MPP Director Magdalena Baczewska performed J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations in Reid Hall's Grande Salle at Columbia Global Centers Europe on June 29th, as part of a European concert tour. The New York City performance of the Goldberg Variations will take place on 7/21/15 at 8 PM at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. The Variations will be performed on the harpsichord and the piano.
An article on the Columbia Global Centers website described her performance as "virtuoso" and noted that that "her sensitive and compelling interpretation of Bach's technically demanding masterpiece was received with great enthusiasm, marking the successful inauguration of what promises to be an exciting partnership between Reid Hall and the Music Department as they look forward to organizing similar concerts in the upcoming year."
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska recently performed with violinist Joshua Bell at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Mr. Bell played Stradivarius ex-Huberman, a violin that used to belong to Polish-Jewish violinist Bronis?aw Huberman, the founder of what is known today as Israel Philharmonic.
The fascinating story of the violin is captured in the documentary film "The Return of the Violin" by Roy Mandel, which you can watch here.
Columbia University Music Department graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty had an incredible year in 2015! Below is a partial listing of some of the highlights of the year.
Congratulations to everyone!
GRADUATE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI APPOINTED TO ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
Nili Belkind (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2014) was appointed to a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Eric Chasalow (Composition DMA alumnus) is Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University
Alessandra Ciucci (GS alumna and former Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Music) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia.
The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)
SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)
GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
Jonathan "Toby" King
DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
The Department of Music congratulates Alexander Rothe, who defended his dissertation in Historical Musicology on May 6, 2015. Dr. Rothe works on opera staging in postwar Germany. His dissertation ("Staging the Past: Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in Divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s") was advised by Prof. Walter Frisch, and examines how Wagner stagings both reflected and contributed to broader historical debates during this time period, especially debates about the Nazi past. It also investigates how these stagings served to articulate conceptions of national and cultural identity in both German states. Alex has received grants from Fulbright and DAAD.
David Gutkin (Historical Musicology) is one of the three new postdoctoral fellows joining the Columbia Society of Fellows in 2015. He recently defended his dissertation, "American Opera and the Crisis of History," which explores antinomies of historical representation and national memory attending the resurgence of opera in the United States since the 1970s.
Dr. Aaron Johnson (Ph.D., Historical Musicology, 2014) will be joining the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh in fall 2015 as Assistant Professor of Music in Jazz Studies. In 2014-15 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College.
After a career as an electrical engineer with Telcordia and a jazz performer (low brass) in New York, Johnson returned to academia and completed a degree in musicology with a dissertation entitled "Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage" (Columbia University, 2014). He was the reviews editor for Current Musicology, has presented papers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has published an article in Musical Quarterly on Duke Ellington's radio broadcasts. While at Columbia he won the Meyerson Award for excellence in teaching Music Humanities.