Charles wetherbee, violin
Violinist Charles Wetherbee has performed throughout the world,including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six. He made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Symon Bychkov, and since then has performed with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as the Japan Philharmonic, the Kyoto Symphony, the ConcertoSoloists of Philadelphia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), the National Repertory Orchestra, the Orchestra Nacional de Mexico, the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Long Beach Symphony, and the Virginia Symphony, among others. The Washington Post called Wetherbee “a consummate artist...with Elawless technique”. The Virginia Pilot said that he “...gave a performance of great conviction and emotion”. The Columbus Dispatch wrote “...a Eirst rate showman...his double-stops, harmonics, and beautiful sound kept the audience spellbound”.
Charles is an artist dedicated to the music of today, as well as to the great literature of the past. He gave the Russian premiere of Grammy Award winning composer John Corigliano’s Violin Concerto, and was subsequently invited back to perform the Beethoven concerto in the famous Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall. He also gave the Mid-West premiere of the Penderski Violin Concerto in Columbus, Ohio, with the composer conducting. Charles has been heard throughout the US on the NPR program “Performance Today”, featuring his performance of the Red Violin by Mr. Corigliano with Joanne Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Other premieres include: the Leshnoff Violin Concerto with the Columbus Symphony, the Leshnoff Double Concerto for Violin and Viola with Michael Stern and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and the Story Teller Concerto by Korine Fujiwara in, Washington, DC, as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
A devoted chamber musician, Charles is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. Charles is an assistant professor of violin at the College of Music - University of Colorado at Boulder. As a recording artist, he is represented on Naxos, Seize the Music Records, Weasel Records, Vienna Modern Classics, as well as the Cascade labels. Mr. Wetherbee has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ashworth Artist and the George Hardesty awards. In 2002 Charles was able to acquire one of the world’s great violins, the Widenhouse 44.
Jonathan Bingham, Composer-In-Residence
Composer Jonathan Bingham is a native of Southampton, New Jersey. He began his compositional studies in 2009 under Anthony Randolph at Howard University. Since then, his work has been performed throughout the United States and abroad including New York's DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Kimball Hall, and the Siena Summer Music Festival in Italy.
In 2014, he relocated to New York City and began his graduate studies at New York University's Steinhardt School under the tutelage of Justin Dello Joio. While there, he composed several works including his String Quartet No. 1 for the JACK Quartet, his (Untitled) for the NYU Contemporary Ensemble, and his Episode for Orchestra which went on to win the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition.
In addition to his contributions to the concert hall, Mr. Bingham has composed the scores to the several films including Happenstance, directed by Jeanette Sears, and Mateo Márquez's upcoming Santi. Furthermore, he has orchestrated for recording artists including Thee Phantom who gave performances at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. He currently continues to reside and compose in New York.
For more information, please visit jonathan-bingham.com
Dan Kellogg, Composer
“Daniel Kellogg, is one of the most exciting composers around – technically assured, fascinated by unusual sonic textures, unfailingly easy to listen to, yet far from simplistic.” wrote the Washington Post. Dr. Kellogg is drawn towards musical narrative and creating forms that have a sense of drama and transformation. He strives for the transcendent, and sacred themes are of particular interest. Dr. Kellogg, Christoffersen Composition Fellow and Professor of Composition at the University of Colorado, has had premieres with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, orchestre de chambre de Paris, the Takács Quartet, eighth blackbird, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has served as composer-in-residence for Young Concert Artists, the South Dakota Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic. He has held artist fellowships/residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Copland House, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Honors include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, six ASCAP Young Composer Awards, the BMI William Schuman Prize, and the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Award. His works have been broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today”, “St. Paul Sundays”, and BBC’s “Live from Wigmore Hall” among others. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Kellogg earned a Masters of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music. Other creative pursuits include cooking and photography, and Daniel Kellogg dreams of someday sailing around the world (with a digital piano for composing). He lives in Colorado with his wife, concert pianist Hsing-ay Hsu, and daughter Kaela.
dr. Vicki burrichter, artistic director of boulder chorale
Dr. Vicki Burrichter became Artistic Director of the Boulder Chorale in July of 2015. Under her leadership, the Chorale has continued to showcase its 53 year history of musical excellence in performing classical music, while expanding the repertoire into diverse styles. Highlights of her time with them include: Duke Ellington's Sacred Music Concerts (which the chorus will take to the Netherlands next summer with two Grammy-winning brass players and members of the Montview Presbyterian Church in Denver), Carnival Brazil with The Boulder Samba School and Ginga, the Tangos of Argentina with Austin Piazzolla, Between Heaven and Earth - Hindustani classical music with JamKeyJam, Misa Tariro with Kutandara Marimba, To Hope! A Celebration, by Dave Brubeck, Mozart's Requiem with The Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the Brahms'Shicksalslied with The Boulder Philharmonic.
Highlights of her work before leading The Boulder Chorale include directing Voices of Light, an oratorio set to the 1927 Carl Dryer film, The Passion of Joan of Arc; a tour with students to Cuba to perform with the National Choir of Cuba; conducting the Colorado Symphony and 200 singers in the secular oratorio Sing for the Cure; twice collaborating with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble to perform jazz legend Mary Lou Williams' Mary Lou's Mass at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; founding the SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir, which mentors foster/adopted children in choral music and life skills and has been nationally-recognized for its inter-generational approach and youth mentoring; winning a Gold Medal at the New York Choral Festival with her chamber choir of ten years, Canto Spiritus; and recording with that ensemble the CD Brazil! The Choral Music of Marcos Leite. For 25 years, she taught voice and performance privately, and was described by teacher and author David Craig (On Performing; On Singing Onstage) as: "One of the most brilliant performers I have ever taught."
Dr. Burrichter is founder and director of several musical non-profits and a successful production company, VIART Productions, LLC. She speaks on the business of artistic social entrepreneurship to organizations across the country, and in 2014, was asked to give the commencement address to the Graduate School at her alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado. She is a lifelong educator, and has taught all levels from elementary school through college. She holds a Doctorate in Choral Literature and Conducting, a Masters in Music, a Bachelors in Theater, and did post-undergraduate studies in jazz, African music, and twentieth-century music. Her doctoral dissertation was on the choral music of Dr. Gwyneth Walker. Her mentors and teachers include conductors Marin Alsop, Vance George, Pierre Boulez, and Robert Shaw. www.drvickiburrichter.com.