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Sonic Explorations

Concert 4 ~ French Connections

Projection during Poulenc's L'Histoire de Babar

photo and lighting Charlie Miles

Sonic Explorations

Concert 5 ~Remembrance

Projection during Stephanie Ann Boyd's 

Imogen for flute and piano, op. 14 

with Nave Graham, flute

Artwork by Sasha Parfenova


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Concert 2 ~ The Romantics

Projection during Clara Schumann's Notturno 

from Soirées Musicale, Op. 6 

photo and lighting Charlie Miles

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"Throughout the night, audience members were enlightened with a unique concert experience where they viewed paintings, watched short videos and enjoyed live music."

Devna Bose, The Daily Mississippian

Sonic Explorations is a chamber music series

Adrienne Park launched in 2013 at the University of Mississippi.

Themed concerts focus on a genre, region, or set of composers, exploring the sound world of that theme.


Central to concert events is the use of multi-media—projected film, art and poetry—with unique lighting designs and innovative stage positioning.

This series shines a spotlight on University of Mississippi

faculty, students, and musicians from within the region.

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Concert 1The British 

Jos Milton, tenor, Michael Rowlett, clarinet,

Anthony Gilbert, viola, David Carlisle, percussion

Nutt Auditorium, October 29, 2013


Gerald Finzi, Five Bagatelles, Op. 23 for Clarinet and Piano

Gerald Finzi, A Young Man’s Exhortation, Op. 14 for Tenor and Piano
Rebecca Clarke, Sonata for Viola and Piano
Rebecca Clarke, I’ll Bid My Heart Be Still (Old Scottish Border Melody) for Viola and Piano
John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. David Carlisle, “Eleanor Rigby”

for Tenor, Alto, Clarinet, Viola, Percussion, Piano/Toy Piano*

Concert 2The Romantics 

Andre Dyachenko, clarinet, Caroline Kinsey, horn,

Diane Zelickman Cohen, violin, Ruth Valente Burgess, cello


Nutt Auditorium, March 29, 2014


Clara Schumann, Three Romances, Op. 22 for Violin and Piano

Johannes Brahms, Sonata, Op. 120, No. 2 in E Flat Major for Clarinet and Piano

Robert Schumann, Adagio and Allegro in A Flat Major, Op. 70 for Horn and Piano

Clara Schumann, "Notturno" from Soirées Musicale, Op. 6 for Solo Piano 

with a video projection of quotes from Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann

Johannes Brahms, Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

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Concert 3From the Heart 

Micah Everett, trombone, Daniel Gilbert, violin, Michelle Pellay-Walker, viola,

John Schuesselin, trumpet, David Spencer, trumpet


Nutt Auditorium, February 2, 2016


Eric Ewazen, A Song from the Heart for Trumpet and Piano

Marshall Fine, Berceuse from Sonata No. 3 for Viola and Piano, Op. 65

Marshall Fine, Piano Sonata #2, Op. 112 with projections of paintings by June Fine
Eric Ewazen, Pastorale for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano

Eric Ewazen, Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano

Marshall Fine, Pink Sounds of a Memphis Evening, Op. 124 for Solo Piano*

Video Projections from the Greater Memphis Chamber Soundtrack Project, featuring:

Marshall Fine, Doggie Duo, Op. 115 for Viola and Cello

Marshall Fine, Spider Silk, Op. 119 for Violin and Piano

Concert 4—French Connections 

Michael Rowlett, clarinet, John Schuesselin, trumpet,

Susan Gaston, cello, Jos Milton, tenor, Wade Irvin, bassoon, Selim Giray, violin


Nutt Auditorium, May 3, 2017


Maurice Ravel, arr. Jacques Charlot, Ma Mère L'Oye, Mvts. I, IV, V for Solo Piano
Erik Satie, Gnossiennes, No. 1 for solo piano with a video projection of Paris 1900,

a slideshow by Guillaume Edouard
Francis Poulenc, Tel jour telle nuit for Tenor and Piano
Maurice Ravel, arr. Michael Rowlett, Pavane pour une infante défunte for Violin, Clarinet and Piano*

Excerpt of Entr'acte (1924), a film directed by Rene Clair

Francis Poulenc, arr. Darin Kelly, L'Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant 

for Narrator, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet and Piano,

with projected words and illustrations by Jean de Brunhoff

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Concert 5—Remembrance 

Christine Kralik, cello, Nave Graham, flute,


Nutt Auditorium, February 26, 2021


Stephanie Ann Boyd, Fantasia Olora for Piano and Cello, Opus 01
"The Lily of the Valley", a poem from Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Lily of the Valley", a poem by Jessica Lynn Suchon*

Stephanie Ann Boyd, Lily of the Valley, from Flower Catalog: 12 Preludes for Piano, Opus 39*

Stephanie Ann Boyd, Imogen for Flute and Piano, Opus 14


Virtual Program Notes courtesy of Stephanie Ann Boyd

Collage Artwork by Sasha ParfenovaFortuna, Animal Instincts, Orchidelirium,

and Bird's Kiss and Botanica from the Spring Dreams Collection

Photography by Adam Solsburg

The performance of "Lily of the Valley" is dedicated to Adrienne Park's grandparents,

Olaette Gennett Jury Cerny and Joseph Cerny II

Link to Concert Program

Concert 6—The Peace Chronicles, Part 2 

Blueshift Ensemble

Delara Hashemi, flute, Susanna Whitney, bassoon, Austin Smith, oboe,

Andre Dyachenko, clarinet, Jonathan Webber, clarinet, and reciter Stellah Mbugua

Music for Piano and Woodwind Quartet composed by ICEBERG New Music

Inspired by the poetry of Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, The Peace Chronicles


Nutt Auditorium, September 26, 2022


Jack Frerer, Twirling Aimlessly (2022)

Jessica Mays, Anemoia (2022)

Alex Burtzos, What We Wish to Remember of Ourselves (2021)

Max Grafe, Peacemaking (2022)

Derek Cooper, Goodbye (2022)

Stephanie Ann Boyd, Lily of the Valley from Flower Catalog, Opus 39 (2020)

This performance was sponsored by ICEBERG New Music, Crosstown Arts, and UM Music.

Link to Concert Program

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Concert 7—Masters and Innovators

Beethoven, Debussy, and American composer Craig Hella Johnson

Jos Milton, tenor, Michael Rowlett, clarinet, Adam Estes, saxophone,

Vincent Morreale, horn,  Selim Giray, violin, Armee Hong, viola

Ruthe Valente Burgess, cello, Greg Johnston, bass, Yoojung Kim, piano

David Carlisle, marimba, Adrienne Park, piano

Nutt Auditorium, October 23, 2023


Beethoven, Twelve Variations on a theme from Handel's Judas Maccabeus

Beethoven, Sonata for Horn and Piano in F Major, op. 17

Beethoven, An die ferne Geliebte (To the Distant Beloved)

Debussy, Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano

Debussy, Sonata pour Violoncelle et Piano

Documentary "Behind the Scenes, Part 2" featuring "Cattle, Horses, Sky, and Grass"

Video Interview excerpt with Craig Hella Johnston & conductor Eugene Rogers

Craig Hella Johnson, "In Need of Breath" from Considering Matthew Shepard

Link to Concert Program

Concert 8—Celebrating Women Artists

Kelsey Smith, cello, Philip Snyder, flute,

David Carlisle, percussion, Adrienne Park, piano, and toy piano

Featuring compositions by Heather Schmidt and Phyllis Chen

Artwork by Artemisia Gentileschi, Grace Lin, 

Zoe Dietz, and Zola


Nutt Auditorium, March 28, 2024


Heather Schmidt, Moon Cove (2013)

Heather Schmidt, Chiaroscuro for flute and piano (2002)

Heather Schmidt, Solaris for cello and piano (2000)

Phyllis Chen, Double Helix for toy piano and bowls (2009)

Phyllis Chen, "Chase Me to the Moon" from Through the Thicket of Stars (2023)

Phyllis Chen, "Orb of Night" from Through the Thicket of Stars (2023)

Phyllis Chen, Carousel for toy piano and live hand-cranked music box (2009)

Link to Concert Program

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