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The Coleman Sisters Learning to Listen Series was established in memory of Elizabeth Coleman Mooney ’48 and in honor of Susan Norton Coleman ’45, who wanted future generations of students to derive the same great pleasure from music that they did. The Series features virtuosic musicians in a salon-like atmosphere with tasty refreshments and informative conversation.


Upcoming Events
Stay tuned for the 2015-2016 season!

Past Events
2014-2015 Season

Music of Shakespeare's Time
Julianne Baird, soprano and Richard Stone, lute
part of Tempesta di Mare’s Artist Recital Series

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 pm
Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Music Room

Learning to Listen proudly presented Julianne Baird, soprano, in a program of Music of Shakespeare’s Time. Accompanying her was Richard Stone on lute. The program included selections from Shakespeare's The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It, among others.

About Julianne Baird
Julianne Baird
Julianne Baird, hailed as “one of the most extraordinary voices in the service of early music," has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi, the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Lukas Foss, the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and, , the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has over 100 recordings to her credit on Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, and others. She is Distinguished Professor of Music at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, and earned a PhD in music history from Stanford University.

A full biographical sketch is available here.

About Richard StoneRichard Stone

Richard Stone is one of the most highly regarded baroque vocal accompanists in the United States and is in constant demand as a continuo player on lute, archlute and theorbo. The New York Times described his playing as both "beautiful" and "lustrously melancholy," while a reviewer in England responded, "the crown of laurel leaves must surely go to Richard Stone for his playing of the baroque lute, which held us entranced." Stone is Director of the Swarthmore College Baroque Ensemble, and has an impressive list of conducting, recording, and broadcast credits. He studied lute with Nigel North as a Fulbright Lusk Fellow at the Guildhall School in London, and with Patrick O'Brien at the Mannes College of Music in New York.

More information on Richard Stone is available here.

Curtis Institute of Music ArtistYear Fellows
The BOK Trio:
Michelle Cann, Wade Coufal, and
Alexandra von der Embse
A Very Open Rehearsal,
working on the Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano

The BOK Trio, Photo Credit: Pete Checchia

Photo Credit: Pete Checchia

Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Music Room

Learning to Listen proudly presents Curtis Institute of Music alumni and inaugural ArtistYear Fellows,The BOK Trio: Michelle Cann (Piano '13), Wade Coufal (Bassoon '14), and Alexandra von der Embse (Oboe '12). As they work through dynamics, nuances and shadings of Poulenc Trio, our audience members witness their challenges and comments, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

During their fellowship year, the BOK Trio will collaborate with local community partners such as City Year, Teach For America, and AmeriCorps to engage young people and others in the Philadelphia community in creative expression and introduce them to the power of music.

About Michelle Cann
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Concert pianist Michelle Cann is a young artist with a deep musical commitment to performing a wide range of repertoire throughout the US and to bringing the arts to local communities. Michelle made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed with various orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. She regularly appears in recital and as a chamber musician throughout the US, China and South Korea at premiere concert halls including the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Michelle is under the management of Lisa Sapinkopf Artists.

A full biographical sketch is available here.

About Wade Coufal

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Wade Coufal began his lifelong journey as a musician in Pearland, Texas, at the age of 11. A shy boy, he picked up the bassoon through which he has developed his voice and artistic sense. After studying at Oberlin Conservatory with George Sakakeeny, Wade moved to Philadelphia to complete his studies with Daniel Matsukawa at the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music (2014). He has performed as a chamber and orchestral musician in Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He has had the privilege of performing with world-renowned musicians from vastly different cultural backgrounds and genres of music including Sir Simon Rattle, Chick Corea, Christoph Eschenbach, Leon Fleisher, Ida Kavafian, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Imani Wind Quintet.

A full biographical sketch is available here.

Alexandra von der Embse

Image of Alexandra von der EmbseOboist Alexandra von der Embse’s passion for performing chamber music and presenting classical music to new audiences has guided her career. In 2011, she founded Ensemble39, a chamber group inspired by Sergei Prokofiev’s Woodwind Quintet that has performed throughout Philadelphia, New York, Savannah, Washington, D.C. and Dresden in non-traditional spaces. This September, they will open Fringe Festival’s 2014-15 season, collaborating with choreographers, composers, and dancers. Alexandra is a champion of works by living composers and has collaborated with George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, David Ludwig, Steve Mackey, and peers quickly establishing themselves as the next generation of great composers. Alexandra has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and twelve countries across Asia, Central America and Europe. Her summer festival appearances include AngelFire Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Savannah Music Festival and serving as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Lake George Music Festival.

A full biographical sketch is available here.

The Romantics with Andrea Lam, pianist
Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Music Room
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Photo Vanessa Briceño Photography

Australian pianist Andrea Lam will choose selections from the Romantic piano repertoire, playing with the “great style and thrilling virtuosity” (Sydney Morning Herald) that made her a finalist at the Van Cliburn Competition and the Silver Medalist at the San Antonio Piano Competition. She holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

About Andrea Lam

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Pronounced a “real talent” by The Wall Street Journal, Australian pianist Andrea Lam is gaining recognition for her “great style and thrilling virtuosity” (Sydney Morning Herald). In recent years, she has given over 70 performances with orchestras in Australia, the U.S., Japan, and Hong Kong. In 2009, Ms. Lam was a finalist at the Van Cliburn Competition and the Silver Medalist at the San Antonio Piano Competition, where she won additional prizes for the Best Classical performance and Best Russian performance. In 2010, she joined the roster of Astral Artists as a winner of its National Auditions. She holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

A full biographical sketch is available here.

2013-14 Season

Sergei Prokofiev: 60 Years Later
His Legacy and His Times Through his Music with
Astral Artists Christine Lamprea, Cello, and Andrew Hauze, Piano

Saturday, January 25, 2014 7 pm
Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Music Room

Learning to Listen warmly invites you to attend a 100th anniversary celebration of the 1914 premier of inventive works for cello and piano by Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953), regarded as one of the truly original musical voices of the 20th century.

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Christine Lamprea, cello
Photo Credit: Kate L Photography

ABOUT CHRISTINE LAMPREA - Noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea is a multi-faceted soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Lamprea is the First Prize winner of the XVI Annual Sphinx Competition (2013). She joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program, and as such will be presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She has also received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists’ Competition and, most recently, captured First Prize at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. She is also a winner of Astral Artists’ 2013 National Auditions. Ms. Lamprea has appeared as a soloist in Boston’s Jordan Hall with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, and in Detroit’s Orchestra Hall with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include solo performances with the Houston Symphony and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

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A versatile musician and educator who is equally at home as a conductor, pianist, and organist, Andrew Hauze joined the faculty of Swarthmore College in 2006 at the age of 22, when he was appointed director of Andrew Hauzethe Swarthmore College Orchestra. Mr. Hauze has since been appointed as a full-time Associate in Performance at Swarthmore, where, in addition to conducting the College Orchestra, he teaches classes in Conducting & Orchestration and Music Theory, coaches chamber music, and conducts the Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble. Mr. Hauze frequently collaborates as a guest pianist and conductor for Astral Artists. He conducted Mozart concert arias for Astral’s 20th Anniversary Gala concert in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in 2012, and conducts works by Osvaldo Golijov and Oliver Knussen during Astral’s 2013–2014 season. He also collaborates as a pianist for Astral’s community engagement programming. Passionate about vocal music, Mr. Hauze served as a pianist for the Florence Voice Seminar for four summers, and has conducted productions of Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco for Curtis Opera Theatre, and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Swarthmore College. He has also served as a vocal coach at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and for the CoOperative Program at Westminster Choir College. An active organist and choral conductor, Mr. Hauze holds Fellowship and Choirmaster certifications from the American Guild of Organists. In 2009, he received the Associate Prize from the AGO for the highest national score on the Associate examination, and in 2011, received the Fellowship prize and the S. Louis Elmer Award for the highest national examination score overall. Mr. Hauze is a graduate of the Conducting Program at the Curtis Institute of Music and also holds degrees in Music from Swarthmore College and Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Photo of ProkoviefABOUT SERGEI PROKOFIEV - (b. 1891–d. 1953) composed some of the most beloved works in the Western tradition, including Peter and the Wolf (1936), Romeo and Juliet (1935), the Third Piano Concerto (1921), and the “Classical” Symphony (1917). In his youth he produced self-consciously dissonant music, earning himself the reputation of a modernist enfant terrible. In the late 1920s he turned to a neoclassical aesthetic he dubbed “new simplicity.” These style periods, roughly speaking, ceded in the late 1930s to a more grandiose mode reflecting Stalinist artistic policies. After 1948, he experienced a creative decline precipitated by debilitating illness and political denunciation. Following his prodigious childhood in Ukraine and Russia, Prokofiev traveled the globe, living and working in the United States, France, Germany, and ultimately, the Soviet Union. He gave piano recitals in hundreds of cities, from Montreal to Morocco, Los Angeles to Lisbon. Read the full Grove Music bio here.

Musicians from the Curtis Institute
in "A Very Open Rehearsal"
Ernst von Dohnanyi Sextet in C Major Op. 37

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014, 7pm
Goodhart Music Room

1. Allegro Appassionato
2. Intermezzo: Adagio
3. Allegro con sentimento
4. Finale: Allegro vivace, giocoso

Curtis Student Photo









Photo Credit: Eric Huckins

As the young musicians of the Curtis Institute work through dynamics, nuances and shadings of Dohnanyi's Sextet, our audience members witness their challenges and comments, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The second half of the evening is a full performance of the piece. Ernst von Dohnanyi Sextet in C Major Op. 37

Gergana Haralampieva - Violin
Born Lau - Viola
Will Chow - Cello
Slavko Popovic - Clarinet
Eric Huckins - Horn
Chelsea Wang – Piano

Learning to Listen is free of charge. Cake will be served.

For information on The Curtis Institute of Music, please visit www.curtis.edu.


ABOUT Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960) A storied piano virtuoso and teacher whose students included Georg Solti and Geza Anda (his grandson is the much-acclaimed conductor Christoph von Dohnányi, who made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut just a few weeks ago at Walt Disney Concert Hall), Ernö Dohnányi (1877-1960) dominated Hungarian music between World War I and II, being at times the chief conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic, the director of the Academy of Music, and the music director of the Hungarian Radio. Brahms praised his early compositions, and much of his stylistic stance - eloquent late Romanticism cast in Classically-oriented forms - mirrors that of Brahms.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, written by John Henken. View full program text here.

A Classical Trio Program with Cheryl Seltzer, Piano; Stephanie Griffin, Viola; Moran Katz, Clarinet

Saturday, March 22, 7pm
Goodhart Music Room

Mozart Kegelstatt Trio: 1st Movement
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata: 1st Movement
Brahms Sonata in E-flat, 2nd Movement
Elliot Schwartz: Vienna Dreams (1998) for Viola, Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Kegelstatt Trio: 3rd Movement

Stephanie Griffin, a mainstay of the celebrated Momenta Quartet is joined by award-winning clarinetist Moran Katz and Cheryl Seltzer, pianist and founder of the new music ensemble Continuum, in a classical music program including Elliot Schwartz's Vienna Dreams — a dreamy, atmospheric piece inspired by the story of a concert pianist with Alzheimer's Disease who remained able to play music from her repertoire by memory. Vienna Dreams quotes Mozart's Kegelstatt trio, Schubert’s Arpeggione sonata and Brahms’ clarinet trio.

The program will include a discussion of the music and ethos of Vienna at the time of each composer.

Learning to Listen is free of charge. Cake will be served.

Photo of Cheryl Seltzer and Stephanie GriffinAbout Stephanie Griffin
Acclaimed by the New York Times for her “fiery, full-throttle performance” and described as “enthralling” by the Los Angeles Times, violist Stephanie Griffin has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber and avant-jazz musician. As a soloist, she has worked closely with numerous composers, among them Tony Prabowo; Kee Yong Chong; Matthew Greenbaum; Arthur Kampela; and Tristan Murail.  Ms. Griffin is a founding member of the Momenta Quartet, a regular guest with Continuum, and member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble; Carl Maguire’s Floriculture; Gordon Beeferman’s Other Life Forms; Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra; the Riverside Symphony and the Princeton Symphony, where she serves as principal violist. She is also viola faculty at Brooklyn College and the former curator of contemporary music at Galapagos Art Space. Ms. Griffin has recorded for Firehouse 12, Aeon, Albany, Arte Nova, Koch, Centaur, Siam, Innova and Tzadik Records. She studied viola with William Gordon, Paul DeClerck, Wayne Brooks and Samuel Rhodes and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School.

About Cheryl Seltzer
Cited for her “brilliant” performances (New York Times), pianist Cheryl Seltzer is a founder and co-director of the internationally-active new music group Continuum, currently in its 48th year.  Avid about contemporary music since studying at Mills College with composers Darius Milhaud, Leon Kirchner, and Lawrence Moss, she also holds graduate degrees in musicology from Columbia University.  She made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony and has participated in the Tanglewood and Marlboro music festivals.  She performs traditional and contemporary repertoire at festivals worldwide, including repeated visits to Mongolia and Central Asia with Continuum. She has recorded extensively on Naxos, Bridge, New Albion, TNC, Musical Heritage Society, CRI, Nonesuch, and Vox.  She serves on the piano faculty of the Lucy Moses School, and for ten years was Director of its Young People’s Program.

Photo of Moran KatzAbout Moran Katz
Clarinetist Moran Katz recently won all top prizes of the prestigious 2013 Ima Hogg Competition -- First Prize, Audience Prize, and Artistic Encouragement voted on by the Houston Symphony Musicians. She has also won first and second prizes respectively in the Freiburg (Germany) and Beijing International Clarinet Competitions. Her performance credits include recitals for the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago; a NY debut recital at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the Tuesday Matinee Recital Series and a Debut at the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. Chamber music appearances at the Marlboro Music Festival, United Nations Hall (Switzerland), France's "Les Musicales" Festival in Colmar, Les Invalides in Paris, Music in Drumcliffe (Ireland) and Homburg Musiktage (Germany). Katz received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship. Ms. Katz was a member of Ensemble ACJW--The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC department of Education, performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in the NYC public schools.

Photo Credit:
Cheryl Seltzer, Piano, and Stephanie Griffin, Viola
©Hiroyuki Ito, The New York Times, Used with Permission

Learning to Listen Program Contact:
Lisa Kraus

Coordinator, Performing Arts Series
Bryn Mawr College
For event info:
Arts Office
Bryn Mawr College