Thursday, July 19, 2012

Debussy at Eastman

A fascinating symposium/festival celebrating the 150th birthday of the great composer, one of my two candidates for the deepest hidden influence on 20th c. concert music. The Festival Gala will include two acts of Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien: irresistible! I am sure various heads will be exploding at the thought of a crossover adaptation of Pelleas to go with a comic book version of the opera:

The Eastman School of Music presents
Oct 1-27, 2012

Festival highlights: 

Sat, Oct 13 at 8pm
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Festival Gala Concert
Eastman Philharmonia; Eastman School Symphony Orchestra; Eastman Wind Ensemble; Eastman Chorale
With illustrated introductions by Eastman Professor of Music Theory Marie Rolf
Printemps (1887), Prix de Rome work for orchestra
Three transcriptions for wind ensemble:
   Hommage à Rameau from Images, arr. Donald Hunsberger
   Sarabande from Pour le piano, arr. Mark Scatterday
   Marche écossaise, arr. Mark Scatterday 
Nocturnes (1899) for orchestra and women’s chorus (critical edition by Denis Herlin)
Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien (1911) Acts IV and V (critical edition by Eiko Kasaba and Pierre Boulez)

Wed, Oct 17 at 8pm
Kilbourn Hall
Musica Nova performs The Debussy Project: New works by Eastman composers, inspired by Debussy’s piano prelude “Des pas sur la neige” 

Sat, Oct 20 at 8pm
Kilbourn Hall
Eastman faculty and students
A prism chamber concert featuring non-stop, surround-sound performance, with arrangements of some of Debussy’s best-known piano music and songs 

Fri, Oct 26 at 8pm
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Pelléas Redux – a crossover arrangement of Debussy’s opera to accompany P. Craig Russell’s comic book Pelléas et Mélisande 

Sat, Oct 27 from 9:30am to 5pm
Hatch Recital Hall
Presentations and the North American premiere of five new songs
With guest scholars Denis Herlin, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and Mylène Dubiau-Feuillerac, Université de Toulouse; and Eastman Professors of Music Theory Marie Rolf and Jonathan Dunsby 


Oct 1-27 
Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music
An exhibit of Debussy manuscripts, including a complete working draft of La Mer, and “Minstrels” arranged by Debussy for violin and piano for Arthur Hartmann

1 comment:

The Wistful Pelleastrian said...

I am sure various heads will be exploding at the thought of a crossover adaptation of Pelleas to go with a comic book version of the opera

Ugh indeed.