Peter Stopschinski – Massacre of Spring

8:00pm Thursday 6/23/2016

Massacre of Spring, an interpretation of Stravinksy’s ‘Rite of Spring’ by Peter Stopschinksi and percussion trio

Peter Stopschinski (Composer) has composed music for Madeleine George’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play The Watson Intelligence, string arrangements for Grupo Fantasma’s Grammy Award winning album El Existential, and the film score for two-time Academy Award winning director Al Reinert’s film Rara Avis: The Life of John Audubon. His operas and musicals have been performed across the country from Arena Stage (DC) to Playwrights Horizons (NYC) to Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theater (LA).

Chuck Fischer makes a living out of hitting things with sticks and teaching kids how to play nice with each other. He works at Hill Country Middle School as an assistant band director and regularly performs with Mistress Stephanie and Her Melodic Cat, Mr. Fabulous and Casino Royale, and the Invincible Czars. He is really happy to work once again with Peter Stopschinski, as Mr. Fischer has played for many Golden Hornet Project shindigs. He is happily married to the world’s cutest cellist and is completely wrapped around the finger of his 6 year old daughter, Marlo.

Thomas Burritt received degrees from Ithaca College School of Music (BM – Education and Performance), Kent State University (MM), and Northwestern University (DMA). Active in the creation and performance of new music for percussion Burritt has built a reputation in chamber music, as a percussion soloist and a concert marimbist. He is currently Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is a clinician/endorser for Majestic and Mapex Concert PercussionInnovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, beetle percussion and Grover Pro Percussion.

Cullen Faulk is a founding member of the Austin­ based percussion trio line upon line percussion, in which he vigorously commissions, performs, and promotes new music in the percussion genre. The group has self­released a full length album and has performed both locally and nationally at places including the Round Top Percussion Festival (Roundtop, TX), Fast Forward Contemporary Music and Arts Festival (Austin, TX), South by Southwest Music Festival, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). line upon line also believes strongly in educating young musicians on the practice, performance, and importance of percussion chamber music and has performed in showcases, clinics, and master classes at schools of all levels around the United States and beyond. In Sept 2013, the group introduced their Austin concert series, in which they self­present four different programs a year, bringing their brand of new music to their home community.

Also an active freelance performer and teacher, Cullen has performed with various local groups and artists including Graham Reynolds, Tom Burritt, Texas Choral Consort, Austin Chamber Music Center, Ballet Austin, Salvage Vanguard Theater, and Peter Stopschinski; as well as many rock and pop acts in Austin. As a teacher, he has taught both privately and in a classroom setting throughout Austin and South Texas at the middle and high school levels since 2005.

Thursday, 6/23/2016 NMASS PASS