ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS
June 22: Jeremy Chesman – Carillon
Jeremy Chesman, University Carillonist since ‘02 and Associate Professor of Music at Missouri State University, is a Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, studying at the Royal Carillon School of Belgium and earning the Final Diploma with Distinction. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Portugal, including as a featured recitalist on the most prestigious carillon festivals and conferences. Dr. Chesman has written several articles on carillon pedagogy, as well, and his method book, Making Music on the Carillon, was published by American Carillon Music Editions in 2014. His primary carillon teachers have included Margo Halsted, Todd Fair, Eddy Mariën, and Geert d’Hollander (composition).
July 6: Carolyn Bolden – Carillon
Carolyn Bolden has been a University of Denver employee for nearly 27 years and currently works in Technology Services as the Banner Resource Coordinator. Carolyn began playing the piano at the age of 7 and the organ at age 16. She studied Music Education at the University of Minnesota where her major instrument was the organ. After teaching for two years in Minnesota, Carolyn moved to Denver where she has been actively involved in various church music programs in the Denver area. Carolyn began studying carillon in the fall quarter of 2010 here at DU with Carol Jickling Lens, the University Carillonneur.
July 20: Hunter Chase – Carillon
Hunter Chase is a Colorado native, raised about half an hour north of the University of Denver. Since 2010, he has studied the carillon at the University of Chicago, first under Oliver McDonald and currently under Jim Fackenthal. For three years, he served as president of the Guild of Student Carillonneurs at the University of Chicago, a student organization dedicated to the instruction and promotion of the carillon. In June 2014, he graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in mathematics. In the fall, he will begin graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This year, Brian Tang tied for first place in the Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition, the most prestigious carillon competition in history.
July 24: Pan Nation Steel Orchestra – Caribbean
Pan Nation steel drum ensemble’s in-depth exploration of traditional and modern steel drum repertoire represents a fresh, contemporary approach to the steel drum band. The ensemble members are actively involved as composers and soloists of the group’s repertoire, the result being an unique approach to the steel drum ensemble that combines the traditional sounds of the Caribbean steel drum band with jazz, pop, classical and other world rhythms. Pan Nation’s eclectic steel drum repertoire has been well received at concert performances throughout the Western United States as well as master classes, outreach and innovative community programs. The group has just released their debut EP recording entitled, Altered Perception, on the Ramajay Records label.
This concert will also feature guest artists from the annual Pan Ramajay Summer Steel Drum Festival including Trinidad and Tobago pan master, Ray Holman, Los Angeles based pannist, Alan Lightner, “Pan Jumbies,” Don Prorak, Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble’s director, Tom Miller and more.
August 3: Brian Tang – Carillon
Brian Tang is an associate carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley. He studied carillon with Jeff Davis and Geert D’hollander. Since becoming a Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2010, he has given recitals in Illinois and Massachusetts, including an appearance at the 2013 International Carillon Festival in Springfield. His goals as a carillonneur are to share underappreciated music and to contribute to the development of the carillon as a concert instrument. This year, Brian Tang tied for first place in the Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition, the most prestigious carillon competition in history.
August 14: Denver Municipal Band
The Denver Municipal Band is the oldest professional concert band in the continental U.S.
The Denver Municipal Band was founded in the late 1860s by Alex Sutherland, bugler at the “Charge of The Light Brigade.” Surviving the ordeal, he settled in Denver where he was active in many of the city’s early musical activities. Originally constituted as the GAR Post Band, it performed early municipally funded concerts throughout the 1870s and 80s, changing its name to the Denver Municipal Band in 1891 when it began its continuous history of Denver Municipal Funding.
Gerald Endsley, the current conductor of the Band is a native of Denver who first heard the Band in the 1950s. He studied trumpet with Ed Lenicheck, former solo cornetist and conductor, and at the New England Conservatory as well as the University of Colorado. He is a former student of Roger Voisin and Robert Nagel.
A recognized authority on the history of the trumpet, he has utilized his extensive instrument collection to present lecture recitals at meetings of the National Trumpet Guild and the International Trumpet Symposium. He has performed with the Denver and Colorado Symphony Orchestras, the Denver Center Theatre Company and is additionally active as a music publisher and manufacturer of brass instrument mouthpieces. Mr. Endsley is writing a book about the Band’s history which will be published for the Band’s millennium series.
August 17: Carol Jickling Lens – Carillon
Carol Jickling Lens began her carillon studies with Beverly Buchanan at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in the 8th grade. She continued with the carillon at the University of Michigan, with Hudson Ladd. In the middle of college came the excitement of going to The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, studying with Leen “t Hart, where she earned both the Practical and End Diplomas.
In 1971 Lens passed the Exam Recital to become Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). She was a judge for many years and then chair of the Exam Committee, on the Board for one term and currently serves as Chair of the Nomination Committee. She is also an instructor at the newly established North American Carillon School.
Lens has played from coast to coast in the US, including two recitals at GCNA Congresses and The Springfield International Carillon Festival. While living in the Netherlands she played recitals in many cities around the country, including four at the Palace in Amsterdam. While living in England she gave regular recitals at the Bond Street Carillon in London and two in Loughborough. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to play un-official recitals in St. Petersburg, Russia and Seoul, South Korea.
Lens and her family have lived in England, Ghana, New Orleans, Houston and Libya. Carol has held the position of carillonneur at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and at the Bell Tower Center, both in Houston. She was appointed University Carillonneur at The University of Denver January 5, 2010.
August 21: City Sky – Bluegrass
What brings a multi-talented group of professors, conductors, composers, jazz and classical artists together? The pure joy of sharing bluegrass music! Led by DU alumni, Christopher Luther, this high-octane Colorado-basses bluegrass band is guaranteed to liven your day!
August 28: Jason Klobnak Quintet – Jazz
The Jason Klobnak Quintet (JKQ) brings an infectious energy, warmth and distinct sound to the jazz experience. The group typically performs original compositions from various styles of jazz. All of the members of The JKQ are highly acclaimed in the Denver area and perform regularly in the region. Members of the JKQ have played in some of the best jazz venues in the area including Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge. The JKQ has a number of faithful fans that follow them not just in the Rocky Mountain region, but across the globe.
The JKQ released their first album, Mountain, Move on August 19, 2013.