2016 Gerald Tracy Memorial Piano Competition Results

Five Dartmouth pianists competed in the 2016 Gerald Tracy Memorial Piano Competition this past weekend.  The event was adjudicated by pianist Marc Ryser of Boston, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra acting conductor Filippo Ciabatti, as well as Dartmouth piano faculty Greg Hayes and Sally Pinkas.  The judges agreed that this year's level was remarkably high; first prize was won by Andrew Liu, '19, and second prize was shared by Christina (Hye Ri)  Bae '19, and Rick Gangopadhyay '19.  Guest judge Marc Ryser offered an inspiring masterclass the following morning at Faulkner Auditorium, teaching four student pianists.  

Department of Music 2016 Senior Recitals

All recitals are free and open to the public.  Recital dates and times are subject to change, so please check schedule often for any updates.

Recitals are part of the [email protected] series.

April 8
Jordana Composto, mezzo-soprano
7:00 pm • Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center
This recital explores the role of women in the classical Mezzo-Soprano repertoire—the common archetypes portrayed, the stereotypes perpetuated and those who create them.

Selections from the program: Voi che sapete from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart and “Una voce poco fa” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini.

William Cheng in a Washington Post Opinion Piece

From Dartmouth Now published 1/21/16:

I’m a Musician Who Can’t Play Music (‘The Washington Post’)

“History sparkles with stories of musicians overcoming illness, impairment, and adversity,” writes Dartmouth’s William Cheng in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Beethoven composed his ‘Ninth Symphony’ while deaf. Ray Charles performed blind. Itzhak Perlman plays through polio. Watch American Idol this season and you’ll hear tear-jerking tales of contestants beating herculean odds.”

But sometimes suffering doesn’t produce better art, writes Cheng, an assistant professor of music. Sometimes suffering prevents it from happening.

Sally Pinkas' Musical Tour in the Philippines

Professor Sally Pinkas spent most of December 2015 in the Philippines, performing as both a soloist and as half of the Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo (with her husband Evan Hirsch). Her solo program, presented at the University of the Philippines's Abelardo Hall, featured rarely-heard works by Filipino composers of the late 19th and early-20th century.  With Evan she presented a program at the prestigious Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and in the Metro Center of Tagbilaran, Bohol.  The two taught young pianists in Masterclasses at the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, St. Paul University, and Centro Escolar Conservatory, all in Manila.  Professor Pinkas plans to record the Filipino program for commercial release.

Reviews of Professor Pinkas' performances are featured in the Musikang Kaloob blog and Inquirer.net.

Recent Publication by Tim Atherton

Tim Atherton, Senior Lecturer of Low Brass recently had his book published by BearManor Media. Leave It To Me… My Life In Music is the as-told-to autobiography of music legend Donn Trenner. At 88, Donn is professionally active and living in Connecticut. Mr. Trenner lived most of his working life in Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas, while traveling the world as Musical Director for celebrity entertainers including: Shirley MacLaine, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett and Ann-Margret. His bands were integral in the pioneering television shows of Bob Hope and Steve Allen. As a jazz pianist, Donn recorded with Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Charles Mingus. This book is a recounting of a life well-lived by a distinctively talented musician. Tim was inspired to write Donn Trenner’s story capturing this unique tale of American musical history.

A New Music Journey From the U.S. to Havana (NPR)

From the Dartmouth Now (12/11/15):

Assistant Professor of Music Spencer Topel was part of an American delegation of 10 composers and six instrumentalists who traveled to Havana, Cuba, to present their music and hear music created by their Cuban colleagues, reports NPR.

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

The Celebration of Christian Wolff Featured in Dartmouth Now

Celebrating Dartmouth’s Musical Maverick
October 13, 2015 by Office of Communications

"The work of influential new music composer Christian Wolff, a Dartmouth professor emeritus, will be celebrated in a two-day series of concerts and events called “The Exception and the Rule,” set for Oct. 23-24.

A world-renowned composer whose ideas about sound have influenced contemporary music, Wolff has collaborated with artists including composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham and has devised approaches to music that have influenced generations of musicians and artists. The celebration will feature composers, musicologists, and performers and explore Wolff’s body of work and the invention, social activism, and curiosity that has animated his music."