The New Directions Cello Association and Festival Inc. (NDCA& F) is a 501c3 not for profit organization that has created a network for the growing field of alternative and non-classical cello. The goals of the NDCA&F are to encourage interaction among non-classical cellists, and to promote awareness among all cellists and the musically oriented public about the contributions that cellists are making in many styles of contemporary music. This encompasses those musical styles which are not commonly taught to cellists at music schools (jazz, blues, rock, folk, experimental, ethnic, etc.) especially those involving improvisation.
The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame will induct four percussion artists as the eyes of the percussion world turn to Austin, Texas for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) from October 31-November 3, 2012. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring the four newest members, will be held Thursday, November 1, 2012 before the PASIC Thursday Evening Concert at the Austin Convention Center. The Class of 2012 features four important figures who have shaped the percussion world through their innovations, performances and scholarly work.
Six members of the Ithaca Bach Ensemble performed their final concert of the year in Wellin Hall on the campus of Hamilton College on Saturday, April 28th. Deborah Montgomery (soprano), David Parks (tenor), Wendy Herbener Mehne (flute), Nicholas DiEugenio (violin), Elizabeth Simkin (cello) and Jean Radice (harpsichord and organ) performed selections from J. S. Bach’s vast repertory, which included solo vocal arias, selections from the Musical Offering and Bach’s B minor flute sonata.
Students and their families are invited to the Commencement Eve Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 8:30 p.m. in Ben Light Gymnasium. Admission is free.
Directed by award-winning composer and Professor Dana Wilson, this year's theme is "Am I because we are?" and features performances by the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Ragtime Marimba Band, Jazz Ensemble, and several soloists. The presentation features a unique “kaleidoscope” format that will give listeners nearly an hour of continuous, exciting music.
Since 2002, Jeffery Meyer has been the Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia one of St. Petersburg’s most innovative and progressive ensembles. He is also the Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College School of Music.
The Troika International Festival 2012, organized and executed by Meyer and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, is the first of its kind in St. Petersburg. The event is presenting a four day collaborative journey with three of the world’s cultural tours de force, and bringing together musicians and composers from China, the United States and Russia.