Oberlin College and Conservatory

Contemporary Music Ensemble: Timothy Weiss, conductor; Lorraine Manz, mezzo-soprano; Amir Eldan, cello; Kristen Kuster, composer-in-residence

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:00pm

Warner Concert Hall
77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

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A performance by the Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss, with faculty soloists Lorraine Manz, mezzo-soprano and Amir Eldan, cello, and guest composer-in-residence Kristin Kuster.


Theophilus Chandler '14: Cello Concerto (2016)



   Amir Eldan, cello

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Kristin Kuster: Ribbon Earth (2008)

Harold Meltzer: Variations on a Summer Day (2016)

   Lorraine Manz, mezzo-soprano


Amir Eldan performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and as guest principal cellist. In 2011-12, he served as principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra by invitation from Zubin Mehta and a year later, as guest principal cellist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. At age 22, he became the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York, when he won the position of associate principal cellist and was invited by James Levine to perform with the MET Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall. 

As a winner of the Juilliard Competition, Eldan made his New York debut with the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Sarah Kapustin in Lincoln Center and has performed the Six Bach Suites in a series of concerts worldwide. He has collaborated in chamber music performances with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Mosaiques string quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, pianist Richard Goode, and cellists Lynn Harrell and Steven Isserlis. Eldan holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees, both from Juilliard, where he also served as a guest teacher. His performances have been featured on public television and radio in the United States, Europe, and in Israel. In 2006, he was appointed to the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and became the cellist of the Oberlin Trio.


Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Manz has been featured as soloist in the United States in orchestral, oratorio, recital, and chamber music settings. She has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland), New Hampshire Music Festival, Round Top Festival in Texas, Bach Festival Society, Shreveport Summer Music Festival, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (New Orleans) with conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Gareth Morrell, and Steven Smith.  She received critical praise for her performances with Lyric Opera Cleveland in Little Women, for which composer Mark Adamo was stage director.

Manz has been heard on artist series in recital and contemporary chamber music ensembles, including performances at the Lincoln Center, Contemporary Directions of the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), and the New Music Festival (California). She has toured Japan, Hawaii, and the West Coast, performing a variety of chamber music works.

A number of her students have enjoyed thriving professional careers and have performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Sarasota Opera, San Francisco Opera, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, and the San Francisco Opera Merola apprentice programs. Additional former students are active performers of both early and contemporary music in the United States and abroad.

A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Manz was a Master Teacher for the prestigious Intern Program in 2006 as well as NATS clinician and adjudicator. She presented at the First International Conference on Physics and Acoustics of Singing in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Chicago Humanities Festival. As director of the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center, she also teaches voice pedagogy and is a vocologist, with special interest in voice habilitation. Manz was elected to the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in 2014.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1993, Manz taught at the University of California and at St. Olaf College.

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