The Janus Quartet with guest artist Kia-Hui Tan

This concert has been cancelled. We hope to host the In Vista Winds in the future.

 

The Janus Quartet, together with guest artist Kia-Hui Tan, will present a concert on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the John and Pearl Conard Performance Hall, located in Riedl Hall on the Mansfield campus. They will perform quintets by Mozart and Schnittke.

For further information, contact me at kennedy.28@osu.edu or 419-565-0561.

In Vista Winds

This concert has been cancelled. We hope to host the In Vista Winds in the future.

 

In Vista Winds, a woodwind quintet from Cincinnati, will present a concert on Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in the John and Pearl Conard Performance Hall, located in Riedl Hall on the Mansfield campus.

For further information, contact me at kennedy.28@osu.edu or 419-565-0561.

The Aviatori Trio

This concert has been cancelled. We hope to host the In Vista Winds in the future.

The Aviatori Trio, a piano trio from the University of Dayton, will present a concert in the autumn of 2020 in the John and Pearl Conard Performance Hall, located in Riedl Hall on the Mansfield campus. The date and time are still to be determined. This announcement will be updated when that information becomes available.

For further information, contact me at kennedy.28@osu.edu or 419-565-0561.

The Mühlfeld Quartet

We were pleased to host the Mühlfeld Quartet, who inaugurated our campus classical music series with a concert on Sunday, December 8 in the John and Pearl Conard Performance Hall. The quartet is an ensemble of  young musicians based out of Columbus. Its members are:

    • Yi Chieh Anita Chiu, violin
    • Noah Wise, clarinet
    • Thomas LaMon, cello
    • Sunghwan Kim, piano

They performed Walter Rabl’s Opus 1 and a transcription of Mozart’s Piano Quartet in g minor.

They were semifinalists in the Coltman National Chamber Music Competition in 2019, and they were recipients of the annual Brahms Chamber Music Scholarship. The Mühlfeld Quartet is dedicated to programming diverse music, including recording a new commissioned piece written by Cooper Wood coming in early 2020. The group is named after Richard Mühlfeld, the clarinetist that inspired Brahms to come out of retirement and to continue writing music in the early 1890s.

For further information, contact me at kennedy.28@osu.edu or 419-565-0561.

Classical music at the Mansfield campus

Our April concerts have been cancelled. Our series will resume in 2021, we hope.

 

The Mansfield campus is hosting a 2019–2020 series of chamber music performances in Riedl Hall on the OSU Mansfield campus. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The series began on Sunday, December 8 with a performance by the Mühlfeld Quartet, an ensemble of young musicians based out of Columbus.

In spring 2020, the series will host two additional performances:

  • In Vista Winds (wind quintet from Cincinnati) — performance on Sunday April 19 at 3 p.m.
  • Janus Quartet (string quartet of OSU School of Music faculty) together with guest artist Kia-Hui Tan — performance on Tuesday April 7 at 7 p.m. of quintets by Mozart and Schnittke

Anyone who wants to receive e-mail announcements of our concerts can sign up for our mailing list. Please write to me at kennedy.28@osu.edu or call me at 419-565-0561. I can also be contacted if you want further information about the concert series.

In autumn 2020, the series will resume. Among others, we expect to present the Aviatori Trio, a piano trio from the University of Dayton.

An invitation to research

I’m going to be speaking about “Spherical Varieties and Tropical Geometry” in the Invitation to Mathematics seminar in two successive weeks:

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 4:10pm to 5:10pm in Cockins Hall 218
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 4:10pm to 5:10pm in Cockins Hall 218

Here are lecture slides for my first talk. and my second talk.

Here’s my abstract:

This is intended as a prospectus of research, and I’m looking for students who want to work on this project. A complex algebraic variety is called a spherical variety if it’s acted upon by a reductive group and there is a dense orbit under the action of a Borel subgroup. To begin, I will explain some generalities about spherical varieties and the convex bodies associated to them, mostly via examples. Then I will focus on the research of Jason Miller, some of which appears in his 2014 Ohio State dissertation. Then, making a fresh start, I will say something about tropical varieties, which are piecewise linear or skeletal versions of algebraic varieties; again there will be examples. Tropical varieties naturally live in the world of toric varieties, which are extremely special examples of spherical varieties. The goal of the project is to find notions akin to those of tropical geometry in the wider world of spherical varieties.

For a related reading list, see my earlier post.

Reading list for tropical geometry and spherical varieties

(image by Cowdery and Challas, featured in June 2009 Mathematics Magazine)
tropbezout

This is a reading and viewing list for a small group of people who are working to learn these topics. Anyone is welcome to use it, of course.