The Elmhurst College World Music Series

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Ambi Subramaniam gave his first performance at the age of seven and since then has performed in many prestigious venues around the world. He has received the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary Youth Award, two GiMAs (Global Indian Music Award for Best Fusion Album and Best Carnatic Instrumental Album) and Big Indian Music Award (for Best Carnatic Album). Hailed as “the new king of Indian classical violin”, Ambi regularly plays duet violin concerts with Dr. L. Subramaniam and solo concerts. Ambi has been invited to perform at TEDx events to expose new audiences to Carnatic music. As a fusion performer, he has formed a band called SubraMania with his sister Bindu. Ambi has performed extensively with his family (father Dr. L. Subramaniam, mother Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, sister Bindu Subramaniam) and collaborated with Larry Coryell, Ernie Watts, Corky Siegel and Shankar Mahadevan.

Mahesh Krishnamurthy started learning Mridangam (Indian drum) at the age of seven under Thattha Mangalam Chandra Sekhar Menon at Palghat, Kerala. He then studied under Shekaripuram Ramakrishnan at Palghat. He continued his Mridangam training in Mumbai under the guidance of the eminent Vidhwan Karaikudi Chandramouli for over a decade who groomed him to be a concert player. Mahesh has received advanced training under the mridangam maestro Karaikudi Mani in Chennai. He has accompanied leading musicians including Dr. L. Subramaniam, Mandolin Srinivas, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Pandit Jasraj. Mahesh is deeply motivated by Dr. L. Subramaniam, who has immensely encouraged him in his endeavors and has been playing with him over the last 20 years.

The Glenbard East High School Symphony Strings, directed by Timothy Fawkes, will be joining the Elmhurst Philharmonic for Bharat Symphony, the music composed by L. Subramaniam to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India. This challenging music, written in multiple meters and requiring advanced technique and musicianship, is a challenging work for high school musicians. Congratulations to the Glenbard East students and Mr. Fawkes for taking on this challenge. We are sure you will be moved by this exciting performance!

Joanne May is in her ninth year as Assistant Professor of Music and director of the Philharmonic Orchestra, chair of the string department, and music education instructor at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. During her tenure at Elmhurst College she founded the annual Elmhurst College World Music Series, assisted in writing the course, String Improvisation for Educators, added three new string faculty members to the department, started a secondary instrument string orchestra for music education students, began an electric string ensemble, conducted the Philharmonic at the Illinois Music Education Conference, and set up annual performance tours to high schools in several states.

Prior to teaching at Elmhurst College, May retired from teaching 33 years in public schools in Illinois and Missouri, serving as an instructor of strings, orchestra, band, choir, general music, and as music department chair at Glenbard East High School in suburban Lombard, IL. She received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by ILMEA, Glenbard Township High School District Distinguished Service Award, Educator of the Year and Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois American String Teacher’s Association, and Teacher Recognition Award for the Presidential Scholar Program in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of Education. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and served as President of the Illinois American String Teachers Association and President of the Orchestra Division of ILMEA. May is currently national chair of Orchestra Council for NAfME.

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