Camilla Tassi GR'18 in "L'Orfeo" tour with Apollo's Fire

"On April 20, Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, came to Cal Performances for an inventively staged and musically satisfying performance of Monteverdi’s 1607 version of the story, L’Orfeo, a masterpiece that’s one of the monuments of early opera.

With an exceptionally beautiful and well-paced libretto by Alessandro Striggio, L’Orfeo has grandeur and intimacy, joy and tragedy. This production, conducted by Apollo’s Fire artistic director Jeannette Sorrell, directed by Sophie Daneman, and with projections designed by assistant director Camilla Tassi, reflected these aspects of the opera and made considerable dramatic impact with minimal materials." (LISA HIRSCH , San Francisco Classical Voice, April 23, 2018)

Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

Professor Spencer Topel and Seth Parker Woods' "ICED BODIES" on NHPR

New Hampshire Public Radio ran a story on Professor Spencer Topel and Seth Parker Woods' “Iced Bodies: Ice Music for Dartmouth,” which was performed on April 26th at Dartmouth's Black Family Visual Arts Center.


From 'What is The Point of a Cello Out of Ice?' Dartmouth Duo Hopes You'll Hear For Yourself:


“An unusual musical spectacle will take place tonight in the Upper Valley. It’s a take on an iconic performance art piece from the 1970s. In that first version, a woman - naked except for a garland of flowers around her neck - played a “cello” made completely of ice. Now, the piece is being re- imagined to reflect modern themes, and that’s required some modern engineering as well.”


The full story, including the audio, can be found at NHPR.

The Dartmouth's article on Professor William Cheng's "His Music Was Not A Weapon"

This week’s The Dartmouth featured an article on Professor William Cheng's April 23rd talk "His Music Was Not A Weapon" at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

From "Cheng’s ‘His Music Was Not A Weapon’ talk educates, inspires":

"Informed in part by the interest of students in his course Music 45.04, 'Changing the World with Music,' professor of music William Cheng has been sharing his lecture 'Loud Music Trial: His Music Was Not A Weapon' at colleges around the country. On Monday, Cheng brought the talk to Dartmouth, sharing the story of the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis. Seventeen-year-old Davis was shot in Florida by Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man who claimed that Davis’ 'loud rap music' constituted a threat to his life. Cheng’s talk is primarily interested in the subsequent trial and political organizing that occurred in the wake of Jordan’s death, and its proceeds are donated to the Jordan Davis Foundation."

Spring '18 press on Professor Ted Levin and “Qyrq Qyz”

Professor Ted Levin is quoted in three recent articles about his work on Qyrq Qyz, which was produced in part with the Music Department and the Hopkins Center for the Arts.


From "Mighty Women Warriors, Resurrected From an Ancient Epic" in The New York Times:

“'Nomads adopted Islam in syncretic forms that assimilated and preserved myriad local practices and beliefs, many of them connected to veneration of spirits and various forms of shamanism,' said Ted Levin, a musicologist and an expert on Central Asia at Dartmouth College, who has worked with the American cellist Yo-Yo Ma to promote the region’s culture in the West."


From "Ancient Instruments And Modern Media Tell A Tale Of Women Warriors" on Vermont Public Radio:

2018 Department of Music Senior Recitals

Please check schedule weekly for program updates.

Cheryl Chang, flute
April 1, 7:30 pm, Faulkner Recital Hall
Performing works by Reinecke, Clarke, Villa-Lobos, and Gaubert.  Featuring Todd Huang, piano and Eddie Pyun, cello.

Andrew Sun, piano
April 14, 4:00 pm, Faulkner Recital Hall
Performing works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, and Ireland.

Monica Alvarez, Art Installation: The Grand Tour
April 20 to April 23, Hop Garage


Justine Goggin, soprano
May 4, 8:00pm, Faulkner Recital Hall


Cristina Curcelli, piano
May 6, 6:00 pm, Faulkner Recital Hall


Mali Obomsawin, bass and Emma Howeiler, piano
May 7, 7:00pm, Faulkner Recital Hall


Connor Regan, tenor and Ólafur Olafsson, baritone
May 12, 3:30 pm, Faulkner Recital Hall

Edward Pyun, cello
May 19, 2:00 pm, Faulkner Recital Hall


Professor William Cheng's Feature in Pacific Standard


The Radical Compassion of Frederick Douglass
The abolitionist's 200th birthday is a good occasion to unravel the peculiar mystery behind his most (mis)quoted words.

William Cheng
Feb 14, 2018

At a press event for Black History Month a year ago, newly inaugurated President Donald Trump went off-script. "I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King," he recited from his paper, before switching to improv: "Frederick Doug ... Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice ... big impact."

Continue reading article here.

The 2018 Tracy Piano Competition

The Dartmouth College Department of Music and the Tracy Piano Series present the 2018 Tracy Piano Competition with guest judge Professor Doris Stevenson.  The piano competition will take place Friday, May 11 at 7:00 pm in Faulkner Recital Hall.  On Saturday, May 12 Professor Stevenson will be offering a master class from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Faulkner Recital Hall. 

Both events are free and open to the public.

Dartmouth students interested in participating in the competion must complete an application (pdf) and submit it to the Department of Music by April 11.

Professor Ashley Fure's show reviewed in The New Yorker

From Dartmouth News:

In the News: Infrasound Opera: on Ashley Fure’s ‘The Force of Things’
“The staggering originality of Fure’s latest work ... makes one think that mostly female seasons might have to become the norm,” writes The New Yorker about Assistant Professor of Music Ashley Fure’s new experimental music-theater piece.

Read the complete review in The New Yorker.