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Wednesday, March 26-Thursday, March 27, 2014

Composer John Harbison is among America's most distinguished artistic figures. The recipient of numerous awards and honors (including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation's "genius" award and the Pulitzer Prize), Harbison has composed music for most of America's premiere musical institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His works include three operas, six symphonies, and numerous orchestral, chamber, vocal and choral works. He is widely recorded on leading labels.

His current projects include several vocal and chamber works, among them: Crossroads, for voice, oboe and string quartet; The Right to Pleasure, for mezzo-soprano and string quintet; Supper at Emmaus, for vocal soloists, choir and chamber orchestra; and works for string trio, clarinet trio, unaccompanied violin, violin and piano, and cello with chamber ensemble.

Harbison has been composer-in-residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Academy in Rome, and numerous festivals. He received degrees from Harvard and Princeton before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently institute professor, the highest academic distinction offered to resident faculty. He is head of composition at Tanglewood Music Center, co-artistic director of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, principal guest conductor and composer in residence at Emmanuel Music (where for three years he served as acting artistic director), and until recently was president of the Copland Fund. Active as a jazz pianist, he appears regularly with VocalJazz MIT, for whom he serves as coach, arranger and keyboardist.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2:30 p.m. - Presser Hall room 112

John Harbison: presentation to Stetson University composers

6 p.m. - Presser Hall room 204

Today's New Classical Music - A Panel Discussion with composers John Harbison, Sydney Hodkinson, David Maslanka and School of Music Dean Thomas Masse. Open to all.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

1 p.m. - Feasel Rehearsal Hall

John Harbison presentation: Introduction to Western Art Music class. Open to the Stetson University community.

7:30 p.m. - Lee Chapel

Music of John Harbison concert; Audience Q&A; Concert by John and Rose Mary Harbison with pianist Kristie Born. Open to all.


Thursday, March 27 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Carlton Union Building

Peter Levine is the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University's Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and is the director of CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement). He has a secondary appointment in the Tufts philosophy department. Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1991 until 1993, he was a research associate at Common Cause. In the late 1990s, he was deputy director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal. Levine is the author of the forthcoming book We are the Ones We have been Waiting for: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, fall 2013), five other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Discovering Justice, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee's for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

Democracy in America: Participation and Social Justice, for which Peter Levine will be the keynote speaker, will address problems and solutions in the contemporary practice of democracy in the United States from a variety of perspectives. Special emphasis is being given to issues of access, forms of participation in governance and social justice concerns.


Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

Lee Chapel

The University of Florida's Brazilian music collective, "Jacaré Brazil" (or "Gator Brazil"), will perform on Stetson University's DeLand campus on Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Lee Chapel, located in Elizabeth Hall at 421 North Woodland Boulevard. The event is open to the public and absolutely free of charge, thanks to the event's sponsors: the Artists & Lecturers Committee and the Latin American Studies Program.

Specializing in the musical traditions of Brazil since 1990, the University of Florida's Jacaré Brazil collective comprises four complementary ensemble sections: percussion, voice, guitar and choro (Brazilian instrumental ensemble). Directors, arrangers, instrumentalists and singers come from the university's faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) and from the Gainesville community. Guest artists from international arenas frequently perform with the group, fostering a rich and diverse environment of artistic and cultural collaboration.

Jacaré Brazil's performance at Stetson University will include members of the percussion, voice and choro ensembles interpreting several vocal pieces from Brazil's MPB repertoire (Tom Jobim, Milton Nascimento, etc.), some traditional jazzy sambas and a number of percussion ensemble performances. Brazilian guitarist and recording artist, Ulisses Rocha, returns to DeLand (he played the Café DaVinci in 2012) to perform as the group's special guest artist.

For further information on this event, contact William Nylen at or 386-822-7570.


Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 pm

Stetson University's guitar program, under the direction of Stephen Robinson, will present internationally-renowned guitarist and composer Benjamin Verdery in concert on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Verdery will perform his own works for solo guitar, his arrangements of works by J.S. Bach, Prince and Elvis Presley, and Ezra Laderman's On Vineyard Sound, composed for Verdery. The concert will take place in Lee Chapel inside Elizabeth Hall at 421 North Woodland Boulevard on Stetson University's historic DeLand campus. Verdery will also present a master class on Sunday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lee Chapel. Funded by the Stetson University Artists and Lecturers Series, admission to both events is free.

Described as "iconoclastic" and "inventive" by The New York Times and "one of the classical guitar world's most foremost personalities," by Classical Guitar Magazine, Benjamin Verdery enjoys an innovative and eclectic musical career. He has performed worldwide in theatres and at festivals, including Theatre Carré (Amsterdam); the International Guitar Festival (Havana, Cuba); Wigmore Hall (England); the 92nd Street Y, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Opera (NYC). His tours regularly take him to Canada, Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. Benjamin has recorded and performed with such diverse artists as Andy Summers, Frederic Hand, William Coulter, Leo Kottke, Anthony Newman, Jessye Norman, Paco Peña, Hermann Prey and John Williams. Several composers have written music for him, including Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Daniel Asia, John Anthony Lennon, Ingram Marshall, Anthony Newman, Roberto Sierra, Van Stiefel and Jack Vees.

A prolific recording artist, Verdery has released over 15 albums, his most recent being Happy Here with William Coulter (Mushkatweek) and Branches, featuring works by J.S. Bach, Strauss, Jimi Hendrix, Mozart and the traditional Amazing Grace (Mushkatweek). His recording, Start Now (Mushkatweek), won the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Award. Other recordings of note include Some Towns & Cities which won the 1992 Guitar Player Magazine Award for Best Classical Guitar Recording and his collaborations with John Williams (John Williams Plays Vivaldi) and Andy Summers (First you Build A Cloud). Also a prolific composer, many of Verdery's compositions have been performed, recorded and published over the years.

In addition to his performance tours and recording, Verdery is chair of the guitar department at the Yale University School of Music and artistic director of the biannual Yale Guitar Extravaganza. He is also artistic director of Art of the Guitar at New York City's 92nd Street Y. Each summer, he holds his Annual International Master Class on the Island of Maui (Hawaii).

For more information on the March 29 performance or the March 30 master class, please call the School of Music concert line at 386-822-8947.


Tuesday, April 1 at 9 a.m.

Presser Hall room 132

Linda Mark, collaborative pianist, will appear at Stetson University on Monday and Tuesday, March 31 and April 1, 2014. The two-day residency is sponsored by Stetson University's Artists and Lecturers Series in collaboration with the School of Music.

The event, Making it as a Musician in New York City, is free and open to the public. Mark will also coach various chamber ensembles and present a master class for flutists during her two-day stay.

Linda Mark is in demand as an active soloist, collaborative and music coach throughout the United States and Europe. She was first prize winner in the Baldwin Piano Competition and received two grand prizes in the International Guild Recording Competition in Austin, Tex. Mark regularly performed with her mentor, Julius Baker (former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic) and Charles Rex (former associate concert master of the New York Philharmonic), as well as with Jean-Pierre Rampal, William Bennett (former principal flutist of the London Philharmonic), Jeanne Baxtresser (former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic) and Matthieu Dufour (principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony). She now plays with such artists as Jeffrey Khaner (principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra), Robert Langevin (principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic), Denis Bouriakov, (principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera), Bart Feller (principal flutist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra) and Brad Garner (professor of flute at the Juilliard School). She has performed for the emperor of Japan at the Kennedy Center and was invited to perform for Luciano Pavarotti by the Richard Tucker Foundation. She recorded the soundtrack for the film Song without Words, which was shown at the Berlin Film Festival. As a guest artist, Mark has conducted collaborative piano masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the country. She was the subject of an article in Flutist Quarterly and is the only pianist ever to be featured on its cover. Recent past engagements include appearances at the Flute Fest in Indianapolis with Marianne Gedigian (professor of flute - University of Texas at Austin) and the opening gala performance and master class at the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Symposium at Ball State University. Mark is the pianist in residence at the prestigious event, The Julius Baker Masterclasses, held each summer in Danbury, Conn. Currently, Mark is a member of the accompanying/collaborative piano staff at the Juilliard School in New York City.

For more information on the March 31 to April 1 events, contact Patrece Robinson, adjunct professor of music and career skills by email at or by phone at 386-956-2261.

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