December 2018

Jacobs School of Music Composition

December 2018


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  Upcoming Events – December  
  (* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students.)  
* Computer Music Recital
Jeffrey Hass & John Gibson, directors
Presented by the Center for Electronic and Computer Music
Sunday, Dec. 2 | 8:00pm | Auer Hall

Student Composition Non-majors Recital
Monday, Dec. 3 | 7:30pm | MC070

Concert Orchestra - "New Voices"
Featuring premieres of orchestral works by winners of the Composition Department New Voices Competition
David Dzubay, conductor
Wednesday, Dec. 5 | 8:00pm | Musical Arts Center
Liam Ramsey-White: Scylla and Charybdis (2018)
Lang Chen: This Ain’t Chopin (2018)
Yi-De Chen: Eventide Clouds and the Smile (2018)
John William Griffith II: Gezellig (2017)
Erik Q. Ransom: Surging Faradism (2018)
William Trachsel: These Lines, Unseen (2018)

  News – Students  
Patrick Holcomb to be published in the Akropolis Collection
Patrick Holcomb's work, The Sun Rising, will be published in Akropolis Reed Quintet's catalogue of reed quintets, the Akropolis Collection. The piece, commissioned by Akropolis Reed Quintet, was premiered by the group this past summer as a part of the 2018 Connecticut Summerfest. The group also recently released a video "web premiere" of a performance of Holcomb's piece, accessible here, to announce its upcoming publication.
  News – Alumni  
Anthony Lanman’s (DM 2008) work published by Lyon & Healy
Anthony Joseph Lanman's piece for soprano saxophone and harp Viridian Soliloquy has been published by Chicago harp makers Lyon & Healy. This is one of the first pieces of new music to be published by Lyon & Healy in over 20 years.
Christopher LaRosa (DM 2018) finalist in Jinji Lake Composition Competition
Christopher LaRosa traveled to Suzhou, China as a finalist in the Jinji Lake Composition Competition last month. LaRosa's piece, Towers of Suzhou was premiered by the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra at the Jinji Lake Concert Hall on November 30. The final results of the competition are forthcoming.
Premieres and commissions for Will Rowe (MM 2016)
In December 2018, Will Rowe will receive premieres of two new pieces - Skyfishing for four cellos, and Triptych for solo clarinet. Skyfishing will receive two performances on Dec. 16th and Dec. 19th at Bløm Meadworks in Ann Arbor and at St. Matthew’s St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Detroit respectively, and was commissioned through The Detroit Composers' Project. Triptych was commissioned by clarinetist and IU alumnus Bixby Kennedy, and will be premiered at Cornelia St. Café in New York City on Dec. 16th.

Additionally, Will received a commission from Access Contemporary Music's Composer Alive series, and will write a set of solo piano miniatures for pianist Blair McMillen based on 1950's commercial jingles to be workshopped and premiered in monthly installments, with a premiere in full to happen in New York City during the spring of 2019.

Finally, Will has teamed up with Seth Boustead of ACM and radio show Relevant Tones to create an intimate contemporary music chamber series in New York City by the name of Concept Lab. The series invites composers to challenge themselves, take risks, and try things they might not otherwise. Hosted by Cornelia Street Café, Concept Lab welcomes performances and workshops alike to be enjoyed by an enthusiastic and understanding audience in a casual, productive, and fun setting.
New CD for Amin Sharifi (MM 2018)
Amin Sharifi’s new CD, “Shifting Colors on the Slant,” has been released and is available physically and digitally worldwide. The album is a collection of painted pieces of music, using combinations of Middle Eastern musical elements and Persian architectural ideas, impressionistic atmosphere, the effect of shifting colors, as well as improvisatory and aleatoric forms. The cover art is "Crumpled Miniature" by Aydin Aghdashloo whose works and thoughts have been one of the primary inspirations for this collection. Therefore, this album is dedicated, with respect, to Aidin Aghdashloo, the pioneer Iranian artist.
Natalie Williams (DM 2012) named winner of the 2018 Albert H Maggs Composition Award
Natalie Williams has won the 2018 Albert H Maggs Composition Award for her work Saudade (2015) for string octet. The Maggs Award is provided as a commission (approx. $7,000 plus performance subsidy of $3,000) for the creation of a new musical work of a substantial nature.
David Dzubay, Chair
Composition Department
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