Nicholas Walker, Greg Evans and Ithaca College School of Music faculty and students explore new contexts for 2011 Billboard hits by Postal Service, Beyoncé, Cee Lo Greeg, Foster the People, Katy Perry, The Shins, Bon Iver, Kings of Leon, and Adele. This free concert will take place on the afternoon of Friday January 27th at 4:30 pm in Hockett Family Recital Hall in the Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca College.
Creatively engaging today’s most commercially successful music through collaboration and improvisation.
The Festival was singled out from 125 competing Festivals for this award. It is a major distinction, honoring the performances of Peter Tiboris, Renato Zanella, Janet Galvan, Earl Rivers, Tim Sharp, Olympia Dukakis, and Eilana Lappalainen, during July 2011.
The Ithaca College School of Music was honored to present its premiere ensembles, the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Choir as the opening concert at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Annual Winter Conference on December 1. In honor of the conference, first held at Ithaca College in 1932, over 200 School of Music students created a special night of music in Rochester.
Jeffery Meyer, Director of Orchestras, and the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra (ICCO) will perform music by Vivaldi and Beethoven and feature the North American premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, a joint commission by the ICCO and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (St. PCP). Meyer, who is director of orchestras at Ithaca College, conducts both ensembles. Renowned pianist Ursula Oppens is soloist in the Kaminsky concerto. The concert at 8 p.m. in Ford Hall is free and open to the public. Kaminsky will be available to speak with composers 12/8 from 7-8:30pm and conduct a piano masterclass 12/9 from 5-6:30pm.
Meyer said, "It is an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with Ursula Oppens, who is such a distinguished and important figure in American new music, as well as composer Laura Kaminsky, who wrote this concerto specifically for Oppens, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra."
Through the Healthy Living for Musicians Initiative, The Ithaca College School of Music is committed to keeping our students happy and healthy. We offer programs and services, in conjunction with departments across campus, to clear your mind, heal your body, and protect you as a musician. These new courses are available in the spring: