Q2 Music to Broadcast 2016 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute Concert
WQXR's online new-music station Q2 Music will broadcast the 2016 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute concert, "Scores: New Orchestral Works," on Tuesday, October 18, at 9 pm. The program-a live NJSO performance under the baton of David Robertson, recorded on July 16 at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton-features new works by the four composers of the 2016 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, as well as a work from Institute Director Steven Mackey.The broadcast, which will include interviews with the Institute composers, will become available for on-demand listening in the archives at www.q2music.org.
Mackey says that the 2016 Institute's four emerging composers, selected from an international applicant pool, impressed with "their dynamic works and strong individual voices." The composers drew inspiration for their works from different sources. Matthew Browne'sFarthest South imagines an unusual encounter on Ernest Shackleton's "Nimrod Expedition" to Antarctica; James Anderson's Places with Pillars is about the extraordinary events upon which people place meaning in their lives. Jung Yoon Wie's Water Prism for Orchestra illustrates the phenomenon of light passing through a prism and forming a rainbow; Will Stackpole was moved to write ... Ask Questions Later as a reaction to gun violence headlines. Mackey wrote his celebratory, rhythmic Turn the Key for the 2006 opening of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
At the six-day Institute, the composers participated in masterclasses with Mackey, heard their works rehearsed and performed by the NJSO and received feedback from guest conductor David Robertson and NJSO musicians. They also enjoyed career-enriching sessions with music-industry leaders, including Q2 Music; Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.; New Music USA and Subito Music Corporation, as well as executive speech coach, author and Inc.com columnist Sims Wyeth. During a visit to Q2 Music's studios, the composers participated in the interviews that will air during the concert broadcast.
The Institute is presented in collaboration with the Princeton University Department of Music and generously funded in part by the Edward T. Cone Foundation and Princeton University. Additional information is available at www.njsymphony.org/institute.
Program notes are available at www.njsymphony.org/events/detail/scores-new-orchestral-works#discover-more.
Scores: New Orchestral Works
Recorded July 16, 2016 | Richardson Auditorium in Princeton
David Robertson, conductor
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
BROWNE Farthest South
ANDERSON Places with Pillars
WIE Water Prism for Orchestra
STACKPOLE ... Ask Questions Later
MACKEY Turn the Key
Learn more at www.njsymphony.org/scores.
James Anderson, composer
James Anderson is a composer in both acoustic and electroacoustic media, as well as a guitarist. He is pursuing a Master of Music in Composition at the University of Michigan, studying with Michael Daugherty and Evan Chambers. In 2014, he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition at Western Washington University, studying with Roger Briggs and Bruce Hamilton. His music has been featured in the 2014 Electroacoustic InterExchange in Seattle and the 2014 Midwest Composers Symposium. He also is involved with building community as a member of the University of Michigan residential staff. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking and hiking through the Cascades.
Matthew Browne, composer
Composer Matthew Browne incorporates into his music such eclectic influences as the timbral imagination and playfulness of György Ligeti, the shocking and humorous eclecticism of Alfred Schnittke and the relentless rhythmic energy of Igor Stravinsky. His music has been called "compelling" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and "beautifully crafted and considered" (What's On London). The Burlington, Vermont, native has collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra, Albany and Milwaukee symphonies, Alarm Will Sound, New England Philharmonic, PUBLIQuartet, SEVEN)SUNS and the Villiers String Quartet and Donald Sinta and Tesla quartets.
His music has received honors such as an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, BMI Student Composer Award and Special Distinction in the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize; he won the New England Philharmonic Call for Scores and the American Viola Society's Maurice Gardner Composition Award, and he has had residencies at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's MSO Composer Institute. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previous teachers include Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Carter Pann and Daniel Kellogg.
Will Stackpole, composer
Originally from Goffstown, New Hampshire, Will Stackpole's works have been played across the country. Stackpole began his musical career as an electric guitarist and recording engineer, primarily performing in rock bands in his home state and later in Hoboken, New Jersey. While attending Stevens Institute of Technology for his undergraduate studies, Stackpole began writing concert music and quickly developed a unique compositional voice. He spent the next two years studying composition with Justin Dello Joio while working in New York as a freelance composer and orchestrator for theater, film and television. Stackpole has since refocused his efforts on creating conceptually innovative concert music. His work is made up of an eclectic blend of styles and influences ranging across a wide spectrum, from opera to rock, from MiLes Davis to Igor Stravinsky. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in composition at The Juilliard School in the studio of Robert Beaser.