Midday Artist Series - Fall, 2011

September 15 - Uptown Flutes

Uptown Flutes

UpTown Flutes presents original works and arrangements composed for the entire family of flutes: piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes. UpTown Flutes actively commissions and is dedicated to bringing new music to a wider audience. The group's innovative programming features varying ensemble sizes, genres, and styles. "UpTown Flutes...loved it. Good music and good playing from this excellent group." -Sir James Galway "UpTown Flutes...is one of the best groups I've heard all year...UpTown Flutes deserves major attention as they are top-notch and one of a kind." -Anthony Aibel, NY Concert Review.


September 22 - Nils Neubert, tenor & Yuri Kim, pianist

Neubert and Kim

William Paterson University voice faculty member Nils Neubert in concert together with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim present works by Beethoven, Grieg, Duparc and Tosti. Tenor Nils Neubert was born and raised in Germany and trained in the United States. He performs frequently in opera, oratorio and recital, both in the United States and abroad. Yuri Kim serves on the piano faculties of the Mannes College of Music and the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. The couple performs and teaches regularly in the United States and in Europe.


September 29 - Payton MacDonald, percussion

Payton MacDonald

Payton MacDonald will perform a recital of contemporary music for marimba, including world premiers of works by WPU faculty Jeffrey Kresky and Pete Jarvis. He will also play pieces he has commissioned from Stuart Saunders Smith and Elliott Sharp. MacDonald is a founding member of acclaimed Alarm Will Sound, and also tours and records as a soloist. As a composer he is currently working on commissions from JACK Quartet and the University of Iowa Dance Program.


October 6 - Jazz Concert - James Weidman, piano; Harvie S, bass

Weidman Harvey S

James Weidman has played and recorded with Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Gloria Lynne, and blues diva Dakota Staton. He appears internationally with saxophonists Joe Lovano and Marty Ehrlich, and trombonist Ray Anderson, and has been accompanist for some of the world’s most celebrated singers, including legendary jazz vocalists Abbey Lincoln and Cassandra Wilson. He has performed at major venues and festivals, including the Montreux, Monterey, Newport, North Sea, and JVC Jazz Festivals, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Village Vanguard, Iridium, and Jazz Standard. He has been a William Paterson University jazz adjunct faculty member since 2000. Harvie S attended Berklee College of Music and played in and around Boston with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Mose Allison and Chris Conner. He moved to New York City in 1972, where he worked with Jackie Paris, Thad Jones, Gil Evans, Lee Konitz, Barry Miles, David Friedman, Double Image, David Matthews, Steve Kuhn, and Paul Motian. He has recorded extensively as a duet with Sheila Jordan, and has released numerous albums as the leader of his own ensembles, including Urban Earth and the Harvie S Band.


October 13 - Madison String Quartet with pianist Itay Goren

Madison String Quartet

The Madison String Quartet, praised for its energetic performances and inventive programming, is bringing a new side of classical music to the New York metropolitan area. Drawing on the international experience of its members (violinists Evelyn Ostava and Gabriela Rengel are products of “El Sistema” of Venezuela) the Quartet "has carved a niche out for themselves by exploring Hispanic literature from both sides of the Atlantic." —Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey. Venezuelan-born composer Reynaldo Hahn’s Quintet and the Brahms Quintet in F Minor are featured on today's program.


WPU Music Department 50th Anniversary Concert Series


William Paterson University began offering music courses in 1961 (then called Paterson State Teachers College). Alumni spanning the last 50 years of the music department's history will appear in three concerts performing diverse solo and chamber music works.

October 20 - WPU Music Department 50th Anniversary Jazz Concert

October 27 - WPU Music Department 50th Anniversary Classical Concert

November 3 - WPU Music Department 50th Anniversary Classical Concert