Ave Verum, a piece by Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) commissioned by the Choral Arts Society of Washington D.C. and conductor Scott Tucker, made its world premiere on April 23 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Ave Verum is a collaboration with poet Todd Boss that explores Mozart’s creative process as he was writing Ave Verum Corpus in order to contextualize Mozart’s humanness and illuminate the personal meaning behind one of his most beloved works. On Friday, April 28, Mr. Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen was performed by the University of Puget Sound Orchestra and Chorus with Tanya Stambuk, piano, under the direction of Wesley Schulz, at UPS’s Schneebeck Concert Hall in Tacoma, Wash. On April 29 and 30, Untitled, a commission by Miami University Men’s Glee Club, received its world premiere at MU’s Hall Auditorium in Oxford, Ohio.
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society‘s 2016 Student Composer Project was held at Grace United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 10. This year’s student composers were DMA guitar candidate Nathan Cornelius, master’s composition student Peter Dayton, and undergraduate voice and composition student and preparatory alumnus Cameron Falby. All three students wrote original choral compositions which were performed by the Baltimore Choral Arts Chamber Chorus, Tom Hall, and Leo Wanenchak in a public master class. Each student received a professional recording of their performance. Student composer project composer mentors were John Belkot (MM ’14, Composition), Joshua Bornfield (MM ’13, Composition), musicology faculty member Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition), and DMA candidate Michael Rickelton (MM ’10, Composition).
Symphony Number One, a local chamber orchestra comprised of and run by Peabody students and alumni, will perform works by Peabody student, faculty, and alumni composers at Light City Baltimore on Saturday, April 2. The program features works by faculty artist Joel Puckett, alumnus Andrew Boss (MM ’13, Composition), and composition students Alexa Rinn, Ben Kapilow, Sean William Calhoun, and Jonathan Hugendubler, as well as works by Pierre Boulez, Jon Russel, Dylan Arthur Baker, Ben Goldberg, Dan Van Hassel, and Paul Richards. The event is free with registration. More information is available here. The orchestra’s second album, Emergence, is now available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and Spotify. The album was recorded and produced by Charles Street Sound, co-founded by Daniel Rorke (MA ’15, Audio Sciences) and master’s recording arts student Arun Ravendhran.
Music theory faculty member Jenine Brown published a journal article in Music Perception titled “The Psychological Representation of Musical Intervals in a Twelve-Tone Context” in February. The article explores what we learn about twelve-tone music when passively listening to it. The full article is available here.
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mallory Thompson, will give a world premiere of faculty artist Joel Puckett’s that secret from the river at the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for Musical Arts on Friday, February 5 at 7:30 pm, Central Time. The program also features works by Balcolm, Pann, Daugherty, and Jadin. The concert will be streamed live at http://concertsatbienen.org/live.