Performances and Talks
To the Fullest: The Music of Julius Eastman and T.J. Anderson8:00 pm
Arms Music Center, Amherst College, 53 College St, Amherst, MA 01002
Performed by pianists: John McDonald, Eric Sawyer, Thomas Stumpf, and Dan Langa '18
With works described as “minimal in form but maximal in effect,” composer and performer Julius Eastman spent his career challenging audiences. Eastman’s self-aware queerness and blackness fueled his often highly controversial–in both title and performance–compositions. His involvement in both the “uptown” and “downtown” music scenes during the mid to late 20th century has made it difficult to characterize and historicize him in the canon of American experimental music. Professor Emeritus of Music at Tufts University, Mark DeVoto, describes T.J. Anderson as having spent a long and distinguished career composing music reflecting a global awareness of human experience in the 20th century, synthesizing Eastern and Western classical traditions with the Black experience in America. His works reveal inspiration from a variety of classical styles ranging from Purcell to Alban Berg, and techniques and forms ranging from the serially rigorous to the freely improvisatory.
Lecture and Demonstration: Stirring Up the Music: The Life and Works of Composer T.J. Anderson4:30 pm
Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Second Floor, Frost Library, Amherst College, 61 Quadrangle, Amherst, MA 01002
Amherst College 2016-2017 Valentine Visiting Professor of Music John McDonald presents a talk on his in-progress biography project on the composer T.J. Anderson.
Complete with musical performances sounding out Anderson’s recent works from the piano, pianist, composer and scholar Prof. John McDonald’s presentation contextualizes Anderson’s career highlights and achievements from the point of view of a composer/performer, musical collaborator, and chronicler. McDonald partitions and analyzes Anderson’s work and influence in five chronological phases.
Fidelio Trio at Spectrum7:00 pm
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St. 2nd floor, New York, New York 10011
Fidelio Trio featuring Mary Dullea, piano; Adi Tal, 'cello;Darragh Morgan, violin, play music by Linda Buckley, Philip Glass, Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield, Zack Browning, Michael Hersch, Orlando Jacinto Garcia and John McDonald.
This is a rare opportunity to see such a widely-acclaimed ensemble in such an intimate setting. The …virtuosic Fidelio Trio… (Sunday Times). Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, UK-based Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.
Juxtapositions: Thomas Stumpf Piano Recital8:00 pm
Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155
Tufts faculty pianist Thomas Stumpf will give a solo recital featuring world prenieres by John McDonald, Hayes Biggs, and Kareem Roustom, as well as music by Yehudi Wyner, Marti Epstein, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, and Bartok.
This concert is associated with the release of Thomas' 2-CD album "Reflections on Time and Mortality," which will be on sale in the lobby during the post-concert reception!