Ithaca Sounding 2020

Sat, 12/28/2019

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Ithaca Sounding 2020
January 30 – February 2, 2020
Cornell University: Johnson Museum, Barnes Hall, Lincoln Hall
Ithaca College: Hockett Hall
Buffalo Street Books
 
Ithaca Sounding 2020 is a multi-day, multi-venue festival and symposium celebrating, exploring, and questioning the traditions of modernist and experimental concert music by Ithacans past and present. It features keyboard works by composers Julius Eastman, Sarah Hennies, Robert Palmer, Ann Silsbee, and David Borden. Connecting and mediating the themes of music in the academy, marginalized art, improvisational performance practice, and queer experimentalism, this interdisciplinary series of events probes the creative and personal histories of some of Ithaca’s most renowned musical personae with concerts, workshops, talks, presentations, and readings. Featured presenters include musicologists Sara Haefeli (Ithaca College), Ellie Hisama (Columbia), and Matthew Mendez (Yale). Featured performers include the acclaimed New York City pianists Joseph Kubera, Adam Tendler, and Cornell alumnus David Friend, the Ithacan composer and percussionist Sarah Hennies, and festival coordinator and pianist Richard Valitutto, a DMA performance practice student in the Cornell Music Department.
 
IS2020 schedule
 
THURSDAY | JAN 30
12:30-1:15pm, Cornell University, Lincoln Hall, room B20
Concert 1: Midday Music: In Search of Robert Palmer
a solo piano lecture-recital by Adam Tendler
 
4:30-6pm, Cornell University, Lincoln Hall, room 124
Workshop: Decolonizing the Curriculum: with Sara Haefeli
 
7-8pm, Cornell University, Johnson Museum Lobby
Concert 2: Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract
Richard Valitutto plays Sarah Hennies’s hour-long work SOVT (2017) for solo prepared piano
 
FRIDAY | JAN 31
10am-12noon, Cornell University, Lincoln Hall, room 124
Panel: Listening Locally: Intersectionality and Contemporary Music
a discussion on festival themes
with Ellie Hisama, Matthew Mendez, Frederick Cruz Nowell, and Isaac Jean-François
 
5-6:30pm, Ithaca College, Whalen Center for Music, Iger Lecture Hall
Lecture: “A Persistent Obsession with Identity”
with composer and percussionist Sarah Hennies, hosted by Sara Haefeli
 
8pm, Cornell University, Barnes Hall
Concert 3: Letters, Stories, and Journeys for 1 & 2 Pianos
solos and duos by Julius Eastman, Ann Silsbee, David Borden, and Robert Palmer
 
SATURDAY | FEB 1
10am-12noon, Cornell University, Lincoln Hall, room B21
Lecture: Julius Eastman’s Heterological Perspectives and Queer Practices
paper presentations by Ellie Hisama (Columbia) and Matthew Mendez (Yale)
 
2-3pm, Cornell University, Lincoln Hall, room B20
Concert 4: “That Which is Fundamental”: Julius Eastman works for 4 pianos
performed by Joseph Kubera, Adam Tendler, David Friend, and Richard Valitutto
 
7pm, Ithaca College, Whalen Center for Music, Hockett Hall
Concert 5: Festival Finale | Julius Eastman: Joy Boy / Femenine
— preconcert lecture at 6pm by Ellie Hisama
 
SUNDAY | FEB 2
12-2pm, Buffalo Street Books
Reading: Poems and Memoirs by Musicians (who also Write)
poems by Ann Silsbee and memoirs of David Borden and Adam Tendler
 
IS2020 thanks the following co-sponsors and co-presenters:
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