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Fri, Sep 23 2016 8:00 PM

The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present Mills Music Now 2016-2017

Music By Darius Milhaud, Ravel, Boulanger, Satie, And Enescu

Jennifer Curtis, Violin (Mills ‘2001)
Cheryl Stern Seltzer, Piano (Mills ‘1959)

Free and open to the public.


Darius Milhaud:
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 3 (1911)
Danses de Jacaremirim, Op. 256 (1945), for violin and piano
Trois Rag-Caprices, Op. 78 (1922), for piano

Maurice Ravel:
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1923-27)

George Enescu:
Airs in Romanian Folkstyle (1926), for solo violin

Lili Boulanger:
Nocturne (1911)
Cortège (1914)

Erik Satie:
Choses vues à Droite et à Gauche (Sans Lunettes) (1914), for violin and piano

Darius Milhaud:
Cinéma-Fantaisie for Violin and Orchestra after Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58b (1919)


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Jennifer Curtis
The New York Times described violinist Jennifer Curtis’s second solo concert in Carnegie Hall as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs.” She was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.”

Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Jennifer is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and founder of the group Tres Americas Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela and the Knights Chamber Orchestra; performed in Romania in honor of George Enescu; given world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; collaborated with composer John Adams at the Library of Congress; and appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esénias in Peru and festivals worldwide.

An educator with a focus on music as humanitarian aid, Jennifer has also collaborated with musical shaman of the Andes, improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon jungle, and taught and collaborated with Kurdish refugees in Turkey.

Jennifer joins the Haw River Ballroom’s Culture Mill in Saxapahaw, North Carolina as artist in residence this spring, and will teach a course on the art of interpretation at Duke University next year. She plays on a 1777 Vincenzo Panormo.

Cheryl Seltzer
Cheryl Seltzer, pianist, was a founder of Continuum in 1966. Active in contemporary music since studying at Mills College with composers Darius Milhaud, Leon Kirchner, and Lawrence Moss, she also holds graduate degrees in musicology from Columbia University. Mrs. Seltzer made her professional debut with the San Francisco Symphony, and appears as a soloist and ensemble performer in contemporary and traditional music. She has participated in the Marlboro and Tanglewood Festivals, and has recorded for Vox, Desto, Advance, Nonesuch, CRI, Musical Heritage Society, TNC, Naxos, and New Albion. She is on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School of Music and Dance (New York), where she directed the Young People's Program for ten years, and introduced contemporary music projects for the students. She is an officer of the Stefan Wolpe Society, which oversees the restoration, promotion, and publication of the composer's works.


Cheryl Seltzer playing Leon Kirchner’s Piano Sonata (1948).

Jennifer Curtis performs her composition Death Valley.

Jennifer Curtis playing Ciaccona by J. S. Bach.

Cost: Free