Zosha Di Castri's "Near Mute Force" Premieres in Toronto

On April 7, Professor Zosha Di Castri's piece "Near Mute Force," a setting of an adapted text by Rivka Galchen, for two sopranos, viola, piano, and drumset, commissioned by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto, will be premiered in Dannthology, a concert featuring violist Steven Dann taking place in Toronto. Read the Toronto Star's write-up about the upcoming concert here.

Performances by Magdalena Stern-Baczewska at Quest University, UConn

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (faculty & director, Music Performance Program) recently visited Quest University in Squamish BC, upon an invitation from its current faculty member and Columbia graduate, Andrew Haringer (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2012). Baczewska presented a sold-out lecture recital 'Goldberg Variations in Context', an in-class lecture demonstration on Chopin and nationalism, and performed Schubert's Fantasie in F minor with Haringer in his seminar on Romanticism. Three days later Baczewska appeared at University of Connecticut's Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts, in a recital with violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, featuring Bartok's Roumanian Dances, Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' Sonata, and Sonata in A major by Franck. She is currently preparing for a performance of Toys, a piano work by Peter Susser (faculty & director of undergraduate musicianship).

Hearing is Believing: Exhibition in the Music and Arts Library

Hearing is Believing

Musicianship and ear training at Columbia are the focus of a newly-mounted exhibition in the Music & Arts Library. On display are original student and faculty work, as well as textbooks, training manuals, and compositions from around the world that are used to enhance and inspire the musical imagination. Curated by Professor Peter M. Susser, DMA, Director of Undergraduate Musicianship at Columbia University, the exhibit will be on display in the Library through graduation 2016.

Courtney Bryan (DMA Composition 2014) Performances, Spring 2016

Courtney Bryan (DMA Composition 2014) will be participating in a number of performances this spring. More detailed information below -- if you're in the area, check these concerts out!

Friday, March 25, 10:30am/11:45am
Relation: A Performance Residency by Vijay Iyer
I. "Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying" for solo piano and recorded sound
II. Courtney Bryan and Brandee Younger, originals and music of Alice Coltrane
The MET Breuer Lobby Gallery of The Metropolitan Museum of New York
http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/vijay-iyer-met-br...

Friday, March 25, 7:30pm
Counterpoint: Classical Music and Nina Simone
Courtney Bryan and Eun Lee
Online concert and discussion
Fundraiser for #SingHerName concert, see link:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/singhername#/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1564305780564073/

Thursday, March 31, 8:00pm event (with 7:00pm reception)
HER (in honor of): a performance and discussion
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
HER (in honor of): a performance and discussion, co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton University Department of African American Studies and Princeton University Department of Music, will include a live performance byHER (in honor of) -- vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, harpist Brandee Younger, pianist Courtney Bryan, bassist Mimi Jones, and drummer Kimberly Thompson -- and a discussion with the musicians on the history of women in jazz and related contemporary issues, to be moderated by journalist, Rajul Punjabi.
http://artscouncilofprinceton.org/

Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 at 7:30pm/9:00pm
(Courtney will perform April 8 at 9:00pm, "A Presence" for solo piano and recorded sound)
Fromm Players at Harvard University
Creative Music Convergences, curated by Vijay Iyer
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Department of Music
Harvard University, Cambridge MA
FREE and OPEN TO ALL! No tickets required. First come, first seated.
http://frommfoundation.fas.harvard.edu/fromm-players-at-harvard

Review of Georg Friedrich Haas' "American Immersion" Concert

Last week, Professor Georg Friedrich Haas' work was performed by JACK Quartet and the Talea Ensemble in an event for the Austrian Cultural Forum. The two concerts were part of an event entitled "American Immersion," held at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. The concert garnered multiple glowing reviews by MusicalAmerica's Daniel Stephen Johnson (whose review can be read here) and the New York Times' Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (whose review can be read here). Congratulations, Professor Haas!

Image: Soprano Tony Arnold with Talea Ensemble; copyright Richard Termine, NYT.

Columbia Reception at Musée d'Orsay in Paris

University Provost John Coatsworth and Professor Walter Frisch, who is teaching Music Humanities in Paris this semester, were among the guests at a reception on March 4 at the Musée d'Orsay for Columbia trustees, and for faculty, alumni, and staff of the Global Center at Reid Hall.

Daniel Lazour Among Winners of 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater

Daniel Lazour, a recent graduate of Columbia College who finished his degree in music this past December, is among the recipients of the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, administered by the Academy of Arts and Letters, for the musical We Live in Cairo, which he wrote with his brother, Patrick Lazour. We Live in Cairo "tells the story of six student revolutionaries coming of age in today's Middle East, who confront the past in their search for freedom. Young men and women, armed with laptops and cameras, guitars and spray paint cans, inspire millions to take to the streets of Cairo to overthrow their president, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak."

For more information, please see Playbill's announcement: http://www.playbill.com/article/hadestown-a-modern-day-twist-on-the-orph... Congratulations, Daniel!

Jenny Payne Awarded Luce Scholarship

Congratulations to Jenny Payne (BC 2016), a neuroscience and ethnomusicology major, for being awarded the prestigious Luce Scholarship! The Luce Scholars Program provides professional placement, in addition to language study and stipends, in Asia for American college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals. The program's goal is to "enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society." Jenny gave an interview to the Columbia Spectator, in which she outlines her personal and professional journey and goals: read it here.

Columbia Music Scholarship Conference (Saturday, February 27)

Columbia Music Scholarship Conference (CMSC) 2016

The eleventh annual Columbia Music Scholarship Conference (CMSC) will be held at Columbia University on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

CMSC is a conference organized and staffed by the graduate students of the Department of Music at Columbia University.

Keynote Speaker
Professor Alexander Rehding (Harvard University)

"Piano, Monochord, Siren: Studying Music 1999 – 1518 – 1834"

Full details at the conference website!

Vince Cherico wins a GRAMMY with Arturo O’Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Congratulations to Vince Cherico, associate in jazz drums at Columbia's Music Performance Program for your amazing GRAMMY win! On February 8, 2015 at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, The Offense of the Drum, the fourth album from Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, won the GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.

"Meet Our Students" Omar Abboud (SEAS '16)

Featured Music Performance Program Student: OMAR ABBOUD (SEAS '16)

MPP

What year are you at Columbia and what are you majoring in?

I am a senior at Columbia majoring in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR).

How long have you been a participant of the MPP?

I have been a participant in MPP since my sophomore year, making this my third year in the program.

Matthew Morrison Appointed Assistant Professor at NYU

Matthew Morrison (Ph.D, Historical Musicology, 2014) has been appointed a tenure-track Assistant Professor, Recorded Sound in the Tisch School of the Arts (Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music) at New York University. Since 2014 he has been an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Institute. Congratulations Matthew! https://tisch.nyu.edu/about/directory/clive-davis-institute/918859097 Check out Matthew's website here: http://madmoimpresario.com/

Professor Ellie Hisama in two articles on David Bowie

Professor Ellie Hisama's 1993 paper "Postcolonialism on the make: the music of John Mellencamp, David Bowie and John Zorn" has been quoted in two recent articles on David Bowie (following Bowie's death on January 10 of this year):

"For Bowie, the Thin White Duke, inspiration was black" (Economic Times)

Ruth Tam, "How David Bowie's 'China Girl' used racism to fight racism" (Washington Post)

Columbia Composers 2015-2016 Concert Season Announced

Please mark your calendars for the Columbia Composers 2015-16 concert season:

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 8:00 PM: Electroacoustic works

at Prentis Hall (3rd floor), 632 W. 125th Street

Featuring works by MFA students Danielle Dobkin, Chatori Shimizu, Geronimo Mercado, and Frank Spigner, and DMA students Sam Yulsman, Ryan Pratt, and Martin Heindl, with special guests Carrie Frey (viola), Chris Pitsiokos (saxophone), William Cepeda (conch shell), Dana Malseptic (synthesizer), and Nathan Bellott (saxophone)

Friday, March 11th, 2016 at 8:00 PM: Ekmeles and Yarn/Wire

at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St

Featuring works by Christopher Trapani, Yair Klartag, Martin Heindl, Matthew Ricketts, Ashkan Behzadi, Bill Doughery, and Shih-Wei Lo

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 8:00 PM: Mivos Quartet and Loadbang

at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway

Featuring works by Tyshawn Sorey, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Paul Clift, John Rot, Stylianos Dimou, Onur Yildirim, and Sam Yulsman

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 8:00 PM: Wet Ink (Large Ensemble and Band)

at St. Peter's Church, 346 W 20th St

Featuring works by David Bird, Sky Macklay, Ryan Pratt, Taylor Brook, Roberto Toscano, Alec Hall, and Nina C. Young

More information about the Columbia Composers' concerts can be found on their website.

Professor Zosha Di Castri Wins 2016 Yvar Mikhashoff Trust Competition

Professor Zosha Di Castri and pianist Julia Den Boer have won the 2016 Yvar Mikhashoff Trust competition, whose goal is "to encourage the composition and performance of new works for solo piano reflecting and continuing the legacy of the distinguished American pianist, Yvar Mikhashoff" (http://www.mikhashofftrust.org/).

Professor Di Castri will be collaborating with Dr. Den Boer next year to write a new work for solo piano that will be premiered at the Banff Center for the Arts. Congratulations, Professor Di Castri!

Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa Wins 2015 Merriam Book Prize from Society for Ethnomusicology!

The Department warmly congratulates Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa (Ethnomusicology), whose new book Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth Century Colombia (Duke University Press, 2014) has been co-awarded the prestigious Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.

The Merriam Prize recognizes "the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology" of the prior two year period.

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