Seminar on Contemporary Music

43rd Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3, 2022

We are pleased to announce our commissioned composer for the 2022 Seminar is Chen Yi.  From her publishing Company’s website:  ‘As a Distinguished Professor at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, a prolific composer, and recipient of the Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Dr. CHEN YI blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries. Her music has reached a wide range of audiences and inspired peoples of different cultural backgrounds throughout the world.’

Schedule of Events: All events take place in Rivera Recital Hall

7:30, Friday, April 1 – Faculty Concert featuring works of Jon Appleton, Lera Auerbach, Chen Yi, Richard Danielpour, Nikolai Kapustin, James Lee III, Ivana Lisak, and Ylva Skog.

1:30, Saturday, April 2 – Concert including YangKo for Solo Violin and 2 Percussionists by Chen Yi, premiere of Dan Shore, two premieres of Piotr Szewczyk, and Capriccio by Chen Yi, sung by The Rivers School Vocal Ensemble.

3:00, Saturday, April 2- Round Table Discussion with Women Composers: Chen Yi will moderate a panel discussion with Marti Epstein of Berklee College of Music, Erin Gee of Brandeis University, and Julia Werntz of New England Conservatory.

4:00, Saturday, April 2 – Reception

5:00, Saturday, April 2 – Concert featuring premieres of Stephen Halloran and two works of Chen Yi: Fisherman’s Song for violin and piano, and China West Suite for two pianos.

1:30, Sunday, April 3 – Concert featuring premieres of Sarah Tenney, Jason Yeager, and Memory for solo flute by Chen Yi.

3:00, Sunday, April 3 – Concert including student premieres of two jazz works by The Rivers School Select Combo I, Brazilian Suite for Marimba and Flute by Ney Rosauro, and Entr’acte for string quartet by Caroline Shaw.

5:00, Sunday, April 3 – Final Concert featuring premieres of Michael Wimberly for The Rivers School Conservatory Marimba Ensemble and a two-piano work by Whitman Brown will be performed. The concert concludes with the 2022 commissioned work, Song of Spring, by Chen Yi. A reception follows.

Read more about this year’s Seminar and Chen Yi: 43rd Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young | The Rivers School Conservatory

The Rivers School Conservatory Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young was founded to address the need of young performers to hear, play, and learn the music of their time.  Since 1978 the seminar has presented 3,254 pieces, representing more than 1,920 composers and 720 premieres, including 227 commissioned pieces.  Each seminar’s programming is unique; pieces are performed only once, so that repertoire, composed within the last 25 years, is constantly being explored.  Every year RSC commissions one composer for a major work.  Past commissioned composers and guests include:

John Cage
Doris Hayes
Wendy Rolfe
Ivan Ttherepnin
Daniel Pinkham
John Harbison
Gunther Schuller
Sir John Taverner
Lukas Foss

Samuel Adler
Lowell Liebermann
Michael Gandolfi
Robert Sirota
Libby Larsen
Matthew Aucoin

The idea of young performers, composer, and audiences interacting with one another in an artistic and creative way has sparked the imagination of educators.  Our seminar has become the model for many such events throughout the United States and the world.

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