Ned@90: A Tribute to Ned Rorem

The Institute for New Music starts off its second season of programming with a celebration of the 90th birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, author, and Northwestern alumnus Ned Rorem. Hailed by TIME Magazine as “the world’s best composer of art songs,” Rorem has also composed three symphonies, four piano concertos, and numerous orchestral, Ned Roremchamber, and choral works. He is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award.

Faculty and guest performers include Donald Nally with the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, clarinetists Steven Cohen and J. Lawrie Bloom, saxophonist Timothy McAllister, flutist John Thorne, baritone W. Stephen Smith, trumpet player Robert Sullivan, pianists James Giles and Kathryn Goodson, and the Civitas Ensemble. Performances feature Rorem’s Ariel, Picnic on the Marne, Nine Episodes for Four Players, Four Prayers, Aftermath, Cries and Whispers, and more.

Opening Concert
Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Donald Nally, conductor; James Giles, Sylvia Wang, and Elizabeth Buccheri, piano; Steven Cohen, clarinet; Amanda DeBoer, soprano; W. Stephen Smith, baritone; Gerardo Ribeiro, violin; Nicholas Photinos, cello

The opening event of the celebration of Rorem features Rorem compositions for voice, piano, clarinet, violin, and cello.

Three movements from Letters from Paris
Ariel: Five Poems of Sylvia Plath

Composer Roundtable: Reflections on the Artist, Responses to the Teacher
Friday, October 11, 4:00 p.m.
Lutkin Hall
Free Admission

Faculty and special guest composers on Rorem's legacy. Guests include Dr. Roshanne Etezady (University of Illinois-Chicago), Dr. David Ludwig (Curtis Institute of Music), and Dr. Marcus Maroney (Moores School of Music, University of Houston).

Closing Concert
Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Symphonic Wind Ensemble Brass, Mallory Thompson, conductor; John Thorne, flute; James Giles, piano; Robert Sullivan, trumpet; Kathryn Goodson, piano; Timothy McAllister, saxophone; Civitas Ensemble

The closing event of the Ned@90 features Rorem compositions for brass ensemble, flute, piano, trumpet, saxophone, and chamber ensemble.

Solemn Prelude
Four Prayers
Cries and Whispers
Picnic on the Marne
Nine Episodes for Four Players