Jacobs School of Music Composition

January 2018


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Current list of ALL School of Music Events
Current list of Composition Department related Events and Announcements
  Upcoming Events – January  
  (* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)  
Trombone Audition Eve I
Trombone Faculty Recital
Friday, Jan. 12 | 7:00pm | Recital Hall
Verhelst: Devil’s Waltz (2010)
Popp: Concert Trio (1993)
Buono: Elegy (2016)
Canfield: ‘Adagietto’ from “Concerto after Mendelssohn” (2016-17)
Plog: Statements (1992)
Bourgeois: Sonata No. 2, Op. 342 (2013)
Miller/Miller: Let There Be Peace On Earth (1955)

Faculty Recital – Selected Preludes and Fugues from J. S. Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier”
Don Freund, piano
Friday, Jan. 12 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

* Doctoral Recital
Corey Rubin, composer
Tuesday, Jan. 16 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

* Master's Recital
Qi Li, composer
Sunday, Jan. 21 | 4:00pm | Auer Hall

MCCSC Kids Compose
Katherine Bodor, composer; Zhigong Wei, composer
Wednesday, Jan. 24 | 10:00am | Musical Art Center

* Composition Forum
Guests from the Minnesota Orchestra
Wednesday, Jan. 24 | 4:00pm | MAC 066

* Master's Recital
Zhigong Wei, composition
Wednesday, Jan. 24 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

Salón Latino Chamber Music Series – “Latin American Music for Strings”
Leonardo Vásquez, viola, and Paul Borg, piano; Kuttner Quartet; Vera Quartet
Thursday, Jan. 25 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
C. Garrido-Lecca: Danzas populares andinas for viola and piano (1973)
Vega: String Quartet (2000)
Brouwer: String Quartet No. 3 (1997)

* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, Jan. 30 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

* Guest Composer Lecture
Kate Soper, composer
Wednesday, Jan. 31 | 4:00pm | MAC 066

* Senior Recital
Ábel Esbenshade, composer
Wednesday, Jan. 31 | 5:30pm | Auer Hall

* New Music Ensemble
David Dzubay, director; Kate Soper, guest composer/soprano; Felipe Tovar-Henao, composer
Thursday, Feb. 1 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
Tovar-Henao Danzas encefálicas: Dream cycles for sinfonietta and electronics (2017, premiere)
Soper: Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say for soprano and flutes (2010-11)
Soper: The Ultimate Poem is Abstract for soprano and chamber orchestra (2016)
  News – Current Students  
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Stephen Karukas to Receive Premiere at Navy Saxophone Symposium
On January 13, Stephen Karukas’s new work for alto saxophone and marimba entitled It flows will be premiered by Andrew Hutchens and Daniel Myers at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia as part of the 2018 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. The performance will take place at noon in the Instrumental Room. The work was commissioned by the duo as part of an ongoing commissioning project.
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Matthew Recio Advances in the Beth Morrison Next Generation Opera Competition
Matthew Recio is excited to share that he has advanced in the Beth Morrison Projects: Next Generation Opera Competition. This contemporary opera company holds a competition for composers to be commissioned for a fully staged opera each year, and this year Matthew was selected to present his vocal works on March 17th at the National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York. The March concert will feature other opera composers from around the world of which one will win the grand finale opera commission prize for their upcoming season.
  News – Alumni  
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New Works and Premieres from Nicolas Cline
Nicholas Cline (MM ’13) was commissioned by Donald Nally to write a new work for the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble. she took his hands was premiered on October 29th in Evanston, IL. The Crossing will also perform the work on December 15th and17th in Philadelphia. In November, Ensemble Vonk premiered his miniature opera R. Carson in the Netherlands.
  News – Faculty  
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International Travel, a New Multimedia Work, and a New CD for Aaron Travers
Aaron Travers returned to Bloomington in early November after 5 months of extensive travel to Bhutan, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile, gathering video and photo footage for a multimedia piece commissioned by the Deviant Septet. His latest completed work, Box Gardens for flute and guitar, was premiered at the Basilica de San Francisco de Asis in Havana, Cuba this past November by flutist Linda Chatterton and guitarist Maja Radovanlija. In addition, his early organ piece, Three Pieces for Organ, was just released on CD this past December on the Raven label, with soloist Timothy Olsen.
David Dzubay, Chair
Composition Department
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