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Winter concert series announced

ArtReachOfMidMichiganMT. PLEASANT — Art Reach of Mid Michigan presents their 2013 Winter Concert Series, featuring performances by local vocalists and instrumentalists in the months of January, February, March and April. Tickets are available at Art Reach on Broadway, where the performances will take place, and are $10 for each concert. Student tickets cost $5. They can be purchased ahead of time or at the door.

2013 Winter Concert Performances:

Jan. 20:  Mary Jo Cox, piano with Mark Cox, tuba

Dr. Mary Jo Cox received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A student of Frank Weinstock and C. Nolan Huizenga, she also studied harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto. Dr. Cox maintains an active schedule as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. As a member of the Ixopo Duo, she and pianist Franklin Larey were awarded first prize in the Graves Duo-Piano Competition and were finalists in the prestigious Murray Dranoff International Duo-Piano Competition. She currently holds the position of principal keyboardist with the Midland Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent collaborative pianist for festivals and competitions throughout the United States. In addition, Cox is a frequent MTNA adjudicator and has served on the faculties of Central Michigan University (CMU), New England Music Camp, and the Cincinnati Conservatory Community Music School.

Dr. Mark Cox, professor of tuba and euphonium at CMU, holds the bachelor of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a master of music degree in performance from Northwestern University. While attending the Eastman School of Music, he received the prestigious performer’s certificate in tuba. Dr. Cox has performed with numerous professional organizations, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), Midland (MI), and Penfield (NY) Symphony Orchestras principal tubist, and Syracuse Symphony (NY) and the New World Symphony Orchestra (FL) as substitute tubist. He has held faculty positions at the Eastman School of Music; State University of New York at Geneseo; and Nazareth College (Rochester, NY).  In the summer, he has held the position of tuba and euphonium instructor at the New England Music Camp, a summer music institute in Maine for talented high school musicians. Dr. Cox is a board member and has judged for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Solo Competition. He is also member of T.U.BA. and the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His teachers have included Cherry Beauregard, professor of tuba and euphonium at the Eastman School of Music, principal tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic and tubist with Eastman Brass Quintet; Arnold Jacobs, tubist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and breathing guru; Ronald Bishop, principal tubist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra; Rex Conner, professor of tuba at the University of Kentucky at Lexington and instructor of tuba and euphonium at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan; and Roger Bobo, international recording artist and principal tubist with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Cox has performed in most of the major concert halls in the United States, Germany, and Japan and has performed with numerous international performers including trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Randy Brecker; saxophonists Branford Marsalis and John Herle, flutist James Galway, pianists Shera Sherkaski and Jeffrey Jacob, trombonist J.J. Johnson, and drummer Max Roach. Recordings on which Dr. Cox can be heard include Carnaval with Wynton Marsalis (CBS Masterworks); Pied Piper Fantasy with James Galway (Sony); Live in Osaka with the Eastman Wind Ensemble (Sony), Chorale Works of Anton Bruckner with the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale; Music of Ingolf Dahl, with the New World Symphony Orchestra; and the music education series Jump Right In (G.A.A. Publications).  Dr. Cox gives seminars on teaching, performing, and offers his popular seminar, “Proper Breathing Techniques for Musicians,” throughout the United States. Dr. Cox’s students are active throughout Michigan and the United States, both as public school teachers and professional performers.  His former students have won the Yamaha Young Artists Competition; placed in the artist division of the Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition; are members of Pershings’ Own, the top United States Army Band; and have had numerous solo performances around the nation.  Mark Cox is a Yamaha performing artist.

Feb. 17:  Hai xin Wu, violin and Zhihua Tang, piano

Violinist and lecturer in violin at CMU, Wu, joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra violin section in July 1995 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the DSO in June 2004. He previously performed throughout the United States, Europe and his native China. At the age of 12, Wu was selected as the violin soloist of the Chinese Young Artists’ group to tour the former Yugoslavia. In May 1995, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City, performing the Paganini Violin Concerto with the New York Concert Senior Orchestra. Wu was also featured as soloist with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in its 25th Anniversary Gala Concert in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra on its recording and Midwest tour, with Bergen Philharmonic (New Jersey), among the others.

Wu has won many competitions including the Waldo Mayo Violin Competition, the Friends of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Competition and the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, as well as a special prize in the 2002 Lipizer International Competition. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Ariana Bronne.

In addition to performing with the DSO, Wu often plays with various chamber groups, such as the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the Cuttime Players. From 1998-2001, he was a member of the Sonnet String Quartet, quartet -in-residence at the Oakland University. In addition to teaching at CMU, he is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Wayne State University Music Department and a violin and chamber music coach of the Detroit Civic Orchestra.

Instructor of Collaborative Piano at CMU, Dr. Tang was born in Shanghai, China and studied at Shanghai conservatory, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. Her teachers include Menahem Pressler, Martin Katz, Deborah Moriarty and Dady Mehta. In addition, she has been a frequent performer in master classes conducted by distinguished pianists such as Joseph Kalichstein, Mark Durrand, Anton Querti, John Perry, Russell Sherman and Paul Badura Skoda. Tang has been a participant in numerous festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Gilmore Festival and Banff International Keyboard Festival.Her activities as a concerto soloist include performances with Detroit Civic Orchestra, Alma Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Ballet Orchestra and Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Tang has collaborated with violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, Emmanuelle Boisvert, Concertmaster of Detroit Symphony, Hai Ye Ni, Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist of the Detroit Symphony and Arianna String Quartet. Tang has been on faculty of Eastern Michigan University and Alma College.

Mar. 10: James Fiste, cello with Hai Xin Wu, violin and Zhihua Tang, piano

Dr. James Fiste, associate professor of cello at CMU, has been an active recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. Recent solo performances include recitals in the beautiful Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Wisconsin Lutheran College recital series in Milwaukee, Notre Dame Alumni Series, Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series in Boston, Massachusetts. Recent chamber music performances include performances in the Maison Danoise in Paris, France and the Museu d’Història de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.  He has also performed chamber music in the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts, Fontana Music Festival in Shelbyville, Michigan, the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series in Boston and performances at Tennessee Technological University and Michigan State University.  He has also appeared in recital throughout New England.  He has performed chamber music with musicians from the Boston and Dallas Symphonies, Chicago String Quartet, faculty from the University of Illinois and other distinguished musicians at the Music Festival of Arkansas and Hot Springs Music Festival. Jamie Fiste is co-artistic director for the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival in Plymouth, MA and was also founding member of the Stonehill Trio, trio in residence at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.  Dr. Fiste has been a prizewinner in the Rolland Competition, Cello Society Competition and the University of Illinois Concerto Competition. He has also been a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in Providence. Dr. Fiste has studied with Laurien Laufman and Karen Buranskas and has participated in master classes with Janos Starker and Fritz Magg.  He received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, a M.M. from the University of Notre Dame and a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois.

Apr. 28: Eric H. Tucker, bass-baritone

Associate Professor of Voice/Opera at CMU, Basso-cantante Dr. Tucker, a native of Fairmont, WV received his bachelor of music in vocal performance from Florida State University, master of music in vocal performance from the University of Illinois and his doctor of musical arts from Ohio State University.

His operatic portrayals range from “Figaro” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro to “Superintendent Budd” in Britten’s Albert Herring and “Colline” in La Bohéme. Professional companies with which Tucker has performed include: Florida State Opera, Illinois Opera Theatre, Muddy River Opera, South Georgia Opera, Columbus Light Opera, Canyon Moon Theatre, and the Ohio Opera Theatre. As a bass soloist, Tucker has performed with such orchestras as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Trujillo, The Midland Symphony Orchestra, the Sierra Vista Symphony, the Hilton Head Orchestra, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Chamber Symphony, and the Beloit Janesville Symphony in such works as Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s Saint John Passion, Saint Saën’s Christmas Oratorio as well as concert versions of opera.

Most recently, Tucker performed as bass soloist with the Saginaw Symphony in their 2012 Holiday concert the Vaughan Williams Christmas Fantasia, during the summer of 2012, he presented masterclasses, and performed as an orchestral soloist with East China Normal University’s School of Music in Shanghai. Additionally, Tucker performed as an Artist-in-Residence for Il Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantante Lirici, a Young Artist Apprentice program for opera in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy. While there, he sang performances in leading roles in Don Pasquale, Le Nozze di Figaro, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Il Viaggio del Reims in performances throughout Tuscany Tucker has performed recitals and presented master classes in Nanjing, China and Trujillo, Peru. He was a soloist with Orquesta Sinfonica deTrujillo as part of the XII Internacional Bach Festival in Trujillo, Peru. He has performed Handel’s Messiah and Puccini’s La Bohéme with the Midland Symphony Orchestra. A champion of the art song recital, Tucker has performed recitals featuring the music of Schubert, Strauss, Ibert, and Wolf. He toured the Midwest with pianist John Wustman as part of Wustman’s Schubert Recital Series.

Art Reach is located at 111 E. Broadway in downtown Mt. Pleasant. For more information, call Art Reach at (989) 773-3689.

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