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16 Nov 2009 20:43 #344 by Anna Leverenz
DMA Recital was created by Anna Leverenz
Program:

Beethoven: Sextet, Op. 81b
Anna Leverenz and Cecilia Kozlowski, horns
LaiLai Louie and Connie Hsu, violins
Ringo Chan, viola
Chia-Lin Wu, Cello

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op. 31
Anna Leverenz, horn
Daniel O'Dea, tenor
Awadagin Pratt, conductor

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Anna Marie Leverenz is in her third year of doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studies horn with Randy Gardner and Duane Dugger. She holds a Master's degree in horn performance from Illinois State University, and a Bachelor's degree in horn performance from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She has performed with Sinfonia da Camera (Urbana, IL), the Illinois Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she studied with Eli Epstein, the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), Brass im Frankenwald (Germany), and the Burgos Chamber Music Festival (Spain). She appears as principal horn on several recordings by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, most notably David Maslanka's Symphony No. 2, Desert Roads, and David's Book, as well as solo horn in Nancy Van der Vate's opera Where the Cross is Made.

In addition to horn, Anna has been librarian for the CCM orchestras
since 2008. She was band librarian at Illinois State University from
2005-2007, and managed the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra
from 2003-2005. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband
Chris and their two beagle mixes, James and Bonnie.

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Daniel O'Dea is currently completing an Artist Diploma in Opera at the
College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati.
He has also completed his MM in Voice at CCM. BM in Vocal Performance
from Westminster Choir College. Recent engagements; Fenton in Falstaff
at CCM, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at the Chautauqua Institute in NY
and at CCM, Lucano in L'incoronazione di Poppea at CCM, Bruto in
Lucretia at CCM, Mayor in Albert Herring, Westminster Opera Theater,
Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore at Brevard Music Center in NC,
Gastone in La Traviata with Rutgers University. Opera chorus for the
2003 Season of the Opera Festival of New Jersey, opera chorus in
residence at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston in 2004 and 2005,
a young artist at Brevard Music Center in 2005, Chautauqua Institute
in 2006 and Aspen Opera Theater Center in 2008 and 2009. Recent awards
include Corbett Scholarship and Artman/Straub Prize at CCM, 1st place
in his division NJNATS and finalist in the regional composition on
NATS and First Place Voice Scholarship Award at Westminster Choir
College.

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Among the next generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances that receive tremendous audience response and press attention throughout the United States. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16, he entered the University of Illinois, where he studied piano with Ian Hobson and Daisy de Luca Jaffe, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he continued his piano studies with Leon Fleisher and Robert Weirich, and became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas.
In 1992, Mr. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded a 1994 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has played numerous recitals throughout the U.S., including performances in New York at Lincoln Center, Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Chicago at Orchestra Hall. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, National, Detroit, and New Jersey symphonies. Major summer festival engagements include the Ravinia, Blossom, Wolftrap, Caramoor and Aspen festivals, the Hollywood Bowl and the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo. Mr. Pratt is also the Artistic Director of the Next Generation Festival, a two-week chamber music festival in Lancaster, PA.

Recent and upcoming appearances include recital engagements at the Kennedy Center and National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark as well as return appearances with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle, Colorado, Kansas City, Syracuse, New Mexico and Toledo. Mr. Pratt also appears with cellist Zuill Bailey in duo recitals throughout the US.

Internationally, Mr. Pratt made his debut appearances in Japan in the fall of 1996 on a tour which included recitals in Osaka and Tokyo's Suntory Hall and a performance with the Tokyo Philharmonic. He returned to Japan in 1997, 1999 and 2000 to play recitals in the major cities and conduct a concert in Tokyo's Sumida Triphony Hall. In Europe, he was a participant in the 1994, 1996 and 2000 Kammermusikpodium Festival in Braunschweig,Germany,and has performed numerous times in Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Brazil, and South Africa.

A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of arts education, Awadagin Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears; these activities may include master classes, children's recitals, play/talk demonstrations and question/answer sessions for students of all ages.

In September 1993 Mr. Pratt signed an exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI. His debut album, A Long Way From Normal, was released in 1994. Subsequent recital discs include an all Beethoven Sonata CD, Live from South Africa and Transformations. His most recent Angel/EMI recording is an all Bach disc with the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Increasingly active as a conductor, Mr. Pratt was chosen as a participant at the National Conducting Institute in 2001 where he worked closely with Leonard Slatkin and conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. He has also conducted the Toledo, New Mexico, Winston-Salem, Santa Fe and Prince George County symphonies as well as the Concertante di Chicago, and two orchestras in Japan.

Awadagin Pratt has been the subject of numerous articles in the national press, including Newsweek, People Magazine, USA Weekend, New York Newsday, Emerge and Mirabella. He was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony Magazine's special 50th anniversary issue and has been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday Morning and Weekend Edition. On television, Mr. Pratt has performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Sesame Street, been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and was one of the featured soloists on PBS's Live from the Kennedy Center - A Salute to Slava. He also performed twice at the White House at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

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