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95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time: Building Bridges through Music

A Four-Part Lecture presented by Dr. Samuel Adler
Livestream Only, 3:30 PM
January 13, 2024—Part 1 (The Early Years–Escape from Germany) Watch Here
March 2, 2024—Part 2 (The Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra to the Texas Years)
April 27, 2024—Part 3 (The Eastman and Julliard Years)
September 28, 2024—Part 4 (Music Concepts & Philosophy…For Future Musicians)

About this Four-Part Lecture
At age ten Samuel Adler narrowly escaped Nazi Germany during Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass.” As he and his father collected sheet music in the loft of the synagogue, saving all that they could on that terrifying night, soldiers heard them from down below. It was the sudden collapse of the pipe organ that allowed Adler and his father to run and escape through an underground tunnel. His family took the last train out of Germany with their bags full of sheet music, paving the way for Adler to study and nurture his musical gifts in America. At age ninety-five, he continues to compose, sharing his prolific musical gifts. Known for building bridges through the international language of music, as well as his optimism and “life-affirming spirit,” he is uniquely positioned TO SPEAK TO OUR TIME.

About Dr. Samuel Adler
The risk-taking composer of 400 published works taught for sixty-three years at Juilliard, and Eastman, and has given masterclasses and workshops at over 300 universities world-wide. Having studied with Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Randall Thompson, and more, he knows just about everyone on the twentieth-century American music scene and has received numerous awards including ASCAP’s “Aaron Copland Lifetime Achievement Award.” He believes that one should compose in the “energy of his time” and he is without doubt one of the greatest living composers and conductors Language of music, as well as his optimism and “life-affirming spirit,” he is uniquely positioned TO SPEAK TO OUR TIME.

Low Brass Master Class & Trombone Recital: Where Words Leave Off, Music Begins

Presented by Mark Kellogg

About the Master Class
This session will present an opportunity for low brass musicians of all ages and abilities from the Cape Cod community to come and perform for one another and be coached by Mark Kellogg. Basic musical and technical issues will be touched upon in the context of the repertoire that is performed during the class. Issues discussed will include posture, breathing, slide technique, range, interpretation and creativity. The goal of these classes is always to provide a positive, supportive environment, where participants are encouraged to be the best possible version of themselves. Participants (young and old!) may bring instruments, or just come for the opportunity to observe and to gain insights and musical ideas from a seasoned brass pedagogue. Pre-Register Here (Free Admission)

About the Lecture/Recital
This session will begin with a performance by Mark Kellogg of a six-movement piece he composed for unaccompanied trombone entitled Where Words Leave Off, Music Begins. In this work, the music will be supported by poetry by Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, Walt Whitman, and the composer. Following the performance, Mark will lead a discussion on ways for musicians to develop deeper listening skills. Marks diverse performance background informs his role as an educator, offering a unique perspective that combines professional expertise with a passion for nurturing musicians’ growth through his insightful teaching methods.

About Mark Kellogg
Mark Kellogg has embraced a wide range of musical roles throughout his career as a performer, teacher, conductor and administrator. Whether it’s taken the form of appearing as a concerto soloist, playing in a wide variety of chamber ensembles, performing as an orchestral musician or as a jazz player, teaching students of all ages or overseeing artistic programs or festivals, he has been most fortunate to explore a rich array of musical opportunities. In addition to holding the position of Professor of Trombone at the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Kellogg is chair of the Winds, Brass and Percussion Department and an affiliate faculty member in the school’s departments of Jazz and Contemporary Media and Music Teaching and Learning. Co-Director of the Eastman Trombone Choir and Director of the Eastman Brass Guild, he also leads the school’s faculty mentoring program in his position as Director of Faculty Development.

Music for Everyone: Improvisation for Young and Old

Presented by Christopher Azzara, PhD

About the Lecture
This interactive session will explore the fundamental nature of music in our lives, and include the relationships among music listening, improvising, music reading, and composing. With an understanding of how these skills are related, participants gain a deeper understanding of music and have inspiration for creative music making.

About the Workshop
A morning workshop will provide fun and fascinating opportunities for hands–on and in–the–moment improv – conversations and spontaneous expressions of musical ideas—for all ages. Pre-Register Here (Free Admission)

About Christopher Azzara
Pianist, arranger, author, and educator, Christopher Azzara has made important contributions to advancing the understanding of creativity and improvisation in the music learning process. An innovator in music teaching and learning, Dr. Azzara is Eisenhart Professor of Music Teaching & Learning and Affiliate Faculty, Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, and Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion at the Eastman School of Music. Teaching and performing internationally, he is the author of numerous articles, arrangements, and books, including Developing Musicianship Through Improvisation and Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series (GIA). His arrangements for instrumental and vocal ensembles include A la nanita nana for choir and chamber orchestra or piano (Oxford), and Concert Selections for Winds and Percussion (GIA). His research and publications are concerned with meaningful relationships among listening, creating, improvising, reading, composing, and analyzing music in vocal and instrumental settings. Dr. Azzara’s work appears in journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Music Educators Journal, Early Childhood Connections, and in The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (MENC/Oxford), and Oxford Handbooks Online.

Azzara performs as a soloist and in various ensembles, including the Chris Azzara Trio, and has played on and produced many studio and educational recordings. In Rochester, he performs with freelance musicians, members of the Eastman School of Music Faculty, and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

An active teacher and clinician, he has presented and performed extensively throughout the United States, and in Canada, the Caribbean, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, China, Japan, and Australia. He has presented clinics and workshops in a variety of settings, including TEDxRochester, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, and leading music schools in this country and abroad.

Christopher Azzara is a native of Virginia and attended public schools in Fairfax County. After receiving the Bachelor of Music degree from George Mason University (1981), he taught instrumental music in the Fairfax County Public Schools and performed as a pianist in the Washington D.C. area. He later received a Master of Music (1988) and a Ph.D. in Music Education (1992) from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining the Eastman faculty, Azzara was a professor at The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre of the University of Hartford, CT (1991-2002). Dr. Azzara joined the Eastman faculty in 2002 and was chair of the Music Teaching & Learning Department (then called the Music Education Department) from 2010-2018. In 2022, as an Eastman professor, Azzara received the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes a record of distinguished undergraduate teaching and a commitment to helping less experienced faculty colleagues and teaching assistants master their craft. In 2023 Christopher Azzara was named Eisenhart Professor of Music Teaching & Learning, the oldest endowed professorship at The Eastman School of Music.

Saturday, April 13
Workshop — 10 AM – 12 PM
Lecture — 3:30 PM

The Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich: A Powerful Story of Hope In Tempestuous Times

Presented by M.T. Anderson

About the Lecture
National Book Award-winning author M. T. Anderson will tell the story of how Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich, trapped inside the city of Leningrad during the brutal siege by the Germans in World War II, wrote his Seventh Symphony (“Leningrad”) as an act of defiance while he was serving as a roof-top fireman watching for incendiary bombs. Incredibly, it was performed by a starving orchestra within the city — and then was smuggled out via the Middle East to be performed in the United States to promote the war effort. Shostakovich’s story is not only an inspiring tale of the power of music — it’s also an important example of how hope can transform spirits and almost miraculously save lives in tempestuous times.

About M. T. Anderson
M. T. Anderson writes books for young people and adults. His Gothic novel of the American Revolution, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, won the National Book Award in 2006. He has been a Finalist for the same award for The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (written with artist Eugene Yelchin) and for the satirical science-fiction novel Feed. His nonfiction book Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, revealed new facts about the fate of Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony (“Leningrad”) in the USA. He has published short nonfiction pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Slate, and Salon. He lives in Vermont.

Saturday, May 18 — 3:30 PM

An Evening of Sonic Exploration: The Musical Fusion of Marimba, Art, Electronics and Voice

Presented by Maria Finkelmeier

About the Lecture
Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussionist, composer, and digital media artist who will perform a 40 minute set of her own music featuring marimba, electronics and voice off of her upcoming album. Find out about her compositional practice when fusing acoustic sounds with electronic capabilities, and stories behind each work. Don’t miss this show, augmented with digital art projected in the hall, generated from Finkelmeeier’s movement as she performs. Experience this vibrant and energetic immersive experience, encouraging questions, joy and new possibilities.

About Maria Finkelmeier
Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria is a percussionist, composer, and digital media artist. Whether it’s scoring conceptual art films or serving as director, composer, and performer in multi-sensory performances and installations, her work continually transcends both genre and medium.

Empowered by sonic exploration, she’s transformed Fenway Park into a percussive playground, turned the Roebling bridge into a MIDI instrument, illuminated an an outdoor amphitheater as pandemic relief, used AI to investigate gender bias, flipped a bus into mobile electronic bucket drumming program, and performed at iconic global venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Her cutting-edge work has been featured in the Boston Globe, National Parks Magazine, Boston Magazine, Vulture, SunSentinel, and on WGBH, WBUR, CBS, and I Care if you Listen.

Merging meticulous performance practice and production knowledge with intentions that are narrative driven and socially responsive, Maria has been commissioned by national organizations, municipalities, and festivals including the National Parks Service, Esplanade Association, Harvard Ed Portal, IGNITE Broward, TEDx Cambridge, BLINK Cincinnati, London’s i = u festival, ILLUMINUS, and the Boston Center for the Arts. Her care and dedication to her practice has been supported and acknowledged by the Boston Foundation, CODAWorx, Boston Design Week, New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Brother Thomas Fellowship.

An experienced entrepreneur, Maria has founded and directed numerous ventures, including her experimental studio MF Dynamics, Kadence Arts, Make Music Boston, Quartet Kalos, Masary Studios, and Ensemble Evolution. Dedicated to shaping the next generation of creators and arts administrators, she is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music specializing in Creative Entrepreneurship. Prior to rooting in New England, Maria spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist-in-residence. Maria received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music. Maria is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Saturday, June 29

Celebrate Percussion! Hands On Drum & Keyboard Workshop and Concert

Presented by Ian Hale

Morning Workshop for All Ages!
Evening Lecture/Concert
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

About Ian Hale
Ian Hale received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Massachusetts Amherst where his teachers included Dr. Glenn Price, Eduardo Leandro, and DCI Hall of Fame member and Professor Emeritus at UMass, Thom Hannum. He has studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, and She-e Wu. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008 and is currently the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band. He was the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011 and has served as Percussion Director for Spirit Winter Percussion from Orleans, Massachusetts since 2012.

Ian has worked with many national and international ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Spirit of America, Thomas Jefferson High School, Dartmouth Indoor Percussion, United Percussion where he has served as front ensemble arranger since 2017, Boston University, the Brazilian Vanguard, and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He was a member of the percussion staff for the Madison Scouts, Carolina Crown, and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently on the percussion staff for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps where he has served since 2017.

Ian is endorsed by Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Vic Firth Inc., Zildjian Corporation, and Remo Inc.

Saturday, July 27

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