ASU School of Music pays tribute to 'Father of the Symphony'


March 18, 2015

Composer Joseph Haydn was a friend of Mozart, a teacher to Beethoven and is considered by many historians to be the “Father of the Symphony.” His masterpiece, "The Creation," is the subject of a series of events that explores the implications and inspiration of Haydn’s music.

Hosted by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Music, “The Creation Project” includes an exhibit, a lecture, a symposium and stories, and culminates in a performance of the 18th century oratorio. David Schildkret Download Full Image

“Haydn established an important form of music making as well as a style that people still enjoy and find uplifting,” said David Schildkret, director of choral activities who is heading up the project. “He more or less created the symphony as we know it. It’s a defining moment in Western music that really creates the language that we know today for everything from symphonies to popular music.”

“The Creation Project” commenced March 16 with an exhibit at Hayden Library on the Tempe campus and will be a part of the spring 2015 Humanities Lecture Series at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Schildkret’s “Creating and Recreating Haydn’s 'The Creation'” starts at 6:30 p.m., March 19, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

The lecture series, hosted by ASU’s College of Letters and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

In 1796, the 64-year-old Viennese composer sought to compose a large work for chorus, orchestra and solo singers – an oratorio – that would tell the story of the creation of the world described in the Book of Genesis in poetry and music. He spent close to two years on the oratorio, which was instantly hailed as a masterpiece. It has been performed continuously throughout the world in a variety of languages.

“In our performance, we want to convey to the audience what Haydn was trying to do,” Schildkret said. “Written music is sort of like a recipe that requires a certain amount of knowledge and understanding to execute the instructions. Like in cooking, it never comes out the same way twice. There's always this element of trying to figure out what the instructions mean and how best to carry them out so that you end up with something like what Haydn had in mind.” The lecture will explore these challenges in Haydn’s work and the solutions the ASU performances will use.

“The Creation Project” will conclude on April 29 with a performance of the oratorio by the ASU Barrett Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Choral Union, Symphony Orchestra and student soloists conducted by Schildkret.

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Electronic music composer to wow crowd at ASU's West campus


March 18, 2015

Hailed as a “genius of electronic music,” Oneohtrix Point Never will perform at Arizona State University’s West campus at 8 p.m., March 26. The evening will be a multimedia immersive experience where the sounds and projections invite the audience to step into a unique world.

Oneohtrix Point Never is the recording name of composer Daniel Lopatin. The Brooklyn-based musician is known for deftly balancing the experimental with the accessible, and defies simple description as an artist. Oneohtrix Point Never Download Full Image

Lopatin creates highly conceptual worlds of ambient sound, and his passion to find personal meaning in failed new-age utopias and liminal science fiction environments often brings his compositions to the brinks of minimalism, drone, proto-techno, noise and pop, clarifying the past through a blissful repetition of its signifiers.

Performed with the projected visual creations of artist Nate Boyce, the concert will allow the audience to be immersed in the environment of sound and image, which has been described as “like a cracked mirror refracting the sounds of the past.”

Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance.

The West campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd. in Phoenix, with the concert to be held in the Sun Devil Fitness Center. There is special event parking on campus for this evening.

Information about this and other upcoming events to be held at ASU’s West campus may be found at http://campus.asu.edu/west/events. The series of artistic events is presented by ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.