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NEW CD - KATHRYN MISHELL: POEM: Naxos is distributing a new Pierian / Piano Classics CD of chamber works by Kathryn Mishell. "Poem" contains her works Poem, Sonata for Violin and Piano, Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Nocturne for Violin and Piano, Novelette for Piano, and Elegy for Violin and Piano. Performers include Kathryn Mishell (piano), Robert Rudié (violin), Elisabeth Kufferath (violin), Douglas Harvey (cello), Laura Kobayashi (violin), and Susan Keith Gray (piano). Buy the CD or download the tracks at Amazon.com.



RHAPSODY FOR CELLO AND PIANO AT CARNEGIE HALL: Kathryn Mishell's Rhapsody for Cello and Piano, composed in the summer of 2011, was played in Carnegie Hall on January 7, 2012 by the cellist Douglas Harvey and Eduard Laurel, pianist.



KATHRYN MISHELL RECEIVES THIRD GRACIE AWARD: Kathryn Mishell at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles accepting her third Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer - Entertainment in the Public Radio Market. Congratulations once again to "Into the Light" and Kathryn Mishell!

(Photo courtesy of Alliance for Women in Media)


Impromptu Premieres / Classical Austin Interviews Kathryn Mishell

Kathryn Mishell's new piece for violin and piano, Impromptu, premiered on March 21 at Salon Concerts in Austin, with Elisabeth Kufferath on violin and Stephen Perry on piano. Diane Donnovan of 'Classical Austin' interviewed Kathryn Mishell about the work:

Interview — Part One (1:08)

Introduction with Dianne Donnovan.

Interview — Part Two (3:36)

Discussion about Impromptu.

Interview — Part Three (3:16)

Dianne asks about Kathryn Mishell's process of composing.

Interview — Part Four (1:38)

A discussion about Women Composer Portraits.

 

Elisabeth Kufferath, Stephen Perry, and Kathryn Mishell at the Impromptu premiere.




THIRD GRACIE AWARD FOR KATHRYN MISHELL: The 2010 Gracie Awards have been announced by AWRT (American Women in Radio & Television Inc.), and Kathryn Mishell will be receiving her third statue, this one for Outstanding Producer - Entertainment, in the Public Radio market, for her work on Into the Light. The Gracie Award recognizes exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry.  Award winners will be celebrated at the annual Gracie Awards Luncheon in May, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.



Sally Beamish Interview — July 2009

In July of 2009, Kathryn Mishell visited Scottish composer Sally Beamish at her home in Garth, near Stirlingshire. Click the links below to listen to the interview.

Interview — Part One (4:25)

Beamish talks about her current project, a cello concerto.

Interview — Part Two (2:27)

Some words about Beamish's opera Monster and the orchestral piece Whitescape.

Interview — Part Three (1:56)

A description of String quartet No. 2.

Interview — Part Four (3:27)

Mishell asks Beamish to describe her compositional process.

Interview — Part Five (4:10)

Beamish talks about her second Viola Concerto.

Interview — Part Six (1:28)

Family and professional life.

 

Sally Beamish and her dog, Magnus.




KATHRYN MISHELL RECEIVES 2009 GRACIE AWARD:
Kathryn Mishell enjoys the annual Gracie Awards luncheon, and her latest statuette, at Tavern on the Green in June.




2009 GRACIE AWARD FOR INTO THE LIGHT & KATHRYN MISHELL: The 2009 Gracie Awards were announced on February 25, 2009 by AWRT (American Women in Radio & Television Inc.), and Kathryn Mishell and Into the Light were proud to receive the statue for Outstanding Portrait/Biography for the Public Radio market. The Gracie Award recognizes exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry.  Award winners will be celebrated at the annual Gracies Luncheon in June, at the landmark New York restaurant, Tavern on the Green.



WORLD PREMIERE of Duo for Violin and Cello: Reunion
Salon Concerts presented the world premier of Kathryn Mishell's Duo for Violin and Cello: Reunion, commemorating the reunion of two French instruments created in 1863. Napoleon III commissioned a set of stringed instruments from Gand Frères, two brothers who were renowned luthiers in Paris. The set was cut from the same piece of wood, and the instruments were given the same serial number. Born in Paris and miraculously winding up in Texas a century and a half later, clearly, a duet was in order. Playing together in Texas for the first time since the 19th Century, the Duo in the instruments' honor took place November 23-25 in Austin, Texas. The proud owners and magnificent performers were Brian Lewis, violin, and Douglas Harvey, cello.

Listen to Kathryn Mishell's interview with Dianne Donovan: click here.

For more information, see The Austin Chronicle's article, "Salon Concerts: The tale of two instruments".



INTO THE LIGHT & KATHRYN MISHELL WIN COMMUNICATOR AWARD OF DISTINCTION
Kathryn Mishell and Into the Light have won the 2008 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction for Audio. With over 9,000 entries from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, a 200+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

This is Into the Light's and Kathryn Mishell's fourth Communicator Award. Previously, she and the show have received Awards of Distinction in 2003 and 2004, and an Honorable Mention for 2005. For more information about the Communicator Awards, please visit www.communicatorawards.com.



WORLD PREMIERE of Russian Souvenirs
Salon Concerts presents the world premier of Kathryn Mishell's Russian Souvenirs  for oboe and string quartet, on January 27, 28, and 29, in Austin, Texas. Also on the program are works by Kodály, Poulenc, and Richard Strauss. Kathryn Mishell is pianist for the Poulenc and Strauss pieces. For more information, see Salon Concerts' website.

Hear Classical Austin's January 13, 2008 interview with Kathryn Mishell and Robert Rudié: click here.


WORLD PREMIERE of Songs of War and 5-5-5-5: Death-Knell for Fire Fighters
(Remembering 9/11/01)

Austin Lyric Opera presented two world premieres by Kathryn Mishell at a Veteran's Day concert, on November 11, 2007, at Ducloux Hall in Austin: Songs of War for soprano, flute, oboe/English horn, bassoon horn, and cello; and 5-5-5-5: Death-Knell for Fire Fighters (Remembering 9/11/01) for violin, viola, cello, oboe, bassoon, horn, and narrator.


Contributions are now tax-deductible: Contributions to INTO THE LIGHT are now tax-deductible under the sponsoring umbrella of Classical Music Consortium of Austin (CMCA), a 501c3 organization.



KATHRYN MISHELL RECEIVES GRACIE AWARD: Kathryn Mishell received the Gracie statue at the awards ceremony in New York on June 19, which was awarded to Mishell and Into the Light for Outstanding Portrait/Biography for the Public Radio market. American Women in Radio and Television honored award winners at New York's historic Tavern on the Green restaurant. Right: New York news anchor Roz Abrams congratulates Kathryn Mishell on her Gracie.




2007 GRACIE AWARD FOR INTO THE LIGHT & KATHRYN MISHELL: The 2007 Gracie Awards were announced on February 27, 2007 by AWRT (American Women in Radio & Television Inc.), and Kathryn Mishell and Into the Light were proud to receive the statue for Outstanding Portrait/Biography for the Public Radio market. The Gracie Award recognizes exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry.  Award winners will be feted in New York, in June, at the landmark restaurant Tavern on the Green.



Jennifer Higdon Interview — December 2006

In December 2006, Jennifer Higdon visited the Into the Light studios. Click the links below to listen to her interview with Kathryn Mishell.

Interview — Part One (5:57)

Higdon talks about the nature of her early exposure to music, what got her interested in composing, and the music that influenced her.

Interview — Part Two (2:36)

We hear Higdon discuss her piece for eighth blackbird, and the use of non-traditional instruments.

Interview — Part Three (4:21)

Composing the Piano Trio and discussion of current projects and commissions.

Interview — Part Four (1:50)

Talk of Concerto for Orchestra and Blue Cathedral.

Interview — Part Five (1:28)

Compositional goals.

 
 

Photo by Jeff Hurwitz


Kathryn Mishell's latest work,  One Thing Leads to Another, for guitar, alto saxophone and cello was premiered at Salon Concerts in Austin, Texas on Oct. 22-24, 2006.


At the February 4-6 Salon concerts, Kathryn Mishell will be performing Beethoven Trio Op.1. No.1 with Robert Rudié, violinist and Douglas Harvey, cellist.


EVENTS AT THE SCI CONFERENCE: Kathryn Mishell gave an INTO THE LIGHT, LIVE! presentation at the national meeting of SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.), on September 16, 2006. The program began with a recorded interview  with Joan Tower, followed by a recording of Fanfare No. 5 for the Uncommon Woman. Live performers included the Kobayashi /Gray Duo playing Mazourke and Tarrantella from Six Morceaux by Pauline Viardot; Charlotte Mueller, pianist, playing      Romance by Germaine Tailleferre and      Notturno by Fanny Hensel; and Elisenda Fabregas talking about her Voces de mi Tierra for flute, cello and piano. Also at the National SCI conference, Mishell's Quintet was performed on September 14.


Joan Tower Interview — March 2006

On March 28 2006, Joan Tower visited the Into the Light studios. Click the links below to listen to her interview with Kathryn Mishell.

Interview — Part One

The writing of Sequoia, how Joan Tower came to write for orchestra, what makes a good piece of music, writing for string quartet, and the compositional process.

Interview — Part Two

The Joan Tower Fanfares, thoughts on the state of women composers and on contemporary music today, goals, and Joan Tower as performer and conductor.

 
 

Photo by Noah Sheldon

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