Newsletter 02-2015


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

FACULTY/STUDENT RECITAL (AH) – Embraced by the Second Viennese School, Act IV

Sunday, February 1, 2:00pm, Auer Hall

Berg: Lyric Suite for string quartet (1925-26) with brief pre-concert lecture

GUEST RECITAL (AH) – Randall Hawes, bass trombone; Kathryn Goodson, piano

Monday, February 2, 7:00pm, Auer Hall

Includes three 21st-century pieces by F. Gabel, D. Biedenbender, and J. Stevens

FACULTY/GUEST RECITAL (FH) – Jonathan Swartz, violin, and Wendy Chen, piano

Tuesday, February 3, 7:00pm, Ford Hall

Includes Lutoslawski’s Subito for violin and piano (1992)


Tuesday, February 3, 8:00pm, Auer Hall


Wednesday, February 4, 4:00pm, Ford Hall

Steve Rouse

FACULTY/GUEST RECITAL (RH) – William VerMeulen, horn; Kimberly Carballo, piano

Thursday, February 5, 7:00pm, Recital Hall

Features four pieces from the last two decades


Thursday, February 5, JS 311

* NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE (AH) – David Dzubay, director; Steve Rouse, guest composer

Thursday, February 5, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

Steve Rouse: Form Fades (2014, premiere)
John Adams: Chamber Symphony (1992)

FACULTY/GUEST RECITAL (AH) – Emilio Colon, cello; Maria Newman, violin/composition; Scott Hosfeld, violin/viola; and Wendy Prober, piano; and Seungmi Sun, violin

Tuesday, February 10, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

Programming the works of Maria Newman

PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (MAC) – David Effron, conductor; Maria Newman, guest composer

Wednesday, February 11, 8:00pm, Musical Arts Center

Featuring three works by Maria Newman


Sunday, February 15, 4:00pm, Auer Hall

STUDENT RECITAL (RH) – Patricia Wallinga, composition

Sunday, February 15, 5:00pm, Recital Hall

Premiere of one-man concert opera, Swallow the Stars

*GUEST LECTURE (SH) – Chance Thomas, Composing Music for Video Games

Monday, February 16, 7:00pm, Sweeney Hall


Wednesday, February 18, 8:00pm, Auer Hall


Saturday, February 21, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

STUDENT RECITAL (RH) – Abel Ebenshade, composition

Monday, February 23, 8:30pm, Recital Hall

FACULTY/STUDENT RECITAL (RH) – An Evening of New Music for String Quartet

Tuesday, February 24, 8:30pm, Recital Hall

RESIDENT RECITAL (AH) – Kuttner String Quartet

Wednesday, February 25, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

Performance of Nick Morandi’s quartet, Actor


Thursday, February 26, 8:00pm, Auer Hall


Saturday, February 28, 2:00pm, Auer Hall


Hurst-Jay-300Jay Hurst’s Still Lives to be read by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gilded featured on the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Winter 2015 Mixtape

Jay Hurst has been selected to participate in the 2015 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings. Jay, one of four composers selected through a national call for scores by The Earshot Network, will receive a reading of his piece Still Lives by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of associate conductor, Stefan Sanders. Read more here.

Additionally, Jay’s Gilded, performed by former IU NME percussionist Carlos Pacheco-Perez, is featured on the the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Winter 2015 Mixtape. I CARE IF YOU LISTEN is both an award-winning blog and digital magazine available on iOS and Android. With more than 60 contributors reporting from 7 different countries, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN has become—in just a couple of years—a preferred source of New Music news. Download the mixtape here.

Matt RecioMatt Recio’s Chronology of Storms to be Premiered by Faculty at Messiah College

Matthew Recio’s vocal cycle Chronology of Storms will be premiered at Messiah College in Pennsylvania by three faculty members. This work was a commission by Dr. Damian Savarino (Bass Vocalist) and will be a collaboration with Dr. William Stowman (Trumpet) and Professor Patrice Ewoldt (Piano). The work is a three movement set that sets three poems by contemporary writer and educator Jenna Lanzaro. The work explores the societal preparation and aftermath of hurricanes and the impact that they leave.

Grant LuhmannGrant Luhmann’s Signals and Echoes to be Featured on CD Release

Grant Luhmann’s quartet for bassoon and strings, Signals and Echoes, has been chosen for CD premiere and release in fall 2015 by Cayla Bellamy and other faculty performers of the University of Northern Iowa. The work, about 20 minutes in duration, will mark Grant’s CD debut.

Chris NeinerChris Neiner’s Toy Chest to Receive Performance in Boston

Chris Neiner’s miniature for horn trio, Toy Chest, will be performed by the Red Hedgehog Trio, a Boston-based chamber ensemble. Toy Chest will be premiered with the miniature trios of nine other composers at the 10X10 Upstreet Festival at the Whitney Center of the Arts in Pittsfield, MA on Feb. 15, at 4 pm.



Elizabeth OgonekElizabeth Ogonek (BM ’09) Appointed CSO’s Next Mead Composer-in-Residence, Receives 2014 RPS Composition Prize

Elizabeth Ogonek has been appointed as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s next Mead composer-in-residence along with Yale composer Samuel Adams. The appointment will last for three years, and Elizabeth will receive a premiere by the CSO led by Riccardo Muti during the 2015-2016 season. Read the full release here.

In addition, Elizabeth has received the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Composition Prize. As a result, she is commissioned to write a work for Music in the Rounds’ May 2015 festival based on Rimbaud’s poem, Enfance. Read more…

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