The Hoff-Barthelson School of Music’s annual contemporary music festival takes place online via Zoom from Wednesday May 12, 2021 through Sunday May 16, 2021 and will include a world premiere commissioned by the school.
This year, due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, the festival will be held online and will consist of eight recitals by professors and students featuring works composed between 1920 and the present day. Teachers expected to perform include Louise Dubin, Michael Finckel and Peter Seidenberg, cello; April Johnson and Eriko Sato, violin; Jennifer Tibbetts, voice; Derek Cooper, brass; and Tomoko Uchino, piano.
HBMS Composer and Faculty Member Derek Cooper’s World Premiere “Fantasy on the Open Strings” for Viola Ensemble will be performed by the HBMS Viola Club at the Faculty and Student Recital on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Cooper began to design “Fantasy” by considering a piece that could be both accessible for beginners and challenging for experienced violists. “Fantasy on Open Strings” accomplishes this by composing music around the open strings of the viola; C, G, D and A.
“This first led me to the construction of the harmonic series from an open C-string. From there, the piece explores different styles of music similar to Henry purcell“Fantasy Upon One Note” from “Fantasy Upon One Note,” the piece that inspired this new work, “says Cooper.” While more experienced performers are able to play fast lines, novice players never need to leave the C-chord open and explore. different ways of playing the chord. “
Several of the recitals will also feature works composed by HBMS students enrolled in the Compose Yourself! Project. This unique project offers students a rare opportunity to receive commentary from renowned and award-winning composers on the works they have written. The guest composers for 2021 were Andrea Clearfield and Saad Haddad.
“The school’s relationship with Andrea and Saad is made possible by Copland House, with which Hoff-Barthelson has a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” says Peter Seidenberg, artistic director of the Festival. “Both organizations are dedicated to introducing students and the public to contemporary music and nurturing and developing emerging composers.”
Visit www.hbms.org for a complete list of recitals and to receive Zoom links.