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  • The Walden School is one of America’s greatest hidden treasures.

    – Joan Tower, composer


Welcome to The Walden School archive of past season artist rosters. The links below will take you to a listing of concerts and artists from each particular year.

The Walden School 2011 Concert Series
The Walden School 2010 Concert Series
The Walden School 2009 Concert Series
The Walden School 2008 Concert Series
The Walden School 2007 Concert Series
The Walden School 2006 Concert Series
The Walden School 2005 Concert Series
The Walden School 2004 Concert Series
The Walden School 2003 Concert Series
The Walden School 2002 Concert Series
The Walden School 2001 Concert Series

The Walden School 2011 Concert Series

All events are held in the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School (unless otherwise noted), begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free of charge and open to the public.

June 12
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
(Earle Recital Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA)
Works by Nathan Davis, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Edgard Varese, Iannis Xenakis, Mario Diaz de León, J.S. Bach.

June 15
Creative Musicians Retreat Composers Forum
(Earle Recital Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA)
Moderated by Russell Pinkston
Works to include world premieres written by participants in the Creative Musicians Retreat, performed by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and followed by a moderated discussion, led by Russell Pinkston.

June 17
Creative Musicians Retreat Composers Forum
(Earle Recital Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA)
Moderated by Russell Pinkston
Works to include world premieres written by participants in the Creative Musicians Retreat, performed by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and followed by a moderated discussion, led by Russell Pinkston.

June 26
Eric Huebner, piano
Works by Ligeti, Kurtag, Stravinsky, Webern, Sam Pluta and Caroline Mallonée. This is the first event on the concert series as part of the Young Musicians Program.

June 28
Composers Forum I
Walden School Faculty Moderators
The evening features performances of works written by participants in the Young Musicians Program, followed by discussion with audience, performers, composers and moderators.

July 1
Pamela Z
San Francisco-based artist will perform a solo concert of works for voice, electronics, and video, followed by a question & answer period. Performance followed by question and answer session

July 3
Windborne Trio
(Fountain Arts Building, Dublin School)
Co-Presentation with Monadnock Folklore Society
This trio of vocalists will delight audiences with folk music from North America, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean.
NOTE: Concert will be held outdoors, weather permitting.

July 5
1:00 pm
Firebird Ensemble
(Heberton Hall, Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH)
Members of the Firebird Ensemble will perform a 45-minute program followed by an opportunity to meet the musicians.

July 5
Composers Forum II
Walden School Faculty Moderators
The evening features performances of works written by participants in the Young Musicians Program, followed by discussion with audience, performers, composers and moderators.

July 6
3:30 pm-6:00 pm & 7:15 pm-8:45 pm
Open rehearsals
Firebird Ensemble
Faculty Commissioning Ensemble
Co-Presentation with Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
All are welcome to attend open rehearsals with performers and composers of world premiere music to be presented at the concert on July 8.

July 7
3:30 pm-6:00 pm
Open rehearsals
Firebird Ensemble
Faculty Commissioning Ensemble
Co-Presentation with Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
All are welcome to attend open rehearsals with performers and composers of world premiere music to be presented at the concert on July 8.

July 7
St. Catharine’s Choir of Cambridge University
(Jaffrey Center Meetinghouse, Jaffrey Center, NH)
Co-presentation with Monadnock Music
This concert will feature works from the period of the King James Bible’s creation by Weelkes, Tomkins and John Milton, and music that reflects the continuing vitality of the English choral tradition, by Jonathan Harvey and Gabriel Jackson.
Ticketed event through Monadnock Music

July 8
Firebird Ensemble
Faculty Commissioning Ensemble
Co-Presentation with Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
Boston-based ensemble presents a concert of exciting new music featuring world premiere works by Walden faculty members Ted Moore, Ian Munro, Sky Macklay, Osnat Netzer, Alan Chan, Marshall Bessières, Marguerite Ladd, Caroline Mallonée.

July 11
Composers Forum III
John McDonald, moderator
The evening features performances of works written by participants in the Young Musicians Program, followed by discussion with audience, performers, composers and moderators.

July 11
Open rehearsals
Firebird Ensemble & Apple Hill Chamber Music Workshop Students
(Louise Shonk Kelly Barn, Nelson, NH @ Apple Hill)
Co-Presentation with Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
All are welcome to attend open rehearsals with performers and composers of world premiere music to be presented at the concert on July 12.

July 12
Firebird Ensemble & Apple Hill Chamber Music Workshop Students
(Louise Shonk Kelly Barn, Nelson, New Hampshire @ Apple Hill)
Co-Presentation with Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music
Evan Johnson, Chaconne (WORLD PREMIERE)
Wesley Levers, Transfigformulations (WORLD PREMIERE)
Ariel Kent, V’la l’bon vent (WORLD PREMIERE)
– Performed by Apple Hill Chamber Music Workshop Students
Pierre Jalbert, String Trio
John McDonald, New Work for mixed ensemble (WORLD PREMIERE)
Don Crockett, Night Scenes for piano trio
Jennifer Higdon, Zaka for mixed ensemble
– Performed by Firebird Ensemble
Ticketed event through Apple Hill

July 15
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Steve Beck, piano

Featuring works by Bach, Prokofiev, Janácek, and Xenakis. Allan Kozinn of The New York Times describes Cuckson’s playing: “undeniable musicality…she plays with such beauty and assurance.”

July 19
Composers Forum IV
Walden School Faculty Moderators
The evening features performances of works written by participants in the Young Musicians Program, followed by discussion with audience, performers, composers and moderators.

July 22
The Walden School Players
Steve Beck, piano
Robert Burkhart, cello
Jane Chung, violin
Matt Gold, percussion
Tawnya Popoff, viola
Jessi Rosinski, flutes
Meighan Stoops, clarinets
Program will include works by Charles Wuorinen, Paul Moravec, Alexandre Lunsqui, and David Ludwig.

July 24
Composer-in-Residence Presentation
Paul Moravec
Pulitzer Prize winning composer and MacDowell Colony Fellow Paul Moravec  presents works and leads a discussion with students, faculty, and audience members about his music.

July 25
Festival Week Composers Forum I
Paul Moravec, moderator
Caroline Mallonée, co-moderator
The evening features performances of works written by participants in the Young Musicians Program, followed by discussion with audience, performers, composers and moderators.

July 26
Festival Week Composers Forum II
Paul Moravec, moderator
Marshall Bessières, co-moderator
The evening features performances of works written by participants in the Young Musicians Program, followed by discussion with audience, performers, composers and moderators.

July 27
Festival Week Composers Forum III
Paul Moravec, moderator
Sam Pluta, co-moderator
The evening features performances of works written by participants in the Young Musicians Program, followed by discussion with audience, performers, composers and moderators.

July 29
The Walden School Choral Concert
(Peterborough Town Hall, Peterborough)
Steve Hankle, conductor
Leo Wanenchak, Director, The Walden School Choral Program

One of the most popular concerts on our annual summer series, attendees will be treated to a huge variety of choral music sung by full chorus as well as treble choir, women’s chorus, men’s choir, adult chamber choir, and teen choir. This summer’s concert will feature works of the English Renaissance, American folk music, and a choral work by 2011 Composer-in-Residence, Paul Moravec.

August 5
Dave Eggar, cello
One of the finest improvising musicians performing today, Dave Eggar will present a not-to-be-missed event to close out The Walden School’s 2011 Concert Series. This concert is the featured performance during The Walden School Teacher Training Institute.

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The Walden School 2010 Concert Series

All events are held in the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School (unless otherwise noted), begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free of charge and open to the public.

June 27
Emile Blondel, pianist
Performing works by Bach, Bartók and Ginastera.

June 29
Composers Forum I
Walden School Faculty Moderators
Composers Forums are concert performances combined with engaging dialogue. World premiere performances of pieces written by Walden students, ages 9-18, are followed by discussions, led by the moderators, among the composer, performers and audience.

July 2
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin
Steven Beck, piano

Presented by Peter Pap Oriental Rugs
Performing works by Beethoven, George Benjamin, Delius, Debussy, among others.

July 6
Composers Forum II
Walden School Faculty Moderators
Composers Forums are concert performances combined with engaging dialogue. World premiere performances of pieces written by Walden students, ages 9-18, are followed by discussions, led by the moderators, among the composer, performers and audience.

July 8
Brendan Taaffe – Community Sing
Join the Walden School community in song as we sing music from various American folk traditions. Audience participation encouraged!

July 11
Bill Stevens Jazz Ensemble
Weldon Kollock, trombone
Bill Stevens, piano
Tony Makarome, bass
Eric Mrozkowski, drums
Michael Stevens, visual artist

July 12
Hexnut (The Starving Artist in Keene)
Co-Presentation with Monadnock Music at the Starving Artist performance space.

July 13
Composers Forum III
Walden School Faculty Moderators
Composers Forums are concert performances combined with engaging dialogue. World premiere performances of pieces written by Walden students, ages 9-18, are followed by discussions, led by the moderators, among the composer, performers and audience.

July 16
Hexnut
Faculty Commissioning Ensemble
World premieres of music commissioned by The Walden School / Hexnut, featuring the compositions of members of The Walden School faculty.

July 23
The Walden School Players
Steve Beck, piano
Jane Chung, violin
Jane Cords-O’Hara, cello
Matt Gold, percussion
Amelia Lukas, flutes
Nadia Sirota, viola
Meighan Stoops, clarinets
This concert features a wide variety of contemporary concert music, performed by some of the most versatile and virtuosic new music performers in the United States. Repertoire to include works by Peter Lieberson, Kaija Saariaho, Fred Lerdahl and Melinda Wagner, among others.

July 25
Composer-in-Residence Presentation
Melinda Wagner

July 26
Festival Week Composers Forum I
Melinda Wagner, moderator
Composers Forums are concert performances combined with engaging dialogue. World premiere performances of pieces written by Walden students, ages 9-18, are followed by discussions, led by the moderators, among the composer, performers and audience.

July 27
Festival Week Composers Forum II
Melinda Wagner, moderator
Composers Forums are concert performances combined with engaging dialogue. World premiere performances of pieces written by Walden students, ages 9-18, are followed by discussions, led by the moderators, among the composer, performers and audience.

July 28
Festival Week Composers Forum III
Melinda Wagner, moderator
Composers Forums are concert performances combined with engaging dialogue. World premiere performances of pieces written by Walden students, ages 9-18, are followed by discussions, led by the moderators, among the composer, performers and audience.

July 30
The Walden School Choral Concert (Peterborough Town Hall, Peterborough) 
Leo Wanenchak, director
Always a summer favorite in the Monadnock Region, this year’s concert will feature music drawn from various American folks traditions, featuring arrangements and compositions by Alice Parker, Aaron Copland, Jennifer Higdon, James Erb, Melinda Wagner and more!

August 5 (Keene Unitarian Church, Keene)
August 6
San Francisco Guitar Quartet and Musicians from Monadnock Music
Co-presentations with Monadnock Music
These concerts will feature programs combining the artistry of the acclaimed San Francisco Guitar Quartet, who will perform many works commissioned by the ensemble, as well as delightful chamber music featuring the musicians of Monadnock Music.

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The Walden School 2009 Concert Series

All events are free and open to the public.

June 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Composers Forum
Patricia Plude, moderator
This evening of new music will feature guest artists, students, staff, community members and faculty performing student improvisations and compositions. All Composers Forums include a concert performance of each newly composed work, as well as a moderated discussion with students, faculty, performers, moderator and the audience.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 3 at 7:30 p.m. and July 5 at 2:00 p.m.
M Shanghai String Band
This Brooklyn based acoustic band offers new music with an old-time sound.
“Vigourous, heartfelt, acoustic country with all the fixins!”, says TIME OUT New York
July 3 – Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School
July 5 – Heberton Hall, Keene Public Library in Keene, New Hampshire

July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Joan Tower
Walden School 2009 Composer-in-Residence
Joan Tower, whom The New Yorker has described as “one of the most successful woman composers of all time” offers her thoughts on her career in music and insights into her compositional process. The evening will feature musical illustrations of her work and a discussion with the composer.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 7, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum
Joan Tower, moderator
This evening of new music will feature guest artists, students, staff, community members and faculty performing student improvisations and compositions. All Composers Forums include a concert performance of each newly composed work, as well as a moderated discussion with students, faculty, performers, moderator and the audience.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 10, 7:30 pm
Wet Ink: World Premieres
This acclaimed New York based 8-member contemporary music collective will present a concert featuring world premiere performances by emerging composers Whit Bernard, Marshall Bessières, Eliza Brown, Renée Favand, Caroline Mallonée, Osnat Netzer, Samuel Pluta and D. J. Sparr, all of whom are members of the 2009 Walden School faculty. The concert will also feature the performance of a work by Joan Tower, 2009 Walden School Composer-in-Residence.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 13 at 7:30 pm
Cross Country
Formed by then-Walden School faculty members John Yankee, Ned Quist and Carol Thomas Downing, this trio of acclaimed musicians will present a concert of folk music from around the world. For nearly 25 years, these versatile instrumentalists/singers/composers/arrangers have delighted audiences with their performances of standards, arrangements and original songs.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 14 at 7:30 pm
Composers Forum
Moderator to be announced at a later date
This evening of new music will feature guest artists, students, staff, community members and faculty performing student improvisations and compositions. All Composers Forums include a concert performance of each newly composed work, as well as a moderated discussion with students, faculty, performers, moderator and the audience.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 17, 7:30 pm
John Weaver, organ
Join master organist John Weaver organ for an evening of music from the Baroque to the present, including several works composed by the performer. Program to feature works by Couperin, Bach, Vierne and Franck. One of America’s finest concert organists, Mr. Weaver served as Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and as Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School. The New York Times has called Mr. Weaver “…a performer whose technique, musicianship, stylistic acuity and taste make for interpretations of uncommon clarity, poise and good sense.” Flutist Marianne Weaver, Mr. Weaver’s wife, will also perform in this concert.
All Saints’ Church, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Co-presentation with Monadnock Music

July 24, 7:30 pm
An Evening with The Walden School Players
Claire Chase, flute
Meighan Stoops, clarinet
Jane Chung, violin
Greg Hesselink, cello
Nathan Davis, percussion
Steven Beck, piano
This evening of music featuring works by Composer-in-Residence Stephen Jaffe as well as other works drawn from the contemporary chamber music repertoire. The Walden School Players feature some of today’s finest contemporary music performers, including flutist Claire Chase, First Prize winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and Steven Beck, whom The New Yorker hails as “one of the city’s most admired young pianists.”
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 26, 7:30 pm
An Evening with Stephen Jaffe
Walden School 2009 Composer-in-Residence
Winner of the Rome Prize and the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, among many other honors, Mr. Jaffe will offer his thoughts on his career in music and insights into his compositional process. The evening will feature musical illustrations of his work and a lively discussion with the composer.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 27 at 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forum I
Stephen Jaffe, moderator
This evening of new music will feature The Walden School Players, guest artists, students, staff, community members and faculty performing student improvisations and compositions. All Composers Forums include a concert performance of each newly composed work, as well as a moderated discussion with students, faculty, performers, moderator and the audience.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 28 at 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forum II
Stephen Jaffe, moderator
This evening of new music will feature The Walden School Players, guest artists, students, staff, community members and faculty performing student improvisations and compositions. All Composers Forums include a concert performance of each newly composed work, as well as a moderated discussion with students, faculty, performers, moderator and the audience.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 29 at 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forum III
Stephen Jaffe, moderator
This evening of new music will feature The Walden School Players, guest artists, students, staff, community members and faculty performing student improvisations and compositions. All Composers Forums include a concert performance of each newly composed work, as well as a moderated discussion with students, faculty, performers, moderator and the audience.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School

July 31 at 7:30 pm
The Walden School Choral Concert
Leo Wanenchak, director
The Walden School Chorus comprises all students, faculty and staff of Walden’s Young Musicians Program, and is the culminating program of Festival Week (July 26-July 31). This concert will feature performances of Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Choral Dances (Gloriana), among other works.
All Saints’ Church, Peterborough, New Hampshire

August 7, 7:30 pm
An Evening of Chamber Music
This evening of contemporary music features Monadnock Music performers on guitar, flute, harp and viola in works by Composer-in-Residence Stephen Jaffe, Bach, Nathan Davis, and Scott Lindroth. This concert is presented during The Walden School Teacher Training Institute, a program that draws approximately 35 music educators each summer from around the world for a one-week workshop to help participants sharpen their musicianship skills, enrich their teaching with imaginative activities, and more effectively guide the creative voices of their students.
Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School
Co-presentation with Monadnock Music

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The Walden School 2008 Concert Series

All concerts (except the August 1st Choral Concert) are presented in the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School at 18 Lehmann Way in Dublin, New Hampshire.

All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, July 6, 7:30 pm
Guest Artist Concert – Michèle Sharik, handbells and Marshall Bessières, piano
One of the leading handbell players and teachers in the United States, Ms. Sharik (www.thegoldendance.com) will be in residence for several days at the Walden School and then play a solo concert of familiar music arranged for solo handbells, as well as newly commissioned works for her. Several faculty & staff members of the Walden School will also collaborate with her in showcasing some of the evening’s music. Ms. Sharik will present several handbell workshops for interested students, staff and faculty of the Walden School on campus, and she will participate in several community outreach events in the Monadnock region (possibly including Keene Public Library, Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, RiverMead Retirement Community, Brantwood YMCA Camp, among others).

In 2006, at the instigation of several Walden School Young Musicians Program students, the School began borrowing a handbell set from the local New Hampshire community. Each year, 10-15 students have become involved with the handbell choir and have performed at Emmanuel Church, on the choral concert and for the Walden community. Ms. Sharik’s residency is designed to support this student-led initiative and expand the community’s understanding and knowledge of handbells.

Friday, July 11, 8:00 pm
Guest Ensemble Concert – Melody of China, traditional Chinese instruments
Various Faculty & Staff Performers
Five Walden School faculty members – Eliza Brown, Caroline Mallonée, Ted Masur, Loretta Notareschi and Sam Pluta – will write original music for Melody of China (www.melodyofchina.org) musicians playing pipa, suona, xiao, sheng, erhu, and guanzi, all traditional Chinese instruments seldom heard in concert in the United States. Several members of the faculty will collaborate in playing flute, cello, viola da gamba, piano, computer, and saxophone as part of the ensemble’s five-day residency and concert. In addition, members of Melody of China will perform some of their group’s traditional repertoire.

Friday, July 18, 8:00 pm
Issachah Savage, tenor, and Matthew Bachman, piano
A rising vocal star, Mr. Savage will perform a wide range of music, including works by Quilter, Wolff, Ravel and more.

Friday, July 25, 8:00 pm
Ensemble-in-Residence Concert – The Walden School Players
Walden’s Ensemble-in-Residence performs a program of its own choosing. The septet featuring violin, percussion, cello, clarinet, flute, trumpet and piano, and in residence at The Walden School for two weeks, comprises members of world-class ensembles such as Flux Quartet, Antares, International Contemporary Ensemble, Sequitur, and Da Capo Chamber Players. This concert will also feature a work composed by Walden’s 2008 Composer-in-Residence, Christopher Theofanidis.

Friday, August 8, 8:00 pm
Guest Artist Concert – Marilyn Crispell, piano
Returning to Walden for a second performance in five years, this time during the School’s Teacher Training Institute program, Ms. Crispell (www.marilyncrispell.com) will dazzle audience members with an entirely improvised piano concert. The New York Times describes her as “one of a very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz.” Her concert will astonish, move and inspire our creative music teachers and will delight all members of the audience.

Composers Forums

Tuesday, July 1, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 8, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 pm
These three programs feature guest artists, students, staff, community members and faculty performing student improvisations and compositions. All Composers Forums include a concert performance of each newly composed work, as well as a moderated discussion with students, faculty, performers and the audience.

Festival Week

Sunday, July 27, 8:00 pm
Opening Presentation – Christopher Theofanidis, Composer-in-Residence
Christopher Theofanidis (pcm.peabody.jhu.edu/~theofanidis), professor of music and composition at the Peabody Conservatory, will spend 7-10 days at the School as a resident composer and teacher. During the opening presentation of Festival Week, Mr. Theofanidis will present scores, recordings and live performances of some of his own music, as a way to familiarize the community with his artistry and give the students, parents, faculty and general public an opportunity to learn from this accomplished American composer.

Monday, July 28, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 30, 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forums – The Walden School Players and Guest Performers
These three programs feature the world premieres of works by many of the School’s 50 Young Musicians Program participants; performers include members of The Walden School Players, other visiting artists, faculty, staff and advanced student instrumentalists. Forums include a concert-quality performance of the new work as well as moderated discussions between Composer-in-Residence, student musicians, faculty and members of the general public.

Friday, August 1, 8:00pm
The Walden School Choral Concert – Leo Wanenchak, Director
One of the most popular concerts on our annual summer series, local residents turn out in droves to hear a huge variety of choral music sung by full chorus as well as treble choir, women’s chorus, men’s choir, and teen choir. This summer’s concert will feature a major choral work by J.S. Bach.
Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 44 West Street, Keene, NH

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The Walden School 2007 Concert Series

Saturday, June 23, 7:30 pm
The Peabody Trio
A winner of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Peabody Trio has established itself as one of the leading piano trios in the world. They bring to their music making what The Washington Post calls “the romantic fervor of the 20th century greats.” Comprising Violaine Melançon, violin; Natasha Brofsky, cello; and Seth Knopp, piano, the trio will perform works by Zhou Long, Charles Ives and Beethoven. This concert is part of The Walden School’s 35th Anniversary Alumni Reunion & Celebration Weekend.”

Friday, July 6, 8 pm
Panorama Jazz Band
Based in New Orleans, this 7-piece band features Walden faculty member Aurora Nealand and will perform Klezmer, Caribbean, Balkan and New Orleans jazz.

Friday, July 13, 8 pm
Ha-Yang Kim, cello and electronics
Hailed as “phenomenal” and playing with “brilliant technique full of energy, concentration, musicality and expression” (Mainpost, Germany), New York-based Ha-Yang Kim returns to The Walden School to perform a series of world premiere commissions by Walden School Faculty members.

Friday, July 20, 8 pm
Maho Nabeshima, piano
Accomplished pianist and Walden School Teacher Training Institute alumna performs Olivier Messiaen’s epic Vingts Regards sur l’enfant-Jèsus.

Friday, July 27, 8 pm
The Walden School Players
This concert will feature works from the contemporary music repertoire, as well as newly composed pieces by members of the ensemble, which comprises Claire Chase, flute; Peter Evans, trumpet; Dave Eggar, cello; Eric Huebner, piano; Nathan Davis, percussion; Meighan Stoops, clarinet; and Robin Zeh, violin.

Composers Forums

Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 10, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 pm
These three programs feature students and faculty performing student works-in-progress and include open discussions with composers, faculty, and their fellow students.

Festival Week

Monday, July 30, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 31, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 1, 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forums
Moderator: Pamela Layman Quist, composer, faculty member at Santa Clara University and co-founder of The Walden School

These three programs feature many world premieres of new compositions by Walden students. Concerts include moderated discussions between Composer-in-Residence, student composers, faculty, performers, and audience members.

Friday, August 3, 8 pm
Peterborough Town Hall, 18 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH.
The Walden School Choral Concert
Directors: Leo Wanenchak and Shawn Crouch
Program to feature Pamela Layman Quist’s Requiem for the People, among other works by American composers.

Friday, August 10, 8 pm
Thomas Hecht, piano
Head of piano studies at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and former Walden School faculty member performs works by Soler, Poulenc, Albeniz, and Moussorgsky.

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The Walden School 2006 Concert Series

All events (except the July 14 & 16 Odd Appetite/New Zealand String Quartet concerts and the July 28 Choral Concert) are presented in the Louise Shonk Kelley Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School in Dublin,
New Hampshire.

All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, June 30, 8 pm
Cyrus Chestnut, Piano
TIME Magazine says that what makes Chestnut, a Walden alumnus, “the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and to play space.”

Sunday, July 2, 7:30 pm
Anna Elashvili, violin; Renana Gutman, piano
Walden School alumna Anna Elashvili returns to Walden to perform a recital featuring works by Schubert and Debussy, among others.

Sunday, July 9, 7:30 pm
Del Sol String Quartet with pianist Eva Maria Zimmerman
This award-winning and Grammy-nominated ensemble, based in San Francisco, performs a program of world premieres written by Walden faculty members.

Friday, July 14, 7 pm
Community Church of Harrisville and Chesham, Harrisville, NH

Sunday, July 16, 4 pm
Jaffrey Center
Meetinghouse, Jaffrey, NH
Odd Appetite and the New Zealand String Quartet
The Village Voice calls Odd Appetite “expert virtuoso players.” These concerts are presented in conjunction with Monadnock Music (www.monadnockmusic.org).

Friday, July 21, 8 pm
The Walden School Players
The ensemble, comprising Claire Chase (flute), Dave Eggar (cello), Vesselin Gellev (violin), Eric Huebner (piano),
Meighan Stoops (clarinet), and Jason Trueting (percussion), will perform a program of contemporary American chamber music.

The Walden School 2006 Composers Forum

Tuesday, June 27, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 5, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 pm
These three programs feature students and faculty performing student works-in-progress and include open discussions with composers, faculty, and their fellow students.

The Walden School 2006 Festival Week

Monday, July 24 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 25 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 26 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forums
Andrea Clearfield, Moderator

These three programs feature many world premieres of new compositions by Walden students. Concerts include moderated discussions between Composer-in-Residence, student composers, faculty, performers, and audience members.

Friday, July 28, 8 pm
The Redfern Arts Center, Keene
State College, Keene, NH
The Walden School Choral Concert
Shawn Crouch, Director
The 2006 program features American choral music, including works by Walden co-founder David Hogan.

The Walden School wishes to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support of the Concert Series: The Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, The Morton and Sophia Macht Foundation, and the Haxo Family.

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The Walden School 2005 Concert Series

All events (except the July 15 Cross Country Concert and the July 30 Choral Concert) are in the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School, Dublin, New Hampshire.

Friday, July 1, 2005, 8:00 pm
Matthew Hunter, viola
Estela Kersenbaum Olevsky, piano

American violist Matthew Hunter won his position with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1995. He is currently in his second term as a member of the self-managed orchestra’s executive body, the FŸnferrat. He has taught courses sponsored by the Herbert-von-Karajan Akademie at Sapporo’s Pacific Music Festival and as a guest at Berlin’s ‘Hans Eisler Hochschule der Musik’. Mr. Hunter is an alumnus of The Walden School’s predecessor program, the Junior Conservatory Camp. He grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, and began violin instruction at age 7 with the noted Berlin-born virtuoso, Julia Olevsky. His other teachers have included Roman Totenberg, Jaime Laredo, and Michael Tree.

Estela Kersenbaum Olevsky has established a multi-faceted career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber pianist. As a solo pianist she has appeared with symphony orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Festival Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Panama, the Janacek Philharmonia, the Bratislava Radio Orchestra, the Gayle Symphonie and the Schumann Philharmonie. She has presented piano recitals in musical centers such as Vienna’s Konzertverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Edinburgh University, New York’s Weill Hall, Merkin Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall. She is a Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she chaired the piano department for more than two decades.

Sunday, July 10, 2005, 7:30 pm
PRISM Saxophone Quartet
Performing original works written by Walden School Faculty Composers as part of The Walden School Faculty Commissioning Program
In Residence at The Walden School July 5 – 11

Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles. PRISM presents the saxophone as a serious concert instrument while embracing its rich history in jazz and popular music. Chosen by Musical America as “Outstanding Young Artists” and winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, PRISM has performed on Entertainment Tonight, National Public Radio, and in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 1995, PRISM toured Latin America under the auspices of the United States Information Agency. Most recently, PRISM has been presented to critical acclaim as soloists with orchestras nationwide, including the Cleveland, Dallas, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, performing William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso, commissioned by the Quartet in 2000.

Founded in 1984, the PRISM Quartet has served as Artists-in-Residence at Settlement Music School and the Free Library of Philadelphia since 1994. PRISM has recorded for Koch International Classics and Innova and may be heard weekly in the featured music to the new PBS series, “NOW with Bill Moyers.” The PRISM Quartet has been in residence at The Walden School several times over the past two decades and sponsors, jointly with The Walden School, a young Walden composer commissioning project each year.

This concert is presented in conjunction with The Walden School Teacher Training Institute.

Friday, July 15, 2005, 8:00 pm
Cross Country

Note: This event will take place in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. The Redfern Arts Center is on the campus of Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire.

Founded in 1986 by three then-faculty members of The Walden School, Cross Country delighted audiences for more than a decade, giving concerts all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. This concert will mark a reunion of John Yankee, Ned Quist and Carol Thomas Downing, and we are thrilled to include them on this year’s concert series. The trio has given workshops at folk festivals, coffeehouses and schools, and their recordings include “Cross Country” (1989) and “Never Grow Old” (1992). John Yankee is now artistic director of the San Diego Children’s Choir, Ned Quist is the Music Librarian at Brown University, and Carol Thomas Downing is director and founder of the Virginia Children’s Chorus.

This concert is presented in conjunction with The Walden School Teacher Training Institute.

Friday, July 22, 2005, 8:00 pm
Non sequitur
The Walden School Ensemble-in-Residence

The Walden School’s highly acclaimed Ensemble-in-Residence, Non Sequitur, will return again to The Walden School for the final two weeks of Walden’s 2005 Season. Non Sequitur will conduct an exciting, interactive workshop with the community, perform a concert for the Walden community, work with Walden student composers as they complete their original compositions, and perform these new works over evenings of Festival Week Composers Forums.

NON SEQUITUR is recognized as one of the most exciting and versatile new music ensembles emerging today. Taking contemporary music as a point of departure, Non Sequitur’s performances bring together works from composers such as Boulez, Mingus, Xenakis, and Zappa, and incorporate improvisation, theater, and popular and non-western music. Over their five years together, they have given over 100 U.S. and world premieres, including works by Thomas Ades and Michael Torke, and have developed a well-respected reputation for their ability and insight in preparing new works. Non Sequitur has worked with notable composers George Tsontakis, Melinda Wagner, Bernard Rands, John Harbison, and George Crumb. A large part of their existence has been devoted to education, giving interactive workshops to students ranging from pre-school up to graduate level.

For more information about Non Sequitur, please visit their website at www.nonseq.org.

The Walden School 2005 Festival Week

Monday, July 25, 7:30 pm
Russell Pinkston
The Walden School 2005 Composer-in-Residence

Tuesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 28, 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forums
Russell Pinkston, Moderator
Non Sequitur, Ensemble-in-Residence

The Walden School is honored to present composer Russell Pinkston as The Walden School’s 2005 Composer-in-Residence. Dr. Russell Pinkston (DMA, Columbia University, 1984) is a Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electronic Music Studios at The University of Texas at Austin. He is active both as a composer and as a researcher in the field of computer music. His compositions span a wide range of different media, from concert works and sacred anthems to computer generated tape pieces and live electronic music for dance. While the primary focus of his research has been in developing software and hardware for real-time synthesis and digital signal processing, his numerous tutorials, example instruments, and user-interface software for Csound have also become renowned. His current research involving the use of interactive technologies for dance has recently received international attention, leading to interviews with CNN, CBCN and BBC News and a feature article in New Scientist Magazine. He is a founding member of SEAMUS, and a former member of the Board of the International Computer Music Association, as Regional Director for the Americas.

Friday, July 29, 3:00 pm
Summer Coursework Demonstration
Leo Wanenchak and Caroline Mallonée, Moderators

The students and faculty of The Walden School offer a demonstration of their summer’s work together.

Saturday, July 30, 8:00 pm
The Walden School Chorus
Leo Wanenchak, Director

This annual tradition concludes The Walden School Festival Week and is the culmination of a summer of music making at Walden. The Walden School Chorus, comprising students, faculty, and staff, will present its annual concert of choral music – a mix of contemporary and classical favorites.

Note: This event will take place in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. The Redfern Arts Center is on the campus of Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire.

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The Walden School 2004 Concert Series

All events (except the July 30 Choral Concert) are in the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School, Dublin, New Hampshire.

Friday, July 2, 2004, 8:00 pm
Bryce Dessner, guitar

Bryce Dessner (US) performs regularly as a solo classical guitarist, and in rock and new music settings on the electric guitar with performances in Germany, France, and Switzerland and throughout the United States and Canada. This past January he gave his debut recital for the 92nd Street Y’s New York Guitar Festival. Bryce recently recorded “Grains of Paradise” (Tzadik) with world-renowned jazz cellist, Erik Friedlander. In addition to his work as guitarist and composer with Clogs, one of The Walden School’s 2003 Ensembles-in-Residence, Bryce also performs with the critically acclaimed rock band, The National. For more information, go to http://www.brassland.org/.

Sunday, July 11, 2004, 7:30 pm
Calliope Duo
Performing original works written by Walden School Faculty Composers In Residence at The Walden School July 5 – 12
Elizabeth McNutt (flute), Shannon Wettstein (piano)

Elizabeth McNutt and Shannon Wettstein formed the Calliope Duo in 1999 while pursuing their doctorates in contemporary music performance practice, a unique degree program at the University of California at San Diego. In their collaborations as the Calliope Duo and in their highly acclaimed solo performances, Drs. McNutt and Wettstein focus on the most original, innovative, and excellent newly composed music. The Calliope Duo presents works that extend from the latter half of the twentieth century into the beginning of the twenty-first, including performances with cutting-edge computer technology. Through collaborations with composers and outreach to audiences, the Calliope Duo works to build the concert repertoire and audiences of the future.

“Flutist Elizabeth McNutt and pianist Shannon Wettstein [the Calliope Duo] handled these highly difficult and quirky works with skill and elan. Calliope has a special skill for making the complex clear and kindly.” – 21 Century Music.

Friday, July 16, 2004, 8:00 pm
Marilyn Crispell, piano

Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and is an alumna of the Junior Conservatory Camp, the predecessor program to The Walden School. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble. She is a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and has been a frequent guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra. “Ms. Crispell has created a rich, personal expression that is breathtaking in its originality and visceral energy,” writes the Christian Science Monitor. For more information about Ms. Crispell, visit her Website.

Friday, July 23, 2004, 8:00 pm
Non sequitur
The Walden School Ensemble-in-Residence
Ned McGowan (flute), Gabriel Bolkosky (violin), Ha-Yang Kim (cello), Nathan Davis (percussion)

The Walden School’s highly acclaimed ENSEMBLE-IN-RESIDENCE, NON SEQUITUR, will return again to The Walden School for the final two weeks of Walden’s 2004 Season. Non Sequitur will conduct an exciting, interactive workshop with the community, perform one concert, work with Walden student composers as they complete their original compositions, and perform these new works over three evenings of Festival Week Composers Forums.

NON SEQUITUR is recognized as one of the most exciting and versatile new music ensembles emerging today. Taking contemporary music as a point of departure, Non Sequitur’s performances bring together works from composers such as Boulez, Mingus, Xenakis, and Zappa, and incorporate improvisation, theater, and popular and non-western music. Over their five years together, they have given over 100 U.S. and world premieres, including works by Thomas Adès and Michael Torke, and have a well-respected reputation for their ability and insight in preparing new works. Non Sequitur has worked with notable composers George Tsontakis, Melinda Wagner, Bernard Rands, John Harbison, and George Crumb. A large part of their existence has been devoted to education, giving interactive workshops to students ranging from pre-school up to graduate level.

For more information about Non Sequitur, please visit their website at www.nonseq.org.

The Walden School 2004 Festival Week

Sunday, July 25, 7:30 pm
Alex Shapiro, The Walden School 2004 Composer-in-Residence

Monday, July 26 – Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forums
Alex Shapiro, Moderator
Non Sequitur, Ensemble-in-Residence

The Walden School is honored to present composer Alex Shapiro as The Walden School’s 2004 COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE. Published by Activist Music, Alex’s award-winning scores can be found in libraries and universities nationwide, and her works are performed weekly in concerts across the U.S. and abroad. Her music can be heard on the Cambria Master Recordings, Innova Recordings and Millennia Arts labels and on many NPR radio stations.

“…Alex Shapiro is a name people should know, she’s got it all. She is, in a word, a serious and significant composer of beautiful music. Hats off!” – Music & Vision Magazine.

Ms. Shapiro will enrich our Festival by presenting her music to the Walden community and presiding over three evenings of Festival Week Composers Forums. For more information about Alex Shapiro, please visit www.alexshapiro.org.

Thursday, July 29, 3:00 pm
Summer Coursework Demonstration
Leo Wanenchak and Caroline Mallonée, Moderators

The students and faculty of The Walden School offer a demonstration of their summer’s work together.

Friday, July 30, 8:00 pm
The Walden School Chorus
Leo Wanenchak, Director

This annual tradition concludes The Walden School Festival Week and is the culmination of a summer of music making at Walden. The Walden School Chorus, comprising students, faculty, and staff, will present its annual concert of choral music – a mix of contemporary and classical favorites.

Note: This event will take place in the The Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. The Redfern Arts Center is on the campus of Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire.

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The Walden School 2003 Concert Series

Saturday, July 5, 2003, 8:00 pm
Nnenna Ogwo, Piano

Walden’s 2003 Concert Series will commence with a recital by pianist and Walden Alumna Nnenna Ogwo. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, a recipient of a Fulbright Award, and a D.M.A. candidate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Ms. Ogwo is actively committed to working with composers, performing and premiering their work in order to help insure the vitality and continuity of contemporary music. The Walden School is honored to welcome Nnenna Ogwo’s return to our community – both as an alumna and as a featured concert artist.

Friday, July 11, 2003, 8:00 pm
Clogs – Performing music from their Spring Concert Tour in Great Britain
Residency July 9 – 13
Padma Newsome (viola), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Rachael Elliott (bassoon), Thomas Kozumplik (percussion),

CLOGS, a dynamic New York-based contemporary and improvising ensemble, features the music of Australian composer
and violist, Padma Newsome, with American musicians and composers Bryce Dessner, guitar; Rachael Elliott, bassoon; and Thomas Kozumplik, percussion. The group blends the sounds of contemporary classical music, the traditional rhythms and harmonies of folk music from various cultures, and the raw energy of rock into its own, idiosyncratic style. This concert will feature music from their spring tour in Great Britain.

Sunday, July 13, 2003, 7:00 pm
Clogs – Performing original works written by Walden School Faculty Composers

Throughout their residency, CLOGS will work with Walden Faculty Composers to rehearse original works that will have been composed for the ensemble prior to the season. Their residency will culminate in this concert, an exciting evening featuring the premiere performances of the new Walden Faculty works.

For more information about Clogs, please visit their web site at www.brassland.org/brassland/clogs

Friday, July 25, 2003, 8:00 pm
Non sequitur
The Walden School Ensemble-in-Residence
Ned McGowan (flute), Greg Oakes (clarinet), Gabriel Bolkosky (violin), Ha-Yang Kim (cello),
Blair McMillen (piano), Nathan Davis (percussion)

The Walden School’s much loved and highly acclaimed ENSEMBLE-IN-RESIDENCE, NON SEQUITUR, will return again to Dublin for the final two weeks of Walden’s 2003 Season. Non Sequitur will conduct an exciting, interactive workshop with the community, perform one concert, work with Walden student composers as they complete their original compositions, and perform these new works over three evenings of Festival Week Composers Forums.

NON SEQUITUR is recognized as one of the most exciting and versatile new music ensembles emerging today. Taking contemporary music as a point of departure, Non Sequitur’s performances bring together works from composers such as Boulez, Mingus, Xenakis, and Zappa, and incorporate improvisation, theater, and popular and non-western music. Over their five years together, they have given over 100 U.S. and world premieres, including works by Thomas Ad¶s and Michael Torke, and have a well-respected reputation for their ability and insight in preparing new works. Non Sequitur has worked with notable composers George Tsontakis, Melinda Wagner, Bernard Rands, John Harbison, and George Crumb. A large part of their existence has been devoted to education, giving interactive workshops to students ranging from pre-school up to graduate level.

For more information about Non Sequitur, please visit their website at www.nonseq.org.

The Walden School 2003 Festival Week

Sunday, July 27, 2003, 7:30 pm
Adolphus Hailstork, The Walden School 2003 Composer-in-Residence

Monday, July 28 – Wednesday, July 30, 2003, 7:30 pm
Composers Forums
Adolphus Hailstork, Moderator
Non Sequitur, Ensemble-in-Residence

The Walden School is honored to present composer ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK as The Walden School’s 2003 COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE. A prolific composer of works for chorus, solo voice, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra, Dr.  Hailstork is honored by many commissions and awards, including being named the Laureate in Music of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently a professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at Old Dominion University, Dr. Hailstork will  enrich our Festival by presenting his music to the Walden community and presiding over three evenings of Festival Week Composers Forums. For more information about Dr. Hailstork, please visit www.presser.com/composers/hailstork.html

Thursday, July 31, 2003, 3:00 pm
Classwork Demonstration
Patricia Plude, Moderator

The students and faculty of The Walden School offer a demonstration of their summer’s work together.

Friday, August 1, 2003, 8:00 pm
The Walden School Chorus
Leo Wanenchak, Conductor

This annual tradition concludes The Walden School Festival Week and is the culmination of a summer of music making at Walden. The Walden School Chorus, comprising students, faculty, and staff, will present its annual concert of choral music – a mix of contemporary and classical favorites.

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The Walden School 2002 Concert Series

All events will be held in the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of Dublin School, Dublin, New Hampshire.

CONCERT 1: Thursday, July 4, 8:00pm

Pauline Oliveros & The Walden School Community

The 2002 Concert Series will delve into the truly original by kicking off with a “musical happening” led by the legendary composer, performer, and humanitarian, PAULINE OLIVEROS.

Ms. Oliveros’ 4-day residency at The Walden School will include daily Deep Listening» workshops culminating in a unique performance of improvisatory music created by herself and the entire Walden School community.

Pauline Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others’ sensibilities in the many facets of sound. Since the 1960’s she has influenced American Music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Many credit her with being the founder of present day meditative music. All of Oliveros’ work emphasizes musicianship, attention strategies, and improvisational skills.

For more information about Pauline Oliveros, please visit her website at www.deeplistening.org.

CONCERT 2: Friday, July 5, 8:00 pm

The Walden School Faculty Composers

In an informal evening, affording The Walden School Faculty Composers an opportunity to introduce themselves and their music to the community and the public, Walden Faculty members will present their own music in tape format or live performances by other faculty and staff.

CONCERT 3: Friday, July 12, 8:00pm

Nansi Carroll, Soprano
Stephen Coxe, Piano

In honor of Walden’s 30th Anniversary season, we welcome Junior Conservatory Alumna NANSI CARROLL and Walden alumnus STEPEHN COXE back to Dublin, to perform one of their brilliant and breathtaking concerts.

Nansi Carroll, soprano and composer, is Director of Music at the Catholic Student Center in Gainesville, Florida. Holding a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale University School of Music, Ms. Carroll has remained active throughout her career as a performer both in recitals and with orchestras and choral societies, most notably the New Jersey Symphony, the Boston Chorus Pro Musica and the Willis Bodine Chorale. Ms. Carroll is an alumna of the Junior Conservatory Camp, the predecessor of The Walden School, and served for several summers as a member of The Walden School faculty.

Stephen Coxe, composer and pianist, is a recipient of the Aaron Copland Award and of ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and BAEF Fellowships. A theory and composition teacher, he joined The Walden School Faculty before serving as the organization’s Director from 1995-1996. Mr. Coxe is currently a faculty member in the Preparatory Department of the Peabody Conservatory and a resident faculty member at the Yellow Barn, where he directs the Putney Composition Intensive.

CONCERT 4: Friday, July 26, 8:00pm

Non sequitur

Returning to The Walden School after a highly acclaimed residency during our 2001 Season, the new music ensemble Non sequitur will conduct an exciting, interactive workshop with the community, perform one concert, work with Walden student composers as they complete their original compositions, and perform these new works over three evenings of Festival Week Composers Forums.

Non sequitur is recognized as one of the most exciting and versatile new music ensembles emerging today. Taking contemporary music as a point of departure, Non Sequitur’s performances bring together works from composers such as Boulez, Mingus, Xenakis, and Zappa, and incorporate improvisation, theater, and popular and non-western music. Over their five years together, they have given over 100 U.S. and world premieres, including works by Thomas Ad¶s and Michael Torke, and have a well-respected reputation for their ability and insight in preparing new works. Non Sequitur has worked with notable composers George Tsontakis, Melinda Wagner, Bernard Rands, John Harbison, and George Crumb. A large part of their existence has been devoted to education, giving interactive workshops to students ranging from pre-school up to graduate level.

For more information about Non sequitur, please visit their website at www.nonseq.org.

Composers Forums

Works by Walden School student composers are performed by Students, Faculty, and visiting artists.

All Composers Forums are free and open to the public.

Monday, July 1, 7:30pm Composers Forum I
Monday, July 8, 7:30pm Composers Forum II
Monday, July 15, 7:30pm Composers Forum III

Festival Week

All Festival Week events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, July 28, 7:30 pm Presentation by Arturo Salinas, Composer-in-Residence
Monday, July 29, 7:30 pm Festival Composers Forum
Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 pm Festival Composers Forum
Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 pm Festival Composers Forum

Arturo Salinas, moderator and Composer-in-Residence

Also in honor of The Walden School’s 30th Anniversary Season, we are pleased to host a residency by composer, ethnomusicologist, and Junior Conservatory Alumnus, Arturo Salinas. Walden School’s 2002 Composer-in-Residence will commence Festival Week by presenting his music in an informal lecture demonstration format, playing recordings and answering questions from the audience. Mr. Salinas will then be in residence for five days, attending rehearsals and working informally with Walden students. Finally, he will preside over all three evenings of Festival Week Composers’ Forums, offering comments from his own experience as well as facilitating discussion among Walden’s student composers, the performers, and the audience.

Arturo Salinas is equally at home composing concert music for instruments, electroacoustic and computer music, as well as music for special settings such as outdoor concerts and sound installations. His music has been enriched not only by his personal contact with Mexican Indian and other world musics, but also by his interest in soundscapes and animal sounds, spiritual practices, microtonality, ancient instruments, human languages and astronomy.

His music is performed frequently all over the world and has been recorded by such noted ensembles as the New Millennium Ensemble from New York and by the New London Chamber Choir in England. He has had numerous commissions and premieres, among them: the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Sim÷n Bolâvar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the New London Chamber Choir, the TCU Chorale / American Guild of Organists, the New Millennium Ensemble, NY, and the Neue Musik in Delmenhorst, Germany.

Arturo Salinas was born in Monterrey, Mexico and makes his home in Tepoztl½n, one hour south of Mexico City. He has been “Distinguished Visiting Composer in Residence” at Mills College in California and has taught at Princeton University and in Brazil. He travels worldwide for concerts, workshops, lectures and special projects.

Thursday, August 1, 3:00 pm

Classwork Demonstration
Patricia Plude, moderator
The students and faculty of The Walden School offer a demonstration of their summer’s work together.

Friday, August 2, 8:00 pm

The Walden School Chorus
Leo Wanenchak, director

This annual tradition concludes The Walden School Festival Week and is the culmination of a summer of music making at Walden. The Walden School Chorus, comprising students, faculty, and staff, will present its annual concert of choral music – a mix of contemporary and classical favorites. This concert will feature a new work by composer David Conte, commissioned by The Walden School in honor of its 30th Anniversary Season.

David Conte has received commissions from many of the nation’s leading performing ensembles, including Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Dayton Philharmonic and the Oakland-East Bay Symphony. He has published 30 works for a variety of media with EC Schirmer Music Company, and his music has been recorded on the Delos, Teldec and Chanticleer labels. Conte has been a professor of composition at the SF Conservatory since 1985 and has served as co-chair of the National Endowment for the Arts Choral Panel and on the faculties of Cornell University, Colgate University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Dr. Conte was a Fulbright scholar in Paris, where he was one of the last students of Nadia Boulanger. He has been a guest moderator at The Walden School and has worked with many members of The Walden School community, including Leo Wanenchak, David Hogan, and Patricia Plude.

Individual Concert Ticket Prices: $10 for adults, $5 for students & seniors

4-Concert Series Ticket Prices: $30 for adults, $15 for students & seniors

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The Walden School 2001 Concert Series

CONCERT 1: Friday, July 6, 8:00 pm

Teresa McCollough, piano

Teresa McCollough is a frequent recitalist in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as elsewhere in the United States, and has performed with orchestras in New York, Ohio, Arizona, St. Louis and California. She can be heard on radio broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Series, Music from Oberlin and Live from Hochstein in Rochester, New York. As a winner of the National Association of Composers, USA, Young Performer’s Award, she is noted for her performance of 20th century music and has premiered the works of George Crumb, Lou Harrison, Frederic Rzewski and other celebrated American composers. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, Dr. McCollough is the recipient of many honors, including the Frank Shaw Award for Outstanding Pianist and the Chautauqua Prize, among others. Dr. McCollough is Associate Professor of Music at Santa Clara University.

CONCERT 2: Friday, July 13, 8:00 pm

The yesaroun’ Duo
Samuel Solomon, percussion & Eric Hewitt, saxophones

The yesaroun’ Duo is an exploratory ensemble, performing an eclectic mix of serious late 20th and 21st century music written for saxophone and percussion, as well as their own creative arrangements and transcriptions of older music. The Duo has appeared in numerous recitals in the New York and Boston area, including Malcolm Peyton’s Composers Series concert in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. In individual performances, Mr. Solomon has performed at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and has been in residence at the Bowdoin and Tanglewood summer music festivals. Mr. Hewitt has appeared as a guest saxophonist with the New World Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the Ryles Jazz Orchestra, and has performed with jazz legends such as John Faddis, Ed Calle and Phil Wilson.

The yesaroun’ Duo will be in residence at The Walden School for three days. They will commission members of The Walden School Faculty to write new works for their ensemble in advance of the summer session, and these original works will be mounted in open rehearsals at Walden. The Duo’s residency will culminate with this concert, which will feature premiere performances of the exciting, new works written by members of the Walden faculty.

CONCERT 3: Friday, July 20, 8:00 pm

The Onus
The Onus is a dynamic chamber jazz ensemble founded and led by clarinetist Darryl Harper of Baltimore, Maryland. Recognizing the centrality of composition to the evolution of jazz, the band applies its spirit of inventiveness to its choice of material. While each musician brings to the group a mastery of the traditional repertoire of standards from the various sub-genres of modern jazz, collectively, The Onus exercises its talents on original compositions and on its own innovative arrangements of less familiar entries in the global jazz anthology. The Onus seeks to unite a cadre of serious and talented young musicians behind the purpose of cultivating a sophisticated and distinctive group sound, which at once honors, references and extends jazz tradition.

CONCERT 4: Friday, July 27, 8:00 pm

Non sequitur
Non sequitur is one of the most exciting and innovative new ensembles emerging today. By drawing from the diverse individual backgrounds and talents of its members, Non sequitur strives to expand the scope of the current “new music ensemble” mode. Beginning with classical contemporary music as a starting point, the group incorporates improvisation, popular music, jazz, non-western music, multimedia, and performance art into their concerts. Additionally, Non sequitur is deeply devoted to education and the building of relationships with both the public and artistic institutions. By endeavoring to reflect the spiritual role of music in society, the group seeks to promote further understanding of self and culture.

Returning to The Walden School after a highly acclaimed residency during our 2000 Season, Non sequitur will perform one concert, work with Walden student composers as they complete their original compositions, and perform these new works over three evenings of Festival Week Composers Forums.

Composers Forums

Works by Walden School student composers are performed by Students, Faculty, and visiting artists.

All Composers Forums are free and open to the public.

Monday, July 2, 7:30pm Composers Forum I
Monday, July 9, 7:30pm Composers Forum II
Monday, July 16, 7:30pm Composers Forum III

Festival Week

All Festival Week events are free and open to the public.

Monday, July 30, 7:30 pm Festival Composers Forum
Tuesday, July 31, 7:30 pm Festival Composers Forum
Wednesday, August 1, 7:30 pm Festival Composers Forum

James Mobberley, moderator and Composer-in-Residence
Dr. James Mobberley grew up in central Pennsylvania and spent his high school and college years in North Carolina. Since 1983 he has been on the composition faculty of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he is currently Professor of Music. He also directs the Conservatory’s Music Production And Computer Technology (M-PACT) Center. Since 1991 he has been the Kansas City Symphony’s first Composer-in-Residence. This residency was expanded to include the State Ballet of Missouri and the Paseo Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts, the local arts magnet high school, through a grant from Meet the Composer’s New Residencies program for 1994-97. He has received numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize Fellowship, a Composer’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lee Ettelson Composers Award, the International Composers competition of the Polish Section – ISCM, and others. Commissions have come from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Meet the Composer, the St. Louis Symphony Chamber Series, the Kansas City Symphony, other organizations and numerous individual performers.

James Mobberley will be in residence for five days, attending rehearsals and working informally with Walden students. In addition, he will preside over all three evenings of Festival Week Composers’ Forums, offering comments from his own experience as well as facilitating discussion among Walden’s student composers, the performers, and the audience.

Thursday, August 2, 3:00 pm

Classwork Demonstration
Patricia Plude , moderator
The students and faculty of The Walden School offer a demonstration of their summer’s work together.

Friday, August 3, 8:00 pm

The Walden School Chorus
Leo Wanenchak, director
The Walden School Chorus, comprising students, faculty, and staff, presents its annual concert of choral music, featuring a mix of contemporary and classical favorites.

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