Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem premiered in NYC

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra had its New York premiere by the Albany Pro Musica, the New York Capital Youth Chorale and members of the Albany Symphony with the participation of Lucile Beer, Robert Honeysucker and Oliver Nathanielsz on May 2, 2015 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York. Dr. Torres-Santos gave a pre-concert talk.

Also, his organ concert piece, “Jubilum,” is the subject of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.

Maayan Voss de Bettancourt Cast in Three Roles

Alumna Maayan Voss de Bettancourt has been case in three roles this summer: Nancy Lowe in Baby Shower (a new opera by Bruce Trinkley & Jason Charnesky) with The Fresh Squeezed Opera Company; The Child in The Bewitched Child (Ravel) with the Midwest Institute of Opera, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) with OperaRox Presents.

Jeff Jarvis as Clinician and Performer

Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Jarvis served as clinician at the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival in Fresno CA last weekend.  On March 7th, Jarvis performed at the annual “Classnotes” concert at Los Alamitos High School along with Dan Higgins, Charlie Morillas, Kye Palmer, and CSULB alums Mike King, Bill Liston, and Nick Chaffee. The program featured the music of Bill Liston and Jeff Jarvis.

Alex Miller’s “Two Autumns” in Boston

Lecturer Alex Miller traveled to Boston for a performance of his composition Two Autumns by the Boston New Music Initiative at the Longy School of Music.  Scored for mezzo soprano and five instruments, the work is a setting of classic Japanese haiku sung in English, and was performed by Chelsea Beatty and with Patrick Valentino conducting the ensemble.

The Boston Classical Review called Two Autumns “plush and tightly constructed piece that is filled with colorful imagery…which shimmered like moonlight on water.”

Carolyn Bremer’s Singing Bowls

Carolyn Bremer was featured in a Press Telegram article about the spring semester’s Tibetan singing bowl concert. She and several faculty, students, and alumni perform a meditative concert at the beginning of each semester.

The audience is invited to sit on stage and be surrounded by the bowls. Later in each concert, the bowls are passed among to audience members to play. After the concert many audience members stay to ask questions or to put the bowls over their heads for a surprisingly immersive experience.

Yumi Tamashiro and Mobius Percussion Featured by Vic Firth

The video of “Vicious Children” by Wally Gunn was featured on the Vic Firth site. The performance was by Mobius Percussion, with alumna Yumi Tamashiro. Yumi and Mobius will work with Bob Cole Conservatory composers and perform at Daniel Recital Hall on February 11.

Based in New York City, the ensemble made their debut at downtown multimedia art cabaret, (Le) Poisson Rouge, performing alongside other notable artists including So Percussion, Nexus, Meehan/Perkins Duo and Mantra Percussion. Since then they have performed at venues including the Firehouse Space, the Cell, Princeton Sound Kitchen, Good Child Music Studios, and Andrea Clearfield’s Salon to name a few.

 

photo credit: Paul Hofreiter

A Better Nectar

The Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Jonathan Talberg, recorded music for a new multi sensory installation, “A Better Nectar” by Jessica Rath, based on the co-evolutionary communication between flowering plants and their pollinators. The exhibit is open January 27 – April 12, 2015.

In A Better Nectar, Jessica Rath creates an immersive rhythmic experience, using sculpture, light, and sound to consider how bumblebees learn and remember multisensory floral signals to find better nectar. Visitors are provided with a human-scaled experience of a bee’s intimate sensorial journey from its underground nest to an audibly and visually pulsating world, based on the Rath’s research and discussions with the scientists at Leonard Bee Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The exhibition’s highlight, “Resonant Nest,” is a responsive acoustic sculpture taking the form of a human-scaled bumblebee nest. Human voice interpretations of bee communication emanate from the sculpture, designed in collaboration with Ian Schneller of Specimen Products, Chicago. The score, created by Los Angeles-based composer Robert Hoehn, shifts with live changes in weather, season, and time, as well as to the viewer’s presence in the gallery.

John Putnam at Northeast Horn Workshop

Alumnus John Putnam will be performing Prince Timothy Burns “Sketches for solo horn,” the premier of Mark Taylor “Paladin and the Drunken Cenobite,” and joint lecture with James Hampson on “Practical applications of the natural horn in the 21st century” at the Northeast Horn Workshop at Penn State School of Music at the end of January.

 

photo credit Mary Pencheff Photography