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Der große Basstrommel

Der große Basstrommel

Expectations among classical music aficionados were high when Maestro Dingo Dinklaker’s downbeat began Act 1 of Gustav Mahler’s previously unknown opera, Die Pummelig Taxi-Tänzer, or “The Pudgy Taxi Dancer.” Like many of W.R. Wagner’s operas, Taxi-Tänzer employed leitmotifs that related to specific characters: the taxi dancer leitmotif was played on a große Basstrommel, or big bass drum, an instrument invented expressly for the opera. Unfortunately, the first time the drum was struck, its shock wave contributed to an architectural anomaly in the front eight rows of the balcony, whose occupants abruptly found themselves in the laps of the audience members beneath them. But it wasn’t until the next measure, when the drum was struck for the second time – fortissimo! – that chaos on the order of the Tunguska event of June 30, 1908, transpired. Consequently, Maestro Dinklaker never did get to Act 2.

David Gunn

For 10½ years, David Gunn co-hosted the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award-winning radio show, Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar. The show is archived at Gunn's own website,, contains numerous recordings and scores of his compositions. Gunn is also a writer and humorist, and examples of both can also be found on his website. He lives simultaneously in Barre, Vermont.

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60x60 Dance

60x60 Dance Louisiana Mix
April 10, 2015
Friday at 8:00pm

Vox Novus and Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Dance Department are delighted to collaborate on a special edition of 60x60 focused on Louisiana. Curator Lisa Benner selected 60 compositions to be played continuously in a one-hour live dance concert featuring original choreography by Audra Allen, J Lillian Gray and LSMSA dance composition students. Performances are Friday, April 10th at 7pm, Saturday April 11th at 4pm and 7pm. Minimum suggested donation: $7. Because of the structure of the concert, there will be no late seating and no intermission.

60x60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces of music by 60 different composers. Each piece a minute in length or shorter. 60x60 has been presented in many performance formats including TV shows, radio shows, multimedia and multidisciplinary events, as well as published several albums of works. Since 2003, 60x60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries. Highlighting the work of a great many artists and composers, 60x60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today.

Established by the Louisiana state legislature in 1982, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) belongs to an expanding group of state-supported, residential high schools founded to serve the academic, artistic, and creative needs of many of the state's best students.

J Lillian Gray

J Lillian Gray

J Lillian Gray: MFA Dance, Lighting Design and Film 2005 OSU. BGS 1999 SELU. Agame Yoga 300hr 2012; 200hrRYT at The Yoga School of Covington 2015. She joined IATSE Local 12 in 2006 as the Technical Director of The Capitol Theatre in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Former Lighting Technician for LSU Student Union Theatre, Mz. Gray returned to Natchitoches in 2012 as an adjunct professor at NSU and Facility Manager of LSMSA, where she is also an alum. Mz. Gray has enjoyed re-discovering choreography through her professional relationship with Audra Allen, Dance Faculty at LSMSA. She especially enjoys lighting design for post-modern dance, recycling, textile arts, cooking and watching sunsets

Audra Allen

Audra Allen

Audra Allen, Director of Dance at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern State University, both in Natchitoches, LA, graduated with her Masters of Fine Arts degree and completed the College Teaching Certificate from the University of Arizona. She received her BA in Music Theatre; Concentration in Dance from Colorado Mesa University. Audra was Co-Artistic Director of the non-profit company Dance for a Cause and on Faculty with Ballet Rincon Dance Academy in Tucson, AZ before coming to LSMSA. Audra has been dancing for 25 years and teaching for over 15 years in ballet, modern, jazz and supplementing with music theatre, hip hop, tap, African and flamenco to name a few. Her eclectic style in training and performance carries over to her choreography in all styles. For more information please visit

Lisa Benner

Lisa Benner

Lisa Benner has performed both as soloist and member with many professional choirs, including the LSU Opera, the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, the Green Bay Chamber Choir, and Red River Choral. She has directed church choirs, mixed choirs, and women’s choirs in Wisconsin and Louisiana, and was assistant choir director for the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus.

Composers selected for the 60x60 Louisiana Mix:

Jesse Allison, Darrel Andrews, Al Benner, Rainer Berger, Kari Besharse, Justin Blackburn, Lasey Blain, Katarina Boudreaux, Luke Brouillette, Robert Caponi , Chin Ting Chan, Jay Derderian, Maronidis Dimitris, John Dorhauer, Alex Dudley, Massimo Fragala, Stelios Giannoulakis, Josh Goldman, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, Doriam Ham, Hasse Hamalainen, Reem Hassan, Hannah Hayes, Danny Holmes, Yoko Honda, Charles Jowett, Michiko Kawagoe, Jessica Keys,, Emil Khoury, Panayiotis Kokoras, Vivek Koshti, Jed Larson, James Leach, Hoyong Lee, Anthony Manfredonia, Steve Moshier, Peter Motttram, Charles Nichols, Norberto Oldrini, Ryan Olivier, Cezary Ostrowski, Ivonne Paredes, Matt Petty, Mark Phillips, Ariel Pierre, William Price, Quaternin, Lucy Rhymes, Phillip Schuessler, Julian Scordato, Aurelio Scotto, Silvia Simons, Sirc, Jana Skarecky, David Jason Snow, Samuel Stokes, Luca Vanneschi, Clauida Wall, Patricia Walsh, Blair Whittington, DaeYoung Yoon, and David Zheng

You can find more on the program page listed here:

For details, link here:

60x60 Dance Louisiana Mix
Friday, April 10at 8:00pm CDT
LSMSA CPT Black Box Theatre
715 University Parkway
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame Mirel Iancovici

A Minute of Silence
(but not soundlessness)
with cellist

Vox Novus is pleased to announce the selections for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Mirel Iancovici

Vox Novus is called for one-minute pieces composed for solo cello with a theme of silence but not soundlessness.

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: A Minute of Silence (but not soundlessness), Mirel Iancovici: solo cello to be premiered August 2015 at the International Cello Festival Zutphen, the Netherlands.

A Minute of Silence (but not soundlessness):

I invited composers to explore the space in-between; that is when the movement stops and we take a break like a fermata or cadenza or just rest.

I wanted composers to feel challenged by this and create such musical jewels that I could put together in a performing "necklace'' of works.

To be more specific:

Let's submerge in our thoughts
Let's empty our mind
Let's open our heart in a meditation upon infinity.

Take as an example: the enigmatic Sarabande from Bach's 5th cello solo suite with her virtual complexity and yet so simple! I believe the Sarabande is a she with her beautifully shaped melodic contour like the body of a beautiful woman. Even the most orthodox' defenders, which I am not, of the authentic way of performing baroque music wouldn't dare to add ornaments, embellish it by seconda volta repeat.
Is Paul Celan, the great German language poet, referring to this when he concludes his poem Cello-Einsatz?

everything is less, than
it is,
everything is more.

-Mirel Iancovici

Works selected for this Fifteen Minutes of Fame include:
Sparse by Rodriga Baggio
Je Suis Charlie by Laszlo Kékszakállú
Deafening Silence by David Morneau
Tuulen viemää by Teodor Nicolau
Silence Interrupted by Akmal Parwez
Away! by Ksenia Prasolova
Je suis un musicien by Leo Samama
Au nom du silence by Louis Sauter
Listen, Hear the Sea by Bob Siebert
Pause isn't a silence by Slawa Ulanowski
Silenzioso by Jean-Pierre Vial
Where are you? by William Vollinger
Hvezda by Robert Weirauch
God Calls, We Answer by Christopher M.Wicks
Meditation by Margarita Zelenaia

Mirel Iancovici

Mirel Iancovici, cellist, teacher, composer, arranger and conductor, was born in Romania. After studying under Serafim Antropov in Bucharest Conservatory and completing with Radu Aldulescu and Paul Tortelier, he won many important international competitions such as: "Gaspar Cassado" Florence, Italy - the First Prize and several special prizes; "Imperial Tobacco Cello Competition" Bristol, U.K. - the First Prize and Gold Medal; "Pablo Casals Centenary" Barcelona, Spain - the First Prize. Since then his concert and recital schedule has commanded extensive travel throughout Europe, the United States and Far East as well Radio/TV recordings and records for Electrecord, Attacca, Albany etc. From 1997 he is the artistic director of ’Schubert & Co.’’ Chamber Music Concert Series in Maastricht (Netherlands) and the founder and leader of I Multicelli.

He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center New York, Philharmonie Berlin, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Kennedy Center Washington, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, in Festivals such as "Y. Menuhin Festival" Gstaad, "Upper Galilee Chamber Music Days" Israel, "G. Enescu Festival" Bucharest, Kuhmo (Finland) etc. collaborating with such distinguished artists as such as Claudio Abbado, Philippe Entremont, Herman Krebbers, Silvia Marcovici, Raphaël Oleg, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yoav Talmi, Paul Tortelier, Han de Vries, Gerard Wyss.

As a passionate advocate and promoter of contemporary music Mirel Iancovici has created many compositions written and dedicated to him by distinguished composers from all of the world.

Mirel Iancovici, a much saught-after teacher and educator, is currently Professor of Violoncello at the Maastricht and Fontys Conservatory (Holland) and has given master classes in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Holland, Poland, Romania, USA and South Korea.

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