The SCI Newsletter Issue 1 Member News & Announcements From Arthur Gottschalk
Published: April 1, 2019
Since my last report, I have returned to teaching from my sabbatical leave, but not before a residency at The MacDowell Colony in October and November, where I wrote Tebe Boga, a work in Old Slavonic commissioned by Vladimir Lande and the Siberian State Orchestra and Chorus for bass-baritone soloist, SATB choir, and orchestra. As well, in November my stereo electroacoustic works Arecibo and Borborygmus were presented at the Festival Ecos Urbanos, in Mexico. A few of my performances since then include Hacksaw, for bass clarinet soloist and wind ensemble, played in February and March by the Erie County Wind Ensemble, and in April by the University of Louisville Wind Ensemble, Frederick Speck, conducting, with Richard Nunemaker as soloist; Sonatina Casada, performed by Leone Buyse, flute, and Michael Webster, clarinet, at Stephen F. Austin State University in March and at Rice University in April; Fakebook, with Naomi Fujiya on piano, in March at the Capella Sacra Cuori de Gesu e Maria in Rome; March 26-29 was a residency at Southern Illinois University, where two performances of Whack! (percussion ensemble and electroacoustic sounds) were presented, as well as performances of Jeu du Chat (alto saxophone and piano), Cello: Fishing at Antibes (cello and electroacoustic sounds), and Imágenes de Cuba, with the Apollo String Quartet. Upcoming performances include Mélanie Bourassa on bass clarinet doing my Sonata for Bass Clarinet in May at Laval University (Quebec City) and Montreal University, Canada; Amelia (orchestra) and Fakebook II (piano solo), May/June at the China-ASEAN Music Festival in Nanning, China; and at this year’s International Trombone Festival, July in Muncie, Indiana, I will be a guest clinician-composer, and where my Sonata for Tenor Trombone and Slide Show (trombone quintet) will be played. I am presently working on a commission for a violin sonata; upon completion I plan to spend August in Scotland, following the Whiskey Trail, before returning for another semester of teaching.