Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker, Director of the Program in Jazz Studies at Princeton, named in Down Beat magazine's 62nd Annual Critics Poll as #8 Rising Star Composer.
All in all, it’s an irresistible show, whatever the quality of the music. And with Sunday’s consistently excellent performances, it was possible to judge that music on its own terms. So Percussion lavished its talents on Bryce Dessner’s intensely pretty, utterly inert “Music for Wood and Strings.” The ensemble Contemporaneous attacked, with passion, the syrupy, listless lyricism of selections from Jherek Bischoff’s “Cistern.” Why was an interminable set devoted to Mr. Bischoff’s work, when the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth had time for only two of the four movements of Caroline Shaw’s gorgeous “Partita for Eight Voices”? The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music last year, “Partita” seems increasingly certain to become one of the classics of our time. Written for Roomful of Teeth by Ms. Shaw, a member of the group, the performance was arresting in the soft, humming gulps at the beginning of the “Sarabande” passage, and it filled the space with a mighty roar at the climaxes, unleashed in a way they weren’t at the premiere of the complete “Partita” in November.
3. Princeton University
Since Princeton holds the #8 spot as the best overall college in the U.S., the University will give you a wonderful education regardless of your major. The music school offers a major in music as well as a certificate through the Program in Musical Performance, which is perfect for students who want to focus on another field of study outside of Princeton’s esteemed music school.
For students who want to study and perform opera, coming to Princeton University allows them to pursue their musical interests while broadening their intellect with a liberal arts education. A wide variety of opera styles are studied and performed by Princeton students, and early opera (especially from the Baroque period) is a particular strength that has emerged from the Department of Music.
James Randall, professor emeritus of music, passed away on May 28, 2014. You can view or share comments on a blog intended to honor Professor Randall's life and legacy at blogs.princeton.edu/memorial/2014/06/james-randall/
James Randall, professor of music emeritus at Princeton University, died of heart failure on May 28 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 84. Composer, music theorist and author, Randall called himself "one of the granddaddies of electronic music." During the 1960s, he was among the first to experiment with computer music. Randall joined the Princeton faculty in 1958 and retired in 1991. With Paul Lansky, the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music; Godfrey Winham; and others, Randall was instrumental in developing what was known as the Princeton Music IV Facility, a comprehensive music production system involving the IBM 360/91 computer. Collaborating with Max Matthews of Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, their work led to the development of a highly flexible music-performing program, enabling musicians to design their own "instruments" and assemble whatever "orchestra" they needed for a given work.
It was a bit like a reality television show called “The Composer,” or “Philharmonic Idol,” or perhaps just “Survivor.” After more than 400 composers ranging in age from 9 to 84 had submitted their scores, six finalists were chosen to come to Avery Fisher Hall to hear the New York Philharmonic play their pieces. It was an all-too-rare opportunity to hear their work brought to life by a leading orchestra. But an even bigger prize loomed: After the read-throughs, the Philharmonic selected works by three of them to play at concerts this week, starting on Thursday, as some of the newest music in its 11-day new music festival, the NY Phil Biennial. “There are always surprises, even with chamber music,” Julia Adolphe, 26, said after hearing the Philharmonic play her first orchestra piece. “But I think they’re equally compelling. When you hear something that’s exactly how you wanted it to be, and it fulfills what you were expecting, and when you hear something that’s a complete surprise, that surprises you in a beautiful way. Of course, when it surprises you in an ‘Oh, I didn’t want it to sound like that’ way, that’s less exciting. But that happens, too.” Ms. Adolphe was the first to hear her piece played on Tuesday, when the Philharmonic turned its rehearsal into a new music reading. Avery Fisher Hall was mostly empty. Ms. Adolphe took a seat in the sixth row, with Steven Mackey, one of several established contemporary composers serving as mentors to the young finalists, beside her, following the score of her piece, “Dark Sand, Sifting Light.”
Adriana Cherskov, a Princeton University senior who hopes to advance treatments for complex disorders such as autism, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The award gives outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. Cherskov is among 40 U.S. winners of the scholarship and the sixth Princetonian to win a 2014 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The selection of Princeton seniors David Abugaber, Izzy Kasdin and Simone Sasse, as well as alumnae Madeline McMahon and Elizabeth Presser, was announced in February. Cherskov is an accomplished pianist who has merged her interests in music and science while on campus. She is co-president of Music in Mind, a student organization dedicated to promoting classical music and the influence of music on science and health. She also participated in a Breakout Princeton trip to Boston where students volunteered in hospitals and schools to learn about the effects of music on the brain.
- Jul 20, 2014, 4:30 p.m.Woolworth
- Sep 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.Richardson Auditorium
- Sep 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.Richardson Auditorium
- Oct 2, 2014, 8:00 p.m.Richardson Auditorium
- Oct 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.Richardson Auditorium