This article by Michael Rene Torres was first published in
The Society of Composers, Inc. Newsletter
XLII: 6, November–December 2012
This February (13-16) the Society of Composers, Inc. will present the 2013 SCI National Conference held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and will be hosted by Dr. Thomas Wells. The event, held in conjunction with OSU’s Contemporary Music Festival, boasts 100 performances (many of which will be world premieres) and paper/panel/lecture sessions with over 12 concerts in 3 ½ days featuring guest composers, performers, and scholars from across the country.
The Keynote Speaker, Joshua Fineberg, will be presenting an address entitled: Speaking in Tongues: Creating meaning with an unknown language. Fineberg is currently an Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Boston University where he is the Director of the Center for New Music and the Electronic Music Studio. His exciting pieces Veils for Solo Piano and Objets Trouvés for Flute Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, and Cello will be performed during the Conference’s Gala Concert on Saturday (02/16/13) evening at 8pm in Weigel Hall.
OSU Violin Professor, Kai-Hui Tan, will present a concert on Thursday (02/14/13) evening of selected pieces from the KH Tan International Composition Competition for Solo Violin Works. The compositions draw on Asian inspirations which range from incorporating elements of traditional music of any Asian culture to more abstract ideas based on Eastern philosophies. The winning composer will be announced later during the Conference. Attendees will also hear the world premiere of three works by winners of the ASCAP/SCI Student Commissioning Competition: Andres Carrizo, Elliot Cless, and Eric Guinivan.
Several acclaimed guest performers will share their interpretive creativity during the Conference such as internationally renowned pianist, Fali Pavri, who currently teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; the incredible Anubis Quartet which is dedicated to reshaping the saxophone quartet genre and reconceptualizing the way listeners experience the saxophone through contemporary music; as well as the award winning Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, the Cosmos Trio (flute, viola, and harp), and the Tower Duo (flute and saxophone); among many others. Furthermore, there will be appearances by OSU School of Music faculty and major ensembles including the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, and much more.
Conference events will take place in Weigel Hall Auditorium of the School of Music and in the Ohio Union. For more information including concert details, guest performer biographies, travel information, local attractions and more, please visit the Conference website (www.sci2013.weebly.com) and the Conference facebook page (www.facebook.com/SCI2013).