Jacobs School of Music Composition

March 2018


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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.)  
* New Music Ensemble
David Dzubay, director; Francisco Cortés-Álvarez, composer; Sven-David Sandström, composer; Christopher LaRosa, composer
Thursday, Mar. 8 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall
Sandström: Drums for percussion quintet (1980)
Adès: The Four Quarters for string quartet, Op. 28 (2010)
Cortés-Álvarez: Canta y no llores for chamber orchestra (2011)
LaRosa: Nights of 1998 for baritone and chamber orchestra (2017, premiere)

* Composition Forum
Eli Fieldsteel and Jeffrey Hass, composer
Wednesday, Mar. 21 | 4:00pm | MAC066
* Senior Recital
Alex Berko, composer
Friday, Mar. 23 | 5:00pm | Recital Hall
* Doctoral Recital
Christopher LaRosa, composer
Saturday, Mar. 24 | 2:00pm | Auer Hall
* Composition Forum
Chiel Meijering
Wednesday, Mar. 28 | 4:00pm | MAC066
* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, Mar. 29 | 8:30pm | Recital Hall
  News – Students  
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Tyler Habig to receive two performances by Ensemble CONCEPT/21
Tyler Habig has won the call for scores from Indiana University South Bend with his new work, 4 Miniatures. The resident new music ensemble, EC/21, will be giving dual premieres: the first on March 30th at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts in South Bend, Indiana and the second on April 20th at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. More information and a future video of the performances can be found at Tyler's website.
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Upcoming opera performances for Abel Esbenshade and Paul Mortilla
Ábel Esbenshade and Paul Mortilla prepare for performances of their 1-act chamber operas by New Voices Opera this May. Paul Mortilla's Alcibiades uses the story of the eponymous Athenian politician as a vehicle to explore modern American consumerism, politics, and morality. Ábel Esbenshade's EX PARADISUM, based on John Milton's Paradise Lost, explores the classic character of Lucifer as a woman who rebels against a tyrannical and patriarchal paradise and tries to convince Eve to join her. Alcibiades and EX PARADISUM will receive their premieres in a double-bill performance on May 3rd at 7pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
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Works by Stephen Karukas to be performed in four states in March and April
On March 30th, Ensemble CONCEPT/21 will be giving the official premiere of Stephen Karukas's 2016 work Mispheres for bass clarinet, cello, piano, and percussion in their performance entitled "New Voices in Michiana" at IU South Bend. The ensemble will perform this work again at Columbia College Chicago on April 20th. As part of an East Coast tour, the Hutchens/Myers Duo will perform Karukas's piece It flows for alto saxophone and marimba on March 14th at Western Carolina University and again on April 16th at the University of South Carolina. The piece was commissioned by the duo and premiered earlier this year.
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Nicholas Landrum selected for New Amsterdam Records Composer's Lab
Nicholas Landrum has been selected for the New Amsterdam Records Composer's Lab The lab is a revolving masterclass/workshop for emerging/early career composers and artists, designed as an add-on to formal compositional training. The composer's lab is led by New Amsterdam co-founder and Mannes Conservatory faculty member William Brittelle, and focuses on career guidance, navigating the current musical landscape, and exploring post-genre music. The lab includes weekly meetings with artists from the New Amsterdam roster, and collaborations with other post-genre musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds.
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Felipe Tovar-Henao and Chris LaRosa to attend SEAMUS 2018
From March 29 to 31, DM composers Chris LaRosa and Felipe Tovar-Henao will be attending the SEAMUS National Conference 2018 - one of the most important events for the electro-acoustic music in the US. This year, the conference will take place in Eugene, Oregon and will feature the West Coast premiere of LaRosa's hatch for 8.1 fixed media, and Tovar-Henao's ¡Carnaval del Diablo! for clarinet and electronics.
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  News – Alumni  
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Keith Fitch receives award from Ohio Arts Council
Keith Fitch (B.M., '89; M.M., '92; D.Mus., '95) recently received his second Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Recent works include The Range of Light (baritone and six players on texts by John Muir; commissioned by the Rocky Ridge Music Center for its seventy-fifth anniversary); Three English Sonnets (solo flute/alto flute; written for Joshua Smith, principal flute of The Cleveland Orchestra and scheduled for publication by Edition Peters this spring); and a new work commissioned by the No Exit new music ensemble in celebration of its tenth anniversary. This summer, he returns to the Rocky Ridge Music Center for his fourth year as director of the Young Artist Seminar in composition.
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A world premiere of a new cantata by Justin Merritt
St. Olaf College presents The Path, a concert-length cantata based on texts from The Pali Canon, the most ancient Buddhist scriptures, composed by Justin Merritt. This world premiere, conducted by Steven Amundson, will feature performances by over 300 musicians, including the St. Olaf Choir and St. Olaf Orchestra.
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Matthew Peterson: upcoming performances and current projects
Matthew Peterson (M.M. '08) is a freelance composer in Stockholm, Sweden, with upcoming performances by the Norrlandsopera orkester and Gothenburg Symphony ( And all the trees of the field will clap their hands), Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir and Hägersten Chamber Choir ( Lux Aeterna for double choir), guitarist Mårten Falk ( Peregrinations), and saxophonist Linn Persson ( smooth fat nasty). He has recently been awarded grants from the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) for commissions by Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir ( Lux Aeterna) and Uppsala Vokalensemble ( Södergran Dikter), and his new chamber music is featured on festivals Sound of Stockholm and Svensk Musikvår. His current projects include choral works for Uppsala Vokalensemble and Sofia Vokalensemble. The original cast album of the true-crime chamber opera Voir Dire will be recorded this June at Minnesota Public Radio, featuring singers from Fort Worth Opera's critically-acclaimed spring 2017 world premiere production (10/10 stars, Opera Now). It will be released December 2018.
David Dzubay, Chair
Composition Department
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