SCHOOL OF MUSIC EVENTS

 

Sunday, Nov. 11

Wind Ensemble

Stephen Story, conductor

7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall

 

Tuesday, Nov 13

Chamber Music Concert

12:00 pm

McConomy, UC

 

Sunday, Nov. 18

Baroque Ensemble

Stephen Schultz, Director

5:00 pm

Alumni Concert Hall

 

Monday, Nov. 19

Jazz Orchestra

Eric DeFade, Director

8:00 pm

Kresge Theatre

 

Tuesday, Nov 20

Chamber Music Concert

12:00 pm

McConomy, UC

 

Wednesday,  Nov 28

Guitar Ensemble 

James Ferla, Director

8:00 pm

Mellon Institute

 

Saturday, Dec. 1

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Daniel Nesta Curtis,

Music Director

5:00 pm

Kresge Theatre

 

Sunday, Dec. 2

Philharmonic

Ronald Zollman,
Music Director

Mengyi Yang, piano

7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall

 

Friday, Dec. 7

Annual Holiday Concert

Philharmonic & Choirs
Robert Page, conductor

12:00 pm
Rangos Auditorium (UC)

8:00 pm
Great Hall (CFA)

  

Faculty & Student News

On November 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm, Hot Pink Harps, a harp ensemble led by Gretchen Van Hoesen, Artist Lecturer, will perform in Kresge Theatre. The concert will feature harp ensemble music performed for the first time in Pittsburgh. Two new works by Bernard Andres, Port Au Prince and Jazzy, plus Debussy's - Petite Suite, Curcio's - Mischief, Corelli's Sarabande and Gigue, Britten's- Playful Pizzicato and Faure's - Sanctus and In Paradism. The following harp students of Gretchen Van Hoesen will participate: Sophie Graf, Haley Hoffman, Sophia Sunha Lee, Emily Maldonado, Sierra Pastel, Hannah Piston, Sage Po, Hailey Reisinger, Natalie Severson and Natalie Stafford.  A reception in the lobby will immediately follow the program. 


Women in Music-Columbus (WMC) announced on Saturday, October 20, 2012, that 17-year-old violinist Mariko Shimasaki (Junior Division) and 21-year-old violinist Alex Hettinga (Senior Division) are winners of the 2012 Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition, an annual competition for violin students (ages 16-24) who reside and/or take lessons in Central Ohio. Both winners will receive a $1,500 award. Shimasaki and Hettinga have been invited to perform at WMC's Annual Winners Recital on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Huntington Recital Hall at Capital University. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit their website.  Alex Hettinga, is a violin student of Cyrus Forough at Carnegie Mellon University.


THIS WEEK IN MUSIC

November 7, 2012

Maestro Robert Page Announces Retirement  
 

Maestro Robert Page, Paul Mellon University Professor of Music and director of Choral Studies at the School of Music, has announced his retirement at the end of this academic year.  Maestro Page has been a member of the School of Music faculty since 1975. 

 

Upon the announcement of Page's retirement, Denis Colwell, head of the School of Music, said "Maestro Page has been a prominent and enormously important member of our faculty for much of the past 37 years. His contributions to the school are too numerous to list and the prospect of finding a suitable replacement for this fabulous musician and pedagogue is daunting, to say the least. We will be looking for ways to honor Maestro Page throughout this school year. Please join me in congratulating him on his impending retirement, and help me thank him for his sacrifices, contributions, and hard work on behalf of generations of music students."

 

Considered by his peers as the "Dean of American Choral Conductors," Maestro Page's distinguished career has been marked by accolades including: two Grammy Awards, the Prix Mondial de Montreux, the Grand Prix du Disque, and Pennsylvania's "Artist of the Year" award. The American Record Review has called Maestro Page "a national treasure" in recognition of his extensive catalog of recordings with choirs and orchestras - a collection that spans over 44 discs.

 

Maestro Page prepared choruses for the Philadelphia Orchestra (1956-1975), was Assistant Conductor and Director of Choruses of the Cleveland Orchestra (1971-1989), was Music Director/Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (1979-2006), and he was also Director of Choral Activities and Special Projects for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Maestro Page has conducted performances in most of the countries of Western Europe including the Dvorak Festival (Czech Republic), Mikilli Festival (Finland), White Nights Festival (St. Petersburg) and the Toulouse Festival (France). 

 

Maestro Page has forged relationships with living composers throughout his long career, and has premiered many seminal works of the 20th-century repertoire, including compositions by Samuel Barber, Ned Rorem, and Alberto Ginastera. Maestro Page was personally selected by composer Krysztof Penderecki to prepare the choruses of the Chicago Lyric Opera and La Scala for the world premiere of Penderecki's opera Paradise Lost. Maestro Page also conducted the first performances of Penderecki's Passion According to St. Luke in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

 

Concurrent with his professional activities, Maestro Page's work in academia has spanned an equally wide dimension: Director of Choral Studies at Eastern New Mexico University (1954-1959), Temple University (1956-1975) and Carnegie Mellon University since 1975. Maestro Page's wife, Glynn, taught voice at Carnegie Mellon University from 1977-1997 and is Emerita Professor of Voice of the School of Drama.

 

Maestro Page will conduct his final two holiday concerts on Friday, December 7. Heralded as an annual favorite on campus, the first performance will be at Rangos Auditorium in the University Center at noon and the second performance will be at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the College of Fine Arts. Both performances are free and open to the public with first-come, first-served seating. These concerts will showcase the combined forces of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus.   


Baroque Ensemble Performs Music Old and New

On Sunday, November 18, Stephen Schultz will lead the Baroque Ensemble in an exciting and adventurous program.  The concert will feature the 18th century repertoire for which this ensemble is known; the second half will include the world premiere of Effervescent Air, a new work composed by CMU faculty composer Nancy Galbraith.  

Among the selections which may already be familiar to concertgoers is JS Bach's ever-popular Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.  It is interesting to contemplate that this staple of the repertoire was, by a bureacratic error, very nearly lost forever.  Around 1721, Bach collected six concertos for mixed instrumentation that he had written between 1717-1721 and dedicated them to Margrave of Brandenburg, in hopes of a possible job offer.  As the Margrave was not an especially keen music lover, the works languished in a cupboard for many years, and were finally sold for the princely sum of 20 groschen (around $20) after the Margrave's untimely death. Thankfully, the scores were rediscovered in 1849, and the Brandenburg Concertos eventually became a central part of the concert repertoire.  

The Baroque Ensemble will also play selections from Handel's Water Music.  These pieces, like the Brandenburg Concerti, were also written for a noble patron--in this case, none other than his Majesty King George I of England, who wanted musical entertainment for a fabulous boating party on the river Thames.  However, unlike the Brandenburg Concerti, Handel's Water Music proved an instant success with his royal patron: apparently the King enjoyed Handel's music so much that he commanded the already overworked court musicians to perform the works three times in a row as the Royal barge floated lazily downstream. These pieces are still popular today and even now they carry an aura of festivity, solemnity, privilege and splendor.  

The concert will also feature director Stephen Schultz as baroque flute soloist in Effervescent Air, a new work composed by CMU faculty composer Nancy Galbraith.  This world premi�re performance will also feature pianist and faculty member Luz Manriquez, percussion students Lei Lei Hoi and Carlos Camacho, and will be directed by guest conductor Daniel Nesta Curtis.  

This free concert will take place on Sunday, November 18 at 5 pm in Alumni Concert Hall on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. 

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