Sidra Lawrence, Instructor of Ethnomusicology, won both the African Music Section and Wong Tolbert prizes at the Society for Ethnomusicology national meeting for her 2010 paper “Sounds of Development? Race, Authenticity and Tradition among Dagara Women of Northwestern Ghana.”
Composition faculty member Elainie Lillios travels to Boston November 16-19 to participate as a judge in the Sound in Space competition. Lillios will be joined by two of the leading experts in electroacoustics, Daniel Teruggi, Director of the GRM, Groupe de Recherche Musicales (France) and Ludger Brummer, Director of ZKM, Institute for Music and Acoustics in Karlsruhe (Germany) The festival is co-sponsored by The Goethe-Institut Boston and the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France, in partnership with Harvard University and Northeastern University. In addition to judging the competition, Lillios will participate with Teruggi and Brummer on a panel discussion entitled “On the interpretation of electroacoustic music”, and her piece “Stumbling Dance” will be presented on Saturday night’s concert. She will also give a lecture at Northeastern University and Berklee College. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/bos/kue/aoi/enindex.htm?wt_sc=boston-soundinspace
On Wednesday, November 9, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra String Quartet will hold a reading session of adjudicated student compositions in Bryan Recital Hall from 3:30-6:00pm.
Assistant Professor of Piano, Thomas Rosenkranz will visit the Shenyang Conservatory of Dalian on November 7th and 8th. He will be presented in a series of masterclasses for the students there.
Due East, a flute and percussion duo, will perform two concerts of new works on Tuesday, November 29 at the Clazel Theatre (127 N Main St., downtown Bowling Green; suggested donation $2-5) and Wednesday, November 30 (Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center; free and open to the public). Both concerts, part of the Music at the Forefront concert series sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, begin at 8 p.m. Their programs include compositions by Michel Galante, Jeff Herriott, Bernhard Lang, David Lang, Alexandre Lunsqui, Alejandro Vinao, Chester Udell and others, including multimedia works with video by John Supko and Greg Beyer. Many of the works performed will feature the berimbau, a stringed Brazilian percussion instrument rarely found in contemporary classical music.
Due East (Erin Lesser, flutes and Greg Beyer, percussion) actively promotes new music and seeks to expand the flute and percussion duo genre through frequent commissions and premieres. The duo has performed in China, Brazil, Europe, Canada and the USA at venues such as the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Warsaw Crossdrumming Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the SEAMUS conference. Due East has given multiple performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and has won first prize in the 2008 National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition. Their first recording, Simultaneous Worlds, is available on Albany Records and, in November 2011, New Amsterdam Records will release drawn only once, a multi-media CD/DVD.
Due East has performed Alex Mincek’s Double Concerto with The Knights (Bargemusic, New York City), as well as with the Northern Illinois University New Music Ensemble. The duo has on multiple occasions been ensemble-in-residence at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music School and Festival. For more information, please visit www.dueeast.net.
Music at the Forefront is an annual concert series featuring performances by accomplished and innovative performers of contemporary music. For more information contact the center at 419-372-2685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Biggs, assistant professor of class piano, performed in Israel Oct. 21- Oct. 31. Her performances included two solo piano recitals and a collaborative recital with string players from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Works by by Philip Glass, Howard Ferguson, and Franz Liszt were featured in the solo recitals. The collaborative recital featured the Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor and the Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in B Minor, and was performed with Saida Bar Lev, Zvi Carmel, and Hillel Zori. Nicole performed at the Tiberias Conservatory (in Tiberias), the Felicja Blumenthal Music Center in Tel Aviv, and the Mormon University in Jerusalem. The Tiberias and Jerusalem concerts were sold out.
The Jewish Agency for Israel, Partnership2gether, and the Oklahoma Israel Exchange sponsored the concert tour.