Durango Chamber Music Festival :: Ten half-hour concerts June 7-11 & 14-18, 2021

Meet the Artists

Julian Mann has been described by friends, relatives and admirers as "an old soul." A precocious child, Julian surprised his Pre-K teacher when he declared his favorite television show to be "Meet the Press." In kindergarten, he announced during his school's career week that when he grew up, he wanted to be a nephrologist. A recent 4th grade graduate, Julian's many interests include singing, piano, reading, Legos, soccer, chess and swimming. In May 2019, he participated in the world premiere of "The Platypus Story" by narrating the title role to critical acclaim, especially from his younger brother Alek.

Aleksandr Mann is very excited to be making his dramatic debut as narrator in the world premiere of "Platytudes." As you will hear, Alek's personal favorite platitude is, "Slow and steady wins the race" but he'll be quick to state that he also has a need for speed (especially when playing football with his family.) Like his big brother Julian, Alek is a Master Lego builder but additionally, Alek is a very gifted Master Lego destroyer. Known for his stand-up comedic tendencies (even before he could walk), Alek looks forward to beginning the 2nd grade in the Fall of 2022.

Philip Mann has earned a worldwide reputation as an "expressively graceful yet passionate" conductor with a range spanning symphonic repertoire, opera, new music, and experimental collaborations. His nine-year tenure as Music Director and Conductor the Arkansas Symphony resulted in unprecedented artistic growth, attendance records, new concert hall construction, and several groundbreaking performance series. Formerly Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, his most recent engagements include the London Symphony, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, National Symphony of Cyprus, and the Sophia Philharmonic. Mann is currently Music Director of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. His latest recording with Ensemble Bravura, "Finding Home," was recently released on the Sony Classics label.

Rochelle Mann is a former Featured Scholar at Fort Lewis College, where she served as Music Department Chair as well as Acting Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. A graduate of Indiana and Arizona State Universities, she is currently a Professor Emerita at FLC, maintaining an active schedule as a flutist, author, and educator. Dr. Mann has served as Principal Flute of the San Juan Symphony since 1983, and has performed with the Santa Fe Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, and Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. Other concerts include 3rd Ave. Arts, New Deal Salon, and Musica Viva.

Tatiana R. Mann has appeared as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe. Her radio broadcasts include NPR's Performance Today, WQXR New York, and KLRE Little Rock. Her recording of the original, big-band version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" was released on the Naxos album "Jazz Nocturne – American Concertos of the Jazz Age." Recent performances include "Petrushka" (San Diego Symphony), Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" and "Concerto #4," concerti by Saint-Saëns and Mozart, Zahler's "Harlequin," and DeFalla's "Evenings in the Gardens of Spain."

Beth Wheeler earned her BM degree from The Hartt College of Music, and her MM from The Juilliard School. She is currently Principal English horn with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Beth is oboist with Etesian Winds, English hornist with the DDG Trio, and has appeared many times on the ASO River Rhapsodies Series. She has participated in the commission of several new chamber works by composers Michael Horvit, Robert Boury, Karen Griebling, John Steinmetz, Scott Millichamp, Stephanie Berg and Christopher Theofanidis. Primary oboe/English horn instructors have included Lois Wann, Thomas Stacy, Bert Lucarelli and Robert Bloom.

Dr. Richard P. Wheeler has shaped medical education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for over three decades with a strong emphasis on professionalism and compassion. The 1976 College of Medicine graduate was trained in nephrology and joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine in 1981. Greatly admired and respected by medical students, Dr. Wheeler has received many honors and awards, including the College of Medicine's Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2015. He retired from his long and distinguished career at UAMS on January 31, 2020. He authored the adaptation of "The Platypus Story."

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