Minnesota Opera will present the world premiere performance of William Bolcom’s fourth major opera, Dinner at Eight, on March 11th (repeating March 16th, 18th & 19th). A blending of American musical theater and opera, Bolcom’s new work follows the business intrigues and romantic entanglements that unfold during a Manhattan socialite’s dinner party.
Libretto: Mark Campbell Duration: 120′ Commission: Commissioned through Minnesota Opera’s New Works Initiative
On October 7th, Falling Man (a monodrama composed by Kenneth Fuchs after Don DeLillo’s 9/11 novel of the same title) was included as part of the September 11 Memorial and Museum’s artistic series commemorating the 15th anniversary of the tragedy. The work was performed by baritone Jarrett Ott in a somber hall built around the remnants of the original World Trade Center site. The stirring performance also incorporated a video montage, created by Justin West, from photographs contributed by the Museum.
Following the performance, Fuchs and DeLillo joined sculptor Eric Fischl — whose sculpture “Tumbling Woman” is on display at the museum — to share how they created their art in response to the agony of 9/11. Listen to a excerpt of Fuchs’ work below.
E.B. Marks composer, Kenneth Fuchs, has recently been featured in a new edition of Robert R. Reilly’s book, Surprised by Beauty: A Listener’s Guide to the Recovery of Modern Music. The book strives to reconcile the great spiritual confusion of the 20th century and modern music’s encouragement of spiritual recovery. It features interviews with many composers in the hopes of drawing attention to some of the more melodic music currently being written.
Kenneth Fuchs is a world renowned American composer and educator who has composed music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. Many of his compositions appear on recorded albums by Naxos American Classics, all of which have been cited by Reilly as proof that, “Fuchs is an exemplar of the recovery of American music. His music rejoices.” Reilly has devoted an entire chapter in this new edition to Fuchs’ distinctly American work, adding him to a list of luminaries such as John Cage, Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, John Adams, and Samuel Barber.
“Like Aaron Copland, Fuchs has a way of capturing the stirrings of the human heart and the yearnings of the soul in highly spirited, soaring music. His works carry within themselves an inimitably American sense of expectancy, of horizons glimpsed and striven for, and, finally, of boldly announced arrivals.”
– Robert R. Reilly
Theodore Presser Company offers many of the compositions mentioned in this chapter on rental and we invite you to listen to Fuchs’ music below.
It is with great pride that we congratulate Paul Lansky for his recent induction into the Department of Music of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Often considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States, this honor is shared with 249 other architects, composers, artists, and writers. On Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 Paul Lansky took his seat with the likes of Yehudi Wyner, Garrison Keilor, Meryl Streep, and our very own Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
Born in New York City in 1944, Paul Lansky attended Queens College, where he studied composition with George Perle and Hugo Weisgall and Princeton University, where he worked with Milton Babbitt, Earl Kim and others. He has been on the faculty at Princeton since 1969, where he is now William Shubael Conant Professor of Music. Until the mid-1990s, the bulk of Lansky’s work was in computer music and he has long been recognized as one of the pioneers in the field. Since the mid-1990s Lansky has focused primarily on instrumental music crafting challenging and very well received works for performers like Nancy Zeltsman, David Starobin, and William Purvis to name a few.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters, known first as the National Institute of Arts and Letters, was founded in 1898 by William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassam, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Veddar, and Woodrow Wilson. It has since been devoted to fostering, assisting, and sustaining an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts through annual awards recognizing outstanding achievement in these fields. This year, 64 recipients were recognized with awards totaling nearly $1.1 million.
Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture.
They are currently touring California, Arizona, and New York City with the show And Now, Mozart.
FIRST, THERE WAS A BIG BANG, …
… then, a little nightmare music, and now, Mozart. For those who listen to Mozart, live with Mozart, gave birth to Mozart, eat, pray, and love Mozart, don’t care at all for Mozart, never even heard of Mozart, this show promises you all that it will contain absolutely NO Mozart! But that’s giving away way too much …