The 2012 Tri-State Black Band at the Wisconsin-Superior Annual Tri-State Honor Band Festival will be performing the wind ensemble adaptation of Jared Beu's "Toward Sky’s End" with their clinician, composer and conductor Noah Taylor, at Thorpe Langley Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Superior on October 18, 2012 at 7:15 PM. The original orchestral work was performed by Austin Symphony Orchestra last year.
DMA composition student Andrew Sigler was invited to be a Fellow at the 2012 Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley this past July where his piano trio Imaginary Choreogrpahy was premiered. The Composers Conference, guided for nearly 40 years by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mario Davidovsky, provides young, emerging composers with the opportunity to indulge in an intense two-week composition workshop as well as showcase one of their compositions in a live, professional concert. For summer 2012, Eric Chasalow and Melinda Wagner were guest composers. Past guest composers have included Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Jacob Druckman, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Earl Kim, Donald Martino, David Rakowski, Shulamit Ran, Gunther Schuller, Joan Tower, George Walker, Ollie Wilson, Charles Wuorinen, and Chen Yi.Sigler was also personally invited by Daron Hagen to be a Fellow at the Seasons Festival in Yakima Washington in October 2012. The weeklong festival willl feature new chamber and orchestral works by Sigler and the other fellows.
Lisa Bielawa was in residency this week. She gave a presentation in Monday's composers forum and a master class on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the New Music Ensemble presented three of her works, two of which she performed with them. We really enjoyed getting to know such a fascinating and enthusiastic composer and performer. Thank you, Lisa!
The UT Wind Ensemble read works by 4 UT composers this week. It was fantastic to hear this music brought to life by such capable players. The list includes Mike Mikulka's "I Met Senator Levin Today", Eli Fieldsteel's "Hot Cold Ground", Matt Jackfert's "Fight On!", and Jeff Hayman's "Ludvik". Huge thanks to the players, conductors, and Scott Hanna.
Michael Mikulka's "22 Degrees Distant" (for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano) was premiered in New York City by the Parhelion Trio this June. A few weeks later, "Are They Ill-Tempered?" (for unaccompanied horn) was premiered (also in New York City) by hornist Peter Reit. Both of these performances came about through Vox Novus "15 Minutes of Fame" contests, in which composers write pieces of 60 seconds or less for a specific performer or ensemble. 15 compositions are chosen for each concert, and there were 67 and 78 entrants respectively for each competition.