Talking Music Series
Our Talking Music series brings prominent artists to campus to perform and discuss their music, with a particular focus on contemporary compositions. This year's events will feature Percussion Group Cincinnati and a week-long residency by prominent contemporary composer Alexander Goehr. You can find more information about our guest artists below.
- 2 Talking Music: Percussion Group Cincinnati • Works by John Luther Adams, Gian Carlo Menotti, Colin McPhee, John Cage, and others • 7:30 pm, Hill Hall Room 107
- 3 Masterclass: Allen Otte of Percussion Group Cincinnati
- 4 William S. Newman Artists Series • Four UNC Composers • Works by Allen Anderson, Stephen Anderson, Stefan Litwin, and Lee Weisert, featuring Allen Otte of Percussion Group Cincinnati • 8:00 pm, Hill Hall Auditorium • $15 general admission ($10 students, UNC faculty and staff) • tickets available at the door
- 7 A Discussion with Alexander Goehr • 4:00 pm, Duke University; Biddle Music Library, Seminar Room
- 9 Talking Music: The Music of Alexander Goehr (composer), Louise Toppin (soprano), Christin Danchi (violin), Katharina Uhde (viola), Saar Berger (French horn), Ib Hausmann (clarinet), Axel Bauni (piano), Clara Yang (piano), and Stefan Litwin (piano) • 7:30 pm, Person Recital Hall •
Percussion Group Cincinnati
Percussion Group Cincinnati was founded in 1979 and consists of members Allen Otte, James Culley, and Russell Burge, all of whom are faculty members and ensemble-in-residence at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Their daily rehearsal schedule is supplemented with the teaching and coaching of young musicians, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in creative music, in teaching, and with major symphony orchestras. Appearances in their national and international touring schedule have included the major cities, festivals, concert halls and schools of America, Europe and Asia. Percussion Group Cincinnati is particularly respected for its knowledge of and experience with the entire range of the music of John Cage, having made tours and festival appearances with him on a number of occassions in Europe and in America, and having had pieces created by Cage especially for the Group. More recently, the Group has developed similar special relationships with John Luther Adams, Qu Xiao-Song, Russell Peck, and young composers from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Alexander Goehr, composer and teacher, was born in Berlin in 1932, son of the conductor Walter Goehr, and was brought to England in 1933. He studied with Richard Hall at the Royal Manchester College of Music (where together with Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies and John Ogdon he formed the New Music Manchester Group) and with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod in Paris. In the early 1960s he worked for the BBC and formed the Music Theatre Ensemble, the first ensemble devoted to what has become an established musical form. From the late 1960s onwards he taught at the New England Conservatory Boston, Yale, Leeds and in 1975 was appointed to the chair of the University of Cambridge, where he remains Emeritus Professor. He has also taught in China and has twice been Composer-in-residence at Tanglewood.
Goehr has written five operas [Arden Must (1967), Behold the Sun (1985), Arianna (1995), Kantan & Damask Drum (1999), and Promised End (2010)] and a music theater Triptych (1968-70). His orchestral works include four symphonies, concerti for piano, violin, viola and cello, and other orchestral compositions, which have been commissioned and performed by major organizations and leading conductors.