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Pascal Rogé performs Poulenc, Debussy Jan. 29

Pascal RogeThe Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the French pianist Pascal Rogé on Wednesday, January 29.

A third-generation musician, Rogé is known throughout the world for his unrivalled mastery of the French repertoire. In this recital, he will perform music by Francis Poulenc and Claude Debussy.

The recital opens with Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, the composer’s 20th-century twist on the Baroque keyboard suite.  Rogé will then perform Poulenc’s Les Soirées de Nazelles, widely considered the composer’s more important composition for the piano. MORE

Published January 22, 2014
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ASO composer-in-residence returns with harp in hand to perform with concertmaster, friends

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By Michael Huebner

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Alabama Symphony‘s Sound Investment composer in residence Hannah Lash returns Tuesday, Jan. 28, not only as a composer but as a harpist.

Lash’s “Folksongs” (2010) for flute, percussion and harp, is the centerpiece for “Contemporary Visions,” the next installment of ASO’s Concertmaster and Friends series. It starts at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall on the Samford University campus.

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Published January 22, 2014
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Finalists in 2014 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest Announced

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The American Composers Forum, in partnership with So Percussion, have announced the finalists in the 2014 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest: Michael Laurello (Yale School of Music), Todd Lerew (CalArts), and Kristina Warren (University of Virginia).

Each of the finalists, who were selected from over 250 applications based in 39 states, will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and be asked to compose an eight- to ten-minute piece for So Percussion. The resulting pieces will be workshopped with the finalists in residence, and premiered by So Percussion on July 20, 2014 at Princeton University, as part of the So Percussion Summer Institute 2014. One of the works will be chosen to receive the final prize. MORE

Published January 22, 2014
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NYT In Performance: Caroline Shaw

The New York Times

“I don’t really call myself a composer,” Caroline Shaw told Zachary Woolfe, writing for The Times, despite the fact that she won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music for “Partita for Eight Voices,” a vocal work that Mr. Woolfe described as a “dazzling, emotionally generous take on a Baroque dance suite.”

Indeed, Ms. Shaw is a seemingly tireless performer, working as a violinist with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble and as an alto in vocal ensembles like the Trinity Choir and Roomful of Teeth — which performed “Partita” in its premiere in November at Le Poisson Rouge. (She is scheduled to perform with the American Contemporary ensemble and with Roomful of Teeth in February.)

Here, Ms. Shaw performs an improvisational work with violin, voice and a loop station.

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Published January 22, 2014
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Alumni Norman and Hearne Looking to Flip the Script at USC

San Francisco Classical Voice
By Brett Campbell

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Andrew Norman ’09AD

Last year, the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music found itself with a couple of openings on its composition faculty. To no one’s surprise, one of the West Coast’s most renowned schools received more than 200 applications, mostly from exceptionally well-qualified composers with the usual pedigrees: doctoral degrees, strong recommendations, and the rest. But for a university with a fairly traditionalist reputation, its ultimate choices came as a surprise: Neither Ted Hearne nor Andrew Norman, two composers in their early 30s from the indie new-music capital of Brooklyn, was an academic. Rather, they were two of the leading lights of that city’s burgeoning new-music scene. MORE

Published January 22, 2014
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