Music Department News
- March 30, 2015
Friday, April 3, Carleton's convocation series returns with a special presentation by Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell. From 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Barnwell will present “Building Vocal Communities,” a lecture that traces the evolution of African American communal vocal music from Africa through Spirituals and work songs to the music of the Civil Rights Movement. And later that evening at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Dr. Barnwell will conduct a Community Sing, bringing together voices of all ages from across the campus and greater communities.
Both events are free and open the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
- March 20, 2015
The Carleton College Singers, conducted by professor of music Lawrence Burnet, will perform six times in the Boston area next week (March 22-25). The program features Minnesota composers, including Alex Freeman, Gao Hong, Carol Barnett, Brent Michael Davids, Rene Clausen, Robert Morris, and the late Stephen Paulus.
Area alumni, parents, and friends are encouraged to attend. All performances are free and open to the public.
The Counterfactuals, an indie pop band comprised of Carleton professors Daniel Groll (philosophy), Jason Decker (philosophy), and Andy Flory (music)—along with St. Olaf College philosophy professor Mike Fuerstein—have been selected to appear as part of the 2015 Minnesota Music Summit, sponsored annually by the Minnesota Music Coalition. The Counterfactuals will perform along with nationally-acclaimed musical artists Fathom Lane and Chastity Brown on Friday, April 10 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul, Minn.
- March 6, 2015
Nora Katz ’16 will be presenting a self-written musical play for her junior music recital on March 9–10 in the Weitz Center Theater. For the past two years, Katz has been working with her peers and mentors to prepare “Skylarks: The Jukebox Recital.” If you would like to learn more about what goes into writing and producing a play at Carleton, follow this article to read Nora's first hand account of the play writing process.
- March 3, 2015
The Knightingales, or the Gales for short, were the first all-female a cappella group to grace Carleton campus and have been a strong musical presence on campus for over three decades. On Saturday, March 7th, the Gales will be performing in the Cave. The performance starts at 10:30pm. To learn more about the Gales and what they do, follow this article to read an interview with Gracie McNeely '16, one of the musical arrangers for the group.
On Friday, March 6 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, the Carleton College Orchestra, led by Hector Valdivia, will celebrate the winter season with a special performance featuring Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro Brillante, Op. 13 b; a world premiere performance of How to Build Fences and Gates, a work for orchestra and electronics by visiting composer Jeffrey Treviño; and Gustav Mahler’s titanic Symphony No. 1.
- February 21, 2015
On Saturday, February 21, Carleton students currently enrolled in voice lessons will be presenting "German Liederabend", which is an evening of German art song. This vocal recital will begin at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall. Each song will be performed in German and the concert features pieces from Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Carl Bohm. The collection of pieces range from the Classical period to the Romantic period and into the twentieth century. ...
- February 18, 2015
On Saturday, March 7th, members of the Twin Cities' Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble will be performing musical compositions written by seven Carleton students. These students are members of Jeff Treviño's Composition Studio class, an intimate music course that encourages unique and passionate musical composition with the help of in-class workshops and frequent personal instruction from the professor. In a musical event lasting from 9am to 5pm in the Concert Hall, each student will have one hour to showcase their piece, give an artistic statement about their piece, and receive feedback from a panel of jurors.
Read on for an interview with Josh Ruebeck '17, a student musician who based his compositions on haiku.