Critically acclaimed violinist Dmitri Pogorelov won prestigious chamber music competitions in his native Russia at an early age, leading to numerous appearances in chamber music recitals and solo performances with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Russia. Pogorelov has appeared in chamber music concerts with principal players of the Chicago, Houston, Saint Louis and Seattle symphonies; Cleveland, Minnesota and Concertgebouw orchestras; and the orchestras of San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, and Frankfurt State Opera. As part of Pogorelov’s interest in contemporary chamber music, he has recently recorded works by Eric Ewazen, Gunther Schuller, and Yehudi Wyner for Albany Records.
A seasoned orchestral performer, Pogorelov has worked under Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder and Esa-Pekka Salonen as concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra. Dmitri is currently a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music under the tutelage of Gerardo Ribeiro.
Admired for their "superlative artistry" (CVNC Arts Journal), the Kontras Quartet has established an international following. The "superb Chicago-based ensemble" (Gramophone Magazine) has been described as "a tightly crafted and beautiful instrument" (CVNC Arts Journal) and has been lauded for its members’ "crisp precision" (Palm Beach Daily News) and "enjoyable musical personality" (Fanfare Magazine). Kontras means contrasts in the Afrikaans language—fitting for a string ensemble whose colorful repertoire spans centuries, genres and continents.
Elmhurst Guitar Quartet
The Elmhurst Guitar Quartet is made up of four outstanding guitar students at Elmhurst College. Under the guidance of faculty member Steve Suvada, the quartet performs regularly for school and community events. In early 2016 the students were selected by audition to perform in the highly selective Music Department Honors Recital, and they performed as part of a presentation to the College’s Board of Directors meeting last spring. This year’s quartet members are Chad Bobik, Isaiah Eby, Konrad Malinowski and Sam Schacker.
Elmhurst College Dancers
The Elmhurst College Dancers join with the College’s Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of dance music by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla (“Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve”) and Mexican composer Arturo Marquez (“Danzon No. 2”). The dance is choreographed by program director Amy Lyn MacDonald.
Maine East High School Symphonic Strings
The Maine East High School Symphonic Strings from Park Ridge join Elmhurst College’s Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of the 2016 World Music Series Olé! Concert. Directed by Sarah Djordjevic, the students will perform the music of “Dance No. 1” and “Danzon No. 2” to create an awe-inspiring grand finale.
Duo Tandem International Guitar Duo
The two-guitar ensemble Duo Tandem performs a diverse repertoire ranging from the joyful to the experiential. With performances throughout the United States, in the United Kingdom and in Cyprus, Duo Tandem has been acclaimed as “magical” (Marc Teicholz) and praised for “beautiful articulations, rhythm, and timing” (Larry Ferrara). Duo Tandem is made up of guitarists Necati Emirzade and Mark Anderson.
Necati Emirzade is A Cypriot classical guitarist with "nice sound projection, many colors and no fear," according to Latin Grammy–award winner Sergio Assad. At the age of 16, Emirzade became one of the youngest undergraduate students accepted at the UNC School of the Arts. He later went on to earn a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Marc Teicholz. He has toured in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, California, Australia, Turkey and Cyprus, including an appearance on Cypriot national television.
Classical guitarist Mark Anderson, who has been described as a ”soulful and intelligent musician,” has performed throughout the United States. He has premiered several works by up-and-coming Bay Area composers and recently gave the U.S. premier of “Rising Spirals” by award-winning composer Chinary Ung. Anderson completed his M.M. in classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Marc Teicholz, and has also studied with Sergio Assad, David Tanenbaum, Richard Savino and Larry Ferrara. He serves on the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he teaches guitar.
Known as the leading singer of classical and semi-classical songs in the Carnatic tradition, M.S. Subbulakshmi was the first singer in India to be presented with the Bharat Ratna, the highest award given to a civilian. Born in 1916 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, she released her first album at the age of 10.
Subbulakshmi performed across the globe, including in London (Royal Albert Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall), Canada, Moscow and beyond. Her fan list included Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, who once said that he would rather hear Subbulakshmi speak a song than hear someone else sing it.
The recipient of numerous awards, Subbulakshmi passed away in 2004 at the age of 88. On December 17, Elmhurst College will honor her with a commemorative concert.