Faculty & Guest Artist Recital: Steven Thachuk, guitar and Anne Harley, soprano
Steven Thachuk is known as one of Canada’s most outstanding and versatile guitarists. Performing works from J.S. Bach and Toru Takemitsu to John Lennon and Radiohead, he consistently challenges the nature of the instrument’s repertoire and boundaries. Playing both traditional classical guitar and a steel string instrument he has appeared in recital, as a chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra throughout North America, Great Britain and Europe. Thachuk has performed most of the major concertos in the guitar repertoire with orchestra and has had concerts broadcast on NPR in America and the CBC in Canada. His playing has drawn critical acclaim. The Westfalen Post in Germany has commented that after his concerts “the audience remains in the seats for a long time, saddened that the concert has ended” and the Nordeste in Mexico has called Thachuk “a master of interpretation and artistry”
Since 2002, Steven Thachuk has been Director of Guitar Studies at California State University Northridge (CSUN).
Anne Harley BA (Yale College); MMus (Boston University); Opera Certificate (Boston University Opera Institute); DMA (Boston University) is an award-winning performer-scholar and an educator based in Claremont, CA, where she teaches at Scripps College. Born in Toronto, Anne Harley moved to the US to study comparative literature at Yale University and then to Boston, where she trained in voice and opera performance at Boston University, eventually completing her doctorate there in Historical Performance. Since 2009, she teaches voice, music history and interdisciplinary humanities at Scripps College, and specializes in performing music from challenging and ground-breaking contemporary composers as well as music from early oral and written traditions in Europe, America and Russia.
She has premiered, performed and recorded works by contemporary composers Evan Ziporyn, John Adams, Lee Hoiby, Louis Andriessen, Peter Eotvös and John Harbison, Jodi Goble, Christine Southworth, Moshe Shulman, Yii Kah Hoe and Chaipruck Mekara, among others. She performs in North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared as soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Angels in America), Opera Boston (Nixon in China), American Repertory Theatre (Oedipus), Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Tanglewood Festival.
Her solo performances are available on Hänssler Profil, Naxos, Sony Classics, Canteloupe, Musica Omnia, einKlang and BMOP/sound, among others. For more information, see www.anneharley.com.
In 2012, she founded the new commissioning project Voices Of The Pearl (www.voicesofthepearl.org). Voices of the Pearl presents, in new song cycle settings, texts by and about women esoteric practitioners from all traditions in the original languages. Her project has garnered grants from the NEA, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Harvard Fromm Commissioning Foundation, Scripps College, as well as from private donors.
Saturday, Mar 3, 2018 -- Doors open at 7pm
Cypress Recital Hall