Phelps to Perform at Music Academy Alumni Reception January 20
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New York Philharmonic Principal Violist Cynthia Phelps will perform with pianist extraordinaire Warren Jones at an alumni reception hosted by the Music Academy of the West on Friday, January 20. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, located at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City.
Ms. Phelps, who attended the Music Academy in 1979 and 1983, was a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient in 2001. Reception attendees also will include star singers (and Academy alumni) Sasha Cooke, Evan Hughes, and Susanna Phillips; fellow alumnus and pianist Vassily Primakov; and (in addition to Mr. Jones) Music Academy faculty members Hiromi Fukuda, David Geber, Marilyn Horne, Jerome Lowenthal, and Don McInnes, who will be announced as the 2012 recipient of the Academy’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
The program also will include a special 65th anniversary season announcement by Music Academy President Scott Reed. The Academy’s 2012 Summer Festival will take place June 18 to August 11 and include these classical music luminaries as guest artists: soprano Kiri Te Kanawa; violinist Gil Shaham; conductors James Gaffigan, Nicholas McGegan, Alexander Lazarev, Larry Rachleff, and Andrew Grams; New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; percussionist Colin Currie; pianist Ingrid Fliter; and the Miro Quartet. The Music Academy also will present a fully staged production of “The Rake’s Progress” this season.
Founded in 1947, the Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classical musicians. The Academy provides these promising musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and frequent performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and Fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. Based in Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West presents more than 200 public events annually, including performances by faculty, visiting artists, and Fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and fully staged opera. The Music Academy began broadcasting live simulcasts by the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera at Hahn Hall in October 2008. For more information, visit www.musicacademy.org.
SOURCE Music Academy of the West