Composer Donnacha Dennehy's new opera, "The Last Hotel," has received its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival to rave reviews. The Guardian has lauded Prof. Dennehy's music: "The instrumental score is what crept deepest under my skin: The Last Hotel unleashes a thrilling musical energy. Dennehy's 12-piece ensemble includes accordion, electric guitar and heavy percussion, and thurms with a savage, unstoppable groove, shouting the unspeakable, seething with emotions that characters are too numb to express. It's propulsive, gritty and rich." Read the review here. The work, co-created with playwright Enda Welsh, will play at the Royal Opera House in London in October of this year.
"Macaroni and cheese meals - 25,400 in total - were packaged at Princeton University on Sunday to send to food pantries serving hungry children in Mercer County. So Percussion Summer Institute, a Brooklyn-based percussion group whose four members are performing around Princeton through Aug. 2 and teaching a summer workshop, collaborated with aid organization Outreach Northeast to try to fight child hunger which increases in the summer months. 'The summer is really hard because kids are out of school so they aren't getting school-provided meals,' said Josh Quillen, one of the So Percussion ensemble members leading the summer workshop. Almost 40 students in the summer program along with a few other volunteers from Princeton University and Outreach Northeast stood in assembly lines, some scooping the macaroni and cheese ingredients and others packing the meals. A big component of percussion music is working as a team which is why Quillen said the charitable aspect was so important for his students to take part in.'When you play chamber music you have to be there for each other,' Quillen said. 'Somebody needs help, you give it.'" --nj.com
Koltunyuk, a pianist and comparative literature major, and Liu, a violinist and economics major, plan to create a summer chamber music program for youth in and around New York City. Aimed at building community among young people segregated by socioeconomic class, the two-week program will accept about 50 school-age students, who will work with music coaches, take workshops and classes, attend concerts, and then play in concerts themselves. The pair met through music at Princeton and believe chamber music — in which small groups of musicians play a variety of instruments together — is well suited to building community among young people.
Stephanie Leotsakos '16 has been accepted into the New York Lyric Opera Theatre's summer 2015 program and cast a main-stage role and a cover in The Marriage of Figaro which will be performed in Lincoln Center. She will also be participating in two other concerts at Carnegie Hall.
More information on the program available at: http://www.newyorklyricopera.org/summer_program.html
The 2015 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year was awarded to "Anthracite Fields," by Julia Wolfe *02, premiered on April 26, 2014, in Philadelphia by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century (Red Poppy Music/G. Schirmer, Inc.).
More information is available at: http://www.pulitzer.org/awards/2015
Sō Percussion, Princeton’s new Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, offers the second of two free concerts this season on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. In the words of Allan Ulrich of The Financial Times: “If percussionists are, as proclaimed elsewhere, the new princes of the realm of virtuosity, then these four young, steel-wristed, Brooklyn-based Yale graduates wear the crown with panache.” Sō Percussion will perform works by Steve Reich, Chair of Princeton’s Music Department Steven Mackey and Shara Worden (known for her work as lead singer of the indie rock band, My Brightest Diamond), who will join the ensemble as a guest singer. Tickets are free for this event, however reservations are required.
Timeline by Shara Worden and Sō Percussion (which was premiered in March 2015) represents the first occasion in which Sō Percussion and the great Shara Worden have worked together. Shara’s haunting voice and penetrating verses explore the subject of time, providing a kind of counterpart to Steven Mackey’s distinctive explorations of temporal matters, It Is Time and Before It Is Time. These two works spring from a single inspiration, words from the poem Time is time by Isaac Maliya:
Time is time
The complete program follows:
STEVE REICH Music for Pieces of Wood
STEVEN MACKEY It is Time
MACKEY Before it is Time
SHARA WORDEN/SŌ PERCUSSION Timeline (with guest artist Shara Worden)
ABOUT SŌ PERCUSSION
Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting
For over a decade, Sō Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. Praised by The New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” Sō’s adventurous spirit is written into the DNA passed down from composers like John Cage and Steve Reich, as well as from pioneering ensembles like the Kronos Quartet and Nexus Percussion. Sō Percussion’s career now encompasses 13 albums, touring throughout the USA and around the world, a dizzying array of collaborative projects, several ambitious educational programs, and a steady output of their own music.
When the founding members of Sō Percussion convened as graduate students at the Yale School of Music, their initial goal was to present an exciting repertoire of pieces by 20th century luminaries such as Cage, Reich, and Iannis Xenakis. An encounter with David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and co-founder of New York’s City’ sBang on a Can organization, yielded their first commissioned piece: the 36-minute, three-movement the so-called laws of nature. Since that first major new work, Sō has commissioned some of the greatest American composers of our time to build a new repertoire, including Princeton’s own Steven Mackey and Paul Lansky, as well as Steve Reich, Martin Bresnick, and many others.
Sō Percussion is heavily involved in mentoring young musicians. In 2009, they created the annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute on the campus of Princeton University. The Institute is an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists featuring the four members of Sō as faculty in rehearsal, performance, and discussion of contemporary music for students from around the world.
In 2014, Sō Percussion was named Princeton University’s Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. Replacing the Brentano String Quartet, who served as Performers-in-Residence since 1999, Sō Percussion will teach graduate and undergraduate students, workshop, rehearse and perform new works by student and faculty composers, coach chamber music, give masterclasses and present two concerts from their touring repertoire each academic year.
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WHAT: Sō Percussion, Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, Princeton University
WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
TICKETS: Tickets are free, however reservations are required. Please call the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office at 609-258-9220 or visit in person M-F, 10AM – 6PM.
Tickets will also be available at Richardson Auditorium two hours prior to the performance.
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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.
- Sep 15, 2015, 8:00 p.m.Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
- Sep 24, 2015, 8:00 p.m.Richardson Auditorium
- Oct 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m.Richardson Auditorium
- Oct 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
- Oct 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.Richardson Auditorium