The Callithumpian Blog

SICPP begins…

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2010 at 2:14 am

The Callithumpian Consort has finally entered the blogging world.  Watch out.

We’ve just finished DAY ONE of the famous (or perhaps infamous) SICPP: Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice 2010, or Sick Puppy for those more familiar.  In brief: the festival, held at the New England Conservatory, is an intense week of rehearsals, masterclasses, and workshops of avant-garde and otherwise amazing music, with concerts every single night.  The week concludes with a marathon “Iditarod” on Saturday, June 19th, which lasts from 4pm until midnight.

This year, our composer-in-residence is the Israel-born Chaya Czernowin, who won the 1992 Darmstadt Kranichsteiner Musikpreis and has received commissions from IRCAM and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.  She is now on the faculty of Harvard University, and we’re very happy to be performing so much of her music this summer.

That being said, we are also performing the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kaija Saariaho, Nicholas Vines, Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, Wolfgang Rihm, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, and many, many more.

Our first concert will be on Monday, June 14th in Jordan Hall, with Karlheinz Stockhausen’s MANTRA performed by pianists Stephen Drury and Yukiko Takagi.  Admission is free.

More soon: stay tuned!


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