"Crosscurrents 2007:
Making Music Together"

Thursday, June 28 to Tuesday, July 10, 2007
University of Oregon School of Music

 

Symposium Components

Join an international community of composers and performers for "Crosscurrents 2007: Making Music Together" featuring performances of your music and opportunities for you to perform in a variety of contexts, as itemized in the activity categories below.

GENERAL COMPONENTS: FOR EVERYONE...

Each participant (and auditor) will participate in the general components of the symposium, as follows:

  1. DAILY SEMINARS FEATURING A PRESENTATION BY EACH COMPOSER about his or her music;
  2. TWO SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS GIVEN BY MARTIN BRESNICK (composer-in-residence) about his own music and selected topics, including the music of Ligeti;
  3. A FOCAL GROUP WITH MARTIN BRESNICK (4-5 participants each) during which composers will discuss their works with him;
  4. A PRESENTATION SESSION WITH ROBERT KYR, Symposium Director;
  5. PERFORMANCES OF ALL PARTICIPANTS' MUSIC ON SYMPOSIUM EVENTS during a three-concert series:
    • "1st CROSSCURRENTS 7/7/7: The Piano Reborn" (10:00-noon in Beall Hall, July 7, 2007)
    • "2nd CROSSCURRENTS 7/7/7: The Gates of Paradise" (2:00-4:00 in Beall Hall, July 7, 2007) featuring Martin Bresnick's multimedia work "The Gates of Paradise" and music by Ligeti and symposium participants;
    • "3rd CROSSCURRENTS 7/7/9: East Meets West" (7:30-9:30 in Beall Hall, July 9, 2007).
  6. PERFORMANCES BY PARTICIPANTS AT THREE "WILD NIGHTS IMPROV CAFES" (10:30 until midnight on July 6, 7 & 8 at the Collier House Performance Space).
  7. FREE ATTENDANCE of rehearsals and concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival for which ticket vouchers are provided. [Each voucher is subject to a $2 processing fee upon redemption.]

ACTIVITY CATEGORIES: APPLY FOR ONE OR TWO...

In addition, each applicant must apply in ONE or TWO of the following categories as his or her performance-based activity or activities:

  1. PARTICIPANTS/Category I — COMPOSERS MASTER CLASS WITH LISA MOORE–Composers will submit a piano work to be performed by Lisa Moore or by one of the pianists chosen for the pianists master class (see #2 below). Each composer will attend a rehearsal of the work and the concert performance which will be professionally recorded. Composers may submit a previously composed piano work, or apply to compose a new work that will be given its world premiere at the symposium in Beall Hall.
  2. PARTICIPANTS/Category II — PIANISTS MASTER CLASS WITH LISA MOORE–Pianists and composer/pianists will prepare a performance of a work composed by one of the participants (or composed by themselves), which they will play for a master class with Lisa Moore, and then, on one of the Crosscurrents concerts in Beall Hall. The master class and their concert performance will be professionally recorded. [Lisa Moore will perform at least three works by symposium participants.]
  3. PARTICIPANTS/Category III — IMPROVISATION GROUP–Composer/performers (and composers) will apply to participate in an improvisation group. The groups will work together during the symposium (under the guidance of Robert Kyr) and perform in the WILD NIGHTS Improv Cafes (10:30 until midnight on July 6, 7 & 8) at the Collier House Performance Space.
  4. PARTICIPANTS/Category IV — COMPOSERS GAMELAN–Composers will apply to perform in the "Composers Gamelan" (Balinese Gamelan) led by Robert Kyr. Each member of the group will have an opportunity to create a short work for the ensemble (while in residence at the festival) which will be premiered on the final concert of the CROSSCURRENTS series. Places are available at all levels (beginning, intermediate and advanced) and prior experience is not required.
  5. PARTICIPANTS/Category V — AUDITOR–Anyone may apply as an auditor for the general symposium components and/or any of the categories above (that is, Categories I-IV).

PLEASE NOTE: Each applicant may apply for MORE THAN ONE category, if you wish, with no increase in tuition. Each applicant will be selected for ONE or TWO of the categories.

A HOST OF OPPORTUNITIES...

As ever, opportunities abound at the Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival--and especially this summer, when the focus of the symposium will be the performance of music by ALL of the participants in public concerts, improvisation sessions ("WILD NIGHTS Improv Cafes"), and workshops/master classes. The participants of the Composers Symposium will experience a wealth of music, both new and old. Esteemed conductor Helmuth Rilling of Stuttgart is artistic director, and more than 30,000 people attend to take advantage of an exciting mix of choral/orchestral masterworks, chamber concerts, talks, a conducting master class, and social events. Although the festival is known for its concerts, education is at its core. This year will mark the eighth Composers Symposium, which has featured George Crumb, Arvo Pa"rt, John Harbison, Krzysztof Penderecki, Lou Harrison, R. Murray Schafer, Veljo Tormis, Tan Dun, Judith Weir, Osvaldo Golijov, Linda Bouchard, and Steven Jaffe, as its previous composers-in-residence.