Jacobs School of Music Composition
March 2016
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  Upcoming Events - March  
  (* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)  
* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, Mar. 1 | 8pm | Auer Hall
Túumben Pax, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Thursday, Mar. 3 | 8pm | Auer Hall

       Visiting ensemble concert, presented by the IU Latin American Music Center

Double Exposure
Sunday, Mar. 6 | 6:30pm | IU Cinema

     A collaboration between IU composers, musicians, audio engineers, filmmakers and the IU Cinema.

Guest/Faculty/Student Chamber Music Recital - Roger Roe and Friends
Roger Roe, oboe and english horn; Patrick Dalton-Holmes, guest violin; Alex Kerr and Dylan Naroff, violin; Mike Chen, guest viola; Eric Edberg, guest cello
Monday, Mar. 7 | 8pm | Auer Hall

       Françaix: Quartet for English Horn and Strings (1970)
       Thomas: Pilgrim Soul for English Horn and Two Violins (2011)
       Yun: Quartet for Oboe and String Trio (1994)

NOTUS - Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - "Electric Resonances"
Dominick DiOrio, conductor; Zizai Ning, cello; with the Electric Resonances String Ensemble
Tuesday, Mar. 8 | 8pm | Auer Hall

      Berko: Forgiven Tears* (2015, premiere)
      LaRosa: Breath*** (2015)
      Recio: How to Survive Vesuvius** (2015)
      Sandström: The Giver of Stars (2015, premiere)
      Pärt: Te Deum (1984-85, rev. 2007)

*Winner: ACDA Raymond Brock Memorial Student Composition Prize
**First Prize: 2015 NOTUS Student Composition Contest
***Second Prize: 2015 NOTUS Student Composition Contest

* Alumna Guest Composer Lecture - Elizabeth Ogonek
Composer-in-Residence, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Wed, Mar. 9 | 3:00pm | Ford Hall
* New Music Ensemble
David Dzubay, director; Elizabeth Ogonek, alumna guest composer; Solungga Liu, guest pianist; Eliot Heaton, violin
Thursday, Mar. 10 | 8pm | Auer Hall

       Ogonek: all streams must reach the sea at last (2011)
       O'Brien: Taking Measures (1985)
       Travers: Concierto de Milonga (2015, Bloomington premiere)

* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, Mar. 22 | 8:30pm | Recital Hall
Student Recital - Ábel Esbenshade and Paul Mortilla
Saturday, Mar. 26 | 5pm | Recital Hall
Faculty Recital - Don Freund
Saturday, Mar. 26 | 8pm | Auer Hall
Faculty/Guest Chamber Music Recital
Edward Gazouleas and Kazuko Matsusaka, viola; Fatuba Niekawa, piano
Sunday, Mar. 27 | 4pm | Auer Hall

     Features a program of works by William Bergsma, Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, and Joan Tower

Kuttner Quartet Recital
Paul Mortilla and Ábel Esbenshade
Tuesday, Mar. 29 | 8:30pm | Recital Hall

       Includes Miles Friday's Kuttner String Quartet Composition Competition winner, Peripatetic Doors (2015)

Chamber Ensembles of the US Army and Field Band
Clarinet Trio and Woodwind Quintet
Wednesday, Mar. 30 | 7pm | Recital Hall

       Includes a premiere for wind quintet by Don Freund

Faculty/Student Recital - "An Evening of Chamber Music by Olivier Messiaen"
Futaba Niekawa and Nikolay Verevkin, piano; James Campbell, clarinet; Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin; Hyeok Kwon, cello
Wednesday, Mar. 30 | 8pm | Auer Hall

       Selections from Visions de l'amen for two pianos (1943)
              Amen de la création
               Amen de désir
              Amen de la consommation

       Quartet for the End of Time (1941)

  News - Current Students  
Christopher LaRosa Receives Grant and Performance

Christopher LaRosa received the James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Composers, which will fund a new wind ensemble piece for the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association. Additionally, Christopher's piano solo Passacaglia (2015) will be included on the Ball State Festival of New Music on March 18.

Grant Luhmann Wins Tribeca New Music Division Title

Grant Luhmann received the Division 2 title of the Tibeca New Music 2016 Composition Competition for his piece Arborea for Violin and Electronics. The division is for composers aged 21 and younger, and Grant will receive a cash prize as well as a performance on a 2016 Tribeca New Music Festival program.

Matthew Recio Wins Cincinnati Camerata's Choral Composition Competition

Matthew Recio was a recent winner of Brett Scott's Cincinnati Camerata Choral Composition Competition ( He has also been selected as a finalist for Michael Kerschner's Young New Yorker's Chorus Composition Competition. The NYC based chorus will perform a newly commissioned work by him this coming June alongside two other finalists. At the end of the performance the grand prize winner of the competition will be announced.

  News - Alumni  
Yie-Eun Chun (DM '15) to Receive Performance at ISCM World Music Days 2016

Yie-Eun Chun's (DM '15) piece, A Game of Fives, has been selected to perform at ISCM World Music Days 2016, which is hosted this year in Tongyeong, South Korea. Her piece will be performed by the French Music Ensemble Ensemble 2e2m on Friday April 01, as part of World Music Days Concerts.

Natalie Williams (DM '12) Receives Appointment in Australia

Natalie Williams (DM ’12) recently received an appointment at the Australian National University's School of Music, where she will sit as Lecturer in Composition.

Gordon Williamson (DM '12) Anticipates Premiere in Germany

Gordon Williamson (DM ’12) has a premiere of a new work for Koto, Gayageum, Cello and Contrabass on March 29th in Werner-Otto-Saal of the Berlin Konzerthaus in Germany. The work is written for the Asian Art Ensemble and commissioned with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

Abundant World Premieres for Robert Paterson (MM '01)

Robert Paterson (MM '01), enjoyed three world premieres in 2015, including a premiere of the orchestra version of The Whole Truth, an opera in seven scenes (libretto by Mark Campbell), at Dixon Place in NYC,by the American Modern Ensemble. The piece was originally commissioned by Urban Arias in Washington DC. Additionally, Robert enjoyed the world premiere of Shine for brass quinte tat the Aspen Music Festival and School, commissioned by the American Brass Quintet, and the premiere of Moon Trio by the Claremont Trio at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA.

Robert also anticipates several world premieres in 2016, such as the premiere of In Real Life, a dating site song cycle for soprano and piano, commissioned by the Austin Chamber Ensemble in honor of it’s 35th season, and Walt’s America for soprano and baritone soloists, chorus and orchestra, based on text by Walt Whitman, which was commissioned by the Gulf Coast Symphony, and will be performed on March 16, 2016.

Finally, Musica Sacra with Kent Tritle released a CD of Robert's sacred choral works in 2015. Read more about the album here.

CD Releases Include Music of David Jones (DM '95)

The music of David Jones has been featured on two recently released CDs. PercuDuo, a Paris-based mallet-percussion duo (whose members have performed with Paris Opera and other ensembles) have just released Amerikas (Polymnie) which includes transcriptions of music from Bernstein's West Side Story and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess as well as works by Golijov, Paquito D'Rivera and David Jones (his Gamelocity for vibes and marimba). Gamelocity has just been published by Edition Svitzer (Copenhagen) which will also shortly issue his Apple Charlotte Rag (solo marimba). Paradox, a faculty chamber ensemble from Eastern Washington University, has just released a CD (through CD Baby) called "Dances with Friends". One of the featured works on this CD is David Jones' Family Dances (for clarinet, bassoon, violin, and cello).

  News - Faculty  
Sven-David Sandström - Upcoming Premieres

Sven-David Sandström's St. John's Passion and St. Matthew's Passion will receive multiple performances throughout the month of March. The world premiere of St. John will happen on March 5th by the Phemios Chamber Choir, who will reprise the performance the following day. St. John will then kick off the Thüringer Week of Bachon March 18th, and receive its Danish premiere by the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir on the 22nd. Also on the 22nd will be the US premiere of his St. Matthew's Passion at Pacific Lutheran University as part of their "Passion Week". All of this follows the world premiere of Sandström's new concerto, Seven Pieces for Violin and Orchestra, by the O/Mordent chamber orchestra back on February 20th.

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