Monday Link Round Up: June 20, 2016

News to start your week! Eleanor Sokoloff, piano teacher at the Curtis Institute, is celebrating her 102nd birthday.  She has taught at the institution since 1936.  The Philadelphia Inquirer has a profile.   There’s a new festival celebrating the work of women in electronic music.  Some of the pioneers being honored include Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel, and Pauline Oliveros.  Read more at The Guardian.   Much has already been discussed about the upcoming historic performance of Kaija Saariaho’s opera at the MET in the 2016-2017 season.  Ronnie Seter has more to add to the discussion with a new piece at Musicology Now, the…

Curtis on tour features Higdon Viola Concerto!

(3/14/2015)    “Curtis On Tour” is the Curtis Institute of Music’s annual showcase of its students and some distinguished alumni.  Last year I attended their concert in Boston, and just last night I was thrilled to be able to hear their chamber orchestra at U.C. Davis’s Mondavi Center.  The conductor was (Curtis alum) Robert Spano, and a featured work was Curtis Faculty member Jennifer Higdon’s new Viola Concerto.  The soloist is violist Roberto Diaz, also Curtis’ President.  The work premiered just last Saturday, and is the recipient of one of our Performance Grants.  The tour is continuing with two more concerts in California, and…

Curtis Institute to Premiere Higdon

The Curtis Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant, is kicking off a national tour featuring with the World Premiere of a Viola Concerto by Jennifer Higdon.  The first concert is Saturday, March 7 at the Library of Congress, who co-commissioned the work.  More information about Saturday’s event can be found here.  You can also read the program notes online. There is more here about the ensemble’s tour, and where there might be a performance of the new work by Higdon near you. For those of us not lucky enough to make it to one of the scheduled…

Katerina Kramarchuk, Rising Star and Versatile Composer

Attending the “Curtis on Tour” concert on Sunday (which I reviewed here ), I had the opportunity to hear a newly composed work by Katerina Kramarchuk, a Curtis alumna. Katerina Kramarchuk is a “rising star” composer, adept in many areas of the current scene.  She composes concert music, music for films, and is a song composer in a more popular idiom. Finally, she performs her own music and the works of others as a pianist. Born in Moldova in 1988, she moved with her family to the U.S. in 2002.  She studied at the Manhattan School, the Curtis Institute of…