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Guest Artists

  • Timm Adams, director of Chicago Chamber Choir
  • Miguel Alvarez, guest Salsero
  • Tony Arnold, soprano
  • Issa Boulos
  • Chicago Chamber Choir
  • James Gailloreto, sax
  • HK Gruber, chansonnier
  • Deborah Henson-Conant, author, composer and narrator
  • Timothy Jones, baritone
  • Christopher Laughlin, guitar
  • John McLean, guitar
  • Dodie Morris, soprano
  • Charles Neidich, Eric Schneider and the Schneider Big Band Guests
  • Sharon Quattrin, soprano
  • Alba Quezada, soprano
  • Angelina Reaux, soprano
  • Steve Roberts, guitar
  • Jeff Stitely, drums
  • David Stock, composer
  • Foday Musa Suso, kora
  • David Taylor, bass-trombone soloist
  • The University of Chicago Friends of the Gamelan
  • Yang Wei, pipa
  • Betti Xiang, erhu
  • Julia Bentley, mezzo soprano
  • Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
  • CBS News Anchor, Roseanne Tellez, reader for "Frida"
  • Hsin-Yun Huang, violist
  • New Classic Singers, Lee Kesselman, conductor
  • Lori Kaufman - pianist
  • Mary Mackenzie - soprano
  • Prajwal Vajrapani - Nepalese dancer
  • Kalyan Pathak - drums
  • Elizabeth Basta - vocals

Composers and Artists

Bruce Adolphe
Anna Akhmatova
Chris van Allsburg
Javier Alvarez
Karim Al-Zand
Franck Amsellem
Louis Andriessen
George Antheil
Lera Auerbach
David Baker
Béla Bartók
Dan Becker
Bellinati
Derek Bermel
Christopher Berg
Marita Bolles
Issa Boulos
Paul Bowles
Benjamin Britten
Stephen Burns
John Cage
Carlos Chavez
Luciano Chessa
Charles Coleman
Aaron Copland
Sebastian Currier
George Crumb
Michael Daugherty
Richard Danielpour
Manuel de Falla/SV Burns
Miguel del Àguila
Sonam Dhargye
Paquito D'Rivera
Tan Dun
David Dzubay
Duke Ellington
Hanns Eisler
Alvin Etler
Gabriela Lena Frank
Stefan Freund
Vivian Fung
Stacy Garrop
George Gershwin
Osvaldo Golijov
Geoffrey Gordon
Michael Gordon
Jonny Greenwood
HK Gruber
Sofia Gubaidulina
Yigit K. Güc
John Halle
Lou Harrison
Ed Harsh
Bernard Hermann
Alan Hovhaness
Charles Ives
JacobTV
Kevin James
Antonio Carlos Jobim
André Jolivet
Daniel Kellogg
Aaron Jay Kernis
Lee Kesselman
Leon Kirchner
Jerome Kitzke
Hans Krasa
Meyer Kupferman
Fela Kuti/SV Burns
Steve Lacy
David Lang
Tania León
Peter Lieberson
Hannibal Lokumbe
Aenon Jia-en Loo
Steven Mackey
Yan Maresz
Arturo Márquez
Borislav Martinů
Marc Mellits
Rafael Méndez/SV Burns
Darius Milhaud/SV Burns
Larry Miller
Thelonius Monk
Stephen Montague
Paul Moravec
Nico Muhly
Jon Nelson
Michael Nyman
Paul Oehlers
Charlie Parker/Trans. Lindberg
Hilda Paredes
Arvo Pärt
Krysztof Penderecki
Astor Piazzolla
Frank Proto
Tomi Räisänen
Jacalyn Rauch/SV Burns
Behzad Ranjbaran
Steve Reich
Silvestre Revueltas
Belinda Reynolds
Joaquin Rodrigo
Robert X. Rodriguez
Poul Ruders
Somei Satoh
David Schiff
Daniel Schnyder
Paul Schoenfield
Carlos Sedicias
James Sellars
Bright Sheng
Dmitri Shostakovich
Syed Sikander
Jerry Smith
David Stock
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Igor Stravinsky
Foday Musa Suso
Toru Takemitsu
Augusta Read Thomas
Liu Tianhua
Joan Tower
Mark Anthony Turnage
Galina Ustvolskaya
Reza Vali
Jacob ter Veldhuis
Param Vir
Kurt Weill
Luke Wieting
Ladrang Wilujeng
Stefan Wolpe
Randall Woolf
Qu Xiao-Song
Chen Yi
Frank Zappa
Evan Ziporyn
Robert Zuidam
John Zorn
Mischa Zupko


Ensemble bios

Stephen Burns, Trumpet / Conductor

Stephen BurnsStephen Burns is a trumpeter, conductor, composer and teacher educated at the Juilliard School, with post-graduate studies in Paris, Ottawa, and Chicago with legendary teachers Pierre Thibaud, Jorma Panula, and Arnold Jacobs. Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Maurice André International Competition Stephen is the Founder and Artistic Director of Fulcrum Point New Music Project, as well as visiting lecturer at Northwestern University and Amici della Musica, Firenze.

“I’m enthralled by the expressive richness of the complete spectrum of new art music from neo-classical and modernism to minimalism and electronic music. Additionally I’m intrigued by the extended improvisations of Miles, Coltrane, Mingus and Monk, as well as the expressive sounds of Flamenco, Balkan, and Gamelan music. I’m fascinated by the heart and mind of sentient human beings. Consequently my curiosity has led me to explore the paths of Buddhist mediation, yoga, psychology, and the eternal joys & frustrations of golf. I love languages and traveling, so my goal is to learn Mandarin and Japanese in addition to French, Italian, and Spanish.”

My desert island wish list:
“Blood on the Floor” by Mark Anthony Turnage; Marquez’ “Love in the Time of Cholera”; and my family Kate Neisser, Eddy, IZ, and our French bulldog Thibaud.

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Rex Martin, Tuba

Rex MartinRex Martin, professor of music at Northwestern University, has been playing the tuba since the age of nine.  He received performance degrees from Illinois State University and Northwestern University, where he studied with Arnold Jacobs and Edward Livingston. His playing can be heard on more than 100 recordings of various ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Pro Musica, Tower Brass, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Mannheim Steamroller and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  He has performed on more than 3000 television and radio commercials and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka), Lucerne Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. His students occupy positions in orchestras and universities throughout the world, and he was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award by Illinois State University. He previously held professorships at DePaul University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, The University of Notre Dame and The Oberlin Conservatory. As a soloist and clinician, he has performed and taught throughout North America, the Far East and Europe.  A Swiss citizen, he also teaches at Ticino Musica in Lugano, Switzerland, and has traveled to Europe 103 times to give recitals and master classes. His solo CD "Rex Martin Live in Japan" is available on the WAKO label.

Rex's Interview:

Instrument?

Tuba

What are you listening to?

Glenn Gould’s “Goldberg Variations 1981”

Describe your work.

I’m split evenly between being a professor and a professional musician, and I find that I basically have no time between these two obligations for anything else. Despite that, I don’t think I could give up either.

Most important lesson you’ve learned?

Well, I’d like to think that I’m a lifelong student — I’m learning something new every day. Because I’m travelling so much, and working so much, I’ve been missing my wife more, and I wish I could spend some more time with her.

Recent dreams?

I can’t remember what it was that I was dreaming, but I woke myself up because I was laughing so loud — something in the dream was so funny that I began to laugh in my sleep, and I woke myself up… it was one of the greatest things I’ve ever experienced. My day was absolutely wonderful after that.

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Mary Stolper, Flute

Mary StoplerMary Stolper is a frequent soloist and chamber music performer who has made guest appearances throughout the United States and Europe.

Ms. Stolper toured former East Germany with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and received excellent critical reviews for her performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto. She also traveled with the Chicago Symphony for the world-renowned tour of Russia with Maestro Solti and eight European Tours with Maestro Barenboim. Ms. Stolper performed with the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra in Vienna, Austria with a performance of Bernstein's "Halil" for solo flute and strings. Also with the Sinfonietta, she performed the United States Midwest premier of the Concerto for Flute by Joan Tower. While in Prague soloing with the Czech National Symphony, she recorded her second CD called “American Flute Concertos”. The latest concerto to her credits is Voices for Flautist and Orchestra, by Shulamit Ran.

Ms. Stolper's performance credits also include the following organizations: Chicago Chamber Musicians, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ravinia Recital Series, University of Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, "Live from Studio One" WFMT radio broadcasts, American and Joffrey Ballet Orchestras, Contemporary Chamber Concerts at Orchestra Hall hosted by Shulamit Ran, Da Camera Chamber series in Houston, Texas and the Old First Church Chamber Series in San Francisco, and the music “NOW” series at Symphony Center under Maestros Boulez and Colnot. For 15 years she was assistant principal and solo piccolo of the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, and Principal Flute of the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra.

Currently, Ms. Stolper is Principal Flute of the Grant Park Symphony and Concertanti di Chicago Chamber Orchestra. She is the solo flutist for Chicago Opera Theater and the new music ensemble Fulcrum Point. As an active studio musician she has also played for hundreds of TV and radio commercials.

Dedicated to the performance of music composed by women, Ms. Stolper invited two Chicago Women Composers/Performers to perform with her at her Carnegie Hall recital debut. Several compositions have been written for her to show her outstanding versatility on the piccolo, flute, alto flute and bass flute. Ms. Stolper has been a frequent guest recitalist and lecturer on the subject of Women Composers. She produced and recorded the flute music of Shulamit Ran, former composer in residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In the past, Ms Stolper has served on the boards of New Music Chicago, Chicago Society of Composers, American Women Composers, Musicians Club of Women and the artistic review panel of the Illinois Arts Council. She was one of the founding members and a past president of the Chicago Flute Club and has served on the board of the National Flute Association. As part of the flute and harp duo ESPREE, she toured for five years and was the first place winner of the very first National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition.

Ms. Stolper earned her Master's Degree in flute performance from Northwestern University, where she studied under Mr. Walfrid Kujala. She has also received instruction from Geoffrey Gilbert, Jean Berkenstock and Edwin Putnik. In addition, she has participated in master classes with William Bennett and coaching from Samuel Baron.

As a singer/actor/musician, Ms. Stolper appeared in the 1999 Pocket Opera Company production of Don Quixote, with the character role of Sancho Panza. Repeated again in 2000, along with the production of “Golk” where her role was that of the President of the United States.

She is currently Chair of the Flute faculty at DePaul University in Chicago, and has been on that faculty since 1986. The latest CD, for the Cedille label, will feature duo compositions of Chicago Composers and will be released in the late spring of 2003. Her articles about various subjects relating to the flute and piccolo have appeared in journals around the world, and translated into several languages.

Mary's Interview:

Instrument?

Flute

What are you listening to?

Just "Ella”, Ella Fitzgerald

Describe your work.

Intense, difficult, rewarding.

Most important lesson you’ve learned?

Get back up.

Recent dreams?

None of your damn business!

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Jeff Handley, Percussion

Jeff HandleyJeff Handley is a highly sought after percussionist in Chicago. An active clinician and educator, Jeff received his MM degree   from DePaul University. He is Principal Percussionist and Education/Outreach Program Director with Chicago Sinfonietta, a core member of Fulcrum Point serving as percussionist, Musician’s Union Contractor, and Education Director. Additionally Jeff performs with Chicago Opera Theater, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Grant Park Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Jeff was recently heard with Andrea Bocelli, Peter Cetera, Dennis DeYoung, Charlotte Church, and productions of “Les Miserables”, “Spamalot”, “Wicked”, “Color Purple”, and “Mary Poppins.”

“What inspires me the most about performing new art music is the variety.  With Fulcrum Point I always get a much-needed challenge.  Outside of music, I spend as much time as possible with my wife and 2 sons.  We love movies and traveling when possible.  My desert island music would consist of:  World music from West Africa, Jazz fusion, Film music (Bernard Herrmann), and Minimalism (Reich, Glass.)”

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Peggy Michel, Oboe

Peggy MichelSince moving to Chicago in 1998, oboist Peggy Michel has performed with this city’s finest ensembles including Lyric Opera, Music of the Baroque, the Grant Park Symphony, Ars Viva, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Contemporary Chamber Players. She has also performed on the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now series and is a member of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project.

Ms. Michel can be heard on eight compact discs on the Koch International label as principal oboist of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and founding member of the Arioso Wind Quintet. She served as acting principal oboe with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera Orchestra and has performed at several music festivals including SummerFest La Jolla and the Peter Britt (OR) Festival. She received her Masters degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with John Mack.

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Tina Laughlin, Percussion

Tina LaughlinTina Laughlin was born in Elgin, Illinois and graduated with highest honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.  She received both her B.M. and M.M. in Percussion Performance with a minor in Art History from DePaul University.  Her training also included eight years with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she performed under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Sir Georg Solti.  As a freelance artist, Laughlin performs with many orchestras and theaters in the Chicagoland area including the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony, The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Light Opera Works and the Elgin Symphony.  She is a strong advocate of new music and appears with numerous ensembles including at New Music DePaul events and with CUBE. Laughlin has performed several of John Eaton's operas and in 2000, became a core member of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project.  In the fall of 2003 Laughlin performed the Midwest Premiere of the Philip Glass operas "The Sound of a Voice" and "Hotel of Dreams" at the Court Theatre in Chicago.  In May of 2009 Laughlin recorded Michael Abels’ “Aquadia” which played at the Shedd Aquarium as accompaniment to the live show “Fantasea”.  She appeared live on WFMT radio in January of 2010 and in February of 2013, performing with CUBE new music ensemble and flutist Mary Stolper respectively. In March of 2010, Laughlin premiered “Charged and Calm Surfaces” by Chicago composer George Flynn. “Charged and Calm Surfaces” was written for and dedicated to Laughlin and clarinetist Christie Miller. Laughlin has recorded with Millar Brass Ensemble, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Elgin Symphony and the Center for Black Music Research of Columbia College. Laughlin is also seen in the film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as the cymbal player in Carnegie Hall. She has taught at DePaul University for over 15 years and is in her fifth year of teaching percussion at ChiArts, Chicago’s only tuition free high school dedicated to providing pre-professional training to students in the arts. In the fall of 2013, Laughlin was appointed Instructor of Percussion at Northeastern Illinois University. She also really likes to dance salsa.

Tina's Interview:

Instrument?

Percussion

What are you listening to?

Cuban ‘Son’

Describe your work.

I like to play contemporary music the most — I think because I feel I can associate with it. I’m not living in the 1700s, so I feel more connected to the twenty-first century. My work involves a lot of choreography, many instruments.

Most important lesson you’ve learned?

Always remember to do what-ever it is that you want—life is too short to edit your desires.

Recent dreams?

Actually, the weirdest dream I’ve ever had was that I was a chime, like a church chime! Yeah, I don’t remember the scene very much, but I was fully aware that I was a chime, and that I felt this great resonance the whole time. I felt myself ringing!

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Wagner Campos, Clarinet

Wagner CamposWagner Campos is in the clarinet faculty at Depaul University. He is a core member of Fulcrum Point New Music Project, the Chicago Sinfonietta orchestra and collaborates with MusicNow, Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Milwaukee symphony, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

“I enjoy playing new music and discovering all the wonderful sensations and effects that this music uncovers, tremendously impacting performers and listeners. I’m passionate about salsa music from Cuba and Puerto Rico, as well as reading fiction from Latino American writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I only wish I had more time to watch soccer games with his friends.”

When not involved in musical activities, Wagner enjoys going out with his wife and chasing his two kids around the house.

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Jeff Stitely, Drums

Jeff StitleyJeff Stitely has been performing in Chicago since 1984 after receiving his BM in percussion performance at the U. of Illinois in Champaign. He has performed with such notable jazz musicians as: Eddie Harris, “Groove” Holmes, Chick Corea, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Lew Tabakin, Oliver Lake, Sheila Jordon, Zoot Sims, Billy Harper, Larry Coryell, Wallace Roney, Melton Mustafa and Bob Belden.

The Jeff Stitely Quartet has released three CD’s and toured Europe as well as being one of four finalists in the 1995 Hennessy Jazz competition. Jeff has played, recorded and toured around the world with the Patricia Barber Trio. He is currently a member of two contemporary chamber ensembles in Chicago: Fulcrum Point and The Revolution Ensemble.

He has received two N.E.A. study grants and has worked extensively on West African drumming with Abubakari Luna, and Gideon Foli Alorwoyie. Jeff was an Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University 1995-2001. He also was an Urban Gateways artist for four years working with K-12 teaching music fundamentals, African drumming and dance, and performing with his jazz trio.

Jeff Stitely Music Productions Inc. is a ten year old company that provides live entertainment for weddings, parties, and corporate events in the Chicagoland area.

Jeff lives in Chicago with his wife Liz and son Evan. In addition to musical activities, Jeff also leads weekend trainings for men wanting to live more from principles and vision.

Jeff's Interview:

What do you listen to?

James Taylor, YoYo Ma playing the Bach Cello Sonatas.

What inspires you?

Engaging conversations when someone is passionate about something. My 3 year old son’s energy and excitement about all the little things in life like finding a bug.

The most important lesson you've learned?

To listen and open my mind and heart to see myself in others.

Recent Dreams?

To have a relationship with my wife where we don't blame or punish each other at all and are both determined to be satisfied and go for what we want.

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Lewis Kirk, Bassoon

Lewis KirkLewis Kirk is a member of the orchestras of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Santa Fe Opera, playing both bassoon and contrabassoon. In addition to Fulcrum Point, he performs with the Champagne Players, Bach Week in Evanston, Symphony II and Concertante di Chicago. He has appeared as a guest with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, CUBE, Music of the Baroque, and the Contemporary Chamber Players. Before coming to Chicago, Mr. Kirk played five seasons with the Städtischen Orchester of Bremerhaven, Germany and three seasons with the New Orleans Symphony. His formal music studies were at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and at the Manhattan School of Music. His bassoon teachers include Crawford Best, Phillip Kolker, Stephen Maxym, and Darlene Jussilla. Mr. Kirk joined the faculty of DePaul University as an Instuctor of Bassoon in 1989. He resides in Evanston with his wife Melissa and two daughters Eleanor and Cynthia.

Mr. Kirk began playing the bassoon at the age of 12 at the suggestion of Morris Sweat, his junior high school band director. Lewis was a trombone player at the time and not exactly setting the woods on fire, and Mr. Sweat was desperate to get a bassoonist into the band, so the crafty band director told him he had just the right teeth structure to take on the bassoon. So he took the instrument and a fingering chart into the storage room and when he made his debut in the band a week later he got a lot more attention from the cheerleaders than he'd ever gotten on trombone, and so was hooked. Now the bassoon has been variously described as "the clown of the orchestra" ,"a farting bedpost" or "a huge bong sort of thing". Lewis began to practice, took a few lessons and decided this is what he wanted to do with his life. He worked hard, got lucky and ended up in Chicago with a steady job, a lovely wife and family. His happiness will be complete when he masters the five ball cascade.

Lewis' Interview:

Instrument?

Bassoon

What are you listening to?

Acrock — they’re this local, male acappella doo-wop group

Describe your work.

Ultimately, I hope to produce something magical, something to move people.

Most important lesson you’ve learned?

Finding satisfaction really comes from doing whatever it is you do the best — giving it your all, no matter when.

Recent dreams?

Generally my dreams are pretty benign, but in this one I’m in New Mexico (I spend my summers there), and for some reason I’m concerned with water — making sure we have enough, that sort of thing. I guess that’s pretty benign, too!

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Jeremy Ruthrauff, Saxophone

Jeremy RuthrauffSaxophonist Jeremy Ruthrauff regularly performs with numerous prominent ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Contemporary Music Ensemble (Music Now), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theatre, Contemporary Chamber Players (Contempo), and Fulcrum Point New Music Project.  He recently performed as a guest artist with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Eight Blackbird at the prestigious 2009 Ojai Music Festival.  He has commissioned and premiered numerous new works by leading composers including a sonata by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison.  He has performed the Chicago and midwest premieres of many significant works including Louis Andreissen’s Hout at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Release with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra New Music Ensemble at Orchestra Hall  (solo saxophone), and Franco Donatoni’s solo saxophone concertino Hot with Fulcrum Point New Music Project.   A prolific teacher, he has given master classes at institutions such as the New England Conservatory of Music, University of Illinois, and Depaul University among others, and currently teaches at several leading music schools in the Chicago area.   Recently, he was invited by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to participate in their program Harmonia, in which soloists introduce music to children in Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods. 

Jeremy's Interview:

Instrument?

Tenor Saxophone

What are you listening to?

“Blood on the Floor” by Mark Anthony Turnage

Describe your work.

I was trained to play classical repertoire, like Milhaud, Debussy; but also contemporary composers like Berio and Stockhausen, the jazz of Coltrane and Cole Henderson, I’ve composed using methods of multiphonics and circular breathing — all of this is great to me, the breadth of music out there is inspiring.

Most important lesson you’ve learned?

Always follow what you feel; be driven by your creative impulse — trying to build a career based on what to do right usually ends up wrong.

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Gregory Flint, French Horn

Gregory FlintGregory Flint is associate professor of horn at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and co-director of the Chamber Music Milwaukee concert series. As a performer, he is principal horn with the Elgin Symphony, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Present Music of Milwaukee and the Fulcrum Point New Music Project. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Honolulu Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. A busy chamber musician, Flint is a founding member of the Asbury Brass Quintet, hornist with the Tower Brass of Chicago, and the Prairie Winds. Gregory currently spends his summer months in New Mexico as a member of the Santa Fe Opera orchestra.

“Playing new music is thrilling for me because it helps nourish my interest in all types of music, while it provides interesting new perspectives on the more traditional music I love to play. On a desert island all I would need is limitless supply of cold beer and a turntable with several 70's funk LP’s... Oh, and Karen & our two girls, too. We love to dance!”

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Kathryn Flum, flute

Kathryn FlumA native of northern California, but a mid-western girl at heart, Kathryn Flum began piano and voice studies at the age of 3 and added cello at 4.  By nine years old, she began playing flute in place of the cello and continued to study, compete and perform extensively throughout the Midwest.  To this day she marries her love of singing with her flute playing.
During her time at NAU, she was a member of the Agassiz Trio, which won the Music Teachers National Association Competition, the ASU Contemporary Music Society Competition and the Red Rocks Music Festival.  Kathryn also held the second flute and piccolo positions with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and recorded for Carl Fischer Music while at NAU. She has performed with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Lira Ensemble and the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra.

“I love new music because of the refreshing creative challenges they pose. My passions include golden retrievers, Pilates, good vegan food, great wine (I’m preparing for Sommelier certification,) reading, hiking and being with my family and friends.”

My desert island necessities:
Family and friends, Yo-Yo Ma, the Bible, my Pilates equipment and pure silence.

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Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, Viola

Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff

Violist Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music degree and earned a Master of Music and a Certificate in Performance from Northwestern University. She then became the principal violist of the Cape Town Symphony in South Africa. She joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 2000-04 as the Coordinator of String Chamber Music.  Ms. Lasareff-Mironoff has performed chamber music with members of the Chicago Symphony, members of the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, the Chicago Philharmonic,  the Pacifica String Quartet, Stephen Burns, Mathias Tacke, Ilya Kaler, Victor Yampolsky, William Wolfram, PINOTAGE, members of Eighth Blackbird, CUBE and the Orion Ensemble.  She has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque and has been the principal violist of the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Colorado Music Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Joffrey Ballet. In 2005 she was the violist in Fulcrum Point's debut performance at the Ravinia Festival.  During the 2007 season she performed with the Santa Fe Opera. A champion of new music she has premiered and performed works by many composers. Her discography includes chamber works recorded for Albany Records and Innova Recordings.   She has performed regularly on WFMT since 1994 including a Dame Myra Hess Recital in 1998. She joined the chamber music faculty of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2009.  Since 2002 she has been the principal violist of Fulcrum Point New Music Project. Guest artist recitals and master classes include appearances at Northwestern University, Bowling Green University, Cal State Sacramento, Wheaton College, DePaul University, Roosevelt University, San Francisco State University and she was the guest artist for the viola master class at the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition.   

In 2012 she led viola sectionals for the DePaul University Chamber and Symphony orchestras. Currently she is the Director of Chamber Music and teaches viola at North Park University.   For more information visit:    http://www.claudialm.com


A core member of Fulcrum Point Claudia has premiered many works by contemporary composers and is inspired by composers’ imaginations.

“The ability to compose music is a talent I am amazed by in these artists. Being a part of this creative process as a performer is a joy. I love to cook and appreciate struggling through books about quantum physics by Brian Greene.”

My desert island list:
The complete recordings of Franz Schubert and Rameau, at least three composers that write new music, a piano, an endless supply of books, sun block, Scrabble and her wonderful, witty circle of friends and family.

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Kevin Hartman, Trumpet

Kevin HartmanKevin Hartman is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His orchestral career has included numerous concerts, recordings and tours with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and stints as principal trumpet with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. He has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and in 2002 was Acting Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Asbury Brass Quintet (winners of the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions) and was a member of the Chicago Brass Quintet.

On the commercial side, Mr. Hartman has also had an extensive career as a theater musician, playing long runs of many musicals, including Showboat, Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, La Cage aux Folles, Cabaret, Fosse and many others. He has performed with many popular artists including Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Yes, Dennis DeYoung, Audra McDonald, Emmylou Harris, Nancy Griffith, Melissa Manchester, Judy Collins, Lou Rawls, and many others. He has been heard on numerous national television and radio ads, including McDonald’s, United Airlines, Kellogg’s, Moen Faucets, Black and Decker and many others.

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Mark Brandfonbrener, Cello

Mark BrandfonbrenerMark Brandfonbrener, a native Chicagoan, studied with Frank Miller, and received a full scholarship to study with Samuel Mayes at the University of Michigan.  After being awarded the Stanley Medal as the outstanding undergraduate at the School of Music, he received a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School with Harvey Shapiro.  Invited by Pinchas Zukerman    to join the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, he was active on that orchestra’s chamber music series.  He has performed as a member of the Chicago String Trio, The Testore Piano Trio, and in duo recital with his wife, violinist Kathleen Brauer, and has been a frequent performer on the nationally broadcast Dame Myra Hess Recital Series.  He has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Aspen, Sarasota, Montepulciano, and Gstaad.  Active in contemporary chamber music, he has given numerous mid-west premieres as a member of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project.  He has performed with Chicago Chamber Musicians, and is frequently heard with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Bach Week in Evanston, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  He is currently a member of Pintele Piano Trio, and the orchestras of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Santa Fe Opera.  His cello was made by Paolo Antonio Testore in 1710.  

Mark's Interview:

Instrument?

Cello

What are you listening to?

Stephane Grappelli’s “Crazy Rhythm”

Describe your work.

I suppose I try to find the harmony between the interest I feel for the music and what is interesting to the audience as I play it.

Most important lesson you’ve learned?

Working very hard at practicing my craft so that when I play for an audience I don’t have to work so hard — then I can concentrate on the music, feeling it and realizing its beauty.

Recent dreams?

I really can’t remember any recent dreams — sorry!

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David Lee Jackson, Trombone

David Lee JacksonDavid Lee Jackson is an active soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician. As an advocate of new music, he has commissioned and performed the world premieres of numerous works for the trombone. As a chamber musician, Mr. Jackson has performed with the Detroit Chamber Winds, Music of the Baroque, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra and the Spoleto, Italy Festival Orchestra. He is currently Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Michigan School of Music and has previously served on the faculties of Baylor University, Eastern Michigan University, The University of Toledo and the Interlochen Arts Camp All-State Division. His summers are spent teaching and performing at the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Idyllwild Arts Festival. Mr. Jackson is a Selmer/Bach artist clinician.

David's Interview:

Instrument?

Trombone

Describe your work.

Sharing music with anyone who cares to listen.

Most important lesson you’ve learned?

Let music change your life.

Recent dreams?

My worst nightmare — 75 other trombonists show up to the gig. hmmm.

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Kuang-Hao Huang, Piano

Kuang-Hao HuangInternationally acclaimed pianist Kuang-Hao Huang is most often heard as a collaborator, regularly playing with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and vocalists with the Lyric Opera. He has also performed with the Vermeer and Chicago String Quartets. Mr. Huang is a core member of Fulcrum Point. Also a dedicated teacher, Mr. Huang serves on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Concordia University-Chicago, and the Merit School of Music. Mr. Huang holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Northwestern University. For more information, go to www.khpiano.net.

An advocate of new music, Mr. Huang gave the world premiere performances of solo works by Louis Andriessen and Chen Yi at Weill Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s Millennium Piano Book Project. He has also premiered numerous ensemble works, including pieces by Stacy Garrop, John Harbison, Daniel Kellogg, James Matheson, and Laura Schwendinger.

“I like being pushed outside my comfort zone.  I feel I can continue to grow as an artist and musician. It is inspiring to be in contact with the process of creation rather than re-creation. If I were stranded on a desert isle I would love to have a conversation with God and the devil, like Jesus did in Jose Saramago's Gospel According to Jesus Christ.”

When not making music KH enjoys family time cooking, eating, and watching the Packers.

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Alison Attar, Harp

Alison AttarHarpist Dr. Alison Attar specializes in contemporary and historical music.  A champion of new music, Alison performs regularly with numerous new music groups, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Contempo (formerly Contemporary Chamber Players), Pinotage and Milwaukee’s Present Music.  She is also a founding member of the new music quartet Pinotage.  Alison debuted at Carnegie’s Weil Hall in 1994 with the avant garde Marinos trio.  Other highlights of Attar’s pedal-harp career include two full productions of Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as performances with Ars Viva, Chicago Opera Theater, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Skylight Opera Theatre and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (FL).  She toured Taiwan with Chicago ’s Symphonic Pops Orchestra and served as Principal Harpist for Arnold Rosner’s Chicagoland Pops Orchestra.  Attar's interest in historical harps, specifically the Italian triple harp, has led to performances throughout North America and Europe.   Dr. Attar holds a B.M., M.M., and D.M. in harp performance and a B.A. in Italian culture, all from Northwestern University .  She can be heard on over a dozen recordings under the Albany , Cedille, Hungaraton and Mayapple labels, among others.

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Mathias Tacke, Violin

Mathias TackeMathias Tacke, violin, was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet from 1992 until 2007 and prior to that a member of the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, one of the most important professional groups specializing in contemporary music.  In this capacity he gave countless first performances, including works by most of today’s leading composers.  With the Vermeer Quartet he gave performances in practically all of the most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Taos, Ravinia, South Bank, Berlin, to name only a few.  He appears internationally as a soloist and chamber player, performing a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to music of our time and has made numerous recordings for such labels as Sony, ECM, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Cedille. Three of the Vermeer Quartet recordings were nominated for the Grammy Award.  Mr. Tacke is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University and Guest Lecturer for String Chamber Music at Northwestern University.

“The fact that new music is new brings tremendous excitement and freshness with its variety of sounds and techniques. When I’m not playing music I love being with my family. Once the kids are out of the house I’m curious as to what will arise.

My desert island requests:
The Schubert String Quintet and a pack of cigarettes… finally I’d be alone and I could enjoy a good smoke!”

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Rika Seko, Violin

Rika Seko

Violinist Rika Seko was born in Tokyo in 1963 and began her professional career in Bogotá, Colombia after graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1986. By 1989 she served as the guest Concertmaster of the Colombia Symphony and appeared often as a soloist with many orchestras Columbia. She was the Professor of Violin at Yuriko Kuronuma Academy in Mexico City and was invited to serve as Assistant Concertmaster in the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.  She premiered performances in Columbia of the Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Alicia Terzian Violin Concerto.  Since 1995 she has been the Concertmaster of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared with many Chicago area orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and has been active as a commercial recording artist. As a soloist, she has appeared in concerts with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra where she served for eight years as assistant concertmaster, Northwestern University Philharmonic Orchestra and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has performed for WFMT’s “Live From Studio One” with the Chicago Ensemble for a recital at the Chicago Cultural Center as a part of Dame Myra Hess Concert Series. Since moving to the United States, Rika has been invited to perform as a soloist in Colombia, including a 2006 performance of “Serenade” by Bernstein under the direction of Maestro Irving Hoffman with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.  Currently she serves as concertmaster at the Elmhurst Symphony, is a member of the Grant Park Festival Symphony Orchestra and regularly appears with Music of the Baroque and the Fulcrum Point New Music Project.

“I love the open-mindedness and the freedom I get to enjoy interpreting new art music. When I’m not making music I enjoy cooking, eating, reading and thinking about languages; in another life I would love to be a linguist. If I were stranded on a desert island… I’d want enough food, water, an airplane, fuel, and a skilled pilot who could build a runway. I'd be listening and reading for signs of other humans, weather change, and dangerous baby dinosaurs, all the time nagging my pilot to get us out as quick as possible. Clearly, I don’t do marooned.”

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Collins Trier, Bass

Collins TrierCollins Trier, double bass, has been a member of the Lyric Opera Orchestra since 1980 and frequently performs with the Chicago Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. He serves as Principal Bass of the Music of the Baroque, the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago, Present Music, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Rembrandt Chamber Players, Bach Week of Evanston, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble and Chicago Opera Theater. He is also very active as a studio musician, performing on music for commercials and for a wide array of albums. Mr. Trier also specializes in pop and folk music and has toured with numerous Broadway productions. He has recently recorded a CD of his own music called "RAIN", on Northport Records. It features Mr. Trier playing the hammered dulcimer, and is now available at local record stores.

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Kathleen Brauer, violin

Kathleen BrauerKathleen Brauer, violinist, made her solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the age of fifteen. She holds degrees in music performance from the University of Michigan and Yale University. She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at Aspen Music Festival, and has performed with numerous ensembles including the Lyric Chamber Ensemble in Detroit, and Ensemble Modern of Germany. She has often appeared with the Rembrandt Chamber Players, and is a member of Pintele piano trio, with whom she has performed several recitals on WFMT.  She has appeared at the Norfolk, Bowdoin, and Hampden-Sydney Festivals, and with Bach Week in Evanston, and is a frequent guest artist at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Brauer is a member of the orchestras of Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Santa Fe Opera, and Music of the Baroque.

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Sophie Weber, cello

Sophie WeberCellist Sophie Webber earned hedilr Bachelor of Music degree from Trinity College of Music, London, and a Master and Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  She currently teaches cello and chamber music for Lake Forest College and the Music Institute of Chicago. www.sophiewebber.net

“I am strongly drawn to new music and the excitement of exploring unknown territory, as well as an increased freedom of interpretation.   An enthusiast of interdisciplinary work I am the artistic director of Fused Muse Ensemble, a group that specializes in the presentation of old and new music with other art forms. Besides music, I enjoy running, yoga (or at least, thinking about yoga), languages, and watching movies on Netflix. I LOVE dogs, especially golden retrievers.”

My desert island wish list:
The “Cavatina” from Beethoven’s String Quartet in Bb Op.130, and Canadian Composer Jocelyn Morlock’s “Exaudi” for Solo Cello and Choir; “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer; and Colin Firth, of course.

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Soundtracks is a soundtrack album by the Krautrock group Can. It was first released in 1970 and consists of tracks written for various films. The album marks the departure of the band's original vocalist Malcolm Mooney, who sings on two tracks, to be replaced by new member Damo Suzuki. Stylistically, the record also documents the transition from the psychedelia-inspired jams of their first recordings (i.e., Monster Movie and Delay 1968) to the more meditative, electronic, and experimental mode of the studio albums that followed (such as Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi).

"She Brings the Rain" was later featured in Wim Wenders' 1994 film Lisbon Story, and also in the 2000 Oskar Roehler film Die Unberührbare.

"Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" features Damo Suzuki's first recorded performance with Can.[1]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Mother Sky" at number 48 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.