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The N.C. Symphony opens an adverturous season in September

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By Todd Morman

When I asked the new general manager and the artistic administrator of the North Carolina Symphony what they might do to reach a younger generation of music fans, they replied, at first, with an awkward pause. Flyers at rock clubs like Kings, maybe? Publicizing $10 student tickets more? Commercials on college radio stations? Anything?

In truth, Amy Russell and Martin Sher have already done the hard work to attract new music fans to the symphony, as the newly announced lineup of the next season greatly expands the mission and repertoire of the local outfit. Now they just need to sell it. They’re still working on that part.

The symphony’s own press release buries the real news, so you have to dig past the announcement of chestnuts like Handel’s Messiah and a Rachmaninoff piano concerto to get to the excitement that the next season, which begins in September, brings: They’ll play two new commissions by Judd Greenstein ’04 MM and Sarah Kirkland Snider ’05 MM, the co-directors of indie classical powerhouse New Amsterdam Records. They created the label in 2008 to give young composers and musicians grounded in other genres a place to release their first records. Time Out NY called the label “the focal point of the post-classical scene.” MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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Why Aren’t Composers Writing More Symphonies Today?

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By Derek Bermel ’89BA

At 8 years old, I scrawled my first and last Symphonies — nos. 1, 2, and 3 — on ruled notebook paper. They were short duets for clarinet and trumpet for myself and my brother to play. Why did I call them symphonies? I can’t remember, but I suspect that it was a desire to tie these efforts — and me, by extension — to a grand and venerable tradition. MORE

Published September 4, 2013
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Recordings from alumni

Marianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM produced a CD of a piano recital as part of her award for winning the first prize at the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain in May 2011. The disc features Haydn’s Andante and Variations in F minor, sonatas of Scarlatti, Schumann’s Sonata in F-sharp minor, and Jose Zarate’s Aurgitana.

John Gilbert ’83MM was one of three featured soloists in a recording of 20th-century concerti released on the Sonoluminus label in late September. A violinist, Gilbert was joined by cellist George Work, pianist Dmitri Shteinberg, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in music by Kurt Weill, Jaques Ibert, and Alban Berg.

Ian O’Sullivan ’11MM has recorded a CD of new Hawaiian music for classical guitar. In addition to recording his own music, O’Sullivan commissioned new pieces from several other Hawaiian composers. His original music wasrecently used in a Hawaiian Airlines in-flight video.

Derek Bermel ’89BA collaborated with the chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound on the album Canzonas Americanas, scheduled for release in November on Canteloupe Records. Since 2009, Bermel has been the Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton’s noted community of scholars.

Published October 15, 2012
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