Graphic designer Danielle Aubert and percussionist/composer Jason Treuting will come to Princeton University in the fall to begin two years of teaching and collaboration as the first Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts. The program provides support for early-career artists who have demonstrated both extraordinary promise and a record of achievement in their fields with the opportunity to further their work while teaching within a liberal arts context.
Archive – May 2013
First, the piano illustrated a few hushed, tentative steps, hopping and plodding around. Then, the exhilaration of those first few notes led into increasingly fluent motions — confident jazz riffs, balletic rhapsodies, elaborate melodies. In “Stumble to Grace: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra,” Steven Mackey drew inspiration from watching his son learn to walk.
Using laptops, tablets, and six sided speakers, Princeton University's Laptop Orchestra teaches students the art of creating and coding music. It's neither Mozart nor Star Wars.
The concluding work on coLABoratory, the American Composers Orchestra’s April 5 Zankel Hall concert, was an extremely effective symbiosis of music and film called New York: A City Symphony by Troy Herion. Throughout its roughly fifteen-minute duration, audience members occasionally gasped or laughed—not a frequent occurrence at a performance of contemporary classical music. I know I was at the edge of my seat for most of it.
When running a kitchen, it’s important to stock all the essential ingredients, of course. But you need to start with the hardware. The Princeton Sound Kitchen grew out of the basic necessity of providing a performance ensemble for Princeton University composers. In fact, before its sharp name change, it was known simply as the Composers Ensemble.
This month, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Orli Shaham for the East Coast premiere of Princeton University professor and composer Steven Mackey’s Stumble to GraceConcerto for Piano and Orchestra. The NJSO co-commissioned the concerto with the St. Louis Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recently, Mackey chatted with NJSO: Backstage about the concerto’s creation and the NJSO’s performances of the work in his own state.
Does music have to have rhythm? Are leaves rustling in the breeze music? How might a spoken word poem inspire a composer? The 20 Princeton students in the new course "The Improvising Ensemble" are discovering answers to these kinds of questions as well as pushing the boundaries of their own concepts of what music is and can be
Princeton professors Scott Burnham has received the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. Burnham, the Scheide Professor of Music History, has been a Princeton faculty member since 1989. He is known as a musicologist with a gift for writing. His most influential books include "Mozart's Grace," published by Princeton University Press last year; "Beethoven and His World"
The two works performed in the Princeton University Orchestra’s concerts this past weekend paid particular tribute to the performance’s honoree — former orchestra percussionist Stuart B. Mindlin. The music of early 20th-century France was marked by coloristic orchestral effects, many of which were scored into the percussion section. The compositions of Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel presented Friday night (the concert was repeated Saturday night) at Richardson Auditorium mad