Revelations

Revelations by Leon KirchnerLeon Kirchner composer, conductor, virtuoso pianist, and legendary teacher and coach was recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in 2009, and an Honorary Doctorate at Harvard in 2001. He received the New York Music Critics Circle award, the Naumburg Award, Pulitzer Prize, and the Freidheim Award, and commissions from the Ford, Fromm, and Koussevitzky Foundations, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Symphony, Spoleto and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, the Boston Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Kirchner studied with Arnold Schoenberg, Roger Sessions, and Ernest Bloch. He was composer-in-residence and a performer at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, Tokyo Music Today (Takemitsu Festival), and the Spoleto, Charleston, Aldeburgh, and Marlboro Music Festivals. At Harvard Leon Kirchner created his legacy performance analysis class and founded and conducted his own orchestra known then as the Harvard Chamber Orchestra, a group of the finest freelance musicians in the Boston area. At Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, Kirchner conducted memorable performances enriching the Harvard, Cambridge and Boston audiences with vibrant performances of contemporary and classical works. See Revelations Liner Note Article

Pianist Joel Fan has appeared with symphony orchestras the world over with such conductors as Alan Gilbert, Zubin Mehta, David Alan Miller, Gustav Meier, Lucas Richman, Hobart Earle, David Zinman and David Robertson. He has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma in concert with the New York Philharmonic and as a member of The Silk Road Ensemble. Television appearances include Good Morning America and Late Night with David Letterman. As a recording artist, Mr. Fan scored two consecutive Billboard Top 10 Debuts with his solo CDs, World Keys and West of the Sun. A champion of contemporary music, Joel Fan recorded the world premieres of Leon Kirchner’s Sonata No. 3, The Forbidden, William Bolcom’s Nine New Bagatelles, and many other works. Joel Fan is a Steinway Artist. Artist website: joelfanmusic.com.

Soprano Diana Hoagland has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Detroit and Pittsburgh Symphonies, and the American Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras performing with Leopold Stokowski, Seigi Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gunther Schuller, Leon Kirchner, Richard Westenburg and David Zinman. She has appeared with numerous chamber and choral societies, and was guest artist at the Meadowbrook, Ambler and Marlboro Music Festivals. Having worked with Kirchner during the composition of his opera, Lily, she recorded “Lily for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra” on Columbia Records and performed the work at Alice Tully Hall, Harvard’s Sanders Theater, the Smithsonian Institute and the New England Conservatory.

Beverly Hoch has performed in Alice Tully, Carnegie and London’s Royal Albert Halls, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and the Bard, Newport, Glyndebourne, American and Italian Spoleto Festivals. Over 150 orchestral collaborations include the Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and London symphonies with Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Charles Dutoit, and John Elliot Gardner. A winner of Young Concert Artists, she presented recitals with pianists Margo Garrett and Charles Wadsworth, toured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and portrayed twenty-five operatic roles in the US and abroad. She currently teaches singing at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. In 2004 she sang The Twilight Stood at the 50th Anniversary of the College Music Society conference with pianist Tammy Lum.

Distinguished American conductor Scott Dunn this past season has led the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Colorado Symphony, and The St Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic, among others. Dunn’s professional conducting career began in 1999, when Kirchner colleague Lukas Foss appointed Dunn associate music director for his Music Festival of the Hamptons. Dunn subsequently held posts at GIimmerglass Opera and at Pittsburgh Opera. Also a distinguished pianist and former student of Byron Janis, Dunn has made multiple commercial recordings as conductor and pianist. In 2007, he joined the conducting staff of the LA Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and in 2010 was named Associate Conductor.