Updates - Winter 2005/2006
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Updates - Fall 2005
Quinton I. Morris (violin) This year, Quinton has performed recitals in Mississippi, North Carolina, Washington State, and Texas. This past spring, Quinton performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto in Seattle, Washington and was honored for his musicianship and community leadership by the King County Executive Council Board and the Seattle Chapter of The Links, Inc.
Chris Jenkins was awarded third prize in the eighth annual Sphinx Competition in Detroit, where he performed the second and third movements of Bartok's viola concerto with the Sphinx Symphony. Most recently, he finished a tour with his alternative string quartet, Invert, performing concerts in New York, Boston, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Austin, among others. Opening for the band Rachel's, Invert performed in, among others, New York's Mercury Lounge and The Middle East in Cambridge, MA.
Mariana Green-Hill (violin) was awarded second prize in the eighth annual Sphinx Competition where she performed the third movement of Joseph White’s Concerto in f# minor and William Grant Still’s Mother and Child with the Sphinx Symphony. Most recently, Mariana appeared as guest soloist with the New Jersey Symphony where she performed the last movement to Bruch’s Concerto in G minor. She was also featured on Alicia Key’s Unplugged CD and video.
In March of 2005, Dawn Smith (viola) performed an educational outreach concert for 500 students at Miami Shores Elementary in Miami, FL. She also performed the world premier on Gary Smart’s String Quartet No. 1 in Jacksonville, FL with members of the St. Louis and Jacksonville Symphonies. Dawn has also served as principal violist for the Soulful Symphony in Baltimore, Maryland.
John Littlejohn (violin) released his debut CD, All Day I Dream About Music, in December 2004. Available at Tower Records, this is a unique album that combines many styles including hip-hop, classical, bossa-nova, and gamelan. Gerard Bonner of Gospelflava.com wrote, “Many have attempted to blend classical and hip-hop. Dare we say that few can do it with the authenticity of ADIDAM.” John also recently married Paula Williamson and joined the Austin Chamber Music Center.
Ryan Murphy (cello) recently presented his Master’s cello recital at The Juilliard School. He will graduate in May 2006.
Tahirah Whittington (cello) recently performed on Toyia Taylor’s Eargasm: Lips, Hips and All that Jazz in Brooklyn, New York at Solomon’s Porch. She also recorded Lamentations: A Black Folk Song Suite by Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson and videos for R&B singers Alicia Keys and Joe. In November, Tahirah will travel to Essex, Cambridge and London, England with The Core Ensemble touring the chamber music theatre work Trés Vidas “Three Lives”.