Archive for the ‘New Music’ Category

Dec. 03 2019

The Hopkins Symphony performs unexpectedly tonal works

By John Scherch | Posted in Interviews, New Music | No Comments

Jordan Randall Smith, Hopkins Concert Orchestra Music Director and who will be guest conducting the Hopkins Symphony this Saturday at 7:30, came by to have a chat about how the works on the program (Sibelius’s 7th symphony, Prokofiev’s 3rd piano concerto, and a new work by Shelley Washington) are all from times that people don’t […]

Dec. 02 2019

First Impression: The Busiest Month of a Musician’s Year

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

Happy December, everyone! If you are a professional musician, this means you (hopefully) have lots of holiday-related work to do this month. This also means that a lot of the music going on is of the traditional variety, in the holiday spirit, but there is still new music to be heard this month, and there […]

Nov. 20 2019

Interview: Kirke Mechem

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Kirke Mechem is in town this week to see the staged premiere of his new opera Pride and Prejudice, of course based on the Jane Austen classic. I had a talk with him about how he thinks as a composer.

Oct. 31 2019

First Impression: November is apparently New Music Month

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

Man, is there a lot going on this month. I’m sure not complaining. Let’s get to it! OCCASIONAL SYMPHONY HALLOWEEN SHOW This is tonight at 7:30, which is why I’m posting it a day early (and you may bump into some WBJC folks there!); Occasional Symphony presents a live scoring of the 1920 silent film […]

Oct. 01 2019

First Impression: Improvising and Composing

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | 1 Comment

As part of last month’s annual High Zero Festival, a series of performances of improvised music, I attended a talk on improvisation itself. Discussions were had about how improvisation played a role in the panel’s music, whether it was composed or performed. Thinking about how improvisation plays a role in composition, there have been in […]

Sep. 17 2019

First Impression: Marilyn Nonken, on her new book

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You may have seen in this month’s First Impression an allusion to an interview I did with Marilyn Nonken, the author of the excellent and important new book Identity and Diversity in New Music. Here that is; listen and then go read!

Sep. 03 2019

First Impression: You Should Really Read This Book

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

I read a book recently that sums up quite a few of the problems that new music has connecting with wider audiences, specifically regarding diversity. NYU Director of Piano Studies Marilyn Nonken’s new book Identity and Diversity in New Music: The New Complexities can be found here and, after you’ve read up on what’s going […]

Aug. 01 2019

First Impression: One More Before the New Season

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The final lull before the resumption of the concert season in full will hopefully bring more to talk about; there was an excellent meeting of the minds in the new music community, bringing together composers, creative leaders, and musicians from within and outside of the classical music community. I have events for you to look […]

Jul. 01 2019

First Impression: The Off-Season

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

Here we are in summer, where there is somewhat of a dearth of goings-on in music. We had things to look forward to, but alas… anyway, there are things happening this month, so take the time to check them out! CONTRASTS Soprano Alissa Roca and pianist/composer Jason Mulligan present a program of songs that contrast […]

Jun. 01 2019

First Impression: …that was a thing

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

I don’t think, at this point, I need to expand on what’s been going on with the BSO. Needless to say, this is not the news I expected to give when I said there would be more about the BSO New Music Festival coming up, which is of course no longer coming up. I have […]

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