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  • Deirdre Brenner ’01 ~Pianist - Vienna, Austria

    Although I am now a professional pianist, I can’t say that I entered Dartmouth with any intention on majoring in music. However, as time passed I found myself increasingly drawn to all that the department had to offer — the classes, the ensembles and the chamber music platforms. Many of my fondest memories of Dartmouth took place in the basement of the Hop, rehearsing piano trios with Carmen Flores and Bob Mirakian, both of whom now have...

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  • Michael Blum ’15 was raised in a musical household in Great Neck, N.Y. When he was 9, he learned to play the guitar from his father, Len Blum, a classical guitarist. But it wasn’t until he got to Dartmouth that he realized music could be more than a hobby.

    His epiphany took place midway through his first year at Dartmouth, when he played guitar in the orchestra pit for Hairspray, the Department of Theater’s winter 2012 production. The show’s...

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  • In a Pacific Standard opinion piece, Professor of Music Steve Swayne reflects on the recent “loud music” trial in Florida, the way music can make listeners feel powerful,  and the effect of “second-hand” sound.

    “Public nuisance and zoning laws are hamstrung in a world that is supersaturated with second-hand sound,” writes Swayne, a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow. “What is needed...

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  • Folk singer Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at age 94, was no stranger to Dartmouth. He sang at the College a number of times and, say faculty members, has been an influence on their work, and in their lives.

    Seeger played 105 Dartmouth Hall in 1957 and by 1968 he was making at least his fourth appearance in Hanover, a benefit on campus for the Upper Valley Human Rights Council.

    In between, in April 1961, following his contempt of court conviction by the U.S. House Un-American...

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  • A rare sketch leaf manuscript written by Ludwig van Beethoven—which goes on the auction block January 15 in Amherst, N.H.—is an extremely important piece of evidence about the way the composer worked, according to Associate Professor of Music William Summers.

    New Hampshire Public Radio reports that bidding on the sketch leaf, part of Beethoven’s work on the majestic Missa Solemnis, was approaching $400,000 by the early morning of January 15.

    “Whatever price this sketch leaf may...

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  • Professor of Music Sally Pinkas talks with the Valley News about next week’s concert “Playing for Peace,” which will include the world premiere of Kareem Rouston’s Traces, described by the Emmy-nominated Syrian composer as a “meditation on loss.”

    The new piece was co-commissioned by the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

    The...

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  • Professor of Music Melinda O’Neal acknowledged that her “Music 52” students had “a very tall order” for their final class project: They had a full orchestral score to learn and just two weeks in which to prepare to conduct 30 instrumentalists.

    In the week leading up to the final day, each of the eight students conducted two pianists in four-hand arrangements of Schubert, Mozart, and Mendelssohn excerpts, imagining the orchestra layout and instrument...

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  • In 1959, the British novelist and physicist Sir C.P. Snow gave a famous lecture ruing what he saw as a rift between society’s “two cultures”—the humanities and the sciences. Snow would surely be heartened, half a century later, by Dartmouth doctoral student Andy Sarroff.

    “I have one foot in the music department and one foot in the computer science department,” says Sarroff.

    “I would describe myself as being in the field of music-information retrieval,” he continues. “It’s not...

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  • The National Geographic blog Only Human writes about a Dartmouth study that looks at how people express emotions in music and how they express the same emotions in movement.

    The researchers included Thalia Wheatley, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences; Beau Sievers, PhD student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Larry Polansky, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor in Music; and...

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  • Dartmouth offers dozens of opportunities for students to engage in its vibrant arts culture—whether in the classroom, on the performance stage, or across
    the globe.

    “Dartmouth is simply an outstanding place to study the arts,” says Adrian Randolph, associate dean of the faculty for the arts and humanities, and the Leon E. Williams Professor of Art History. “We have gifted practitioners who mentor students in all media. What is more, we match such creativity with up-to-date...

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