There is a difference between performing in front of your professors and performing with them. School of Music professor Jeffery Meyer ensures that his students not only train to be professionals but that they can perform among them.
The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble will offer a free concert at 8:15 pm on Tuesday, April 6 in the Hockett Family Recital Hall. Jeffery Meyer and Charis Dimaras will conduct, and faculty members Deborah Lifton, soprano, and Jennifer Hayghe, piano will be soloists. The program includes "Two Postcards from Formosa," composed in 2007 by Ming-Hsiu Yen; "Cheating, Lying, Stealing" by David Lang; "Love Beyond Time, Beyond Place" by School of Music composer Dana Wilson, and the iconic "In C" by Terry Riley.
Mercurynews.com posted a list of its picks for the the best Classical CDs of 2009, which included Steven Hartke: "The Horse with the Lavender Eye: Piano and Chamber Music." Featured performers on the recording include School of Music clarinetist Richard Faria.
The critic wrote: "With each encounter, I'm taken with the sparkle and virtuosity, the rhythmic vitality, melodic invention and overall alertness of Hartke's music. .... The performances here, by the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, clarinetist Richard Faria, violinist Ellen Jewett and pianist Xak Bjerken are exceptional; they breathe this music."
The Ithaca College Contemporary Chamber Ensemble will present a free concert on Wednesday, November 4 at 8:15 pm in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. Under the direction of Jeffery Meyer and Richard Faria, the ensemble combines faculty and student musicians for music of our time by Saariaho, Adès, and Stucky. The second half of the concert will be Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” led by graduate conductor Jesse Livingston and with sopranos Katie Cohen, Sarah Toth, and Ashley Carver.
The Ithaca College Concert Band will give a free concert entitled “Bloc Party” on Wednesday, October 7 at 8:15 pm in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. Mark Fonder will conduct music about or from Russia and eastern Europe, including music by Kozhevnikov, Husa, Tschesnekov, Gulyas, Gliere, Cesarini, and Doss.