Department of Music
 

Performance Listing (February 2014)

Music on Mondays: Richard Masters, piano - 7:30 pm, Monday, February 3, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Music on Mondays presents artist faculty of the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema.  Richard Masters, piano, performs an evening recital.  Faculty Recitals are free of charge and open to the public.

 

 




Student Convocation featuring Scott Johnston, trumpet - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Special convocation featuring Scott Johnston, trumpet.  Free and open to the public.




Student Convocation - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Music students in the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema, perform an informal afternoon recital.  Free and open to the public.




Delta Omicron's 25th Anniversary Reunion Spring Musicale - 7:30 pm, Friday, February 7, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Delta Omicron presents their 25th Anniversary Reunion Spring Musicale. This event is free and open to the public.




Student Convocation - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Music students in the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema, perform an informal afternoon recital.  Free and open to the public.




"Autonomous Robots in Opera", CANCELED - 8:30 am, Friday, February 14, 2014 - Center for the Arts Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

Due to the impending storm and related travel advisories, all three events, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 14 & 15 are canceled. He sends his apologies, and looks forward to visiting Virginia Tech, another time.

Maurice Wright will discuss his collaboration with computer scientist Dr. Rolf Lakaemper, and how they presented "GALATEA_RESET", an opera in two acts for three autonomous robots, 5 singer/actors, dancers and chorus, in September 2013. Programmed in PureData and JAVA, all musical sounds in the performance except for the human singers, were realized in real-time with minimal reliance on pre-recorded audio. Beginning as an etude involving spatial manipulation with moving sound sources, the work evolved into a work of lyric music theater. Each robot was imbued with a persona resulting from a confluence of kinetic sculpture, musical characterization, lighting and movement. The performance score, encoded as a series of text files, contained directions for musical sound, lighting effects, and movement commands. A special set design provided geometric landmarks for the robots, which navigated with laser rangefinders, and dead reckoning. Navigation sensing, motion control, lighting control and sound synthesis were accomplished locally using a single laptop computer connected to a central data source.  Another laptop controlled projected images, including supertitles.

The initial design called for the music synthesis for each robot to use less than 10% of the CPU to provide adequate computing power for range-finding, shape recognition and motion control. The network design called for limited-band data flow (e.g. no audio or video, rather simple text messages), and for a robust system that allowed for robots to drop off the network without disrupting it. A UDP protocol proved both flexible and reliable. The opera was presented three times with no major errors. Maurice will play several brief excerpts of an edited, super-titled recording of the performance.




Composing Virtual Music, Seminar - CANCELED - 3:00 pm, Friday, February 14, 2014 - Center for the Arts Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

Due to the impending storm and related travel advisories, all three events, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 14 & 15 are canceled. He sends his apologies, and looks forward to visiting Virginia Tech, another time.

Learning Studio, Moss Arts Center - Maurice Wright will talk about his use of the programs Csound and Povray to create visual music works in which images complement and explicate the musical sounds in a composition. He will also talk about tonality and narrative as organizing principles in his recent work.




Screening of Maurice Wright's Visual Music - CANCELED - 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Performing Arts Building

Due to the impending storm and related travel advisories, all three events, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 14 & 15 are canceled. He sends his apologies, and looks forward to visiting Virginia Tech, another time.

Special Event:  Screening of Maurice Wright's Visual Music, Room 105, Performing Arts Building - open to staff and students at Virginia Tech.  Free of charge.

The pieces on this program span about 15 years, and each began as a musical composition to which images were added. Beginning with simple two dimensional images, I eventually learned about more sophisticated computer graphics as the processing speed of my computer increased. The cartoon-like character of the pieces remains somewhat constant, even as more photographic images are added into the mix. My goal was to create an environment in which electroacoustic music—a challenging medium for many— can be approached by disguising it as soundtrack. -Maurice Wright

Maurice Wright was born in 1949 in Front Royal, Virginia, a small town situated between the forks of the Shenandoah River near the Blue Ridge Mountains. He received a doctoral degree from Columbia University, where he explored diverse interests that included music composition, computer science and film. He has been commissioned by outstanding ensembles and soloists across the United States, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, the Riverside Symphony, and the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood. The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts have recognized and supported his work. Six CD recordings on New World, Innova and CRI include his compositions.  He is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Composition at Temple University's Boyer College Of Music and Dance. 




Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band Concert - 3:00 pm, Sunday, February 16, 2014 - Center for the Arts Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

CANCELED due to the closing of the campus and lack of rehearsal time.  We aplogize for any inconvenience.

The University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Band perform an afternoon concert. Student ensembles concert tickets are $8 General | $8 Seniors | $5 Students and Youth under 18 years old.  The Moss Arts Center Box Office hours are 12 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. M –F, 12 P.M. - 4 P.M Saturday, and one hour prior to any event on Sundays.  For evening events, tickets will be available all afternoon leading up until the performances.  For more information on events at the Moss Arts Center, go to https://artscenter.vt.edu or call (540) 231-5300.

Link directly to the purchase flow:  https://artscenter.vt.edu/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=131D1D52-F98E-436B-BA65-1757951A8641

 




Electronic Music by Composers at Virginia Tech - 7:30 pm, Monday, February 17, 2014 - Center For the Arts ICAT Cube

A concert of electroacoustic music by composers at Virginia Tech, featuring performances by trombonist Jay Crone. The program includes a variety of live electronic processing, digital sound transformations, and live-generated video. Works by Music faculty Ico Bukvic, Kent Holliday, Eric Lyon, Charles Nichols, and James Sochinski. Cosponsored by the School of Performing Arts, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and the Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio.  Click here to view the promotional poster for this event.




Student Convocation - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Music students in the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema, perform an informal afternoon recital.  Free and open to the public.




Student Recital: Amberley Westermeyer, clarinet - 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Amberley Westermeyer, clarinet, performs a junior recital. Student recitals are free and open to the public.




Student Recital: Benjamin Lawson, saxophone - 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Benjamin Lawson performs a senior saxophone recital.  Student recitals are free and open to the public.




Student Recital: Olivia Stansbury, flute - 4:00 pm, Sunday, February 23, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Olivia Stansbury performs a senior flute recital.  Student recitals are free and open to the public.




Visiting Artist Convocation: Cecilia Kang, clarinet - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Cecilia Kang, clarinet, presents a masterclass to music students in the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema. Free and open to the public.




Visiting Artist Series: Cecilia Kang, clarinet - 7:30 pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

The Visiting Artist Series of the School of Performing Arts Music | Theatre | Cinema presents Cecilia Kang, clarinet and Geraldine Ong, piano.  Their performance will include works by Schumann, Beethoven, and Debussy. This concert is free of charge.

Clarinetist Cecilia Kang joined the music faculty at North Dakota State University as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2012. During the summers, she serves as the clarinet artist-faculty at Grumo Music Festival in Italy and at Luzerne Music Center in New York.  First Prize National Winner of the Canadian Music Competition and Second Prize Winner of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition, Cecilia Kang has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Kingsway Foundation, the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, DC. Early this year, she has also received the FORWARD Mentorship Grant and the Hendrickson Award from North Dakota State University.

Cecilia Kang earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Her main teachers have included Daniel Gilbert, Yehuda Gilad, Joaquin Valdepenas, Joseph Orlowski, Avrahm Galper and Zeng-Ming Liao. She has also participated in master classes and private studies with many world renowned clarinetists including Martin Frost, Karl Leister, Walter Seyfarth, Alexander Bader, Herman Stefansson, Hans Christian Braein, Harri Maki, Eduard Brunner, Frank Cohen, Ted Oien, Mark Nuccio, Bob Crowley, Ricardo Morales, Fan Lei and James Campbell among many others. She is a Rico Performing Artist.




Student Ensembles Concert: University Jazz Bands - 7:30 pm, Friday, February 28, 2014 - Center for the Arts Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

The University Jazz Bands perform an evening concert. Student ensembles concert tickets are $8 General | $8 Seniors | $5 Students and Youth under 18 years old. Tickets on Sale: February 7th. Moss Arts Center Box Office hours are 12 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. M–F, 12 P.M.-4 P.M. Saturday, and one hour prior to any event on Sundays.  For evening events, tickets will be available all afternoon leading up until the performances.  Call (540) 231-5300.  For more information on events at the Moss Arts Center, go to https://artscenter.vt.edu.  Link directly to the article about the performance: https://artscenter.vt.edu/Online/SOPAjazzensembles