Redlands to Host 42nd IDRS Conference

University of Redlands Will Host the 42nd IDRS Conference

Prestigious International conference will bring more than 1,000 musicians from June 25-29

REDLANDS, June 20, 2013 — The University of Redlands School of Music will host the 42nd Annual Conference of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) on June 25-29, 2013. Featuring more than 130 events, six Gala concerts, the Gillet-Fox Solo Competition for Oboe, as well as the Young Artist Competition for Bassoon, the IDRS Conference is the most prestigious event of its kind. Organized by University of Redlands faculty Dr. Carolyn Beck, Artist Teacher of Bassoon and Francisco Castillo, Artist Teacher of Oboe, the conference is expected to attract more than 1,000 oboe and bassoon players from all over the globe.

Although the daytime events require registration for the conference, the School of Music and the International Double Reed Society have coordinated with Redlands Community Musician Association and the Redlands Symphony Orchestra to present four orchestra gala concerts that will be free and open to the public. According to the Dean of the School of Music, Dr. Andrew Glendening, “This is a remarkable opportunity for our students, faculty and our professional colleagues to work with world-class soloists and conductors, and to share that artistry with the community.”

The opening Gala Concert is Tuesday, June 25th in the Memorial Chapel and will feature oboe soloists Arlana Ghez, Robert Walters and Richard Woodhams and bassoon soloists Judith Farmer, Nicolasa Kuster and Martin Kuuskman. The Redlands Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Milan Turkovic and Gordon Hunt. The concert will take place at 7 pm in the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands and will be free and open to the public, with first priority given to IDRS members.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Oboe, Ariana N. Ghez will be featured in L’Horloge de Flore for Oboe and Orchestra Jean Françaix. Prior to her appointment in Los Angeles, Ms. Ghez was principal oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Santa Fe Opera. She has also performed as guest principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Ms. Ghez has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Caracas, the Aspen Music Festival, among many others.

The Concerto in A major BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach will feature Robert Walters on the oboe d’amore. Mr. Walters is currently the Solo English horn player of The Cleveland Orchestra and Professor of Oboe and English horn at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Previously, Mr. Walters held the same position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2006 performing Ned Rorem’s English Horn Concerto. He has also performed the Vasks English horn Concerto with The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the Bach D’amore Concerto BWV 1055. Mr. Walters has appeared as guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

The Oboe Concerto in C, Op. 7, No. 3 by Jean-Marie Leclair and the Soliloquy for Oboe, Strings, Flute & Clarinet by Edward Elgar will be performed by the principal oboe of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Richard Woodhams. Mr. Woodhams’s tenure has included solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia, as well as in New York, Boston, and other cities throughout the United States and Asia in collaboration with its four previous music directors. His recordings with the Orchestra include Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with Wolfgang Sawallisch. Mr. Woodhams has played solo works with such notable musicians as violinists Alexander Schneider and Itzhak Perlman, pianists Christoph Eschenbach and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Guarneri, Shanghai, and de Pasquale string quartets.

Nicolasa Kuster will be soloist for the Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwillich. Ms. Kuster is on the faculty of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California and is Principal Bassoon of the Stockton Symphony Orchestra. She has held orchestral positions in the Wichita Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Summer festivals include ten seasons with the New Hampshire Music Festival and six at the Spoleto Festival (Italy).

Estonian born bassoon virtuoso, Martin Kuuskmann will perform the Bassoon Concerto (1986) by Stephen Paulson. Known for his charismatic and entertaining performances throughout the world, the New York Times praised Kuuskmann’s playing as “dynamic…amazing…gripping…” In 2007 he received a Grammy Nomination for his recording of David Chesky’s bassoon concerto. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Martin received degrees at Manhattan School of Music and Yale University School of Music.

Judith Farmer will perform the Concerto for Bassoon and Strings by Gordon Jacob. Ms. Farmer teaches bassoon at the University of Southern California. From 1984-1996 she was principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Academica Salzburg. Ms. Farmer has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic - including as guest principal in spring of 2009 - as well as for over 150 major motion pictures. She is currently principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Critics have described bassoonist Judith Farmer’s playing as “impeccable” (American Record Guide), “masterly” (Fanfare Magazine) and “brilliant” (Kronenzeitung, Austria).

Milan Turkovic, internationally known bassoon soloist, grew up in Vienna. Over the past two decades, he has emerged as a successful conductor, making appearances all over the world. The August 2009 issue of Ongaku No Tomo lists him as one of the top 20 most interesting conductors in the Tokyo music scene. He regularly acts as the principal conductor at the Japanese Festival at Kusatsu. In 2013 he conducted at the Rudofinium in Prague, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt and the Mozart Festival in Salzburg. He also conducted the finals and gala concert at the International ARD Competition in Munich.

Gordon Hunt is regarded as one of the world’s leading oboists. He holds the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace. He appears throughout the world as soloist and conductor and plays with many renowned chamber ensembles. In addition he has a distinguished orchestral career, currently being Principal Oboe of the London Philharmonia and London Chamber Orchestra. He previously held the same post with the London Philharmonic. He is also Principal Oboe of the World Orchestra for Peace.

For more information please contact the University of Redlands School of Music at 909-748-8732 or e-mail

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