Sitting outside Fulton Recital Hall on a Wednesday, I hear the New Music Ensemble (NME) rehearse for this Sunday’s performance. An onslaught of tense chords and the harried flourishes of strings penetrate the Hall’s oak doors, and anxiety soon seems to consume those sitting outside waiting for classes to begin. Our eyes dart around bewildered, fruitlessly attempting to connect sound and image, as though visuals will beget comprehension of the chords that sound far too coincidental for the ghoulish weekend ahead. The musical stylings of the New Music Ensemble are certainly unexpected.
The pieces the New Music Ensemble rehearsed are from newly appointed Assistant Professor Anthony Cheung, as well as from graduate student composers Francisco Castillo Trigueros, Alican Camçi, Marcelle Pierson, and Igor Santos.
While the sound of this music has been considered “cutting edge,” the description fails to grasp just how these young composers translate the conventional Western tradition into the modern experience. I sat down with Professor Cheung to discuss his experiences at UC and the New Music Ensemble. Continue reading
This year’s Annual Halloween Concerts, Dances of Death, marks the triumphant return of pianist extraordinaire Amy Briggs to the University of Chicago campus. In 2009, Briggs joined the faculty as Director of Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence. After taking a leave for the 2012-13 season, Briggs returned to campus this summer to begin preparing for her dazzling musical revival.
In addition to performing Liszt’s virtuosic Totentanz for solo piano and orchestra at this Saturday‘s Halloween concerts, the official Steinway Artist is scheduled to participate in next month’s New Music Ensemble concert featuring the work of newly-appointed professor in composition Anthony Cheung. (Click links for more information) Continue reading
Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company!
We are currently seeking male and female singers for the 2014 production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Singers must be available for rehearsals beginning in late January 2014 and for performances March 14-16. Modest stipends for principals.
Use the online reservation system to schedule an audition:
Schedule an Audition for Saturday, November 23
Schedule an Audition for Sunday, November 24
or send an email to auditions[at]gilbertandsullivanoperacompany[dot]org. Please be sure to provide the day and time you wish to audition and we will contact you to confirm or propose an alternate if necessary.
Walk-ins strongly encouraged. Continue reading
Explore the relationship between hearing, seeing, and the imagination at the 35th Annual Humanities Day
When a teenage boy is castrated before the onset of puberty, his voice produces an extraordinarily unique sound with incredible range. Moreover, according to Martha Feldman, a Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College, these voices of castrated male singers from the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries are indeed lost, or at least, unappreciated. Professor Feldman will nevertheless discuss how to train the mind’s ear in order to rediscover the “unique timber” of the lost castrato voice purely through imagination in her talk, “How to Hear and Unheard Voice: Explorations in Improbable Hearing.” This unusual presentation about unheard sounds and registers will ultimately provide the necessary outlet for navigating the acoustic phenomenon of a castrato’s performance. Continue reading