Friday, February 13, 2009

Alvin Singleton and Jennifer Higdon Giving Talk March 1

American Originals: Art is the Ultimate Democracy
Complimentary admission
Sunday March 1, 2009
7:00 pmAtlanta Symphony Hall Stage

Due to space limitations, RSVPs are strongly encouraged.To RPVP for this event, please call 404.733.4850.For additional information, contact Melanie Darby at 404.733.4870.

Explore the inspiration and music of award-winning composers Jennifer Higdon and Alvin Singleton! Art is a language composed with rhythm, form, and style. Poetry and music intertwine. Is it any wonder that composers are inspired by prose? Join Jennifer Higdon - the most performed living American composer working today - in a dialogue with our own Music Director Robert Spano, award-winning poet Dr. Jeanne McGinn, Chair of the Liberal Arts Department for The Curtis Institute of Music, and Atlanta Composer Alvin Singleton. Led by ASO Insider Ken Meltzer, this Conversation of Note will reveal the inspiration of an "Atlanta School" Composer!

Below is a note from the coordinator Melanie Darby:
"Maestro Spano, Jennifer Higdon, and Alvin Singleton will all perform snippets of their music on piano during the event. It (the advertisement) also doesn’t tell you about the exciting pre-lecture opportunity I’ve arranged for you! Since this Conversation is focusing on the deep connections between poetry and music, I have arranged for a truly dynamic poet to perform before the lecture begins. Her name is Jessica Hand (see bio below). Jessica will be performing her own works with flute accompaniment. This is most certainly not a standard poetry reading. "

Jessica Hand Bio

Jessica D. Hand earned a Creative Writing BA (as well as a BA in Psychology) from Carnegie Mellon University, where she had the pleasure of working extensively with Jim Daniels and Terrance Hayes. She is now working on her MFA in poetry at Georgia State University, where she also teaches Freshman Composition. Her publications include the minnesota review, Redactions, Limp Wrist, and Java Monkey Speaks 2, among others. She was a finalist for River Styx’s 2008 International Poetry Contest. Her poem Jesus Mirror won the 2008 Agnes Scott Literary Festival Poetry Competition, judged by Martín Espada, and Jess was a finalist for the same competition in 2007, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa. Ode to My Pentecostal Right Arm is currently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has featured in many venues, including Java Monkey, Outwrite, the Decatur Book Festival, and the Portfolio Center.


Darren Nelsen said...

I don't think I'll be able to make this, as it's my wife's birthday.

I found this interesting:

"this Conversation of Note will reveal the inspiration of an "Atlanta School" Composer!"

Was the inspiration marketing? I find this comment interesting (if not ironic) since not one of the composers listed on this site is included in the 'School' and most in the 'School' don't spend much time in Atlanta.

Anyway, if anyone goes, please post your observations!!

Darren Nelsen said...

Excuse me. Alvin Singleton *is* listed on the site and he is in 'the School'. Other than that, I don't know what to make of so-called School.

Anyone care to enlighten me?

Adam Scott Neal said...

This term has been thrown around for quite some time and is indeed curious. It is basically a marketing ploy: these composers (Singleton, Higdon, Gandalfi, Theofanides) write music that Robert Spano digs. Spano leads the Atlanta symphony, so this must be the "Atlanta school."

These composers are all quite different, and do not use similar techniques like the "Second Viennese School" or the "Spectralist School." Those tags sounded neat, so journalists needed a new one to lump these composers together. Alas...

Darren Nelsen said...

Thanks. Well summarized.