Faculty Showcase Concert

The Artist Faculty of the University of Redlands School of Music will present a faculty showcase concert to introduce new music faculty members on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

The program, which will be conducted by new faculty choral conductor Jean-Sébastien Vallée, will include the Stabat Mater in f minor Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, the Chamber Symphony by Franz Schreker and two West Coast premiers of works by new faculty composer Anthony Suter. Vallée will lead an ensemble of 21 faculty members, three guest artists and two University of Redlands students.

Originally from Canada, Vallée is an active conductor, clinician and music judge. At the University of Redlands, he will be conducting the Chapel Singers and working with Nicholle Andrews, assistant professor of choral conducting, on the Feast of Lights.

Prior to his arrival at Redlands, Vallée conducted more than 15 ensembles in Canada and the United States including the University of California New Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and the University of Illinois University Chorus and Opera Studio.

Vallée has studied under such renowned conductors as Chester Alwes, Eduardo Diazmunoz, Iwan Edwards, Agnes Grossman, Chantal Masson-Bourque, Nicole Paiement, Raphaele Ponti, Miroslav Popsavov, Donald Schleicher, Fred Stoltzfus and Jon Washburn. In addition to his interest in choral, operatic and orchestral music, he is an advocate of contemporary music, making one of his priorities to premiere and commission works by young composers and program rarely performed repertoire.

Anthony Suter's music has been heard in nearly every major U.S. city, as well as a growing list of international venues. His works include three chamber operas, chamber and orchestral music, and several works for wind ensemble. His principle teachers have included William Bolcom, Susan Botti, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Bright Sheng, Frank Ticheli, and Dan Welcher. He holds degrees in composition from the universities of Southern California, Michigan and Texas.

Suter has received awards from the National Opera Association, the College Band Director's National Association, ASCAP, Associazione Culturale Musicale "Euritmia," the British and International Bass Forum, Concorso 2 Agosto, and the Texas String Project. 

In addition to composing, Suter will be authoring a chapter for the next volume of the GIA Publications series “Composers on Composing for Band.” He has a deep interest in music for younger musicians and is a vocal advocate for public school music programs, often serving as a guest conductor and clinician for K-12 music programs.

Composed in 1736 and first published in London in 1749, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater written for soprano and mezzo-soprano solo, strings and continuo, became the most frequently printed single work in the 18th century. The solo parts will be performed by mezzo-soprano Melissa Tosh, associate professor of music and soprano Patricia Gee, Artist Teacher of Voice.

Austrian composer and conductor Franz Schreker’s Chamber Symphony in one movement is scored for 23 solo instruments and is dedicated to the “faculty of the Imperial and Royal Academy of Music in Vienna.” Shortly after its premiere performance in 1916, the work entered the repertoire and remains Schreker's most frequently performed work today.

The concert will also feature two West Coast premieres of works by Suter. The first is an excerpt from his first string quartet, which features a virtuoso duet for two violins woven into the fabric of a quartet.  The second work, a piece for cello and piano entitled "a hymn for forgotten moons," is a lyrical work inspired by the music of the band Radiohead.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information contact the School of Music at (909) 748-8700.

*Members of the media can call (909) 748-8697 to arrange an interview with new faculty members Suter and Vallée.

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