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Diehn Concert Series and Residency Programs 2012-2013

Concerts in this series are held on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center unless otherwise listed. Master classes are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise listed they take place at 12:30 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall on the Tuesday following the concert.

Sept. 10, 2012 - Kenneth Tompkins, principal trombone of the Detroit Symphony 

with Oksana Lutsyshyn, piano
Perform works by Frigyes Hidas, Gustav Mahler, Leopold Mozart, Folke Rabe Allen Schindler and Sigismond Stojowski.
“Thompkins' relaxed virtuosity, suave legato, variety of attacks, and vibrant sound, rich and full from the basement to the balcony of his instrument, were all wonders. Of course the trombone is hard to play; the trick is to make it look easy. Thompkins does." – Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press





Oct. 1, 2012 - Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor recital

Four-time Grammy Award-winning American Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world.


Edgar Meyer, Bass recital
Rescheduled for March 18, 2013

“Prominently established as a unique and masterful instrumentalist, Edgar Meyer delights his audiences both as a vibrant performer and an innovative composer. Hailed by The New Yorker as, "...the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument," Mr. Meyer's unparalleled musicianship has brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. 


Feb. 25, 2013 - Windscapes with Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, woodwind quintet with piano.

This especially designed performance, co-sponsored by the Norfolk Chamber Consort under the Direction of Andrey Kasparov, pairs works by Mozart and Poulenc written for wind quintet and quartet and piano brings to the Diehn Concert Series a unique opportunity for our students and the public to hear these rarely performed compositions ODU music students a series of unique master classes provided by world renowned musicians.





March 25, 2013 - John O’Conor, piano (In conjunction with the Annual Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition)

This recital features world renowned Irish pianist John O'Conor who had generously agreed to be the juror for the 26th Annual Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition will perform in recital on March 25.  He has earned a worldwide reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early-Romantic repertoires.  A native Dublin, he studied in Vienna with the renowned pedagogue Dieter Weber, won First Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 and made a special study of Beethoven with the legendary German pianist Wilhelm Kempff.  Since then he has toured the world in recital and concerto appearances and makes regular visits to Europe, the USA, Japan, Korea and China.

April 22, 2013 - Darmon Meader, jazz vocalist, with the John Toomey Trio (in conjunction with a five day residency with Darmon Meader, April 18 – 22)

Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental worlds, Darmon Meader is a highly respected vocalist, arranger and saxophonist.  He has achieved international recognition as the founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices and, as a member, has released numerous recordings on the GRP, RCA/Victor, Concord and MCGJazz labels.  In the fall of 2007, New York Voices released their long-awaited MCGJazz release "A Day Like This,"  and in January of 2008, Meader released his much anticipated debut solo CD, And So Am I.  His solo project is a collection of jazz standards and original works, which reflects his varied interests and skills as a singer, saxophonist, writer and arranger.  Although the entire project is steeped in the jazz tradition, the CD includes a wide variety of styles, orchestration approaches and concepts.

Tickets for the concert series are $10 students, $15 general. Call (757) 683-5305 for tickets or visit http://al.odu.edu/al/about/ticket_events.shtml. Tickets can be purchased online at http://oduartstix.com.