Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:30PM

We invite you to enjoy the unique experience of being up close and personal in these intimate chamber concerts featuring members of our orchestra and our new artist-in-residence, Joshua Roman.  Hear the stories behind the music and the inspiration they’ve provided as our musicians share their favorite pieces for small ensembles.

Spotlight concert seating in Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center is general admission.  The single ticket price is $72 and the 3-concert subscription package is $180.

Brass with Class
Curated by Nathan Tanouye

Romance, Op. 35, No. 6
Valse Triste, Op. 35, No. 7
BRIAN LYNN  Doolallynastics
JOHANNES BRAHMS / arr. MILLER  Horn Songs, v.3 – Five Songs for 2 Horns
VERNE REYNOLDS  Six Duos for Horn and Trombone

Born in Platteville, Wisconsin in 1974, Nathan Tanouye began studying music in elementary school, first with piano lessons and later on trombone. At age 11 he moved to Hawaii, where he attended high school and began his college education. While at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Mr. Tanouye studied trombone with members of the Honolulu Symphony, including Jim Decker and Mike Becker. After receiving a performance scholarship to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1995, Mr. Tanouye moved to Las Vegas and completed his BM in both applied trombone and jazz studies. As a freelance trombonist, he has performed with artists such as Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Donny & Marie Osmond, Bette Midler, and Aretha Franklin. In addition, Mr. Tanouye has been the principal trombonist in the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 1998 and has performed on the Las Vegas Strip in shows such as At the Copa, Storm, Hairspray, and The Producers. Since 2005, Mr. Tanouye has performed and recorded with Las Vegas’ premier horn band, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns, a 14-piece band for which he also writes and arranges.

As a composer, he has written works for many different sizes of ensembles, ranging from jazz trio to concert band. In February of 2004, the UNLV Wind Orchestra premiered Three Steps Forward, a piece written by Mr. Tanouye to feature Eric Marienthal, Will Kennedy, Jimmy Haslip, and Russell Ferrante, later recorded and released on the Klavier label. Since that time, Mr. Tanouye has written three more wind ensemble pieces, two of which were also commissioned by UNLV; Kokopelli’s Dance (2005) and Four Flew Over the Hornet’s Nest (2006).

Mr. Tanouye has also done extensive work as an arranger and orchestrator, including arrangements for a diverse range of ensembles, including 18-piece jazz ensembles and flute and harp duo. One of his biggest arranging credits, “Crossings – The Russ Freeman Project” (Peacock 2006), a collaborative work with Carolyn Freeman featuring the music of pianist Russ Freeman, received rave reviews from the jazz community and helped launch The Las Vegas Jazz Connection, the roaring 26-piece jazz orchestra lead by Mr. Tanouye. Since 2005, Mr. Tanouye has lead the orchestra in numerous concerts featuring his arrangements and compositions. In 2008, he and the ensemble released their second CD for Peacock entitled “Remembering Russ”, which again features Mr. Tanouye’s arrangements of the great Russ Freeman’s music. The LVJC will soon be releasing their 3rd CD, “Eleven Colors”, which will feature more original compositions by Mr. Tanouye as well as his 2010 arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue.

Currently, Mr. Tanouye performs with and arranges and orchestrates music for Celine Dion.

Bill Bernatis is currently Professor of Horn at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Assistant Director of UNLV Orchestras, Principal Horn with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Assistant Principal Horn with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in New York. Bernatis has been Professor of Horn and Orchestra Director at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, Professor of Horn at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. His performing background includes a wealth of orchestral and chamber music with the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Waco Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, the Breckenridge Music Institute, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Sierra Winds, Boston Brass, Dallas Brass, Burning River Brass, Ithaca Brass, Ithaca Wind Quintet, Baylor Chamber Players, Baylor Brass Quintet, and the Texas Brass Ensemble.

Recently, Bernatis was asked to perform with the Utah Symphony on a Mahler cycle for a series of concerts that culminated in a recording of Symphony No. 8 with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He has recorded soundtracks for video games and motion pictures such as Eulogy, Step Up Revolution, and Mirror, Mirror. Bernatis studied with John Iltis at Washburn University (BM), Philip Farkas at Indiana University (MM), and Bill Scharnberg at University of North Texas (Doctoral studies).

Over the years, Bernatis has performed solo recitals and studio recordings, judged competitions, and held master classes around the country. He has performed solos with the Corpus Christi Symphony, Waco Symphony, and Victoria Bach Festival to name a few, and recorded for The Masters Symphonic Band Series and Mode Records. He is an active recitalist, clinician, and freelance performer.

Dr. Juiling Hsu currently serves as Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Studies at the University of Central Florida, School of Performing Arts-Music in Orlando, Florida. An internationally recognized pianist, chamber performer and pedagogue, Dr. Hsu extensively performs recitals and teaches master classes in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as judges international/U.S. piano competitions and presents at teachers’ conferences. She has been invited to teach in Beijing, Guangzhou and Ürümqi, China, and in international summer music festivals such as Vianden, Saarburg, and InterHarmony. In the fall of 2015, she was one of the first artists to be invited to perform at the magnificent historical Sala Ignacio Cervantes Concert Hall in Havana. She also performed and taught master classes in Denmark at the Danish National Academy of Music and theOdeon Music and Theatre Hall.

Dr. Hsu has been hailed for “a formidable mastery of piano technique”, “beautiful singing tones and gorgeous colors”, “outstanding and technically adroit of solo performance”, and “level of performance to be very highly accomplished”. A versatile pianist with a wide variety of repertoire from classical to contemporary styles, she is not only an accomplished soloist but also a highly sought-after collaborative artist. She performs in recitals extensively and has performed with many renowned musicians worldwide, including Julian Bliss (British clarinet soloist), Øystein Baadsvik (Norwegian tuba soloist), Carsten Svanberg (Danish trombone soloist), Michel Debost (French flutist), Kenneth Tse (Chinese-American saxophone soloist), Robert Sullivan (trumpeter – Northwestern University), Hui Liu (tenor – Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China), principle players from New York Philharmonic (Joseph Alessi – trombone, Philip Meyers – former horn, Stanley Drucker – retired clarinetist), and more.

At the University of Central Florida (UCF), Professor Hsu teaches graduate and undergraduate piano students applied lessons and all piano courses. She has initiated UCF Piano Day and brought international-known artists to campus for piano events, and also initiated UCF All-Steinway Summer Piano Camp for pre-college pianists. She specializes in retraining injured pianists and her teaching focus on injury prevention, health and well-being for pianists, and mind-body connections for increased artistry and creativity. More than 19 years of research and practice of injury-preventive piano technique,12 years of yoga & fitness training, and 2 years of study of the Alexander Technique.

Juiling Hsu (許韻玲), a native of Taiwan, earned a diploma and bachelor in piano, and received her master’s and doctorate degrees of music in piano performance from The Ohio State University. At Ohio State she was privileged to have been the last pupil of the legendary American pianist Earl Wild and the French-Canadian pianist André Laplante (silver medalist of Tchaikovsky Piano Competition). Hsu received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a distinguished doctoral dissertation on the transcriptions of Earl Wild for solo piano of Gershwin songs. Mr. Wild praised her as “an extremely talented pianist as well as a very meticulous and thorough musician.” At OSU, she held one graduate fellowship and three graduate teaching assistantships and was nominated for the award of Excellence in Teaching. She has also coached by other renowned pianists like Malcolm Bilson, Robert Levin, and Veronica Jochum.