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Judith Shatin has received a Fromm Foundation commission to create a piece for amplified string quartet and electronics for the Cassatt Quartet. She has completed The Jumblies (SSA+ piano) commissioned by The Peninsula Women’s Chorus with conductor Martin Benvenuto. She has also composed a piano piece, To Keep Away the Dark, commissioned for pianist Gayle Martin Henry, for whom Shatin also composed her piano concerto, The Passion of St. Cecilia.
Jefferson, In His Own Words, a co-commission of the Charlottesville & University Symphony and the Illinois, Richmond and Virginia Symphonies by the Illinois Symphony conducted by Karen Deal on 2/12-2/13/10, and then by the Charlottesville & University Symphony conducted by Kate Tamarkin on 4/24-4/25/10. The Jumblies (SSA + piano) by The Peninsula Women’s Chorus at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA on 12/4/10.
Spring Tides (amp. fl, cl, vln, vcl, pno, interactive electronics) was featured on the Beyond the Machine Festival at Juilliard, where it was performed on 3/25, 3/26, and 3/27. Cherry Blossom, Wrapped Thing, After Hokusai, Spring Tides on the Gamper Contemporary Music Festival at the Bowdoin Festival on 8/1/10. Amulet (SSA) and Shapirit Y’fehfiah (SSA) by Concerto Della Donna conducted by Iwan Edwards at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal on 5/30/10. Grito del Corazón (variable ensemble + electronics with optional video) by Michael Strauss, saxophone; Dana Jessen, bassoon, at the Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium. Widdershins, Icarus, Tower of the Eight Winds, Penelope’s Song, and Fledermaus Fantasy, by the Borup-Ernst Duo at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Charlottesville on 5/8/10.
Jefferson, In His Own Words (narrator + orchestra), and The Jumblies (SSA + piano), both by Wendigo Music.
Tower of the Eight Winds (CD of Shatin’s music for vln/pno/electronics), Innova (#770); Cherry Blossom and a Wrapped Thing; After Hokusai (amp. cl/electronics) on a CD of clarinetist F. Gerard Errante on the Aucourant label (AUREC 1001); and Ockeghem Variations (wind quintet plus piano) on The Dutch Connection, recorded by the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble for Etcetera records.
Shatin is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia. She founded The Virginia Center for Computer Music (VCCM) in 1987 and continues to serve as its Director. This year the VCCM celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a tour of music created by current faculty and graduate students. Tour stops include the Thalia at Symphony Space in New York, as well as stops in Delaware and Virginia, culminating in a concert at Live Arts in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA. This season she was BMI Composer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University, and gave lectures and masterclasses at Florida International University and the University of Delaware. Upcoming projects include a new work for Da Capo Chamber Players, to premiere at Merkin Hall on June 1, 2009. She continues to explore timbral worlds, including the sonic environment of Jefferson’s Rotunda at the University of Virginia, which is featured in her film collaboration with Boston-based filmmaker Robert Arnold. The two collaborated on a long-term project, collecting images of sounds of the Rotunda for a year-long period, resulting in a short film which will be presented this season.
The Minnesota Center Chorale under the direction of J. Michele Edwards introduced the commissioned work, Songs of War and Peace for chorus and orchestra, May 4, 2008, St. Cloud, MN. Marianne Gythfeldt premiered Penelope’s Song, in a new version for amplified clarinet and electronic playback, October 30, Delaware Center for Creative Arts, Wilmington, DC. The McKim Fund of the Library of Congress commission Tower of the Eight Winds, for violin and piano, was first heard in a December 11 performance by Lina Bahn and Lura Johnson at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Peneleope’s Song for amplified cello and DVD was presented April 22, 2008, International Alliance of Women in Music International Conference, Beijing Central Conservatory, China. Laura Wilcox and Jose Lopez performed Doxa, for viola and piano, May 18 at the Deering Estate, Miami, FL. Clave, for flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, was heard August 3 in a performance by the New Juilliard Ensemble with conductor Joel Sachs, Summergarden Series, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Pianist Jose Lopez played Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi August 17, Bass Museum, Miami, FL. Run, for piano quartet, was presented October 10 on the Living Artist Series, Deering Estate, Miami, FL.
The Jabberwocky, TTBB; Alleluia, SATB; Why the Caged Bird Sings, SATB and piano; all by E.C. Schirmer. Glyph, solo clarinet, string quartet, and piano; by Wendigo Music.
Spin, for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello; North South Recordings 9#1046.
The composer writes, “2007-08 included an inspiring voyage, teaching Music Theory with a Latin American Twist and Soundscape Composition on Semester-at-Sea while traveling down the Pacific Coast of Central and South America. The University of Virginia (UVA) has recently taken over the academic management of this fantastic program. Now I’ve returned after a year’s leave to teaching in UVA’s Ph.D. program, Composition and Computing Technologies, as well as in our undergraduate program. It’s also been a period of exciting projects, including a film project called Rotunda, with art filmmaker Robert Arnold, sponsored by UVA. We collected still images of Jefferson’s Rotunda from a fixed position over the course of a year, as well as sounds in and around the Rotunda, and people talking about the Rotunda to use as source material. I have a recording project in the works with the Cassatt Quartet, and an orchestration of my Songs of War and Peace, commissioned by the Minnesota Central Chorale, conducted by J. Michele Edwards to be premiered on May 4, 2008. I continue my enthusiasms for both acoustic and digital media, often percussion sextet combining them, and twisting them into combinations that embody close attention to perceived experience. The phenomenological meets the philosophical!” www.judithshatin.com.
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City commissioned and then introduced Why the Caged Bird Sings, a setting of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “Sympathy,” on March 24, 2006. A new version of Penelope’s Song for Amplified Cello and Electronics, with video by Kathy Aoki and Marco Marquez, was premiered by cellist Maxine Neumann on the Cutting Edge Series at Symphony Space in NYC on April 9.
Secret Ground, for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, was performed April 22, 2007, by the Contemporary Music Forum at the Corcoran Art Museum in Washington, DC. The San Jose (CA) Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Turner, presented Stringing the Bow May 20 at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose. Marvelous Pursuits, for vocal quartet and piano 4-hands, was presented August 22 by the Staunton (VA) Music Festival. Soprano Pamela Dellal performed Akhmatova Songs October 14, as part of the 2007-08 season of Dinosaur Annex. And Songs of War and Peace is on Cantori New York’s program, conducted by Mark Shapiro, and was presented November 3 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, New York, NY.