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Carleton College Presents “All(most) Alone,” An Eclectic Concert Composed for the Trombone

January 14, 2013
By Jacob Cohn '13

Carleton College will present “All(most) Alone,” an eclectic concert composed for the trombone, on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. Led by Ronald Rodman, professor of music and director of the Carleton Symphony Band, the performance will pieces for solo trombone with “non-human” accompaniment by instruments such as sympathetically-tuned percussion and electronic sounds. The concert takes place in the atrium of the Weitz Center for Creativity and is free and open to the public.

“All(most) Alone” will feature compositions by J. S. Bach as well as modern composers Curtis Olsen, Kevin James and John Cage (a minimalist composer known for his 1952 composition “4’33’’”, which consists entirely of silence). The works will be performed solo and with the backing of Carleton and Northfield trombonists. The concert will also feature the world premiere of Rodman’s piece “Trombone Ghosts,” a “musical collage” for solo trombone and sampled electronic sounds.

Rodman focuses his studies on music theory and the analysis of music in electronic media. He is a contributor to several prestigious journals, a consultant to the College Board on Advanced Placement exams in music theory and the author of Tuning In: American Narrative Television Music (Oxford University Press, 2010). Rodman received his Ph.D. in music theory from Indiana University in 1992.

For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Department of Music at (507) 222-4347. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 North Third Street in Northfield.