29-MAR-2009 through 01-APR-2009
The 2009 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium featured MacArthur fellow and Columbia University Professor of Music, George Lewis, a composer/performer with a long history of prominence in the experimental music tradition. That history includes his membership in the famed Chicago musician's cooperative, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), an organization about which Lewis has recently completed the definitive history, A Power Greater Than Ourselves (University of Chicago Press). His appearance at the Symposium was co-sponsored by the Outpost Performance Space where Lewis and an ensemble featuring Nicole Mitchell and Hamid Drake gave the Opening Concert on Sunday, March 29.
Monday, March 30, the Concert in UNM's Popejoy Hall included the world premiere of Christopher Shultis' Openings by the UNM Wind Symphony and a performance of John Donald Robb's Viola Concerto by soloist Kim Fredenburgh with the orchestral ensemble "Chatter" conducted by David Felberg. The Symposium's "ensemble in residence", the Hoffman-Goldstein Piano-Percussion Duo, was featured in Concert on Tuesday, March 31. Wednesday April 1, presented a day of concert performances guest curated by composer Raven Chacon emphasizing radically new developments in contemporary music.
In addition, the composition selected for the biennial UNM Robb Trust Composers' Competition by an international panel of judges, Julio Estrada, Composer and Research Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico; Robert Morris, Composer and Research Professor of Music, Eastman School of Music, NY, USA; and Barbara Rettagliati, Composer and Professor of Composition, Conservatorio Statale di Musica "Luigi Cherubini", Florence, Italy, was performed at the 2009 Composers' Symposium. The competition awarded $3,500 for the winning composition which was announced after December 31, 2008.