2007-2008 Robert L. Jones
Distinguished Professor of Music
Ensemble-in-Residence Feb. 26-29, 2008
February 29, 2008
A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall
For over thirty years, Speculum Musicae has been internationally recognized for its immaculately prepared and passionately rendered performances of the music of our time. Since its formation in 1971, Speculum Musicae has maintained its position as one of the nations preeminent contemporary chamber ensembles. The Boston Globe has called them "New York's Most Important New Music Group" and their 1999 tribute concert to Elliott Carter was cited by The New York Times as one of that years best concerts. In 2001, The New Yorker referred to Speculum as "New York's Most Renown New Music Group." In 1997, Speculum was the recipient of the Laurel Leaf Award from the American Composers Alliance.
In addition to its annual concert series in New York, the ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Library of Congress, the New Music Los Angeles series, and the New York Philharmonic's New Horizons series. Speculum Musicae has also performed abroad including a 1988 performance at the Bath Festival, which was broadcast on BBC television and will perform three concerts in September of 2003 at the La Biennale di Venezia in Italy. Recently Speculum appeared at the Sounds French Festival and Orchestratech festivals in New York. Speculum Musicae served as the featured ensemble Poland's Warsaw Autumn Festival in 1986 and appeared at the September of 2003 at the Biennale International Festival of Contemporary Music in Venice Italy. Speculum Musicae has recorded for CRI, Nonesuch, New World, Columbia and maintains an active relationship with Bridge Records. The ensemble was nominated for a 2003 Grammy for their recording of Elliott Carter's Oboe Quartet.
Speculum Musicae is comprised of twelve of New York's most gifted musicians
that work together in a co-operative organizational structure. Over the years, these artists have developed an unequaled rapport and ensemble sound. Their artistry is combined with a deep and lasting commitment to new music, which has made them an important part in the development of the contemporary repertoire. In turn the members of Speculum Musicae and their audience has benefited from extensive collaboration and interaction with the composers whose works they present.
Speculum Musicae's programming goal is three-fold: to preserve and present the classic musical works of our time, to participate in the development and expansion of the repertoire by collaborating with living composers and to educate the musicians and audiences of the future. Speculum Musicae's repertoire over it's thirty year history including 25 commissions, 52 world premieres, 32 U.S. premieres and 38 New York premieres is a statement of dedication to the music of our time and to the composers who continue this ongoing tradition.
SPECULUM MUSICAE ARTISTS
ERIC BARTLETT, cello: member New York Philharmonic; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; former member Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (principal); New York Chamber Symphony; American Ballet Theater Orchestra; Columbia Quartet; frequent participant at Marlboro, Aspen and Grand Teton Festivals; member of Speculum Musicae since 1982.
ALLEN BLUSTINE, clarinet: member New York Chamber Soloists; Festival Winds; North Country Chamber Players; guest artist with Chamber music society of Lincoln Center; soloist at Vermont Mozart Festival; previous staff of the Composers Conference; faculty Columbia University; member of Speculum Musicae since 1983.
DANIEL DRUCKMAN, percussion: member New York Philharmonic; Faculty of Juilliard School and Director of Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; solo appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic; recitals in New York, Los Angeles. San Francisco and Tokyo; appearances with the New York New Music Ensemble, American Brass Quintet, the Group for Contemporary Music, Da Capo Chamber Players, Steve Reich and Musicians and the Phillip Glass Ensemble; recorded for Columbia, Angel, DG, CRI, Nonesuch and New World Records; member of Speculum since 1989.
MAUREEN GALLAGHER, viola: member Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Orchestra of St. Lukes (principal), New York City Ballet (principal); member of Speculum Musicae since 1990.
ALECK KARIS, piano: performances with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Orchestra of St. Lukes; League/ Iscm Chamber Players, Access Chamber Ensemble; concerto and recital appearances in the United States and abroad; staff of the Composers Conference; recordings of the solo works of Mozart, Schumann, Chopin and Carter on Bridge Records; faculty at the University of California, San Diego; member of Speculum Musicae since 1981.
DONALD MACCOURT, bassoon: New York City Ballet Orchestra (principal); New York Chamber Symphony' New York Woodwind Quintet; participant at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; former member of Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Group for Contemporary Music, Symphony of the Air, National and American Symphony Orchestras; participant at Marlboro, Waterloo, Newport and Kuhmo (Finland) Festivals; recordings for Nonesuch, CRI, New World, Bridge, Vox, Desto, Marlboro and Columbia labels; member of the faculty at Juilliard, SUNY Purchase and Tanglewood Music Center; member of Speculum Musicae since 1971.
CURTIS MACOMBER, violin: solo appearances with Musicae Aeterna Orchestra, Juilliard and Vermont Symphonies and at the festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto Italy; gave Carnegie Hall (Weill) recital debut in 1979; top prize winner in the 1980 Kennedy Center- Rockefeller Foundation Competition; featured lecture/ recitalist in the first American Violin Congress in 1987; recorded for Nonesuch; CRI, Opus I, and Vanguard; former faculty member at Juilliard and Montclair State College; member of Speculum Musicae since 1991.
DONALD PALMA, double bassist/ conductor: member Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; former principal bass with American Composers Orchestra and Brooklyn Philharmonic; former member Los Angeles Philharmonic and American Symphony, Parnassus, Group for Contemporary Music; guest appearances with Juilliard String Quartet and in recital with Dietrich Fisher- Dieskau; former Music Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; staff of the Composers Conference; faculty of Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, New England Conservatory of Music; Music Director of the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra; member of Speculum Musicae since 1971.
SUSAN PALMA-NIDEL, flute: member Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra (principal), North Country Chamber Players; former member Bach Chamber Soloists, Paul Taylor Dance Company Orchestra; member of Speculum Musicae since 1974.
WILLIAM PURVIS, horn/conductor: member New York Woodwind Quintet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, guest artist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; recordings on Bridge, DG and Nonesuch; Faculty member of Juilliard, Yale University.
DAVID STAROBIN, guitar: guest appearances with the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets; St, Louis, Houston and San Francisco Symphonies, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; member of the faculty at SUNY Purchase, Mannes, Brooklyn and Sahra Lawrence Colleges; member of the faculty since 1985.
STEPHEN TAYLOR, oboe: member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes (principal), American Composers Orchestra (principal), Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; member of Speculum Musicae since 1977.