American Musicological Society interview reflecting on American musicology featuring Simon Morrison, the noted Prokofiev specialist, reflecting on his recent work in Russia toward a history of the Bolshoi. He is interviewed by Peter Schmelz.
CREATIVE REACTIONS CONTEST
A new writing contest for Princeton students dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn
Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) is pleased to announce the Creative Reactions Contest - a writing contest fostering reflection on the impact of hearing classical music, as perceived by students on Princeton’s campus. One prize (and up to three possible honorable mentions) will be awarded to a Princeton student who best captures in words his or her own personal experience of hearing live classical music. Submissions can take a number of forms - blank verse, prose, poetry, narrative, even lyrics – but should be anchored by what he or she felt or experienced when hearing the concert. The participants are asked to specifically respond to one of the five concerts presented by PUC from February 5 to March 1, 2015 (see “Submission Process” below). The winning piece will speak to a broad audience and will echo the essence and excitement of hearing live classical music. The winner of the Creative Reactions Contest will receive $1000. A smaller cash prize for up to three honorable mentions is possible.
Sō Percussion, the ensemble that joined the Princeton University community this year as the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, is not your typical musical group. According to its musicians, a percussionist is not limited to playing the drums, the bells or even whistles. Instead, this group focuses on nontraditional ways to create sound, such as grinding pencils in a blender or plugging a Slinky into an amp.
Sō Percussion is comprised of four instrumentalists — Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting — who met while studying classical music at the Yale School of Music. All of them were intrigued by the music of John Cage, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis, and they did what many people do when they have musical interests in common: They started a group.
Joseph R. Vizzini MILLSTONE - Joseph R. Vizzini died in his home early in the morning on Nov. 25, 2014. Joseph was born in Trenton, NJ, on Jan. 16, 1939, and resided in Millstone, NJ. A well-known and respected piano technician in the Central New Jersey and Bucks County, PA, areas since 1978, he retired from the Princeton University Music Department in July 2014 after 34 years.
On November 23, 2014 Aryeh Nussabum-Cohen '15, countertenor, made his debut singing the role of Timante in Gluck's Demofonte at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.
Here are some sections of reviews of the production translated from thier German sources:
“… And simply sensational was the debut of the young New Yorker Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen in the primo uomo role of Timante (a role that was sung by Giovanni Carestini in its premiere).... what he has to offer in beauty of sound and musicality surpasses anything I've heard in the last few years in this type. The coloratura rattle with magnificent precision, at any moment beautiful tones are produced, which you do not want to miss listening to. From this gentlemen you will be hearing a lot more, I'm sure!” (festspiele.de)
"The young, originally from New York countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen gave this evening as Timante his European debut - and he was in the height of a "soprano" that approaches the quality of the aforementioned Philippe Jaroussky, but with more volume as a delicate bell comes into swing. Perhaps matures here is another prime countertenor approach - and it's even more fascinating, what a revolution has taken place in this vocal genre in the last 20 years.” (operainwien.at)
William Scheide, a member of the Class of 1936, musician, bibliophile and philanthropist committed to furthering the depth and breadth of the arts and humanities at Princeton University, died of natural causes at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Nov. 14. He was 100.
"Bill Scheide was a wise and compassionate gentleman whose generosity greatly benefited Princeton and our society as a whole," said President Christopher L. Eisgruber. "Bill established a lasting legacy at this University through his magnificent rare books collection, his scholarship support for hundreds of students, and his extraordinary contributions to our music and humanities programs. We are grateful for his profound commitment to Princeton, and we are proud that his name will endure in so many ways on the campus he loved so dearly."
Noriko Manabe has won the Waterman Prize for best article from the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology for the article, Music in Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations: The Evolution of a Contentious Performance Model. The article describes the evolution of music in demonstrations from a presentational style (cf. Turino) of performing prepared pieces to a participatory style of improvisatory calls and responses between performers and protesters. It relates this evolution of performance style to changes in political circumstances. The committee cited the richness of ethnographic data used as evidence to draw these conclusions. Information of the prize can be seen here: http://www.ethnomusicology.org/?Prizes_Waterman
Professor Scott Burnham receives Otto Kinkeldey Award for his book Mozart's Grace at the 2014 American Musicological Society Meeting in Milwaukee.
The Otto Kinkeldey Award will honor each year a musicological book of exceptional merit published during the previous year (2014) in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of his or her career and who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States. “Early stages” of the career is normally considered to mean no more than ten years beyond completion of the Ph. D. degree. “Previous year” refers to the copyright year as found on the copyright page of the book. The award committee will encourage or, if necessary, limit eligibility according to these general guidelines.
Hear violinist Lisa Batiashvili with pianist Paul Lewis in the Princeton University Concerts series on March 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.
Musical America has announced Peter Sellars as its 2015 Artist of the Year, breaking with the venerable organization's longtime Musician of the Year accolade to honor, for the first time, a stage director.
Sellars is best known for his work in opera, first coming into focus in the early 1990s with his then-revolutionary updates of the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy, continuing through his collaborations with John Adams on Nixon in China and Dr. Atomic, among others, and on to his singular interpretation of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, recently staged with the Berlin Philharmonic and soloists at the Park Avenue Armory.
- Mar 5, 2015, 11:00 p.m.Cafe Vivian, Frist Campus Center
- Mar 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m.Richardson Auditorium
- Mar 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.Richardson Auditorium
- Mar 9, 2015, 4:30 p.m.Room 102, Woolworth Center
- Mar 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall