UO Music and dance wrap through May 9
The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance will feature the family-friendly, interactive music festival, as well as the second concert in the acclaimed Oregon String Quartet’s six-concert Beethoven Cycle, well-known French soprano Anne Azéma and virtuoso violinist Midori in a public lecture. The UO School of Music and Dance is located in the Frohnmayer Music Building on the UO campus, 961 E. 18th Ave. For more information or to receive a complete calendar of events, call 541-346-5678 or visit music.uoregon.edu.
Public Lecture: Midori Gotō
“Singing for your Supper: Your Career in Music”Thursday, April 26 1 p.m., Room 178, Frohnmayer Music Building Free Admission
Violin virtuoso Midori addresses the student forum of the UO School of Music and Dance, in a public discussion on the topic of careers and futures in the music industry. Free and open to the public. Born in Osaka, Japan, Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children, ever since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic over 25 years ago. Named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, she has created a new model for young artists who seek to balance the joys and demands of a performing career at the highest level with a hands-on investment in the power of music to change lives.Midori collaborates with many top orchestras and conductors, andderives as much pleasure from her many community engagement projects as she does from her performing career. This event is co-sponsored by the Eugene Symphony Association.
The Life of Bob Marley: Unreleased Films and Photos, with Roger SteffensThursday, April 26 7:15 p.m., Thelma Schnitzer Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building Free Admission
A live multimedia presentation by author, archivist, lecturer and photographer Roger Steffens. Called by the New York Times “the next best thing to seeing Bob Maley live,” Steffens’ presentation “The Life of Bob Marley” is the definitive story of the reggae icon, as told through two hours of unreleased films and videos—home movies, rehearsal films, a long-suppressed documentary on the assassination attempt on Bob’s life and previously unseen live shows and interviews. Steffens also narrates Marley’s life story, based in part on dozens of hours’ worth of interviews with the surviving Wailer, Bunny Livingston, and hundreds of other interviews with his band, family and friends conducted over four decades.
Anne Azéma, Soprano and Shira Kammen, Medieval Fiddle and HarpFriday, April 27 8 p.m., Beall Concert Hall $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors
French soprano Anne Azéma, is one of the world's leading interpreters of early vocal music. She has been acclaimed by critics on four continents for her original, passionate, and vivid approach to songs and texts of the Middle Ages. Azéma's current discography numbers around thirty recordings as a soloist or a recitalist. She has been a soloist with numerous other ensembles, large and small, early and contemporary. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. The UO School of Music and Dance has named Azémaa 2012 Trotter Visiting Professor, a mark of distinction reserved for honored guest artists and scholars. As part of her honorary professorship, Azémahas planned a UO residency in which she will interact directly with UO students and with members of the public. Anne Azéma’s visit is co-sponsored by: the Oregon Humanities Center Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; the Oregon Humanities Center Visiting Scholar Fund; the Robert M. Trotter Fund of the UO School of Music and Dance; the Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education; the Giustina Family Professorship in Italian Language and Literature; the UO Department of Romance Languages; the UO Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; the Departments of Musicology and Voice of the UO School of Music and Dance; the UO Dean of Graduate Research; the UO College of Arts and Sciences; and the UO Department of Comparative Literature.
Future Music OregonSaturday, April 28 8 p.m., Thelma Schnitzer Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors
A concert by the students of Future Music Oregon, the Intermedia Music Technology Center at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. FMO is dedicated to the exploration of sound and its creation, to new forms of musical and new media performance, and to the innovative use of computers and other recent technologies to create expressive music and new media compositions. For more information, visit pages.uoregon.edu/fmo.
UO Symphony Orchestra
Featuring UO Concerto Competition WinnersSunday, April 29 3 p.m., Beall Concert Hall $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors
The UO Symphony, under the direction of conductor Vincent Centeno, will perform alongside the winners of the School of Music and Dance’s January concerto competition. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363.The 36 contestants underwent a rigorous process, with the 12 finalists competing before internal and external judges. Now four winners have emerged to claim their prize: a public performance supported by the UO Symphony. Julianna Han, flute will play the third movement from Ibert's "Flute Concerto." Matthew Keown, marimba will perform Abe's "Prism Rhapsody." Christopher Scherer, violin will perform the first movement from Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto." Michael Seregow, piano will play the first movement from Brahms's "Second Piano Concerto."
Public Lecture: Anne Azéma, Soprano
“Thank Goodness! That's what I wanted: Women as Game Leaders in Medieval Lyric”Thursday, May 3 1 p.m., Room 178, Frohnmayer Music Building Free admission
French soprano Anne Azéma, one of the world's leading interpreters of early vocal music, speaks to the Student Forum of the UO School of Music and Dance. Free and open to the public. Courtly love poetry and music from the European Middle Ages–songs, poems, and narratives–make up a fascinating and brilliant corpus, powerfully influential during its time in shaping attitudes towards love and sexuality, and still vital and engaging to us today as contemporary men and women. A significant number of these works are composed in the feminine voice, speaking and singing of love's joys and sorrows as experienced by women. What are these voices? What are they seeking to express? How "real" are they? (And what is "reality" in such a context?) This lecture will explore possible answers to these questions, as well as the related issue of modern-day performance of such medieval source material.
Emerging Artist SeriesThursday, May 3 8 p.m., Beall Concert Hall Free Admission
The UO School of Music and Dance is pleased to offer the second Emerging Artist Series (EArS) concert. Performers for the May 3 concert include a flutist, a guitarist, a vocalist, and ensembles spanning the areas of dance, jazz, string quartet, percussion and piano/winds. EArS is a premier recital program designed to introduce developing top-flight student performers in music and dance to the UO and to the wider Eugene and Oregon communities. This free concert is open to the public, and is an excellent way for concertgoers to absorb the breadth and depth of the SOMD’s incredible roster of student performers. EArS performers are selected each winter and spring by the performance faculty of the School of Music and Dance.
Sherman Clay Presents: UO Pianos in PortlandThursday, May 37 p.m., Sherman Clay Pianos, 131 NW 13th Ave, Portland Free Admission
A concert by members of the UO Piano Studio, featuring students of Alexandre Dossin. The performers for this international evening of music include undergraduate students Priscilla Dantas (Brazil) and Julianne Shepard (US), and graduate students Asya Gulua (Russia), Arsen Gulua (Ukraine), Gabriel Coelho (Brazil).
Public Lecture: Barbara Lundquist
“Teaching Musics of the World's Cultures: Cultural Boundary Crossing”Friday, May 4 3:15 p.m., Collier House Free Admission
Part of the UO’s Steve Larson Distinguished Lecture Series. Musicologist Barbara Lundquist, professor emerita at the University of Washington, discusses her research with UO faculty and students in the theory and musicology areas. Free and open to the public. As cultural boundaries expand in both the education sphere and in our daily lives, many music educators are not prepared to handle a music curriculum that is newly expanded to accommodate world cultures. Prof. Lundquist will discuss how her experience with African music has been affected not only by crossing cultural boundaries, but also by her awareness of the implications of African history. The Steve Larson Distinguished Lecture series, which honors the spirit of camaraderie and community evident in the career and life of UO musicologist and musician Steve Larson, is a new academic lecture series coordinated by graduate students of the UO School of Music and Dance.
International Tuba Day CelebrationFriday, May 4 Featuring the UO Tuba-Euphonium Studio 7:30 p.m., Thelma Schnitzer Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building Free Admission
Eugene and the UO join in on the annual international celebration of all things “oom-pah”! Founded in 1979 and celebrated the world over, tuba enthusiasts will gather for a concert of musical repertoire with an emphasis on the contribution of the low brass section, and to recognize the logistical challenges of playing a frequently maligned instrument. For more information, visit tubaday.com.
The Jazz CaféFriday, May 4 7:30 p.m., Aasen-Hull Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors
Students in the UO’s Jazz Program will perform in a variety of jazz combos in a cabaret setting. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363.
[m], a Modern Festival of MusicSaturday, May 5 3 p.m-7 p.m., Frohnmayer Music Building Free Admission
[m]is an annual student-created and student-operated four-hour event showcasing a wide variety of contemporary works, allowing the audience to sample the music in various informal settings, coming and going as they please. Admission is free. Performance spaces in the Frohnmayer Music Building will be devoted to various student chamber and jazz ensembles, with special emphasis on student compositions and intermedia pieces. Children and adults alike can join the soda pop bottle band, chew through the “Symphony in Your Mouth,” experience Nayla Mehdi’s interactive sculpture installation, and respond to blogging prompts on provided computers.
Eugene Contemporary Chamber EnsembleSunday, May 6 7:30 p.m., Aasen-Hull Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building Free Admission
A concert by the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE), a flexible ensemble dedicated to promoting and expanding the repertoire of contemporary concert music. The ensemble’s mission is to perform and premiere new works by young composers from around the world, with emphasis on composers living and working in the northwestern United States.
All That Brass!Monday, May 7 8:15 p.m., Beall Concert Hall $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors
A variety of brass ensembles perform crowd-pleasing tunes at 8:15 p.m. in Beall Concert Hall on the UO campus. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. Included are the UO Horn Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble and the Apocalyptic Brass ensemble.
Poetry in SongTuesday, May 8 7 p.m., Beall Concert Hall Free Admission
A concert in the annual series featuring singers in the Vocal Studies program at the UO School of Music and Dance. Admission is free.
Oregon String QuartetWednesday, May 9 8 p.m., Beall Concert Hall $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors
Concert livestream: http://music.uoregon.edu/beethovencycle
The acclaimed Oregon String Quartet will present the second of an ambitious six-concert series in which all 17 of Beethoven’s string quartets will be performed. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. The series is designed such that chamber music connoisseurs may attend all six concerts to absorb the full effect of Beethoven’s masterworks, while casual fans of the composer can alternately attend concerts à la carte. Repertoire for this second concert in the cycle will include the Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 and the Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1. This concert will be simultaneously livestreamed at music.uoregon.edu/beethovencycle.