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A performance by the Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss, with guest soloists Lee Allen, trombone, Sage DeAgro-Ruopp '18, soprano, and Daniel Orsen '16, viola.
Contretemps (2016) Christopher Dietz (b. 1977)
Nanokonzert (2013) Christopher Stark (b. 1980)
Nanoconcerto 2 (2016)
Lee Allen, trombone
Sandburg Songs (2015) Matthew Schreibeis (b. 1980)
Sage DeAgro-Ruopp, soprano
Lamenting with Ariadne (1999) Thea Musgrave (b. 1928)
Daniel Orsen, viola
Known for his musicianship and versatility, Lee Allen has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony, and was acting principal trombone of the Las Vegas Philharmonic from 2008-2013.
A dedicated teacher, Allen led the Oberlin Brass Quintet China Tour in summer 2015, in which the group of students played 19 concerts in world-class venues in 17 cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, over a span of 30 days. He has also presented master classes throughout the United States, and will serve this summer as trombone faculty at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany.
Engaged in diverse musical endeavors across multiple genres, Allen has performed on-screen with pop artist Adele (2013), toured with award-winning smooth jazz artist Brian Culbertson (2008), and is a founding member of the MOMUS Trombone Quartet, which has received much critical acclaim for their album The Lexingport Project. Allen has also worked on numerous recording projects in Los Angeles at such studios as Warner Bros. and Capitol Records. Most recently, he recorded on a project at The Bridge Recording in L.A. with Jay Friedman, principal trombonist of the Chicago Symphony. Due to be released later this year, this collaboration amongst principal trombonists of major orchestras and top L.A. recording artists features Friedman’s own trombone choir arrangements.
Allen earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in trombone performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. His primary mentors have included Terry Cravens, Dale Warren, Bill Watrous, and Per Brevig.
Before joining the Oberlin faculty as assistant professor of trombone, Allen was the trombone instructor at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts. He is currently a Shires Performing artist.
Soprano Sage DeAgro-Ruopp ’18 began her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, during which time she was named a concerto competition winner and a Young Arts finalist, as well as sang as a featured guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. DeAgro-Ruopp has attended such summer programs as Oberlin in Italy and the Chautauqua Institute, where she performed with Bénédicte Jourdois and Mikael Eliasen. As a performer with the Oberlin Opera Theater, DeAgro-Ruopp most recently was seen in the role of Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, and will appear as Corilla in the upcoming production of Donizetti’s Viva la mamma.
After studying this summer at the Chautauqua Institute with Marlena Malas, DeAgro-Ruopp will return to Oberlin as a junior to continue her studies with Daune Mahy.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, violist Daniel Orsen ’16 is a senior at Oberlin completing his studies with Peter Slowik. He has won first prizes at the ASTA National Solo Competition, Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Concerto Competition, Pittsburgh Tuesday Musical Club, and the Duquesne Young Artists Competition. He has also appeared on NPR’s radio program From the Top.
As a chamber musician, Orsen has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Frans Helmerson, and Merry Peckham. In the summers, he has participated in Credo, the Quartet Program, the Perlman Music Program, and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. Next year, Orsen will study at the New England Conservatory with Kim Kashkashian.