Spencer Topel

Professor Spencer Topel's Upcoming Exhibit at The Arts Club of Chicago

Professor Topel and collaborator Seth Parker Woods set to present Iced Bodies: Ice Music for Chicago at The Arts Club of Chicago on August 12.  For complete details of this upcoming exhibit, visit The Arts Club of Chicago website.

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.

Review of Professor Spencer Topel's Palavers (2014)

Professor Spencer Topel's recent performance of Palavers (2014) by String Noise at Roulette in NYC was reviewed in the Arts & Culture section of the Huffington Post by critic Glen Roven.
Here's an excerpt from his review:

"Palavers (2014) was the only piece on the program that, because of its astonishing emotional depth, I felt could easily fill the stage at Carnegie or Avery Fisher Hall...
This piece was 'absolute music' and absolute joy. "

Complete review is on the Huffington Post.

Details on the Strasbourg Rosace by Professor Spencer Topel

The Strasbourg Rosace (Rose) is a stained-glass window at the entrance of the Strasbourg Cathedral in Strasbourg, France. This particular window structure was designed and built under the supervision of Erwin von Steinbach, who was among three builders who guided the project to a completed state. The Strasbourg Rose is a notable masterwork within the cathedral, and exhibits stunning symmetrical grace, consisting of carefully proportioned transitions of darkness and light. Stone provides a negative space between the glass, which under optimal daylight conditions, produces an intense, pure, color.  (read more)

Musical Epiphany Leads to Debut CD by Michael Blum ’15

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 musical director, Joel Mercier, then hired Blum to play in the orchestra pit that summer for the New London (N.H.) Barn Playhouse.

“That was where I decided that music was my calling,” says Blum, a music and cognitive science double major who also sings with the co-ed a cappella group the Dartmouth Dodecaphonics. “Before that first professional gig, I never realized that it was something I could pursue professionally and something that I could really go for.”