Newsletter 04-2014


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

KIDS COMPOSE – Bands (Fisher/Larsen/Thomas; Ransom/Duke/Pope)

Tuesday, April 1, 10:10am, Musical Arts Center


Thursday, April 10, 8:30pm, Recital Hall

UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA – Arthur Fagen, conductor; Eötvös (dissertation)

Sunday, April 13, 3:00PM, Music Arts Center

Eötvös: Beetles, Dragons, and Dreamers (2012) (DM diss.)
C. Brubeck: Concerto for bass trombone (2000) (Brennan Johns, bass trombone)
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 (“Rhenish”)

* DOCTORAL RECITAL – Jeremy Podgursky

Sunday, April 13, 6:00PM, Auer Hall


Monday, April 14th, 7:00PM, Sweeney Hall


KIDS COMPOSE – Orchestra, Hartnett/Katz/Zeichner; Eötvös/Armstrong/Bruner

Tuesday, April 15, 10:10AM, Musical Arts Center

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – David Loebel, conductor; Groffman (dissertation)

Wednesday, April 16, 8:00PM, Musical Arts Center

Groffman: Music from Elsewhere (2012) (DM dissertation)
C. Brubeck: Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Minor, K.622 (Bixby Kennedy, clarinet)
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Thursday, April 17, 9:00AM, JS311

9:00-10:30am – Ben Taylor, Nick Morandi
10:30am-12:00pm – Ian Clarke, Alex Blank, Jess Turner

* NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE – David Dzubay, director; Kenneth Froelich, guest composer

Thursday, April, 17, 8:00PM, Auer Hall

Premiere performances of new works by:

Erik Ransom: A Prayer in Spring (Georgina Joshi Memorial Composition Prize commission)
Chris Renk: The World of Tomorrow (Dean’s Prize commission)
Kenneth Froelich: Through Cloudy and Cracked Lenses (alumnus)

* Student Composition Recital

Monday, April 21, 8:00PM, Auer Hall

HAMMER AND NAIL (two nights)

Wednesday, April 23, Program A – 6:30PM; Program B – 8:30PM, Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Thursday, April 24, Program A – 6:30PM; Program B – 8:30PM, Buskirk-Chumley Theater



Sunday, April 27, 8:00PM, Auer Hall


JeremyPicJeremy Podgursky Receives Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Jeremy Podgursky was one of six students to receive Ives Scholarships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The award of $7500 is given to composition students of great promise. Jeremy will attend the awards ceremony at the Academy in May to receive his award.
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Performances in Baltimore and NYC
Podgursky’s As a Spell, Against Falling Objects (or How I Learned to Love Gravity), premiered by the IU New Music Ensemble as part of the 2012 Dean’s Prize, was performed in Baltimore on March 12th by the newly formed Peabody Modern Orchestra (Harlan Parker, conductor).
On February 22nd, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble (Astoria Chamber Music Society), premiered Jeremy’s Trance Mechanics at the Tenri Cultural Institute. The piece was made possible by a grant awarded to Jeremy by the Fromm Music Foundation, Harvard University.

ezradonnerEzra Donner to Release Album

Ezra Donner will release new recording of Mountain Suite, recorded earlier in March with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra. The release will be available on CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify, on April 22 (Earth Day).
To stay up-to-date with this project, including details on pre-release packages and special gifts, click here!

DSC_143Kevin Hartnett Receives Performance

Kevin Hartnett’s string orchestra piece American Sojourn was recently performed by the Columbia Civic Orchestra in Columbia, MO. The ensemble, led by music director Stefan Freund, programmed the piece as part of its “Missouri Composers Orchestra Project” concert.
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Ben_Taylor-220Benjamin Taylor Travels as Guest Composer

Benjamin Taylor (DM) spent almost a week traveling with the Brigham Young University – Idaho Symphony Band during their tour of Idaho, Utah, and Nevada featuring six performances of his commissioned band transcription of Leaving White. The tour culminated in a performance of the same work at CBDNA in Reno on March 13, 2014. Another of his commissioned works for saxophone quartet titled Digital Goldfish was premiered by Solaire Quartet at the University of Indianapolis on February 24, 2014.

Sang Mi AhnSang Mi Ahn named a finalist in the Maurice Gardner Competition

Sang Mi Ahn’s Dirge for the Earth Elements was selected as a finalist in the Third Biennial Maurice Gardner Composition Competition held by the American Viola Society. The piece was written in collaboration with violist Tze-Ying Wu at Indiana University.
In addition, Ahn’s Convergence (winning work of the 2013 Heckscher Composition Prize) is going to be performed by saxophonist Steven Mauk at the Americas Society in New York City on April 14.

Wells_bioUpdate from Samuel Wells

Samuel Wells was the guest artist and composer of the 2014 Montana State University Brass Weekend, where the MSU Wind Symphony gave the premier performance of Castle Rock for band and electronics. Sam has also had performances at the 2014 National Student Electronic Music Event and the 2014 SEAMUS National Conference.
In April, Sam will be guest artist and composer at the University of Western Ontario and Western Michigan University, where he will discuss his music and present recitals of new music for trumpet and electronics.
In June, Sam will perform his work, (dys)functions, at the New York City Electronicacoustic Music Festival.

corey rubinCorey Rubin featured at 2014 GAMMA-UT Conference

Corey Rubin’s Eulogy for “This Way to the Monkeys”, for clarinet, cello, and piano, was featured at the fourteenth annual GAMMA-UT conference at the University of Texas at Austin on March 29. The work was performed by students from the UT Butler School of Music.
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Curtis&CaseyCurtis Smith’s Echoes Premiered at 2014 NASA Convention

The second quartet collaboration between composer Curtis Smith and saxophonist Casey Grev (see photo) was premiered March 22nd, by Grev’s Echo Quartet, at the University of Illinois as part of the North American Saxophone Alliance convention. The quartet is scheduled for performances in April and May at Michigan State University.
Check out the live recording and program notes here.

Kenji_KuriyamaKenji Kuriyama Receives Performance at 2014 SCI National Conference

Kenji Kuriyama’s Redemption was performed at the 2014 SCI National Conference at Ball State University, Sursa Hall on March 23rd.




JameAikmanJames Aikman (DM, 1993) to Receive Performance by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

James Aikman, who is the current composer-in-residence of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, will receive a performance of his Triptych: Musical Momentum. The performance will take place on Friday, April 11th at 7:30PM at the Schrott Center for the Arts, which is located on the campus of Butler University during their ArtsFest week.


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