Classical Revolution Cincinnati normally holds events every second Sunday.
NEXT EVENT: PLAYSGIVING!!
Sunday 11/14 @ 7:30 p.m.--The Listing Loon ($5 Donation Suggested)
Season of Thanksgiving? Yes...but it's also the season of PLAYSgiving!!
ABOUT SOME OF THE PERFORMERS
Brianna Matzke is the founder and artistic director of an ongoing and widely-acclaimed commissioning initiative, called The Response Project, which asks composers to write music for piano in response to a pre-existing artwork or idea. The project has premiered and recorded dozens of new works, and often invites artists from other disciplines (such as film, painting, and poetry) to also create and present responses in large-scale community events. Recent collaborators include Hajnal Pivnick (violin) and Chris Graham (percussion).
Additionally, in 2021 Matzke was named CEO and President of the International Foundation for Contemporary Music, and appointed as Executive Director of the Cortona Sessions for New Music. Through these positions she works as an advocate for new music across the globe, leading an annual two-week long contemporary chamber music institute and assisting in the production of many projects, concerts, and recordings.
In addition to performance and leadership, Brianna is a dedicated music educator and pedagogue. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), she serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Wilmington College.
As a composer, jazz and classical pianist, and freelance arranger, James Loughery has a diverse
musical background which inspires his teaching of classical and jazz piano, improvisation and
composition. Holding a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of
Indianapolis and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Cincinnati’s
College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), he offers a creative approach to learning aimed at creating
strong technique and encouraging personal expression. With a vast repertory spanning many
styles, and including personal arrangements for students, James has resounding success with
adults and beginners alike, guiding each student on their personal musical path to success.
James has experience working with all levels and ages, and advanced students have won awards,
recorded on the radio, and gone to study music at schools such as Berklee College of Music.
Understanding the unique dynamics that each student brings, James’ creative approach aims to
customize each method tailored towards the student’s age, background, experience, and tastes.
Kate Kilgus is a clarinetist in the Cincinnati area who is passionate about sharing music with othersthrough teaching, collaborating, and performing. She recently completed a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the school, serving as the Graduate Assistant in Clarinet.
Ms. Kilgus enjoys performing in a variety of contexts and ensembles. She aims to make her
performances accessible to a wide audience by programming engaging and varied repertoire. Her solo recitals have featured classical and contemporary solo clarinet pieces, personally commissioned works, nontraditional chamber groups, and original arrangements. In Cincinnati, she’s performed with the CCM Wind Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, and Chamber Winds ensembles as well as the Queen City Orchestra and several musical theater pits. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Kilgus was invited to attend the Music Academy International in Trento, Italy, where she performed in the production of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti. She was a finalist in the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition in 2017 and was given a Graduate Incentive Award at CCM in 2018.
Ms. Kilgus has studied pedagogy while working on both of her degrees and has taught private clarinet lessons for over seven years to students of varying ages and skill levels. In the summers of 2014 and 2015 she served as a counselor at Signature Music Camp in Syracuse, NY, where she
taught clarinet masterclass and music theory class to middle and high school students. She currently volunteers as a woodwind coach and clarinet teacher at MYCincinnati, an afterschool music education program in Price Hill.
Ms. Kilgus holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Lawrence University, both of which she received in 2018. She has studied privately with Christopher Pell, David Bell, Andrew Marriner, Amy McCann, and Meghan Cabral.
Alayne Wegner is a freelance violinist, teacher, and arts administrator based in
Columbus, Ohio. Her creative yet detail-oriented approach to the violin translates
into passionate and dynamic performances, engaging and effective teaching, and
organized and deliberate arts administration. A recent graduate from Kenyon
College (’17) with a dual degree in Music and Sociology, Wegner holds such
achievements as the Thomas B. and Mary M. Greenslade Award for Music
Performance, the first place prize in the Collegiate Division of the Young Musicians
Competition with the Knox County Symphony, and Distinction in Music for her
senior comprehensive exercise. Since graduating in May, Wegner has become the
newest board member of the Knox County Symphony, built up a sizable studio of
violin students, and continues to perform regularly across Central Ohio.
Upon coming to Kenyon College as a recipient of the prestigious Music Scholarship,
Wegner quickly became known as an avid musician in the music department. After meeting fellow musicians David Hoyt (’14), Jeremy Fuller (’14), and Andrew Stewart (’15) in the Knox County Symphony, Wegner became a founding member of the Chase Quartet, a self-led student ensemble that prepared three full concerts and often played for school and community events. The ensemble became known across the campus and surrounding community as a “superb” ensemble, displaying “assiduous technicality,” “virtuosic clarity and composure,” and a “strong tendency toward teamwork.” [The Kenyon Collegian, “Quartet dazzles with tough pieces”]
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