Gallery Hosts Sibelius Reception
|Three days ago we reported on
the 10th Annual Sibelius Music Festival in Hancock and
the three concerts that made up the Music Festival. The
Festival concluded last Saturday with a public reception
which was held at the Vertin Gallery, Calumet, Michigan.
|Phillip Johnson, President of
Finlandia University made a brief statement to the
people gathered at the gallery, concluding by
introducing and thanking Roger Reynolds for his
contribution to this year's Musical Festival.
|Reynolds, a Pulitzer
prize-winning composer has worked closely with each of
this year's Sibelius Academy musicians as they developed
their individual performance programs. Mr. Reynolds also
produced the the program notes offered by the musicians
|During the reception, Sibelius
Academy musicians Kaisa Koivula, clarinet, and Jukka
Ojala, accordion, performed six selections.
|Prior to hearing Kaisa and
Jukka play I wondered if the Clarinetist and
Accordianist would be playing duets. I thought perhaps
that they might be two individual musicians perfomering
individually. Since I had never heard these two
instruments played together I was indeed in for a
In his introduction to the musicians Mr. Reynolds told
the audience that during his work with Kaisa and Jukka
he learned that the couple had been doing all their own
arrangements, appearently unaware that many arrangements
already exist for their instrumentation.
The very first composition they performed was a Schumann
Opus, Opus 94 for Oboe and Piano. Several other
varieties of music were played during the afternoon,
including Finnish Folk Songs and a Fandago solo on
accordian by Jukka.
|Photo above: Roger Reynolds and
his wife, Karen (Hill) Reynolds. Roger is a professor of
music composition at the University of California, San
Diego. Read Roger's Bio.
|Karen formally known as Karen
Hill a native of Wakefield, MI. Karen is the daughter of
Ila Amanda and Arthur J. Hill, whose musical
contributions as Director of Music over the years at
Finlandia University brought considerable fame to the
school. Karen is an accomplished flutist. Karen (Hill)
Reynolds studied at the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor and University of California, San Diego. Her
principal teacher was Marcel Moyse; she also studied in
Paris with Michel Debost on a Fulbright scholarship.
Reynolds has been active in the planning, performance,
and production of music festivals including Sťances de
travail in Paris, Cross Talk Concert Series and
Intermedia Festival in Tokyo, and the Center for Music
Experiment and Pacific Rim Festival at the University of
California, San Diego. Reynolds has also taught flute at
San Diego State University.