Pianists Jung Mi Lee and Jon Sakata to Close Academy Library’s Summer Concert Series


Pianists Jung Mi Lee and Jon Sakata.
Pianists Jung Mi Lee and Jon Sakata.

The Academy Library’s 2016 Summer Concert Series will conclude this Wednesday evening at 7pm with a performance by pianists Jung Mi Lee and Jon Sakata. The concert will feature a selection of orchestral works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky transcribed by Lee and Sakata for piano four hands, allowing the artists to sit side by side at the keyboard.

Concert and trans-disciplinary artists Lee and Sakata have been featured in cultural capitals of Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. A small sampling of the array of venues and institutions at which they have been featured offers a glimpse into the diverse are(n)as that they are engaged with: Radialsystem V in Berlin, Färgfabriken in Stockholm, the Exhibition Pavilion of the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo, Bagsværd Kirke in Copenhagen, Myyrmäki Kirkko in Vantaa, Gyllensbergsalen – Sandels Cultural Centre in Helsinki, St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel in Turku, Estonian History Museum in Tallinn; Beijing Central, Shanghai, China National, Wuhan and Xi’an Conservatories; Tsinghua, Tallinn, Porto Alegre, Montreal, Harvard Universities.

Their last appearance at the Class of ’45 Library was for the 40th Anniversary Celebration back in 2011 – Interventions in Memory: Exploring the Interstices between Architecture and Music – which involved a collaboration with architects John Stephen Ellis AIA, Rob Trumbour, Bruce MacNelly, and the Boston-based design collective artforming, transforming Rockefeller Hall through a large-scale installation of scrims, video-projections and live performance of J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue and Robert Cogan’s Context/memories – Version C (see https://vimeo.com/user9504379 for videos of the event). Their last summer concert series appearance at the Library was an all-Mozart program to celebrate the composer’s 250th anniversary in 2006.

Lee and Sakata have taught at Phillips Exeter Academy since 1996 and 1994, respectively.



Faculty Jazz Sextet to Perform on July 27

The Faculty Jazz Sextet will perform a free public concert on Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. as part of the Academy Library’s Summer Concert Series. Featuring Chris Humphrey on vocals, David Seiler on woodwinds, Charlie Jennison on saxophone, Ryan Parker on piano, Mark Carlsen on bass and Les Harris, Jr. on drums, the sextet will perform a program of jazz standards.

Humphrey is an improviser and composer as well as an interpreter of song. He is a veteran jazz singer, having worked with Denon recording artists The Ritz and vocal jazz quintet Vocalease. With The Ritz, he recorded the CD Almost Blue, which featured his singing, composing, and arranging work. As a soloist, Mr. Humphrey has been dubbed an “outstanding talent” (Sheila Jordan) and “a creative force” (Roberta Davis) by critics and performers who have heard his work. He has performed at Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York, Tokyo, Jakarta, and Fukuoka, Japan. He has also appeared at numerous jazz festivals throughout the United States and abroad.

A native of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Seiler received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in clarinet performance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a founding member of both the University of Idaho and the University of New Hampshire Faculty Woodwind Quintets and has had an extensive career as a guest soloist at high schools, universities, and at jazz clubs and in concerts in the Boston area. Here on the Seacoast, he is well known as the moving force behind the Monday night Traditional Jazz Series at UNH and the annual Tommy Gallant Jazz Festival in Portsmouth’s Prescott Park, as well as for his leadership of the Seacoast Big Band. He is co-founder, along with colleague Robert Spevacek, of the University of Idaho-Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and is co-coordinator of the UNH Traditional Jazz Series and the UNH-Clark Terry Jazz Festival which he founded in 1974. Seiler was also coordinator of the UNH Summer Youth Music School for twelve years and is still active in the program.

Multi-instrumentalist Jennison began his jazz career in 1961, playing at rotary clubs and other local functions while still in junior high school. While attending UNH, he formed a jazz combo, graduating in 1961 with a degree in music education. The defining moment in his career came early when he met pianist Tommy Gallant, a teacher at Berklee and an alumnus of Woody Herman’s band. Jennison performed with Gallant for more than 30 years; and he shared the stage and recording studio with such jazz greats as Alan Dawson, Buddy DeFranco, Dizzy Gillespie and Marshal Royal. He has performed on several albums including as backing for vocalists Kathleen Kolman and Leila Percy, as well as with the New Age music group Do’ah, and Terry. In 1999, Jennison released his first album for Maine’s Invisible Music label, titled Iridescence, which features his tenor and soprano saxophone skills. Jennison teaches saxophone at PEA.

Carlsen began his musical training playing clarinet in the high school band, in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A few years later, he traded in his clarinet for bass guitar. Throughout those early years, Carlsen performed in local Top 40 bands. In 1977, he began attending Berklee College of Music, where he took up the double bass. In 1981, Carlsen started playing with the Tommy Dorsey Band, performing throughout the U.S., Canada, South America and Japan. He has also performed with the Ryles Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Shew and Arturo Sandoval. Carlsen has performed with many jazz legends including Calloway, Vic Damone, Herb Pomeroy, Jim Porcella, Phil Wilson and Jimmy Witherspoon. Carlsen teaches bass at PEA.

Parker is a pianist, recording artist, and educator and lives in Somersworth, N.H. He performs regularly as a leader and sideman in the New England area with such artists as Gray Sargent, Les Harris, Jr., Herb Pomeroy, and Dick Johnson. Parker received his Master’s degree from New England Conservatory and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. He continues to perform and record actively, most notably at the Press Room in Portsmouth. In 2001 he was featured in an interview on the New Hampshire Public Radio program, “The Front Porch”, which recognized him for becoming the youngest recipient of an Artists Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Harris, Jr. is a 1983 graduate of Berklee. He is a member of the music faculty at UNH, the University of Southern Maine, PEA, and the Amesbury Public Schools district — teaching drums and ensembles. Harris began playing the drums at a young age under the tutelage of his father, retired Berklee professor and jazz drummer Les Harris, Sr. He has been a stand-in performer with jazz greats John LaPorta, Dave McKenna and Herb Pomeroy. From 1983–95, Harris performed with the jazz vocal group The Ritz. He has also toured and performed with the Artie Shaw Orchestra; the Diana Krall Trio, at the Boston Harbor Hotel; the Jim Howe Trio, which is named for the late bassist; and the Tommy Gallant Trio. Over the years, Harris has also played with jazz greats Milt Jackson, Terry and Phil Woods. Harris teaches drums at PEA.

Library Summer Concert Series Continues with Halcyon Music Festival

Halcyon Music Festival Artistic Director Heng-Jin Park (photo by Kate Lemmon)
Halcyon Music Festival Artistic Director Heng-Jin Park (photo by Kate Lemmon)

On Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m., the Halcyon Music Festival will perform a program entitled “Bohemian Rhapsody” as part of the Library’s Summer Concert Series. Featuring works by Anton Reicha, Josef Suk, and Antonín Dvořák, the concert will be the third hosted inside the Academy Library on Front Street in Exeter this summer.

From the seacoast region of New Hampshire, the Halcyon Music Festival is composed of over twenty world-class musicians and talented young artists led by artistic director and pianist Heng-Jin Park. Featured musicians include Abel Pereira on horn; Tatjana Mead Chamis and Timothy Deighton on viola; Katherine Manker, Monica Pegis, Irina Muresanu, and Miki-Sophia Cloud on violin; Wendy Warner, David Hardy, and Brian Manker on cello; and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich and Park on piano.

The Halcyon Music Festival aims to make chamber music inviting and accessible to everyone, regardless of age or musical interests. The musicians also spend time supporting the arts in the greater Portsmouth area.

Library’s Summer Concert Series Continues with Petra Pacaric and Friends

Petra_Pacaric_01Petra Pacaric and Friends will perform the second concert in the 2016 Summer Concert Series hosted by the Friends of the Academy Library. Playing a combination of Brazilian bossa novas, Argentinian tangos, and American, French and Latin jazz numbers, the band will feature Petra Pacaric on vocals, Tom LaMark on piano, John Baboian on guitar, and Dave Landoni on bass. The concert will be held on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. in the Academy Library on Front Street in Exeter.

Austrian-born and classically-trained vocalist Petra Pacaric performs on the concert stage and in clubs and private venues across the United States and Europe. Pacaric received her master’s in voice performance from the Boston Conservatory and her master’s in conference interpretation and translation from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. In addition to maintaining an extensive performance schedule, she teaches voice classes at Phillips Exeter Academy and maintains a private voice studio in Portsmouth.

Pianist Stephen Bobick to Open Library’s 2016 Summer Concert Series

Stephen_BobickPianist and Phillips Exeter Academy alumnus Stephen Bobick will open the Academy Library’s 2016 Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 6th at 7pm. The concert will be held in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall, and admission is free and open to the public.

A 1985 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Mr. Bobick received a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Among his solo concerts have been performances at Columbia College in Chicago, the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in New York City, the Currier Gallery and Frank Lloyd Wright House in Manchester, New Hampshire, Paul Arts Center at the University of New Hampshire, Wentworth-by-the-Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire, and Eyrichshof Castle in Germany. He has appeared as guest accompanist with the Seacoast Choral Society, and in church and concert programs in southern New Hampshire and the Boston area. As a composer, he studied Harmony and Counterpoint privately with New England Conservatory Professor Joseph Maneri. His CDs include Fleeting Time (2013), Northern Sketches (2015), and Seascape, due out this summer.  Bobick’s program for the Library will include selections by J.S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Claude Debussy along with his original compositions.

Flipster – Digital Magazine collection

Phillips Exeter Academy students, faculty, and staff now have access to 23 digital magazines using Flipster®Flipster is a magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.  Magazines can be downloaded to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.  See our Flipster guide on how to get started.

The following titles have been added to the Class of 1945 Library’s Flipster collection:ipadflipster

  • Art in America
  • Astronomy
  • Atlantic
  • Beadwork
  • Bicycling
  • Ceramics: Art & Perception
  • Conde Nast Traveler
  • Discover
  • History Magazine
  • Interweave Knits
  • Mindful
  • National Review
  • New Yorker
  • Newsweek Global
  • Popular Science
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sound & Vision
  • Thrasher
  • Threepenny Review
  • Vogue
  • Wired
  • World Soccer
  • Yoga Journal

If you have questions or feedback about this new collection, please let us know.

summerconcertseriesThe Friends of the Academy Library announce this year’s 2016 Summer Concert Series. Beginning July 6th, the concerts will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in Rockefeller Hall at The Class of 1945 Library.

The Lyrical Piano, July 6th
Stephen Bobick, piano

Petra Pacaric and Friends – July 13th
American/Latin/French Jazz, Bossa Novas and Tangos
Petra Pacaric, vocals
Tom LaMark, piano
John Baboian, guitar
Dave Landoni, bass

Halcyon Music Festival – July 20th
Bohemian Rhapsody

Faculty Jazz Sextet – July 27th
Chris Humphrey, vocals
David Seiler, woodwinds
Charlie Jennison, saxophone
Ryan Parker, piano
Mark Carlsen, bass
Les Harris, Jr., drums

Spring in Summer, August 3rd
Music of Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky
Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee

The library is located on Front Street. Concerts are free and open to the public.  For further information, contact Reference/Music Librarian Drew Gatto at (603)777-3308.