Amygdala Notes

September 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 S Michigan Ave
IL 60605

This is a free event, but guests are encouraged to register by visiting:

Jennifer Beattie, mezzo soprano
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie, called a “smashing success” (San Francisco Examiner) and praised for her “warmth” (New York Times) and “exuberant voice and personality” (Opera News), revels in performing everything from traditional to brand-new classical repertoire, as well as engaging in ongoing collaborations with performance, visual, jazz, folk, and theater artists. Jennifer has been a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Opera Philadelphia; the Mozarteum in Salzburg; the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago; and the JACK Quartet.

Jennifer is a member of chamber music duos Albatross, with pianist Adam Marks (artists-in-residence with the Yale college composers); and So Much Hot Air, with oboe/ English horn player Zachary Pulse. She also serves as co-director of Artists at Albatross Reach, a retreat for the development of weird, wonderful new work and artistic collaborations in northern California. Learn more at

Zachary Pulse, oboe
Zachary Pulse is a performer, teacher, and promoter of music that encompasses a wide range of styles. Some of his recent performance spaces have included a butterfly sanctuary, a sixteenth-century Italian pasta mill, and a redwood forest. As an orchestral musician, Zach served as principal oboist of the American Youth Symphony and has held positions with Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra and the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra. His duo, So Much Hot Air, and his trio, Poor Puppet, have commissioned several new pieces for this unusual instrumentation and performed at the SF Center for New Music and on the CUSP series.

Zach earned his Master of Music degrees in Oboe Performance and Chamber Music Performance at the University of Michigan. Zach currently lives in Madison, WI where he is pursuing his doctoral studies as a Graduate School Fellow at the UW-Madison. His research interests include acoustics/psychoacoustics, the intersection of race and music in American culture, and electro-acoustic composition.

Adam Marks, piano
Praised as an “excellent pianist” with “titanic force” (New York Times), Adam Marks is an active soloist, collaborator, curator, and educator based in NYC. He has appeared as soloist with the Mission Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and at notable venues including Salle Cortot, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Logan Center for the Arts, Millennium Park, and Ravinia.

Adam serves as the founding co-director of Artists at Albatross Reach, an arts residency/incubator in Gualala, California as well as the first non-local curator for the SF Center for New Music, presenting innovative soloists and ensembles from across the country. As a collaborator, he works in the duo Albatross and has appeared as a guest with many renowned ensembles and musicians on stages across the globe. Learn more at

Wendy Dolin, speaker
After the death of her husband, in July 2010, Wendy founded MISSD (The Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin), a non-profit organization that raises public awareness about akathisia – a condition induced by starting, stopping, or changing the dosage of certain medications that may result in restlessness, violence, or suicide. The work of MISSD has been featured in the New York Times, NBC, “No Shame on U” podcasts, and Can TV’s K9’s for Veterans.

Wendy Dolin received a teaching degree from the University of Illinois and taught third grade in a northern suburb of Chicago for seven years. After raising her family, Wendy received an MSM from Loyola University, School of Social Work in 2003. Wendy had her LSW, LCSW and a certificate in Bowen Family Therapy. Wendy also participates in consumer advocacy groups in Washington, DC.


Song set
Enrique Granados
“La Maja Dolorosa” (1910)
Ernest Chausson
“Printemps triste” from 4 Mélodies (1882-88)

Francis Poulenc
Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Scherzo (1962)

Song set
Samuel Barber
“At St Patrick’s Purgatory” from Hermit Songs (1967)
Dominic Argento
“Anxiety” (1920)
“The Desire for Hermitage” from Hermit Songs

Conversation with Wendy Dolin

Zachary Pulse
“self-talk” (2018, World Premiere)

Gustav Mahler
“Urlicht” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1888–94)