Jacobs School of Music Composition

March 2017


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Current list of ALL School of Music Events
Current list of Composition Department related Events and Announcements
  Upcoming Events – March  
  (* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)  
NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble & Chamber Orchestra
“O, Fallen Star: Depictions of Death in Air and String”
Dominick DiOrio, conductor; Connor Lidell, baritone soloist
Sunday, March. 5| 4:00pm | Auer Hall
Higdon: Dooryard Bloom for baritone and orchestra (2004, rev. 2005)
MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross – Cantata for chamber choir and strings (1993)

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Double Exposure
A collaboration between IU composers, musicians, audio engineers, filmmakers and the IU Cinema
Sunday, March. 5 | 6:30pm | IU Cinema

Guest Composer Lessons
Mischa Zupko, guest composer
Tuesday, March. 7 | 9:00am | JS311

* Guest Composer Lecture
Mischa Zupko, composer
Wednesday, March. 8 | 4:00pm | MAC066

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* New Music Ensemble
David Dzubay, director; Mischa Zupko and Sean Shepherd, Alumni Guest Composers; Sang Mee Lee, guest violin
Thursday, March. 9 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
Oliver Knussen: Three Little Fantasies (1983 ver.)
Steven Snowden: A Man With a Gun Lives Here (2011)
Zupko: Violin Concerto (2016, premiere)
Shepherd: Blur (2011)

Faculty/Guest Recital
Kathleen McLean, bassoon; Chiel Meijering, guest composer
Ian Passmore, conductor
Friday, Mar. 10 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
Music of Chiel Meijering:
Caixa de dolços (Candy Box) (2009; version for string orchestra, 2016)
Red Priest Reversed Mastery for bassoon and string orchestra (2016)
Now! Part 2: Red Summer Sunset (2012; version for string orchestra, 2016)
Message from the Clan of the Battle Axe for bassoon and string orchestra (2017)

* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, March. 21 | 8:30pm | Recital Hall

Faculty Composition Recital
Don Freund, composer
Friday, March. 24 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
Don Freund: Life Goes On for violin and piano (1988)
Stefan Freund: Life Still Goes On for violin and piano (2015)
Don Freund: Fantasie for Madame McD for harp (2016)
Don Freund: Giraffe Study for marimba (2011)
Don Freund: Sudden Spring for winds (2015)
Percussion Ensemble
John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo, directors
featuring works by IU composers
Sunday, March. 26 | 1:00pm | Auer Hall
Wind Ensemble
Stephen W. Pratt, conductor; Kevin Bobo, marimba & composer
Tuesday, Mar. 28 | 8:00pm | Musical Art Center
Bernstein/Grundman:Candide Suite (1993)
Bobo: Architecture of a Dream for marimba and wind ensemble (2016, consortium premiere)
Reed:‘Variations on the ‘Porazzi’ Theme by Wagner’ from “Symphony No. 3 for wind ensemble” (1988)
Basler: Mangulina (2001)
Bolcom: First Symphony for band (2008)

IU Global Arts & Humanities Festival: China Remixed
New Music Ensemble; David Dzubay, director; Wu Man, pipa; Vera Quartet
Friday, Mar. 31 | 7:30pm | Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Solo pieces for pipa
Tan Dun: Concerto for string quartet and pipa (1999)
Zhou Long:Tian Ling (Nature and Spirit) for pipa and fourteen players (1992)

  News – Current Students  
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Bloomington Symphony Orchestra premiered Grant Luhmann Flute Concerto
Grant Luhmann's Flute Concerto was premiered February 19th by soloist Karen Baumgartner and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (of Minnesota). Conductor Manny Laureano, also principal trumpet of the Minnesota Orchestra, commissioned the work for a concert showcasing early works of composers past and present. Read more: Bloomington Symphony
  News – Alumni  
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Matthew Peterson (MM '08)
Peterson's chamber opera Voir Dire , libretto by Jason Zencka, will receive its world-premiere production with Fort Worth Opera in April. He had an interview about the opera with the director David Gately and conductor Viswa Subbaraman. My chamber opera Lifeboat , commissioned by Washington National Opera and with libretto by Emily Roller, received its Kennedy Center premiere in January as part of the American Opera Initiative. He Also was recently commissioned by Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir to compose a 10 minute a cappella work for double choir, Lux Aeterna, for premiere fall 2017 on their Vietnam tour. The commission is funded by a grant from the Swedish Arts Council. Furthermore, Peterson's And all the trees of the field will clap their hands will be performed by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra during their 2018-19 season.
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Stefan Freund (BM '97)
Stefan Freund, JSoM Composition Alum and Music Professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO is honoring his father’s "70th year” with the following concerts: The Columbia Civic Orchestra, Stefan Freund, Artistic Director and Conductor, performed Don Freund’s PRELUDES for Orchestra on Feb 26, 2017. The Mizzou New Music Ensemble, Stefan Freund, Director, performed Don Freund's MIXED BLOOD on Feb 27. And then this summer, Alarm Will Sound will perform Don Freund’s HARD CELLS on July 27 at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, Stefan Freund, Artistic Director and Coordinator.
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