Even at the height of summer, during a time where all are at the beach (or desk-dreaming of being at the beach), University of Delaware Department of Music is in cool pursuit of its musical mission. University of Delaware Master Players Concert Series presents the Master Players Festival at UD’s Roselle Center for Performing Arts from July 25–Aug. 6.
Master Players Festival is an intensive 12-day international festival offering world-class concerts, exhibitions and exceptional interdisciplinary training for instrumental musicians and visual artists ages 14 and up. Students younger than 14 participate through the Little Masters Camp. Participants learn from world-renowned faculty through lessons, master classes, theory and composition workshops, chamber music coaching, orchestral studies, solo and chamber music competitions, and jazz workshops.
Headlining the MPF faculty this year are Jonathan Carney, celebrated concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; University of Delaware Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music and Master Players Director Xiang Gao; Colin Carr, renowned cellist and faculty of Stony Brook University; Haixin Wu, Associate Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony; Charles Abramovic, concert pianist and Temple University music faculty; and many principal woodwind players from the Baltimore and National Symphonies. Participants will hear leading musicians in concerts, share the stage with them in performances, and network with the musicians and leading professors from major music institutions. Students may also opt to participate in MPF’s “American Musical Journey,” guided excursions to historical and cultural landmarks in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
“This is the festival that puts UD on the map and raises the profile of our University,” says Xiang Gao. “The three main goals of this festival include making the University of Delaware and the City of Newark a cultural destination in the summer months, introducing our beautiful University to quality future Blue Hens from around the world, and increasing the visibility of the concert series while we’re expanding to attract more audience members and supporters of this flagship presenter of the region.”
For more, see music.udel.edu.