Celebrating the 20th-Century Music “Traitor”

Throughout the 2018-2019 season, many ensembles and performers will be celebrating the centenary of GEORGE ROCHBERG: a composer who first embraced 12-tone music and serialism, then later rejected avant-garde styles as a form of “self-extinction.” The Tanglewood Music Center, which found storied “success” in championing Rochberg’s music, kicked off the season’s celebrations with performances of his Quintet for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Violoncellos and Octet (A Grand Fantasia) in August.
The University of Pennsylvania, where Rochberg taught on the music faculty until 1983, offered the first of its three all-Rochberg programs on September 26th with performances from the Daedalus String Quartet and the New Fromm Ensemble. The two upcoming performances (October 28th and November 28th) will feature renowned musical artists, Mimi Stillman, flute, Elliot Fisk, guitar, and Mark Livshits, piano.
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In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Undine Smith Moore

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination will be commemorated on March 4th. In conjunction with Black History Month (February) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (the third Monday in January), music institutions across the country are seeking to honor the forward-looking dreams of Dr. King in their early 2018 programs. One such programmatic choice is UNDINE SMITH MOORE‘s 16-section choral cantata on the life of Dr. King, Scenes from the Life of a Martyr (1981), which is receiving a well-deserved new life in the repertoire of American choruses and orchestras.
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Garlands for Steven Stucky

Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng recently presented a series of recitals in memory of STEVEN STUCKY. The life of the “beloved composer and mentor whose brilliant, sensual music and strong advocacy for fellow composers both played a powerful role in American musical life” was celebrated at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City on November 11th and the Cooperage Project in Honesdale, PA on November 12th. The program, presented by Weekend of Chamber Music, boasted 32 short premieres in memory of Steven Stucky by friends and former students. Among the 32 musical remembrances were works by fellow Theodore Presser Company and Carl Fischer Music composers, including CHEN YI, DANIEL S. GODFREY, WILLIAM KRAFT, and JAMES MATHESON.

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Opera Noire of New York Honors Gordon

Opera Noire of New York, a performance and resource company dedicated to the advancement of Afro-American Classical Singers, opened its 2017/2018 season with a Tribute Concert in honor of RICKY IAN GORDON. Prior to the event, the composer spent time working with the performers as they prepared to present songs and operatic excerpts from his work.

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Adolphus Hailstork Featured at Gateways Music Festival

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK was featured at this summer’s Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, New York with a performance of his An American Port of Call on August 13, 2017. Gateways Music Festival, a six day festival in collaboration with Eastman School of Music, connects and supports professional classical musicians of African descent. Continue reading
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