Composition faculty artist Kevin Puts was awarded the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra 56th annual composers award. His music will be played by the orchestra in their concert, where he will receive the award. There will be two concerts, both on Saturday, April 7, at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. They will both be at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. Puts was interviewed by Lancaster Online about his process and career.
David Samuels, New York University, will visit Peabody as part of the Musicology Colloquium series to deliver a talk entitled “We Still Protest That Human Life Has Some Value.”
Colloquia are free and open to the public.
Faculty artist Du Yun, composition, was named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2018 in the Music Composition category. She won for a co-commission with Carnegie Hall, London Southbank, Kennedy Center and Cal Performances. It employs an orchestra with two lead singers and a percussion soloist, and it is based on a documentary on Syrian refugees, with video by Palestine artist Khaled Jarrar.
Devin Gray (BM ’06, Jazz Percussion) has released a new single, “Meta Cache.” The single is now available.
Vivian Adelberg Rudow (TC ’57, BM ’60, Piano; MM ’79, Composition) created an “Audio March of Support” to show support for the March For Our Lives. She asked radio hosts to play her music that best exemplifies the ideals of the march in memory of those killed and to show support for the recent march. Her music was heard on National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA), played by John Winsor, on FM. 101 The Grand during Tom Quick’s “Women in Music” in Ontario, Canada, on 94.3 FM during Matthew Testa’s show, and on Kath Fraser’s show “Gathering Her Notes” on Ellensburg Community Radio throughout March. Most recently, on Friday, March 30, her music was played on Radio ArtsIndonesia by Charles Dean Conrad and on WBJC 91.5 FM, during John T.K. Scherch’s broadcast. In April, John Winsor will continue to play her music on NACUSA every two hours. Finally, on Sunday, April 1, between 11:00 am and Wednesday, April 4, at 12:00 pm, her music will be played on “Radio Monalisa” with Patricia Werner Leanse. Rudow included her pieces “Spirit of America,” “The Bare Smooth Stone of Your Love,” “Devy’s Song,” and “Rebecca’s Song.” She has also posted a YouTube video of pianist Stanley Wong’s performance of “Rebecca’s Song.”