Seven Canons for the Plague-spring

New music for today by James Helgeson

THURSDAY, 2 JULY 2020 | 7.10PM – 7.30PM

About the creators

James Helgeson

James Helgeson is a composer and scholar based in Berlin.

Currently working at the intersections of music, literature and philosophy, he lectures at the Barenboim-Said Academy, a music conservatory in the German capital.

His first degree was from the Curtis Institute of Music, followed by a bachelor degree at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Currently, he is completing a doctorate in Music Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London. His first PhD is from Princeton, where he worked on the subject of Renaissance theories of music and poetry. He has taught at CambridgeColumbia, and Nottingham.

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Mingzhe Wang

A recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship award, Mingzhe Wang is committed to the music of our time and the classics. He gave the Chinese premiere of Elliott Carter’s Hiyoku and has worked closely with some of the world’s leading composers. He performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto in its original version with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, and has performed on period clarinets with prominent groups such as The American Classical Orchestra and the Clarion Music Society Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Wang has collaborated and works with some of the most prominent young artists today. His performances have been broadcast on China’s Central Television, New York’s WQXR, Nashville’s WPLN, and many public radio stations across North America.

A native of Wuhan, China, Wang first studied clarinet at the age of nine, and gave his first public performance was at the age of 10. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he also obtained his Masters degree and Artist Diploma. His major teachers include David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima, and Paul Green. Wang was previously an associate professor of clarinet at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra and a co-founder of Trio Séléné.

Mingzhe Wang serves as an Associate Professor of Clarinet at Michigan State University College of Music.

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