Newsletter 03-2015


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


Sunday, March 1, 6:00pm, Auer Hall


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

PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (MAC) – Arthur Fagen, conductor; Nathaniel Pierce, cello

Wednesday, March 4, 8:00pm, Musical Arts Center

Featuring Sang Mi Ahn’s dissertation and Dean’s Prize winner, Valley of Dry Bones (2014) and Ernest Bloch’s cello concerto, Schelomo (1915)


Sunday, March 8, 6:30pm, IU Cinema


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


Wednesday, March 11, 4:00pm, Ford Hall

Keeril Makan

CONCERT ORCHESTRA (MAC) – David Effron, conductor; Yu Wang, violin

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

Featuring Britten’s Violin Concerto (1940)

GUEST RECITAL (AH) – David Tanenbaum, guitar

Wednesday, March 11, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

Featuring 3 20th/21st century works, one of which has live electronics


Thursday, March 12, JS 311

* NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE (AH) – David Dzubay, director; Keeril Makan, guest composer

Thursday, March 12, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

Keeril Makan: If We Knew the Sky (2014)
Mike Sweeney: Chamber Symphony (2014, dissertation premiere)


Tuesday, March 24, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

FACULTY/GUEST/STUDENT RECITAL (AH) – New Music and Art from Australia

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

FACULTY/GUEST LECTURE (FH) – Bernadette Harvey and Melody Eötvös

Thursday, March 26, 4:00pm, Ford Hall

On Australian piano music

FACULTY/GUEST/STUDENT RECITAL (AH) – William Ludwig, bassoon (and Friends)

Friday, March 27, 8:00pm, Auer Hall

Featuring three 20th/21st century pieces


Jeremy PodgurskyJeremy Podgursky Receives Premiere, Special Distinction and Residency

Jeremy Podgursky’s Mindjob (Version 2) was performed by the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, IL. It was conducted by Jeremy’s partner in Holographic and IU alum/former faculty, Ben Bolter. Mindjob was written for Alarm Will Sound and premiered at the 2010 Mizzou New Music Festival.

Additionally, Jeremy received Special Distinction in the ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Awards for As a Spell , Against Falling Objects (or How I Learned to Love Gravity), a piece for sinfonietta premiered in 2013 by the IU New Music Ensemble. As a Spell… was the 2012 Dean’s Prize commission at the JSoM. Read More…

Jeremy is also one of nine American composers from eight states to have been chosen for the 2014 Copland House Residency Awards, 3-8 week stays at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley. He will be in residency from March 3rd-April 15th completing his dissertation, a sinfonietta piece for the IU New Music Ensemble.

Sam WellsSam Wells to Tour and Receive SEAMUS Performance

Samuel Wells will be a guest artist presenting recitals of new works for trumpet and electronics at Northern Arizona University and the University of California – San Diego. In late March, Sam’s trumpet/cello duo, Kludge, will be on tour in Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania with new works by Sven-David Sandstorm and Texu Kim. Benjamin Wedeking will present Sam’s work, stringstrung for guitar and video, at the 2015 SEAMUS National Conference at Virginia Tech University at the end of the month. Read More…

Corey RubinCorey Rubin’s String Quartet to Receive Premiere at RED NOTE Festival

Corey Rubin’s piece Skyrocket, for string quartet, will be premiered by the Momenta Quartet at the 2015 RED NOTE New Music Festival in Normal, Illinois on April 1st. Rubin was one of eight composers selected for the festival’s Composition Workshop with guest composer Steven Stucky.



Jonathan MetzingerJonathan Metzinger (BM ’14) Wins the OperaMaya Annual International Composition Competition, Receives Commission from Chicago Arts Orchestra

Jonathan Metzinger’s K’atun, for orchestra, chorus and soloist, won the OperaMaya Annual International Composition Competition for a new work in the Mayan language hosted by the OperaMaya Foundation, and debuted in the Riviera Maya of Mexico in a live television broadcast of the OperaMaya International Music Festival in Tulum, Mexico. Read more…

In addition, the Chicago Arts Orchestra has commissioned Jonathan for their 2015 season. This piece, entitled Combo à la Mode, inspired by the cultural heritage of Chicago, will debut on April 26th at the Athenaeum theatre in Chicago.

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