Alejandro L. Madrid, associate professor in the Department of Music at Cornell University, has been invited to present a series of lectures at the Jornadas Universitarias “Julián Carrillo” in Mexico City on June 4-6, 2015. The event marks Mexico’s National University and Fonoteca Nacional’s commemoration of the 50th death anniversary of Mexican microtonal maverick Julián Carrillo. Madrid’s presentations, entitled “‘… y hermosísima patria será’: National and Post-National Transfigurations in Matilde,” “The Thirteen String Quartets: Continuities and Discontinuities in an Imaginary Cycle,” and “Reading Carrillo: The Future that Never Was,” are part of his upcoming monograph, In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13, which is scheduled to be released by Oxford University Press in early August. Besides the lectures, professor Madrid will present, in collaboration with the Momenta Quartet, a concert featuring Carrillo’s quartets nos. 1, 4, and 8. The events will be broadcast via live stream in the following link: http://www.fonotecanacional.gob.mx/index.php/escucha/transmision-en-vivo
Prior to starting at Northwestern, Stephen served as the director of middle and upper school choirs at Abington Friends School in Philadelphia. He also held positions as the choral director at Philadelphia University, and as assistant conductor to the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. Additionally, Stephen held visiting faculty appointments as director of women’s choirs at Villanova University, and as the Director of Choral Activities at Moravian College. He is an accompanist for the Bennington Voice Workshops in Bennington, VT, sings with The Crossing in Philadelphia, and serves on the board of Roomful of Teeth.
Please join us in welcoming Stephen Spinelli to Cornell’s Department of Music!
Commissioned for Cornell’s 150th Anniversary, Professor and Interim Chair Roberto Sierra’s latest work, Cantares, premiered at Carnegie Hall on Sunday April 19th, as part of a program entitled Music U created to celebrate five Ivy League composers. The program was performed by the American Symphony Orchestra with Leon Botstein conducting and Assistant Professor Robert Isaac directing the Cornell Glee Club and Chorus and was a “huge success for all involved,” said Professor Sierra. Cantares will be performed at Ithaca College’s Ford Hall on Saturday May 2, 2015. For more information on all of the outstanding performances, read the review at Oberon’s Grove.
The Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence Program began in 1994 as an initiative of the Young Concert Artists, Inc. Alumni Association. It receives support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the William B. Butz Memorial Fund, and the Alumni musicians of Young Concert Artists.
Composers are nominated for the YCA Composer Program by a nationwide committee composed of alumni and current artists of Young Concert Artists, composers and conductors on the program’s National Composer Recommendation Panel, ASCAP, and BMI. Tonia Ko was nominated by composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. A panel of YCA Alumni consider the applicants’ recordings and scores. The final selection is made by a current YCA Artist who will premiere the work on tour and in their New York and Washington, DC debuts the following season.
First year composition student Can Bilir was selected as a composer for the European Broadcasting Festival MUSMA V (Music Masters on Air). As part of this selection he received a commission for which he produced, Quintet II. This work will be performed in four upcoming Festivals including: Klara Festival, Festival de Wallonie, Culturescapes, and Ankara Music Festival.
Additionally, Can Bilir’s lastest work Quintet III for Oboes was chosen to be part of the 2015 Impuls Academy.
For more information, visit Can Bilir’s website.
It has been a busy year for Eric Nathan (Composition, 2012)! In addition to his duties as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College, he finished recording his debut CD with Joseph Alessi in February, and has just announced that he has accepted a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor at Brown University. Congratulations Eric!
For more information on recent and upcoming performances of Eric’s work, please visit his website.
Works by Professor Roberto Sierra and Alum Sean Shepherd were featured as part of Q2 Music’s March 24th webcast Symphomania: 24 Hours with the 21st-Century Orchestra. The producers of the broadcast interviewed leading conductors and critics for their expert opinions to compile the playlist. Excerpts of these interviews were included in the webcast to introduce and contextualize the selected works. Chosen were Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 2, “Gran Passacaglia” and Shepherd’s Magiya. Q2 Music will repeat the webcast Saturday, March 26th beginning at 12 a.m.
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Click here to see the playlist for the webcast.