Newsletter 02-2014


(* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)


Saturday February 1, 8:00pm, Auer Hall


Tuesday February 4, 8:00PM, Auer Hall


Wednesday February 5, 4:00PM, Ford-Crawford Hall

A presentation of the opera, The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh

HOLOGRAPHIC – Jeremy Podgursky; Ben Bolter, conducting

Thursday February 6, 8:30PM, Buskirk-Chumley Theater ($10)


THE TALE OF LADY THI KINH (World Premiere) – P.Q. Phan

February 7, 8, 14, and 15, 8:00PM, Musical Arts Center



* GUEST LECTURE – Dal Niente

Wednesday February 12, 4:00, Ford-Crawford Hall

“Directing a New Music Ensemble”


Thursday February 13, 8:30, Recital Hall

Dal Niente – Prof. Aaron Traver Premiere

Thursday February 14, 5:00PM, Grunwald Art Gallery

Music by Aaron Travers.

Video by Jawshing Arthur Liou.

Performances at 5PM and 6:30PM, with panel discussion in between moderated by John Gibson.


Monday February 17th, 7:00PM, Sweeney Hall


* NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE – David Dzubay, director; Anders Hillborg, guest composer

Thursday February 20, 8:00PM, Auer Hall


Sunday February 23, 8:00PM, Auer Hall

* SENIOR RECITAL – Thomas Morris

Tuesday February 25, 7:00PM, Ford-Crawford Hall


melodyMelody Eötvös Selected for Intimacy of Creativity 2014 in Hong Kong

Artistic Director and internationally-renowned composer, conductor, and pianist, Bright Sheng, will be joined by Distinguished Guest Artist, renowned cellist, and Rostropovich International Competition Winner, Gary Hoffman; Distinguished Guest Composer/Artist and Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra, Derek Bermel; Distinguished Guest Composer and Vice President of the Central Conservatory of Music, Ye Xiaogang; Special Guest Artist, internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Zhu Dan; and Ensemble-in-Residence, the New Fromm Players of Tanglewood Music Center; along with other Guest Artists.
The Intimacy of Creativity 2014 is presented by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in collaboration with HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science and Institute for Advanced Study, as part of the HKUST Music Alive! concert series. The IC2014 media partner is Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). Venue and ticketing sponsorship is provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

kevin hartnettUpdate from Kevin Hartnett

Kevin Hartnett’s new choral piece There Is a Flower was premiered by Kantorei of Kansas City in December. The ensemble, led by artistic director Chris Munce, performed the piece on two concerts in Kansas City as part of their “Meditations and Carols” Christmas program.

corey rubinCorey Rubin to Receive Performance at Carnegie Hall

Corey Rubin’s After the Dazzle of Day, for SATB chorus, wind ensemble, and strings, will be premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 7th. The concert will feature student ensembles from Duxbury High School in Duxbury, Massachusetts, which commissioned the piece. Read More…

Grant-LuhmannGrant Luhmann to Compose for Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

Grant Luhmann has been asked by musicians and the Board of Directors of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra to compose a new work for solo tuba and large orchestra. The work will be premiered by the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra with conductor John Ricarte and tubist Philip Walker in the 2014-15 concert season.

Kenji_KuriyamaUpdate from Kenji Kuriyama

Kenji Kuriyama’s Two Illuminations for trombone, piano, and percussion will be performed by Logan Chopyk for his DM chamber recital on February 19th, 7pm.

Chris-NeinerChris Neiner Receives Commission from the Cochran Chamber Commissioning Project

Christopher Neiner has been commissioned by the Cochran Chamber Commissioning Project, a Midwestern consortium of thirteen high schools and four colleges. His composition, The Hinz Waltz 2: Vignette on a Photograph by Jacyln Hinz, will be performed in May 2014.

Louis-Goldford-medUpdate from Louis Goldford

Louis Goldford received a performance of his Panopticon (2013), for 12 periphonically spatialized clarinets, as part of the IU Project Jumpstart “Stars in the Spotlight: A Jacobs School of Music Showcase” on January 17 in Nashville, Indiana. Louis was also accepted to the 2014 SEAMUS National Conference, where his piece Grand Sepia Taksim (2013) for belly dancer and electronics will be performed in March.

Ben_TaylorBen Taylor to Receive Performance by the Omaha Symphony

Benjamin Taylor is excited to travel to Nebraska where the Omaha Symphony will perform his newest orchestra work, Shooting Stars. The work was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment and will be performed a total of five times on an educational outreach program. Mr. Taylor will speak to the audience about the piece and answer questions from students. Listen to a clip. Mi Ahn’s Narval to be Perfomed at the National Student Electronic Music Event

Sang Mi Ahn’s Narval has been selected for performance at the National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME). The conference will be held at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia on February 21-22, 2014.

Corey-DundeeCorey Dundee Wins Calefax Reed Quintet’s International Composer’s Competition

Corey Dundee was recently named winner of the Calefax Reed Quintet’s International Composer’s Competition for his work F.U.B.A.R. for reed quintet. The piece was premiered by Calefax during the PAN festival gala concert on December 28th, at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam. F.U.B.A.R. will additionally be performed by a consortium of seven reed quintets throughout 2014. Read more…


Adrienne-ElishaAdrienne Elisha (MM, 1998) to Receive Premiere by Rochester City Ballet

The Rochester City Ballet will premiere InCantation on January 31, 2014, performed by world-renowned double-bassist James VanDemark, and featuring all-new choreography by Jamey Leverett.
Read more…

matthew-petersonMatthew Peterson (MM, 2008) Wins 2014 Nissim Award

Matthew Peterson (MM, 2008) won the 2014 Nissim Award and named a finalist in 2014 Uppsala Composer Competition.
In addition, all the trees of the field will clap their hands, for chamber orchestra, will receive its premiere performance as part of the 2014 Uppsala composer competition. This and five other works will be performed by the Uppsala kammarorkester, three winning composers will receive cash prizes and the first prize piece will be performances by ten participating orchestras. The performance is March 13; it will be broadcast live on Sweden’s Radio P2.


phan-200IU Opera and Ballet to Premiere Professor P.Q. Phan’s The Tale of Lady Thị Kính

IU Opera and Ballet will present the world premiere of
The Tale of Lady Thị Kính, a two-act melodrama opera.
Music and libretto by P.Q. Phan.
The opera was commissioned By Jacobs School of Music and
partially funded by the new frontiers in the arts and humanities. IU Opera and Ballet will give four performances on February 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th, 2014 at 8’o’clock in the Musical Arts Center. Two performances (Fri. and Sat., Feb. 7 and 8) will be streamed live via IUMusicLive! Read more about the opera here and here.

donFreund-220Update from Professor Don Freund

Five members of Prof. Eugene Rousseau’s saxophone studio at the University of Minnesota presented an evening of “The Saxophone Music of Don Freund” at UMinn’s Ultan Recital Hall on November 18th. Superb performances of Freund’s Sky Scrapings, Louder then Words, Sunscapes, and ON AGAIN, off again.
Recently, IU JSoM Composition DM alum Jason Bahr invited Don Freund to Florida Gulf Coast University to meet with his composition students and participate in a concert of Freund’s music.
In addition, IMTA (Indiana Music Teacher Association) named Professor Freund teacher of the year.

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