Albion Faculty Concert Duet Strikes Calming Note on Campus

Anna Khalikova and David Abbott rehearse in Goodrich Chapel prior to their October 8 faculty duet concert.

Anna Khalikova and David Abbott rehearse in Goodrich Chapel prior to their October 8 faculty duet concert.

Albion College professor of piano David Abbott may not have the answers to the challenges, conflicts and uncertainties of today’s world. But in a unique performance October 8, he and adjunct music professor Anna Khalikova offered a place to start.

Ryan Powell, '19, Puts Nature to Music Through Harper Earth Day Gift

Ryan Powell, '19

Ryan Powell, '19
Through the Dr. R. Bruce, '67, and Jane Harper Earth Day 50th Annniversary Gift, music graduate Ryan Powell, '19, was commissioned to compose an original piece to celebrate nature and recognize the current moment. Powell's recently completed composition of nearly six minutes comes with a bonus: he created a video as well.

Music Department Loses Events Manager Matthew Hansen

Ryan Powell, '19

Mtthew Hansen

The Music Department is sad to announce the passing of events manager Matthew James Hansen, 33, on September 11 at his home in Haslett.

Matt was a member of the department since 2016. In addition to creating all concert posters and programs, he worked "behind the scenes" editing concert recordings and working with the technology support for events like Lessons and Carols.

A French horn player, Matt was active with orchestras across Michigan including those in Traverse City, West Michigan, Jackson, Lansing, and Ann Arbor. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Matt did post-graduate studies at the University of Tennessee and Michigan State University, earning his Doctor of Musical Arts in music performance.

Matt is survived by his wife, Elyse, an infant son Marshall, and their oldest child, Elliot. Also surviving are parents Warren and Charlene Hansen and four siblings. 

 

Music's Lia Jensen-Abbott Explores Variations in Global Diabelli Project

Lia Jensen-Abbott, assistant professor of music, Albion College

Music professor Lia Jensen-Abbott

It's fascinating music trivia: one of Beethoven's greatest piano works, the Diabelli Variations, is Volume II, but Beethoven did not write, or even contribute to, Volume I. Some 200 years later, Albion College music professor Lia Jensen-Abbott—whose doctoral work focused on Beethoven's Variations—is now putting a new spin on Volume I, with an idea the creative genius of Beethoven could never have imagined.

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