Monday, December 22, 2008

Alex Ross and Eigth Blackbird at KSU in February

If anyone has anymore info on this residency, please share. I've only gotten a little bit of info, but I've heard there may be more things going on that weekend. Anyone have the scoop?:

Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. $30
Pre-concert talk by Alex Ross at 7 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird brings the passion and excitement of modern classical music to the Bailey Center, performing Steve Reich’s “Double Sextet” and “singing in the dead of night” by composers David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe with stage direction by Susan Marshall. Described by The New Yorker as “friendly, unpretentious, idealistic and highly skilled,” eighth blackbird is widely lauded for its performing style – often playing from memory with virtuosic and theatrical flair – and its efforts to make new music accessible to wide audiences.

The evening begins with a pre-concert talk by Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker. Ross was the winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his book, “The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century.”
Alex Ross and eighth blackbird will be in residence at the KSU School of Music on February 6, 2009. Residency activities include lectures, panel discussions, and coaching with students and faculty, and are free and open to the public. For more information on how to participate, call 678-797-2555.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

'Dead Symphony' to have West Coast premiere

The "Dead Symphony: An Orchestral Tribute to the Music of the Grateful Dead," will have its West Coast premiere in concerts Jan. 25 and 27 by the California Symphony.

The "Dead Symphony," by Atlanta composer Lee Johnson, consists of "movements" inspired by the Marin-based band's songs - "Saint Stephen," "Here Comes Sunshine," "Mountains of the Moon," "Blues for Allah," "Sugar Magnolia," "To Lay Me Down," "If I Had the World to Give," "Stella Blue," "Bird Song" and "China Doll."

Johnson, the composer, will be on hand to sign CDs of the "Dead Symphony," released in 2007 on Omni Records. He and Dennis McNally, author of "A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead," will discuss the band and its music after each performance.


Monday, December 08, 2008

Call for Recordings of New Works

Douglas Laustsen from WRSU asked me to post this. He hosts a classical music show on Rutgers radio station. Might be a good way to get your music heard outside of Atlanta:

The essence of college radio is the ability to explore the possibilities of radio for students. With this in mind, the classical music program on WRSU 88.7 FM ( is looking for recordings of new completed works for an ongoing series during a weekly broadcast that will begin in the Spring of 2009. Ideally, works should broadly be in the spirit of exploring the possibilities of music.

There is no deadline for submissions.


  • Works may be in a variety and instrumentation (including electroacoustic works)
  • The only requirement for recording quality is that it is representative, in the composer's mind, of the work. The recorded performance can be a professional recording or a reading of the work.
  • A short biography of the composer, a synopsis of the work, and the performers on the recording is required and will be read over the air.
  • Works may be of any length under a half hour. Excerpts of a work will also be accepted.
  • There is no award for works played during the series. Prior to being played, the composer will be given the date and time the work will be aired. A future website for the series will also identify the composer and work as being a part of the series.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically in mp3 format to If the work is accepted, an uncompressed version of the audio will be requested for airing.