Performed by Luna Nova New Music Ensemble


Online Recordings
ACS Pierrot Ensemble 2003

Pierrot in History
Pierrot in Art

Pierrot Lunaire

Karol Bennett, sopranoJohn McMurtery, flute/piccolo Ted Gurch, clarinet/bass clarinet
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin/viola Craig Hultgren, cello Adam Bowles, piano
James Romig, conductor

Karol Bennett (guest soprano) has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles, including the Boston Cecilia, the Boston Masterworks Chorale, the Boston Musica Viva, Collage, Da Camera of Houston, Emmanuel Music, the Flux Quartet, the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, the Mendelssohn String Quartet, the New York New Music Ensemble, OrchestraX, the Quarteto Latino-Americano, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. Praised for her "bright, articulate" singing (Opera News), operatic appearances include the title role in the Russian premiere of Debussy's "Pélleas et Melisande," Despina in Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte," Adele in J. Strauss' "Die Fledermaus," and Gretel in Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel." Conductors with whom she has performed include John Axelrod, Sarah Caldwell, John Harbison, Edith Ho, David Hoose, Allen Lannom, Richard Pittman, Gunther Schuller, Craig Smith, Donald Teeters, Pascal Verrot, and Scott Yoo. As a recitalist, she has performed a televised concert from the Opéra Comique in Paris, as well as recitals in France, Rome, Moscow, the Far East, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Ms. Bennett has been a participant at the Marlboro and Round Top International Festivals of Music, and Artist-in-Residence at the International Festival of Music in Morelia, Mexico.
In 1990-91, Ms. Bennett was Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, she has been in residence at Amherst College, the Universities of California in Berkeley and Davis, San Francisco State University, and the University of Oregon. In addition, she has taught master classes in Russia, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia, and at many universities in the United States. Most recently, she served on the faculty of Boston University, until moving to Houston with her husband and children in the fall of 1998. A graduate of the University of Kansas City-Missouri Conservatory of Music and the Yale School of Music, she was honored as the Kansas City Conservatory's "Alumna of the Year" in 1996. [Back to top]

Adam Bowles (piano) is an instructor on the Birmingham Southern College Conservatory faculty. He is nearing completion of a D.M.A. at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He received a B.M. from The Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of music. Principal teachers include Milton Stern, Barry Snyder, Jacob Maxin, and Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. He frequently collaborates with vocal students and faculty at Birmingham Southern College. This is his second year as ACS New Music Festival pianist. [Back to top]

John McMurtery (flute) performs as a soloist, orchestra member and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. In 2000, he soloed with The New Vienna Chamber Ensemble. He is currently a member of UpTown Flutes, which was recently awarded a Carnegie Hall debut recital by Artists International. As Assistant Director of the Society for Chromatic Art, Mr. McMurtery is dedicated to commissioning and performing works by contemporary composers. As part of Lincoln Center's 2001 Focus! Festival Mr. McMurtery premiered Nicola Sani's I binari del tempo (1998). He was a visiting guest artist and lecturer at the Pittsburgh State University Festival of New Music in 2001. Mr. McMurtery is principal flutist of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Dicapo Opera Company. He is currently a Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, under the guidance of Julius Baker. [Back to top]

Ted Gurch (clarinet) is Assistant Principal/E-flat Clarinetist with the AtlantaSymphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1989. He also performs frequently as a saxophonist with the ASO, both orchestrally and accompanyingjazz and pop artists. Prior to coming to Atlanta, he served for three seasons as Principal Clarinet with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Opera Orchestra in Jackson. He attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Stanley Hasty and Charles Neidich, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Clarinet and the Performer's Certificate in 1986. While at Eastman he was active in the school's jazz program, and was a member of the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble, as well as serving for two seasons as a first-call extra player with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In Atlanta, Ted is an active chamber musician and is a member of the contemporary music ensemble Thamyris, with which he has performed and recorded numerous world and regional premieres, including a current release featuring music from the National Black Arts Festival. He teaches in the ASO's Talent Development Program, and is an Artist Affiliate at Emory University.[Back to top]

Helen Hwaya Kim (violin) made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. She recently appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops at Boston's Symphony Hall, as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Kim earned her Master's Degree from the Juillliard School, where her teachers included Cho-Liang Lin and Dorothy DeLay. While at Juilliard, she was concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, with which she also appeared as a soloist. She is the recipient of more than one hundred national and international awards. In 1992, she won the prestigious Artists International Competition in New York and, as a result, gave debut recitals at Carnegie Weill Hall and the Aspen Summer Music Festival. A native of Canada, Ms. Kim has been engaged by many of Canada's leading orchestras, including the National Arts Center Orchestra, Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, McGill Chamber Orchestra, and the Windsor, Regina, Victoria and Prince George Symphonies. She has also appeared with the Aspen and Banff Festival Orchestras, and with orchestras in the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland. A dedicated recitalist and chamber music performer, Ms. Kim has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall and the Sante Fe and La Jolla International Music Festivals, where she performed with Cho-Liang Lin, Gary Hoffman, Andre Previn, and the Orion String Quartet. A featured performer duing the 1988 Olympic Arts Festival, she has given command performances for the Governor General and Prime Ministers of Canada. Ms.Kim has been profiled on national and international television and has appeared on CBC Saturday Report, PBS Live From Lincoln Center, and CBS Sunday Morning. [Back to top]

Craig Hultgren (cello) is a strong advocate for new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Possessing a broad range of instrumental techniques from traditional to radical, he has commissioned over twenty new works for the cello. Through his collaborations with living composers, he is changing the way people write for and listen to the instrument. Besides playing written compositions, Hultgren also performs his own spontaneous, free-style improvisations. He presents programs of new music throughout the country and abroad. His renditions of contemporary music have been broadcast on National Public Radio's Performance Today and European radio. The Birmingham News said of him, "Hultgren...pushes the limits of his instrument brilliantly by using extended techniques in fascinating ways." Charleston, South Carolina's Post & Courier observed, "Hultgren has sure-fire technique and a keen sense of timing."
Hultgren has performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Imagine '96 in Memphis, the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States, the New Directions Cello Festival in Boston, and the SKIIFestival in New York. He maintains an active schedule of 50 new music performances every year. Hultgren is featured in a debut solo recording Music of the Next Moment on Minnesota-based innova Recordings. In 1992, he received an Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He is a member of Thamyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta.
As a traditionally trained artist, he plays in the Alabama Symphony and has served as principal cellist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Panama and the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. Hultgren is much sought after as a teacher and nurtures a thriving private studio along with faculty duties at Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Montevallo, and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
Hultgren also works in the behalf of arts as an organizer. He has served as president of and on the board of directors for the Birmingham Art Association, that city's oldest arts organization. In 1992 as president, he instituted Birmingham Improv the annual festival of improvisatory arts. Now, Hultgren is a consultant for Living Music, an international organization of composers. He also participates on the steering committee of the New Directions Cello Association. He was a founding member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance.
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James Romig (conductor) has had compositions performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in recitals, music festivals, and as accompaniment to dance. In the tradition of his musical mentors, Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt, Romig's music celebrates dramatic balance, exuberant virtuosity, and rigorous formal integrity. Among his commissioned works are compositions for the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Percussive Arts Society, and new-music ensembles such as Suono Mobile, Helix!, and the New Vienna Chamber Ensemble. In recent seasons, his music has been included on concerts by the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra (James Dixon, conductor), the Ensemble Musicattuale (Bologna, Italy), the Eastman Contemporary Percussion Ensemble (Rochester, New York), Duo Contour (Freiburg, Germany), and Holy Trinity Choirs (New York City). Recent festival performances include the 50th Annual Fulbright Music Gala (Berlin, Germany), the UTSA Festival of New Music (San Antonio, Texas), and Wien Modern (Vienna, Austria). Romig’s works are available from Parallax Music Press, River Street Publications, and the American Music Center.
Romig holds a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Rutgers University, and undergraduate and masters degrees in music from the University of Iowa. A dedicated educator, he gives frequent lectures and masterclasses, including recent talks at Westminster Choir College Conservatory, the Interlochen Arts Academy, and The Juilliard School. Romig has taught at the University of Iowa, Rutgers University, Bucknell University, and is currently on faculty at Western Illinois University. He also serves as music director and principal conductor of The Society for Chromatic Art, a contemporary-music ensemble based in New York City.
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