Faculty Featured in IDRS Concert

University of Redlands Faculty Featured in IDRS Gala Concert on June 26

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. Although the daytime events require registration for the conference, the School of Music and the International Double Reed Society have coordinated with the Redlands Community Music Association and the Redlands Symphony Orchestra to present four orchestra gala concerts that will be free and open to the public.

This event will be the second Gala concert of the conference and will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 in the Memorial Chapel. The concert will feature oboists, Christoph Hartmann and Dwight Parry, bassoonists, Magnus Nilsson and Saxton Rose, mezzo-soprano, Janelle DeStefano, English horn player, Carolyn Hove, and the Formalist String Quartet. The Gala will consist of two world premiere performances including Gallo Pinto Serenata for Double Reed Ensemble and Strings, composed by University of Redlands Artist Teacher of oboe, Francisco J. Castillo, as well as Quartet for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano by Bill Douglas.

University of Redlands faculty, Sara Andon, Artist Teacher of Flute, Kathryn Nevin, Artist Teacher of Clarinet, and Carolyn Beck, Artist Teacher of Bassoon, will perform with composer and pianist Bill Douglas, on the world premiere of his piece Quartet for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano. Bill Douglas is a bassoonist-pianist-composer who toured and recorded for thirty years with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. As a bassoonist, he played with the Toronto and New Haven Symphonies, and recorded three RCA albums with Peter Serkin and Tashi. As a jazz pianist, he has toured and recorded with vibraphonist Gary Burton and bassist Eddie Gomez. In 1994, SOCAN, the Canadian equivalent of ASCAP and BMI, presented him with their classical composer of the year award. His compositions have been performed by major orchestras and chamber groups around the world. Bill taught at Cal Arts for seven years and at Naropa University for 33.5 years

“Abeja Blanca” for Mezzo-soprano, English horn and Piano by Dan Welcher and Poem by Pablo Neruda, will feature mezzo-soprano, Janelle DeStefano and Carolyn Hove on English horn. Janelle DeStefano, Associate Professor of Voice at Santa Monica College, has been praised for her “passionate delivery” and “rich seamless voice,” she has rendered dramatic performances in such works as Bach’s The Passion According to St. Matthew, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Mozart’s Requiem, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and Szymanowsky’s Stabat Mater. Carolyn Hove has been the solo English horn player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988. Ms. Hove has appeared as a soloist in many venues and has performed numerous U.S. and world premiers. Ms. Hove has presented numerous Master Classes throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Saxton Rose will perform Eight Pieces for Bassoon and Instrumental Ensemble by Philippe Hersant with assistance from University of Redlands faculty Kathryn Nevin, clarinet and Andrew Glendening, trombone, along with members of the Formalist String Quartet including, Connie Deeter, bass and Bryan Pezzone, piano. Saxton Rose is the Bassoon Professor and director of the contemporary music ensemble at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Principal Bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and bassoonist for Zéphyros Winds. He previously served as Principal Bassoonist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2008. The Formalist Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of adventurous repertoire focusing on contemporary pieces and world premiers as well as exploring a diverse spectrum of early music and the standard repertoire.

Ricordo di Napoli for Oboe and Strings by Antonio Pasculli will feature oboist Christoph Hartmann with assistance by the Formalist String Quartet. Christoph Hartmann has won several prizes at international competitions in Toulon, Genf and Tokio. His first engagement with the Stuttgart Philharmonic was followed shortly by a seat with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1992. Following his distinctive love for chamber music, he founded together with musical colleagues the Festival “Landsberger Sommermusiken”. Through this festival the “Ensemble Berlin” has formed, which tours extensively nationally and internationally.

Magnus Nilsson will perform “El Muerte del Angel” for Bassoon and Strings by Astor Piazzolla, arranged by Tomas Ebrelius. At the age of 19, Swedish bassoonist Magnus Nilsson became a member of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra. In 1985 he won second place in the IDRS Gillet-Fox competition and in 1987, after further studies with Marco Costantini (Rome) and Bernard Garfield he was appointed principal bassoonist of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. He has performed recitals throughout the world as a member of Trio Altair, Swedish Bassoon Quartet, and Pollux Quintet.

Dwight Parry will perform Six American Painters for Oboe and String Trio by John Harbison. Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2006-2007, he held the same position with the San Diego Symphony and before that was a fellow in the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed as guest principal oboist with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin.

Gallo Pinto Serenata for Double Reed Ensemble and Strings by Francisco J. Castillo will be performed by Christoph Hartmann on oboe, Francisco Castillo and Lara Wickes on English horn, Carolyn Beck, Leonardo Dean and William Dietz on bassoon, Connie Deeter on bass and the Formalist String Quartet. Francisco J. Castillo is the Co-Host to the 2013 IDRS Conference at the University of Redlands. Francisco is an Oboist, Composer, Orchestrator and Orchestra Conductor. Francisco was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Francisco graduated from the University of Southern California and from the University of Costa Rica. In 1979 he was awarded the Costa Rica National Prize in Composition for his orchestral work, TUPACK AMARU. In 2012 the Redlands Symphony premiered his Rhapsody for Oboe, English Horn and Orchestra with New York Philharmonic oboist Liang Wang on the oboe and Francisco on the English Horn. Francisco is principal Oboist with the Redlands Symphony, the California Philharmonic Orchestra and English Horn with the New West Symphony Orchestra

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

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