Sandbox Percussion Premiere Re(new)al by Viet Cuong with The Dogs of Desire Reply

sandbox-percussionSandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), and Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen – premiered a new concerto by Viet Cuong (BM ’11, MM ’12, Composition) entitled Re(new)al with the Albany Symphony’s new music ensemble, The Dogs of Desire, on Friday, June 2. This piece was commissioned by General Electric (GE), and each of its three movements deals with one of their renewable energy initiatives – hydro, wind, and solar.

Jake Runestad Chosen for McKnight Fellowship for Composers Reply

runestadComposer Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) is one of four artists chosen for a McKnight Fellowship for Composers by the McKnight Foundation. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds for each recipient, acknowledges excellence in the field of music composition. The four fellows were chosen from a pool of 55 applicants.

Brian Kay is Co-Director of Apollo’s Fire’s Mediterranean Roots Program Reply

Apollos Fire Logo_apollosfire.orgBrian Kay (BM ’13, MM ’15, Early Music) is the co-director of Apollo’s Fire’s Mediterranean Roots program, with six performances in the Cleveland area,.  June 8-13. Mr. Kay will also perform with Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar) in his group Ayreheart at this year’s Boston Early Music Festival on Monday, June 12.

Southeastern Piano Festival Hosts Boris Slutsky as Guest Artist Reply

Boris_Slutsky_viaSEPFPiano faculty artist Boris Slutsky will be a guest artist for the Southeastern Piano Festival in June in Columbia, S.C. He will present a master class featuring University of South Carolina piano students on Tuesday, June 20, at 4:00 pm; a lecture on Thursday, June 22, at 10:00 am, and an open discussion with Vadym Kholodenko on June 22, at 4:00 pm. Mr. Slutsky and alumnus Washington Garcia (MM ’98, DMA ’03, Piano) will serve on the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition jury on Friday, June 23.