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The Maurice Abravanel
Visiting Distinguished Composers Series 

You're invited to an exciting evening of new music with Visiting Composer

David Rakowski
Canyonlands Ensemble
Curtis Macomber, violin | Lois Martin, viola 
Christopher Finckel, cello | Stephen Gosling, piano

Monday, April 17, 2017
Dumke Recital Hall
7:30 p.m. 
Free Admission

Concert to feature the music of Rakowski, Zorn, and Copland

Public Lecture
"Things I learned while I didn't know what I was doing"
Monday, April 17, 2017
Dumke Recital Hall

David Rakowski
David Rakowski is one the leading composers of his generation. Noted as a imaginative and skilled craftsman whose works encompass a wide range of characteristics, from lyric to barbed, witty to remorseful, has received a large number of awards and fellowships, including the Elise L. Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Rome Prize, and he has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music (for pieces commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the US Marine Band). He has composed nine concertos, six symphonies, 100 piano études, 70 piano préludes, eight song cycles, and a large amount of wind ensemble music, chamber music, and vocal music for various combinations, as well as music for children. His music has been commissioned, recorded, and performed widely and is published by C.F. Peters. He is the Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition at Brandeis University, having also taught at New England Conservatory, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. In 2016, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

David Rakowski (b. 1958) grew up in St. Albans, Vermont and studied at New England Conservatory, Princeton, and Tanglewood, where his teachers were Robert Ceely, John Heiss, Milton Babbitt, Paul Lansky, and Luciano Berio.
Canyonlands Ensemble
Curtis Macomber, violin: Chamber musician, recitalist, and contemporary music proponent. Has performed in hundreds of premieres, commissions, and first recordings of solo violin and chamber works by today’s leading composers.

He has recorded the complete Brahms Sonatas on Bridge Records and also has recorded for Koch International and has been the Winner of the Loeb and Naumburg awards. Current violin faculty, Manhattan School of Music and Julliard; has also taught at the Tanglewood, Taos, and Yellow Barn Music Festivals. 

Lois Martin, viola: Ms. Martin is a founding member of the Atlantic String Quartet, is lead violist with Steve Reich and Musicians, and regularly appears with with many cutting edge groups, including the New York New Music Ensemble.

On the Jazz and Popular circuit, she has performed with Michael Brecker, Ornette Coleman, Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Paul Simon, and many others. Currently, Ms. Martin is Principal Violist for the Stamford Symphony; Ms. Martin is a member of the Orchestra of St. Lukeʼs, and frequently appears with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Ms. Martin is also on the faculty of the Composersʼ Conference at Wellesley College and has taught at Princeton University.
Recent highlights include a world tour with Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding.

Christopher Finckel, cello:  Born into a family of cellists, Chris Finckel began his studies with his father George Finckel and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Mischa Schneider and Orlando Cole. A frequent guest artist with such renowned ensembles as the Tokyo String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Finckel has appeared at the Casals, Santa Fe, Ravinia, Saratoga, Norfolk and Rockport Chamber Music festivals, and has recorded for the Nonesuch, New World, CRI, Bridge and Vanguard record labels.

A dedicated performer of new music, Chris Finckel has been involved in New York City’s contemporary music scene for over 20 years. Through his affiliations with such organizations as the New York New Music Ensemble, Parnassus, The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and Speculum Musicae. He has participated in the premieres of the works of over 100 composers including pieces by Milton Babbitt and Elliott Carter.

Stephen Gosling, piano: enjoys a varied career as soloist and chamber musician with a particular focus on the music of our time. He appears regularly as orchestra pianist with The New York Philharmonic, is a member of New York New Music Ensemble, and Talea Ensemble, and has appeared as guest artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus, Orchestra of  St. Luke’s, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He frequently performs in the Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, and June in Buffalo festivals. 

His work has garnered critical acclaim, including a New York Times profile. Mr. Gosling has collaborated with composers including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, and John Zorn, with whom he has performed worldwide over the past two seasons and released several recent recordings. He performed the principal piano part in Boulez’s Sur Incises at Zankel Hall in December, led by James Levine. Mr. Gosling’s performances with Philharmonic musicians include Daniel Bjarnason’s Bow to String, during the November 2014 CONTACT! “Hosted by John Adams” at SubCulture.
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