Music innovator Charles Dodge honored at Dartmouth

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Thursday, April 30
HANOVER, N.H. -- A Dartmouth music professor whose compositions changed the course of electro-acoustic music will be celebrated as part of Dartmouth's 31st Annual Festival of New Musics. The festival is a program of free concerts, lectures and informal sessions featuring visiting artists and Dartmouth composers and performers, from Wednesday, April 29, to Sunday, May 10. All events are free and open to the public.

Visiting Music Professor Charles Dodge, who broke new ground with works that combined speech synthesis and live performance and will retire this spring after 16 years on the Dartmouth faculty, will be featured in the festival's main event, a concert on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m., in Spaulding Auditorium.

Titled "Charles Dodge: A Celebration of His Legacy in Electronic Music," the concert features Christopher Redgate, a British oboist considered one of the leading wind players in new music; and Australian-American performer and Bang on a Can All-Stars co-founder Lisa Moore, called "New York's queen of avant-garde piano" (The New Yorker).

Moore will perform one of Dodge's signature pieces, "Any Resemblance is Purely Coincidental," a 1980 composition combining a gorgeous, varied piano score, played live, with a recording of synthesized variations of Enrico Caruso singing the aria "Vesti la giubba" from the opera "Il Pagliacci." Moore also will play Piano Piece No. 4 by Frederic Rzewski, a major American composer and virtuosic pianist.

The program also includes Cardiophony by oboist and composer Heinz Holliger, performed by Redgate, and music by students in Dartmouth's Masters Program in Digital Musics.

The festival coincides with a performance and Music Department residency by the Grammy-winning new-music ensemble eighth blackbird, renowned for the musical finesse and theatrical flair with which they perform works by many of today's most exciting composers. Eighth blackbird members will attend festival events and meet with students and faculty. The ensemble performs on Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m., in Spaulding Auditorium. Tickets are $26, $5 for Dartmouth students.

Other visiting artists participating in the festival are composer/pianists David Casal and Stephen Rush, composer and scholar Richard Karpen, and Dodge's son, Baird Dodge, a violist/violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Dartmouth contributors include music faculty members Michael Casey, Kui Dong, Alex Ogle, Doug Perkins and Spencer Topel; Michael Chinen, Paul Osetinsky, Chris Peck, and Kristina Wolfe, all students in the Dartmouth College Masters Program in Digital Musics; and undergraduates Andrew Lebovich, Pete Mathias, Kai Saul, Leah Scrivener and Hyoung Cheol Yoon.

Other events in the festival program include two other events honoring Dodge and numerous showcases for music by composers from within and outside the college:

* "The Way to Go Out," an electro-acoustic concert, with Dartmouth graduate music students and special guest trio Mooncone, Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m., at Spheris Gallery, Main Street, Hanover.

* "Christopher Redgate and Friends," with Dartmouth composers and Redgate, on Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m., in Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center. Works for oboe, percussion, piano and laptop, some employing a digital technique called "sound spotting."

* "Charles Dodge and His Music," a talk by Karpen, a leading composer and researcher of electro-acoustic music, on Monday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m., in Rollins Chapel.

* "Charles Dodge Portrait," a concert evening of music by Dodge played by Baird Dodge on viola and violin, on Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m., Rollins Chapel.

* Finale Concert, with Perkins and Ogle performing Dong's "Pangu's Song" and students and faculty performing new works by Dartmouth composers, on Sunday, May 10, 4 p.m., Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College.

In addition, a sound installation by graduate student Michael Chinen will be set in the Spaulding Auditorium lobby Sunday, May 3, through Tuesday, May 5.

Born in Ames, Iowa, in 1942, Dodge studied composition at the University of Iowa and Columbia University in New York and did further studies and research in computer music at Princeton University, Bell Telephone Laboratories, the University of California, San Diego, and MIT. During this time, Dodge taught computer music and directed the computer music facility at Columbia University. He then served as professor of music and director of the Center for Computer Music at Brooklyn College in New York until 1995, when he became visiting professor at Dartmouth. Dodge has also been president of the American Composers Alliance (1975-80) and American Music Center (1979-82).

Dodge has been honored with such awards as the Bearns Prize, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, and two Guggenheim Fellowships. He has received commissions from the Fromm and Koussevitsky Foundations, Arts Council of Great Britain, Swedish National Radio, Groupe de Musique Experimentale de Bourges, Los Angeles Philharmonic's New Music Group, and American Guild of Organists. Dodge is co-author, with Thomas A. Jerse, of "Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance" (Schirmer Books). His works have been recorded for the MIT Experimental Music Studio, Perspectives of New Music, and the Centaur, Crystal, Neuma, New Albion, New World and Wergo labels.


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