Quoted: William Cheng on Meritocracy’s Dark Side

From the Dartmouth Now (May 26, 2015):

“In our perpetual race to get ahead by ‘merit alone,’ we would do well—more importantly, do good—by reflecting on what and who we're willing to leave behind,” says Assistant Professor of Music William Cheng in a Huffington Post opinion piece about the downside of meritocracy.

William Cheng is a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow.

Dartmouth Student & Alumni Composition Prize 2015 Announced

Michael Hogan '77 was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to receive a prize for his composition Haywire for string quartet. In addition to a monetary award, Mr. Hogan will receive a premiere of his work by the FLUX Quartet on May 5th at 8PM in Spaulding Auditorium as part of the Festival of Contemporary American Music.

Quoted: Matthew Marsit on ‘An Evening in Metropolis’

Dartmouth Now takes note when faculty and other members of the community weigh in on issues of the day. Here is today’s “Quoted”:

“It’s outside of the realm of certainly anything that we’re used to in modern cinema,” says Director of Bands Matthew Marsit in a VPR story about the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble’s presentation of An Evening in Metropolis on Feb. 20—a performance that pairs new music with Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent film Metropolis.

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.

Call for Works: Dartmouth Student and Alumni Composition Prize 2015

DARTMOUTH STUDENT AND ALUMNI COMPOSITION PRIZE 2015

Guidelines

  • A composer who is a currently enrolled student or who graduated from either undergraduate or graduate degrees in the Department of Music at Dartmouth College is invited to submit an original score for consideration for the Dartmouth Alumni Competition Prize.
  • Compositions must have been completed within the past two years.
  • Compositions may be in any style.
  • The composer must submit a PDF score, parts, mp3 audio file and the Application for Submission via email. Please include in the subject line of your email the following: DACP Submission <LAST NAME>. Scores must be accurate and legible. No handwritten manuscript will be accepted.
  • No work may be over 10 minutes in duration.
  • Only one composition may be submitted for consideration in the competition.
  • The composition selection committee reserves the right to not make an award if, in the opinion of the committee, no composition is appropriately deserving.

Ensemble

"Listening Machines " (CBC National Radio)

“We imagine that we can close our eyes and relax and enjoy silence, except that, as the composer John Cage wrote about and explored in his own work, there really is no such thing as silence,” says Professor Michael Casey in a CBC radio interview about new consumer electronics that are always listening.

Casey is the James Wright Professor of Music and a professor of computer science.

Songs of the Silk Road (ABC Radio National)

As a guest on ABC Radio National’s “Into the Music,” Dartmouth’s Theodore Levin talks about the history of recording music along the Silk Road. Levin, the Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music, began journeying along the Silk Road in the 1970s to record local musicians, the story notes.

“When I came to the region in the 1970s I asked around,” says Levin. “I wanted to know, who are the best musicians? Who should I go listen to? And of course, it was hard then. It was the cold war and not everyone felt comfortable inviting an American into their house. But by the end of the ’80s, beginning of the ’90s, those trepidations had dissipated and I was able to gain access to really the finest musicians of the region.”

Listen to the full story, broadcast 1/10/15 by ABC Radio National.

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