The fourteenth year of the International Festival of Contemporary Music at the University of Chile in Santiago brought musicians from across the world as well as Chile for this celebrated event. For five days, 280 musicians gave life to pieces by 40 composers, presenting an impressive panorama of new music from late 20th Helmuth Lachenmann, John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, Luigi Nono,Toru Takemitsu, Salvatore Sciarrino, Frederic Rzewski, Luciano Berio to today’s composers: Javier Álvarez (Mexico), Louis Aguirre (Cuba), Mariano Etkin (Argentina), Michel Levinas (France), Georges Aperghis (Greece), Niels Chr. Rasmussen (Denmark), Lyudmila Kise (Moldova), Jen McLachlen (Canada) and others. The Festival also featured 19 notable works by Chilean composers: Fernando Carrasco, Eduardo Cáceres, Gabriel Brncic, Andrés Maupont, and Antonio Carvallo among many others.
In May 2014, the State Chorale will undertake a performance tour in Italy, including stops in Assisi, Florence, and Rome, and performances in some of the greatest and most historic cathedrals in the world.
A recording of NC State composer Rodney Waschka’s orchestra piece, Belgrade Overture, has been released on the Australian/American record label Ablaze. The Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by British conductor Mikel Toms, recorded the work for a compact disc aimed at highlighting some of the best composers of new music for orchestra from throughout the world. The disc is called “Orchestral Masters.”
This past summer, and every summer since 2006, Dr. Nathan Leaf, NC State’s Director of Choral Activities, performed with musicians from around the world at the Oregon Bach Festival. Coming together in late June, over 200 professional singers and instrumentalist gather at the University of Oregon in Eugene for an intensive three weeks of music making that culminates in dozens of performances, master classes, lectures, and other musical events. Dr. Leaf spends his time there singing as a member of OBF’s Berwick Chorus, which is made up of 54 professional singers from around the country. Several of these singers, like Dr. Leaf, are also conductors and teachers.
RALEIGH — N.C. State University’s marching band is about to give its reputation – and the university’s – another bit of international burnishing.
At the invitation of the city of Madrid, the band is traveling to Spain, where it will march in that city’s main Christmas-holidays parade, the Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, on Jan. 5.
It will be one of just a handful of bands in the children-oriented parade, which can draw upward of half a million spectators and is televised all over Europe, said Paul Garcia, director of bands for the university.
N.C. State’s marching band – the “Power Sound of the South” – has been invited to play the national anthem at the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27.
The band, along with Martinsville Speedway representatives and NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr., held an event Tuesday...
Professor Jonathan C. Kramer received support from Distance Education funds for a three-week fieldwork project in Uganda and Ethiopia. The specific objective was to increase the presence of African music in the World Music curriculum of the course, MUS200 Understanding Music: Global Perspectives, that Kramer team-teaches with Dr. Alison Arnold.
This is a 1 credit course for beginners and will serve as an introduction to playing the guitar, both as a solo and an accompanying instrument. No experience is necessary. This course is also for intermediate to advanced guitarists who want to take their playing to the next level AND/OR for students who want to pursue the Music Minor in guitar performance. This course will be customized to each student’s performance level, desires, and needs. The instructor has final authority to determine subject matter, although the student’s musical interests and goals will be considered when making this judgment.
Toni Christine Memorial Scholarship Recipient- Annie Louise Lassiter
"The Toni Christine Memorial Scholarship was established to preserve the memory of Toni Christine Masini as a young woman with exceptional leadership skills and a 'Commitment to Excellence' through God, family, friends, academics and music.
Durham, NC (October 12, 2012)
The Mallarmé Chamber Players present a concert of art songs by Raleigh composer, Dr. J. Mark Scearce. These songs are all based on art or poetry including a world première of a song cycle based on “The Really Short Poems” of the North Carolina native poet A.R. Ammons. The concert, on Saturday, October 27, at 8 pm, will feature David Hartman, eleven-year host of GOOD MORNING AMERICA, as narrator reciting Ammons’s poetry in advance of the work set to music.
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