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May 2019: Artists in Residence

Story by: The Betsy

We have hosted almost 800 writers, artists, and musicians in The Writer’s Room, and as Artists in Residence, offering a space to create, develop their craft and share work through community programs.

This month we have amazing talent across creative genres staying with us including: 

Mikita Brottman, Writer
Writer of creative non-fiction, a humanities professor, and a certified psychoanalyst (not currently in practice). Fields of interest are the unexplained and abject; true crime; outsider figures, forensic aesthetics, and uncanny animals. 

Michael Kleber-Diggs, Poet/Essayist
Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet and essayist. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Poetry City, North Dakota Quarterly, Pollen Midwest, Paper Darts, Water~Stone Review and a few anthologies. He enjoys collaboration with visual artists.    

Bob Cohen, Composer
Robert S. Cohen has written music for chorus, orchestra, chamber ensemble, dance and theatre and has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions. In addition, Bob co-authored the book and composed the score for the 2000 Richard Rodgers Award winning musical Suburb.

Daniel Reschigna, Writer    
Cuentomanía 2018 Winner Comes to The Betsy as part of The Writer’s Room Escribe Aqui project, funded by the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant Program. This is an award for a project carried out In partnership with BookandBooks and MDC.

Marina Piccinini, Flutist
Among the world’s leading flute virtuosos, Marina Piccinini is known for her flawless technical command, profound interpretive instincts and charismatic stage presence. Marina Piccinini relishes tradition with a twist. Her wide-ranging background and numerous interests have led her to explore traditional repertoire in new settings, and to delve into collaborations with various artists and disciplines. Maria is host and curator of the Piccinni Flute Master Classes which are in residence at The Betsy in May. Marina teaches at Peabody Conservatory.

Meng Su, Guitarist    
Multifaceted guitarist Meng Su is captivating audiences around the world with her stunning virtuosity and refined artistry. New York Concert Review called her performance “seemingly effortless and stunningly polished…. Add to that a beautiful – and fashionable! – stage presence, and she is poised to be in high demand” while Classical Guitar Magazine wrote that “she has already reached the status of a seasoned artist.” In addition to her busy solo career, Meng Su is an avid chamber musician who tours regularly in the Beijing Guitar Duo and as a soloist with orchestras. Meng Su teaches at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.

Claire Chase, Flutist
Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.    

Eva Amsler, Flutist
Eva Amsler, Professor of Flute, previously served on the faculty of the State Conservatory of Music in Feldkirch (Austria) since 1982, teaching flute, pedagogy, and chamber music. She also conducts master classes in Europe, the United States, and Asia. In addition, Ms. Amsler was a member of the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland) for twenty years. A pioneer on the wooden flute, she organized a worldwide series of concerts with The Dorian Consort, and she has played various flutes in specially created concerts of new music with the ensemble ENIF - Aktuelle Music.

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