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Monday, July 18, 2016

Faculty News: Dean Billmeyer's German Tour; Guerino Mazzola's New Book & Committee Membership; Fernando Meza in Residence with YOA

Dean Billmeyer (organ) completed a three-city, five-recital tour of Germany last week, performing in Freiberg (Saxony) June 29 and 30, Leipzig July 6 and 7, and Delbrück (Paderborn) July 10. Billmeyer’s concerts included recitals on noteworthy organs in Freiberg (Silbermann Organs of 1714 at the Cathedral and 1735 at the Petrikirche), and in Leipzig (1904 Sauer organ at the Michaeliskirche). Billmeyer was interviewed in Freiberg for an article in the Freie Presse, it appears in German here.

Guerino Mazzola (creative studies & media) has been invited to be a program committee member of the Second International Workshop on Language, Music and Computing at Saint-Petersburg State University in Russia (April, 17-19, 2017). Mazzola will also publish a new book with Aracne Editrice, to be published in the spring, titled Musical Gestures and Homotopy Theory. 

Fernando Meza (percussion) was in residence as percussion/timpani faculty for the YOA-Orchestra of the Americas in Tallinn, Estonia, for two weeks, in preparation of YOA's Baltic tour through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Poland. While in Estonia, Meza performed in Rapla, with flute artist Oksana Sinkova and later traveled to Helsinki to visit the Sibelius Academy. Earlier in June, Meza performed and recorded Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 with the Minnesota Orchestra under conductor Osmo Vänskä.