Ric and Michael are thrilled to be working with these superb musicians: Monica Scott, cello; Diane Grubbe and Meerenai Shim, flutes; Ron Heglin, trombone and voice; Rachel Condry, clarinet; Daniel Magay, saxophones and flute; John Worley, trumpet (drummer TBA). Michael Rothkopf has been focused on interactive compositions involving digital technology and artificial intelligence. He will present three pieces, one for computer, one for cello and computer and one for flute duo and computer. Ric Louchard has been incorporating the telling of personal stories into his pieces for the last 2 years. He will present five pieces for septet including piano, cello, drums, trombone, clarinet, saxophone and trumpet.
Michael S. Rothkopf is a composer of over 50 works of chamber, electronic, orchestral and vocal music. His compositions have been noted for their “remarkable sensuousness” and their evocative ability to create a “sense of time and occasion.” Published by American Composers Editions, Rothkopf’s music has been performed by notable soloists, chamber musicians and ensembles such as William Anderson, Ulrich Eichenauer, Jean Kopperud, Tara Helen O’Connor, Cygnus Ensemble and the National Orchestra Association. He has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, Carnegie Hall, the National Orchestra Association and Columbia University. Currently a Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts – School of Music, he teaches composition, music technology and other graduate courses. He lives in Winston Salem, North Carolina with his wife, Jeanne, his daughter Lydia and their cat, Cleopatra.
Ric Louchard is an active composer, pianist and piano teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. He made five recordings of classical piano solos for children on the Music For Little People/Warner Brothers label. He has also been the director of the Traveling MusicSchool, which brings affordable music lessons to low income students as after school programs. He studied harpsichord with Fernando Valenti and piano with Adolf Baller and David Williams. He studied composition with Normand Lockwood and Allan Strange.