WFU musical happenings before we closed!

We have wonderful memories from an exciting February and March in the Music department – here’s a sample of our students’ terrific accomplishments and activities:

Giles-Harris Music Competitions, February 22:

2020 Giles-Harris Competition winners: Pianists Andrew Murphy, Xianglin Xu, and Liat Klopouh; open winners Yinqi Liu, Katarina Sams, Brianna Coppolino, and Claire Griffin


WFU Orchestra Concert Featuring Concerto Competition Winners, February 25:

Concerto competition winners
Viola soloist Alex Horn ’20′(Walton concerto), and violin soloists Claire Griffin ’21 (Piazzolla’s “Invierno Porteño”) and Sofia Vega ’20 (Wieniawski 2nd Concerto)
Concerto Competition winners with their teachers
From left to right: tenor Sean Liu ’21 (Lalo’s “Vainement, ma bien-aimée”), Professors Joanne Inkman and Teresa Radomski, harpsichordist Julianne Zhu ’21 (Bach’s D Minor concerto) and mezzo-soprano Shudi Dong ’21 (Menotti’s “Lullaby”)

Elias String Quartet’s visit to Dr. David Levy’s Beethoven Quartet Seminar and master class for chamber music students (sponsored by the Secrest Series), February 28:

Elias String Quartet in Dr. Levy's Beethoven Quartet seminar

Elias String Quartet master class photo

Elias String Quartet master class

Beijing Opera workshop and performance by the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University (co-sponsored by the WFU Humanities Institute and the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Culture), February 28-29:

Pop star dress-up day in Dr. Elizabeth Clendinning’s “Introduction to Popular Music” class, March 4:

Students dress up as pop stars in Music 140

Students dress up as pop stars in Music 140

And even though their March 22 performance at WFU was cancelled, puppeteer Dr. Gusti Sudarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts) and members of Gamelan Raga Kusuma, in residence at the University of Richmond and directed by Dr. Andy McGraw, recorded this special performance of the Wayang Kulit “The Legend of Sutasoma” for the online Wake Forest community. Their performance was co-sponsored by the Department of Music, IPLACe, the WFU Museum of Anthropology, and the Global Affairs Fund for International Scholars.

Wayang (“shadow”) Kulit (“skin”) are flat leather puppets made from carved and painted rawhide. The shadow play tradition, as it is performed on the islands of Java and Bali in Indonesia, is at least 1000 years old and has historical connections to forms known in India.