Himalayan Miscellany

– Go here to view the trailer for the remarkable “Scriabin in the Himalayas” project featuring pianist Matthew Bengston.

– Music by Paul Moravec and Ethan Iverson can be heard in this NPR feature on pianist Anthony de Mare‘s new album of Sondheim re-imaginings.

– Read the speeches given by Michael Chabon, Terrance McKnight, and Yehudi Wyner at The MacDowell Colony’s Medal Day celebration in honor of the late Gunther Schuller here.

More Gunther Videos

The e-mail I got this morning from the MacDowell Colony reporting on its recent Medal Day festivities including a link leading to a page about Gunther Schuller who was to have received the MacDowell Medal that day, had he lived. There are several videos on that page; the following, revealing Gunther in his home, is particularly moving.

Gunther gave the commencement address at the Cleveland Institute of Music this year:

CIM has also posted some chats Gunther had with Joel Smirnoff and Keith Fitch:

Enough talk, here’s some music – The Miro Quartet playing Gunther’s 2014 String Quartet:

More Gunther videos here.

Back to School Miscellany

Labor Day has yet to happen, but I was back at my day job today. I have some more substantive posts planned, but you will have to make do with a few  links for the moment:

– One of my current composition projects is to write an oboe quartet for Peggy Pearson on a commission from Winsor Music. The premiere is planned for the fall of 2014. Winsor has a handsome new website, with information about their concerts as well as some intriguing and uncommon projects, like their relationship with Project STEP and their Songs for the Spirit hymnal-in-progress.

– Go here to read Stephen Sondheim’s acceptance speech at this year’s MacDowell Medal Day; there are also links to remarks by Michael Chabon and Frank Rich.

– Season announcements are being flung over the digital transom. Go here for Orchestra 2001 (highlights include a Gunther Schuller premiere and Richard Wernick’s Kaddish-Requiem); here for Network for New Music (including a 2-concert Harbison festival with premieres by the guest of honor and five more composers – I’m working on something for that); and here for Songfusion (opening with more Harbison, including a program at Small’s jazz club featuring Mary Mackenzie – who will be doing a program at Penn on October 23.)

Chabon and the Blashfield Address

UnknownA message from the MacDowell Colony came in recently,  mentioning that you can hear the address given by its chairman of the board Michael Chabon at this spring’s American Academy of Arts and Letters ceremonial by visiting here. Text versions of recent addresses are also available at that site, with speakers including Louise Glück, Wallace Shawn, and Chuck Close. (In Close’s speech, you will learn that this famous maker of portraits actually has prosopagnosia, of all things.)

By coincidence, in my current reading I have finally got around to Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which well deserves its high reputation.

Friday morning miscellany

Go here to see video of Sonny Rollins receiving the MacDowell Medal at the MacDowell Colony.

Go here for “Take the Repeat” – podcasts from Network for New Music – one on the Diabelli Project and another featuring an interview with Bernard Rands. A new video from composer Melissa Dunphy is also at Network’s site.

Some are not recent, but there are interesting interviews with pianist Alan Feinberg, and composers such as Betsy Jolas, Paul Lansky, and Pierre Boulez, here.