Following a restructuring of NOVA’s Artistic staffing needs, Madeline Adkins will join NOVA Chamber Music Series in a new role as Music Director for the 2018-2019 season.
Listen to interviews about our October NOVA concert- with violist Julie Edwards and Artistic Director Jason Hardink.
NOVA’s October 26th concert features music by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Michael Hicks. A composer, performer, scholar, and poet, Mr. Hicks has received countless accolades for his compositions and has been teaching at BYU since 1985. Hicks is the author of four books: Mormonism and Music: A History (1989), Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions (1999), Henry Cowell, Bohemian (2002), and Christian Wolff (2012, co-authored with Christian Asplund), all published by University of Illinois Press. He is currently authoring a fifth book, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography (forthcoming 2015). His historical and analytical articles have appeared in books such as the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook to Mormonism as well as journals that include American Music, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Musical Quarterly, and Perspectives of New Music.
NOVA will be presenting his string quartet, Strategy of Looms, along with the second performance of his new work for two violins/three hands, Diode. Below are program notes by the composer along with video footage of a performance of Diode earlier this month- Alexander and Aubrey Woods performing in Madsen Recital Hall at BYU on October 9, 2014.
Strategy of Looms (1991)
In this piece I approached the string quartet as a kind of loom by which different kinds of “weaves” might be created in the changing relationships of its voices. The title of the piece alludes partly to my personal “strategy” of assembling different kinds of weaves into a single large form. The title also refers to what one might call the “loom strategy” of Penelope: in order to repel her would-be suitors (while Odysseus was adventuring), she wove all day then unraveled her weaving at night so as to make it seem her task was never done. I think the piece exudes some of Penelope’s passion as she ruminated on her beloved’s absence.
In electronics a diode is a device that allows current to move through it in one direction far more easily than in the other. When I was writing an earlier duo for Alex and Aubrey Woods to perform together, an injury briefly prevented Alex from using his right arm to play. So I wrote a new piece, in which one player uses only his left hand while the other uses both. The two players, both with hints of electrical current in their gestures, negotiate different plausible ways of playing together until they finally compromise in a tentative unity.
Another audio interview with Utah composer Bruce Quaglia- here he discusses the collaboration between composers and performers when staging a world premiere. This segment includes clips from a rehearsal with pianist Jason Hardink and discussion on how to best realize certain aspects of the piano part to his new chamber concerto, L'Acqua Alta.
Bruce Quaglia composed his virtuoso solo piano piece Passaggio Scuro in 2005 in response to a commission from Jason Hardink. Click the link to hear a performance of the work in anticipation of Sunday's NOVA concert, an event which includes 3 works by Quaglia.
A discussion of Italian opera's influence on Chopin's style and the works on this weekend's NOVA concert.