The Walden School Announces 2013 Concert Series

June 17th, 2013

Dal Niente Ensemble
DUBLIN, NH—Every year since 1973, The Walden School has offered free public concerts that have drawn enthusiastic audiences of music lovers to its New England venues. The popular Concert Series returns for 2013 with a five-week season across the Monadnock Region of NH. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The 2013 season offers superb musicians representing diverse genres and musical styles, all presenting ambitious programs with music ranging from the New Orleans jazz, contemporary improvised and electronic music, music of George Crumb, Henry Cowell, Samuel Barber and John Cage, world premieres by Walden faculty members, and contemporary works by George Lewis, David Ludwig, and Caroline Mallonée, among many others.

Audience members can also be the first on the block to hear the composers of tomorrow with performances of world premieres written by participants in The Walden School’s Young Musicians Program, a summer camp and festival like no other that American composer Joan Tower has called “one of America’s greatest hidden treasures.”

“The Walden School is excited to offer exciting musical events for our community in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire,” explains Seth Brenzel, executive director of The Walden School. “This year’s series focuses on the music of living composers and songwriters, and on July 19, we offer a special concert to celebrate 15 years of Walden’s unique electronic music program with a concert of entirely improvised sound. The performers on Walden’s concert series are of the highest caliber, and all of our presentations promise to open audience members’ ears in delightful and inspiring ways.”

The Chicago-based Dal Niente Ensemble will be in residence in New Hampshire from July 8-12. During their residency, the ensemble will present two days of open rehearsals and a concert of newly composed world premieres on July 12.

THE 2013 WALDEN SCHOOL CONCERT SERIES

All events are free and open to the public, except where noted.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 7:30 pm
Phyllis Chen, pianist and composer, performs a concert of works specializing in music written for and inspired by toy piano. Program to include works by Cage, Crumb, Cowell, Lucier, as well as by Ms. Chen herself.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum I
Performances of works by Young Musicians Program students, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.

FRIDAY, JULY 5, 7:30 pm
Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses
(Concert presented outdoors on Dublin School Campus, behind the Fountain Arts Building, weather permitting)
The Royal Roses are a New Orleans-based jazz band, led by vocalist and saxophonist Aurora Nealand, a former Young Musicians Program faculty member.

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum II
Performances of works by Young Musicians Program students, with audience discussion moderated by composer, Junior Conservatory Camp alumna and Yale faculty member Joan Panetti.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 4:30-6:00 p.m. AND 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Dal Niente Open Rehearsals for Faculty Commissioning Concert
Listen and observe the performers and composers preparing works for their world premieres later in the week.

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 4:30-6:00 p.m. and 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Dal Niente Open Rehearsals for Faculty Commissioning Concert
Listen and observe the performers and composers preparing works for their world premieres later in the week.

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 7:30 pm
Faculty Commissioning Concert
Members of Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based contemporary music ensemble
featuring Walden Teacher Training Institute alumnus Chris Wild, will perform eight world premiere works by Young Musicians Program faculty members Alex Christie, Rebekah Griffin Greene, Marguerite Ladd, Sky Macklay, Emil Margolis, Ian Munro, Osnat Netzer, and Sam Pluta. 2013 marks the 13th Faculty Commissioning Project that The Walden School has sponsored.

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum III
Performances of works by Young Musicians Program students, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Open House(Fountain Arts Building, Dublin School)
Please contact The Walden School for more details.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 7:30 pm
Celebration of Improvisation and Electronic Music
(Fountain Arts Building, Dublin School)
An evening celebration of improvisation and electronic music, featuring Peter Evans, Anne LaBerge, Sam Pluta, Alex Christie, and Ian Munro. This concert celebrates 15 years of Walden’s innovative electronic music curriculum and program.

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 7:30 pm
Composers Forum IV
Performances of works by Young Musicians Program students, with audience discussion moderated by program faculty.

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 7:30 pm
The Walden School Players
Walden’s “house band” of exceptional performers present an electric concert of contemporary music to kick off Festival Week. This year’s Players are Jane Cords O’Hara, cello; Jane Chung, violin; Russell Greenberg, percussion; Tawnya Popoff, viola; Jessi Rosinski, flutes; Christa Van Alstine, clarinets; and Aaron Wunsch, piano. Concert to feature works by composers George Lewis and David Ludwig, among others.

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 7:30 pm
Composer-in-Residence Presentation
George Lewis
Mr. Lewis offers a program of his works and leads a discussion about his music with Young Musicians Program students, faculty, and audience members.

MONDAY, JULY 29, 7:30 pm
TUESDAY, JULY 30, 7:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 7:30 pm
Festival Week Composers Forums
The Walden School Players, Ensemble-in-Residence for the Young Musicians Program, perform new work by Program students. Audience discussion will be moderated by Composer-in-Residence George Lewis following each new piece.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 7:30 pm

The Walden School Choral Concert
(Peterborough Town House, Peterborough)
Alysoun Kegel, Director
One of the most popular concerts on our annual summer series, this is a culminating performance by the entire Young Musicians Program community featuring a variety of choral ensembles. Works to be featured include music by Copland, Barber, Mallonée, Tallis, Tavener, Barber, among others.

The Walden School, founded in 1972, is an acclaimed summer music school and festival offering programs that emphasize creative application, specifically through the study of musicianship, improvisation, and composition. In residence on the beautiful campuses of the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire (since 1983), and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, the School provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. The School’s programs include the Young Musicians Program for musicians ages 9 to 18, the Teacher Training Institute for music educators, and the Creative Musicians Retreat for adult musicians. The School’s Concert Series showcases free public performances by renowned artists and ensembles that work closely with program participants. The Walden School was awarded a Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in 2012, a 2011 New Music Educator Award from the American Music Center (now New Music USA) and was a finalist for a 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The Walden School is the successor organization to the Junior Conservatory Camp.

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