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Yu-Hui Chang, Ph.D.’01
Mike Lovett
Yu-Hui Chang, Ph.D.’01
Yu-Hui Chang, Ph.D.’01, associate professor of music, was recently named co-artistic director of Dinosaur Annex, a Boston ensemble dedicated to performing music of the 20th and 21st centuries. In November, she was awarded a commission from Meet the Composer, a New York-based organization sponsoring the creation and performance of contemporary music. The commission is linked to an April festival, the Three City Dash, featuring composers from Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. Chang’s composition, an ensemble piece using both Chinese and Western instruments, takes inspiration from “Liao Zhai Zhi Yi,” a 17th-century literary work by Pu Songling. You can read more about her role in the project at www.mtcstudio.org/yu-hui-chang.

Professor Emeritus Martin Boykan, who taught music composition and analysis at Brandeis for more than half a century, was honored Feb. 13 with an 80th-birthday concert of his works at Slosberg Music Center. The event featured the premieres of two new works performed by mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal and pianist Donald Berman. Boykan, who studied composition under Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland, has received numerous accolades for his music, which has been performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, the New York New Music Ensemble, and Speculum Musicae, among other groups. He also has several recordings and publications to his credit. His most recent book, “The Power of the Moment: Essays on the Western Musical Canon,” will be published by Pendragon Press this year.

Neal Hampton, conductor of the Brandeis–Wellesley Orchestra, will see his musical theater adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” with book and lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow, performed by the Wellesley Summer Theatre in Wellesley, Mass., from April 26 through May 1. Developed at the BMI (Broadcast Music Industry) Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, “Sense and Sensibility: The Musical,” had preproduction readings at the Berkshire Musical Theater Workshop and at Playwrights Horizons in Manhattan. The year 2011 is the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication.

David Wilson, lecturer in theater arts, won the 2010 Elliot 
Norton Award for Outstanding Design, large company, for 
his design of music and sound for the Commonwealth 
Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Comedy of 
Errors.” Wilson has 25 years’ experience designing sound 
and lighting for the professional theater, concert and opera stage, with more than 300 productions to his credit.
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