Ithaca College's Kulmusik To Offer A Free Preview Of The Concert To Be Performed In St. Petersburg, Russia

ITHACA, NY — Kulmusik, the Ithaca College School of Music’s Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, will perform a free concert on Friday, Nov. 14. Beginning at 8:15 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall, the concert will preview the program the group will perform at the 20th International New Music Festival, Sound Ways, in St. Petersburg, Russia, this November. The Russian concert will take place at Glinka Hall of the Philharmonic, one of St. Petersburg’s most beautiful and prestigious halls.

In addition to the concert at Ithaca College, Kulmusik will perform the St. Petersburg program at three other area venues.

  • Tuesday, Nov.18, 7:30 p.m., as part of “Music at St. Luke” at the St. Luke Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Ave., Ithaca
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Setnor Auditorium, Syracuse University
  • Friday, Dec. 5, 7:15 p.m., NYSSMA conference, Rochester

Kulmusik combines six faculty members and eight students under the artistic leadership of Sally Lamb and conductor Jeffery Meyer. Lamb 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.

“My vision for the ensemble is multifaceted,” Lamb said. “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, along with 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 School of Music 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, Nov. 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 Ithaca College School of Music presents nearly 300 free concerts and recitals each year. For more information, visit or call (607) 274-3717.

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