music degree in viola performance from Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Professor Peter Slowik. He appeared as a soloist with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble in 2011, performing Denisov’s Es ist genug, and was also a Concerto Competition winner at Lynn, performing Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto with the orchestra in 2012. Mr. Yukimura was instrumental in forming and organizing the New Music Ensemble at Lynn, and continues to support the works of modern composers.
A native of Washington State, Mr. Yukimura began his musical studies on piano at the age of six, and later started viola at the age of nine. An ensemble musician at heart, the roots of his orchestral career began in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. Since then he has participated in orchestras across the county, most recently at the National Repertory Orchestra, performing under the experienced batons of Christian Knapp, Guillermo Figueroa, Gerard Schwarz and Carl Topilow, among others. These programs have brought him to concert halls across the country, from Benaroya to Disney to Carnegie, as well as across the Pacific to China and Singapore. Mr. Yukimura has also worked with renowned chamber music coaches, including members of the Tokyo and Juilliard String Quartets, and has had the opportunity to take lessons from world-class artists such as Roberto Díaz, Elmar Oliveira and Robert Vernon. Mr. Yukimura maintains a wide range of interests in both the arts and sciences.
Christen Greer is a second‐year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Eastman School of Music with Zvi Zeitlin, Oleh Krysa and Renee Jolles.
While at Eastman, Ms. Greer performed with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Eastman Graduate Chamber Orchestra and OSSIA. She also performed with the Greater Rochester Women’s Orchestra, Lyric Chorale Festival Orchestra, Equinox Symphony, Empire Film Music Ensemble, EPG Film Productions Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Participating in “Music For All,” an Eastman community outreach program dedicated to sparking interest in classical music was a highlight of her Eastman experience.
Ms. Greer has attended various summer festivals including Aspen Music Festival and School, Meadowmount School of Music, Aria International Music Festival and Interharmony International Music Festival.
Ms. Greer has performed alongside renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, Pinchas Zukerman and Emmanuel Ax, and in masterclasses for Cho Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, the Ying Quartet, David Russell and Christian Tetzlaff. She has also soloed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Penfield Symphony and Equinox Symphony.
One of Ms. Greer’s special interests centers around Jewish studies and World War II, especially the Holocaust. This is largely due to Henry Blumenfeld, a family friend and Holocaust survivor; Zvi Zeitlin, her beloved teacher and musical hero and her visit to Auschwitz and Birchenau while on an Eastern European concert tour. Since these life‐changing experiences, she has been committed to actively participating in events which increase awareness about and commemorate the Holocaust.
First-year Violin Fellow Genevieve Micheletti is a proud native of the California central coast. Before joining the New World Symphony, she lived in San Francisco, where she was a tenured member of the Santa Rosa, Stockton and Berkeley symphonies. She is a veteran of many music festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, New York String Orchestra Seminar and Spoleto Festival U.S.A.
Ms. Micheletti fell in love with music during her summers at Charles Castleman’s Quartet Programs at SUNY Fredonia. At age 17 she made her solo debut with the Stockton Symphony as winner of the Manlio Silva Young Artists Competition.
Ms. Micheletti most recently studied with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, with which she played Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto as winner of the Academy’s concerto competition. While in San Francisco she was a pupil of Dan Carlson. Ms. Micheletti earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and history from Rice University, where she studied under Kathleen Winkler. She went on to earn her master of music degree from the University of Michigan, where her mentors included Yehonatan Berick, Aaron Berofsky and David Halen. Outside of music, Ms. Micheletti enjoys reading Russian literature and hiking.
Praised as a “standout performer” who has successfully “taken on the demanding and most expressive responsibilities assigned to [her] instrument,” Hilary Glen is a third-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony.
Making her stage debut at the age of six, Dr. Glen caught the performing bug early. Since then she has performed nearly everywhere, including a mountainside in the Italian Alps, Carnegie Hall, the Rochester Jazz Festival and the Bliss Center in Belize. She has collaborated with many musicians, including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Mikail Kopelman, Gary Hoffman, Yefim Bronfman and John Adams.
A passionate chamber musician, Dr. Glen coordinates and performs with several small ensembles including her collaborative company, Chamber Ballet Brockport. Her ensembles have played at a wide variety of national and international venues, including the Kennedy Center, as well as local schools, churches, coffee shops, hospitals, sidewalks and senior living centers.
Dr. Glen is a devoted teacher and believes that music provides a crucial outlet for creativity and expression. She regularly visits schools to present experience-based workshops and is dedicated to bringing music to underserved areas. In the 2015-16 season Dr. Glen traveled with her string quartet to perform and present master classes as part of her educational outreach initiatives.
Dr. Glen completed her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, where she studied under the renowned performer and pedagogue, Janos Starker. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate, studying under esteemed teacher Alan Harris, at the Eastman School of Music. When not playing the cello Dr. Glen can be found singing, exploring the outdoors and dancing.
Instruments Viola, Violin, and Cello
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