Harald Kisiedu, who received his PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia in 2014, has been appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph, in Canada, for the academic year 2015-2016.
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."
Friday, June 26, 2015 - Saturday, June 27, 2015
Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players will collaborate on a concert performance of the 1914 opera, Voodoo, by composer-librettist H. Lawrence Freeman (to purchase opera tickets click here). Compared to Richard Wagner by a contemporary journalist, Freeman's music - blending western classical music with American and African-American subjects and musical styles - offers a fresh perspective on the performing arts of the Harlem Renaissance.