A select few of the accomplished men who are often featured in The Agenda News
Greg Prickman-Eric Weinmann Librarian/Director of Collections Folger Shakespeare Library
Greg Prickman, head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, was named Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections at the Folger Shakespeare Library in April 2018. In 2016, Prickman planned and led the exhibition of a Folger First Folio at the University of Iowa as part of the Folger's nationwide tour, The First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. Before his work at Iowa Libraries, Prickman worked at public, academic, and corporate libraries, including the Ebling Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Special Collections and Preservation Division of the Chicago Public Library. He has written many articles and book reviews and is a long-standing member of the Caxton Club of Chicago. Prickman was a 1994 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he majored in History and Studio Art with a printmaking focus. His MLS, with a specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts, is from Indiana University. Folger Director Michael Witmore commented that “Greg Prickman’s deep experience with special collections and ability to lead a talented staff will be a great asset to the Folger for years to come.”
Image below: Photo of Greg Prickman by Jennifer Masada.
Eliot Pfanstiehl - Founder and CEO of Strathmore
Eliot Pfanstiehl, the founder and CEO of Strathmore, will retire as head of the organization in August,2018 after 37 years of service.“He has been Strathmore’s only leader and has shepherd the organization through tremendous growth—including construction of the 1,976-seat Music Center at Strathmore, the off-site venue AMP, and most recently, an announced renovation of the Music Center. He has shaped Montgomery County as an arts destination in greater Washington. The impact of his work is tremendous.”
Image below: Eliot Pfanstiehl - Photo by Kirsten Beckerman
Marcus Stenz - Principal Guest Conductor The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced in April, 2018 the extension of Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz’s contract through the 2018-19 season. Stenz also serves as Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor-in-residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Stenz trained at the School of Music in Cologne under Volker Wangenheim and at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. He served as Gurzenich-Kapellmeister and general music director of the City of Cologne, and principal guest conductor of the Halle. His previous positions have included artistic director and chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony, music director of the Montepulciano Festival and principal conductor of the London Sinfonietta. He has an extensive discography and his Schoenberg recordings with the Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne earned the 2016 Gramophone Classics Music Award for Best Choral Album. Recent engagements have taken Stenz all over the world, from São Paulo to Shanghai. Image below: Maestro Markus Stenz
COL Christopher P. Costa - Executive Director The International Spy Museum
COL Christopher P. Costa (US Army, ret.), who is the new Executive Director of The International Spy Museum, was most recently the Special Assistant for the President & Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the White House National Security Council. Previously, Director Costa's career included 25 years of active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.He’s the recipient of two Bronze Stars for intelligence work in Afghanistan and has been inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor for the US Special Operations Command. Director Costa's career has included human intelligence, special operations, counterintelligence, and unconventional warfare.
Augustus (Gus) Casely-Hayford - Director The National Museum of African Art
Augustus (Gus) Casely-Hayford, Ph.D. is the Director of The National Museum of African Art (NMAA). The acclaimed curator and cultural historian is known for his impressive combination of knowledge, experience, communication skills and passion to the Museum. Born in London, he was educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where he received his doctorate in African history. Casely-Hayford succeeds Johnnetta Betsch Cole, who served as director of the NMAA from March 2009 through March 2017.
Image below: Gus Casely-Hayford, Ph.D. - Photograph by Jaimie Gramston
Photo by Jaimie Gramston
Steven Fox - Music Director Cathedral Choral Society
The Cathedral Choral Society (CCS) has announced the four-year appointment of Steven Fox as Music Director. He will succeed Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, who led the chorus from 1985 until 2016. As Music Director, Fox will be charged with the continued development of the Society as one of the nation’s finest symphonic choruses. He is the Artistic Director of The Clarion Orchestra and The Clarion Choir, and Founder of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg, which he established as Russia’s first period-instrument orchestra. A 2017 GRAMMY® nominee, he has appeared as a guest conductor with many renowned ensembles. Fox was named an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2010 “for significant contributions to his field in music.”
Principal Conductor Adam Turner has been named Virginia Opera’s new Artistic Director.Maestro Turner is one of America’s most acclaimed young conductors, having come to Virginia Opera in 2010 as Resident Conductor and Chorus Master. For the last four seasons as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, he has helmed the company’s performances of varied repertory. He is a graduate of Morehead State University (Bachelor of Music in piano performance) and the Catholic University of America (Master of Music in conducting). He has worked as an assistant conductor with Seattle Opera, Central City Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, among other companies. In announcing the new appointment, Virginia Opera President and CEO, Russell P. Allen, stated “Virginia Opera is excited about the work that Maestro Turner has done for the company. His artistic work is extraordinary and his involvement to date in shaping the artistic growth of the company has been significant. As Maestro Turner begins his 9th season with the company, the promotion to Artistic Director could not be more timely and important for the company.”
Image below: Maestro Adam Turner
Gianandrea Noseda - Conductor The National Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Gianandrea Noseda was named the National Symphony Orchestra's seventh music director in January 2016, with a four-year term beginning in the fall of 2017. He is a native of Milan and has served as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino since 2007. He has made the opera house one of Italy's most important cultural ambassadors. Noseda is Cavaliere Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, which recognizes his contribution to the artistic life of Italy. He also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival in Italy. In May 2018, Noseda will lead the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall for the first time. His relationship with the Metropolitan Opera dates back to 2002. The maestro has recorded more than 50 CDs, which have received critical acclaim.
Eric Schaeffer - Co-Founder & Artistic Director Signature Theatre
Eric Schaeffer is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Arlington’s Signature Theatre. He earned his BFA from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where he received an Honorary Doctorate in 2012. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Shenandoah University in 2014. Under Schaeffer’s leadership, Signature Theatre was honored with the 2009 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre in America, as well as 97 Helen Hayes Awards, with an additional 411 nominations for theater excellence in Washington, DC. On Broadway, Schaeffer directed Gigi, the critically acclaimed Follies as well as the Tony Award®-winning Million Dollar Quartet, Glory Days and Putting It Together. His national tours include Million Dollar Quartet and Big. Off-Broadway, he has directed Sweet Adeline (City Center Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert) and Under the Bridge. His West End credits include Million Dollar Quartet and The Witches of Eastwick. In 2006, Schaeffer created Signature’s musical theater commissioning program, the American Musical Voices Project (AMVP), in partnership with the New York-based Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, to commission and produce new musicals for the American theater canon. Since that time, AMVP has grown to become the largest musical theater-commissioning program in the country, providing writers and composers a creative, fertile ground to develop original musicals.
Nicholas Hersh - Associate Conductor The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Hersh is Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras. Maestro Hersh grew up in Evanston, Illinois and started his musical training with the cello. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is conductor and co-curator of the acclaimed BSO Pulse series, which bings together Indie bands and orchestral musicians in unique collaborations. Maestro Hersh is also an arranger and orchestrator. His symphonic arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was a viral YouTube hit. Hersh is auditioning to become Music Director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestrsa and has scheduled concerts with the orchestra in April, 2018 (See the "Music in Virginia" column of this edition for more information).To read more about him, visit https://docs.google.com