Two Hemispheres, featuring Professor Dan Willett, and recent and newly employed alum, Dr. Paulo Oliveira (MM 2015) was released in November 2017. Oliveira, classical guitar, and Willett, oboe, met during Oliveira’s pursuit of graduate degrees in Guitar Performance and Jazz Performance and Pedagogy at Mizzou. They joined in 2012 after discovering a shared interest in exploring the unusual pairing of the two instruments. Reflecting that uniqueness, the album of works by American and Brazilian composers highlights the differences and similarities intrinsic to the Duo: two generations, two styles, two countries, two cultures—two hemispheres.
Dr. Oliveira, a native of São Paulo, Brazil, has performed worldwide in a variety of settings and in Fall 2017, was appointed Assistant Professor of Guitar at Belmont University in Nashville. He received his Bachelor's degree from Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul in Brazil, his MM from MU, and his DMA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Willett, Professor of Oboe at the University of Missouri School of Music, frequently performs solo and chamber recitals and has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Kammerguild Chamber Orchestra, and multiple times for the International Double Reed Society. As a member of the faculty ensemble, Missouri Quintet, he has performed widely in the US and in Brazil and China. Both are active composers and arrangers and have been featured in various ensembles and recordings. They both arranged pieces on Two Hemispheres, which also features MU School of Music alum Jeremiah Rittel on clarinet (MM 2016) and current student and recording engineer, Pete Szkolka. Funding for the project was provided by the University of Missouri Research Council.
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