Vivian Adelberg Rudow (TC ’57, BM ’60, Piano; MM ’79, Composition) received another ASCAP Plus Award. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Plus Award program provides cash and recognition to writers who create music with a value beyond the scope of performance surveys. Rudrow has been a receipient of the award every year since 1987.
Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition) is featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal regarding his new piece, Dreams of the Fallen, a setting of poems by an Army veteran about the war in Iraq. The world premiere will take place on November 11 at the National World War II Museum in Louisiana, on a program called “Honoring our Heroes”. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will also perform other works in a salute to veterans, including Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”, which will be narrated by actor John Goodman. A live web stream of the performance can be viewed at LPO’s website.
Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) recently composed a new hour-long music theater piece, Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, commissioned by the multi-Grammy-winning eighth blackbird. This work, a 21st century fantasy based on 17th century Italian theater, is the culmination of three years of work and six week-long workshop periods. The piece received its world premiere performance on October 25 at the University of Richmond, with press remarking that it’s an “11-scene visual and aural tour-de-force.” Columbine’s Paradise Theatre will be performed on November 15-16 at the Atlas Arts Center in Washington, DC. Visit the website to find more information on the work, including Kirsten’s libretto, music excerpts, and photos from the world premiere production.
Julian Gargiulo (MM ’97, Piano) recently shot an episode of the hit TV series House Hunters International, which followed his move from New York to Athens (although, most recently, he has now relocated to Paris). It will air on November 1 at 10:30 pm on the Home & Garden channel.
Gargiulo’s recent concert in Ridgewood, CA received praise in The News Review.
“Evidence for Glarean’s music lectures from his students’ books: Congruent annotations in the Epitome and the Dodekachordon,” by Susan Forscher Weiss, chair of the Musicology department, is one of the essays featured in Heinrich Glarean’s Books: The Intellectual World of a Sixteenth-Century Musical Humanist, edited by Iain Fenlon and Inga Mai Groote. Weiss has also recently been appointed Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Villa i Tatti in Florence, Italy for Fall 2014.