Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen – kicked off its 2017-18 season with its second annual NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar on Sunday, July 30. Participants from all over the world studied, rehearsed, and performed 10 different percussion quartets all written in the past 5 years, with the exception of Steve Reich’s masterpiece, Drumming: Part 1 from 1971.
Preparatory student Nate Delivuk and Preparatory Wind Band Conductor Karen Seward (BM ’01, Music Education; PC ’01, Percussion) spent three weeks on a tour of Europe with American Music Abroad Gold Tour 2017. The young musicians traveled Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Germany.
Sandbox 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.
What do Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, Kaz Rodriguez’s 7to6, James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go, and Royal Tailor’s We got that Fire have in common? About 225 local elementary and middle school students sitting in Goodwin Hall on a Tuesday morning—on a school day following a three day weekend. More…
State of the Arts, a half-hour television show that airs on NJTV recently featured QUIXOTE, a bold re-imagining of the Cervantes classic for voice and percussion by faculty artist Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) and director-designer-performer Mark DeChiazza, performed by Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), and Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen– in collaboration with HOWL ensemble. State of the Arts goes behind the scenes to document QUIXOTE in rehearsal and to demonstrate the many ways the artists and scholars who created the production interfaced with students and faculty members across campus at Montclair State University. Watch the full documentary here.