An Exercise in Patience

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, April 17, 2014

Happy Maundy Thursday! Or fourth day of Passover! Or Syrian Independence Day! Or regular Thursday! My friends the Jill Spurr Titus Scholars (“friends” used loosely) gave a wonderful performance on Sunday evening. Now, hold on to something solid, because I’m going to start throwing things at you. They’re exciting things, so don’t worry, but there also are a lot of them. As the semester winds down, the number of student ensemble performances always picks up. They have an inverse relationship that way. (I had a high school student teacher who used to sing a terrible original song about inverse relationships in Chemistry; we hated him.)

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A Tale Years in the Making

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, April 10, 2014

Kids, I’m gonna tell you an incredible story… In April of 2014, the Concert Hall had some incredible stuff going on. SIREN Baroque, Discovery Orchestra, and the Shirley Sugarman Interfaith Forum had already happened, and the Jill Spurr Titus Scholars’ concert was just around the corner on April 13 at 7 p.m. And for next year’s da Camera series, first we have Quicksilver returning to the Hall on October 3 to present some more awesome baroque compositions; after that, Parthenia will be around on November 1 to show us some examples of 16th century Scottish and English music for viol consort and voice (and featuring Ryland Angel, who rocks). And finally on February 21 of next year, violinist Alexander Woods and several associates will perform several early Italian sonatas for violin.

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Meditations on Life and Music (Mostly Music)

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, April 3, 2014

I’d like to take some time to plug our next event (before you even ask, no, I will not be able to make it): the final da Camera concert of the season, featuring SIREN Baroque. SIREN is a very successful and highly acclaimed all-female baroque ensemble from New York City, and man do I wish I could be there to see them do their thing. Now, I will be able to go to the Discovery Orchestra’s Laughing with Rossini concert on Sunday the 6th at 3 p.m., but that doesn’t by any stretch of the imagination mean that you shouldn’t show up as well. Because if you remember last semester’s concert, it was both informative and entertaining, and I think I compared Artistic Director and host George Marriner Maull to Billy Mays (in a good way, not a cocaine-based way).

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This Week in the Octagon!

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, March 27, 2014

Coming up in our next exciting week of events: We’ll start off with Friday’s Garyth Nair Memorial Concert, which will commemorate the life of respected music professor and Concert Hall originator Garyth Nair. The concert will feature a specially selected group of singers and musicians, and I think it will be a truly beautiful thing. I don’t think many things are truly beautiful, but this one’s important, so no jokes. Please be there at 8 p.m. Friday night if you can.

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In Soviet Russia, Music Compose You!

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, March 20, 2014

I wasn’t able to attend the pre-concert chat on Monday, much to my chagrin, but the concert itself was awesome. On another note entirely, our 2014-15 CMS lineup looks pretty great, so I don’t think you’ll ever have to worry about being deprived of great music here at Drew. We have music by our good friends Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák (man, that Dvořák, right?), and some more guys you’ve probably heard of, all coming up starting next fall. The Masterwork Chorus’s performance of Bach’s St. John’s Passion will be on Saturday at 8 p.m. (preceded by a lecture from Director Andrew Megill). Then, on Tuesday at 7:30, we’ll be hosting the third annual Merrill Maguire Skaggs Memorial Lecture. This year’s lecture is by Robert Tuggle, the Metropolitan Opera’s Director of Archives, and I understand that we’ll be getting a behind-the-scenes look at that august institution, which should be all kinds of fun.

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SPRING!!!! BREAK!!!!

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, March 13, 2014

Hey, broskies! Yesterday, I looked at the ocean. And didn’t get up until 1:30 in the afternoon. What does this have to do with the Concert Hall, you ask? Well. Not all that much. But technically I’m on break, right? So do I really even have to talk about the Concert Hall? The answer is yes. Of course I do. How awesome the CMS concert will be on Monday night.The CMS program on Monday night is called Russian Twilight and, as that suggests, features music by Romantic Russian composers Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Arensky, and Taneyev. ALSO, Monday night is very important because we will be announcing our CMS concerts for next season.

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Fun with Lists!

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, March 6, 2014

Good day (that’s how a professional opens a speech, I find). Y’know, since the Concert Hall is at Drew University, and the primary focus of a university is (or at least should be) on students and their personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth. So I’m going to briefly mention a selection of our diverse student ensembles, and then list all our scheduled student performances in serial format, for you to plug into your calendars.

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Taking the Next Step

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, February 27, 2014

Bienvenidos. First I’d like to talk about Quodlibet Ensemble’s performance on Saturday. I sat at the very front, and that was definitely the right call. Then, just last night, I had the privilege of watching the Drew-sponsored lecture by Walter Isaacson, for free, and without having to make reservations! (Because my blogger status opens doors, people.) His real calling is writing biographies of influential people, so he gave us the basic rundown on three of his biggest subjects, starting with computer pioneer and hipster deity Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc. So it was a good week for us, all told. March is around the corner, along with spring (even if the weather appears totally oblivious to that) and its accompanying break, but best of all… the next CMS concert is less than a month away. Try to stay occupied until then.

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Crisis! Crisis in the DoYo! Just… thought you’d want to know.

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, February 20, 2014

‘Sup, broskies? Though the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts (tenderly referred to as the DoYo) is falling apart, the music wing remains entirely unscathed, and that means Saturday’s scheduled da Camera concert, featuring the Quodlibet Ensemble, will go on entirely as planned. Then, next Wednesday at that same time, we’ll be hosting a forum lecture by Walter Isaacson, biographer of such notable figures as Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin, (he also used to be the CEO of CNN and Managing Editor of Time, so he’s kind of a big deal).

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, February 14, 2014

Howdy folks. CMS was super cool! I don’t think I’d ever seen a performance of any piece written for more than one piano before, so it was really interesting to see how the two instruments exchange ideas throughout the music. Sometimes one piano was playing rhythmic underscoring, sometimes it was doing more complicated musical tricks, and then sometimes they both went crazy at one time. A week from tomorrow, our da Camera series will return with the Quodlibet Ensemble’s The Art of the Concerto Grosso.

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