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October 2005

Thursday, October 6th

April 2007

Friday, April 20th

  • Guest Artist and Faculty Concert: Argentina - Arts and Politics
    • Share a rich evening of enthralling music and conversation about contemporary popular, folk and art music from Argentina. Guests include composer Pablo Ortiz and music critic Federico Monjeau, whose commentary will be accompanied by performances from the faculty and students of the Carleton College Music Department. Featuring the music of Ortiz, Piazzolla, Guastavino and arrangements of songs made popular by Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa. Presented together with the department of Latin American Studies as part of Foro Latinamericano 2007.
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

September 2007

Friday, September 28th

  • Christopher U. Light Lectureship Concert I: Nicola Melville, Piano
    • Come and be part of the first audience to hear the world premiere of twelve new solo piano works commissioned by faculty pianist, Nicola Melville. These new pieces are a wonderful celebration of American sounds and influences: jazz, funk, tango, Appalachian, Peruvian, rock, minimalism, blues, ragtime and more. Ten of the composers will be discussing their pieces during the evening, including Carleton’s own Phillip Rhodes, 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Augusta Read Thomas, and Minneapolis-based Stephen Paulus. A fun and intriguing evening, where the creative talents of these incredible composers will be shared through these diverse miniatures of American music. Funded by The Jerome Composers Commissioning Program, the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council, the Christopher U. Light Fund, the Dayton-Hudson Distinguished Visiting Artists Fund and Carleton College.
    • 7:00 pm, Concert Hall

October 2007

Saturday, October 6th

  • Symposium: Doc Evans and Traditional Jazz
    • “Jazz and the American Experience” John Hasse (‘71), Curator of American Music, National Museum of American Music, Smithsonian Institution “The Dixieland Jazz Revival Revisited” Jeffrey Taylor (’81), Associate Professor of Music, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York “The Cornet Style of Doc Evans” Mark Flaherty (’94), Assistant Professor of Music, Northern Michigan University
    • 9:00 am, Boliou 104
  • Panel Discussion: “Remembering Doc”
    • Butch Thompson, Charlie DeVore, Leigh Kammen, Allan Evans Video: Doc Evans with Art Hodes, Chicago PBS (1968)
    • 1:30 pm, Boliou 104

April 2008

Saturday, April 5th

  • Guest Artist and Faculty workshop
    • While in residency, RenegadeEnsemble will work closely with students and faculty to explore contemporary improvisational techniques, extended instrumental techniques, vocal repertoire, and conducting in workshops taking place Saturday April 5, 2008 at 10:30AM in the Concert Hall culminating in a massive performance by all participants of the Terry Riley landmark minimalist piece, In C. The RenegadeEnsemble residency will take place on April 4 and 5, 2008. Information about participating in the open workshops can be directed to Matthew McCright in the Music Department. For more information about RenegadeEnsemble visit our web-site at or e-mail us at
    • 10:30 am, Concert Hall

January 2009

Thursday, January 15th

April 2009

Friday, April 10th

  • Guest Artist Workshop: Daithi Sproule & Laura MacKenzie, Irish and Scottish traditional music
    • Irish and Scottish Traditional Music: Repertoire and Style In this workshop, acclaimed musicians Laura MacKenzie and Dáithí Sproule will perform and discuss a range of their repertoire, which is the product of a life-long devotion to and study of this wonderful music. Irish and Scottish traditional music is a living, thriving art form practiced at the highest level right here in Minnesota. Laura and Dáithí look forward to sharing insights and stories, fielding questions and providing practical advice based on their many years of performing, recording -- and enjoying! -- this music.
    • 3:30 pm, Concert Hall
  • Guest Artist Concert: Daithi Sproule & Laura MacKenzie
    • Dáithí Sproule, well-known for his pioneering guitar styles, deep knowledge of Irish song, and his place in the internationally acclaimed Irish supergroup Altan, is a brilliant musician and a virtual font of cultural knowledge and lore. Laura MacKenzie and Dáithí have been making music together since the days of the Northern Star Ceili Band and now offer a wonderful concert duo, featuring a rich gamut of traditional Irish and Scottish music plus Dáithí's recent compositions. MacKenzie’s arsenal of wind-powered instruments (flutes, whistles, pipes, and concertina) are all featured, supported by Sproule’s fresh and innovative guitar accompaniments. They are both esteemed singers as well, and delight in sharing their treasure chests of traditional song. In conjunction with concert dates, Dáithí and Laura offer clinics and workshops, such as: Traditional Songs in Irish and English, Irish Song Poetry, Guitar Accompaniments, Learning the Tin Whistle, Irish Flute Techniques, Irish and Scottish Repertoire, Piping Hot Bagpipes, and more. Currently, Laura and Dáithí are individual finalists for the 2009 Bush Foundation Artists Fellowships. Their label, New Folk Records, has called for a duo CD this year - watch for its release, summer '09.
    • 7:00 pm, Concert Hall

Thursday, April 16th

Friday, April 17th

  • Laudie Porter Guest Artist Concert: Emily Lodine, mezzo soprano, Nicola Melville, piano
    • Distinguished mezzo soprano Emily Lodine will perform a recital of favorites and surprises at Carleton College. Lodine has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philip Glass Ensemble and at Carnegie Hall under the baton of John Rutter, and she is a member of the Grammy- nominated group Conspirare. Acclaimed for her vocal skills and ability to inspire audiences, Lodine will perform music of Bach, Bolcom and Mahler, as well as Schumann's beloved song cycle "Frauenliebe und Leben." Lodine will also offer a master class open to the public.
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

Sunday, April 19th

  • Guest Artist Lecture Recital: David Porter, Piano
    • “A Return to Concord” - David Porter, a member of the Carleton faculty for many years, returns to play Charles Ives’ monumental Concord Sonata, a work called at the time of its 1939 premiere “the greatest piece of music written by an American.” David Porter taught classics and music at Carleton College from 1962-87, serving also as Carleton’s president in 1986-87. From 1987-99 he was president of Skidmore College, then taught at Williams (1999-2008) and Indiana University (2008) before returning to Skidmore last year as the Tisch Family Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts. He has given recitals and lecture-recitals throughout the United States, in Great Britain, and on radio and TV, including a number of performances of the Concord Sonata in recent years. Porter is the author of books on Horace and on Greek tragedy and of three monographs on Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury, and editor, with Gunther Schuller and Clara Steuermann, of a book on pianist and Schoenberg colleague Edward Steuermann, with whom Porter studied 1955-62. His book On the Divide: the Many Lives of Willa Cather, was published in 2008 by the University of Nebraska Press, and a second book on Cather, co-authored with a colleague at Drew University, will appear in late 2009.
    • 3:00 pm, Concert Hall

Friday, April 24th

  • Christopher U. Light Lectureship Concert "The String Quartets of Jefferson Friedman" Chiara Quartet
    • Playing "Chamber Music in Any Chamber," the Chiara Quartet expands the spaces for quartet music, reaching from the concert hall into clubs, bars, and galleries, but always returning chamber music to its roots. Described by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "vastly talented, vastly resourceful, and vastly committed to the music of their time," the quartet is also continually searching for new meaning within the well-established quartet canon. Their style is best described as a nonstop journey along the edges of expressive possibility: "luminous," "searing," (New York Times) "soulful," "biting," and possessing a "potent collective force" (Strings Magazine).
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

January 2010

Monday, January 11th

April 2010

Saturday, April 24th

May 2010

Friday, May 7th

  • Christopher U. Light Lectureship Concert: Nicolas Collins, composer
    • Composer Nicolas Collins will present a concert of various works for slightly misused technology. Some of the pieces will employ musicians from the Carleton community. New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for many years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous soloist and ensembles around the world. He lived most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and since 1999 a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The second edition of his book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, was published by Routledge in 2009. Collins has the dubious distinction of having played at both CBGBs and the Concertgebouw.
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

Saturday, May 8th

Friday, May 21st

  • Guest Artist Concert: CONCIERTO DE TANGO
    • Latin Grammy-winner bandoneonist Raul Jaurena is joined by keyboardist Maurizio Najt, bass player Jorge Longo, and violinist Leonardo Suarez Paz, son of Fernando Suarez Paz, Piazzolla's violinist for many years, for an evening of intoxicating tango music. The New York City-based Argentinian musicians create an historical journey through the tango music of Buenos Aires, from its humble origins at the beginning of the twentieth century, to the great composers and orchestras of the golden age of tango and the legacy of the great composer and bandoneonist, Astor Piazzolla.
    • 8:00 pm, Concert Hall

Saturday, May 22nd

September 2010

Friday, September 24th

  • Christopher U. Light Lecture and Concert: The Bad Plus (Ticketed event)
    • Christopher U. Light Lectureship Lecture and Concert: The Bad Plus. Called "audacious and rule breaking," over the last ten years. The Bad Plus has, in the words of the New York Times, been "better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60s jazz and indie rock." Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and percussionist David King have broken down the walls of jazz convention and shown that the jazz tradition of innovation is still very much alive. Their nine CDs constitute a body of work representing collective music making at its most compelling.
    • 7:00 pm, Concert Hall

April 2012

Thursday, April 19th

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Saturday, September 29th

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Thursday, September 19th

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