PRISM Quartet concert featuring Walden alumni Solon Snider and Mark Macaluso

PRISM presents an electrifying program of new saxophone quartets by Walden alumni Solon Snider and Mark Macaluso, winners of the PRISM/Walden School Commissioning Award; Bang on a Can composer and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Julia Wolfe; Grammy Award-winner Michael Daugherty; the Curtis Institute’s David Hertzberg; Princeton University’s Emma O’Halloran, Viet Cuong and Jonathan Russell; counter)induction’s Kyle Bartlett; and PRISM’s own Matthew Levy.

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PRISM Quartet concert featuring Walden alumni Solon Snider and Mark Macaluso

Wall to Wall World Premieres: PRISM Quartet, Inc. in partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music, PRISM presents an electrifying program of world premieres of new saxophone quartets by Walden alumni Solon Snider and Mark Macaluso, winners of the PRISM/Walden School Commissioning Award; Bang on a Can composer and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Julia Wolfe; Grammy Award-winner Michael Daugherty; the Curtis Institute’s David Hertzberg; Princeton University’s Emma O’Halloran, Viet Cuong and Jonathan Russell; counter)induction’s Kyle Bartlett; and PRISM’s own Matthew Levy.

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Walden School/JCC Alumni Composers Forum in San Francisco – Featuring Wild Rumpus!

We hope you will join us for this year's annual San Francisco Walden/JCC Alumni Composers Forum featuring the ensemble Wild Rumpus.

All are welcome to gather for an evening of world premiere compositions, terrific performances, and enlightening discussion. The Composers Forum will be followed by a reception for participants and attendees, so between new music, great people and delicious food, there are plenty of reasons to join us. Please, email us at events@waldenschool.org or call 415-648-4710 if you have any questions.

Moderators: David Conte and Alex Christie
Composers: TBA - submit your scores to events@waldenschool.org

About Wild Rumpus:
Wild Rumpus is dedicated to the development of new music through collaboration with young/emerging composers. By creating a space for experimentation, risk-taking, and dialogue, we hope to be challenged and excited by the music we make, and to support the artistic/technical growth of the composers who work with us. We want to share this process in a way that sparks the curiosity and intelligence of our audience and draws them into the adventurous, eclectic world of new music.


Walden School/JCC Alumni Composers Forum in New York - Featuring Face the Music!

We hope you will join us for this year's annual New York City Walden/JCC Alumni Composers Forum featuring the ensemble Face the Music.

All are welcome to gather for an evening of world premiere compositions, terrific performances, and enlightening discussion. The Composers Forum will be followed by a reception for participants and attendees, so between new music, great people and delicious food, there are plenty of reasons to join us. Please, email us at events@waldenschool.org or call 415-648-4710 if you have any questions.

To reserve tickets please email events@waldenschool.org. 

Moderators: Paul Moravec and Sky Macklay
Composers: Alice Volfson, Dayton Hare, Eliza Triolo, Hilary Kruh, Jessica Rudman, Kevin Becker, Kim Diehnelt, Sammy Sussman

About Face the Music:
Face the Music is the only teen ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers. In residence at Kaufman Music Center, Face the Music has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City's vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called "a force in the New York new-music world."


The Walden School Players in Concert

The Walden School Players present a concert of contemporary classical and improvised music at the Keene Public Library. The concert starts at 12 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Program Includes:

Bonnie Whiting (percussion) :  “Amazonia Dreaming” by Annea Lockwood

Erica Dicker (violin):  “The Northern Cross (Cygnus)”  by Erica Dicker

Erica Dicker & Tawnya Popoff (viola) :  “La Malinconia per violino e viola” by Salvatore Sciarrino

Peter Evans (trumpet) :  “Venus” by John Coltrane

Ryan Muncy (soprano saxophone) : “Tre Pezzi, Movement 1” by Giacinto Scelsi

Erica Dicker, Chris Wild (cello), & Aaron Wunsch (piano):  “Tien-Yuen (Heavenly Melody)” from Piano Trio #1 by Nathaniel Stookey


The Walden School Choral Concert

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. The concert is led by Alysoun Kegel, Walden’s director of choirs, and will be held in the Peterborough Town House.

 

Free and open to the public


Benefit concert featuring Thomas Hecht

Please join us for an afternoon of music, food, and drink in support of The Walden School.

Featuring pianist, Thomas Hecht
Musical program at 4:30 PM

RSVP to events@waldenschool.org
or call 415-648-4710 by May 26th.

$75/person or $125/couple

You may pay at the event, donate online or mail payment to:
31A 29th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

If you are unable to attend, we still welcome your support.

Host Committee:
Seth Brenzel
Amy Bryan
Arno & Ruth Drucker
Jack & Lucy Henningfield
Marguerite Ladd
Charles & Barbara Mallonee
Steve Messner
Peter Thompson


Heritage/Evolution 1: PRISM Quartet featuring Walden alumna Kaeli Mogg

Heritage/Evolution 1 features The PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman and Rudresh Mahanthappa in world premiere performances of new works by The Walden School alumna, Kaeli Mogg, as well as music by Steve Lehman, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Fabien Lévy. For more information please click here.


The Walden School Receives 2014 ASCAP/Chamber Music America Adventurous Programming Award

Concert Series and Regional Composers Forums Cited for 2nd Award in 3 Years

SAN FRANCISCO – The Walden School (www.waldenschool.org) has been recognized with a 2014 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The award will be presented at the 36th Chamber Music America National Conference on Sunday, January 19th, 2014, in New York City. Cia Toscanini, ASCAP Vice President of Concert Music, will present the award. This is the second time that The Walden School has been honored with this award, having won for the first time in 2012.

Established jointly by Chamber Music America and ASCAP, the annual awards recognize U.S.- based professional ensembles and presenters for distinctive programming of music composed within the past 25 years. The recipients, chosen by an independent panel of classical and jazz chamber music professionals, were evaluated on the basis of their programming and innovations in attracting audiences to performances of new music.

“We are thrilled to receive this award, which honors Walden’s innovative concert presentations, both as part of our summer program’s annual Concert Series and as part of our expanding year-round programming,” says Seth Brenzel, Executive Director of The Walden School. Brenzel will be on hand in New York to accept the award on behalf of the School. “For more than 40 years, Walden has been a leader in the training, developing and supporting of creative musicians of all ages, and we are gratified by this important recognition.”

The Walden School was cited for an honor in the contemporary, small-presenter category. The organization’s 2013 annual summer festival was a five-week season across the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, featuring performances by Phyllis Chen, Peter Evans, Anne LaBerge, Sam Pluta, Alex Christie, Jim Altieri, Ensemble Dal Niente, The Walden School Players, and Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses. Again this year, all concerts were free and open to the public. The summer’s line-up featured exciting contemporary music representing diverse genres and musical styles, all presenting ambitious programs including improvised and electronic music, the music of George Crumb, Henry Cowell, Samuel Barber, and John Cage, world premieres by Walden faculty members, and new works from George Lewis, David Ludwig, and Caroline Mallonée, among others.

In addition to its summer Concert Series, the School has expanded its year-round programming to include several Composers Forums, featuring performances of brand new works by Walden program alumni. In 2013, The Walden School presented two such events in New York City and San Francisco, featuring world premieres of more than a dozen works by exciting composers of all ages. On April 5, 2014, The Walden School will present a Composers Forum in New York City, featuring Eve Beglarian as composer/moderator, and performances by Face The Music, a leading contemporary music ensemble in New York City entirely composed of teen musicians.

Founded in 1972, The Walden School is an acclaimed summer music school, camp and festival offering immersive, residential programs that emphasize creative application, specifically through the study of musicianship, improvisation, and composition. Located on the beautiful campus of the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire, the School provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. The School’s programs include the five-week Young Musicians Program for musicians ages 9 to 18, the one-week Creative Musicians Retreat for adult musicians, and the Teacher Training Institute for music educators. The School’s Concert Series showcases free public performances by renowned artists and ensembles that collaborate closely with program participants in creating exciting performances of contemporary music. To learn more about The Walden School, whose administrative office is located in San Francisco, please visit its website: www.waldenschool.org

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national service organization for the ensemble music profession, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of more than 6000 – including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music – CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars, several publications, and a website, www.chamber-music.org.

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 420,000 composers, songwriters, and publishers of every music genre. Founded in 1914, ASCAP is the only U.S.-performing rights organization created and governed by its members. ASCAP licenses non-dramatic public performances and distributed royalties to its members. ASCAP makes obtaining permission to perform music simple and economical for all who wish to perform copyrighted music publicly.

Contact: Seth Brenzel, Executive Director
The Walden School
sbrenzel@waldenschool.org
415-648-4710 (office)


Eve Beglarian to be Composer-in-Residence at the Creative Musicians Retreat

We are thrilled to announce that composer Eve Beglarian will serve as the Composer-in-Residence for Walden’s 2014 Creative Musicians Retreat! We cannot wait for our participants to benefit from her wonderful artistry and engaging teaching at the June 14-22 program in Dublin, New Hampshire. Click here for more information about her music, her career, news and events. Ms. Beglarian previously served as Composer-in-Residence at Walden’s Young Musicians Program in 2012.