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Music at CND Announces 2010-2011 Season

October 21, 2010

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is announcing the line-up for the 2010-2011 “Music at CND” concert series. Admission is free to all events, except where noted. All performance venues are accessible to handicapped individuals. For additional information regarding Music at CND events, please call 410-532-5386 or visit the College website at www.ndm.edu.

Saturday, October 30
An Enchanted Evening
José Cueto, violin; Nancy Roldán, piano
7 p.m. LeClerc Auditorium

José Miguel Cueto, Artist in Residence and Chair of Strings at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, performs as chamber musician and soloist in concert halls and major music festivals worldwide. His playing elicited the following comment from The Washington Post: “If one wanted bravura, Cueto brought it in spades. With a rich vibrato and seamlessly brilliant technique, Cueto never hesitated to give it full reign.” His latest recording features Violin Concertos by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Ottorino Respighi with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra of Russia.

Nancy Roldán performs as recitalist, collaborative performer, and with orchestra. Alan Kozinn of The New York Times described her playing as “…crystalline, rippling piano line…gorgeously lyrical.” The critic of the Allgemeine Neue Zeitung (Germany) proclaimed “Bravura playing, magnificent.” She is a frequent guest artist at major festivals in Canada, Italy and the United States. A recording artist, Roldán presents master classes, workshops, and maintains a private teaching studio.

Saturday, November 13
Kyle Engler, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Lau, piano
7 p.m. LeClerc Auditorium

Kyle Engler, critically acclaimed as a “virtuoso of a high order” by the Baltimore Sun, is equally at home in recital, opera, oratorio and chamber music. Premier opera roles include Lydia Dudley in the Washington National Opera production of Scott Wheeler’s Democracy, an American Comedy and Retinue in Augusta Read-Thomas’ opera Ligeia, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich in Evian, France. Ms. Engler is currently Director of Vocal Studies at McDaniel College and also teaches at Towson University.

Daniel Lau cited for his “playful nuances, translucent phrasing and miraculous sonorities” by La Liberté (Fribourg, Switzerland) performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. He has recorded CDs in collaboration with a variety of artists and also as soloist. He recently won the Best Performance by an American Composer Award at the Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition. Currently, Dr. Lau is Assistant Professor of Music at Washington Adventist University.

Sunday, December 5
Music for the Christmas Season
Concert Choir, Stephen Holmes director
2 p.m. Marikle Chapel

Saturday, March 5
In Celebration of Women’s History Month
Ravel Trio
7 p.m. LeClerc Auditorium

The Ravel Trio is a group of extraordinary musicians, each a soloist and recording artist in his or her own right. Violinist Simon Maurer, cellist Nancy Baun and pianist Daniel Lau bring unusual performances to the concert stage in collaborative presentation with dancers, singers, poets and composers as well as programs in the traditional piano trio format. In addition to annual tours to Switzerland, the Ravel Trio maintains an increasingly active schedule in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Saturday, March 26
An Uncommon Direction
Program includes Beethoven, Berg, Mozart and Schumann.
Ernest Ragogini, piano
7 p.m. LeClerc Auditorium

Ernest Ragogini enjoys a career as soloist and collaborative musician, performing throughout the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Canada, recognized by critics here and abroad as a musician of the first order. The Washington Post critic stated, “…the kind of style and taste that mark a genuine musician. It is a credit to his discrimination that he reserved full strength of sound when it was needed and with telling effect. His simplicity was eloquent.” In February 2007, Ragogini was the featured cover artist for an interview in Clavier magazine.

Saturday, April 2
Commemorating the Liszt Bicentennial
Alexandre Dossin, piano
7 p.m. LeClerc Auditorium

Alexandre Dossin, a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, recently received the First Prize and the Special Prize at the Second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition. Ms. Argerich said of Dossin’s playing, “His performances are magnificent, with very pure musical insight…extreme sensitivity, real virtuosity and a very personal way of unfolding interesting ideas.” Dossin performs as recitalist and soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras, among them, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dutoit. Currently, he is on the faculty at the University of Oregon School of Music.

Saturday, April 30
An Informal Evening: Bach to the Future
Ernest Ragogini, piano
7 p.m. LeClerc Auditorium

Ernest Ragogini enjoys a career as soloist and collaborative musician, performing throughout the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Canada, recognized by critics here and abroad as a musician of the first order. The Washington Post critic stated, “…the kind of style and taste that mark a genuine musician. It is a credit to his discrimination that he reserved full strength of sound when it was needed and with telling effect. His simplicity was eloquent.” In February 2007, Ragogini was the featured cover artist for an interview in Clavier magazine.

Sunday, May 8
Celebrating Spring
Concert Choir, Stephen Holmes director
2 p.m. Marikle Chapel

Saturday, May 21
Noche de Tango—Special Event! Back by popular demand!
7 p.m. LeClerc Auditorium

Noche de Tango is an enthralling evening of music, theatre, song and dance, where evocative and seductive tales of immigrants are shared by some of the brightest contemporary Tango stars. This phenomenal music and dance has taken the world by storm. This evening features the incomparable Raúl Jaurena, bandoneon, José Cueto, violin, Nancy Roldán, piano, Laura Ruas, bass, Gabriella Cavallero, voice Carolina Jaurena, dance and other luminaries. A Milonga in Doyle Formal Lounge immediately follows the performance.
General Seating: Advance Sales: Concert $35; Milonga $15
Tickets at the door: Concert $40; Milonga $20.
Credit Card charges – call Bernardo at 410-655-5959 (Credit card charges may incur a fee.)


Noche de Tango is sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Chapter of the American Liszt Society, to benefit the 2011 Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition (www.lisztgarrisoncompetition.org).

Music at CND Concert Series is grateful to Bernadette Gietka, donor of the Steinway Concert Grand featured in each of this season’s concerts.