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Letter from Assistant Professor Ariana Kim announcing the release of The Knights new album and the beginning of a new tour:

 

Dear Friends and Family,

To my fellow New Yorkers, Happy Blizzard! I hope you are all enjoying a cozy and relaxing snow day.

I am honored and delighted to announce the launch of our seventh album, The Knights’ the ground beneath our feet, which will be released today, January 27th on Warner Classics. It is a compilation of live performances from our last domestic tour, at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

This record is particularly special to me because I had the joy of performing Steve Reich’s double violin concerto, Duet, on the album alongside my friend and colleague, Guillaume Pirard. We also just learned that NPR has chosen the Reich to be featured on “Songs We Love” later this week — you can check that out here!

the ground beneath our feet also includes two unique world premieres — a concerto for santur and violin written by Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei and the title track, the ground beneath our feet, written collectively for and by The Knights. J.S. Bach’s oboe and violin concerto and Stravinksy’s Dumbarton Oaks concerto bring the album full circle, and we are all thrilled to share our latest with you.

If you so desire, you can pre-order the album this week on iTunes and Amazon.

Last but not least, we are just about to embark on a domestic tour with the incomparable Béla Fleck featuring his own banjo concerto and other folk- and bluegrass-inspired music. The tour will include stops in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.

We kick off the tour right here in NYC with a concert at The Schimmel Center of Pace University on Wednesday evening, January 28th @ 7:30pm.

For more information on all of this Knights-iness, please feel free to visit our website at www.theknightsnyc.com.

Thank you so much for taking the time to see all that’s in this message, and I wish you all the very best in 2015.

Warmly,

Ariana

11th Concerto Competition

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.  Huang, Chemistry ’18, performed Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, 1st Movement with accompanist Joe Pepper. 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 will perform the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra on February 28th, 2015 in Bailey Hall.

Winner Paul Huang is a freshman majoring in chemistry and minoring in music. He began playing the violin at age 6, studying first with Bo Huang (no relation) and later with Jonathan Lam. He was a member of the New England Conservatory Preparatory Orchestras for seven years, and is currently in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra. Aside from violin, Paul also played the alto saxophone for five years. He currently studies violin with Amy Christian.

Finalist HaeSoo Cheon is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Psychology and Asian Studies and minoring in business. She performed Karl Goldmark’s Violin Concerto, mvt 1.  HaeSoo began playing violin at age nine and started taking private lessons one year later. She studied with Levon Zarasian in Scottsdale, AZ for five years before coming to Cornell. She studied with Juliana Athayde her freshman year and served as concertmaster of the Cornell Chamber Orchestra. She currently plays in both orchestras and is under the instruction of Dr. Ariana Kim.

Finalist Jae Baek is a sophomore in the College of Engineering majoring in Biological Engineering. She performed Francois Borne’s Fantasie.  Jae Baek started flute at the age of 10 and since then, has participated in region and all-state orchestras. She received a blue ribbon in the New York Flute Club Competition and as a student in high school, performed Mozart Concerto in G Major with the school orchestra. She currently studies with Amy Elizabeth Shuhan.

Finalist Jiacong Xu performed Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1. Born in China, Jiacong didn’t touch the piano until he moved to Sydney, Australia. He started considerably late at the end of 8th grade when he was 14, but immediately fell in love with the instrument. A year later, he was admitted into Conservatorium High School, the secondary division of Department of Music of University of Sydney. Jiacong studied piano with Elizabeth Powell until graduation in 2013.

Thank you to all the competitors and Congratulations to Paul Huang!

Jennifer Zetlan as Mozart. Photo by Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Jennifer Zetlan as Mozart. Photo by Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

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!

 

Roberto Sierra

matheson-james James Matheson’s (DMA, 2001) “Cretic Variations” is featured along with new works from three other American composers on the new CD, Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013.  Performed by pianist Nadia Shpachenko, you can get a glimpse of each new work here.

 

DanzonAssociate Professor Alejandro L. Madrid’s latest book, Danzón. Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance, co-authored with Robin Moore (University of Texas, Austin), has been awarded the Robert M. Stevenson Award for for outstanding scholarship in Iberian music from the American Musicological Society.

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.”

 

 

MatAgainst a highly competitive field, Mat Langlois was awarded the Pisk Prize for best paper read by a graduate student at the 2014 AMS conference.

This semester three Department of Music graduate students won awards that are funding their international research.

Niccolo AthensNiccolo Athens was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Research Grant for his project entitled, Stylistic Trends in Contemporary Chinese Concert Music.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

MiaTootill_photoMia 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.

 

dept pic 2Jillian 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.

 

 

Mikusi-Balazs Alumnus Balázs Mikusi (2010) recently discovered 4 pages of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A, K.331 long thought lost, in the National Szechenyi Library in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on the discovery read the AFP article here.

DanzonAssociate Professor Alejandro L. Madrid’s latest book, Danzón: Circum-Carribean Dialogues in Music and Dance has been awarded the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Béla Bartók Award for outstanding ethnomusicology book. Co-authored by Robin D. Moore and published by Oxford University Press, Danzón explores the development, circulation, and continuous re-signification of danzón music and dance from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century.

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.

music-for-amplified-keyboard-instruments-500x50033 years after it’s original release, David Borden’s influential work, Music For Amplified Keyboard Instruments, has been digitally remastered and will be reissued by Spectrum Spools in cooperation with Editions Mego.  Borden, along with David Yearsley and Blaise Bryski, will perform selections from this work at the Carriage House Hayloft on November 11, 2014.  For more information on the reissue, follow this link.