Percussionist Nicholas Stoup performs regularly with some of the world’s major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Comunidad Valenciana, and the Fort Worth Symphony. He has worked with many of today’s great conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel and Pierre Boulez, and was principal percussionist/timpanist with the Orquesta Comunidad Valenciana from 2004-2011, working with conductors Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel.
DENIS JIRON is a native (Los) Angeleno. He attended the famous Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and continued on to receive his BM from California State University, Northridge and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts under James Miller (Associate Principal Trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic). He also studied at Staatliche Musikhochschule für Musik Trossingen, Germany under Abbie Conant and later at the Hochschule in Mannheim, Germany.
Born: 1813, Paris, France
Died: 1888, Paris, France
CHARLES-VALENTIN ALKAN wrote and published his Benedictus, Op. 54, for pedal piano in 1859, although Spritzer has adapted this for organ. The reference to the religious text in the title remains unexplained and open to interpretation.
New Zealand baritone Hadleigh Adams is a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and a graduate of the Merola Opera Program. Hadleigh studied at the University of Auckland, the New Zealand School of Music, and was an Emerging Artist with the NBR New Zealand Opera before relocating to Australia in 2009 as the inaugural Gertrude Johnson Scholar at The Opera Studio, Melbourne.