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Music Alive! At Bard

Music preview
by Kevin T. McEneaney
Thu Oct 20th, 2016

Blair McMillan and Joan Tower have put together a program of contemporary music by rising composers in their 30s. Music Alive! GEN-Y will offer compositions by Andy Akiho, Christopher Cerrone, Anna Clyne, Caroline Shaw, Nina Young, and others will be performed by 25 young musicians.

Trumpet composer Andy Akiho’s compositions have been performed at the Aspen Music Festival. His most noted composition is "the rAy's end" for trumpet, violin and tenor pan.

Christopher Cerrone was a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a 2014 Fromm Foundation commission recipient, a 2015 Rome Prize winner in Music; he has composed chamber and orchestral works as well as an opera based upon Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.

Anna Clyne began composing at the age of eleven. After graduating in music from Edinburgh University, she came to New York and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. A prolific composer of chamber music, she has won the Charles Ives Prize.

Caroline Shaw (depicted in teaser photo), who began playing violin at the age of two, became the youngest person to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for her a cappella piece Partita for 8 Voices. Shaw has worked with Kayne West. Her works have been performed by Roomful of Teeth, So Percussion, ACME, the Brentano String Quartet, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Shaw has been a Yale Baroque Ensemble fellow and a Rice University Goliard fellow.

Nina Young’s compositions explore intersection of instrumental and electroacoustic music. She is a winner of the 2015 Rome Prize in Musical Composition and a 2014 Charles Ives Prize.

The program will also feature vocalist Teresa Buchholz, percussionist Jonathan Collazo, pianist Adam Szokolay, and conductor Jackson McKinnon.

This innovative program will be performed at László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building on Sunday, the 23rd, at 3 pm. Free admission, open seating. For more information call 845-758-7196, or e-mail conservatoryconcerts@bard.edu.