JCJC’s music department hosts Spring Recital Series

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-03-08 20:44:42

ELLISVILLE –A feast of music from across the ages and around the world is being offered on Friday’s in March and April at Jones County Junior College.  The annual Spring Recital Series features a variety of musicians and vocalists entertaining the audience during the lunch hour.  This musical event begins on Friday, March 24, at 12:25 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. in the Foote Chapel and will continue on each Friday through April 21. All concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094 or look online at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/finearts

Friday, March 24, at 12:25 p.m. in thein the Foote Chapel, the Impromptu Piano Trio will showcase one of the most popular forms of chamber music from the 18th and 19thcenturies. Stephen Redfield on violin, Alexander Russakovsky on cello, and Theresa Sanchez on piano, will perform Mendelssohn’s Trio in C Minor, Op. 66. 

Guests will bethe first in Mississippi to hear the premiere of a Charles Ingram work on Friday, March 31, at 12:25 p.m. in the Foote Chapel. Richard Perry on tuba, and pianist, Ellen Elder along with assisting tubist Tracy Bedgood, will present works by tubist-composers, Dumitru Ionel and John Stevens.
On Friday, April 7, at 12:25 p.m., in the Foote Chapel, clarinetist Victor Chávez, Jr. and pianist Dr. Jonathan Jung will present a program of clarinet and piano duet music of the 20th and 21st century works by Sergei Prokofiev and Ronn Yedidia.
Wrapping up the Spring Recital Series on Friday, April 21 at 12:25 p.m. in the Foote Chapel, will be the “Voices of Passion.” This vocal duo of Nicholas Perna and Amanda Spivak are joined by pianist Tyler Kemp in a sampling of opera, song, and musical theater.
The Impromptu Trio
Violinist Stephen Redfield was a student of Dorothy DeLay and Donald Weilerstein. A prize-winner in the Colman and Monterrey Chamber Music Competitions, he has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States and internationally. Over many years with the Oregon Bach Festival, he has participated in numerous recordings, including the Grammy® Award-winning disc Credo.
Stephen is concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Arizona Bach Festival and the Conspirare Company of Voices. With the Victoria Bach Festival he has performed as concertmaster and soloist, where concerts have been broadcast nationally. Stephen has been Professor of Violin at the University of Southern Mississippi since 1996.

A cello professor at the University of Sothern Mississippi, Alexander Russakovskyholds a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet, Russakovsky has performed with the group throughout Israel, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and France. He has made numerous solo appearances with orchestras in Israel, Russia and the United States. Russakovsky has performed in the Chamber Music Series of the Spoleto Festival in Italy and with the Western Slope Music Festival in Colorado. He also has served on the faculty of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy and the IV Violoncello Biennal in Peru.

Most recently, Russakovsky has given master classes and recitals in Taiwan, Israel, and Latin America. Russakovsky won the Angela and Maurice M. Clairmont Competition in Tel Aviv, the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Competition in Santa Barbara, and the 1999 Career Grant of the Esperia Foundation. 
Dr. Theresa Sanchez has been on the JCJC faculty since 1995, teaching piano, music appreciation and music literature.  She also coordinates the Spring Recital Series, bringing guest artists to campus for students and the community.  Her teaching awards include the 2003 HEADWAE award, 2007 Humanities Teacher of the Year, and 2010 Faculty Excellence Award.  She has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals, and has been a soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in addition to Meridian Symphony and the USM Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.  Her Bachelor of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were earned at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Master of Music was earned at Louisiana State University.  She has been active in arts management with the Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival and currently serves as Chamber Music Coordinator for the Hattiesburg Concert Association and FestivalSouth in Hattiesburg.  Dr. Sanchez is a member of Music Teachers National Association, and has been a long-time Official Accompanist for Southern Division competitions for that organization.  She is a past president of Mississippi Music Teachers Association and the Hattiesburg Music Teachers League.  She is listed on the Touring Artist Roster of the Mississippi Arts Commission, and performs frequently with the Impromptu Piano Trio.  In addition, she is Principal Keyboard with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Victor Chávez, Jr. is a Mexican-American, fifth-generation musician from El Paso, Texas.  In 2014, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and currently holds tenured orchestral positions with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Johnson City, Tennessee and the TriCities Opera Company in Binghamton, New York. 
He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Belton Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains and Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series. In 2006, Victor was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Lusk Fellowship, allowing him to study in Paris, France, under the tutelage of Guy Deplus. While in Paris, Victor conducted his Fulbright research in pedagogy, performance practice, organology and literature.
Victor is a Buffet Crampon Artist and exclusively plays on Buffet Crampon clarinets. He has earned degrees from Baylor University-BME, DePaul University-MM, and The Eastman School of Music-DMA. 
Pianist, Dr. Jonathan Jung
South Korea, New Zealand pianist Jonathan Jung concertizes regularly across the USA, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. He has performed with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra of New Zealand, and University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan received prizes in Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition, and Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition.
Jonathan completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (2016), Master of Arts in Theory Pedagogy Degree (2015), and Master of Music Degree (2011) at the Eastman School of Music. His academic mentors include Barry Snyder, Rae de Lisle, Read Gainsford, Douglas Humpherys, Thomas Schumacher, Steven Laitz, Elizabeth Marvin, Katherine Ciesinski, David Temperley, and Matthew Brown.
Jonathan taught Applied Piano, Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Class Piano sequences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory. He recently joined the piano faculty position at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi to reunite with his family and to continue his teaching, research, and performance career.
Mandy Spivak has found success in concert as well as on the operatic stage. Most recently, she sang the role of Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Mississippi Opera. She was a featured artist at the John Duffy Composer’s Institute with the Virginia Arts Festival from 2009 through 2015. Dr. Spivak portrayed Desdemona in the world premiere of The Bride of the Moor by Thomas Pasatieri with Opera Beaumont.  She has also performed the title role in Puccini’s Tosca with Frost Opera Theatre and Amarillo Opera.  Other AO roles include Love Simpson in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree and Minnie in Wage of Sin for KACV television.  Additional credits include Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Adina in The Elixir of Love, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.  She has enjoyed concert performances of Handel’s Saul and Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in C, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Coronation Mass and Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle. Dr. Spivak holds graduate degrees from the Frost School of Music and the Moores School of Music. A resident of Clinton, MS, Dr. Spivak is adjunct professor of voice at Mississippi College, maintains a private studio, and continues her performing career.
2016 saw tenor Nicholas Perna make his Mississippi Opera debut as Nanki Poo in The Mikado.   Operatic credits include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Il Duca in Rigoletto, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and the Prince in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges. He can be heard on the Albany label as Paolo in Mancinelli’s Paolo e Francesca. A frequent recitalist of the songs of Benjamin Britten, collaborating with Dr. Mandy Spivak, they created The Comprehensive Britten Song Database, an open source reference for voice professionals, http://www.brittensongdatabase.com.  Dr. Perna twice apprenticed with the Santa Fe Opera.  Dr. Perna is Assistant Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at Mississippi College. He holds degrees from the University of Miami and the University of Houston. An active researcher, Perna was awarded a Presser Music Foundation Award in 2007.  His research has been published in Journal of Singing, Journal of Voice, and VOICEPrints, as well as presentations for ICVT, NATS, and Voice Foundation.  He is also currently a research associate at UMMC’s Voice Research Laboratory. 
Tyler Kemp joined the music faculty of Mississippi College in 2014 as Faculty Accompanist, Technology Instructor, and director of the MC Worship Collective.  He received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Mississippi College as well.   A native of Louisville, MS, Mr. Kemp is an active performer throughout the state.  He also serves as music director at Bellwether Church in Jackson. 


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