A conversation about American identity in classical music at a time of radical change, with
- Alumnus Daniel Mallampalli, LA Philharmonic Coordinator of Artistic Planning and Humanities
- Don Freund, Professor of Composition at the Jacobs School of Music
- Alumnus Steven Banks, Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College
- Alumna Carmen-Helena Téllez, Professor of Conducting and Interdisciplinary Art at Notre Dame
- Diego Barbosa-Vásquez, Doctoral student in the Jacobs School and Music Director of The Americas Chamber Orchestra
DATE AND TIME!
Friday, July 3, from 12-1pm (ET)
Zoom Connect (registration required):
Facebook Live: http://facebook.com/jsomoecd/live
Please join us for an illuminating conversation about music, programming, and identity in America, as we anticipate the July 4th weekend. With so much to think about in classical music these days, the five guests will offer their perspectives on what makes music meaningful in America, how we can rethink some of our assumptions, and what the future may herald.
IU Alumnus Daniel Mallampalli currently serves as Coordinator of Artistic Planning and Humanities for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is responsible for realizing Maestro Gustavo Dudamel’s artistic vision by providing key support in the oversight of the orchestra’s programming. Mallampalli’s work involves creating diverse orchestral series, implementing new music initiatives, preparing multidisciplinary projects, and curating festivals at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ford Theater and the Hollywood Bowl.
Professor of Composition at the Jacobs School Don Freund has been described as “a composer thoughtful in approach and imaginative in style” (The Washington Post), whose music is “exciting, amusing, disturbing, beautiful, and always fascinating” (Music and Musicians, London). He is an internationally recognized composer with works ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral music to pieces involving live performances with electronic instruments, music for dance, and large theatre works. Up-to-date news on works and performances, and videos, audio files and pdf scores of over a hundred of Freund’s compositions can be found online at DonFreund.com.
IU Alumnus Steven Banks is the first saxophonist to earn a place on the Young Concert Artists roster in its 59-year history, capturing First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as a number of nationally significant prizes. Currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Ithaca College, Banks and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education, performance, and newly commissioned works in the classical realm. He recently participated in a nationally circulated discussion on diversity and representation in Classical Music with some of the leading Black musicians of our time.
IU Alumna, Venezuelan-American conductor and scholar Carmen-Helena Téllez has been called “a quiet force behind contemporary music in the United States today” by the NewYork-based journal Sequenza21. A multifaceted artist, she takes a co-creative approach to new music performance, devoting special attention to vocal-instrumental and staged genres, involving interdisciplinary media and musical scholarship, in an approach that The Washington Post has called “immersing and thrilling.” Téllez is professor of conducting at the University of Notre Dame.
Jacobs doctoral student, Colombian-born Diego Barbosa-Vásquez has international training in opera and orchestral conducting. He is Music Director of recently established The Americas Chamber Orchestra in Bloomington and is also Music Director of the Opera Summer Camp (CASC) at Los Angeles California-USA. Barbosa-Vásquez was guest conductor for the UNICEF 70th Anniversary concert and has won international recognition with performances in El Salvador, Belgium, and Italy. He was guest lecturer at the 11th European Orchestra Festival of (EOFed) and World Federation of Amateur Orchestras General Assembly in Norway and special guest lecturer at the WFAO General Assembly in Singapore.
Read about Diego’s view of American Identity in Classical Music here >