The Evolution Contemporary Music Series, founded and directed by faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), will present M. Lamar’s Funeral Doom Spiritual on September 26, at 8:00 pm; guitarist Bryce Dessner on December 6, at 8:00 pm; Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying on March 26, 8:00 pm; and the Björk Songbook on May 8, at 8:00 pm.
Innovative Dutch contemporary musical group Ensemble Klang has released their album Black Untitled. The CD features the works of Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition). Described by the ensemble as a “ritual of sound and space,” cortex and ankle I – XI opens the album featuring faculty artist Ah Yong Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice).
Ryo Usami (BM ’17, Violin) who studied with Violaine Melançon, won the principal second violin position with Symphony NH in Nashua, NH, in their September audition.
Sorab Wadia (BM ’93, MM ’95, Piano) and four other performers will play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice at Peak Performances at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., from September 19 to October 1. Wadia and the performance were included in an article in The New York Times on September 7, “Reinventing Shakespeare, According to the Gospel of Joseph Papp.”