Friday, March 28, 2008

Thursday, April 3rd: Sonic Generator Concert

Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble in residence, Sonic Generator, presents their final concert of the season:

Thursday, April 3rd at 8 p.m.
Georgia Tech Alumni House
190 North Avenue

The program features music by Nico Muhly, Henrik Strindberg, Eric Moe, Eric Chasalow, Karen Tanaka, Nick Demos (world premiere), and Randall Woolf. More info...

Admission is free and no reservations are required.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

BELLA MUSICA: A Concert of Women Composers

Georgia Composers featured on this concert: Woo-young Choi, Marguerite Clayton, Nicole Randall and Tracy Wynn

Agnes Scott College and the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts are joining forces to co-sponsor a concert of women composers on Sunday 6 April 2008 at 3 pm in Maclean Auditorium at Agnes Scott College in metro Atlanta. The free concert honors Ruth McDonald, Professor Emerita of Georgia State University for her pioneering work in Georgia in the field of women in music. Many of you know about the festivals/conferences of women in music that she organized at Georgia State over the past years.

The concert is primarily contemporary works, including some world premieres. The performers are largely music faculty affiliated with Agnes Scott College, in addition to a former piano student of Ruth McDonald's, Dr. You-ju Lee.

The concert is free, but requires a ticket due to limited seating. They may be reserved by calling 404-471-6430.

BELLA MUSICA: A Concert of Women Composers
Honoring Ruth McDonald, Professor Emerita of Music, Georgia State University

Sunday 6 April 2008, 3 p.m.
Maclean Auditorium
Agnes Scott College

Suite for Woodwind Quintet-Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)

Kelly Via, flute; Lisa Prodan. oboe; Joe Philpot, clarinet;
Amy Black, horn; Shelly Unger, bassoon

Gohyang - A Piece for Piano (1997)-Woo-young Choi (b. 1973)
Hahn ( Sorrow)
Nore ( Song)
Hung ( Joy)
Woo-young Choi, piano

Pulsar (2003) - Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964)
Qiao Chen Solomon, violin

Market Suite - Marguerite Clayton
Dawn-Marie James, soprano; David D'Ambrosio, piano;
Marguerite Clayton, cello

Mangosteen(World Premiere) - Nicole Randall (b. 1977)
DuoATL: Nicole Randall, flute; Brian Luckett, guitar

Presentation in honor of Ruth McDonald Anna Stapleton Henson, Jean Astrop
Georgia Committee of The National Museum of Women in the Arts

Lonely Heart - Tracy Wynn
Fathers Day-Tracy Wynn

Tracy Wynn, saxophone; Emrah Kotan, percussion; Bill Wilson, piano

Sonata for Piano, First Movement (1954) - Marga Richter (b. 1926)
You Ju Lee, piano

Sonata for Viola (1919)-Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
Qiao Chen Solomon, viola; David D'Ambrosio, piano

Illumination - Kelly-Marie Murphy (b. 1964)
Monica Hargrave, harp

O frondens virga - Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
March of the Women - Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

Sotto Voce; John Winzenburg, director

Sonata in E, op 1/3, 1791 (harpsichord or piano)
Cecilia Maria Barthélemon (c.1770-post1827)

Allegro con Spirito
Calvert Johnson, harpsichord

Quartet for Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Piano (2002)
Emma Lou Diemer (b.1927)

Colin Jones, trumpet; Amy Black, horn; Susie Scarr, trombone;
Juan Chattah, piano

Reception by Soirée Catering and Events following the concert

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bent Frequency Improvisation Unit to perform Shadowdance

This press release just arrived by e-mail from Bent Frequency:

Tomorrow evening, Thursday 6 March 2008, the Rialto Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the Turner First Thursday art walk, will present the Bent Frequency Improvisation Unit during the monthly gallery walking tour/open house. This month’s performance features the exhibition Shadowdance by Keiko Guest, performed by Esteban Anastasio, guitar and electronics, Stuart Gerber, percussion, Jen Mitchell (aka DJ Little Jen) on turntables, and David Smart, bass.

For more info, visit

The Bent Frequency Improvisation Unit is a rotating pool of performers who represent some of the most original and forward-thinking musicians in Atlanta. This pool of artists comes together periodically to perform music that is new, hip, fresh, and bit avant-garde. BFIU performances are totally improvised, totally unique, and offer something for everyone.

We hope to see you there!

—Bent Frequency Artistic Board

Classical Now New Music Series Presents 5th Annual Concert

By Christopher Arrell
Director of Theory & Composition, Clayton State University

The Fifth Annual Classical Now New Music Concert will take place at Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program, performing works by four Atlanta area composers, features guest artists Maya Hoover (mezzo-soprano), Lisa Leong (piano), Justin Bruns (violin), Brad Ritchie (cello), and John Huston (guitar). Included on the program are two world premieres by Nickitas Demos and Mark Gresham, as well as works by Jason Freeman and Chris Arrell.

Based on the 1877 poem by Georgian Sidney Lanier, Mark Gresham’s setting of Song of the Chattahoochee evokes the drama of the river’s evolving path to the sea.

Nickitas Demos’ epic Elegy for Myris examines the theme of the West in transition with a setting of Myris: Alexandria A.D. 340 by renowned Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, newly translated by Dr. Gregory Jusdanis, Professor of Modern Greek Studies at Ohio State University.

3 from 95, by Chris Arrell, delights in the multiple layers of e.e. cummings shattered syntax poetry.

Jason Freeman’s Sonata, for solo piano, explores process as a means of building and transforming musical material through lush harmonies and energetic rhythms.

The concert will also include an introduction to Myris: Alexandria A.D. 340 by Dr. Gregory Jusdanis.

This Classical Now concert is sponsored by the Georgia State Center for Hellenic Studies and Spivey Hall.

[This press release was posted by Mark Gresham on behalf of Chris Arrell and the other composers and performers participating in the 5th annual Classical Now concert.]

ASO to premiere new work by Gonzalo Grau

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Gonzalo Grau's Pregunta y Respuesta as the 14-minute opener for this week's subscription concerts at Symphony Hall, Thursday-Saturday, March 6, 7 & 8 at 8:00pm. Robert Spano conducts the program, which also includes Samuel Barber's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (the first time the ASO has ever performed it) featuring ASO principal cellist Christopher Rex, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

The program notes Ken Meltzer can be found here.

I spoke with Gonzalo for a half hour on Sunday night. He says this is his first major symphonic premiere, so as you can imagine he's very excited.

I hope to publish an article based on that interview soon. Watch for it.

—Mark Gresham

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Dorkbot Art and Technology Forum

The Atlanta chapter of Dorkbot, the international forum on art and technology dedicated to “people doing strange things with electricity,” will have its next meeting on Monday, March 10th, at 7 pm in the Couch Building (room 207) at Georgia Tech. This month’s meeting features composer and software developer Michael Klingbeil, lecturer in the Music Department at Yale University, who joins us from New Haven via live video link.

If you're not familiar with Michael's free SPEAR software for spectral analysis, editing, and resynthesis, then you definitely need to come to this session; it's an essential software tool in any composer's toolbox. And if you are already familiar with SPEAR, then I don't need to convince you to come; I know you'll be there.

As always, dorkbot, which is sponsored by the Georgia Tech Music Department, is free and open to the public.