Public invited to observe master classes

Mason Gross welcomes the public to observe a lineup of master classes throughout the fall 2016 semester. The schedule features international teaching artists and Mason Gross students. Master classes (and companion recitals) are free and open to the public—no tickets are required.

The series kicks off Monday, September 26, with a master class and performance by celebrated violinist Cho-Liang Lin (schedule and details below).

“Master classes give the public a real glimpse of what it is like to refine and master a piece of music,” says Min Kwon, head of keyboard studies at Mason Gross. She will perform with Lin in a concert featuring works by Bartok, Prokofiev, and Schumann. “It’s a process of discovery, and it’s fascinating to observe.

“When we go to see a movie, we only see the result,” Kwon continues. “We can only imagine how many edits were made. In a master class, audiences get to watch a work in progress in young people’s hands, minds, and hearts. They see an artist-in-the-making with the help of another artist.” 

Check back for updates throughout the year!

Spring 2017 Master Classes

New Music conducted by Talea Ensemble
Monday, February 20, 2017, 12:35 p.m.
The new music group coaches pieces by Rutgers composers performed by Rutgers’ HELIX! ensemble, as well as the undergraduate new music ensemble, Split the Lark. See them perform in concert

Nicholas Music Center

Voice conducted by Amanda Pabyan (pictured at right)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 4 p.m.
Soprano Amanda Pabyan has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera on the James, and Florida Grand Opera as well as orchestras and festivals world-wide.

Shindell Choral Hall (Mortensen Hall)

Trumpet conducted by Christopher Martin
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6 p.m.
Martin is the principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Schare Recital Hall (Marryott Music Building)*

Cello conducted by Peter Stumpf
Friday, March 24, 2017, 11 a.m.
Professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Stumpf has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (former principal cellist), Philadelphia Orchestra (former associate principal cellist), Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Boston Philharmonic.

Schare Recital Hall (Marryott Music Building)*

Violin conducted by Catherine Cho
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 2 p.m.
Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Cho is a member of the violin and chamber music faculty at the Juilliard School, and has taught at the Starling-DeLay Symposium, New York String Seminar, Killington Music Festival, Seoul Music Festival and Academy, Heifetz Institute, Great Mountains Music School and Festival, and the Perlman Music Program.

Schare Recital Hall (Marryott Music Building)*

Fall 2016 Master Classes

Violin conducted by Cho-Liang Lin (pictured at right)
Monday, September 26, 2016, 12:30–2 p.m., Schare Recital Hall (Marryott Music Building)*
Free concert, 7:30 p.m., with Min Kwon, piano; Yoon Kwon, violin; Dan Panner, viola; and Alan Stepansky, cello; performing Bartok and Prokofiev duos and Schumann’s Piano Quintet
Nicholas Music Center

Piano conducted by Robert Taub
Monday, October 31, 2016, 12:35 p.m.
Pianist Robert Taub will illustrate Beethoven musical sketches and autograph manuscripts and discuss ways in which they exert a critical influence on interpretation and performance, highlighting Sonatas Op. 53 Waldstein, Op. 106 Hammerklavier, and Op.109. 
Shindell Choral Hall (Mortensen Hall)

Organ conducted by James David Christie, the celebrated Boston Symphony Orchestra performer and teacher. Christie coaches students in the performance of works from the North German Baroque period, including pieces by Dieterich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach, performed on the Richards, Fowkes & Co. pipe organ.
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Free recital, Sunday, November 13, 2016, 5 p.m.
Christ Church (5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick)

Clarinet conducted by Mark Nuccio, principal clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra
Friday, November 18, 2016, 1 to 3 p.m.
Shindell Choral Hall (Mortensen Hall)

Viola conducted by Roberto Díaz, president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music
Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
Free recital, 7:30 p.m., featuring Brahms’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2; Hindemith’s Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 25, No. 1; and Bloch’s Suite for Viola and Piano
Shindell Choral Hall (Mortensen Hall)

Clarinet and piano conducted by Jonathan Cohler and Rasa Vitkauskaite
Monday, November 28, 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Schare Recital Hall (Marryott Music Building)*
Ticketed concert, 8 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, featuring a celebration of chamber music from around the world for clarinet and piano.

Voice conducted by Kim Josephson, associate professor at the University of Oklahoma
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 3:45–5:45 p.m.
Shindell Choral Hall (Mortensen Hall)

Posted September 2016

*This is not a handicap-accessible venue.