Minnesota Opera has been awarded a $50,000 National Endowment of the Arts Grant to fund the production of Chair or Music Theory, Ear Training, and Keyboard Skills Joel Puckett’s new opera The Fix. The grant is intended to support the world premiere, which is set for March 16, and to fund future performances of the opera. The Fix is about the Chicago White Sox scandal of 1919.
Chair or Music Theory, Ear Training, and Keyboard Skills Joel Puckett is featured in the March 2019 issue of Opera News for his new opera, The Fix, to premiere with Minnesota Opera on March 16. The article by Joshua Rosenblum talks about how the opera, about the 1919 White Sox scandal, was created, the composition process, and how the opera has been received so far.
Music theory faculty artist Vern Falby, along with some of his Peabody students, presented on the implications for Common-practice tonal design of Bach’s “Aria,” from the Goldberg Variations, at East China Normal University in Shanghai on November 7 and at Soochow University in Suzhou on November 8.
Charles Halka (BM ’06, Piano; MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy) accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory in the Department of Music at Western Washington University beginning Fall 2018.
Faculty artists Kevin Puts and Joel Puckett will have their operas performed in Minnesota Opera’s 2018-19 season. Puts’s opera, Silent Night, will make its return to the company in November, and Puckett’s opera, The Fix, will premiere in March 2019. Both of these operas were commissioned by Minnesota Opera. Silent Night earned Puts the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2012, and its performance aligns with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I. The Fix is about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, and its commission came as a part of the opera company’s New Works Initiative.