PostClassical Ensemble, featuring Netanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) and Jacqueline Pollauf (BM ’06, MM ’07, Harp), and Ambassador Budi Bowoleksono will present A Lou Harrison Centenary Celebration at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., on April 24 at 8:00 pm. This concert celebrates the release of PostClassical Ensemble’s latest CD on the Naxos Label that features the music of Lou Harrison and the sounds of the Indonesian Gamelan ensemble that inspired his work.
Joel Watts (BM ’14, Horn; BM ’15, Recording Arts; MM ’15, Audio Sciences) received the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for his work as assistant recording engineer. Mr. Watts engineered a live recording of Shostkovich’s Under Stalin’s Shadow, featuring Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 8 ,and 9 performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons. Find more information on the Grammy win on boston.com and The Boston Music Intelligencer.
The New York premiere of end stages by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition), performed and commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, made The New York Times 8 Best Classical Music Moments this week. James R. Oestreich of The New York Times praised the piece as, “A little-relieved cry of anguish and anger in the face of terminal illness and death. But with a faint tolling of orchestral bells and whimpers in the violins at the end of the second movement, attitude gave way to what seemed a touching glimpse of the suffering soul itself.”
Seen/Heard Trio– mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice); Erika Boysen, flute; Jennifer R. Ellis, harp- will be in residence at University of North Carolina Greensboro from February 26-March 5. The trio will perform a recital on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. Ms. Ihnen will also give a presentation titled “Rainmaking: The Business of Music.”
Daniel Sabzghabaei, a master’s composition student studying with Kevin Puts, was recently selected as a composer fellow for the 2017 Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong from February 26- March 6. He will be working in collaboration with Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir and co-founder/associate artistic director of the New York Festival of Song Michael Barrett. Mr. Sabzghabaei’s song cycle Four Glimpses of Desire will be performed at the festival by tenor Jonathan Blalock.