Friday, October 28, 2011

Encores Galore

Hopefully of interest to composers, posted on my "EarRelevant" blog, from earlier today.

Last night at the Schwartz Center's Emerson Concert Hall, violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Valentina Lisitsa performed thirteen of the twenty-six "encores" Hahn had recently commissioned for violin and piano...

Questions for discussion:

Composers: Are you writing encores for Atlanta's musicians?
Performers: Are you requesting encores from Atlanta's composers?

—Mark Gresham

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

neoPhonia New Music Ensemble Concert



neoPhonia New Music Ensemble
Nickitas Demos, artistic director

Please join us for the second concert of our 2011/12 season!

WHEN:      Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 7:30 PM
WHERE:    Kopleff Recital Hall - Georgia State University
COST:        FREE

Program:

HEAVY METAL

During the 1960's and 70's, under the direction of the legendary Bill Hill, Georgia State University was a center for contemporary brass music in the United States. We pay homage to this great tradition with a diverse concert of 20th Century/21st Century brass works! With music by GSU student composers and established composers, a mix of well-known brass compositions plus five world premieres and performances by the stellar GSU Brass Faculty & Students - there is something for everyone on this program!

Brass Quintet No. 1 - premiere - by GSU student composer, Matthew FRANK
Solus for solo trumpet - by Stanley FRIEDMAN
Conversations for Tenor & Bass Trombone - by Charles SMALL
Tonoi IX for solo euphonium - premiere - by Nickitas DEMOS
The Hollow Men for trumpet & piano - by Vincent PERSICHETTI
Hearing Confetti for trumpet trio - premiere - by GSU graduate student composer, Amy LEVENTHAL
The Troubadour for solo trombone - American premiere - by Henry R. WIXON
Flying Trapeze for euphonium quartetpremiere -  by GSU graduate student composer, William MAY
Concert Variations for euphonium & piano - by Jan BACH

As always, you can meet and greet many of the composers and all the performers at a reception after the performance sponsored by the GSU Student Chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc.
Directions to the Kopleff Recital Hall: http://www.music.gsu.edu/locations.aspx
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

World Premiere of "Rabbit Tales"

TIME
Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rabbit Tales premiere @ 1 p.m.

LOCATION
The Wren’s Nest
1050 Ralph David Abernathy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Join us for family-friendly activities from 11a.m. to 2:30 p.m. including storytelling, museum tours, craft activities and face painting. At 1 p.m., audiences will be enchanted with the world premiere performance of the Atlanta Opera’s first-ever opera commission, Rabbit Tales, on the outdoor stage in the natural grass amphitheatre. Stick around after the performance for a talk-back session with the composer Nicole Chamberlain, librettist Madeleine St. Romain, director Park Cofield, production director Michael Benedict, and costumer designer Joanna Schmink. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy your picnic or snack on the lawn!

Monday, October 17, 2011

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Georgia Tech’s 2012 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Dear inventors, composers, artists, and musicians:
Georgia Tech is extending the deadline to submit your ideas to the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition to Monday, November 7th. If you have an idea, or know someone who does, don’t let it go unnoticed.

Submit now: http://gtcmt.gatech.edu/?p=7461

Finalists will be invited to Atlanta February 16-17, 2012, where contestants will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes.

In addition to Best in Show prize and Best Student Submission award, prizes will be given for entries in five categories. See examples from past competitions on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/gtcmt

The categories are:

Mobile: musical instruments that take advantage of the unique interface elements and extreme portability of either standard smartphone platforms or custom-made hardware devices to revolutionize how and where music is made.

Robotics: mechanical devices that play an existing acoustic instrument or contain such an instrument within their design, facilitating the performance of novel music and/or creating novel collaborations with other musicians while they demonstrate the potential for musicianship in the robotic realm.

Repurposed: musical instruments that are inspired by existing non-musical objects, building upon their design to show the latent musicality we regularly encounter but might not otherwise notice.

Augmented: musical instruments inspired by existing acoustic instruments, building upon their existing design, playing technique and performance practice with new elements that extend their expressive capabilities.

Controller: novel hardware interfaces that can be readily connected to other software or hardware via a standard protocol, immediately expanding the expressive performance capabilities of anything with which they are linked.

Prizes will be awarded to Best in Show, Best in Category, Best Student Submission and People’s Choice.