The 11th annual Cornell Concerto Competition was held on Sunday, December 14, in Barnes Hall Auditorium. From a very strong field of four finalists, judges Malcolm Bilson and Matthew Ardizzone chose Paul Huang as the winner. Professor Bilson commented, “All the participants played at a very high level and it was a difficult decision.” The other three finalists included Hae Soo Cheon, Jae Baek, and Jiacong Xu. Huang, Chemistry ’18, will perform the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra on February 28th, 2015 in Bailey Hall.
Professor Emeritus Steven Stucky’s comic opera, The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts), premiered to a packed Zankel Hall in New York on Thursday, December 4th. Inspired by Charles Rosen’s landmark 1971 book, The Classical Style: Hadyn, Mozart, Beethoven, the piece both entertains and educates. The New York Times calls it, “absurdly funny yet genuinely insightful into the inner workings of music” To read the rest of that glowing review, follow this link.
The Recording Academy has nominated Professor Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonía No. 4 for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category. Released on the Naxos label, the piece was premiered by the Nashville Symphony with Giancarlo Guerrero conducting. Grego Applegate Edwards’s lauded this work as standing “apart from the typical offerings one can hear for the orchestra in the new Millennium,” and ArtsNowNashville praised it as, “uncommonly vivid and sensuous.” Congratulations Professor Sierra!
In the Award Committee’s comments, they laud the book’s “theoretical and methodological sophistication,” and conclude by saying that Danzón is, “a great contribution to our field, and as a model for future works that also aim to cross borders between musicology and ethnomusicology.”
He is spending the academic year in Beijing, China based at the Central Conservatory of Music and will be continuing his studies in composition with Professor Ye Xiaogang.
Mia Tootill was awarded the American Musicological Society’s 2014 William Holmes/Frank D’Accone Award for travel and research in the history of opera. Additionally, she received a graduate student travel grant from Cornell’s Society for the Humanities. With the support of these two awards, Mia plans to complete research in Paris this semester, for her dissertation entitled, From the Underworld to the Opéra: Representations of the Devil on the Parisian Musical Stage, 1827-69.
Jillian Marshall received a Fulbright-mtvU fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship, jointly sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation and Music Television, is awarded to four projects each year that focus on contemporary or popular music as an expression of cultural force or change. She is currently in Japan, where she is immersing herself in and considering the connections between indigenous, popular, and underground musics.
The winners will be honored at a ceremony in November at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, NY.
For more information about the award, follow this link.
Professor Roberto Sierra has received a new commission for an 8 – 10 minute Overture as part of the Eugene Symphony Association’s 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project. The piece, along with works by two other American composers, will have it’s world-premiere during ESA’s ambitious 2015/2016 season. For more information, follow this link.