Tonight, the Eastman School's new music ensemble Ossia will premiere the winner of its annual composition competition.
They'll play "3 Groups" by Colorado grad student Anthony Green. He's coming to oversee the premiere, hang out in Rochester, and collect a $500 prize.
I had the privilege of interviewing Green a couple of weeks ago. Click here to read an article. I've attached a very short audio clip of "3 Groups" which he calls a "sonic texture." More Coltrane than Beethoven, it allows the players to improvise. What do you think?
A few months ago, writer Justin Davidson drove through the rain to the Brooklyn Lyceum to review Eastman conductor Brad Lubmanâ€™s performance of new music with the Wordless Music Orchestra. Davidson describes a scene where â€śthe dress code is scruffy and the vibe is one of curiosity rather than reverence.â€ť Rochesterâ€™s new classical music scene thrums with the same energy, particularly when Eastman students disregard conventions of the classical music culture and strike out for new territory.
I must say, itâ€™s fun to walk into a concert hall with no expectations.
On Tuesday night, I entered Kilbourn Hall with my fashionable friend Carin, a notebook, and two kids: I told my children to sit wherever they wanted to and draw pictures. They hopped up to the back row.
We went to hear Ossia (pronounced â€śoh-SEE-ahâ€ť), the student contemporary music group based at the Eastman School with a time-honored tradition of omnivorous, unpredictable programming.
I started running eleven years ago, and Iâ€™ve run essentially the same four-mile route from the start. The first mile follows the Erie Canal, then jogs south. Thereâ€™s a long, upward slope, a left by the college sign, and then a loop around the campus of the State University of New York at Brockport. The route winds through arches, down brick walkways and through a tunnel of locust trees. At the end, I huff up a staircase to a place where someoneâ€™s sprayed â€śREPOMANâ€ť on the concrete wall of a bridge. At the end of a run, Iâ€™m always glad to see Repoman.