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Mark Mazullo is a Professor in the Music Department at Macalester College, where he has been teaching music history and piano since 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. As a musicologist, his writing on diverse musical subjects has appeared in The Yale Review, The Musical Quarterly, Popular Music, Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, Ruminator Review, and other publications.
As a pianist, Mazullo performs frequently in solo, chamber, and concerto settings. Recent performances have included Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, and John Cage’s complete Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano in collaboration with Becky Heist (Director of Macalester’s Dance Program) and several professional and student dancers. From 2002-2005, Mazullo served on the nationally elected Board of Directors of the College Music Society. He also served for many years on the board of the Frederic Chopin Society of Minnesota, which hosts several international pianists each year in solo concerts held at Macalester College.
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Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe). With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University, and was composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club from 2005-2017.