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Voices of Today: Listening to Contemporary Music

Join Candlelight Concert Society for our Winter Series: Interactive Conversations!

Part 1: 2/9 at 7:00 pm
Part 2: 2/23 at 7:00pm

At perhaps no time in recent memory have artists and performing institutions felt a more urgent need to engage with the music of our time. At the same time, the majority of classical audiences still tend to greet the mere notion of “contemporary” music with skepticism. As an increasingly diverse array of contemporary compositional voices spans a dizzying range of individual styles and idioms, the monolithic notion of “contemporary” music as something intentionally difficult, unpleasant, or inaccessible demands revision. As listeners, it is past time for us to re-think our perceptions and to open our ears to new experiences. The survival and growth of the musical traditions that we love demand nothing less.

In this series of two interactive presentations, Richard Giarusso, Chair of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory, will introduce listeners to a wide range of music written by some of today’s most dynamic and exciting composers. We will discuss constructive strategies for engaging with music that is new to us and, perhaps, written in a style that strikes our ears as being in some way “unusual.” You may come away with a newfound admiration for the music of certain composers or a more informed sense of why certain music does not appeal to you. The overall objective is to think constructively about our habits of listening and how we can begin to make some sense of the rich musical landscape of the 21st century. Composers to be covered include Thomas Adès, Jessie Montgomery, Augusta Read Thomas, Kareem Roustom, Jennifer Higdon, Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, Kevin Puts, Michael Hersch, Missy Mazzoli, and others.

Host Bio: Richard Giarusso is Chair of the Musicology Department at The Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches classes in 19th- and 20th-century music. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Harvard University and a BA in Music and English from Williams College. A skilled and dynamic lecturer, he has presented talks for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, the Shriver Hall Concert Series, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. In addition to his academic work, Richard maintains an active career as a singer and conductor throughout the Northeast. He currently serves as music director of the Georgetown Chorale in Washington, D.C., and as artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in northern Virginia.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm

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