Kulmusik to Perform in St. Petersburg, Russia
Kulmusik, the Ithaca College School of Music Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, will perform at the 20th International New Music Festival, Sound Ways, in St. Petersburg, Russia, this November. The concert will take place at Glinka Hall of the Philharmonic, one of St. Petersburg's most beautiful and prestigious halls. The ensemble combines six faculty members and eight students under the artistic leadership of Sally Lamb and conducted by Jeffery Meyer. Lamb, a composer, teaches composition in the School of Music. Meyer, who conducts the two Ithaca College orchestras, is also the music director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. That orchestra has been participating in the Sound Ways new music festival for the past four years, and its director, composer Alexander Radvilovich, invited Kulmusik to perform this year. In addition to the Kulmusik concert, the students will have the opportunity to play with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic during the festival.
The program includes music of Schoenberg, Mackey, Carter, and Ligeti, as well as the world premieres of "Joy Ride" by Lamb and "Weierstrass" by Rezetdinov. Lamb’s vision for the ensemble is multifaceted. The reason for combining students with faculty is to bring a "family" approach by learning challenging repertoire alongside experienced musicians in an environment that is both stimulating and supportive. Commissioning and premiering new works is another important aspect of the ensemble’s programming, as is performing works by composers who visit Ithaca College, which have included Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, and Karel Husa. Lamb also began the Kulmusik Composition Competition, which is open to all IC composition students. The winner of the 2008 Kulmusik Composition Competition was Jared Cowing, whose work "Metropolis Inhabitant 7S2L5D3" will be premiered at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, in the Hockett Family Recital Hall.
Lamb noted: "This trip provides Kulmusik with numerous opportunities: to grow as an ensemble, to contribute a substantial program to a prominent international festival, to connect with musicians from Russia and other countries being represented at the festival, and to foster cultural literacy so critical to a harmonious global society."
The members of Kulmusik are: Sally Lamb, artistic director; Jeffery Meyer and Richard Faria, conductors; Jacqueline Christen, flute; Paige Morgan, oboe; Richard Faria, Adam Butalewicz, clarinet; Tyler Ogilvie, horn; Alicia Aubin, trombone; Susan Waterbury, Kate Goldstein, violin; Lauren Buono, viola; Heidi Hoffman, TJ Borden, cello; Nicholas Walker, bass; Diane Birr, Nathan Gulla, keyboards
Besides the performance in Russia, there will be four opportunities to hear the Kulmusik concert:
- Friday, November 14, 8:15 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College
- Tuesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., as part of "Music at St. Luke" at 109 Oak Avenue, Ithaca
- Thursday, November 20, 8:00 p.m., Setnor Auditorium, Syracuse University
- Friday, December 5, 7:15 p.m., NYSSMA conference, Rochester