Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) was chosen by the New York Times as one of the five best classical music events for the week for his program at National Sawdust. This program was also reviewed in New York Classical Review.
Faculty artist Du Yun, composition, will release a new album on Friday, September 28. The album, Dinosaur Scar, is a collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), an ensemble of which she was a founding member. Following the release of her album, she and ICE will present an evening of her work as a part of the Composer Portraits series at Columbia University.
Russ “Rusty” Ebersole (BM ‘82, Music Education) was sworn in as the newest member of the New York Guard by Brigadier General David Warager on July 18 and will be a trumpet player for the New York Guard 89th Band at Camp Smith, NY. Before joining the New York Guard Band, SPC Ebersole was a guest performer last year performing at two Hudson Valley Honor Flight Ceremonies, The Town of Cortland Veterans Day Ceremony and at the 100th Anniversary Ceremony at the NY Guard Memorial in Sleepy Hollow, NY. SPC Ebersole is also a member of The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic and Marching Band and, a substitute trumpeter for the Westchester Symphonic Winds.
Petrit Çeku (GPD ’11, Guitar) will be the featured classical artist in the “Night of the Proms” concerts on mainland Europe. Çeku will be the featured classical performer in 21 concerts, each with audience in the tens of thousands. The music will be a mix of symphonic and pop music performing together.
Mark G. Meadows (BM ’11, GPD ’13, Jazz Piano; KSAS BA ’11, Psychology) will release a new single, “Superstition,” on Friday, September 21. There will be two release shows in tandem with this release: in New York City on Saturday, September 22, at 8:00 pm at the Rockwood Music Hall and Durham, N.C. on Saturday, September 28, at 5:00 pm at the Pour Taproom. He will be releasing more singles over the next few months and performing in a number of shows all over the world. Also upcoming, Meadows will be the music director for some upcoming shows at the Signature Theatre. Recently, he music directed a “Sound Health” concert, which was at the Kennedy Center and involved Renee Fleming, Jason Moran, Matthew Whitaker, Chloe and Maud Arnold, and other guests. Finally, he and The Mellow Tones, the acapella jazz group he directs at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, recorded a video for NPR’s “More Perfect” podcast.