Saturday, February 12, 2011

The latest from Felder

As Director of the Center for 21st Century Music and the June in Buffalo festival, David Felder is the force behind UB's status as an international destination for studies in composition and new music performance. At the same time, he has maintained a flourishing compositional career, with an enviable array of commissions, residencies, recordings, and honors. His latest project is a second Koussevitzky Foundation commission: a 35-minute work for soprano and bass singers, chamber orchestra, and electronics, titled Les Quatre Temps cardinaux, after the René Daumal poem that provides one of its texts. The other texts are by Pablo Neruda and Robert Creely (1926 - 2005), a member of the UB faculty for 36 years. Les Quatre Temps cardinaux will be played by a trio of illustrious ensembles: the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) under Gil Rose; the group known as Signal, with Brad Lubman conducting; and UB's own professional chamber orchestra, the Slee Sinfonietta. Laura Aikin and Ethan Hirschenfeld will be the vocal soloists; watch this space for further news on the piece.

In other news, Felder's gripping work for flute and chamber orchestra, Inner Sky, will be played in the final concert of the 2011 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. Here's an excerpt of the piece played by the Slee Sinfonietta with Brad Lubman conducting.

You'll find several engaging videos relating to Felder's music at the Center's YouTube channel.

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