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Christina & Michelle Naughton
2017-2018 Gilmore Rising Star

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton were born in New Jersey, and grew up in Wisconsin where their first piano lessons were given by their mother. Growing up, the sisters performed individually until, at the age of 18, a concert presenter requested that they perform together. That marked the beginning of their preference to perform as a duo. Both are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. Their professional careers were launched in 2010 with debuts at the Kennedy Center and at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The following year the Naughtons performed in Munich’s Herkulessaal and began to establish their reputation outside of the U.S. They are Steinway Artists, and recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics. They now live in New York City.

Sun 11/5/17 4:00PM Wellspring Theater CHRISTINA & MICHELLE NAUGHTON

Stephen Hough
2017-2018 Fontana

"A virtuoso who begins where others leave off" - Washington Post

DEBUSSY             Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque No. 3, L. 75/3
DEBUSSY             Images Book II
SCHUMANN        Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
DEBUSSY             La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune (Préludes Book II)
DEBUSSY             Images Book I
BEETHOVEN        Sonata 23 in F minor Op. 57, Appassionata

Fri 11/10/17 7:30PM Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre STEPHEN HOUGH, piano

Andrew Tyson
2017-2018 Gilmore Rising Star

Andew Tyson is a native of North Carolina. A 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Tyson gave his New York recital debut at Merkin Hall and his Washington, D.C., debut at the Kennedy Center that same year. As winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, he was awarded the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and the John Browning Memorial Prize. Tyson made his orchestral debut at age 15, and after early studies with Dr. Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano. He has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia.

Sun 12/3/17 4:00PM Wellspring Theater ANDREW TYSON

New York Polyphony
2017-2018 Fontana

Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” - National Public Radio

Sing Thee Nowell is the follow-up to the GRAMMY-nominated CD Times Go by Turns. Seven centuries of Christmas pass before the listener with new works composed for the ensemble by Michael McGlynn, Andrew Smith and John Scott, alongside traditional medieval and Renaissance carols and motets by Clemens ‘non Papa,’ Philippe Verdelot and Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Fri 12/8/17 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU NEW YORK POLYPHONY, SING THEE NOWELL

Nathan Gunn
2017-2018 Fontana
NATHAN GUNN, baritone

Nathan Gunn and pianist Julie Jordan Gunn perform a recital of selections from the Great American Songbook. Nathan Gunn, one of today’s most in-demand singers, has performed title roles at the world’s great opera houses, is a champion of new works, and has appeared as soloist with premier symphonies at home and abroad.

Sat 1/20/18 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU NATHAN GUNN, baritone

Shanghai Quartet
2017-2018 Fontana
WU MAN, pipa

The acclaimed Shanghai Quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Wu Man unite to perform new works by contemporary Chinese composers for string quartet and pipa as well as Western classical standards.

Sat 2/17/18 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU WU MAN, pipa

Artemis Quartet
2017-2018 Fontana

“The interpretations of the Artemis Quartet are not only technically on a par with the most virtuosic of their competitors – but they offer a higher musical intensity than all the others!“ - Süddeutsche Zeitung

BEETHOVEN        Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
BARTÓK                Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 17, Sz. 67
SCHUMANN         Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1

Sat 4/7/18 7:30PM Stetson Chapel, K College ARTEMIS QUARTET