Musical Retellings is the theme of the 2015 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, set for Sunday, March 22 through Thursday, March 26 at the University of New Mexico. Composers Chen Yi, Christoph Maria Wagner, Carter Williams and Vijay Iyer present concerts and workshops which explore folk and classical music in new ways.
Performances from Chatter, the UNM Wind Symphony, the UNM Children's Chorus and faculty from the UNM Department of Music will feature virtuosic creations by composers using folk and classical music as inspiration.
Also featured at this year's symposium is "Buffalo Dance,” the winning composition of the 2014 UNM John Donald Robb International Composers' Competition. Composer Luke Dahn, a professor at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, introduces a performance of his composition and accepts the cash award.
This year's symposium begins with a morning concert at Kosmos, a community coffee shop and performance space located at 1715 5th Street NW, which highlights works by visiting composers, and continues that afternoon with open rehearsals, where you can experience a performance in progress. An eclectic program of contemporary music ends the day in a concert at Keller Hall on the UNM main campus.
On March 23 at 10 a.m. in Center for the Arts, room 2100, UNM Professor Kristina Jacobsen-Bia, an ethnomusicologist who focuses on Native American music, leads a panel discussion on how music retells and reinvents aspects of our culture, with Visiting Professor in Sociology Raquel Z. Rivera and guest composers. On the evening of March 23, enjoy the UNM Wind Symphony performance in Popejoy Hall.
At the Center for the Arts on March 24 and 25 at 11 a.m., lecture concerts combine live performances with visiting composers who discuss their works and take audience questions.
March 24, virtuosic performances of compositions by visiting and local composers complement music by John Donald Robb, including a rare video of his experimental electronic work.
The UNM Children's Chorus and New Music New Mexico anchor the March 25 evening concert in Keller Hall.
Meet composer Vijay Iyer on March 26 at 1 p.m. in Keller Hall.
For decades, the John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, a partnership between the UNM Robb Musical Trust and the UNM Department of Music, has brought composers and performers to the UNM campus annually to engage and teach students, along with the public, about contemporary music and contemporary music performance. All UNM events are free and open to public
For full schedule, visit the John Donald Robb Musical Trust.