More New Arrivals!

Yeah, you read that right. If yesterday’s flood of arrivals somehow didn’t satisfy your musical needs, we’ve got a whole second day’s worth! Here ya go:

 

SCORES:

28 Italian Songs and Arias (High) – M1619 .A173 2010 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium High) – M1619 .A1735 2008 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Low) – M1619 .A174 2010 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium Low) – M1619 .A1745 2008 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium) – M1619 .A175 2010 (includes CD)

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.1 (High) – M1620 .B668 C66 2014 v.1

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.2 (High) – M1620 .B668 C66 2014 v.2

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.1 (Medium/Low) – M1620 .B668 C662 2014 v.1

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.2 (Medium/Low) – M1620 .B668 C662 2014 v.2

Leipzig Church Music from the Sherard Collection – M2 .C64362 v.20

Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde – M3 .M25 Bd.2 Suppl. 2012

Meldert – Il Primo Libro de Madrigali a Cinque Voci – M2 .R2384 v.161

Rorem – 50 Collected Songs (High) – M1620 .R67 C65 2008

Rorem – 50 Collected Songs (Medium/Low) – M1620 .R787 F52 2008

Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombones – M2 .C64362 v.19

 

CDS:

Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, vol. 4 – CD 2360

This Heat – Out Of Cold Storage – CD 1529

Salt-N-Pepa – Best of Salt-N-Pepa 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection – CD 1488

Tanya Kruse Ruck & Elena Abend – Over The Fence: Songs of Elsa Respighi, Lori Laitman, and Modesta Bor – CD 2434

Stockhausen – Complete Early Percussion Works – CD 2471

AU Musical Events: New Student Showcase, 9/19 & 9/20

It’s still only September and already we have ourselves a great AU Musical Event! I get really excited about these events because they give me good stuff to write about while supporting AU’s music culture. Anyways…

A very special musical event is coming to the Greenberg Theatre this weekend. This event, formally titled OVERTURE, is a showcase of the new DPA talents in the freshman class of 2018 (2018? Oh god, I’m old)!

In what the event page calls an “unforgettable rite of passage,” a collection of AU freshmen will perform songs, scenes and monologues, introducing themselves to the AU arts community in all of their freshness. It’s a move that takes a lot of chutzpah, and I believe that anybody willing to herald their arrival in a new environment in such a bold manner will have a great future at AU.

Join this exciting event on Friday, 9/19 and Saturday 9/20 at Greenberg Theatre, from 8-10pm. Tickets are $5. For more information and a link to buy tickets, follow this link: http://www.american.edu/cas/auarts/calendar/index.cfm?id=5706392

And here’s the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/800741236616072/

 

20 Feet From Stardom

Hello, readers new and old! If you’re reading this on the Media Services blog, my name is Jesse, nice to meet you! If you’re on the Music Library blog, you know me. Either way, it is my great honor to provide you with a review of a new DVD at Media Services: 20 Feet From Stardom.

 
20 Feet, released in 2013, is a documentary delving into the history, psychology and philosophy of background singing. Unique for focusing on background talents rather than the usual camera fodder (the stars), it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in March, giving director Morgan Neville his first Oscar!

The film follows the careers of several background singers who have performed and recorded with a jaw-dropping amount of famous artists and helped shape the sound of popular music, often without realizing it. Singers such as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and quite a few more have spent their entire lives in the industry, and the documentary weaves their stories into the fabric of American music history. Judith Hill, a contemporary singer who represents a new generation of background singers, is also heavily featured.

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In using the singers’ lives as a narrative, 20 Feet reveals a great amount of intensity. These are stories of a constant struggle with identity; the ups and downs of the industry, the conflict between simply surviving and striving for art, and the ramifications of trying to break out as a solo artist. I was surprised at how emotional it got when the singers spoke about their highest highs, lowest lows and the love of their art that kept them going.

While the idea behind 20 Feet is great, its execution is tremendous. The film features interviews with dozens of background singers, as well as with stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder. It mixes these interviews with incredible archival footage of the likes of Ray Charles, Phil Spector, David Bowie, George Harrison, Talking Heads and many more. And, in perhaps my favorite aspect of the film, the featured singers were brought into L.A.’s legendary Ocean Way studios to sing together, and the footage of their recording sessions is downright inspiring.

Anyways, I’m gushing here. If you’re passionate about singing, music, or pop culture in general, then you should be rushing towards Media Services as I type, student ID in hand. 20 Feet From Stardom will scratch that itch in the best of ways.

AU Musical Events: Unfinished Business 4/25-26

Unfinished business… The term itself causes my OCD tendencies to go haywire. There is a sort of bravery, a glorious abandon, in leaving business unfinished. And while most of the working world shudders at the admission that business will go unfinished, it happens quite often. Except for this post, which I will finish before my shift ends.

Anyways, and unsurprisingly, there are a great many pieces in the musical repertoire that remain unfinished. With the classical composers, constantly creating at a feverish rate, it’s understandable that some things would get left behind. Two of the most prolific of the great composers, Mozart and Schubert, were not immune to the curse of the unfinished, and this weekend our AU Symphony and Chorus will delve into two of the greatest unfinished works (an oxymoron?) in the classical repertoire.

Conducted by DPA professors Yaniv Dinur and Dan Abraham, the Symphony and Chorus will first tackle Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, an epic and ambitious mass that proved to be too much so for the composer, who left it unfinished when he died. The second is possibly the most famous unfinished piece of all, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, known as the “Unfinished Symphony.” Interestingly, after composing the first two movements, he simply never returned to it in the six years of his life that followed its composition.

Both pieces are revered, and are quite impressive even in their incomplete state. More impressive still are the implications: what was written was too great to be done up by any greater final movement. They gave it their all at the get-go. Come see the AUSO&C perform these pieces, as completely as possible, on Friday or Saturday night at 8 in Katzen. The event costs $15 to attend, but if you’re an AU community member you can get in for $10.

Event page: http://www.american.edu/cas/performing-arts/calendar/?id=5122075

New CDs!

Hey everyone! This cold weather may have stopped the spring dead in its tracks but it hasn’t stopped us! Just look at these new CDs, including a modern take on sacred choral music by Gregg Smith and one of Scott Walker’s more recent albums, the sinister avant-garde The Drift, far removed from his days as a baroque pop crooner in the ’60s.

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Thomas Sleeper: Four Concerti – CD 10282

Scott Walker: The Drift – CD 10283

Gregg Smith: Music for an Urban Church – CD 10284

Jeffrey Mumford: Through A Stillness Brightening – CD 10285

 

AU Musical Events: Robert’s Senior Recital

Usually we don’t advertise senior recitals here, but this one is being performed by music library regular, enthusiast and alum Robert Sheehan!

Titled “Explorations of a Modern Countertenor,” Robert’s recital will explore pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Schubert, Ives, and more! That variety alone is exciting.

Bucolic and studly

Robert will also be performing music by a fellow AU student, junior Evan Oliver (a great guy and talented musician). Overall this promises to be a varied and engaging recital.

It’s going down on Sunday (March 2nd) at 2 pm in Katzen. Like all senior recitals, admission is free! Nurse those Sunday blues and come support a Music Library family member!

The event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/482670498522712/

AU Musical Events: Concerto & Aria Competition

The coming weeks are rich with exciting musical events on our campus, and this one may be my personal favorite! An annual AU tradition, the AU Concerto & Aria Competition is an exciting event open to all AU students. For those who don’t know how it works, any student can enter the competition and perform a concerto or aria for a panel of judges. If they make it through the preliminary round, they return the next night for the final round. The winner of the competition is then selected to perform their concerto of choice with the AU Symphony Orchestra later in the spring.

I love this competition because it’s a great opportunity for AU’s musicians to pay homage to favorite showcases of their instruments, as well as an exciting chance to take their passion to the next level and perform with the orchestra.

Round 1 is happening on Saturday night, February 15th at 7 pm, and the final round comes on Sunday the 16th at 3 pm. Another reason I love this event: It’s free! Going down in the Abramson Recital Hall in Katzen. Come see some talented students display their love for their instruments and the music composed for them!

Event page here: http://www.american.edu/cas/performing-arts/calendar/?id=5120496

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